A 5 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the country, from the bustling city of Marrakech to the Rose valley and beyond.
However, the drive over the High Atlas is stunning you will travel through gorgeous landscapes, from desert to lush alpine valleys and forests, stopping at historical towns and kasbahs/ksars (fortress villages). On top of the many beautiful viewpoints and interesting stops in Rose valley, Dades gorge, and Todgha gorge, you experience the beauty of places and the real Morocco.
Great desert tour from Marrakech to Fes with top experiences of snowberg viewing, historical city, castle, monkey Paw Mountains, canyon, Sahara desert, camels and quads in Erg Chebbi, Thus riding camels and sleeping in the desert (camping adventure) is just an unforgettable experience.
Highlights of 5 Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes via Rose Valley
5 Day Itinerary from Marrakech to Fes desert tour in Morocco
A 5 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Fes via the Rose Valley is the perfect way to see some of Morocco’s most stunning scenery. This tour takes in some of the country’s best-kept secrets, from the picturesque rose-filled valley to the majestic sand dunes of the Sahara. Check out the latest itinerary and book your tour now !!!
Day 1: Travel from Marrakech to Telouet Kasbah and Ait Benhaddou
You will be picked up from your hotel in Marrakech and taken to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara. The journey will take around 5 hours, during which you will pass through the stunning Tizi n’Tichka pass.
When you arrive at the Telouet Kasbah, you’ll be amazed by its size and grandeur. The complex includes several large courtyards, as well as a mosque, a hammam (traditional bathhouse), and several residences. This kasbah once belonged to the Moroccan ruler T’hami El Glaoui and his family.
However unfortunately it is now in ruins, but it’s still an interesting place to visit. There are several rooms that you can explore, as well as an outdoor area with views of the surrounding mountains.
Be sure to wander through the maze-like passages and take in the intricate details of the architecture – it’s truly unlike anything else you’ll see in Morocco.
After exploring the kasbah, take some time to relax in one of the nearby cafes or restaurants. Here, you can enjoy traditional Moroccan dishes like couscous or tagine while taking in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
Next, you will get marveled at the views of the High Atlas Mountains as you travel towards your second destination, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou. This 11th-century fortified city is an excellent example of earthen architecture and has been used as a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. In addition, this traditional Berber village is located along the old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara Desert.
With dinner and breakfast, you’ll spend the night in Ait Benhaddou.
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Day 2: Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Explore Dades gorge
After breakfast, you will love in the direction of Ouarzazate passing International Film Studios. On the drive to Ouarzazate, you’ll pass Skoura, a huge palm oasis, and Amridil, one of the largest kasbahs in Morocco. Amridil is still inhabited, allowing the opportunity for you to get a look at traditional cultures in these old settlements.
Once you reach Boumalen Dades, you will be driven to Dades Gorge. This spectacular canyon is carved into the Atlas Mountains and is one of the most beautiful places in Morocco. You will have the opportunity to make a journey to go hiking in the Gorges du Dades and drive through the fantastically unique Tamnalt Hills Resembling Monkey Feet, which is a locality that is distinguished by seeing rocks due to its monkey-like aspect.
After that, we’ll return to Boumalen Dades and examine a more fantastic section.
Overnight in the Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
Day 3: Dades gorge- Rose valley trekking and sightseeing
On the third day of 5 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech, after breakfast you will walk through the valley and visit a nomad family living in caves. You will meet your local guide who knows the area very well and head out into the desert Moonscape-like Anti-Atlas mountains outside Kelaat M’Gouna.
The nomads have been moving between this area for winter and near the high atlas mountain for summer grazing with their donkeys and some 200 or more sheep and goats. They sometimes shift locations. Though,
You will explore Berber villages and experience a nomadic life while having lunch with the Berber family.
Next, you will visit Hadida, Aifer, Tourbist, and Boutaghrar villages. You will be led through tiny family farm plots where you will see the locals picking figs and wandering along the stream.
Then, you continue your journey to the fascinating valley of the Roses and its fabulous rose Plantations, a leisurely stroll through an organic garden, and around exploring old kasbahs. Since this valley is home to countless rose bushes, which bloom with beautiful flowers in shades of pink, red, and white you can smell the scent of roses permeating the air, making it an incredibly romantic and relaxing place to spend a few hours.
Late in the afternoon, you’ll walk back to your accommodations with unforgettable memories.
Day 4: Explore Todra Gorge and Merzouga Desert: overnight in a desert camp
Today, you will continue to make your way east to market towards the Market center of Tinghir for a walk through its adobe kasbah above the oasis, followed by a drive up the Todgha Gorge, Morocco’s “Grand Canyon” (600 feet high).
The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey toward the southeast of Morocco. The river is cut by the ochre-colored cliffs high in the High Atlas into a gorge. The walls are 300 meters high and at their narrowest point are 20 meters apart.
Then you will continue to Tinjdad where you will visit the unique Berber Museum and enjoy lunch.
After that, you will turn through typical desert scenery and the volcanic mountain, stopping to admire a millennium- old vast network of underground aqueducts, until Tafilalet oasis, Morocco’s largest (120,000 date-bearing palms), with a visit of the ruins of Sijilmassa in Rissani, Africa’s 2nd largest city in the 10th century.
Then, you arrive in the Merzouga desert and receive an escort from your tour guide, as well as camels to carry you across the sandy dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. thus you will camel trek as the sun set across the desert landscape for approximately 1 to 2 hours to reach your desert camp for the night.
Your guide will prepare for you refreshing mint tea and a dinner of tagine. A romantic night full of stars.
Overnight in a Nomad desert Tent, with dinner & breakfast.
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Day 5: Day 5: Return to Fes via Ziz Valley and Ifrane
You’ve to wake up early enough to watch the sunrise over the Erg Chebbi dunes, perhaps the best moment of the Merzouga desert.
Once you are done with breakfast at your camp, you will then drive through several palm groves in the Erfoud valley on the way to Ziz, and continue north over the multicolored vistas of the Eastern High Atlas until you reach Midelt.
On the way, you will encounter a band of Barbary Macaques on the side of the road evidently waiting for people to reward them with food.
You continue traveling past the Middle Atlas Mountains, the area where Atlas cedar trees are accustomed to constructing roofs and screens for Moroccan palaces and mosques alike.
Subsequently, you continue to the Ifrane train station, also known as the Switzerland of Morocco, to enjoy its stunning beauty and to take memorable photographs. After that, continue on to the city of Fes.
Drop off at your accommodation in Fes by 6 PM.