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4 Days

4 Days Fes To Marrakech Desert Tour

  • 4 Days
  • Group : 2-17 People

Discover the beauty and wonders of Morocco on a 4-day tour that takes you on a journey through the imperial cities of Fes and Marrakech, as well as the breathtaking Sahara Desert. This tour is designed to provide an unforgettable experience, combining the rich culture and history of these two cities with the scenic beauty of the Moroccan desert.

Starting from Fes, you will embark on a road trip through the Moroccan desert, taking in the stunning landscapes and fascinating sights along the way. From the rolling hills to the vast dunes of Erg Chebbi, you will witness the diversity and beauty of Morocco’s natural environment.

One of the highlights of the tour is the camel ride through Erg Chebbi, an experience that is not to be missed. As you ride on the back of a camel, you will have a unique perspective of the desert, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this magical place.

At night, you will stay in a Berber Sahara desert camp, where you can enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner and immerse yourself in the local culture. As you relax under the stars, you will feel the peacefulness and tranquility of the desert, a truly unforgettable experience.

Throughout the tour, you will be accompanied by experienced guides who will provide insight into the local culture and history of Morocco. From the bustling markets of Marrakech to the ancient ruins of Fes, you will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant history and culture of this fascinating country.

Overall, the 4-day Fes to Marrakech desert tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the best of Morocco, from its vibrant cities to its breathtaking desert landscapes. With a perfect blend of culture, history, and adventure, this tour is the ultimate way to experience all that Morocco has to offer.

  • Journey through the imperial cities of Fes and Marrakech, as well as the breathtaking Sahara Desert.
  • Witness the diversity and beauty of Morocco's natural environment, from the rolling hills to the vast dunes of Erg Chebbi.
  • Experience a camel ride through Erg Chebbi, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the magical desert.
  • Stay in a Berber Sahara desert camp and enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner while immersing yourself in the local culture.
  • Explore the vibrant history and culture of Morocco with experienced guides, from the bustling markets of Marrakech to the ancient ruins of Fes.
  • Accommodation and transportation included, making the tour hassle-free.
  • The tour is designed to provide an unforgettable experience, combining culture, history, and adventure.
  • The ultimate way to experience all that Morocco has to offer in just four days.

Price Includes

  • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river/guide.
  • Pick up from your Fes hotel or Riad.
  • First night in Merzouga lodge including dinner and breakfast.
  • Sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi.
  • Overnight at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi (Private tent) with shared bathrooms – Showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge – Dinner and breakfast are included.
  • Sunrise camel trek in Erg Chebbi.
  • Breakfast at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga or at your Sahara desert camp (Luxury camp upgrade only).
  • Sandboarding in Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your desert tour ( €70 per person ).
  • Second night at Auberge Panorama or Hotel Babylon (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast.
  • Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest accessible location to your riad if not car accessible.

Price Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Lunches on the way
  • Entrance fees if any
  • Local guides if any
Tour Prices
1 Person
2 People
495€ / person
3 People
390€ / person
4 People
340€ / person
5 People
290€ / person
6 People
265€ / person
7-9 People
250€ / person
10-13 People
230€ / person
14-17 People
190€ / person

Day 1Fes - Midelt - Merzouga

The first day of the Fes to Marrakech desert tour is filled with excitement and adventure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at your riad or hotel, you will meet your friendly driver-guide who will accompany you throughout the journey.

The journey begins with a scenic drive across the Saiss plains, where you can admire the stunning landscapes and charming villages. The first stop on the journey is the picturesque town of Ifran, which is famous for its unique modern architecture and is a popular winter holiday destination for the locals.

From Ifran, you will continue the journey by crossing the Cedar forests to reach the Berber town of Azrou, which is located in the heart of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Here, you will have the opportunity to make a quick stop and watch some Barbary Apes roaming around while capturing some amazing photos.

Afterwards, the journey will continue towards Midelt, which is the major commercial and agricultural center in the area, known for its mining industry and modern apple farms. Here, you will have the chance to stop for lunch and enjoy some delicious local cuisine.

In the early afternoon, you will descend into the Ziz Valley, which is well-known for its eye-catching oasis filled with date palm trees and scattered Kasbah villages. As you approach this area, you will notice a sharp change in scenery as the desert begins to approach.

As the day draws to a close, you will arrive at Merzouga, a small desert village located at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes. Here, you will check into your lodge, which is situated in a prime location to capture stunning views of the dunes. You can unwind and relax, and enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner before spending the night at your Merzouga lodge, excited for the adventures that await on day two of your Fes to Marrakech desert tour.

Day 2Merzouga - Erg Chebbi Camp

The second day of the Fes to Marrakech desert tour is all about experiencing the unique and adventurous spirit of the Merzouga area. After enjoying a leisurely breakfast and a relaxed morning, you will meet your knowledgeable guide for a day full of exploration and excitement.

The first stop of the day is the village of Khamlia, where you will have the chance to meet local Berber nomads and experience their rich culture. They will play Gnaoua music for you, which is a traditional form of music that originated in West Africa and is characterized by a unique blend of rhythmic percussion and spiritual lyrics. You can also enjoy a cup of refreshing mint tea with them and learn about their way of life.

Afterwards, it’s time for some adventure as you hunt for fossils in the area and experience the thrill of sand bashing with your experienced driver. You will be amazed by the natural beauty of the desert and the power of the winds that have shaped it over time.

In the mid-afternoon, you will meet your camel caravan for a unique ride over the color-changing dunes. As you ride through the vast expanse of sand, you will feel a sense of tranquility and peace that can only be found in the desert. The highlight of the camel ride is stopping at the top of one of the sand dunes and watching the spectacular sunset on the horizon.

As the day draws to a close, you will arrive at your Sahara desert camp, which is located in the heart of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Dinner will be served under the starry sky (weather permitting), and you will have the chance to enjoy a Tam Tam drum session entertained by local nomads. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the magic of the desert at night. After an unforgettable day of adventure, you can retire to your comfortable tent and drift off to sleep under the twinkling stars.

Day 3Merzouga - Tinghir - Boumalne Dades

In the morning, you have the option to wake up early and climb one of the nearby dunes to watch a spectacular sunrise before breakfast. This is a memorable experience that you don’t want to miss. Ride your camel back to the main town and meet your driver.

Then, today’s adventure will begin with a visit to the holy town of Rissani, the ancient capital of Tafilalet, and the birthplace of the founder of the current ruling dynasty of Morocco. Rissani is renowned for its bustling markets, where you can find all kinds of goods, such as spices, textiles, and ceramics. You might also want to visit the local dates market and learn about the various types of delicious dates that the Tafilalet region is famous for.

We continue our journey towards Tinghir, a charming Berber village located in a picturesque oasis, surrounded by stunning landscapes of palm groves, rocky hills, and verdant gardens. Tinghir was a former military bastion during the French occupation and was once home to a significant Berber Jewish community until the 1660s when they mostly emigrated. Local Berbers inherited silver jewelry craftsmanship from the Jewish community, and visiting their shops is worth it.

Meet your local guide and take a leisurely walk along the oasis next to the stream, watching locals herding goats or working in their fields. You will also have the opportunity to visit a traditional Berber house and learn about their customs and way of life. End your walk with a breathtaking view of Todgha Canyons, a series of stunning 400m high limestone river canyons, carved by the Todgha River.

Late in the afternoon, we continue our journey to Boumalne Dades, where we will spend the night in a comfortable hotel. Along the way, we will drive through the scenic Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, a route that takes you through a chain of Berber villages and magnificent kasbahs, each with its unique architecture and history. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 4

Day 4 is a full day of exploration and travel, starting with a visit to the Valley of the Roses outside Boumalne Dades. If you are visiting during the spring, you’ll be treated to the sweet scent of Damascus roses. You can also visit an artisanal rose water distilling facility to learn about the production process.

From there, you’ll take the road of 1001 Kasbahs to the oasis of Skoura, where you can walk to Kasbah Amridil, one of the best-preserved kasbahs in Morocco. It now serves as a private museum and offers a fascinating glimpse into Berber culture, architecture, and irrigation techniques.

Continuing on, you’ll make a quick stop in Ouarzazate before reaching the nearby Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. This impressive structure is one of the world heritage sites of Morocco and has served as a set for many popular movies.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the village and enjoy lunch at a local cafe before heading towards Marrakech. Along the way, you’ll drive through the stunning High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi Ntichka pass.

By late afternoon, you’ll arrive in Marrakech, and your 4-day tour from Fes will come to an end with drop-off at your hotel, riad, or a location of your choice.


When to hike in Morocco?

The best time to hike in Morocco is during the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November). During these months, the weather is typically mild, with comfortable temperatures during the day and cool nights. The landscapes are also more colorful during these seasons, as wildflowers bloom in the spring and the foliage changes color in the fall.

However, it’s still possible to hike in Morocco during the summer and winter months. Summer can be hot, but the higher elevations in the Atlas Mountains offer cooler temperatures. Winter can be cold, especially at higher altitudes, but there are still opportunities for winter hiking and skiing. It’s important to note that some trails and passes may be inaccessible during the winter months due to snow and ice.

Can I climb Toubkal without a guide?

It is technically possible to climb Toubkal without a guide, but it’s not recommended. The terrain can be challenging, especially for inexperienced hikers, and having a guide can provide added safety and support. A guide can also help with navigation, especially in areas where the trail may not be clearly marked.

In addition to safety concerns, climbing Toubkal without a guide may not be permitted. The Moroccan authorities require hikers to obtain a permit before climbing Toubkal, and our tour companie and guides are licensed to issue these permits. If you don’t have a permit or are caught climbing without one, you may be fined or even deported.

It’s also worth noting that climbing with us can enhance your overall experience. Our guide can provide insights into the local culture and history, and can help you appreciate the natural beauty of the area. We will also take care of logistics, such as arranging transport and accommodations, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your hike.

How hard is it to climb Mount Toubkal?

Climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, but it’s generally considered a moderate to strenuous climb. The difficulty of the climb will depend on several factors, including your level of fitness, previous hiking experience, and the route you choose to take.

The standard route to the summit starts in the village of Imlil and involves hiking to the Toubkal Refuge, where climbers can rest for the night before making the final ascent to the summit the following day. The hike to the refuge is approximately 5-6 hours and involves a steady uphill climb.

The final ascent to the summit involves some steep and rocky terrain and can take 3-4 hours, depending on your pace. Altitude can also be a factor, as the summit of Toubkal is 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level. It’s important to acclimate properly to the altitude and take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness.

That being said, the climb to Mount Toubkal is accessible to most hikers with a moderate level of fitness and previous hiking experience. It’s recommended to train and prepare for the climb in advance, with a focus on building endurance and stamina.

Overall, while climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, the stunning views from the summit and the sense of accomplishment make it a rewarding experience.

How cold is it in the High Atlas Mountains?

The temperature in the High Atlas Mountains can vary greatly depending on the season and altitude. In general, the higher you go, the colder it gets.

During the winter months (December to February), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can drop below freezing, especially at higher altitudes. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach -10°C (14°F) or colder at the summit of Mount Toubkal. It’s important to come prepared with warm clothing and gear if you plan to visit during the winter.

In the summer months (June to August), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can be quite hot during the day, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). However, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher altitudes, so it’s important to pack warm layers for evenings and early mornings.

Overall, it’s best to come prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions when visiting the High Atlas Mountains, as the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly.

What equipment do I need to hike Toubkal Mount in the winter?

Hiking Toubkal Mount in the winter can be challenging and requires proper equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are some essential items you should bring with you:

  1. Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.

  2. Warm clothing layers: You’ll need to dress in layers, including a base layer, mid-layer, and outer shell, to stay warm and regulate your body temperature. Insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves are also necessary.

  3. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants: You’ll need a waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect you from the snow, wind, and rain.

  4. Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.

  5. Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.

  6. Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.

  7. Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.

Is it safe to trek in Morocco?

Morocco is generally considered a safe country for trekking, but like any travel destination, it’s important to take appropriate safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.

  2. Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.

  3. Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.

  4. Avoid hiking alone: It’s always safer to hike with a group or a guide, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and rewarding trekking experience in Morocco.