Marrakech to Chefchaouen desert tour

A collage pictures of Fes, Couple Desert, Merzouga luxury camp, hotel cafe du sud, camel ride Merzouga, volubilis



Morocco has a rich history, and a fascinating variety of cultures, peoples, and lifestyles for you to discover on your incredible holiday in this North African land. To get to know this fascinating country in depth, we have designed this tour full of promise. It spans the four Imperial cities including Marrakech, the Sahara desert, Fes, and the Blue City of Chefchaouen are on everyone’s bucket list when they travel to Morocco. Our Private 6-day Marrakech to Chefchaouen desert tour via Sahara and Fes is bursting with beauty and adventure, making the possibilities of cultural discoveries almost endless. So admire the best Morocco has to offer: explore the legendary imperial cities of Marrakech and Fes, spend a night at your Merzouga luxury Sahara desert camp, and admire the fantastic blue town of Chefchaouen.


  • Travelling over the High Atlas Mountains, via the famous pass of Tizi-n-Tichka and Berber villages
  • Visiting the famous Kasbah of Telouet, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Kasbah Amredhil
  • Strolling in the Ounila Valley, wandering among the palm trees of Skoura Oasis and walking in the Valley of the Roses
  • Exploring the Dades Valley and Toudgha Gorges, perhaps going for a short hike around the gorge with a local guide
  • Riding camels to the top of the dunes and taking photos wearing blue turbans, with the red dunes and the spectacular sunset in the background
  • Practising sandboarding, walking barefoot in the warm sand dunes and witnessing the spectacle of the sunset
  • Savouring dinner under a starlit sky and sharing an evening of Berber music and drumming among the nomads
  • Sleeping in your own comfortable luxury desert camp tent near the big dunes of Erg Chebbi, Merzouga
  • Driving along the Ziz Valley, Berber villages and the Middle Atlas Mountains, and stopping at the cedar forests to watch the Barbary monkeys
  • Enjoying a full-day sightseeing tour of Fes: the medina, vibrant souks, Royal Palace, fascinating madrassas, leather tanneries and more
  • Stopping by the Roman Ruins of Volubilis, exploring the medina of Meknes and photographing its massive gates
  • Touring the famous blue city, Chefchaouen and photographing it’s alleys

Day 1: Marrakech – Dades Gorges

(6 Hours drive)

Morning departure at 8 o’clock from your hotel or riad in Marrakech to cross the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family. Each addition to the building now stands in ruins exposed to the wind and the rain, having been abandoned and plundered after the last Pasha died in 1956. Wait to be pleasantly surprised by the traditional interior decoration as you reach the farthest end of the Kasbah.

From here you drive along the beautiful and awe-inspiring Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, surprises at the hues of the rock and soil, Berber villages and gardens, as well as smaller Kasbahs. Almost at the end of the road, you reach Ait Ben Haddou, where you stop for a tasty lunch. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and is one of Morocco’s nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, which you can visit after lunch.

The road passes Ouarzazate and continues to the Skoura Oasis, where olives, almonds, lucerne, barley, and fruit trees such as apples, apricots, figs, and pomegranates are grown. Here numerous ancient kasbahs, some sadly in ruins, stand amongst the palm trees, but you will visit a very famous kasbah, Kasbah Amredhil, which used to be depicted on the old 50-dirham banknote. It has been beautifully restored so is intact and well worth a visit. From here, the route goes through Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, with a stop to see cosmetic articles locally made from the valley’s abundant roses. You stop in the Dades Valley in a hotel.

Accommodations details:

-Panorama / Babylone Dades / Xaluca-


Day 2: Dades Gorges -Merzouga

(4 Hours drive)

After breakfast, you will drive up the valley including some amazing stops to reach the Dades gorge, before continuing to Toudgha to the very different gorges there. Lunch will either be here in the gorges or later at the bivouac at the Erg Chebbi dunes. You drive there via the Ziz Valley, and the towns of Erfoud, famous for its fossil finds worked into beautiful artifacts, and Rissani, which is where the king’s family originates.

In the afternoon, after a welcoming glass of tea at your luxury desert camp, you can take a one to one & half-hour camel ride in the Sahara. The sunset from the top of the dunes is spectacular (250m) and afterward there is dinner followed by an evening of Berber Music and drumming around a campfire and the night in a luxury comfortable tent at the foot of the dunes.

Accommodations details:

-The Luxury White Camp-

Day 3: Merzouga – Midelt – Fes

(7 Hours drive)

After breakfast, departure for Rissani and Erfoud, where there will be a stop to see how locally found fossils are worked into furniture and artifacts. It is a source of wonder to witness the sheer numbers and beauty of these fossils but feel assured, there is no obligation to buy any.

From there the road leads north to Er Rachidia and the Ziz Valley, remarkable for the extent of its palm trees and the volume of dates produced each year. Lunch is in Midelt, 1508m, called “the apple capital”, and set in the Middle Atlas at the foot of the Ayachi Mountain. The town serves as the commercial agricultural center for the surrounding area and is also one of Morocco’s principal cities for the mining of several minerals, such as fluorite, vanadinite, quartz, and cerussite.

We cross the Tizi-n-Talremt pass, known as the “she-camel” pass, and reach Azrou, where you can see Barbary apes in the cedar forests looking out for titbits. We reach Fez at the end of the afternoon.

Accommodations details:

-Riad Sidrat or Yamanda-


Day 4: Fes – Sightseeing

(1 Hour drive)

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour in Fes, which is the oldest of Morocco’s four “Imperial Cities”. The medieval city of Fes El Bali or “Old Fes” remains complete and is unspoiled. During your tour of this part of the town, you can visit the exotic Bou Inania Medersa, the Medina, and the Kairaouine Mosque, where you may take photos of the wonderful courtyard from the main gate.

The university of the same name, founded by Fatima Al Fihri in 859, is said to be the oldest university in the world.

In the afternoon, you can visit Fes El Jdid, or “New Fes” and the Museum of Moroccan Arts. The night is spent in the riad

Accommodations details:

-Riad Sidrat or Yamanda-


Day 5: Fes – Volubilis – Chefchaouen

(4 Hours drive)

After breakfast in your Riad, you will drive through the Saiss Plain to the archaeological site of Volubilis, one of the richest and most important world heritage sites in Morocco. This site covers an area of 42 hectares and shows urban development on the frontiers of the Roman Empire. It has produced many art materials such as mosaics, marble, and bronze sculptures. This site is also considered important for several civilizations such as Libyan-Berber, Mauritanian, Roman, Christian, and Arabo-Islamic. It is a testament to their history, beliefs, and artistic works.
From here, we will cross the Rif mountains to Chefchaouen. Enjoy breathtaking views around every corner offered by the varied landscape of mountains alongside open fields.
When you arrive in Chefchaouen, the beauty of this beautiful city will amaze you. Dinner and accommodation in your Riad.

Accommodations details:

-Dar Echchaouen Maison d’hôtes & Riad-

Day 6: Chefchaouen – Casablanca

(5 Hours drive)

After breakfast in your Riad, get ready to enjoy the charming narrow streets of Chefchaouen with houses and artisan shops painted in different shades of blue and white, creating a wonderful image. A photo in front of one of your blue doors or walls is a perfect image for Instagram.
Apart from being the most photogenic destination in Morocco, Chefchaouen is also a calm, chilling, and relaxed city. Walk up and down the tangled streets of the Medina. The architecture of the latter shows an Andalusian influence. Enjoy a walk through its narrow blue streets, which also serve as a street market, displaying some of the best Moroccan handicrafts and leather goods, for which the city is best known.
Due to Chefchaouen’s relaxed atmosphere, which is hardly found in larger cities, you will enjoy leisurely strolling through the labyrinthine streets until you reach the busy Plaza Uta El Hammam, where the Kasbah is located. Then you will take a lunch break in one of the charming cafes in a blue alley.
Even though Chefchaouen is a small town, its chilling vibes, a strong sense of local community, and traditional lifestyle caught between the past and presents captivate your soul in a way that the city will forever be etched in your heart.
We will drive until the afternoon when your tour will end.

PS: This tour can also end in Marrakech at no extra charge.

(7 Hours drive)

Map Sahara Desert Tour From Casablanca

  • First night in Dades Valley hotel including dinner and breakfast.
  • Second night in Merzouga desert luxury camp including a camel ride, dinner and breakfast with private toilet and shower, lamps, plenty of space, and traditional handicraft furnishings.
  • Third night at a Fes Riad including breakfast.
  • Fourth night at a Fes Riad including breakfast.
  • Fifth night in Chefchaouen Riad including breakfast.
  • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English/Spanish /French-speaking driver/guide.
  • Local guides in Fes, Tinghir and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • All meals (except lunches, dinners in Chefchaouen, Fes, and the journeys in between) – with vegetarian and vegan options available.
  • Entrance fees to historical sites (That way we won’t charge you for sites you are not interested to visit).
  • Beverages for dinners are included in your tour.
  • Lunches during the tour.

To know before you go :

  • Pick-up from Marrakech could be at the airport or any hotel in the area.

  • Should you wish to tailor this private Morocco desert tour to your interests and timetable, please let us know.

  • The above accommodations are not guaranteed in high season, the sooner you book the better chance we have to secure them.

  • Tour price per person depends on how many participants there are at your party.

  • Entrance fees to historical sites are not included. That way we do not charge you for sites you are not interested to visit.

  • A 4×4 can seat up to 4 adult passengers comfortably if there are 5 participants and up, a van will be used for your tour.

  • Pick-up time for your desert tour can be flexible. Between 07h30 and 08h00 AM is highly recommended.

Questions & Answers

The distance between Marrakech and Chefchaouen is 576 Km (358 Miles) Via A3 and N13.

The distance between Marrakech and Chefchaouen is 576 Km, which means at least 9 hours. Therefore, a day trip from Marrakech to Chefchaouen is not possible. Chefchaouen day trip is possible from Fes and Tangier, but NOT from Marrakech.


Chefchaouen also called the Blue City or the Blue Pearl is a small cozy town. After a day in Chefchaouen, you will feel you’ve seen it all.

There is an overwhelming choice of riads in the Medinas of Fez and Chefchaouen. Should you prefer a different one, just let us know whether you like to book it directly or you want us to do it for you.

Unfortunately, it is not. Our private tours are solely reserved for the party who had booked the tour. The tour price per person depends on how many are at your party. Feel free to join our shared tours if you are on a budget.

The distance from Fes to the Sahara desert (Merzouga dunes) is 463 Km (287 miles). However, the journey is full of amazing sceneries and various stops.

The distance between Marrakech and Fez is 520 km on the highway that passes through Casablanca and Rabat. If you choose to drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains and Beni Mellal, the distance is 570 km. The drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains is more scenic, but you need to allocate a whole day to enjoy the itinerary. There is an even longer and more popular way to get to Fez from Marrakech – through Merzouga and the Moroccan Sahara desert. They are 1030 km, and it requires a minimum of 3 days.

For the camel ride, we recommend wearing jeans or long trousers. Please prepare a small backpack for your personal belongings. Do not forget sunglasses, a scarf, a hat, and your bottle of water. the other luggage would be dropped by your driver in your tent during your camel ride.

The camel trek lasts for about 1 hour, depending on the season, daylight, etc.

Yes, you can. there are plenty of ATV rental companies in Merzouga that supply good quality quad bikes and dunes buggies to try in Erg Chebbi dunes. Your guide will assist you with that, and you directly pay the supplier in Merzouga. They cost 50 Euros per quad per hour.

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