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From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

1. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades Gorges via the Tizi n'Tichka Atlas pass. Take in panoramic views across the mountains and traditional High Atlas Berber villages before arrival at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, where you'll visit Kasbah Taourirt and the Atlas Cinema Studios. Continue to Dades Gorges though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Gorges.  • Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga  After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, and you’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue to a hotel in Merzouga. After relaxing for a while, take enough luggage for one night with you on a camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Upon arrival at the camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes for sand boarding and to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara.  • Day 3: Camel trek back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech  Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Ride your camel back to Merzouga to have breakfast. Pick up the rest of your luggage and begin your journey back to Marrakech, this time traveling through different areas and Berber villages. Once in Ouarzazate, take the same road back to Marrakech, arriving in the evening.

Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

2. Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

An example of the itinerary you will follow: Day 1: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and you will set off on your 4 day adventure. Pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and from Marrakech to Ouarzazate you can enjoy the scenic route, the landscapes with changing colors and terrain and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time to visit the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and have lunch on site. Then, on to the green valley of Dadès and the valley of roses by the palm grove of Skoura. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a charming guest house in the valley. Day 2: Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, you will set off on the road to the 1000 Kasbahs, then check check out Tinghr with its magnificent palm groves. At Todra Gorge, the bravest explorers can trek along the canyon, 300 metres above the ground. Then continue towards Merzouga and the erg Chebbi dune in the Sahara desert. In the largest desert in the world, you can experience the sunset on the back of a camel as you ride towards the oasis where the camp is located. You may spend the night in the nomadic tents or under the stars and play music or sing along with the locals and become immersed in true nomadic culture. Day 3: Merzouga, Tazarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate Watch the sunrise over the dunes of erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp. Return to a hostel via camel trek for a quick shower then drive to Rissani, a small town in southern Saharan Morocco where you can stop to visit a fossil workshop, before continuing to the junction of the Drâa and Agdz valley. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and hotel stay in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate, Aït ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech Go on a tour of the movie sets and studios located in Ouarzazate: the "Hollywood of Africa". Visit the Ksar of Aït ben Haddou, a world heritage site. Aït ben Haddou has been used to date as a backdrop for more than twenty films, including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones "and" Lawrence of Arabia ". Take advantage of this walk through the area to admire the traditional architecture of the kasbahs. Continue on home to Marrakech through the mountains.

Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

3. Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

Day 1: Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, and Dades You will meet your guide in Marrakech after breakfast and set off towards the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass along a road that climbs the plains to 2,260 meters above sea level. You will pass by small villages and scenic waterfalls, and will also notice the continuously changing landscape and colors of these beautiful mountains. You will then stop in a pass for a cup of refreshing mint tea and to admire the scenery before taking the road to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, arriving just in time for lunch. You will then visit the famous Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for films such as the Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, the Legionary, the Sheltering Sky, and many others. You will later head through the town of Ouarzazate to check out Atlas Studios, the largest and most famous film studio in all of Africa. Next, you will journey through the picturesque Valley of Roses to reach the Dades Gorges in time for sunset. Once there you can admire the splendid colors of the rock walls illuminated by the last rays of golden sunlight. Your final stop for the day will be to a romantic, traditional hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 2: Dades, Erfoud, Merzouga, and Erg-Chebbi Following breakfast, you will take a scenic walk through the Todra Gorges before hopping into your car to drive along the famous Road of the 1000 Kasbahs. You will travel through Tineghier Village and the Jewish Kasbah before arriving in Rissani, the first capital of the Alaouite Dynasty, for lunch. You will next go on a walking tour through Rissani and check out its large traditional market, and will then head to Merzouga, arriving before sunset. At this stage you will leave the car behind and ride a camel into the Erg Chebbi Dunes for an unforgettable night under the million stars of the desert. Finally, you will have dinner at the campsite and stay in a traditional Berber tent. Day 3: Merzouga, Rissani, Ziz Oasis, Medilt, and Fes You will wake up in time to watch the sun rise over the 300-meter-tall dunes and travel into the dawn towards the border with Algeria. Next, you will return by camel to a hotel for breakfast and a shower. You will then depart for Fes, traveling through the Ziz valley and stopping for lunch in village with plentiful apple orchards. You will later enjoy the journey through mountain cedar forests before arriving to Fes in the afternoon, stopping to take pictures at a panoramic viewpoint.

3-Day Desert Safari and Camel Ride Tour from Marrakech

4. 3-Day Desert Safari and Camel Ride Tour from Marrakech

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a 3-day desert safari in the High Atlas Mountains and Dades Valley. Ride camels across the sand dunes, spend the night camping under a desert sky, marvel at the Saghro Mountains, and enjoy a traditional Moroccan tagine dinner. Visit the legendary Ksar of Ait Benhaddou, and more. Day 1: Following a pick-up from your riad or hotel in Marrakech drive over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass. Stop for impressive views of the valleys and snow-capped mountains, and break for coffee and freshly-squeezed orange juice, before spending the afternoon at Ait Ben Haddou. Explore the village of clustered kasbahs, which have been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films. It was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road, where the caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory, and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Pass through Ouarzazate and the Valley of the Rose, famous for its soft Persian rose oil. Continue to the Dades Valley, passing Berber villages. Then, marvel at the barren red rock formations and clustered kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Stay in a small country inn (auberge) in the Dades Valley, enjoying a Moroccan dinner on a terrace that overlooks the valley gorge and gardens. Day 2: After breakfast, travel through the Saghro Mountains, stopping in Rissani for lunch. Continue to the Erg Chebbi dunes. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure at an auberge 29 kilometers from Merzouga. Here, you will be met by a guide for a ride into the dunes on the back of a camel. Go to the bivouac (camp) for a traditional tagine dinner (vegetarians welcome) under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise, before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent. There’s also the option of a sunset camel trek into the dunes (extra cost), and a stay in the auberge with dinner and breakfast included. Day 3: Return to the auberge by camel at sunrise, and enjoy a breakfast and shower before going to Tinerhir. Along the way, drive offroad through exposed rock slabs of fossils. Visit a fossil workshop for a closer look at the Sahara’s varieties of ancient life. Admire the sheer, limestone walls of the Todra Gorge. Then wander through the palmeries, gardens and kasbahs for a closer look at the traditional Berber way of life. Visit the market in Tinehir and the old kasbah. Enjoy a Moroccan dinner by a pool in the old kasbah.

From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

5. From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

Journey from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara dessert and to Zagora in the lush Draa Valley on this private 2-day tour. See ancient Berber villages and discover the rich history of the fortifications at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Explore the unmatched beauty of the Moroccan desert from the heights of the Atlas Mountains, to lush Draa Valley, and across the wind-swept sand of Saharan dunes. Day 1: Begin at 7:30 am as you make your way to the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy breathtaking views of some of the highest elevations in Morocco. Enjoy the rustic charm of old Berber villages. Stop in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains to take pictures, stretch your legs, or have a coffee. Next, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and after lunch, view the most famous kasbah fortress in Morocco. From here, travel through the Draa Valley, which is known for growing delectable dates. On arrival in Zagora, take a camel ride to a luxury desert camp and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Saharan dunes over dinner. Sleep in comfort under the stars. Day 2: Greet the sun, as your gracious hosts wake you to see the majestic sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a second camel ride back to meet your driver. Pass back through the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains and take in the views once more on your way back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

6. From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 2-Day Trip with Camel Ride

Explore Erg Lihoudi Mhamid Desert's beautiful sand dunes, experience the sunset on camelback, visit Ouarzazate, Draa Valley, and Zagora, and visit ancient fortified villages. Spend the evening under the stars in a comfortable tent and enjoy a traditional meal by the campfire. Day 1:Meet your guide outside your Marrakech accommodation. Cross over the High Atlas Mountains via the famous Tizi-N-Tichka, stopping to take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Ouarzazate, and continue south to the Low Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the stunning canyons and snap photos of the looming mountains. Drive through the Draa Valley and see a Palm grove, an iconic oasis, and ancient Kasbahs. Arrive at Erg Lihoudi Dunes in time for a sunset camel ride, followed by a traditional dinner served by a campfire. Enjoy a blissful night's sleep under the stars in a tent. Day 2:Reach the top of the dunes just in time to see the beautiful desert sunrise. Enjoy a quick breakfast at the camp, and drive to the fortified village Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. After a wonderful lunch, head to Kasbah Telouet through the fascinating Ouinila Valley, with its contrasting rocky canyons and lush fields. Return to your Marrakech accommodation through the stunning High Atlas Mountains.

Private 2-Day Desert Trip with Camping & Camel Trekking

7. Private 2-Day Desert Trip with Camping & Camel Trekking

Day 1 Your Hotel-OUARZAZATE-ZAGORA (6 hours drive) This program begins at 7am from your Hotel. Firstly you take the road towards Zagora via Ouarzazate. We stop at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah taking in the magical places described on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Youcontinue, heading into the Draa Valley renowned for its Ksour and Kasbah. Finally you arrive at Zagora, where you wil enjoy riding a camel for 1.30 hours at sunset. You round off this wonderful day enjoying a delicious traditional dinner beneath the bright desert stars before retiring to sleep in a Berber tent under the endless sky. Day 2 Zagora-Your Hotel (7 hours drive) You take a typical Berber breakfast early in the morning in Zagora before mounting your camels into the dunes to watch the sunrise. Later you head back to through the Atlas Mountains by road to The Pearl of The South and end at your Hotel.

From Fez: Marrakech via Merzouga 2 Day Desert Tour

8. From Fez: Marrakech via Merzouga 2 Day Desert Tour

Day 1 Fez -Ifrane - Midelt - Ziz valley- Merzouga Today, Pick up at 07.30 am from your hotel/riad. Travel from Fez to the Merzouga desert but this will not be any ordinary drive. Stop along the way at a number of enjoyable destinations. The first stop will be Ifrane, the alpine-style townhome to ski slopes and cedar forests situated in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains to observe/feed the Barbary Monkey. Moving to the popular pitstop of Midelt (break for lunch) before carrying on through the lush green Ziz Valley and making a stop in Erfoud before reaching Merzouga. Upon arrival at Merzouga, transfer to the hotel to store your luggage, the camels will be waiting for you for a camel trekking experience (around 45 min). Enjoy the sunset on camelback to nomad tents where you will have dinner under the starry sky with a Berber folklore show (overnight desert camp). Day 2: Transfer Merzouga - Marrakech Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise on the Sahara dunes. After that, ride the camelback again to the riad/hotel for breakfast and a shower. Then, be ready for an amazing drive to Marrakech passing by, Kelaat Mgouna, Dades valley, sakura, and Ouarzazate. lunch at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Continue the trip crossing High Atlas Mountains, Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260 min altitude) while enjoying superb views and Berber Villages on the way. Finally, on arrival in Marrakech, transfer to your hotel or riad to end the Desert trip.

From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

9. From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

Discover life in the Sahara Desert on an immersive 4-day (3 nights) tour from Marrakech. Enjoy a variety of desert activities such as a camel ride across the dunes from Erg Chebbi. Cross the High Atlas Mountains on a breathtaking road, experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs," pass through the impressive Draa Valley and more. Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge Meet at 08:00 and escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech as you head over the High Atlas Mountains on the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get far-reaching views of the mountains and valleys and see Berber villages on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Stop for lunch in Ouarzazate and experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs." Continue through the Valley of the Roses, with a short rest stop at Et Kella M'Gouna. Then, go to the Boumalne Dades, where you will leave the main road and travel along the valley gorge. Pass hilltop kasbahs and the Tamnalt Hills before spending the night at the Auberge Chez Pierre (www.chezpierre.org) just below the Dades Gorge. Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga Depart at 09:00 and return along the gorge to Boumalne Dades. Visit the Todra Gorge and continue to Merzouga. Break for lunch at the Erg Chebbi dunes. Arrive at the edge of the Sahara Desert and meet your desert guides. Then, ride into the desert at a leisurely pace on a camel trek with an experienced guide. Watch the sunset at Erg Chebbi en route to a tented nomad camp inside the desert dunes (note: there are no facilities as water cannot be pumped here). Alternative accommodation can be arranged at a camp or hotel on the dune line where facilities can be provided (www.aubergedusud.com). Enjoy an evening meal under the desert sky. Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Tazarine - Draa Valley - Agdz - Ouarzazate Depart in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert. Ride your camel back to the hotel where the vehicle is parked. Enjoy a reviving breakfast and then head to the Palm Plantation of Tafilalet, passing the old Alaouite Sahara capital of the Alaouite Sultans at Rissani. Take the road to Alnif and enjoy lunch before the drive to N'Kob via the Tazzarine Oasis. Next, head towards Ouarzazate, passing the impressive Draa Valley and the Berber town of Agdz. Admire the high pass of Ait Saoun at 1,660 meters altitude before your arrival in Ouarzazate at approximately 18:00 to check into your hotel (www.darchamaa.com). Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the drive to the film studios where movies such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven were shot. Stop for lunch in the High Atlas Mountains, and then continue to Marrakech via the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get a breathtaking view of Marrakech before the end of the tour services.

Marrakech to Fès-Meknès: Sahara Desert Trip 3 Days 2 Nights

10. Marrakech to Fès-Meknès: Sahara Desert Trip 3 Days 2 Nights

See all that Morocco has to offer over 3 days of adventure between Marrakech and Fès-Meknès. Learn about life in remote Berber camps, see the luxury of historic Kasbahs, try local cuisine, and visit unique areas like Kalaat Mgouna and Rissani on this scenic trip. Day 1:Get picked up from your Marrakech accommodation bright and early to drive towards Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to Morocco's Sahara Desert. Pass through the dramatic landscape of the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’Tichka before stopping at Ait-Benhaddou Kasbah, a fascinating red earth fortress. Break for lunch and continue to Dadès Gorge via Ouarzazate, famous for its rugged landscape often featured in films. Visit the vibrant city of Kalaat Mgouna and learn about the annual rose harvest festival. Enjoy dinner at your Dadès Gorge hotel and rest-up for the day of traveling ahead of you. Day 2:Fill up with breakfast before the drive back through Dadès Gorge, past the Monkey Toes rock formation and the 19th century Ait Yul Kasbah. Cross Todra Gorge for panoramic views of the old Berber villages. Break for a stroll under the 300-meter-high cliff, loved by rock-climbing tourists. Reach Rissani for a traditional meal and continue to Merzouga village where your camel awaits. Ride around the camp before settling in for an evening of entertainment. Enjoy the rhythm of Berber drumming under the star-filled sky, making for a perfect ending to an action-packed day. Day 3:Rise early to the sunrise over Erg Chebbi, a massive dune of Saharan sand. Camel-trek back to a Merzouga hotel for breakfast and freshen up before your journey to Fès-Meknès. The final stretch includes stops at Tafilalet, Ziz Gorge, and Ifran, with plenty of views of desert and mountains along the way. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Fez in the early evening.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 16 reviews

This tour was amazing. Me and my girlfriend traveled all across Marocco and took some time to explore Merzouga as well, so we booked this trip. The driver Mohammed was very nice, answered all the possible questions we had and made bathroom breaks when neccessary with a smile on his face (and sunglasses ). The destinations themselves were nicely picked (we loved the Quazazarte and the small town where they recorded a lot of movies, the valley in the Atlas mountains was very nice as well and of course, the desert was amazing period) The one regret me and my girlfriend have about this trip is not taking a picture with the driver, because quite frankly we loved him. I hope you read this someday Mohammed, and we will come again when we visit Marocco♥️♥️

Our driver, Hamid Arab was excellent!!!! He was safe, and tried to tell us about everything when we passed a town or village. The excursion and stays were good. I just feel that for a 2 and half days of travelling, the camel rides in total of 2 hours was not sufficient. I would recommend a longer ride a little bit deeper into the desert to give a full "Bedouin" experience.

Hamid Arab our driver was very friendly and helpful, always attentive to his passengers, he greatly contributed to making this excursion unforgettable! a big thank you Hamid!

Incredible experience, all the stops that the bus makes are spectacular, and the sunrise and sunset in the Sahara are impressive. For the price everything is great.

Great tour, driver was superb, we stopped off for snacks and breaks frequently. The camel trip and night in the desert was a great experience too.