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Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 Days

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The private  & best-selling Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour for 3 days offers a great insight into the deep-rooted heritage of the nomadic people who reside by the edge of the golden dune field of Erg Chebbi. Your private driver/guide will bring this lifestyle alive by sharing his culture with you.

The 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour is an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscapes of Morocco. You’ll explore the charming city of Marrakech, cross the Atlas Mountains, visit ancient Kasbahs, and experience the magic of the Sahara Desert.

You’ll ride camels through the dunes, camp under the stars in a traditional Berber camp, and witness the sunrise and sunset over the desert. This tour offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Morocco.

About this experience

  • Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund
  • From hotel or Riad in Marrakech
  • 3 Days
  • English, French, Spanish, Italian

What to expect

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the diverse landscapes of Morocco with our 3-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour. This adventure takes you from the vibrant city of Marrakech to the awe-inspiring sand dunes of Merzouga, offering a perfect blend of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and thrilling activities.

Why Choose This Experience:

The 3-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour offers a comprehensive and immersive desert experience, perfect for travelers seeking adventure and cultural enrichment. From the stunning High Atlas Mountains and historic kasbahs to the serene beauty of the Sahara, this tour provides a unique opportunity to explore Morocco’s diverse landscapes and traditions.

Book your 3-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour today and embark on a journey that promises unforgettable memories and breathtaking experiences in the heart of Morocco.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the spectacular High-Atlas Mountains
  • Have a guided walking tour of the Ait Benhaddou Village
  • Stretch your legs in the impressive Todra Gorge (Canyon)
  • Go on a camel ride experience for the sunset view in Erg Chebbi dunes
  • Spend the night in a luxury desert camp or under the stars
  • Appreciate the prevalent tranquility along with the immense beauty of nature in the desert

Itinerary

After having breakfast in your hotel/Riad in Marrakech, our expert driver/guide will pick you up from your accommodation at 07:30 am before embarking on an interesting 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour.

You will initially drive through the spectacular High-Atlas Mountains that offer breathtaking views with their snow-capped peaks throughout the winter offering excellent opportunities for memorable shots. You will cross the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260 m), which is the highest pass in the north of Africa, then get to the dramatic Ksar (Village) Ait Benhaddou.

This village has a rich history being in the former caravan route that used to connect Marrakech with the Sahara Desert turning it into an important commercial center. It consists of numerous Kasbahs (fortresses) that are striking examples of southern architecture to the extent it has been used as a backdrop for shooting many Hollywood Films including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia, and many others.

After lunch, you will continue on the track further south to the lush Dades Valley passing by the palm oasis of Skoura, the Valley of Roses where you may want to include a short break to learn about the different products that are made of roses including rose-water, perfumes, soaps, lotions and much more.

Today, you will resume your 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour by stretching your legs by the ever-flowing Todra River in the impressive Todra Gorge (Canyon). This high cliff has been an attraction among mountain climbers, trekkers, and nature seekers. After having lunch near Tinejdad or Erfoud, you will arrive in the golden Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi.

Now, you will go on a camel ride experience while enjoying the sunset view offering miraculous views until you get to the top of the sand dune. Appreciate the amazing views and the prevalent tranquility before getting to our luxury desert camp. A warm welcome by the staff members with mint tea and pastries as a Moroccan deep-seated ritual.

Have a delicious meal for dinner in the restaurant or under the stars. Later, you may want to stretch your legs in the soft sand dunes stargazing or contemplating before culminating the day with a relaxing sleep in your en-suite tent.

Early wake up in the morning, climb up the sand dune, and attend to the majestic view of the sunrise. Later, you will have a refreshing breakfast under the sunlight before getting ready for a long drive of around 10 hours back to Marrakech.

You will drive by the volcanic Anti-Atlas Mountains stopping by the Nkob Village with its countless Kasbahs, then Ouarzazate (Hollywood of Africa), which is known for the Atlas Film Studios that has turned the region into a filmmaking setting among international producers.

You will cross the high-Atlas Mountains to get to Marrakech in the evening marking the end of our 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour hoping you go with memorable experiences.

Included

Included

  • Pick-up from accommodation in Marrakech
  • A well-maintained 4WD, minivan, or minibus for transportation including fuel
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • 1-night accommodation in the Dades Valley including dinner & breakfast.
  • 1-night accommodation in a luxury desert camp in Merzouga desert including dinner & breakfast.
  • A camel ride experience by the sandy beach of the Atlantic.
  • Unique experiences
  • Local taxes

Not Included

  • Lunch meals
  • Drinks including water
  • Extras

Tour Map

FAQs

What are the highlights of the Marrakech desert tour?

The tour highlights include a scenic drive through the Atlas Mountains, camel riding in the Sahara Desert, experiencing breathtaking sunsets and sunrises over the dunes, staying in a traditional desert camp, and engaging in activities like sandboarding and dune trekking.

How is the accommodation during the desert tour?

The accommodation provided during the desert tour is a comfortable en-suite hotel/Riad in the Dades Valley as well as a Luxury desert camp with en-suite tents. The tents are well-equipped and offer a cozy retreat amidst the desert landscape

What should I pack for the trip?

Pack comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, warm layers for the night, comfortable walking shoes, a reusable water bottle, personal toiletries, a flashlight, a camera, and any personal medications.

Are there any special health or fitness requirements?

The tour involves moderate physical activity, including walking and a camel ride. If you have any health conditions or mobility issues, please inform us in advance so we can make necessary accommodations.

Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Yes, we can accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice. Please inform us of any specific dietary needs when booking the tour.

How long is the camel ride?

The camel ride into the dunes lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours each way. Alternatively, alternative transportation can be arranged if you prefer not to ride a camel.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Yes, the tour is suitable for children. However, parents should be aware of the long travel times and ensure that children are prepared for the camel ride and desert environment.

What happens in case of bad weather?

The tour operates rain or shine. In the rare case of severe weather conditions, we will make necessary adjustments to the itinerary and ensure your safety and comfort.

Know before you go

What to pack:

  • Clothing: Light, breathable layers for the day; warm clothes for the night; comfortable walking shoes; a hat and sunglasses; and a scarf or shawl to protect against the sun and wind.
  • Essentials: Sunscreen, lip balm, a reusable water bottle, personal toiletries, and a flashlight or headlamp.
  • Comfort Items: A small backpack for daily essentials and a camera or smartphone for photos.

Health and safety:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the trip.
  • If you have any medical conditions or allergies, inform your guide in advance and bring the necessary medications.
  • Basic first aid supplies are advisable.

Meals:

  • Traditional Moroccan meals are included. Notify us in advance of any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Transportation:

  • The trip involves long drives through varied terrain, including mountain passes and desert roads. If you are prone to motion sickness, consider bringing appropriate medication.
  • Travel will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

Camel ride:

  • The camel ride into the dunes can be bumpy. Wear comfortable clothes and hold on tightly.
  • If you have back issues or prefer not to ride a camel, alternative transportation can be arranged.

Photography:

  • Always ask for permission before photographing people, especially in rural areas.
  • Be mindful of your camera and equipment in the sandy environment.

Environmental Responsibility:

  • Respect the natural environment by not leaving any litter behind.
  • Follow the guidance of your tour guide to minimize your impact on the desert ecosystem.

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Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour 3 Days
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