Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour 3 days
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The 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert will allow you to explore some of Morocco’s top attractions such as the majestic high Atlas highlands with breathtaking vistas and genuine berber settlements.
It will take you further to visit the ksar (fortified village) of Ait ben Haddou, the famous Kasbah declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. A number of films, including Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penélope Cruz, have been shot in this spectacular place.
We will continue to Ouarzazate to see the Oscar Atlas Film Studio, Morocco’s largest film studio, and Taourirt Kasbah. After that, our Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour will take us through Skoura’s palm grove, Rose Valley, known for its yearly rose festival and cosmetic products, the green Dades valley, and the fascinating Todra Gorge, a popular rock climbing location.
Ultimately, we’ll arrive at our favorite location, the Merzouga – Erg Chebbi desert, where we’ll have a camel ride to watch the sunset and spend the night at a Berber tent. The next day, we’ll return to Marrakech, stopping along the route to appreciate the panoramic vistas and take photographs… traveling via the Draa Valley, the Anti Atlas Mountains, and back to Marrakech
Day 1: Marrakech to Dades via Ait Benhaddou.
Your three-day vacation from Marrakech to Merzouga will begin in the early morning with a drive east of Marrakech via tiny suburban settlements to the High Atlas Mountains. You’ll pause for photographs, to take in the beauty, to stretch your legs, and to have a cup of coffee.
Travel upward on winding roads to the famed Tizi Ntichka pass before arriving at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, today’s first important tourist stop. The Berber walled town of Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has served as a backdrop for several Hollywood films. The Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator are just a handful of the films that have been shot in the area. Bridge the river that separates the Kasbah from the main road and take your time exploring the hamlet. If you want to hire a local guide, you may do so on-site.
Continue to Dades Valley after lunch at one of the local cafés, passing via Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, and Klaa Mgouna, the capital of the valley of the roses and noted for its rosewater artisanal distillation facilities.
As you arrive at Boumalne Dades, follow the Dades River on a narrow road that passes by many fortified Kasbahs on the side of the route to Dades Canyons. You will arrive late in the afternoon at your hotel.
Dinner and an overnight stay at your Dades hotel.
Day 2: Dades to Merzouga via Todra Gorges.
Your day will begin after breakfast at your Dades Valley hotel with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to the oasis of Tinghir, where we will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todgha, where you will stop for a walk in the oasis under the shade of palm trees and continue to Todgha Gorges.
Following some free time to take in the vastness of the cliffs and lunch at a local café (At leisure), we depart early in the afternoon for Rissani, known for its dates market and as the starting point for historic commercial caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tombouctou. We’ll proceed to Merzouga after a little rest, traveling across some rocky desert countryside.
As you arrive at Palais Des Dunes Lodge, feel free to cool down in their refreshing pool before beginning your twilight desert stroll to the camp.
Greet our camel caravan and ride your camels across the spectacular color-changing dunes against the background of the sunset. We arrive at our Sahara desert tent before it becomes dark.
After taking in the sand dunes and surrounding scenery, prepare for a Moroccan meal served beneath the stars close to the bonfire. Your native nomad hosts will serenade you with their drums late at night.
Day 3: Merzouga back to Marrakech.
Following an early morning camel walk over the Erg Chebbi dunes, arrive at the desert camp operator’s lodge for breakfast, a shower, and, if time allows, a brief dip in the lodge pool.
Return to Ouarzazate with your driver and car. Following some free time for lunch, we continue on to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains in the afternoon.
The 3 days Merzouga desert tour will conclude in Marrakech at 19h00.