Explore Morocco: 8-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes

This 8-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes lets you see the best of Morocco. The places you’ll see are Dades, Merzouga, Fes, and Chefchaouen. The views and cultural past of the country are wonderful. To find out more, look at the plan below.

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This 8-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes allows you to explore the High Atlas Mountains, visit the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, and stop in Ouarzazate for the “Atlas studio,” the Roses Valley, and the Dades Gorges. You will also ride a camel and sleep in a Berber tent camp in the Sahara Desert.

Furthermore, you will stop at the traditional markets in Rissani, Erfoud, Errachidia, Midelt, and Azrou on the way back to Fes. You will also be able to take a day trip to the blue city of Chfechaouen.

This trip can be changed to fit your needs, so please let us know if you have any questions.

8-Day desert Tour From Marrakech to Fes Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech to Dades

On the first day of your 8-day tour from Marrakech to Fes via Merzouga, you’ll begin your journey in the morning. Depart from your hotel or the airport in Marrakech and head to the Dades Valley. As you venture into the High Atlas Mountains, you’ll ascend the famous Tizi N-Tichka pass, which reaches an elevation of 2260 meters.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to make several stops and take in the breathtaking scenery, characterized by a variety of hues and punctuated by tiny Berber settlements. At these stopping points, you’ll be able to look around and capture photographs to document your journey.

One of the notable highlights of the day’s itinerary is a visit to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. This historic site has been featured in numerous iconic films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and more.

The day’s adventure will also take you to Ouarzazate, often referred to as “the gate to the desert.” While in Ouarzazate, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Kasbah Taourirt and the Film Studios, offering insights into Morocco’s cinematic history.

Continuing your journey, you’ll head to the Dades Gorges, following the enchanting route of a thousand Kasbahs. You’ll arrive in Boumalne Dades, where you’ll enjoy a delightful supper and spend the night in the comfort of a traditional Riad or hotel.

This marks the beginning of your immersive 8-day tour, providing you with a glimpse of Morocco’s captivating landscapes and cultural treasures. As you progress through the itinerary, you’ll have the opportunity to explore more remarkable destinations, each with its unique charm. If you have any questions or specific details you’d like to discuss regarding your tour, please feel free to let me know.

Day 2: Dades to Merzouga

We will leave Dades and go to the Todra Gorges after a traditional Moroccan breakfast. Take a walk through the tight tunnel and take pictures of the big walls that reach up to 300 meters high. A lot of people like to rock climb here.

Then we continue our 8-day tour from Marrakech to Fes towards the Merzouga Sahara Desert. On the way, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. These sand hills are where we’ll be in the late afternoon.

Take a camel ride into the middle of the desert that lasts for 1.5 hours. At the top of one of the largest sand dunes, you can watch the sun goes down.

Enjoy a tasty meal while dancing and playing traditional Berber drums. Then, spend the night in a standard or luxury desert camp under the stars.

Day 3: Merzouga desert tour

Early in the morning, your camel guide will wake you up so you can see the sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes. Seeing the sunshine over the sand dunes and give them a golden glow is an experience you will never forget.

You will go back to your riad or hotel in Merzouga after breakfast and meet your driver/guide for an off-road trip through the desert. The Khamlia town is a Berber village famous for its deep Gnawa music, and you will have the chance to visit it. You will also see some old mines and an area with palm trees.

This trip is a wonderful way to learn about the Berber way of life and culture. You will see how the farmers take care of their goats and horses and live in tents. Also, you will be able to try some traditional Berber drinks and foods.

You will come back to Merzouga after your trip and have some free time to walk around town. This town is very nice and has lots to offer tourists. You can walk around the souk, go to the nearby mosque, or just sit in one of the many shops and have a cup of tea.

This is a great day trip that will show you the Merzouga desert and its interesting culture.

Day 4: Merzouga to Midelt

Today, we leave the Sahara Desert after an unforgettable off-road adventure and encounters with nomadic people. After breakfast, we continue our 8-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes, stopping in Rissani and Erfoud along the way.

In Rissani, we will visit the authentic souk, where you can wander around and shop like a local. You can find everything from souvenirs and spices to traditional clothing and jewelry.

From Rissani, we will continue on our way to Midelt, pausing along the way to take in the panoramic views of palm trees across the Ziz Valley. This lush valley is a welcome sight after the desert landscape.

After Errachidia, we will pass through the Rich Ziz Gorges, a series of dramatic canyons carved out of volcanic rock. We will then drive over to the Tizi N Talghamt Pass and arrive in Midelt.

We will spend the night in Midelt at a comfortable hotel, where we will enjoy dinner and breakfast.

Day 5: Midelt to Fes

Our 8-day desert tour from Marrakech will continue after breakfast as we head from Midelt to Fes. In the Middle Atlas Mountains, we will go by small, old Berber towns made of mud along the way.

Before we go anywhere else, we’ll stop at the famous Azrou Cedar Forest, where we can see and take pictures of the Barbarian macaques (monkeys). These cute animals are a big draw for tourists coming to the area.

We will go from Azrou to Ifrane, which is a beautiful mountain town that is sometimes called the “Switzerland of Morocco.” The mountain buildings, cedar woods, and trout-filled lakes in this town make it famous.

Our first stop will be in Ifrane. The next stop is Fes, where we will check into our hotel or riad.

Day 6: Fes guided tour

People who visit Fes should not miss the chance to see some of the city’s oldest and most interesting buildings. You can take an interesting half-day walking tour through the busy medina with a guide who knows the area well. You will then have the afternoon off to see more of what the city has to offer. The Fes Medina has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. It is the world’s largest and busiest old medina.

You will see a lot of old historical sites on your trip in the Old Medina (Fes-el-Bali). Some of the coolest things you can do are visit the Nejjarin Museum, Al Quaraouin (the world’s oldest university), the Jewish Quarter, and get a better look at Fes’s famous leather tanneries from above. A good night’s sleep in a nice hotel or riad will end your day.

With the help of an informed local guide, you will be able to fully enjoy the interesting historical buildings of Fes today. Being able to walk through Fes’s busy streets and see its interesting landmarks will help you learn more about its long past and exciting present.

Day 7: Fes to Chefchaouen, the blue city

We will continue our 8-day desert tour from Marrakech by picking you up from your hotel in Fes. We will stop at Volubilis, the Roman ruins to take some pictures from outside. When you arrive at Chefchaouen, you have free time to explore the town on your own and enjoy a panoramic view of the blue town from the Spanish mosque. After lunch, we will go back to spend the night in Fes.

Day 8: Departure from Fes

On this day, your professional guide will take you to the airport in Fes for your departure flights. This marks the end of our services.

8-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes Reviews

The Best 8 Days Tour from Marrakech

The best part of our trip was our tour of the Moroccan desert. We stopped several times to take in the beautiful scenery. The hotel where we stayed the first night, the restaurants where we ate lunch, and the cozy desert camp were all great. Hamid was our guide. He was nice, knew a lot, and spoke English very well. The car was also very nice to ride in. This plan is a must for anyone going to Morocco. It's truly amazing to watch the sun go down while riding a camel. We think everyone should go on this 8-day tour from Marrakech!
Caitriona C
September 2023

Very Good Trip

Last week was the start of our trip to Morocco! The desert was the best part of the journey, but our driver, Moha, was even better than we thought he would be. Like a family member, he was always willing to help. From the start, he showed us love and kindness. We formed amazing ties in such a short amount of time. Without a question, it was a one-of-a-kind story!
Ari B
January 2023

Best Family Tour in Morocco!

Our eight-day trip began in Marrakech and ended in Marrakech. In the Dades Valley, you could see wildlife and beautiful scenery. Riding quad bikes in the desert and riding horses to a camp in the desert to watch the sunset were some of the best parts. The guides on our tour were great, and the driver, Hamid, was very helpful. He gave us water and coffee, and he even paid for small tips. The trip was great all around, and we're already planning to go back for a longer stay in the desert.
Morin J
November 2022

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Stunning Views

We want you to enjoy the beautiful scenery on our trip. We will stop at the best places to see great views, pretty gardens, and other cool things. You can also ask our driver to stop if you see something that interests you. We want you to have a great time and make good memories.

Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off

We will pick you up at the airport in Marrakech with a sign that has your name or the name of the agency. We will also drop you off at the airport or hotel at the end of your trip. This is part of our 8-day Marrakech tour.

Professional Guide

You will have a driver/guide who knows a lot about Morocco with you on your trip. We will also set up guides from the cities of Fes and Marrakech.

Photography Locations

If you like taking pictures, you should think about going to Morocco. It has huge deserts, tall mountains, and bustling cities that are perfect for beautiful photos. If you come with us, you’ll get to take pictures of the biggest sand dunes in Morocco called Erg Chebbi.

Accepted Payments

To confirm your booking with us, we require a deposit to secure the reservation (the amount depends on the tour and number of passengers). The rest of the payment is paid in cash (preferably in EUR) when you meet your driver here in Morocco.

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