From Marrakech: 3-Day Trip to Fes via Merzouga Desert

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Discover the amazing views of the Atlas Mountains on this multi-day trip to Fes from Marrakech. Visit the World Heritage site Ait Benhaddou and enjoy camel trekking in the Sahara Desert of Erg Chebbi.


  • Cross the majestic Tizi n'Tichka Pass, known as the highest road in North Africa
  • Visit the splendid Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage
  • Enjoy a Berber dinner and music at night in a Saharan desert camp
  • Have fun in the Sahara desert and spend a night under a starry sky
  • Drive from Merzouga to Fes past the Middle Atlas Mountains and cedar woods


Dive deep into the Sahara Desert on a 3-day trip from Marrakech to Fes with accommodation included. Immerse yourself in the local culture and scenery as you visit quaint villages, spend a night in the desert, and embark on a camel trek through the dunes. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Ben haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Tinghir Begin early in the morning with pickup from your Marrakech hotel. Drive east past quaint villages to reach the High Atlas Mountains. As you drive through the mountains, occasionally stop for scenic photos, stretch your legs, and have a quick cup of coffee. After driving through the famous Tizi n'Tichka pass, stop at the Berber fortified village, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. See the filming locations of the Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Kingdom of Heaven as you explore this famous UNESCO site. Purchase a delicious lunch before continuing to Tinghir, driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, Klaa Mgouna, and Dades. Reach your hotel late in the afternoon. Relax and have dinner in Tinghir before retiring for the night. Day 2: Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Pass through the many Berber villages scattered along the way, including Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Relax in Merzouga, then pack a small overnight bag to take on your camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp, leave the camels, and walk to the highest dunes to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to music in the middle of the Sahara. Day 3: Camel trek - Sunrise - Errachidia - Medilt - Atlas Mountains - Ifran - Fes Get up bright and early to see the stunning sunrise over the desert. Enjoy breakfast before hopping back on your camel. Once you reach Merzouga, begin your drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia. Around midday, stop in Midelt to buy lunch. Continue to Fes via Ifran Imouzzar with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns, which are both famous as winter ski resorts for Moroccans. Your driver might spot some Barbary apes on the way and you can seize the opportunity to take some pictures. Arrive at Fes late in the afternoon and end your tour with a drop-off at your accommodation.


Pickup from and drop-off at your accommodation Air-conditioned vehicle English or French-speaking driver Private hotel room for the first night Overnight private tent in a desert camp (toilets and showers available outside your tent) 2 breakfast and 2 dinner meals (vegetarian options available) Camel ride for sunset and sunrise (one camel each person) Drop off at your Fes hotel or the closest accessible location to your road if it's not car accessible Visit to sites along the way

Important Information

  • Please prepare a small backpack or rucksack for the camel ride and overnight in the camp Warm blankets are supplied during the winter, but please bring warm sleeping clothes as temperatures can reach 0°C The final day from Merzouga desert to Fes is approximately 9 hours The drive on day 3 from Erg Chebbi to Fes is quite long so please be prepared If you wish to experience sandboarding in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, there are a few sandboards in the lodge to take with you to the camp; just ask for it and if available, you will be given one Your luggage is welcome on this trip and it will be safely stored in the van while camping in the desert

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