5 Days Fes To Marrakech via Merzouga Sahara Desert


A 5-day desert tour from Fes to Marrakech via the Atlas Mountains, Todra & Dades Gorges, Ouarzazate, Sahara Oasis, including a camel trek and a night in the Sahara Desert is a fantastic way to experience the diverse landscapes and culture of Morocco

DEPARTURE LOCATION : Your hotel / Riad in FES

ARRIVAL : Marrakech

INCLUDED in Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga

  • Private A/C Vehicle + fuel
  • Camel Trekking
  • Accommodations with Dinner and Breakfast included
  • English/French/Spanish speaking driver

NOT INCLUDED in Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch meals & Drink

Amazing 5-Day Desert Trip From FES To Marrakech via Merzouga


Fes – Ifran – Azrou – Midelt.

  • Depart from Fes in the morning.
  • Drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains.
  • Visit the Berber village of Immouzer Kandar.
  • Explore Ifrane, often referred to as “the Switzerland of Morocco” due to its architecture.
  • Continue the journey with glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas mountains.
  • Stop at Azrou, a Berber village in the midst of the famous cedar forest – the largest in Morocco – where you may well sight Barbary apes.
  • After spending some time within the forest, continue the drive to Midelt.
  • Arrive in Midelt and check into Your Hotel for Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast.

This itinerary captures the highlights of your journey on Day 1, including the scenic drive through the Atlas Mountains and the opportunity to experience the unique natural beauty and wildlife in the cedar forest. Enjoy your stay in Midelt!


Errachidia – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga

  • After breakfast at your hotel in Midelt, continue your journey towards Merzouga.
  • Drive through the Tiz Ntalghamt pass and the Ziz Gorge, enjoying views of the High Atlas plateau.
  • Notice how the landscape gradually changes as you approach the city of Errachidia.
  • Travel along the lush Ziz Valley, making stops for panoramic views on the way to Erfoud and Rissani.
  • Arrive in Merzouga, the gateway to the Sahara Desert.
  • Meet your experienced Camel man who will guide you into the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
  • Embark on a camel trek, allowing you to explore the mesmerizing sand-sea of the Erg Chebbi.
  • Pause to witness the breathtaking sunset over the dunes.
  • Continue your camel ride deeper into the desert, experiencing the tranquility and beauty of the Sahara.
  • Dinner and overnight accommodations will be either under the stars, with a clear view of the desert sky, or in a traditional Berber nomad tent.

This part of the tour provides you with a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Sahara Desert’s vastness and beauty, experiencing a night amidst the dunes and enjoying the hospitality of the desert nomads. Enjoy your desert adventure!


Merzouga – Er rissani – Merzouga

  • Your Camel man will wake you up early in the morning to witness what may be the most spectacular sunrise of your life over the Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • Enjoy the peacefulness of the desert as you camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga.
  • Have breakfast in Merzouga to energize for the day’s activities.

Exploration of Er Rissani:

  • Depart for the holy city of Er Rissani.
  • Visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sherif, where members of the Alouite dynasty are buried.
  • Explore the ruins of Ksar Abbar, a kasbah that dates back to the 17th century.
  • Discover Rissani’s famed palmerie and get a glimpse of daily life on the edge of the desert.
  • Visit the Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim, constructed around 1900 during the reign of Sultan Moulay Hassan.

Return to Merzouga:

  • Continue your journey through the open black desert, admiring the everchanging hues of the Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • Return to Merzouga in the evening.
  • Overnight accommodations will be provided in a riad or hotel in Merzouga.

This day offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration in Er Rissani, and a deeper understanding of life in the desert. It’s a great opportunity to experience both the scenic and cultural aspects of the region. Enjoy your exploration!


Merzouga – Rissani – Tinghir – Boumanle Dades – Ouarzazate

  • After breakfast in Merzouga, depart for a scenic drive through some of Morocco’s most captivating landscapes.
  • Begin your journey towards Rissani, a town known for its unique heritage and the rose city of Kalaa Mgouna, where you can purchase rose water and other local products.
  • Continue through the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, a picturesque route with a line of kasbahs, just before the town of Skoura.
  • Explore the kasbahs along the way, immersing yourself in the rich history and architecture of the region.
  • Proceed to Ouarzazate, often referred to as the “Hollywood of Africa” due to its stunning geography and landscapes that have attracted filmmakers from around the world.
  • If there is no ongoing production event, you may have the opportunity to visit the movie studio, a famous cinematic center used for blockbuster productions, including “Astrix and Cleopatra” directed by Alain Chabat and the Oscar-winning “Gladiator” directed by Ridley Scott.
  • Overnight stay at a riad in Ouarzazate.

This leg of your journey takes you through the iconic Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, offering a glimpse into the history and culture of the region, and provides a chance to explore Ouarzazate’s cinematic heritage. Enjoy your stay in Ouarzazate!


Ouarzazate – Altas Mountains – Marrakech

  • Enjoy breakfast at your riad in Ouarzazate.
  • Depart for Marrakech, the final destination of your 5 Days Fes To Marrakech via Merzouga Sahara Desert
  • Travel through the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass, which takes you over the High Atlas Mountains. The mountains are often snow-covered on their peaks throughout the year.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes as you navigate the winding roads through Berber villages, gaining insight into the local culture.
  • Arrive in Marrakech, where your desert tour comes to an end.

This day offers a scenic drive through the High Atlas Mountains, allowing you to appreciate the natural beauty and culture of the region one last time before concluding your journey in Marrakech. I hope you have enjoyed your desert tour and the diverse experiences it has offered!