5 Days Morocco trip From Fes to Marrakech via sahara desert

Embark on a breathtaking journey from Fes to Marrakech, traversing Morocco’s stunning landscapes. Experience the serene Sahara Desert in Merzouga, the rugged beauty of Dades Valley, and the cinematic charm of Ouarzazate. Discover the history of Ait Ben Haddou before crossing the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Conclude your adventure in Marrakech, exploring its ancient wonders and bustling souks, immersing yourself in Moroccan culture and atmosphere.

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Day 1: Fes to Sahara Desert via Middle Atlas Mountains

Your 4-day trip from Fes to Marrakech across the Sahara Desert begins on Day 1 with a travel from Fes’ ancient sites to the Sahara’s stunning dunes. Fes is the starting point for the Sahara Desert trip. Traveling across the Middle Atlas Mountains offers amazing views. In the cedar trees near Azrou, you may see Barbary macaques in their native environment, adding to your wildlife experience. After traversing the Atlas mountain, you’ll enter the Ziz Valley, a stunning geological feature with palm groves and deep valleys. This valley showcases Moroccan diversity and rural life with stunning vistas. As the day develops, you’ll reach the Sahara Desert’s edge at Merzouga, where sweeping dunes dominate the scene. A sunset camel ride is a highlight of the vacation. This peaceful camelback ride lets you see the desert’s transformation as the sun sets and the dunes become gold. Night in a typical desert camp concludes the day. The camp provides a Berber experience in the Sahara dunes. Berber drum music adds vibrancy and culture to the evening. Under the stars, you’ll enjoy a night of music, traditional food, and the Sahara’s calm, a perfect way to start your Moroccan experience.

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Forest of Atlas

Day 2 : Sahara Desert full day exploring

On Day 2 of your exciting trip from Fes to Marrakech, you explore the Sahara Desert’s raw and untamed grandeur. A Sahara dawn is a magnificent picture of colors painting the sky against the towering dunes. An journey farther into the desert follows breakfast at the desert camp. A 4×4 tour lets you explore the desert and visit less accessible Sahara locations. Nomadic tribes in the desert may provide you a unique glimpse into their resilient and adaptable lifestyle. Meet these nomadic families to learn about their culture, customs, and everyday struggles in such a harsh environment. Desert oasis, which show life’s resilience in harsh settings, may be another highlight of your day. These verdant spaces in the desert are great for a respite from the dunes. Later in the day, you may visit desert-adapted Berber settlements. These contacts and investigations illuminate Sahara’s cultural and human characteristics. The day concludes at the desert tent, where you may sleep beneath the Sahara stars. An evening Moroccan supper with Berber music or storytelling is part of the region’s cultural heritage. This tranquil night in the Sahara lets you think on the day’s experiences and the desert’s eternal beauty.

Desert Camp in Merzouga sand dunes Tents
Desert Camp by Night Tent

Day 3 : Sahara Desert to Dades Valley via Rissani and Todra Valley

On Day 3 of your Fes-Marrakech tour, you cross the Sahara Desert’s stunning dunes and enter the gorgeous Dades Valley, passing by historical and geological sites. Leave the Sahara Desert to start your day. Rissani, a regional cultural and historical center, is your first destination. Rissani is a gateway to the Sahara and famed for its colorful, fragrant, and busy traditional market. You may explore the souks and try Moroccan cuisine here. After Rissani’s bustling environment, you go to Todra Gorges. This natural marvel in the eastern High Atlas Mountains is known for its stunning cliffs that create a small passage. With steep granite walls over 400 meters high, the Todra Gorges are a stunning sight and a popular rock climbing location. Walking through the gorges lets you realize their size and the tranquility of the region. After leaving the Todra Gorges, the road continues to the Dades Valley, or Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. This scenic valley has lush foliage, remarkable geological formations, and classic kasbahs and mud-brick settlements that capture Morocco’s rural and historical spirit. Driving through the Dades Valley gives breathtaking vistas and a glimpse into Moroccan rural life. End the day with an overnight at Dades Valley. In this peaceful location, you may unwind and reflect on the day’s events, from Rissani’s bustling markets to the Todra Gorges’ natural splendor and the Dades Valley’s beautiful magnificence. A pleasant evening in the valley prepares you for the last stage of your trip to Marrakech.

Desert Camping Camel
Mountain of Todra Gorge

Day 4 : Dades Valley to Ouarzazate via Boutghrar Village

Your fourth day from the Dades Valley to Ouarzazate is a hike and discovery of Morocco’s beauty and culture. Today starts at the Dades Valley, often known as the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. Hiking in the Dades Canyon in the morning lets you appreciate the valley’s natural splendor. The Dades Canyon trek, with its magnificent rock formations and breathtaking gorges, is thrilling and beautiful. One may observe the area’s geological features and take stunning photos of the sceneries. After the walk, you’ll go to Ouarzazate, the Sahara Desert’s entrance. Boutghrar settlement, a Berber settlement in the Atlas Mountains, is on the way. Visit Boutghrar to see rural Morocco away from the tourist areas. The village’s scenic surroundings and traditional mud-brick cottages make it a great place to meet residents and learn about their lifestyle. The “Hollywood of Africa.” Ouarzazate is your next stop. Ouarzazate has several historical and cultural monuments, including the Taourirt Kasbah, a well-preserved Moroccan fortification. Your day ends with an overnight stay in Ouarzazate, where you may unwind and reflect on the day’s different experiences, from the Dades Canyon’s natural beauty to Boutghrar Village’s cultural depth and cinematic appeal. This diverse and interesting day sets the stage for your last step to Marrakech.

Aventure on way of Dades
Patte de singes Gorges du Dades

Day 5 : Ouarzazate to Marrakech via Ait BenHaddou

On Day 5 of your Fes-Marrakech trip, you leave Ouarzazate for the bustling metropolis. Your last part includes a visit to Ait Benhaddou and a magnificent drive across the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, highlighting Morocco’s most renowned landscapes and cultural treasures. The day starts at Ouarzazate, the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’. UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Benhaddou, known for its well-preserved mud-brick kasbahs and stunning landscape, is your destination after breakfast. This old fortified settlement has been featured in many movies and is stunning. Ait Benhaddou’s tiny, twisting paths transport you to a bygone era. Climbing the hill offers panoramic views of the ksar and desert. After seeing Ait Benhaddou, cross the Tizi n’Tichka Pass to Marrakech across the High Atlas Mountains. This mountainous path offers amazing vistas at every bend. At 2,260 meters, the Tizi n’Tichka Pass provides breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains and lowlands below. The journey is a sight and an engineering accomplishment that showcases Morocco’s harsh and varied landscape. After leaving the highlands, the scenery transforms and leads to Marrakech. Marrakech’s vivid souks, rich history, and buzzing vitality contrast with the desert and mountain scenery you’ve seen. Marrakech’s notable sights including the Jemaa el-Fnaa square, Koutoubia Mosque, and Majorelle Garden may be explored depending on your arrival time. Your 5-day trip from the peaceful Sahara dunes to the majestic High Atlas peaks ends in the ancient and bustling city of Marrakech. This tour explores Morocco’s culture and history as well as beautiful scenery.

Kasabah Ouarzazate
Tajine Ait Ben Haddou Marrakech
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