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3 day Marrakech Merzouga desert tour

This tour is available as a shared group tour and private 4x4 tour. During the booking process, there is an option to upgrade the overnight accomodation in luxury camp with camel treks or to a 3 star hotel at the base of Erg Chebbi . This option is suitable for those who don't want to take camel trek or prefer to have more comfort. There is also an option to upgrade to stay for two nights at the desert camp and make it a 4-day tour.

  • Departs from:Marrakech
  • Airport Pick up: FREE Marrakech Airport pick up upon arrival and transfer to your hotel in Marrakech city.
  • Hotel pick up: FREE Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the tour.
  • Cost per Adult:From €87 contact us for group discount pricing of +7 adults.
  • 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. Available as shared small group tour and private vehicle tour.
  • Solo Travelers: No single supplements!

What is included:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Marrakech
  • Modern air conditioned Minibus
  • Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou visit, DadesGorge Valley, Todra Gorge
  • Local guides who meet you at Todra Gorge, Merzouga
  • Sunrise and sunset camel treks
  • Standard tents at a standard desert camp for 1 night
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • 1 night in Dades Valley hotel .
  • Transportation with driver from Merzouga to Marrakech
  • Free Marrakech Airport arrival transfer to your hotel on the day that you arrive in Marrakech

What is not included:

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

3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech

Day One

In this exciting and thrilling tour around the eastern half of Morocco you will travel in style in a modern air-conditioned minibus. Our guide will pick you up from your Marrakech hotel at 7.15 a.m. and escort you to the departure point. We will travel over the Atlas Mountain range and descend into the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou.

The Kasbah (there are actually six of them within a walled city) is a place of wonder. Here you will feel almost like you have stepped back in time to the days of gladiators, desert nomads and ancient trading markets. Lunch on the first day will be taken in the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou after the guided tour has finished.

Our next stop on our first day will be at Ouarzazate. We will admire the scenery of a city where several blockbuster movies have been filmed. Classics like The Mummy and Lawrence of Arabia are among the many films which have taken in a city often called “The Gateway to the Desert”.

In the desert’s gateway city we can take stop at a café before venturing on to the Dades Valley. Once here you can relax and unwind at a private guesthouse in Dades with en-suite bathroom and enjoy the culinary delights of a Moroccan evening dinner.

Day Two

The following morning we will have a hearty breakfast at our guesthouse and leave for the Todra Gorge. The Todra Gorge is simply jaw-dropping and has a stunning scenery that makes you question why this has not been listed as a wonder of the world. After lunch on the second day we will travel on to Merzouga.

The Overnight Stay in a Desert Camp

Merzouga really is a place in the heart of the desert. Here we will get onto our camels and traverse the Dunes of Erg Chebbi and finish off at the Berber desert camp to rest up for the night. At the desert camp you’ll enjoy an evening meal and breakfast in the morning before completing our final day’s journey back to Marrakesh.

Day Three

Our camels will transport back to Merzouga and from there it is another trip back through the Draa Valley, where we will see the sights at Rissani. Here the Moroccan architecture in the palaces, gateways and temples is worthy of many photographic opportunities.

Our final leg of this tour sees us moving through Nqob then Tamnougalt before the familiar city of Ouarzazate once more. Lunch can be taken at any café before we head back through the Atlas Mountains and back into Marrakech for our journey’s end. Arrival in Marrakech is expected around 8.00 p.m. 

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Highlights

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

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

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  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic experience, we really enjoyed it. The hotel in Toudra Gorge and the Camel Ride at sunset were once-in-a-lifetime type experiences. Great driver and really fun to meet the other passengers on the tour. Only suggestion would be to provide a bit more explanation of the schedule along the way, but all in all, fantastic experience!

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  • Guest - Athena

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    The overall experience was very good as this is one of the best Sahara trips from Marrakech with value for money. The driver didn't talk much and it would be better if he took some time in informing us a bit about each stop we took for pictures . The stops we took were satisfactory with toilets and snacks to keep us going on the long trip. The hotel we stayed at the first night was not great, as we only chose the basic option but it was bearable for one night. If you are travelling during winter/spring time do take some warm clothes with you as it can be very cold at night. The Sahara desert camp was excellent, the food cooked by the Berbers very tasty and the atmosphere mesmerizing! The only thing is we didn't get much entertainment at night around a campfire as mentioned but nonetheless just looking at the stars took our breath away. The camel ride was perfect as it was the longest camel ride we ever took (nearly 1,5 hours to get to the camp). If I was to do this again I wouldn't change the camping experience but maybe would take the upgrade to a better hotel on our first night of the trip. Do take a few 20 DRH notes with you to tip the guides at the different stops and also if you easily get nausea the definitely take some pills beforehand as the roads on the mountains can be very bumpy and curvy.

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