3 Days Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Overview :
The 3 Days Safari Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara Desert Dunes takes you through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains, kasbahs, spice markets, and cities pulsing with energy. Walk the cliffs of Dades- Tadra Gorges and travel to each destination in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains..
In Merzouga, you will see the first dunes, undisturbed sand hills, infinite spaces subject to the sun and wind. In turns their color become pink, ocher and reddish subject to the dazzling sun, they mesmerize the onlookers ... A divine show which calls for contemplation. The activities available in Merzouga Sahara Desert are up to the grandeur of the place. Hiking, Quad biking or camel riding, night in a Hotel at the dunes line or in bivouacs in Berber or luxury tents will make your experience unforgettable. At the heart of the Sahara, it is time for meditation and relaxation. Revel in the healing virtues of sand dunes. Take a dive and experience the healing powers of sand baths and let yourself be carried away by total feeling of well-being. Untouched by the constraints of time and space, alone in a silent and pure open land, Merzouga Sahara Desert is simply subjugating.
3 Days Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Itinerary:
Day 1: Marrakech - Dades Valley 330km / 7hr drive
Pick up at 08am from your Riad or any point of your choice, starting your 3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Dunes, and crossing the Tizi N Tichka pass of the High Atlas Mountains(2260m) enjoying the mountainous road and the spectacular Berber villages, to reach the Unseco world heritage site "Ait benhaddou village", the fortified ksar with its beautiful Kasbahs. Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural scenery for many movie producers. You will go on a walk with a local guide crossing the river to the other side to discover The Ksar and climb to the top of the hill through the alleys of Ait-ben-Haddou, which is like rambling through the middle ages for an amazing view on the fertile Ounila river valley, surrounded by desertic landscape, and with the snow capped Atlas mounrtains as a background, the view from the top seems to encompasse the whole world. After Lunch we will continue to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate and Skoura and the long valley of roses (the seasons of roses is in in late May). Upon arrival to Boumalne Dades, we will deviate into a secondary road heading up through Dades gorges. From here, we will enjoy beautiful Rock formations (Called the monkey feet) and fortified Kasbahs scenery along the Dades river, with the sunset as a backdrop. After a stop at the canyons for a drink or to admire the majestic scenery, we continue to our hotel. Dinner and overnight
Day 2: Dades Valley - Merzouga 270km / 5hr drive
Your 3 Days Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Dunes adventure continues after a traditional Breakfast , taking the road of 1000 kasbahs drive around the colourful Berber villages of the Dades valley, to get to Tineghir A beautiful valley of 15 km of date palms ending with spectacular Gorges, often used for rock climbing. The road to the Gorge of todghapasses green palmeraies and Berber villages, where we go on a trek along the canyons of about 300m high. Afterwards we will head to Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Sahara Desert and you will have time for lunch in Tinjdad or Touroug, depending on your hunger-meter. Once you arrive to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, a small offroad takes you to the edge of the golden dunes where camels are waiting for you, the luggage will be loaded in an 4x4 car and transported to the camp, and you can enjoy a beautiful camel ride over the sand dunes and watch a majestic sahara sunset on your way to the camp. After reaching your destination, you will be greated with tea and smiles. You will be shown to your beautiful comfortable private tents equipped with ensuite bathrooms and showers to relax and settle before dinner time. After a delicious meal, fire will be lit and a festive ambiance takes over with musical plays by the staff and cameleers under the starry night of the desert !
Day 3: Merzouga - Marrakech 567km/ 10hr drive
An early wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the highest dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga one of the best moments of the desert, afterwards you will have breakfast in the camp, pack and go back either on camels or by 4x4 leaving the dunes behind. Back on the asphalt roads, you will drive to Marrakech through Alnif, Tazarine, Draa valley,Agdez and Ouarazazate. In Ourazazate we will have free time for lunch and a photo stop in front of the famous Taourirt Kasbah. Afterwards we will continue to Marrakech, where your Merzouga desert experience ends. Crossing again the Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages between Ouarzazate and Marrakech. Drop off at your accommodation.
3 Days Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Pricing :
The price varies depending on the number of travelers, the season and accommodation choice, it can start from 250€ per person for groups and families to 390€ per person for couples
Shared group tour:
the price for the shared group tour is fixed at 250€ per person, it might seem a bit higher than some so called "similar" offers in the market but do not be fooled, our groups are limited to 8 people max and require only 4 participants to start. The small number makes the tour quite similar to a private one with flexibility, same quality accommodation choice and attention from the company, hotels and driver.
The price includes :
- An air conditioned 4x4 or Minivan, depending on the number of the group
- English/French/Spanish speaking driver during the tour
- Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
- Overnight in Dades gorges or Skoura in a traditional comfortable Hotel. Possibility to upgrade to a deluxe hotel on a private tour
- Camel Trek to overnight in Luxury Camp with Ensuite-bathroom and shower
- Private rooms/tents
- Dinner and breakfast are daily included
- Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,..Etc
- Local guide in Ait Ben Haddou
- No forced Shopping
- No hidden costs
Extra costs to be expected :
- Lunch (Full Menus cost an average of 10€, and you can order "á la carte" in most places)
- Drinks ( if you drink a lot of water, you can purchase a package of 6 bottles from a small shop)
- Entrance fees to optional ouarzazate and Skoura visits.
- Gratuities (optional)
1. What's the difference between private and shared tour?
The main differences between private and shared tours are the vehicle, you will only be sharing the transportation, rooms and tents are private, and even for meals you can chose to stay separated from the group if that is your preference. The other difference is that private tours are guaranteed, once you confirm your booking, we are commited to offer the tour, however shared tours depend on demand and require a minimum of 4 participants to run, if the minimum number is not met, you have the choice between a free cancellation or negotiate a deal to continue as a private tour.
2. Is it possible to have vegetarian/vegan food ?
Yes it is possile to provide vegetarian or vegan food during the tour, all you need is to let us know during the booking process and maybe remind your driver during the tour.
3. Is it possible to reach the camp without riding the camels?
Yes the camp has a dedicated 4x4 car to transport the luggage and clients who are not interested in riding the camels at all or at least do it only once. If you go on a private tour, you will be traveling in a comfortable 4x4 car that can access the camp if needed.
4. Does the camp have private bathrooms ?
Yes our camp is considered a luxury camp yet we include it in our basic packages without a significant raise in the price, all the tents are equipped with ensuite bathroom and showers
5. Can I take my luggage during the tour?
Yes, you can take your luggage during the tour, the vehicles are spacious enough to hold many big suitecases, and your luggage will be with you at all times so it's safe, even in the desert, your luggage will be transported to the camp with a 4x4 car to the tents.Inquire Now
How to pay for the tour:
To confirm any tour or activity, we require a small deposit to be paid over PayPal to our account, the balance is due in cash at the pick up, to be paid to your driver in euros or equivalent in dirhams
Credit cards :
Unfortunately we do not accept payments with credit cards because they are not very popluar nor practical in Morocco and they generate so many fees and hold some security risks
Is it possible to pay the total with PayPal:
Normally we ask for the balance payments in cash because paypal also has many transaction fees and operational delays since it's an international institution. We can in some cases accept the full payment via paypal however a 5% fee will be applied to cover the extra transaction charges. In case you are considering this method, it is best to arrange the payment before the tour.Inquire Now