Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour 3 days

The best Marrakech desert tour 3 days to Merzouga. Contact us to book this tour.

Tour overview

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

Tour itinerary

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.

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More than we ever expected!

Where do I start? Our trip in Morocco was all planned by Said, our awesome host! We spent a week in total in Morocco, which in my opinion isn’t enough to capture the beauty of the place, but somehow Said managed to show us so many beautiful places full of history. Let me not forget to mention the desert camp, loved it soooo much, such a picturesque place to be. The luxury camp owned by the family was very hospitable, had all our needs, so much more than expected. Anyone interested in going to Morocco, don’t look any further Said and his family are the ones for you.

Analise Z

One of the best excursions in my life!

My friend went to a Desert Tour last summer and she recommended us Day Tours morocco.
We are a couple and asked for a private tour to Merzouga for 2 days as we hadnt enough time for a 3-day tour and they provided!
Our driver, Hamid, picked us up at Cafe The France as our riad was 3 minutes away from the meeting point and he welcomed us with a 4x4 car! That car was huge and comfortable!
Hamid was so nice with us, he was really taking care of us for whole the time! He talked about moroccan history while going through the different cities and he suggested us different restaurants, cheap with very good tajines!
Than we arrived at 4.30pm to Merzouga and Hamid nepwe was waiting for us with the two camels, he brought us to the biggest and highest dunes in the middle of Sahara and we stopped to take some pictures, play with that golden dust and done some sandbording (loved it!). After watch the sunset we arrived to our Luxury Camp (i didnt expect that to be so beautiful) and they welcomed us there with some moroccan tea and biscuits. Then we had a wonderful and full filling dinner.
The night was special, they prepared a bonfire for us under the stars and they sang us berber songs with traditional instruments.
The next day we woke up at 7, had breakfast, climbed the highest dune and watch the sunrise.
Then Hamid came to the camp with our 4x4 and went back to Marrakech.
That was an amazing experience and all just thank to them!

Melanie D

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