2 days Marrakech desert tour

The 2 days Marrakech desert tour begins nice and early (so as to get as much in on your first day) with a pick up from your hotel. We request you actually be ready before 8.00 a.m. (private tour) or 7.00 a.m. (shared tour) as by this hour we shall be heading out and getting under way on an adventure of a lifetime.

This tour is available as a shared experience within a minibus or as a private tour within a 4 x 4 vehicle or a minivan. The Marrakech to Zagora desert trip will also include an opportunity to ride on the caravan of the desert. But we do appreciate camel riding is not everyone’s idea of comfort, so walking alongside the guide or taking transport to the desert camp is an option, should you prefer. This trip is perfect for those who are short on time and wish to seize the opportunity to become introduced to the Moroccan Sahara desert in a just two days.

  • Departs from: Marrakech
  • Airport Pick upFREE Marrakech Airport pick up upon arrival and transfer to your hotel in Marrakech  city.
  • Hotel pick upFREE Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the tour.
  • Cost per Adult: From €59
  • Veggie friendly: Yes
  • Child age till:12 = 50% discount
  • Start time: Before 8:00
  • Departs daily: Yes, daily departures guaranteed. Only 1 person required per tour.
  • Availability: All year round. Shared small group tours and private vehicle tours.
  • Solo Travelers: No single supplements!

What is included:

  • Pick up from hotel in Marrakech on the morning of the tour.
  • Modern air conditioned vehicle
  • Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Camel treks from Zagora to desert camp and back.
  • 1 night in a standard traditional desert camp
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • Complimentary airport transfers from Marrakech airport to your hotel in Marrakech on the day of your arrival into Marrakech.

What is not included:

  • Personal purchases, drinks, lunch, tips (Ait Ben Haddou guide usually 3 eur) .
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Itinerary

Day One

The journey begins inside a modern air-conditioned minibus, should you come as part of a shared group, where we will head towards the Atlas Mountains. Our first port of call is at the Kasbah in Ait Ben Haddou.

This walled city actually is home to around six Kasbahs and you’ll be amazed at the ancient feel of the place. After our stop off at the Kasbah we will head to the city of Ouarzazate. Here you can witness the place where many Hollywood blockbuster films were shot. The Living Daylights, Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia, among others, have all seen the clapperboard in this city.

If the scheduler allows for it, we may also stop off at the Atlas Film Studios. There is a 3.00 euro entrance fee to the studios, which has not been included within the price. Entry to the studios is at your own discretion.

The afternoon is when we make our way through the Draa Valley. You will see a beautiful oasis and a stunning landscape that will have you taking photographs at regular points. At the end of this day we will meet up with our camels and ride to the desert Berber camp.

The Overnight Stay

The overnight stay in the Berber tents will include a sumptuous evening meal and breakfast in the morning. It is possible to upgrade your overnight accommodation to a luxury desert camp with shower.

Day Two

The following day will see us return into the desert city of Zagora where we will relive the journey back through the Draa Valley. We then go back over the Atlas Mountains and return to Marrakech where you can expect to return around 6.00 or 7.00 p.m. 

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Highlights

  • Drive through the high Atlas Mountains.
  • Visit kasbah Ait ben Haddou UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and where several films have been shot.
  • Sunset camel trek to Berber desert camp
  • Visit Ouarzazate Holywood of Morocco  with Morocco's biggest studios.
  • Spend night in Berber desert camp with bonfire and music entertainment

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  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

    Very good customer service and communication, camells, food, camp and the Berber guides and musicians were great, only negative was the drive there and back was much much longer than we realized with lots of dusty construction along the way - like 12 - 13 hours in the car over 2 days was a bit much but I guess riding a camel at sunset made it worth it.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible. My girlfriend and I didn't know what to expect, but Mr. Mehdi provided an incredible trip. The desert was beautiful, the stops along the way incredible and all in all I would suggest it to any friend.

    Mr. Mehdi was quick to respond, punctual and extremely helpful. Thank you for helping my girlfriend and I have an incredible time as we toured Morocco.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Lovely experience overall but two things to keep in mind:
    - It gets VERY cold in the desert once the sun goes down, even with the blankets and beds provided. Bring very warm clothes.
    - It is a very long bus ride to the desert camp. We stopped for only about 2 hrs at each city and the rest of the days were spent on the bus. It was about 6-7 hours in the bus each day.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The trip was fun! And I cause the admin on the WhatsApp so much trouble. But they did a great job! Totally worth it. Definitely will book from here again when I visit Morocco!

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  • Guest - Victoria Barry

    Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

    amazing value for money considering all thats included! we visited the Ben Ait Kasbah, seen where many films and tv shows were filmed with a tour by a local, camel trekked in the desert during sunset, entertained and fed by the hosts in the camp, got up for a sunrise and visited the movie studios and traditional berber workshop on the way back.
    the journey through the Atlas Mountains is definitely not for the faint hearted! you reach the peak at over 2000 feet and there are some scary hair pins and cliff edges! be prepared for 10 hours to get from Marrakech to the desert on the way out however and about 8 on the way back!
    a great trip if you want to see authentic Morocco and excellent value for money!

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