3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes

Welcome to our page about the 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Fes. Discover amazing destinations! During your holidays in Morocco, you can book a Marrakech to Fes desert tour. Taking this into account, we crafted the perfect desert experience for you!

  • Day 1 » Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades valley
  • Day 2 » Dades valley – Todra Gorges canyon – Erg Chebbi dunes
  • Day 3 » Erg Chebbi dunes – Ziz Valley – Azrou – Fes
Map of 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes
Map of 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fes

Marrakech to Fes Desert Tour

Due to length, the route Marrakech-desert-Fes takes a few days to overcome. Considering this, many people decide to visit the Sahara Desert on a single Marrakech to Fes tour.

In three days, we offer you the possibility of going from Marrakech to Fes through the Merzouga desert. This way, you get to cross the best places to visit in Morocco, such as the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass, the UNESCO Morocco site of Ksar Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate city, the Dades Valley, the Todra Gorge canyon, and Erg Chebbi dunes.

Furthermore, you will visit the Ziz Valley and interact with wild monkeys at the cedar forest in Azrou before a quick stop in Ifrane Alpine mountain city.


  1. This is a private tour.
  2. Pick up and drop off at your hotel in medina Marrakech.
  3. Air-conditioned vehicle with driver and fuel.
  4. Hotels with breakfast and dinner in Erg Chebbi dunes, and Draa Valley.
  5. Merzouga camp with dinner, breakfast, and traditional music evening show.
  6. Merzouga dunes camel ride and guide.

Not included

  • International flights.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunches.
  • Drinks.
  • Tickets (Atlas Studios 5€, Taourirt 3.5€).
  • Tips.
  • Anything not mentioned as included.

Visited Places

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1 » Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades valley

Ksar Ait Benhaddou Morocco

Our staff will pick you from your hotel in Marrakech to start the journey to a bunch of beautiful destinations and visit Morocco.

Firstly you will pass through the Atlas Mountains up to the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass at 2,260m.

Down the mountains, you go towards Ksar Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO Morocco site is a fortified mud-brick village full of the best examples of kasbahs in Morocco.

In the movies, Ait Benhaddou is the village with an adobe fighting arena in Gladiator, and also the Yunkai city in Game of Thrones.

After lunch and continuing your journey to Ouarzazate, you visit the famous Atlas Studios. This is the shooting location for countless famous movies such as the Kingdom of Heaven, Prisoners of the Sun, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Kundun, the Mummy, a Hologram for the King, Prince of Persia, Babel, Body of Lies, and many others.

Tissadrine road in Dades Valley Morocco

Before driving to Dades Valley, you make a short stop to visit the famous 17th-century Kasbah Taourirt belonging to the Marrakech Pacha from the Glaoui tribes.

Continuing your trip, you depart towards the magnificent Dades Valley that due its red colors looks like you’re entering another planet.

After a short photo stop at the Monkey Finger’s viewpoint, you now go up the incredible Tissadrine road that’s on the list of most beautiful drivable roads in the world.

You arrive at your hotel inside the incredible Dades Gorge canyon. You can now go to your room and have a shower and get ready for dinner.

The day was long, and you need to prepare for tomorrow’s drive to the desert.

Day 2

Day 2 » Dades valley – Todra Gorges canyon – Erg Chebbi dunes

Erg Chebbi Dunes Morocco

You have an early departure after breakfast at your Dades hotel. Driving towards another spectacular site, you cross the Tinghir area with some photo stops.

Deep inside the valley, you finally go out for a walk inside the breathtaking Todra Gorge canyon.

The second day of your Marrakech desert trip ends when you finally arrive in the lovely Merzouga desert camp.

After a camel ride in Erg Chebbi Dunes, you’re ready to go inside your tent, shower, have dinner, and listen to some local traditional music.

Day 3

Day 3 » Erg Chebbi dunes – Ziz Valley – Azrou – Fes

Tafilalet Morocco

Today, you have to wake up very early to enjoy a magnificent sunrise in the Sahara Desert. It is hard to wake up but worth the effort. Go up one of the big dunes and enjoy this fantastic nature-site.

You start the third day of your adventure to reach the city of Fes late afternoon.

Today you pass lovely areas of Morocco. Driving north to Fes, up the Atlas Mountains, you will be amazed as the landscapes change from dunes to rocky mountains, to an alpine forest in Ifrane, into the Mediterranean scenario near Fes, in just one day.

Before exiting the desert, you pass through the incredible Ziz Valley, where you stop for a panoramic view of the millions of palm trees of Tafilalet palm grove.

Cedre Gouraud Forest Azrou Morocco

Starting going up the mountains, you will pass Midelt, the Moroccan apple capital. You will notice the cool mountain brize in contrast to the warm desert winds.

After comes Azrou, which is famous for its forests and the famous Barbary monkeys. You will stop to profit from the Cèdre Gouraud Forest and its impressive 35-meter-tall cedar tree.

Before heading to Fes, you will still visit the exciting city of Ifrane, with its Alpine architecture and surrounded by lakes and forests. You will ask yourself if you’re still in Morocco or somewhere in Central Europe.

Late afternoon arrival to Fes. End of tour.

Desert camps in Merzouga

Luxury desert camp

Option 1 » Merzouga luxury desert camp » tent with an ensuite shower + WC.

Luxury desert camp in Merzouga
Luxury desert camp in Merzouga

Standard desert camp

Option 2 » Merzouga standard desert camp » tent with shared shower + WC.

Standard desert camp in Merzouga
Standard desert camp in Merzouga

Our Vehicles

Ford Tourneo
Ford Tourneo
Toyota Prado TX
Toyota Prado TX
Mercedes Sprinter
Mercedes Sprinter

Frequently asked questions

Are there other Marrakech desert tours with more days?

Yes, we have other trips on the same itinerary. Check out the 4-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour.

What is the difference between the 4-day, the 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour?

The main difference between the 4-day, the 3-day Marrakech to Fes desert tour is that you will have an extra day to enjoy and visit the Sahara Desert areas. The trip around the dunes includes Hassilabied oasis, Merzouga lake, Khamlia village, Taouz petroglyphs, and Mfis abandoned mines. It’s fantastic to get to know the desert culture around Erg Chebbi dunes.

Can this tour be made the other way around, starting in Fes?

Yes, this journey can also be made the other way around as a Fes to Marrakech desert tour. You visit the same destinations, just in the opposite direction.

Does this trip include a camel ride Morocco experience?

Yes, on our 3 days Marrakech Fes tour, you can have a thrilling Merzouga camel trekking and sleep in a Morocco desert camp.

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