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

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

Explore Ouarzazate and Zagora on a 2-day trip from Marrakech. Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and admire the Atlas Mountains. Ride a camel to the campsite and savor a local dinner and breakfast. Stay overnight in a private tent at the Zagora dunes. Choose from a tour with a standard or a luxury tent. Day 1: Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, and Zagora Following pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh, begin by crossing the high atlas mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka pass. Stop at the UNESCO world heritage kasbah fortress of Ait Ben Haddou where you will have free time to visit this Heritage Site. After a lunch break, continue to the verdant Draa Valley, which is well-known for its amazing kasbah fortresses. Head to Zagora and make your way to the windswept dunes. Watch the sunset while riding a camel to the campsite in the Zagora dunes. Delight in a delicious local dinner. Spend the night in a private standard or luxury tent under the stars. Day 2: Zagora, Draa Valley, and Ouarzazate On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise view followed by a typical Berber breakfast. You can then opt to take part in a camel trek journey back to meet your driver. Drive back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.

Overnight in Luxury Tent in Desert Camp Erg Chebbi Merzouga

2. 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.

Agadir: 4×4 Jeep Safari Desert with Delicious Lunch

3. Agadir: 4×4 Jeep Safari Desert with Delicious Lunch

Your adventure will start with pickup from your hotel in Agadir. Head to Sidi R'bat, 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Agadir, to discover unpopulated beaches and sandbanks. Stop at the fisherman village on the wild beach of Sidi R'bat, where you will have a chance to see the fishermen's caves, hewn in the cliffs. Then, drive on a sandy track while looking out onto the Atlantic ocean. You will then have a quick stop at the Oued Massa, a 120 km long coastal river by the Souss-Massa Nationalpark. Here, if you are lucky, you will spot migrating birds, mainly the Northern bald ibis. You will also catch a quick glimpse of the beautiful Dam Youssed bin Tachfine. After, walk around the old walled medina town and browse. Then drive towards the Atlas mountains to enjoy a traditional lunch (tajine, couscous, and seasonal fruits), with the possibility of vegetarian food as well, in a local Berber's house. After lunch, you can roam freely in the small Sahara dunes to take photos. You can also be photographed on a short camel ride tour.

From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga with Lodging

4. From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga with Lodging

Day 1:Fes / Ifrane /Medilt/Merzouga Depart from fez We pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort in a totally un Moroccan style built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village; we continue passing throughthe cedars forest in Azrou you will see the monkeys , drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then we continue towards merzouga in the road we will stop in a panoramic views to see the a huge oasis of palm tree we reach Merzouga,Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel . Accommodation : Kasbah Mohayut or Similar Day 2 :Merzouga / Erg Chebbi In the Morining visit approximately half day in the desert to see the different faces of deser, villages, stop to listen to some Saharan Music in El Khamlia, the oasis ,you will have a small visit to Rissani the first capital of dynasty alouite ,including some historical Kasbahs ,and the The famous Market ,you will have the opportunity to test the local food of the area the Pizza Berber , we continue to Merzouga ,. the guide and camel will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi,you will enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel, after 1 hou reach to the Camp in the Foot of the Dunes , After a wonderful Dinner, watch the Stars,and overnight in the Tent . Accommodation : Standard Desert Camp (Tent with Private Ensuite Bathroom ) Day 3 :Merzouga / Gorges Todra / Ouarzazate Get up early, to watch the sunrise which just behind the Algerian border, which is about 50 km from Merzouga. After Breakfast & shower, You’ll depart for Ouarzazate, traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky. We stop for lunch and walk in todragorges , We’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments Dinner & Overnight . Accommodation : Hotel La Perle Du Sud or Similar Day 4 :Ouarzazate / Ait ben haddou / Marrakech After breakfast we visit Ouarzazate ,including the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous of all Africa. From here we head to visit the famous Kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia,wecoutinue passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 m above sea level passing through small villages & Panoramic Views .we will drop you off in your Hotel in Marrakech for the End of the Tour .

Marrakesh: 3-Day Tour to Fez with Overnight Desert Camping

5. Marrakesh: 3-Day Tour to Fez with Overnight Desert Camping

Dive deep into the Sahara Desert on a 3-day trip from Marrakesh to Fes with accommodation included. Immerse yourself in the local culture and scenery as you visit quaint villages, spend a night in the desert, and embark on a camel trek through the dunes. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Ben haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Tinghir Begin 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). Purchase 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 DunesAfter 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. Relax in Merzouga, then 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 -Errachidia - Medilt- Atlas Mountains - Ifran- Fes 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 to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia. Around midday, stop in Midelt to buy lunch. Continue to Fes via Ifran Imouzzar with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns, which are both famous as winter ski resorts for Moroccans. Your driver might spot some Barbary apes on the way and seize the opportunity to take some pictures. Arrive at Fes late in the afternoon and end your tour with a drop-off at your accommodation

From Douz: 2-Day Sahara Desert Buggy Safari

6. From Douz: 2-Day Sahara Desert Buggy Safari

Your 2-day excursion begins with an early pickup from your hotel in Douz. After a full briefing, your adventure starts with an amazing view, changing from lands of green palms to dunes of golden sand. As you head out into the expanse of the desert, you’ll break for lunch at a traditional bedouin restaurant to begin your experience of cultural immersion. Next, you’ll hop aboard a dune buggy and set out across the dunes on a Sahara safari, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife like the Arabian gazelle, the adorable fennec fox, or the stately oryx. After a day of thrills, you’ll head to your camp, where you’ll start the evening off with a cup of tea while your dinner is prepared over an open fire. Enjoy a 4-course meal of traditional bedouin specialties under the stars before heading to bed in a luxury tent, complete with a mattress, pillows, and blankets. Waking up to the stunning desert sunrise, you’ll enjoy some Arabic coffee and breakfast atop the golden dunes. After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide for another trip through the desert aboard buggies, taking in more stunning vistas on your way back to town. Afterwards, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in Douz, filled with memories of the one-of-a-kind expanse of the Sahara desert.

From Hammamet: Desert Safari with Overnight Camping

7. From Hammamet: Desert Safari with Overnight Camping

Enjoy dinner and live entertainment around the campfire under a canopy of stars on this private desert escape. The tour starts with hotel pickup in Hammamet. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle to Douz, the gateway to the Sahara. Enjoy lunch, shop for handicrafts in the local market, and see the city before venturing into the dunes. Watch the surroundings change from green palms to golden dunes as you near your camp. Once settled, enjoy a delicious dinner at the luxury desert campsite. Unwind while listening to traditional drum music around the campfire. The next day, enjoy breakfast at the campsite before departing for Matmata for the underground Troglodyte visit. Explore the desert site where scenes from Star Wars were filmed and even have lunch in one of the Berber underground houses before the return transfer to Hammamet.

From Ouarzazate: Private 2-Day Merzouga Desert Tour

8. From Ouarzazate: Private 2-Day Merzouga Desert Tour

Experience the beauty of the Sahara Desert on a private overnight tour from Ouarzazate.  Day 1: Ouarzazate – Todra Gorges – Merzouga  After an early-morning pickup from your accommodations in Ouarzazate, start your drive along the Kasbah road to the Rose Valley and ultimately to the Todra Gorges, impressive stone walls formed by the River Todra over thousands of years. Take some stunning photos and go for a walk in the Gorges.  After lunch, it’s time to head to the desert. Upon arrival in Merzouga, you’ll have time to get settled in your lodgings before meeting your camel and camel driver. From on top of your new friend, head to the Sahara Desert camp where you can climb the high dunes and enjoy the incredible sight of the sun sinking below the horizon.  Head back to your tent and drink some mint tea before a traditional dinner. Spend the night watching for shooting stars or dancing around the campfire to the beat of the desert drums.  Day 2: Merzouga – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate  On the second day, wake up early to enjoy the first rays of sunlight over the desert. Have breakfast at the camp before hopping on a camel or a 4x4 for the ride back to Ouarzazate. On the way, you’ll stop at different sites to take pictures of the beautiful desert landscapes and the Draa Valley’s date palms. Pass over the vast Anti-Atlas Mountains before arriving back in Ouarzazate.

3-Day Tour from Errachidia to Merzouga end up Ouarazazate

9. 3-Day Tour from Errachidia to Merzouga end up Ouarazazate

Day 1 : Errachidia (Airport or Hotel ) to Erfoud . Explore the southern region of Morocco on a fully-immersive three-day tour which will activate all of your senses. The tour will begin with the drive towards Erfoud and stops along the way to Ain Maski and Ai Al Atty, the Khadarat, and the Ziz Valley. Overnight in the Hotel in Erfoud . Day 2 : Erfoud / Rissani / Merzouga ( Erg Chebbi ) You’ll start your second day with a visit to the town of Rissani to learn about the history of its palaces and the market as well as taste the delicious Berber pizza, or Madfouna. Next, continue to Merzouga where you will visit a group of nomads before visiting Khmaliyah to listen to the traditional music of Gnaoua. At sunset, you’ll set out for a camel ride to experience the peaceful atmosphere in the middle of the dunes. Conclude the evening with dinner and Saharan music under the stars. Day 3 : Merzouga / Todra Gorges / Ouarzazate . On the last day of your trip, rise up early to enjoy the sunrise just behind the Algerian Border, after shower & breakfast we will travel to Ouarazazte via ziz oasis & todra goges ,reach ouarzazate in the Afternoon for the End of the Trip .

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Tour molto bello nel complesso, alcune cose non positive. Nel dettaglio: molte le ore in macchina (4h) ma panorama favoloso, strade in montagna con molte curve (per chi soffre l'auto, munitevi di medicine), villaggio molto caratteristico. Attenzione: entrata al villaggio gratuita, non devono chiedervi soldi! La guida ha insistito perché comprassimo le sciarpe da metterci come turbanti poi nel deserto: non fatevi fregare o portatevela da casa. A Ouarzazate la visita al museo del cinema (3€) è carina ma il set è piccolino, non è lo studios quello più famoso che non è previsto nel tour. Attenzione: vi chiederanno mance ovunque, dalla guida ai cammellieri. Molto bello il momento nel deserto, cammellata di oltre un'ora al tramonto e all'alba 20min. Accampamento nel deserto molto spartano, una vera esperienza unica ( p.s. non ci sono prese della corrente). Portatevi acqua.

Alí is a very good guide and organized a perfect trip! He made us see a lot of places in Morocco, even coordinating additional local tour guides to make the experience great. The second day of the tour was magical: before arriving at the camp to spend the night in the desert we had time for a quad ride in the dunes and sandboarding as well. We then left with the camels towards the camp where dinner had been prepared and a party organized with typical dances and international music. All this was possible thanks to the meticulous organization of the times and the in-depth knowledge of the places. I absolutely recommend this tour!!!

experience to try once in a lifetime: all wonderful. For the price I think it's more than good, indeed. My friends and I had a great time, plus we happened upon some great people which made it all the more enjoyable. I would do it again a thousand times ... Not to mention the driver, really helpful and very nice.

The transfer hours are many, our transfer drove very hastily but overall it is a great experience, in the desert it is cold and wrap yourself up!

We had 3 great days in the desert with a very experienced guide. Would recommend anytime.