Visit Merzouga Dunes, Dadès, and Draa Valley on this 3-day tour of authentic life in Southern Morocco. Contemplate the infinite spaces of the Sahara Desert and the spectacular heights of the High Atlas Mountains.
What to Expect
Discover the real Morocco on this tour through the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. This 3-day tour from Marrakech takes you on an adventure through the beautiful scenery of Southern Morocco. Enjoy the sunset behind the fascinating sand dunes, and see limestone cliffs, spectacular mountain valleys, and desert landscapes.
This journey passes through many interesting towns and villages, where you will get an insight into authentic Moroccan life. Visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular location for many film settings.
Enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi and admire the palm groves surrounding the Todra Gorge. You also have the option to spend a night under the stars in a nomadic tent in the desert. This privileged tour also provides a free arrival transfer service from Marrakech Airport.
Day 1: Marrakech – Telouat – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Boumalen Dadès (Dadès Gorge)
After an early departure, cross the High Atlas Mountains and reach the 2260 meter-high Tizi n'Tichka pass. Continue on to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many films have been shot there including The Mummy, Gladiator, 7 Days in Tibet, Alexander the Great, and Babel.
Continue towards Ouarzazate through the implacable hamada followed by a visit to Kasbah of Taourirt and the film studios. The journey then continues along the Road of 1000 Kasbahs to the Dadès Valley. Along this road you will pass through the fascinating town of Skoura as well as Kalaat M'Gouna, which is known for its roses. After arriving in Boumalne Dadès, there will be dinner and an overnight stay.
Distance: 300 kilometers (185 miles)
Lunch: L'Oasis D'Or restaurant at Ait Ben Haddou
Accommodation: Xaluca Dadès Hotel(http://www.xaluca.com/fr/hotel/dades/)
Day 2: Boumalen Dadès – Tinghir – Todra Gorge – Arfoud – Merzouga Dunes
Morning departure to Merzouga dunes. After Tinghir, you will visit the groves and then foray into the Todra Gorge. The limestone cliffs seem like an opening carved through the Todra Assif, which has spectacular peaks diving to the bed of the river.
The peaks rise up to 300 meters above the Todra which meanders from its source in the High Atlas mountains. Walk freely through the gorges and palm groves. After lunch, continue to the palm groves of Tinjedad, Touroug and Erfoud.
The tour will then continue to Merzouga where you will enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, from which you can observe the sunset. Sand dunes are moving sculptures in the form of draperies whose colors vary according to the intensity of the light. They stand as living walls next to the desert with the highest reaching up to 150 meters.
The night is spent in nomadic tents or Marabou between the dunes of Merzouga or in an air-conditioned room.
Distance: 250 kilometers (154 miles)
Lunch: Kasbah Les Roches restaurant at Todra Gorges
Accommodation: Kasbah Tombouktou (http://www.xaluca.com/fr/hotel/tombouctou/)
Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Nqob – Tamnougalte – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, depart towards the Draa Valley through Rissani and Nqob. We will cross the most mysterious desert landscapes, dotted with oases, before continuing to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley. The incredible scenery is bordered with palm groves and extends over a length of 200km with fortified Ksour. The river continues in a thin stream of water and provides a strange green color in the middle pre-Sahara.
After lunch you will return to Marrakech.
Distance: 550 kilometers (340 miles)
Lunch: Chez Yacob restaurant at Tamnougalte
- Lunchtime meals
- Camel ride in Merzouga
- English-speaking driver guide
- Accommodation in half board at a Hotel or Bivouac
- Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus or 4WD
- Monuments entrance fees
- All taxes
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Single supplement: 10 Euros
Know Before You Go
Tour is only available with an English- or French-speaking guide.
• Children under 2 years of age can travel free of charge.
• Children from 3 to 10 years of age receive a 50% discount.
• Children over the age of 11 pay the full cost of the tour.