3 days desert tour from marrakech to Merzouga

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3 days desert tour from Marrakech Details

Join a unique 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, where you’ll see classic Moroccan sights and the tranquil Sahara Desert. This tour begins in the lively streets of Marrakech and continues across the gorgeous Atlas Mountains to the UNESCO-listed Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the green Dades Valley, and the serene Tinghir Oasis. A sunset camel ride across the Erg Chebbi dunes and a romantic night beneath the stars in a typical Bedouin camp will provide an unforgettable experience. This Marrakech to Merzouga tour, led by skilled guides, promises a mix of adventure, culture, and amazing memories. It is great for couples, families, and small groups

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What's Included in Your Marrakech to Merzouga Tour:

Price Includes

  • Transportation in a modern, air-conditioned 4x4 or van
  • Pick-up service from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech
  • Tour Guide
  • Sunset and sunrise camel rides in the stunning Erg Chebbi
  • An overnight stay at a private tent in a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi
  • Drop-off service at your Marrakech hotel or the nearest accessible location

Price Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees, if applicable
  • Fees for local guides, if used
  • Lunches during the tour

What to expect In this 3 days desert tour from Marrakech

One of our most popular itineraries is the 3-day itinerary from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert (Erg Chebbi), which includes visits to the Dades Valley and camel rides in the Merzouga Desert. This private journey from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi includes visits to the World Heritage Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou and Taourirte, as well as lessons on Berber culture and traditions.

  • High Atlas Mountains
  • Famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Dades Valley & Todra Gorge
  • Camel Ride in Sahara Desert & Night in Luxury Camp
  • Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate

Itinerary of 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Day 1:Marrakech → Atlas Mountains → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Dades Valley ( 6 Hours Drive )

Begin your “3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga” with a comfortable collection from your hotel at 08:00 AM, followed by a thrilling journey through the lively city of Marrakech to the spectacular High Atlas mountains. This 6-hour drive takes you across the famous Tizi n’Tichka pass, where lovely Berber settlements and stunning mountain views await, providing an ideal opportunity for breathtaking photographs.

A visit to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its exquisite traditional Moroccan architecture and use as a setting in numerous well-known films, is a must-see on your first day. Wander through its old alleys and become immersed in the rich culture and history of this unique destination.

The excursion then continues to the calm Skoura Oasis to visit Kasbah Amridil, which is known for its wonderful Moroccan architecture. Enjoy the tranquil palm groves of Skoura, which provide a soothing backdrop that strengthens your connection to the local culture. Continue to Kalaa Megouna, which is known for its rosewater distillation and provides unique insights into the region’s traditional activities.

Your journey culminates in the magnificent Dades Valley, noted for its granite formations and medieval strongholds. Spend the night at a traditional riad or guesthouse, where you may enjoy Moroccan culture’s legendary hospitality. This first day combines natural splendor, cultural immersion, and historical exploration, laying the groundwork for an amazing Sahara trip.

Day 2:Boumalne Dades → Tinghir → Merzouga → Sahara Desert ( 4 Hours Drive )

On the second day of your Marrakech to Merzouga tour, be ready for a thrilling 4-hour drive into the heart of the Sahara Desert. The journey continues from Dades Valley to the lush Tinghir Oasis, where you’ll have a guided trek and discover the impressive Todra Gorges, which are known for their high cliffs and breathtaking natural scenery.

The journey next proceeds to Rissani, a town known for its vibrant palm date market and rich historical significance. You will visit the hallowed Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder of the Alaouite dynasty, which provides a deep insight into Morocco’s spiritual and historical roots.

The day concludes in Merzouga, a lovely desert village that serves as the entryway to the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes. The Sahara Desert’s highlight is a sunset camel trip across the shifting sands. This traditional Saharan pastime leads to your desert tent, where you’ll spend the evening under the stars. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner around a campfire while listening to local music, making this more than simply a trip, but a journey into the heart of Moroccan culture and adventure.

Day 3:Merzouga → Draa Valley→ Ouarzazate → Marrakech ( 9 Hours Drive )

Start your final day with an optional morning climb on the Erg Chebbi dunes, a calm opportunity to appreciate the desert’s majesty. After breakfast at the camp, depart for the 9-hour trek back to Marrakech. This drive provides plenty of opportunity to reflect on the beautiful scenery and rich experiences you’ve had.

As you go, you will see the beautiful palm groves of the Draa Valley and the craggy topography of the Anti-Atlas Mountains. A must-see destination in Ouarzazate is Atlas Film Studios, one of the world’s largest movie studios, known for its important role in worldwide filmmaking and its unique integration with the local environment.

The drive back is more than simply a journey; it’s an opportunity to continue learning Morocco’s cultural and natural heritage, ensuring that every moment of your visit contributes to your comprehension of this fascinating country. As you get closer to Marrakech, you’ll have a collection of vivid recollections to remind you of the diverse landscapes and cultural contacts on your Marrakech to Merzouga tour.

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3 days desert tour from Mrakech to Merzouga FAQ

How Far is Merzouga from Marrakech for Desert Tours?

Travelers considering a desert excursion frequently inquire, ‘How far is Merzouga from Marrakech?’ The distance is 560 kilometres (348 miles). This gorgeous excursion is often split into two days, with a nice layover in Dades Valley to take up the tranquil splendor. The return journey includes a full-day drive back to Marrakech, allowing you to see the rich Moroccan scenery.

What is the Duration of the Camel Trek from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi Desert Camp?

The duration of the camel ride from Merzouga to the Erg Chebbi desert camp varies based on the season and the timings of sunrise and sunset, which are affected by daylight saving time adjustments. The drive to the camp for the sunset ride takes about an hour on average, and the return ride the next morning takes about an hour as well.

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Lucas L

Solo Traveller

Absolutely mesmerizing! The three-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga was an unforgettable adventure. From camel rides through the golden dunes to sleeping under the starlit sky in traditional Berber tents, every moment was filled with magic and wonder.

April 1, 2024

Danish K.

Family Traveller

An adventure worth every moment! From the bustling streets of Marrakech to the tranquil vastness of the desert, this tour was a sensory delight. The knowledgeable guides, comfortable accommodations, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in Berber culture made it an enriching and unforgettable experience.

March 12, 2024
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