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Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

1. Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

Spending a night in the Sahara Desert is an unforgettable experience for visitors to Morocco and this three-day tour lets you travel further and explore more along the way. Visit UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses, and Tinghir; stop at traditional Berber villages around the Todra Gorge; then take a camel trek through the Erg Chebbi dunes the highest in Morocco and sleep beneath the desert stars at Berber campsite. Day 1: Marrakech - Tinghir Your shared 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. Head to Ait Benhaddou through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Many stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. Continue to Ouazazate and Kasbah Taourirte before lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Tinghir via the valley of the roses before you reach your hotel located in Tinghir. Dinner and overnight. Day 2: Tinghir – Merzouga After breakfast at your hotel in Tinghir, your journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbah to Ouasis of Tinghir, where you will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todra canyons. After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge cliffs, and lunch at a local café (at your leisure), continue early in the afternoon to Rissani, famous for its date market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou. Continue to Merzouga driving through some rocky desert landscape. Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, meet your camel caravan, and ride your camels through the amazing color-changing sand dunes with the sunset on the horizon as a backdrop. Reach your Sahara Desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere just before darkness. After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to a campfire. Late at night, enjoy Berber music with the local hosts playing drums. Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech After an early breakfast and a camel ride back to the main road, meet your driver and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the high atlas mountains. Your shared 3-day desert tour will end in Marrakech in the evening.

From Merzouga: Overnight Camel Trek over Erg Chebbi Dunes

2. From Merzouga: Overnight Camel Trek over Erg Chebbi Dunes

Head into Morocco's Sahara Desert on a camel and watch the sun set over the Erg Chebbi Dunes. This overnight tour offers spectacular views and a chance to experience the desert nomad lifestyle. Eat a traditional Moroccan tagine, take part in a drum circle, and sleep in an authentic Berber tent. See pink flamingoes at an oasis near Merzouga, and search for desert reptiles and mammals as you trek. Day 1: Erg Chebbi Dunes– D Ride your camel over the dunes and view the stunning desert scenery. Enjoy a traditional desert welcome in the Berber tent where you will spend the night. Take a sunset camel ride, try sand boarding, and in the evening, enjoy a Moroccan campfire dinner and drum circle before falling asleep under the stars. Day 2: Erg Chebbi Dunes–B Watch the sunrise from Algeria as it catches the dunes, and enjoy a camp breakfast before heading back through the Erg Chebbi dunes to Merzouga.

From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

3. From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

Experience life in the Sahara Desert on a small group tour to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Ride a camel across the sands and watch the sunset along the way. Drive across the winding roads of the Middle Atlas Mountains and much more. Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Merzouga Depart Fes and pass through the winter ski resort of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. Continue through the cedar forest of Azrou and look for the resident monkeys before your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Wind your way through beautiful forests, mountain springs, jagged rocks and Berber villages before your descent to the Sahara Desert. Stop for lunch half-way in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Then, continue towards Merzouga taking in the panoramic views of a huge oasis of palm trees at Ziz along the way. Upon arrival in Rissani, travel by 4WD vehicle into the desert, reaching Merzouga in the afternoon. Here, your guide will be waiting with the camels that will take you across the dunes to Erg Chebbi. Watch the sunset from the back of your camel on the 2-hour trek to a Berber camp. Upon arrival at the desert shelter, your camels will be tethered as you are served a welcome mint tea. Enjoy dinner and relax as you look at the stars in the sky.  Day 2: Merzouga - Tafilalte - Fes Wake early and walk across the dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Ride your camel back across the desert sands to take a shower and enjoy breakfast before the drive back to Rissani by 4WD vehicle. Return to Fes, and benefit from comfort stops on the approximate 7-hour journey. 

From Marrakech: Zagora 2-Day Desert Safari with Food & Camp

4. From Marrakech: Zagora 2-Day Desert Safari with Food & Camp

Live the life of a Berber for one night on a 2-day desert safari to Zagora and the Draa Valley from Marrakech. Experience the shifting sand dunes on the back of a camel, sleep under a canopy of stars, and follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty on a visit to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Day 1: Marrakech - Zagora (7 hours drive) Following an early morning pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive across the High Atlas Mountains en route to Ouarzazate, where you will stop for a lunch at leisure. Continue to the oasis of Agdez, before driving through the date and palm trees of the Draa Valley. Marvel at the fortified Kasbahs along the way. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camel caravan for a 1-hour camel ride over the sand dunes. Watch the sunset paint the desert sands as it sinks below the horizon. Then, transfer to your Sahara Desert camp just before dark. Settle into your private tent, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore the surrounding desert scenery. Dinner will be served under the stars, while your nomad hosts will provide the entertainment around a camp fire with the beat of their tam tam drums. Day 2: Zagora - Marrakech (7 hours drive) Wake early to experience the magic of a desert sunrise (optional). Then, enjoy breakfast before climbing back into the saddle of your camel for the ride back to the main road. Here, your minibus will be waiting to take you on a scenic drive to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Instantly recognizable as the setting of various Hollywood epics, it’s also a popular backdrop for photo shoots with international fashion magazines and agencies. Explore the Kasbah at leisure, with some free time for lunch, before the picturesque drive back to Marrakech for an estimated drop off at 18:00.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Sahara Desert Tour

5. From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Sahara Desert Tour

Day 1: Marrakech — Ouarzazate — Zagora This program will begin at 7:00 AM from Marrakech. First, take the road to Zagora city via Ouarzazate. Your first stop is the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where you will be able to visit impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The second stop is in the Draa Valley, well-known for its amazing ksour and kasbah.  Zagora is six hours away from Marrakech. The trip is long, but you will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful landscapes of Morocco along the way. At the end of the day, reach Zagora and enjoy the sunset on a one-hour camel ride. To finish, enjoy an excellent dinner at a campsite in the Zagora dunes.  Day 2: Zagora — Marrakech In the early morning, enjoy a typical Berber breakfast in Zagora. Then watch the sunrise from a camel ride in the dunes before taking the road back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.

Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert & Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Tour

6. Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert & Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Tour

Day 1: Atlas Mountains, Kasbahs, and Zagora Following pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh, begin by crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass en route to Ouarzazate. Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou for a guided tour, then head to Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah and the Atlas Cinema Studio.  Take a break for lunch before continuing to Zagora via Agdz and the Draa Valley. Upon arrival to Zagora, enjoy the sunset on a camel ride as you travel to the nomadic camp in the Nekhla Dunes. Dinner is later served at the camp, before you spend the night in a private tent.   Day 2: Zagora, Draa Valley, and Ouarzazate On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise followed by breakfast. You can then opt to take part in a camel trek journey back to meet your driver. Drive back along the Draa Valley with a break for lunch, before finally returning to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate.

Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

7. Marrakech to Fes: 3-Day Desert Tour

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities, on a 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Tinghir (1st night at Bougafer hotel) Your tour will start with an early pickup. Meet your driver at your hotel or riad in the morning and start your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, continue to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades. After a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop, reach the gorges of Dades. Make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night. Day 2: Tinghir — Merzouga After breakfast, the day's journey along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, a beautiful oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here you will have some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, the walk will lead you to Merzouga, where your camel caravan will be waiting. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset. Before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the dunes, where you will enjoy a Moroccan dinner under the stars while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. After the campfire, you can relax in your standard or luxury tent, depending on what one you choose. The standard tents are basic accommodation, a private tent is not guaranteed, depending on occupancy, and showers are not available in the lodge on the following day. There will be a shared room where you can freshen up before breakfast and your long drive back to Marrakech. Toilets are available outside your tent. Breakfast is served at the camp operator lodge. If you choose the luxury tent, it is located in a more isolated and scenic area. is more comfortable with proper bedding, and guaranteed private tent, there are western flushable toilets. There are hot showers. Dinner and breakfast are rich. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  Your desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the sunrise if you wish. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow-capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour. Your Marrakech to Fes desert tour will end in the early evening and your driver will take you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

Overnight in Luxury Tent in Desert Camp Erg Chebbi Merzouga

8. Overnight in Luxury Tent in Desert Camp Erg Chebbi Merzouga

You will be met at the bus station or your hotel in Rissani or Merzouga, from there you will travel to a traditional Kasbah on the foot of the dunes of erg-chebbi. After a rest where you can enjoy some mint tea, a guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi. You will enjoy the beauty of the sunset while you ride a camel. After one hour you will reach the desert camp where you will spend the night in a Berber tent. At your desert shelter, your camels are hobbled and mint tea is served. After a wonderful dinner, you can take time to watch the stars, before returning to your tent for the night.  The next morning, get up early to watch the sunrise which just behind the Algerian border. You will take a camel back to have a shower and rest. After you can enjoy free activities such as sand boarding, or activities at an extra cost such as quad riding. Later you will be dropped back off at your hotel or the bus station in Rissani or Merzouga.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Excursion

9. From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Excursion

Imagine yourself passing through overwhelmingly beautiful valleys and past red flat mountains. See yourself going higher and higher into the Atlas Mountains along with a private guide, spending several days getting to know the sights and sounds of this very special place. This two-day tour will bring you from Marrakech through the Draa valley, across to Ouarzazate and back. On the first day of the tour, you'll depart early in the morning and immediately witness some of the beauty that Morocco has to offer. You'll be stunned by the valleys and hills as you travel 7400 feet up in your air-conditioned vehicle. You'll quickly arrive at the ksar (fortified city) of Ait Ben Haddou, located along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. You may get the feeling that you've been here before; Ait Ben Haddou has served as the backdrop for films such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Time Bandits”, “Kundun”, “The Mummy”, and many more. While many families here now live in modern homes, you’ll get the chance to see why this has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989. You'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. The day continues with a drive to Ouarzazate, home to film studios and famous scenery. You'll pass through the inspiring Anti Atlas Mountains (Tizi N Tnifift), as well as Agdz and the Draa valley, famous for its palm plantations. There are over 11 million palm trees in this area – truly a sight to behold. The first day comes to a glorious end upon arrival in Zagora, where you'll take a 1.5-hour camel ride to watch the sunset over the desert. You'll sleep like a local in a Berber tent. On Day 2, you'll wake up with the sunrise and enjoy a view of the the dunes as you ride your camel back to Zagora. The adventure continues as you travel back to Ouarzazate by car, stopping for lunch in Taouirt Kabah. By now you'll understand why Ouarzazate means 'door to the desert'. After lunch, you'll travel back to Marrakech, where the tour concludes.

Merzouga Desert: 3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech

10. Merzouga Desert: 3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech

Discover the authentic Morocco and contemplate the infinite spaces of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day desert safari from Marrakech. Sleep under the stars at a desert camp, and spend a night in a traditional riad. Travel across the Dadès and Draa Valleys, see the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, and much more. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi - N - Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Gorges Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive to the Dades Gorges via the dramatic twists and turns of the Tizi-n-Tichka pass in the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy far-reaching views to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet. Continue to Ait Benhaddou to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the fortified village (Ksour). After lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, continue to the Dades Valley for an overnight stay in a riad or hotel in the Dades Gorge. Marvel at the geological formations of the scenic area, characterized by a deep and dramatic canyon. Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Following breakfast at your hotel, leave the Dades Gorge for Erg Chebbi at the gateway to the Sahara Desert. See Berber villages scattered along the way, and pass through Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud to get a feel for the Saharan landscape. See the oasis of Tafilalet before your arrival at Merzouga. Pause to relax at Merzouga for a few moments before you climb on to the back of a camel and cross the sand dunes en route to a nomadic Berber camp. See the sand dunes and desert landscape from a timeless perspective as you listen to the drums of the desert camp in the middle of the Sahara. Take photos of the dramatic sunset from the top of a high dune. Then, go to the camp to spend the night in a nomad tent. Day 3: Camel Trek Back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Return to Marrakech Wake early to see the beautiful desert sunrise. Then, return to Merzouga by camel. Upon arrival you will be served breakfast and given time to shower at the hotel before the return transfer to Marrakech. Pass the authentic Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains, such as Tinjdad, Tenghir, and Boumalene-du-Dades. Arrive in Marrakech in the evening for the end of the tour services.

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The two-day trip to the desert has come to an end, with a sense of longing, I am very satisfied with the work of the driver youssef, who not only took care of the life and living of the two days, but also gave full play to his skilled business expertise, and enjoyed the customs and beautiful scenery of the desert region, his sincere simplicity, optimism and cheerful character made the desert trip full of joy, but also full of longing for the desert. I will come back in the future. See you in the Sahara!

It was a long trip but totally worth it. On our way there we stopped in some amazing places and the desert experience was amazing. The hotel we stayed on the first day was beautiful and the dinner and breakfast were very good. I really recommend this tour, just be aware that some things are not included in the price and you should bring some cash because most of the places don't have card payment.

Fantastic trip! Great tour guides, who showed us breath taking places. We discovered the amazing diversity of Morocco in 4 days. Our guides were lovely and ever so caring. As well as giving a guided tour, they shared their knowledge of the sights and places we saw which was highly interesting. I highly recommend this tour as it was very personable and memorable

Absolutely amazing trip to the desert! The guides were so helpful, personable and full of interesting information. The van rides are long and totally worth it!

Totally recommended! Laarbi was a great driver and all guides were amazing.