From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 13 hours
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Very tiring but it's definitely worth it! Day 1 - Marrakech - several beautiful stops to grab a quick breakfast and take pictures of Mountain Atlas - Aït Benhaddou (UNESCO world heritage site, optional, 25 mad) - Lunch - drive through Ouarzazate - dinner/rest in the city of Tinghir Day 2 - Tinghir - visit Palmeraie de Tinghir (local crops, plants, carpets) - (order lunch at a restaurant) visit Les gorges du todra (about 30 minutes visit of the gorge then have lunch) - final drive ~3 hrs to Merzouga desert with several stops along the way - arrive at a nomad camp hotel. If upgraded, toyota truck to drive to where you start riding the camels/dromedary to the camp - enjoy the sunset - dinner, singing and dancing around a firepit - (optional) enjoy starry night at ~4 am Day 3 - (this is the most tiring day) breakfast in the camp / enjoy the sunrise - camel ride & Toyota truck back to the nomad camp hotel - drive back to Marrakech (~8pm) with several stops to have lunch along the way
A spectacular excursion. We had a mishap with the flight and we could not attend the excursion on the stipulated day, and after having contacted the company they postponed it for one day without any problem. The truth is that the customer service was very understanding and decisive. Muhammad, an exceptional driver who made the journey much more enjoyable, stopping and even asking us if we needed anything. As for the excursion, we did not do anything heavy for the stops, I want to thank the driver and one of the guides called Halil who introduced us to the Moroccan culture before going to the desert. Without a doubt, a safe trip and an unforgettable experience with enough time to enjoy the most beautiful of Morocco and the most characteristic sites. The treatment of the animals was quite good and they looked quite cared for, each of the guides got very involved with us except one who just wanted to get your rooms.
This was an opportunity of a lifetime. The driver, Mohammed was so kind and treated us well. He communicated with us, allowed us to get out and take plenty pics along the way. It was great. The hotel stay was fine. The food and drinks were great, not expensive. We saw the wonderful Kasbah as well as the movie studios. We learned a lot in Ourazazate. Our guide Ali was phenomenal. He was able to talk about things happening in America, which was a plus. The Berber home we visited was also great. We had lovely Berber Whiskey. Our guests were kind and taught us everything about rug making. The desert camp was so much fun. Riding the dromedaries was definitely bucket list! All items checked. If you book this tour, you will love it.
Great experience. Interesting spots along the way. From Marrakech, you travel past the Atlas Mountains and the road is VERY windy so if you're easily motion sick, make sure you bring some medicine. The road is long so make sure you're comfortable. We have restrooms stops so it's not bad. I went the beginning of October and had a group of 8 total out of the 17 seats that are on the van. Not sure how that will change as tourism increases, but I had an excellent group and we even met up later in our trip outside the excursion. The food at the restaurant stops were okay. Tagine was better at Marrakech. You might get tired of it since the palette was a bit bland. Overall recommend.
I did this tour with another operator 1 year ago. The first overnight stay was a lot better this time - instead of a simple village inn (simple regional quality), this time there was a good hotel with a bathroom, good 3-course meal and a pool. I was impressed by comparison. It was nice that there are few tourists in Morocco at the moment and that everything is a bit more familiar.