5 days from Marrakech to fes via Sahara desert Overview

Discover the wonders of southern Morocco on a 5-day desert journey starting from Marrakech and ending in Fes. Experience the beauty of the High Atlas mountains, traditional Berber architecture, and vast Sahara sand dunes. Explore ancient kasbahs, desert villages, mosques, and palaces. Traverse through medieval souks and medinas. Ride camels at sunset over the dunes, immerse yourself in Berber culture, and savor local cuisine at a top desert camp in Merzouga, Erg Chebbi.

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Day 1: Marrakech to Dades Valley

Starting in Marrakech, your excursion will take you towards the Atlas Mountains. You could make a pit break in Ait Benhaddou, a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list, to see the stunning landscapes while you’re there. Continuing forward, you will travel through Ouarzazate and the Valley of Roses on route to the Dades Valley. Enjoy the local cuisine and hospitality as you spend the night here if you decide to stay here.

tour with Kouchy in Jemaa el-Fna
Morocco travel guide Ait ben haddou W

Day 2: Dades Valley to Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Dunes)

Located in the High Atlas Mountains’ eastern half, the Todra Gorges are an impressive gorge. The next morning, you need to arrive. Continue on to Merzouga, which is near the famous Erg Chebbi sand dunes. As the sun goes down, your camel trek into the desert will begin. You’ll spend the night in a tent in the desert, gazing up at the starry sky above the Sahara..

Toudra nature
Desert Camp in Merzouga sand dunes Tents

Day 3: Merzouga Exploration

Rise and shine to see the sun rise over the sand dunes; then, fuel yourself for a desert excursion after breakfast. In addition to experiencing sports like sandboarding and four-wheel driving in the desert, visiting local Berber villages is a fantastic chance to learn about their culture. You will spend another night in the desert camp, where traditional music and food will be served.

Desert Camp by Night Lampe
Desert Camp by Night Stars

Day 4: Merzouga to Fes via Midelt

Get out of Merzouga and head toward Fes. The Ziz Valley and the Middle Atlas Mountains are two of the most scenic parts of the country to pass through on your drive. Midelt is a town well-known for its mineral and rock formations; you should stop there for lunch. It is recommended that you reach Fes in the evening and get into your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Desert Camp by Night View

Day 5: Exploring Fes

On your penultimate day, you will get the chance to see the UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic Medina of Fes. Some of the most prominent places to visit are the Bou Inania Madrasa, the Tanneries, and the entrance to the Royal Palace. Spend the day sampling the many foods sold in the area’s markets. You can’t go wrong with pottery or leather goods from Fes as mementos of your vacation. Either stay in and relax at your hotel, or keep on exploring the exciting nightlife of the city.

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