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From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

1. From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a three-day budget tour from Marrakech, and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ouarzazate. Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel and sleep at a desert camp under the stars.  Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Begin your journey by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. This village is famous for its kasbah and fortified village and has been used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics and magazine photo shoots. After some leisure time, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue your drive through Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara. Continue to Boumalne Dades, admiring the scenic drive along the Dades Valley, where you can enjoy dinner and rest for the night at Kasbah Amazigh or Hotel Chems.  Day 2: Dades - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to Tinghir and its dramatic Todgha Gorges, pausing for some free time to explore the canyons. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe and continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan. Experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback and watch the sunset set. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide entertainment and show you how to play the traditional Tam Tam drums. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stop.  Day 3: Merzouga Ouarzazate - Marrakech Following an early wake-up to watch the sunrise before breakfast (optional), a driver will be waiting to pick you up for the transfer back to Marrakech. Stop halfway for lunch at a local restaurant. Get dropped off at your original departure point or Djemaa El Fna around 8 PM. You can also book upgrades for the night in the Bedouin camp such as the deluxe desert camp with a luxury private tent complete with an ensuite shower, bathroom facilities, and 5-star amenities. These upgrades need to be booked per person.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Tour to the Erg Chebbi Dunes

2. From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Tour to the Erg Chebbi Dunes

Sleep beneath the desert stars at a Berber campsite on an unforgettable dunes experience from Marrakech. Visit UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses, and Tinghir. Stop at traditional Berber villages around the Todra Gorge and trek with a camel through the Erg Chebbi dunes, the highest in Morocco Day 1: Marrakech - TinghirYour shared 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. Head to Ait Benhaddou through the Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Make many stops along the way. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. Continue to Ouarzazate 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 – MerzougaAfter breakfast at your hotel in Tinghir, your journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbah to the Oasis 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 Erfoud, famous for its date market, and a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tombouctou. 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 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 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 – MarrakechAfter an early breakfast and a camel ride back to the main road, meet your driver and head back to Marrakech. Enjoy lunch on the road as you pass the Valley of Roses, and continue through the high atlas mountains to Marrakech. Finish your desert tour in Marrakech around 8 PM.

From Fez: Sahara Desert 2-Day Tour with Merzouga Camp Stay

3. From Fez: Sahara Desert 2-Day Tour with Merzouga Camp Stay

Day 1: Fez -Ifrane - Midelt - Ziz valley- Merzouga Today, on Fez desert tours 2 days Pick up 07.30 am from hotel/riad. Travel from Fez to the Merzouga desert. But; this is not an ordinary drive. We will stop along the way in a number of enjoyable destinations. Firstly, stop at Ifrane, the alpine-style townhome to ski slopes. Secondly, cedar forests are situated in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains to observe and feed the Barbary Monkey. After that, Moving to the popular pitstop of Midelt. ( break for lunch) Then, carrying on through the lush green Ziz Valley and making the last stop in Erfoud. 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) to 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: Merzouga-Rissani- Midelt -Ifrane - Mouzar- Fez Get up, early for the beckoning Erg Chebbi sunrise. Enjoy camel-trek back to the hotel/riad for breakfast and shower. Before, back to Fez. We will Pass through Rissani, visiting Zawiya Moulay Ali Ash-Sharif, dramatic Ziz Valley. In addition to, Damn Hassan El-Awal. ( break for lunch), visit family lives in the cave at Immouzar. Finally, at the end of Fez desert tours 2 days, drop off. (your hotel/riad Fez).

From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

4. From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

Take a multi-day trip through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert departing from Fes. Admire the beautiful scenery, enjoy traditional Berber culture and cuisine, and visit a variety of charming villages across 3 days. Drive through a cedar forest and see the resident monkeys, before descending to the Sahara Desert. Arrive at the traditional kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on a camel ride across the dunes. At the Berber camp, enjoy mint tea and dinner, gaze at the stars and spend the night in a tent. On the second day visit Merzouga, Tinghir and Ouarzazate. Head out on the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs along the ancient caravan route. This area has been a popular location for Hollywood films, such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Jewel of the Nile. Stop for lunch and a walk in Todgha Gorges and then travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Gorges or in Ouarzazate. On the third day, visit the town of Ouarzazate, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios – the largest and most famous movie studios in Africa.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

5. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities, on a guided 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Dades (1st night at Kasbah Amazigh) Start your tour with an early pickup. Meet your driver at your hotel or riad in the morning before crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, enjoy a leisurely lunch in Ait-Ben-Haddou. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades via Ouarzazate. Take a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop. Reach the way to Dades Valley and make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then, continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night at Kasbah Amazigh. Day 2: Dades — Merzouga Start the day with breakfast at your hotel. Set out on a journey along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, an oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here, get some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, walk to Merzouga, where your camel caravan awaits. 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 eat a Moroccan dinner under the stars while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. After the campfire, relax in your standard or luxury tent, depending on which one you choose. The standard tents are basic accommodation, while a private tent is subject to availability. The toilets are right outside, with facilities to freshen up in a shared room. If you choose the luxury tent, it is located in a more isolated and scenic area, providing extra comfort, and a guaranteed private tent with flushable western toilets, hot showers, and a rich dinner and breakfast. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  Get woken up by your desert hosts if you wish to watch the sunrise. 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, your lunch stop for the day. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. 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.  End your Marrakech to Fes desert tour in the early evening as your driver takes you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

From Marrakech: 4-Day Excursion to Merzouga

6. From Marrakech: 4-Day Excursion to Merzouga

Discover the Sahara Immerse yourself in Morocco's vibrant culture and stunning landscapes with this three-day holiday! From Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou nestled into the High Atlas Mountains to Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes tucked away in Merzouga Desert, it is easy to experience some of the country's most breathtaking attractions on this four day excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga. Come embark on an unforgettable journey full of adventure, beauty, and discovery! Day 1: Marrakech – Ait ben haddou – Dades Gorges Driving Time: 5 hours 40 minutes On day one of your excursion from Marrakech, you will make your way towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou located in the High Atlas Mountains. This historical kasbah was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987 and is both architecturally impressive and culturally significant. After lunch near the kasbah and discovering the Berber villages located throughout Dades Valley, you will continue your journey to Dades Gorges for dinner before spending the night here. Day 2: Boumalne Dadès – Todra Gorges - Erfoud – Dunes of Merzouga Driving Time: 4 hours 45 minutes On day two, join us as we journey to the vibrant dunes of Merzouga! We'll explore palm groves in Tinghir and Tinjedad before venturing into the captivating depths of Todra Gorge. Get a taste for adventure with lunch by the riverbank, then travel on to Erfoud -- known far and wide for its astonishing fossils. Finally it's time to immerse yourself completely in nature – saddle up your camel at sunset and get ready for an unforgettable evening amongst vast undulating golden sand waves inside one of Morocco’s most spectacular deserts. Wrap up this magical night under star-filled skies camping out beneath luxurious tents! Day 3: Merzouga Excursion to visit the Nomads of the Sahara Desert On day 3, you can experience a breathtaking sunrise atop the towering Erg Chebbi dunes. Enjoy an unforgettable camel ride to reach the village of Merzouga before exploring its awe-inspiring desert landscapes in 4x4s! Take time to visit with local nomadic folk and their herd of goats and camels; marvel at how they survive despite hard weather conditions while herding across both desert sand & mountains alike! Afterwards, sip some tea as you relish in traditional Berber cuisine accompanied by Gnaoua music. End your journey with dinner and a campfire with Berber music under starry skies. Day 4: Merzouga - Rissani - Nkob - Tamnougalt - Ouarzazate - Marrakech Driving Time: 8 hours 30 minutes On day four, you'll say goodbye to the Sahara after breakfast and hop on a camel as you embark towards Merzouga. As you traverse through desert landscapes dotted with acacia trees, you'll stop to have lunch at the Berber village of Nkob! You'll keep going through Agdz and on to take in some serious mountain sights over crossing The Great Atlas. By nightfall you will have made it back to Marrakech. For Shared Excursions: You can join a group tour in Ait Ben Haddou on your own for around €2 per person.

From Fes: 2-Day Small Group Desert Tour

7. 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 a one-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. Stay overnight in your choice of a shared, private standard, or private luxury tent. 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. Take a shower after and enjoy breakfast before the drive back to Fes, and benefit from comfort stops on the approximate 7-hour journey. 

From Fez: Round-Trip Overnight Merzouga Desert Tour

8. From Fez: Round-Trip Overnight Merzouga Desert Tour

Day 1: Fez -Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz valley- Merzouga Pick up at 07.30 am from hotel/riad. Travel from Fez to the Merzouga desert. But; this is not an ordinary drive. We will stop along the way at a number of enjoyable destinations. Firstly, stop at Ifrane, the alpine-style townhome to ski slopes. Secondly, cedar forests are situated in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains to observe and feed the Barbary Monkey. After that, Moving to the popular pitstop of Midelt. ( break for lunch) Then, carrying on through the lush green Ziz Valley and making the last stop in Erfoud. Upon, arrival Merzouga, transfer to the hotel to store your luggage. The camels will be waiting for you for a camel trekking experience (around 45 min) to 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: Merzouga-Rissani- Midelt -Ifrane – Mouzar- Fez Get up, early for the beckoning Erg Chebbi sunrise. Enjoy a camel trek back to the hotel/riad for breakfast and a shower. Before, back to Fez. We will Pass through Rissani, visiting Zawiya Moulay Ali Ash-Sharif, dramatic Ziz Valley. In addition to, Damn Hassan Adakhal. ( break for lunch), visit family who lives in the cave at Immouzar. Finally, at the end drop off. (your hotel/riad Fez).

From Marrakech 3-Days Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

9. From Marrakech 3-Days Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

Discover Morrocco's desert on a 3-day trip from Marrakech. See the historic Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, go on a camel trek through the dunes, and see the sunrise from the desert. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Ben haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Tinghir Your 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga dunes begins early in the morning with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or the nearest meeting point. Drive east past quaint villages to reach the High Atlas Mountains. As you drive through the mountains, occasionally stop for scenic photos, stretch your legs, and have a quick cup of coffee. After driving through the famous Tizi Ntichka pass, stop at the Berber fortified village, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. See the filming locations of the Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Kingdom of Heaven as you spend about 2.5 hours exploring this famous UNESCO sight with a local guide (guide fees not included). Enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing to Tinghir, driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, Klaa Mgouna, and Dades. Reach your hotel late in the afternoon. Relax with dinner in Tinghir before retiring for the night. Day 2: Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Pass through the many Berber villages scattered along the way, including Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. After relaxing in Merzouga, pack a small overnight bag to take on your camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes 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 - Sunrise -Tinghir - Rose Valley - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech Get up bright and early to see the stunning sunrise over the desert. Enjoy breakfast before hopping back on your camel. Once your reach Merzouga, begin your drive back to Marrakech. Around midday, stop in Kalaat M'Gouna (Rose Valley) for lunch and a well-earned rest. Continue to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate and reach your hotel in the evening.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga with Lodging

10. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga with Lodging

Discover Erg Chebbi in Merzouga Embark on an unforgettable journey to Morocco! Start off in bustling Marrakech and make your way through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains, marveling at Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou. Then take a deep dive into Dades Valley before finishing up with an awe-inspiring tour of Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes—all within just three days! Pack your bags for this beautiful expedition that allows you to experience all of Morocco's natural wonders and cultural delights firsthand. Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorges Driving Time: 5hours 40 minutes Begin your 3-day adventure with a journey through the towering peaks of Morocco's Tizi n Tichka Pass. Stop to explore the Telouat Kasbah and marvel at Ait Ben Haddou, an incredible Unesco World Heritage site featured in countless films! Continue on towards Ksar Taourirt in Ouarzazate before making a desert trek across Skoura Palm grove and up into tranquil Rose Valley where you can discover brilliant kasbahs surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. Wrap it all up with a night spent overlooking Boumalne Dades from beautiful lodgings complete with dinner for true luxury Moroccan experience. Boumalne Dadès – Todra Gorges – Arfoud – Dunes of Merzouga Driving Time: 4 hours 45 minutes Go on an unforgettable journey and explore the exotic Sahara with your morning departure towards Merzouga. Enjoy a visit to the small town of Tinghir, then take in some breathtaking views of the red-rock canyons at Todra Gorge during lunch. Afterwards make your way through Tinjedad before arriving in Erfoud where you'll find remarkable fossils from times long past. Finally you will reach Merzouga Desert for a camel ride across its sands - and take in an unforgettable sunset! Top off this adventure by camping overnight beside the dunes for an enchanting night like no other surrounded only by peace and serenity. Merzouga – Rissani – Nkob – Tamnougalt – Ouarzazate – Marrakech Driving Time: 8 hours 30 minutes After a hearty breakfast, take the camel ride back to the picturesque Merzouga village. The next leg of your journey will be a thrilling adventure through incredible undulating desertscapes and lush acacia trees towards Nkob — an awe-inspiring Berber settlement for lunch! Then it's off again on a scenic drive along Draa valley to Agdz before ascending through the majestic Atlas Mountains en route to arrive in Marrakech by days end! For Shared Excursions: The Guide in Ait Ben Haddou is not included, but you can join a group tour on your own for around €2 per person. Lunches not included on Shared Excursion Bookings. Licensed guide in Ait Ben Haddou not included on Shared Excursion Bookings. Private Tour Includes: Licensed Guide in Ait Ben Haddou & Lunch each day.

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3.8 / 5

based on 45 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!

It’s a 3days trip, with one hotel stop before entering Sahara desert and one hotel stop more and less inside the desert, that also means, in winter (Feb. 2023) 2 nights without heating (but with warm water!) at freezing cold temperature. But the view over the endless red golden Sarah sand, long hour camel trekking as well as sand boarding reward all the trees we had, and made this trip an unique one, especially for those who didn’t do any desert trip before. The whole organization of the trip is perfect (picking up, transport, hotel, restaurants) and the guid (Houcine) is very nice and always helpful, he is at the same time also the driver during the whole trip. With his positive energy and his knowledge about his country, Houcine made this trip for us an unforgettable Morocco journey.

Great experience travelling through the High Atlas Mountains and to the desert. Our driver Ibrahim was a great guide, and we always felt that we got good guides at the stop offs and also decent spots for breaks and food on the drive. There is a lot of driving, but it is worth it for the views. Felt like we had plenty of time at Ait Benhaddou, which was one of the main things I was hoping to see, and the desert experience was incredible. We booked the luxury option, so got a tent of our own, and that was also such a unique special experience. The last day back to Marrakech was very long 10 hours, but with a good amount of stops, and it is necessary to see the desert within the 3 days.

Well organized and for a very reasonable price, highly recommend! It was 12 of us and we were driving in a spacious van, the guide was really friendly, be prepared that you will spend a lot of time in the car but its surely worth it, we stopped several times to enjoy the views, take nice pics, for food etc. Sahara was definitely the highlight of the tour but if you are travelling during the cold months, it can get pretty cold there. The tent though was really luxurious with a private toilet, shower and many blankets.

The best tour with Mehdi that lasted three days. We visited numerous interesting locations and learned about the history and life of people who live outside the city. We also visited the Sahara and camped there. Mehdi fulfilled our every wish when we wanted to drink coffee, have lunch and take photos. Three days of travel, excitement and fun passed quickly with Marrakesh travel services and Mehdi. Thank you! I recommend this tour to everyone!