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Marrakech: All-inclusive 4 Day Private Desert Tour

1. Marrakech: All-inclusive 4 Day Private Desert Tour

An example of the itinerary you will follow: Day 1: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and you will set off on your 4 day adventure. Pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and from Marrakech to Ouarzazate you can enjoy the scenic route, the landscapes with changing colors and terrain and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time to visit the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and have lunch on site. Then, on to the green valley of Dadès and the valley of roses by the palm grove of Skoura. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a charming guest house in the valley. Day 2: Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, you will set off on the road to the 1000 Kasbahs, then check check out Tinghr with its magnificent palm groves. At Todra Gorge, the bravest explorers can trek along the canyon, 300 metres above the ground. Then continue towards Merzouga and the erg Chebbi dune in the Sahara desert. In the largest desert in the world, you can experience the sunset on the back of a camel as you ride towards the oasis where the camp is located. You may spend the night in the nomadic tents or under the stars and play music or sing along with the locals and become immersed in true nomadic culture. Day 3: Merzouga, Tazarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate Watch the sunrise over the dunes of erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp. Return to a hostel via camel trek for a quick shower then drive to Rissani, a small town in southern Saharan Morocco where you can stop to visit a fossil workshop, before continuing to the junction of the Drâa and Agdz valley. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and hotel stay in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate, Aït ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech Go on a tour of the movie sets and studios located in Ouarzazate: the "Hollywood of Africa". Visit the Ksar of Aït ben Haddou, a world heritage site. Aït ben Haddou has been used to date as a backdrop for more than twenty films, including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones "and" Lawrence of Arabia ". Take advantage of this walk through the area to admire the traditional architecture of the kasbahs. Continue on home to Marrakech through the mountains.

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From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

2. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside your air-conditioned car and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Your first stop will be at a small village called Ait Ben Barka near the amazing natural areas surrounding Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule for your trip, and the sights that you will see on your trip. You'll take a little break to enjoy the beauty of this natural landscape and get excited for the next part of your journey. The second stop on your tour will be the Tizi n'Tichka pass, 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters).  Your third stop will be at Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate. This is the largest film studio in the world, famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. You will have the opportunity to visit the studios to explore on your own. You'll be able to learn more bout the actors and films that have been filmed here, and take some pictures of the unique Moroccan scenery in the area. After the studio, you will go for lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views. The next and last visit after lunch will be at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs in Morocco. You'll end your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to Marrakech. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation in Marrakech between 8-8:30 PM.

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Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert & Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Tour

3. Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert & Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Tour

Day 1: Atlas Mountains, Kasbahs, and Zagora Following pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh, begin by crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass en route to Ouarzazate. Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou for a guided tour, then head to Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah and the Atlas Cinema Studio.  Take a break for lunch before continuing to Zagora via Agdz and the Draa Valley. Upon arrival to Zagora, enjoy the sunset on a camel ride as you travel to the nomadic camp in the Nekhla Dunes. Dinner is later served at the camp, before you spend the night in a private tent.   Day 2: Zagora, Draa Valley, and Ouarzazate On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise followed by breakfast. You can then opt to take part in a camel trek journey back to meet your driver. Drive back along the Draa Valley with a break for lunch, before finally returning to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate.

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From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

4. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

Spend two days exploring mountainous and desert scenery, as well as traditional Moroccan cities and towns with an experienced guide.   Day 1: Depart from Marrakesh at 9:00 AM in a modern, air-conditioned minibus and head to the Atlas Mountains. Drive through the range, taking in magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and snow-capped mountains. You’ll soon arrive at the Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, an ancient fortified village that exemplifies Morocco’s traditional earthen clay architecture.   Afterwards, continue to Ouarzazate for lunch at a local café or restaurant. Continue on along the Drâa Valley to reach the town of Zagora. Here, you’ll meet your camels, who will take you on a 1.5-hour trek into the dunes. From atop these tall, sometimes graceful animals, you’ll get amazing views of the desert on your way to your camp in the dunes.   Day 2:  After a traditional Berber breakfast, head out just before sunrise on another 1.5-hour camel ride to get the best views of the changing colors of the sky. Head back to Zagora by camel and say goodbye to your traveling companion.   From Zagora, head back to the Atlas Mountains by minivan, with plenty of stops for photos and lunch. You’ll arrive at Marrakesh between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM and be taken to your hotel.

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Fes To Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour

5. Fes To Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour

Travel between the 2 imperial cities of Fes and Marrakech with a Moroccan desert tour. On this 3-day guided excursion, discover the secrets of the Sahara desert. Day 1: Fes – Midelt – Merzouga You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Fes and head first to the fertile plains of Sais and to the cedar forests in the middle of the Atlas Mountains. Stop for lunch in Midelt, then continue along the majestic Ziz River, where palms stand in fortified kasbahs. Drive to Erfoud through the oasis and continue on to Merzouga, where you’ll climb onto your camel and follow your guide for a stunning ride through the orange dunes. From the back of these animals, you’ll watch the sun set over the dunes. You’ll then spend the night in a desert camp, to experience the nomad life. If you select the upgrade on checkout, you’ll spend the night in a luxurious en suite camping set-up. Day 2: Merzouga – Tinghir, Dades Wake up early in the morning to watch the sun rising over the desert before breakfast. Your first stop of the day will be to Rissani, known for being the location of the mausoleum of the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco. Then, head to Tinghir on the route of the 1000 kasbahs, exploring the kasours and oases in the High Atlas mountain range. Take an hour to explore the Todgha River and admire this beautiful site and the canyons. Before lunch, visit the Berber village of Azrou with your guide to discover their traditional lifestyle. In the afternoon, you’ll drive to the Dades Valley to visit one of the oldest kasbahs in the region. You’ll then be dropped off at your guest house or hotel in Dades. Day 3: Dades – Kelaa Mgouna – Ouarzazate – Ait ben Haddou – Marrakech After breakfast at your hotel, travel to Kelaa Mgouna in the Rose Valley, a famous rose plantation. Visit one of the rose growers’ cooperatives and discover how the workers mix distilled rose water to create scents. Continue along the kasbahs to Ouarzazate, known as the “door of the Sahara”, often used as a filming location. Next you’re off to Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, a UNESCO-listed fortified village. Explore this beautiful site with your guide and learn more about its Moroccan earthen clay architecture. In the afternoon, take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the Atlas Mountains, where Berbers have been living for centuries. You’ll arrive back in Marrakech in the late afternoon.

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From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

6. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Trek to Ait-Benhaddou and Ouarzazate

Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet Kasbah – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Depart from your Marrakech hotel at 8:30am by air-conditioned vehicle and head toward Ouarzazate. Admire the majestic Moroccan scenery and small, tiered villages as you soar toward the High Atlas by way of the winding Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Continue on the meandering roads to the Telouet kasbah, an ancestral residence of the Pasha Glaoui of Marrakech. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the historic kasbah, and then cross the Telouet trail, which used to be a trade route connecting sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech. Once you reach the stunning red landscapes and green olive trees of the Ounila Valley, discover the Aït Benhaddou kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in a beautiful sunset from the top tower of the kasbah before sitting down to dinner and checking in for your overnight stay in the 3-star Ait Benhaddou hotel. Day 2: Aït Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Fint Oasis – Marrakech Enjoy breakfast and then get back in your air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to Ouarzazate, the site where movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Gladiator have been filmed. Take in the panoramic views and visit the ancient Taourirt kasbah, another UNESCO World Heritage site and home to two film studios and the Museum of Cinema. Explore the studios and continue on to the Fint Oasis, a beautiful palm grove made up of four traditional Berber villages. Visit a Berber house and enjoy Moroccan mint tea. Sit down for lunch then return to Marrakech in the late afternoon.

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From Marrakech: 3-Day Private & Luxury Desert Trip

7. From Marrakech: 3-Day Private & Luxury Desert Trip

Day 1: Marrakech, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Dades Gorges: Start your 3-day adventure with a pickup at your hotel or riad in Marrakech. After meeting your driver, depart to the High Atlas mountains, crossing the pass of Tizi N'Tichka with stops along the way to enjoy spectacular panoramic views. Whilst here, visit the Argan oil Cooperative where you will discover their fascinating production process and learn about the countless benefits this product has on the human body. Continue South and head down a 6-kilometer track that will take you to the fortified town of Ait Ben Haddou. At this location you will get to visit the famous Kasbah, a World Heritage Site. Enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch in the village before travelling to Ouarzazate. Continue on your journey toward the Valley of the Roses, passing through the great palm grove of Skoura before reaching the Dades Gorges.  Day 2: Dades Gorges, Todra Gorges and Merzouga Dunes (desert): Begin day two with a delicious breakfast before travelling to Merzouga. On the way, observe the stunning gorges from a strategic place on the mountain as you travel along a road dotted with beautiful Kasbahs. After several stops, reach one of the southern highlights, the Gorges of the Todra. Enjoy lunch at the site and continue on into the desert until you reach the impressive Merzouga Dunes where you will enjoy some delicious tea. Leave your luggage at the lodge and leave in a caravan for a 1-hour trip, which will take you to your campsite. Stop in the middle of the road to watch the sunset in the dunes and stretch your legs before following the path to the camp. Before dinner, you will have the opportunity to climb the dunes that are near the camp and enjoy tea as you take in the peace and quiet. Spend the night at your camp base under the stars.  Day 3: Merzouga, Draa Valley, Anti Atlas, Ouarzazate & Marrakech: Wake up before dawn and enjoy the sunrise on the Great Dunes. Return back to your hostel where you can shower, eat a delicious breakfast and begin your trip, passing through Rissani, one of the oldest cities in Morocco. Crossing the arid you will witness spectacular pre-desert landscapes until you reach the Draa Valley. Whilst here, make several stops and enjoy this beautiful valley that runs along the longest river in Morocco. Cross the Anti Atlas to reach Ouarzazate where you will have lunch on site. In the afternoon, cross the High Atlas before arriving back in Marrakech in the evening.

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Marrakesh: 3-Day Merzouga Instagram Journey

8. Marrakesh: 3-Day Merzouga Instagram Journey

Day 1: Marrakesh, Tizi 'n Tichka, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and Boumalen Dades Pickup begins early in the morning, at which point you depart from Marrakesh towards the Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, passing by the collar of Tizi Ntichka and High Atlas Mountains along the way. Many stops are made during the journey, which include the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 11th century. It is a striking example of the architecture of the traditional Moroccan South, and a picturesque site filled with emotion. Following lunch, continue through the Roses Valley to reach your accommodation at Dades. Following a traditional dinner consisting of Berber dishes, spend the night in a local hotel and enjoy the magnificent views of the valley. Day 2: Gorges of Dadès, Gorges of Todra, and Merzouga After breakfast at the hotel, depart for the Toudra Gorge. The gorge is naturally constituted from high limestone cliffs that have been hollowed out for millennia, and is a delight for climbing enthusiasts. Following lunch, your journey continues to the fascinating dunes of Merzouga - a village marking the beginning of the Sahara. On your way to Merzouga, stop at one of the most fascinating sites of Morocco, which contains unreal sculptures created by the German artist Hannesjörg Voth. Once having arrived to Merzouga, your vehicle is replaced with a camel upon which you enjoy a traditional 1-hour camel ride. You then cross the dunes and admire the sunset, which consists of a multitude of colors which change over time. After a traditional dinner accompanied by Berber rhythms, spend the night under the stars in a nomad tent in the middle of the desert. Day 3: Merzouga, Ouarzazate, and Marrakesh Your day begins with a sumptuous sunrise, before a traditional breakfast is served. Once having traveled back to Merzouga by camel, continue through the Draa Valley and the Berber village of Agdez to reach Ouarzazate, where you visit the Kasbah of Taourirte. Admire the exterior architecture of this 17th-century monument, which is a sand castle with bronzed walls rising to the sky. Crossing the Atlas chain, take the road to Marrakesh safely and comfortably before arriving to your accommodation in the evening.

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Marrakech to Ouarzazate: 1-Day Red City Tour

9. Marrakech to Ouarzazate: 1-Day Red City Tour

Following a morning pick-up from your Marrakech accommodation, pass through the magical Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages on your way to Ouarzazate. Cross the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass and make a short stop for photos. Afterwards, visit the beautiful Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where several popular movies were filmed. Following lunch at a traditional restaurant, arrive in Ouarzazate to enjoy a city tour with visits to the Cinema Museum and the Taourirt Kasbah. End the tour with a transfer back to Marrakech.

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Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert-of-Merzouga Experience

10. Marrakesh: 3-Day Desert-of-Merzouga Experience

Day 1: Depart from Marrakesh at 7:00AM, before crossing the beautiful Tichka Pass. Sitting at 2,260 meters, this is the highest pass in North Africa. You then descend to Telouet and its beautiful Kasbah of Pacha el Glaoui, before continuing on to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Receive a guided tour of the beautiful ksar, after which you head to the movie studios of Ouarzazate - considered the "Hollywood of Morocco". You then cross the Valley of Roses, after which you arrive to Dades Gorges. Finally, travel to Dades to overnight in a hotel. Day 2: Your second day begins early in the morning as you travel to admire the fantastic Dades Gorge and Todra Gorge. From there, continue onward to Tinghi, stopping for lunch along the way. Drive to Erfoud and Rissani before joining the dunes of Merzouga, where you ride a camel whilst watching the sunset in the middle of the Sahara. Accommodation is provided that evening in a Berber tent, and dinner is enjoyed around a campfire under the stars in the sand dunes of the Sahara. Day 3: Enjoy the sunrise in the desert before returning to the village by camel. After breakfast, head in the direction of Rissani, discovering the valley of Ziz and the mountains of the Massif du Saghro en route. Following your arrival in N'Koub, explore the Drâa Valley - complete with thousands of palm trees, a kasbah, and a ksour. That evening, your tour results in Marrakesh, marking the conclusion of your 3-day experience.

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What people are saying about Ouarzazate

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 777 reviews

We spent 4 excellent days in the company of Haziz and Hassan during our stay towards Merzouga. They always made sure to best meet our expectations as well as our comfort during our stay in Morocco (very good choice of hotels and restaurants). I highly recommend going with them as they managed to improve our stay: Haziz is an excellent driver with whom we feel safe and Hassan always makes sure to propose the right activities for us. Needless to say I highly recommend going with "Get Your Guide" !

We had Ana amZing time! We weren’t sure what to expect because this tour had no reviews but we are so happy we went with it! Great people , amazing scenery! Not sure how this is different compared to other tours considering it is called “Instagram journey” but we felt it took us to all the main tourist sights we wanted to see and everything just went very smoothly! Be prepared lunch and tips for tour guides are not included in this so make sure to bring extra cash around 15/20 euro a day .

Superb excursion! Our guide Lahcen was great! As well as our driver abdou top !! The first day we visited the kasbah tel ouet: magnificent! As well as plenty of photo breaks in front of sumptuous landscapes! The evening in the desert: brilliant! The camel ride: happiness! In addition the ballad was long so great! Really recommend this excursion !! Thank you to our guide for this great time !!

Great stay, with a driver always attentive Hassan I recommend this tour

Best tour in Morocco.Definitely a miss if you dont get this tour.