Marrakech to Fes tours
Our day trips cover some of the amazing cities on the journey from Marrakech to Fes tours can include:
Section 1: 3 days/2 nights
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge
Pick up provided from hotel to Ouarzazate through the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass situated at a height of 2,260m within the High Atlas Mountains. This is how the first of our Marrakech to Fez tours starts. Enjoy the exotic and colourful landscapes along with the Berber village on your way from Marrakech and Ouarzazate, which is known as the doorway to the Sahara Desert. Ait Benhaddou, the UNESCO world heritage site, falls on the way and is a famous spot with movies like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Jesus of Nazareth” shot in this location. Walk across the river to visit the fortified Kasbah, situated atop the hill. Continue towards Ouarzazate through the Skoura palm grove and the Valley of the Roses. This valley is the centre of Moroccan roses and rose products. Travel through the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills and Dades gorge, carved by the Dades River for centuries, before enjoying a mystical night right at the heart of the gorge.
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Erg Chebbi (sand boarding)
On the second day of your Marrackech to Fes tours, another gorge named Todra awaits you with the roads through the Berber village and Dades valley. You can trek the canyons, which are around 300m high and a favourite place for mountain climbers. Once finished with the trekking, head towards the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Sahara Desert. Lunch will be served before arriving at Erfoud. From Erg Chebbi, you can enjoy a 2 hour camel ride towards the camp behind an oasis, enjoying the fabulous sunset on the way. Feel like a nomad as you spend the night under a sky lit up by millions of stars and amidst Berber music.
Day 3: Merzouga – Midelt – Ifran – Fez
Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, the best thing within the desert. Complete your breakfast and set out towards Fez alongside the Ziz Valley Gorge and Azrou. Be amused by the monkeys within green lush cedar forests on your way. Get a drop off at your hotel by the evening on Day 3.
Section 2: 4 days/3 nights
Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou
The second option in our Marrackech to Fez tours. Pick up from the hotel in the morning. Move towards Ouarzazate with the exotic view of High Atlas Mountains through the 2,260m high Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Let the mountain landscapes and the valleys unfold their beauty to you in different colours, along with the Berber villages. Kasbah of Telouet, occupied by the Pacha Glaoui during his reign, is worth paying a visit. This is situated in the village of Telouet, near the Onilla Valley. The Harem, along with the reception hall stands tall to speak for the luxurious life of El Glaoui. Moreover, it also depicts the Andalusian decorating style. The older parts of Kasbah are completely in ruins and make it difficult to visit. You’ll want to get lost in the crumbled passageways, which are more like a maze. Next, you will continue to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou in your Marrakech to Fez tour. This is a World Heritage site announced by UNESCO. The Moroccan Government, in 1994, announced Kasbah as a National Heritage and took up the preservation responsibility. This place was a major stop for camel caravans carrying salt through the Sahara and coming back with gold, silver, and slaves. Overnight stay will be at Ait Benhaddou.
Day 2: Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge
The travel to the city of Ouarzazate starts after your breakfast with a visit to Kasbah Taourirt. The journey will commence through the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura Oasis, surrounded by palm groves, to the Rose Valley, famous for the production of Moroccan roses. You can also opt for a smaller route to the Dades Gorge and pass by the strange rock creations of Tamnalt Hills. This rock resembles monkey feet. Dades Gorge is a deep gorge with red and mauve rock above the road. Next, you will return to Boumalne Dades to continue the journey to another famous gorge known as Todra Gorge.
Day 3: Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
On the 3rd day of your Marrakech to Fez tour, leave Todra Gorge behind to continue the journey towards Tourong Erfoud via Tinejdad. The fossils centre along with the ancient city of Rissani, which thrived in the earlier centuries due to caravan routes to Sijilmassa, is worth visiting. Alaouite, the early conquerors of Morocco, lived here. You can notice people wearing indigo blue robes. Enjoy the late afternoon with a 2 hour journey on the camel to Erg Chebbi, while boasting of the magical sunset on the desert. You will be spending the night at Erg Chebbi in the Nomadic style tent with a crystal clear sky full of stars.
Day 4 : Merzouga – Midelt – Ifran – Fez
On the last day of your Marrakech to Fez tour, make sure you wake up as early as possible to enjoy desert sunrise at its best over the huge sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. This is, by all means, the best moment of Merzouga desert. After you have changed your clothes and finished breakfast, the journey towards Fez will start through the Ziz Valley gorge and Azrou. On the way, the views of lush green cedar forests, along with numerous monkeys on the trees, will keep you entertained. In the evening, you will be dropped at your hotel.
Section 3: 2 days/1 night
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Agdez – Erg Chebbi
The third of our Marrakech to Fez tours sees you start with an early morning journey from your hotel towards Ouarzazate, through the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass within the High Atlas Mountains. Beautiful landscapes, vibrant colours and Berber villages are there to welcome you on your way from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. The next stop in your day trip is at Agdez, the first village in Draa valley. Next, advance towards the Sarhro volcanic mountains with dramatic formation of rocks and exotic gorges. In the afternoon, arrive to Merzouga at the outskirts of Sahara desert and take a camel safari to reach the night camp after a splendid 2 hours of beauty including the sunset. Spend the night at Erg Chebbi in the Nomadic style, counting the bright stars in the sky.
Day 2: Erg Chebbi – Midelt – Ifran – Fez
Wake up early to enjoy the exotic sunrise (the most beautiful thing in the desert) over the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. A quick breakfast and change of clothes will make you ready for the journey to Fez along Ziz Valley Gorge and Azrou. The lush cedar forests and the monkeys that play in them will keep you amused on the way. In the evening, the drop off will be at your hotel.
Section 4: 5 days/4 nights
Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil – Sidi Chamharouch – Toubkal refuge
On the first day of our 5-day Marrakech to Fez tours, the driver will receive you from the hotel and will go to the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. The trip starts from Imlil (1,740m), a big Berber village 65km south of Marrakech. You will be dropped off at the village, where the muleteers will take care of your luggage, food, and other requirements. Within half an hour, your journey to the Berber village, accompanied by an experienced mountain guide, will follow. Shortly after, you will reach the mountain hut by the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch at 2,500m to enjoy your picnic lunch. All things will be prepared in advance by the cook. After the lunch, which is followed by a short break, you can continue your journey towards the refuge at 3,200m height.
Day 2: Toubkal refuge – Summit – Return to Imlil
Wake up as early as possible to avoid the heat of the sun. We will finish up with breakfast by 5am and start climbing by 5.30am. Take careful steps towards the point above the hut, where you can take a short break with nuts, oranges and water. After 3 or 4 hours of uphill walking, you can notice the High Atlas Mountains, the exotic valleys around them, and the Berber villages. Take a break of around 45 minutes on the summit to take the pictures and enjoy the beauty before going all the way down to the hut. The cook will be ready with the lunch there. After the lunch, walk down the same route and spend the night with a Berber family with dinner and breakfast (suite with private bath will be provided).
Day 3: Imlil – Ait Benhaddou – Rose Valley – Dades Gorge
Day 3 of your tour from Marrakech to Fez will see you depart from Imlil at 8am and start your journey towards Ouarzazate. On the way, you will be able to pass through Tizi-n-Tichka Pass at 2,260m, which is the highest road pass in Morocco. The natural beauty of the High Atlas Mountains and the small Berber villages scattered in the valleys of the mountain will surely leave you amazed. The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ait Benhaddou is hard to miss. The Kasbah welcomes with the best and the most impressive fortress cities of the country. This is situated on the top of the hill and is a favourite place among movie directors. Famous movies like Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were shot here. The upper area of Kasbah provides a breathtaking view and is totally worth the steep climb through the windy streets. The journey continues through the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs and the Skoura oasis. The Valley of Roses, also known as Kelaa M’Gouna, is the centre of various types of rose products like rose water, soaps, and cream that have earned fame throughout the world. Carry on the journey by passing the Tamnalt Hills and its strange rock creations, before you arrive at the Dades Gorge, which has been carved for centuries by the famous Dades River. The red and mauve rocks create beautiful natural scenery along with the tower above the road. Spend the night in the Dades Gorge, where you will receive the dinner and the breakfast for the next day.
Day 4: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
Enjoy a breakfast in the morning before departing the Dades Gorge and find your way to another gorge – the Todra Gorge (also the highest oasis in Morocco). This gorge is actually cut deep into the colored cliffs of the High Atlas Mountains and around 300 meter high walls. The narrowest parts are merely 20 meters apart from each other. From the Todra Gorge, your next stop will be at Merzouga, an oasis in the heart of Sahara Desert, at the foot of the famous Erg Chebbi dunes. There, you can find the guides as well as the camels to guide you through the Moroccan Sahara. The journey through the desert landscape will take around 2 hours and finally, you will reach the desert camp for night. On the way, you can witness the elegance of a magical sunset on the desert. The guide will prepare refreshing mint tea for you at the camp along with a great tagine dinner. A Nomad tent will be there for overnight, along with the breakfast for the upcoming day.
Day 5: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Midelt – Fes
Complete your tour from Marrakech to Fez desert tours by waking up early to enjoy the sunrise over Erg Chebbi sand dunes, in what might be the highlight of your time in the morocco desert. After breakfast, continue the journey towards Merzouga Fez through the beautiful Ziz Valley Gorge via Azrou. The green cedar forests and the playful monkeys will keep you amused. By late evening, you will be dropped at the hotel.