6 Days Morocco Trip from Fes to Marrakech via Sahara Desert

Embark on a six-day journey from Fes to Marrakech, immersing yourself in Morocco’s diverse sights and cultures. Begin in Fes, exploring its historic medina and vibrant souks. Experience the enchanting Sahara Desert with a night in a traditional tent and a camel trek at sunset. Traverse scenic landscapes to discover the tranquil beauty of Tafraout Sidi Ali and the majestic Dades Valley. Explore Ouarzazate’s film studios and Ait Benhaddou before crossing the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Conclude your adventure in the ‘Red City,’ exploring its medieval medina and bustling marketplaces.

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Day 1 : Fes to Merzouga via Cedar forest and Ziz Valley

Your 6-day Fes-Marrakech trip begins with an exhilarating drive to Merzouga, known for its large and beautiful Sahara Desert dunes. Starting in Fes, Morocco’s cultural and historical center, your drive south takes you through a variety of landscapes that display its natural splendor. Traveling across the Middle Atlas Mountains to Azrou’s luscious Cedar Forests starts your quest. The lush cedar trees and Barbary macaques in their native environment make this location famous. The cool, lush woodland contrasts with the parched terrain you’ll see later. You drop into Ziz Valley as you drive. Palm trees and the Ziz River, which flows through the barren terrain, make this valley a lush oasis. The sweeping valley vistas and typical mud-brick settlements along the road reveal rural Moroccan life and its unique environment. Reach the Sahara Desert edge at Merzouga as the day develops. The scenery transforms into golden sand dunes, previewing the desert experience. The day ends at Merzouga, where the Sahara unfolds in tranquility. Sleep here before your explorations in the wide and beautiful Sahara Desert. Your first day in Morocco is a captivating introduction to its diverse landscapes and culture.

Mosquee in Fes city

Day 2 : Full day exploring Sahara Desert

Day 2 of your tour immerses you in the Sahara Desert, where you explore its stunning scenery and distinct culture. Explore the Sahara by going further into the desert. A 4×4 safari is a great way to see more and explore remote regions. The desert trip is more than simply seeing the scenery—you may meet local nomadic tribes. These uncommon meetings reveal the nomadic lifestyle’s tenacity and flexibility amid the desert. Visit a traditional eatery for lunch and try Berber pizza, a local delicacy. Using local spices and ingredients, this meal is prepared traditionally and delivers a delightful taste of Berber cuisine. You visit Khamlia, noted for its Gnaoua music, a lush, rhythmic, and mesmerizing West African musical style, in the afternoon. Visiting Khamlia offers music and a glimpse into Saharan culture. Khamlia’s Gnaoua song represents Morocco’s cultural diversity and people’s tales. An evening Sahara sunset is a stunning display of colors and stillness. The dunes’ shifting hues beneath the evening sun provide a fascinating and calm backdrop for introspection and natural connection. The day ends with a return to your Sahara hotel. This full day of exploration and cultural immersion in the Sahara Desert is a wonderful way to discover Morocco’s natural beauty and cultural diversity.

Gold in the Sahara Desert
Calm in Sahara Desert

Day 3 : Merzouga to Tafraout Sidi Ali (Off-road)

Day 3 takes you off-road from Merzouga to Tafraout Sidi Ali through Morocco’s challenging desert surroundings. This route offers a real Moroccan wilderness experience on distant and less-traveled roads. Your day begins with an off-road drive to Tafraout Sidi Ali from Merzouga’s magnificent dunes. This adventurous trek begins at Ouzina Village. Ouzina, a desert town in the Sahara, shows Berber life. This village’s simplicity and sincerity reveal its people’ tough desert lifestyles. Continue to Ramlia Village. Ramlia, another isolated village, with mud-brick architecture and friendly locals. Passing through these towns is a unique chance to see the Moroccan desert’s pristine beauty and tranquility. Crossing the OUAD GHERIS, Morocco’s biggest dry river in the southeast, is a highlight. This natural feature offers a unique and hard off-road adventure and exploration. This region’s rich and spectacular vistas are also shown by the crossing. Tafraout Sidi Ali is a peaceful retreat from city life. With its gorgeous surroundings, this tiny community is ideal for relaxing and reflecting on the day’s adventure. Spending the night at Tafraout Sidi Ali under the stars in the desert is a perfect way to finish a day of adventure, culture, and nature. This off-road adventure from Merzouga to Tafraout Sidi Ali takes you deep into Morocco’s desert and connects you to its inhabitants.

Reverse side of Sahara desert
sleep nd watch Sun in sahara desert

Day 4 : Tafraout Sidi Ali to Dades Valley via Todra Valley

Day 4 takes you from the tranquil Tafraout Sidi Ali in Errachidia to the spectacular Dades Valley, traveling via Alnif and the Todra Valley and Gorges. You leave Tafraout Sidi Ali, a tranquil Moroccan desert settlement, to start your day. The trip through Errachidia’s stunning landscapes showcases the province’s diversity and attractiveness. The first destination is Alnif, a tiny hamlet noted for fossils and desert beauty. Alnif provides a unique look into Morocco’s geology and ancient history, and its tranquility is a welcome reprieve from tourist hotspots. Explore local marketplaces and chat with friendly locals to learn about life in this area of Morocco. The rich foliage and natural splendor of the Todra Valley contrast with the parched desert you’ve just crossed. Todra Gorges, one of Morocco’s most beautiful natural wonders, are in the valley. Climbers love the gorges’ 300-meter steep cliffs, which amaze tourists. The Todra Gorges’ immensity and splendor will wow you as you walk through them. A day’s trek ends at the Dades Valley, or Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. The Dades Valley is famous for its craggy mountains, verdant valleys, and mud-brick buildings. Overnighting in the valley is peaceful and lovely. Relax and think on a day of geological marvels and cultural insights in the natural beauty and tranquility. The trek from Tafraout Sidi Ali to the Dades Valley is a magnificent experience of Morocco’s deserts, rich valleys, and stunning gorges.

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Sahara, Desert, Cars, Camel

Day 5: Dades Valley to Ouarzazate via Boutghrar Village, Nomads in Caves, and Skoura Oasis

You’ll explore Boutghrar Village, cave-dwelling nomads, and the gorgeous Skoura Oasis on Day 5 of your Moroccan vacation from the Dades Valley to Ouarzazate. Start your day in the Dades Valley, noted for its spectacular vistas and winding roads, then travel to Ouarzazate. Visit Boutghrar, a traditional village, first. Boutghrar, in the High Atlas Mountains, shows rural Moroccan life. Traditional Berber dwellings and untouched nature make this location famous. Today’s cave nomad visit is one of the most exciting portions of the trip. The Atlas Mountains’ harsh environment and geography have shaped this distinct lifestyle, revealing an old, traditional way of existence. Meet these cave-dwelling nomads to discover about their lifestyles, culture, and extraordinary adaptations. After these cultural enrichments, visit Skoura Oasis. Skoura is a quiet oasis with beautiful palm trees and abundant crops. This oasis contrasts with the parched regions you’ve seen. The oasis’ lush vegetation and historic kasbahs provide a tranquil and scenic setting. You end the day at Ouarzazate, the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’. International filmmakers are drawn to this city’s film studios by its unusual landscapes and light. Ouarzazate has kasbahs, contemporary and traditional Moroccan architecture, and a thriving culture. Spending the night in Ouarzazate allows you to reflect on the day’s events, from Boutghrar Village’s rustic beauty to the cave-dwelling nomads’ unique lifestyle to the Skoura Oasis’ verdant peacefulness. This day shows Morocco’s varied culture and natural beauty.

Patte de singes Gorges du Dades
Jemaa el-Fna Marrakech Morocco

Day 6 : Ouarzazate to Marrakech via Ait BenHaddou

On the sixth and last day of your magical Moroccan vacation, you leave Ouarzazate, a filming city, for Marrakech, going via Ait Benhaddou and the Atlas Mountains’ Tizi n’Tichka Pass. Your day starts with departing Ouarzazate, the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’ known for its film studios and mix of traditional and contemporary Moroccan buildings. The visit to Ait Benhaddou is culturally and historically important. Southern Moroccan architecture is stunning at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Many notable films have been filmed in this walled settlement, or ksar, with its clay houses. You travel through old lanes, rise to magnificent vistas, and experience Ait Benhaddou’s history. After seeing Ait Benhaddou, cross the Tizi n’Tichka Pass across the High Atlas Mountains. This spectacular and picturesque path goes up the mountains to 2,260 meters. Driving through Tizi n’Tichka offers breathtaking views of the Atlas range and valleys below. It honors Morocco’s varied geography and stunning scenery. Your 6-day tour ends in Marrakech. Marrakech, a thriving city with a rich history and culture, contrasts with the desert and mountain scenery you’ve seen. Marrakech represents Morocco with its busy souks, ancient sites, and energetic atmosphere. We hope your tour has given you lasting memories, a greater understanding of Morocco’s rich cultural history, and a connection to the different and enchanting landscapes you have visited as our services finish in Marrakech. From Fes to Marrakech, via Morocco’s heart, this voyage is a journey through time, culture, and environment that will leave you awestruck by its beauty and depth.

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Ait Ben Haddou Mountain Nature
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