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From Marrakesh: 4-Day Private Atlas Mountains & Desert Tour

1. From Marrakesh: 4-Day Private Atlas Mountains & Desert Tour

Immerse yourself in the mountains and desert of Morocco with this 4-day guided trip from Marrakesh. See scenic landscapes, stay in a charming guest house and a desert camp, and tour the movie sets of Ouarzazate. 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.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Luxury Desert Trip To Merzouga

2. From Marrakech: 3-Day Luxury Desert Trip To Merzouga

Day 1 : Marrakech – Tinghir City Aït Ben Haddou ,Ouarzazate , The palm of Skoura , Tinghir city On the first day of this three days circuit you will go from Marrakech to Tinghir city . After the visit of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and after the lunch in Ouarzazate, you will have a walk in the palm groves of Ouarzazate and in the well-known Roses’ Valley. In the second week-end of May and the last two days, there is the famous Rose Festival, so if you are lucky enough you can enjoy it! Furthermore, this tour will inspire you to visit this wonderful place again. This first day will end with a night in the heart of Tinghir city . Day 2 : Tinghir city – Gorges of Todgha – The dunes of Merzouga This second day will start with a traditional typical Moroccan breakfast. You will leave the hotel to get on the Road of 1000 Kasbah. During this way you will discover many Berber villages and colorful landscapes of this beautiful region. You will then continue to the Todra Gorges: 300 meters height above the river. Don’t be afraid! In fact, they are among the most beautiful gorges in Morocco. Your lunch will take place on the road before reaching the city of Erfoud; well-known for its marine fossils, hundreds of millions years old. It will almost be time to climb the big beautiful dune of Merzouga. Even if the ascension seems difficult, you will enjoy a lot on arrival at the summit! Incredible thrills guaranteed then a camel ride about one hour . Day 3 : Dunes of Merzouga , Tazzarine , Agdz-Marrakesh , La kasbah de Taourirt ,Marrakech On the third day you will wake up early to enjoy the sunrise on the dunes of Erg Chebbi, which is certainly the best moment in the desert of Merzouga to take pictures! You will also enjoy a typical breakfast at the camp . The come back to Marrakech will be via the incredible Draa Valley, passing through Tazzarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate without forgett the eternal Tizi n’Tichka pass and its panoramic views.

From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 3-Day Group Tour

3. From Marrakech: Sahara Desert 3-Day Group Tour

Discover the real Morocco on this tour through the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. This 3-day tour from Marrakech takes you on an adventure through the beautiful scenery of southern Morocco. Enjoy the sunset behind the fascinating sand dunes, and see limestone cliffs, spectacular mountain valleys, and desert landscapes. This journey passes through many interesting towns and villages, where you will get an insight into authentic Moroccan life. Visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular location for many film settings. Enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi and admire the palm groves surrounding the Todra Gorge. You also have the option to spend a night under the stars in a nomadic tent in the desert. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Marrakech – Telouat – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Boumalen Dadès (Dadès Gorge) After an early departure, cross the High Atlas Mountains and reach the 2260m-high Tizi n'Tichka pass. Then continue on to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many films have been shot there including The Mummy, Gladiator, 7 Days in Tibet, Alexander the Great, and Babel. Then continue towards Ouarzazate through the implacable hamada followed by a visit to Kasbah of Taourirt and the film studios. The journey then continues along the Road of 1000 Kasbahs to the Dadès Valley. Along this road we will pass through the fascinating town of Skoura as well as Kalaat M'Gouna, which is known for its roses. After arriving in Boumalne Dadès, there will be dinner and an overnight stay. Distance: 300 km Day 2: Boumalen Dadès – Tinghir – Todra Gorge – Arfoud – Merzouga Dunes Morning departure to Merzouga dunes. After Tinghir, visit the groves and then foray into the Todra Gorge. The limestone cliffs seem like an opening carved through the Todra Assif, which has spectacular peaks diving to the bed of the river. The peaks rise up to 300m above the Todra which meanders from its source in the High Atlas mountains. Walk freely through the gorges and palm groves. After lunch, we will continue to the palm groves of Tinjedad, Touroug and Erfoud. The tour will then continue to Merzouga where you will enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, from which you can observe the sunset. Sand dunes are moving sculptures in the form of draperies whose colors vary according to the intensity of the light. They stand as living walls next to the desert with the highest reaching up to 150m. The night is spent in nomadic tents or Marabou between the dunes of Merzouga or in an air-conditioned room. Distance: 250 km Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Nqob – Tamnougalte – Ouarzazate – Marrakech After breakfast, depart towards the Draa Valley through Rissani and Nqob. Cross the most mysterious desert landscapes, dotted with oases, before continuing to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley. The incredible scenery is bordered with palm groves and extends over a length of 200 km with fortified Ksour. The river continues in a thin stream of water and provides a strange green color in the middle pre-Sahara. After lunch, return to Marrakech. Distance: 550 km

Atlas Mountains & Sahara Desert 4-Day Tour

4. Atlas Mountains & Sahara Desert 4-Day Tour

This 4-day tour of the High Atlas Mountains and the Moroccan Desert is like a trip back in time. Escape the hurly-burly of the city streets and the pressure of modern life as you head into the mountains and continue to what is often called the “real” Sahara desert with its iconic sand dunes, teased by the play of the desert light and sun. Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Rose Valley – Dades valley. The tour begins with a 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech. Drive over the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi N’Tichka Pass. On the way you will visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, before continuing to Ouarzazate. Carry on via the road of a 1000 Kasbahs to the palmeral of Skoura. Continue to Kalaat M'Gouna, known as the “Capital of Roses” for the abundance of rose growers. In the evening you will arrive at Dades valley where you will spend the night at either the Babylon Hotel, Kasbah Tifawen, Dar Essyaha, or a similar accommodation. Day 2: Dades valley – Todra Gorges – Merzouga. After breakfast, continue through the Dades Valley, heading towards Todra Gorges. Stop for lunch at a nice spot before continuing to Merzouga across the Jorf palm grove, and the town of Erfoud. Known as the “Gateway to the Sahara” Erfoud is known for the precious fossils found in the desert. You will be able to visit one of the fossil filled marble workshops. Arrive at the impressive dunes of Merzouga late in the afternoon and take a camel ride, crossing the sea of sand in order to spend the night in the heart of the dunes in a standard desert camp (with a shared bathroom). Enjoy a magical dinner and overnight stay under a canopy of stars. Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani-Alnif-Tazarine – Draa Valley – Agdez – Ouarzazate. Wake early for a camel ride to watch the impressive sunrise. Then head back to the hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. Depart towards the Palmerie of Tafilalet and the town of Rissani, where the Alaouite Dynasty originated. Explore the ancient capital of the Alaouite Sultans before continuing to the village of Alnif, where you will take the road that crosses the Jbel Saghro Anti-Atlas chain. Notice the greyish-black mountains of different and remarkable shapes as you continue to the main Berber village of Tazarine and N’kob and then drive in to the Draa Valley with its rows of stately palms. In the late afternoon, drive to Ouarzazate via the Anti-Atlas Mountain, through Tizi N’Tniffift. You will spend the night at either Hotel La Perle Du Sud, Hotel Riad Amlal, or a similar accommodation in Ouarzazate. Please note that if the group does not reach the minimum of 6 people, the return can be done by the same road of the second day and the drop-off will be at 16:00 in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate – Marrakech. After breakfast, you will have free morning in Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah and Film Studios, then at 12:30 approx. pick you up and depart for Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains to arrive in the city at approximately 6:00 PM.

4 days desert tour from marrakech to merzouga dunes

5. 4 days desert tour from marrakech to merzouga dunes

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley Your 4-day, 3-night desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga will begin early in the morning. A few stops will be made to take photos, enjoy the scenery and drink a cup of coffee. You will cross the famous Tizi-n-Tichka, see Berber villages and observe the radical change of the landscape. We continue to visit the Kasbah of Telouet, which belonged to the Pasha of the Atlas, the Glaoui. Continue to the fortified Berber village of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for being the setting for major Hollywood epics: Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Cross the river that separates the Kasbah from the main road and explore the village with a local guide. After lunch at one of the local cafes, continue to the Dades Valley passing through Ouarzazate, the oasis of Skoura, Klaa Mgouna, the capital of roses, and famous for its artisanal rose water distillation factories. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Dades. Day 2: Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, departure for the Sahara desert Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Passage through the many Berber villages scattered along the road, Jewish kasbah mellah, walk in the oasis in the shade of palm trees, tinghir canyon (Todgha Gorge) with a local guide. Continuation to Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Erg chebbi. After relaxing in Merzouga, pack a small overnight bag for your camel trek through the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp, leave the camels and trek to the highest dunes to watch the sunset. Spend the night in nomadic Berber tents under the stars, listening to the music of the drums in the middle of the Sahara. Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani- Alnif - Tizi N'Tfrkhin -Tinghir-Dades We will start the third day of our tour by watching the sunrise over the desert. After an early start, we will get back on our camels (depending on the type of camp, it is possible to take a shower and have breakfast before the camel trek). On the way back to Ouarzazate, we will take a different route. Passing through the palm grove of Tafilalet and the village of Rissani, former capital and place of residence of the founder of the Alaouite dynasty, we will reach the town of Alnif. Here we will join the road that crosses the amazing Anti-Atlas mountain range. After admiring the spectacular colors and shapes of the mountains, we will arrive at Tizi N'tfarkhin, Tinghir and an amazing palm grove. At lunch time, we will stop in Tinghir to eat and rest before continuing the road to the Dades Valley, visiting the Dades Gorges, In the afternoon, we will cross the High Atlas Mountains towards Khmis Dadès, where we will spend the night in a riad or a kasbah. Day 4: Dades -Skoura-Ouarzazate - Marrakech After a delicious breakfast, you will have time to explore Ouarzazate at your own pace. We recommend that you visit the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Film Studios, known as the Hollywood of the desert. We will drop you off in Marrakech in the early afternoon.

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What people are saying about Skoura

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 85 reviews

Perfect trip for first time travelers to Morocco, ideal to get a taste of the country outside the main cities. The trip will take you from the Atlas Mountains, through inner valleys and gorges to the very far desert. You will see a great variety of climates and landscapes changing before your eyes as you head toward Merzouga. Personally, we especially enjoyed Ait Ben Haddou, Todra and the magical experience of the camel ride at sunset and sunrise in the desert - a highlight of the experience, highly recommended! Our guide Ali was exceptionally friendly, kind and so insightful on all the aspects of the lifestyle, traditions and culture of the Berber communities. He helped us navigating through the souks and gave great recommendations along the way for future trips to Morocco. We were delighted to meet him and have him as our guide and friend for journey. We loved every stop along the way and wish it could have lasted longer. Until next time!

We have just returned from a 4-day trip to the Merzouga desert with our guides Hassan and Said, very good people who made our trip very pleasant to the rhythm of Berber music (although we could choose another music if we wanted). The desert landscapes are beautiful, the accommodations very different from each other and in general it has been a satisfactory experience. Driving in Morocco is quite different from European countries, Said and Hassan handle the roads well. We recommend this trip for those who like the desert landscape and don't mind spending several hours a day in the car :)

A 4 day tour, in which you can see many beautiful places. Hassan was our guide, Yassin our driver. Both very helpful and friendly, they help you with everything and make sure you don't have to arrange anything yourself. As a result, we had a very nice experience. Riads were good and clean and the food was delicious. It was an unforgettable tour, highly recommended! Hassan and Yassin, thank you so much for everything!

Hassan was the perfect guide and we loved this private tour to discover the beauties of Marocco! It was the most exquisite experience and we are recommending it to our friends.

Excellent, interesting, a great trip. Very cold in the desert... Thank you! T