6-Day Morocco Desert Tour From Fes to Marrakech
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Touring in Morocco offers a 6-day journey from Fes to Marrakech, including a Merzouga desert adventure. Our team greets you upon arrival and takes care of your comfortable accommodation. Explore Fes, its vibrant Souks, Madrasa Bou Inania, and Chouara tanneries, before moving to Ifrane, one of Morocco’s cleanest cities, and Ziz Valley. Experience the tallest sand dunes in the kingdom, go on a camel trek through Erg Chebbi dunes, and spend a magical night at a desert camp. Explore Merzouga’s vibrant Gnaoua tribe, nomadic communities, and a tranquil oasis. Spend a night at Boumalne Dades and visit an authentic Argan oil cooperative before concluding your journey in the vibrant Marrakech.
6-Day Fes to Marrakech Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival and pick-up service to the accommodation
On the initial day of your 6-day Morocco journey from Fes to Marrakech, your experience begins with a convenient pickup service. Our team of local guides is dedicated to tailoring this journey to your preferences. In other words, they will be at your service to collect you from any designated meeting point in Fes and accompany you to your selected local accommodation.
Day 2: Visiting Fes attractions
Fes, a city brimming with culture, remarkable architecture, and historical wonders, sets the stage for the second day of your 6-day Morocco trip from Fes to Marrakech via the desert. This day is dedicated to exploring the city’s most remarkable attractions.
Our adventure begins with a visit to the renowned Madrasa Bou Inania, an architectural masterpiece that stands as one of Morocco’s most extraordinary schools. Its distinctive appeal stems from the fact that Abou Inan Faris founded it between AD 1351 and AD 1356. Visitors from all backgrounds, not just Muslims, are welcome. Following this, we venture into Fes El Bali, the historic old city. Our entry point is the iconic Bab Boujeloud, also known as the blue gate. This district is celebrated for its bustling souks, traditional riads, and authentic spas.
Our journey continues as we explore the Mellah, Fes’ Jewish quarter. Here, you can uncover the deep-rooted connection between Fes and its Jewish community, manifested through early 20th-century residences, offering valuable insights into the city’s Jewish heritage.
Afterward, we make our way to the Chouara leather tanneries, among the largest in Fes. These tanneries are a magnet for visitors seeking quality leather products. Here, skilled craftsmen create perforations in the ground and employ spices such as saffron to dye the leather. For photography enthusiasts, we recommend the opportunity to capture these intriguing scenes from the shop owners’ rooftops, which are available at reasonable prices. A quick note: the tanneries can be pungent, so it’s wise to carry some fresh mint to combat the odor.
Day 3: From Fes to Merzouga & camel trekking & night at the camp
Embark on the third day of our 6-day Morocco journey, venturing from Fes to Marrakech via the enchanting Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi. This thrilling day starts early as we explore the captivating landscapes and cultural highlights.
We traverse the Middle Atlas mountains, offering picturesque views of Berber villages, farmlands, and rivers. Our first stop is Ifrane, celebrated as Morocco’s cleanest city and renowned for its chilly winters, attracting winter sports enthusiasts. Notably, during World War II, it served as a prisoner camp, where a German soldier carved the famous white lion statue, a story you’ll discover.
Next, we visit the mesmerizing Ziz Valley, celebrated for its “Valley of Paradise” status due to its crystal-clear waters, palm trees, apricot, and almond orchards.
Continuing our journey, we pass through Erfoud before reaching the captivating Merzouga desert. Here, you’ll enjoy a refreshing mint tea before embarking on camel rides, led by skilled guides, through Erg Chebbi’s majestic sand dunes. You’ll discover the best spots for incredible photos along the way.
Upon arriving at the desert camp, you can partake in various activities, from sandboarding and desert hikes to thrilling quad biking. As the day concludes, you’ll be treated to a magical Berber music performance under the starry desert sky, creating lasting memories.
Day 4: Erg Chebbi 4WD tour & attractions discovery
The excursion to Erg Chebbi’s desert stands as the highlight of our 6-day Morocco journey from Fes to Marrakech, via the captivating Merzouga desert. This day-long adventure, made all the more comfortable with our 4WD vehicle, unveils the unique attractions of Merzouga.
Our day begins with a hearty breakfast at your hotel or desert camp. Afterward, we set off to explore the Moroccan National Auto Museum, a fascinating showcase of a car enthusiast’s collection. Here, you’ll marvel at a variety of vintage automobiles, including old Japanese, Chinese, and British hummers. The museum is also renowned for its unique double Jeep car.
From the museum, we head to Khamlia village, famed for its vibrant Gnaoua music. The village was initially established by the Touareg people who sought refuge there, making it their cultural haven and expressing their rich traditions through music. During your visit, you’ll be treated to a Gnaoua music performance, gaining insights into their history and heritage.
Our journey continues to M’Ifiss, a place known for its French administration presence dating back to the 19th century. Here, you’ll discover the art of crafting mascara from Kohl and the production of glass made from Baryte.
We then proceed to visit the nomads, providing a glimpse into the traditional Berber lifestyle. Merzouga’s nomadic communities belong to various tribes, each with its unique customs and traditions. A designated member of the tribe typically tends to the herd. During your visit, you’ll be warmly welcomed by a nomadic family, offering you a firsthand look at their daily life.
Finally, we conclude the day with a drive through the verdant oasis of Merzouga, surrounded by lush agricultural lands. With this, you’ll return to your hotel, preparing for the adventures that await on the following day.
Day 5: From Merzouga to Boumalne Dades via Tinghir
On the fifth day of our 6-day journey from Fes to Marrakech via the Sahara desert, we leave Merzouga for Boumalne Dades. Rise early to catch the sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes and even try sandboarding. Then, enjoy a hearty breakfast at your camp or hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Rissani, known for its vibrant souk, where locals from the surrounding areas gather for shopping. Explore the aromatic spice stalls, and observe the trade of donkeys and sheep, essential for local life. We continue our journey, passing through charming Berber villages and reaching Fezna’s irrigation system for a fascinating look at its operation.
Next, we head to Tinghir, a city at the footh of the Atlas Mountains, celebrated for the Todgha Valley and its towering canyons, some rising to 500 meters. These canyons attract numerous tourists, offering opportunities for rock climbing and horseback riding.
Finally, our day ends as we drive to Boumalne Dades gorges, where we’ll spend the night, surrounded by the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Dades Valley.
Day 6: From Boumalne Dades to Marrakech via Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou
On the last day of our 6-day Morocco trip from Fes to Marrakech, we’re in for an exciting adventure, exploring captivating monuments.
Starting with a traditional breakfast in Boumalne Dades, we hit the famous Tisdrine, or Snake Road. Cadillac’s impressive record on this route has made it a must-visit for tourists during their Morocco excursions.
Then, we travel to Kalaat Megouna, also known as the Pink Bride and encircled by the Valley of Roses. This is where locals craft rose-based cosmetics, a key part of their livelihood. You can even visit a cooperative for optional purchases.
Our journey takes us through Skoura, the city of Kasbahs, before reaching Ouarzazate. This city serves as the gateway to the Sahara Desert and the start of the Thousand Kasbahs Road. Ouarzazate, meaning “without noise,” is famous for hosting the world’s largest solar energy project, known as “Nour.”
A visit to the Atlas Studios follows, where renowned films and TV series, including Gladiator and Cleopatra, have been filmed. You can also watch some of these productions in a cinematic area within the studios.
Continuing, we drive to Ait Ben Haddou’s Kasbah, a fortified village. From its highest point, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and the village itself.
Finally, we cross the High Atlas mountains, visit an Argan oil cooperative, and wrap up our unforgettable journey in Marrakech.