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Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

Activity provider: Marrakesh Travel Services
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From £93.24 £79.25 per person

Embark on a 3-day tour of southern Morocco from Marrakech. Sleep in the Sahara and see Ait Ben Haddou and the Valley of the Roses. Cross the landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and the Erg Chebbi dunes.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, French, Arabic, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is available from all Marrakech hotels. For guest houses and riads, the pickup will be from the closest point accessible by van. This location will be provided the day before the activity.

Experience

Highlights
  • See the impressive Atlas Mountains
  • Visit Ait Ben Haddou with a guide
  • Take a guided tour of the Tinghir oasis and Todra gorges
  • Enjoy a camel ride at sunset and witness sunrise
  • Stay overnight in berber tent
  • Enjoy some free time to visit Ouarzazate and the studios of cinema
Full description

Spending a night in the Sahara Desert is an unforgettable experience for visitors to Morocco and this three-day tour lets you travel further and explore more along the way. Visit UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses, and Tinghir; stop at traditional Berber villages around the Todra Gorge; then take a camel trek through the Erg Chebbi dunes the highest in Morocco and sleep beneath the desert stars at Berber campsite.

Day 1: Marrakech - Tinghir

Your shared 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. Head to Ait Benhaddou through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Many stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. Continue to Ouazazate and Kasbah Taourirte before lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Tinghir via the valley of the roses before you reach your hotel located in Tinghir. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Tinghir – Merzouga

After breakfast at your hotel in Tinghir, your journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbah to Ouasis of Tinghir, where you will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todra canyons. After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge cliffs, and lunch at a local café (at your leisure), continue early in the afternoon to Rissani, famous for its date market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou.

Continue to Merzouga driving through some rocky desert landscape. Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, meet your camel caravan, and ride your camels through the amazing color-changing sand dunes with the sunset on the horizon as a backdrop. Reach your Sahara Desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere just before darkness.

After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to a campfire. Late at night, enjoy Berber music with the local hosts playing drums.

Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech

After an early breakfast and a camel ride back to the main road, meet your driver and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the high atlas mountains. Your shared 3-day desert tour will end in Marrakech in the evening.

Includes
  • Pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakech
  • Transportation by modern, air-conditioned minibus (17 or 8 seats)
  • Tpir guide
  • Overnight stay in Tinghir at Hotel Bougafer 4-star or similar
  • Camel trek in Erg Chebbi
  • Overnight stay at a desert camp in Erg Chebbi
  • Bedding at both accommodations
  • Access to toilets at both accommodations
  • Access to showers at both accommodations
  • Dinner at both accommodations
  • Breakfast at both accommodations
  • Lunch and/or drinks
  • Tips to driver
  • Guide at Ait Ben Haddou
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Long pants

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Smoking in the vehicle
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 625 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Oh my gosh this was my favourite excursion so far. We had an amazing driver Mustafa. He took such good care of us and went above and beyond. Night one accommodations were so beautiful. The camel ride and desert stay is a must. I wouldn’t go any less than the 3 day tour just because of all the driving. But I highly recommend. This is the perfect way to see more of Morocco.

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16 May 2022

This tour was amazing. Me and my girlfriend traveled all across Marocco and took some time to explore Merzouga as well, so we booked this trip. The driver Mohammed was very nice, answered all the possible questions we had and made bathroom breaks when neccessary with a smile on his face (and sunglasses ). The destinations themselves were nicely picked (we loved the Quazazarte and the small town where they recorded a lot of movies, the valley in the Atlas mountains was very nice as well and of course, the desert was amazing period) The one regret me and my girlfriend have about this trip is not taking a picture with the driver, because quite frankly we loved him. I hope you read this someday Mohammed, and we will come again when we visit Marocco♥️♥️

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15 May 2022

Our driver, Hamid Arab was excellent!!!! He was safe, and tried to tell us about everything when we passed a town or village. The excursion and stays were good. I just feel that for a 2 and half days of travelling, the camel rides in total of 2 hours was not sufficient. I would recommend a longer ride a little bit deeper into the desert to give a full "Bedouin" experience.

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11 May 2022

Product ID: 56040