3 days from Fes to Marrakech

Your 3-day itinerary from Fes to Marrakech, traversing the Sahara Desert, promises an extraordinary journey through some of Morocco’s most breathtaking landscapes and culturally rich destinations.

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Day 1: Fes to Merzouga

In the morning, you’ll leave Fes for a lengthy but gorgeous trip to Merzouga, the entrance to the Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara Desert. After leaving Fes, the route winds through the Middle Atlas Mountains, affording beautiful views and an opportunity to see Morocco’s shifting landscapes. Ifrane, renowned as the “Switzerland of Morocco” for its alpine design and colder environment, is a stop. The cedar woodlands of Azrou may also reveal Barbary macaques in their native environment. As you go south, the Ziz Valley, with its lush palm groves and deep canyons, contrasts with the hilly scenery. This route shows Morocco’s remarkable transition from highland to desert scenery. The Sahara Desert awaits you at Merzouga in the late afternoon or early evening. A camel trip to see the dunes sunset is a memorable experience. A desert camp will allow you to experience Berber hospitality, a Moroccan meal under the stars, and a night in a tent or under the stars in the Sahara.

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Mosquee in Fes city

Day 2 : Merzouga sahara desert to Dades valley

 The second day of your Fes-Marrakech Sahara Desert tour takes you from Merzouga’s golden beaches to the Dades Valley’s magnificent scenery. A breathtaking dawn above Merzouga’s dunes starts your day. After enjoying a peaceful Sahara sunrise, you’ll eat breakfast at the desert tent and go to the Dades Valley. Traveling to Dades Valley via Morocco’s different landscapes shows its splendor. Rissani, a major attraction and Sahara gateway, is on the way. Visit this town’s historic souks to experience local business and culture. You’ll next pass through the Todra Gorge, a stunning gorge with 400-meter-high granite cliffs. This stunning natural marvel attracts rock climbers and explorers. Walk around the gorge to see the rock formations and the surroundings. After seeing Todra Gorge, you’ll visit Dades Valley, also known as the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. This beautiful area is known for its strongholds and medieval architecture set amid lush foliage, flowing rivers, and dramatic rock formations. Visitors may explore local communities and learn about Moroccan culture in the Dades Valley, a wonderful mix of natural and cultural attractions. You’ll spend the night in a Dades Valley hotel or guesthouse, thinking on the day’s excursion and the varied scenery you’ve seen. Your second day of adventure ends at the Dades Valley, a tranquil and lovely place of natural beauty and cultural depth.

Desert Camp in Merzouga sand dunes
Good vibes in sahara desert

Day 3 : Dades valley to Marrakech via high atlas

Your last day of travel from Fes to Marrakech over the Sahara Desert takes you from the Dades Valley to Marrakech, a vibrant and ancient city. Enjoy breakfast in the Dades Valley, surrounded by verdant valleys, spectacular canyons, and ancient mud-brick towns. You travel through the Valley of Roses in Kelaat M’Gouna, known for its rose festival, in the morning. Rose farms along the way are attractive and vital to the local economy as they produce rose water. Ouarzazate, the entrance to the Sahara Desert and Morocco’s Hollywood, is next. You may visit Atlas Film Studios, where many notable movies and TV shows were filmed. Visit Ouarzazate’s Taourirt Kasbah to see Southern Morocco’s fortress architecture. Traveling via the Tizi n’Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech is a highlight. This winding mountain route offers stunning Atlas range vistas and great picture opportunities. After arriving in Marrakech, the contrast between the calm Dades Valley and the lively city is clear. Marrakech, a historic imperial city in western Morocco, is an economic hub with mosques, palaces, and gardens. The fortified medieval medina of the Berber Empire has maze-like lanes with lively souks (marketplaces) selling textiles, ceramics, and jewelry. The 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque’s Moorish minaret symbolizes the city from miles away. You might visit the lively Jemaa el-Fnaa square, the lush Majorelle Garden, or the Saadian Tombs depending on your arrival time in Marrakech. Marrakech’s colorful atmosphere, rich history, and breathtaking architecture make it a suitable end to your three-day tour of Morocco’s most enchanting landscapes.

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El Koutbia Marrakech Date palms fountain
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