The Grand Tour of the South

Discover the beauty of South with this 5-day Morocco Desert Tour to Merzouga. Begin in Marrakech and traverse the Majestic High Atlas Mountains enjoyin his breathtaking scenaries, explore the vast Sahara and surrounding desert towns, see hidden oases, gorges, green valleys and kasbahs along former caravan routes. Head into the desert on a camel trek, including a night in a tent under the stars, enjoy traditional music around a desert campfire, spend a night with a local Berber family.

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5 Days
Shared Group Size
8 pax
Service Level
Start Location
End Location

Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou

Your driver will pick you up at 08:00 am from your hotel or the closest accessible point for the car. Cross the  Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, which offers spectacular views from its 2,260 metres. Several stops for coffee, toilets and to appreciate the panoramic views and to take pictures. Reach Telouet Kasbah where you will be introduced to your Local guide and learn about the history of the lords of the Atlas " Ethami El Glaoui". From here we will drive along the beautiful and awe-inspiring Ounila Valley, full of bends in the roads, surprises at the hues of the rock and soil, Berber villages and gardens, as well as smaller Kasbahs until you reach the village of Ait Ben Haddou.

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Accommodation:Riad Tamdakht (or similar)
Meals included:dinner
Transportation:Private Car
  • Guided Visit of Telouet
    Duration: 30min

    Delve into the world of El Glaoui and visit the fascinating Kasbah. The kasbah is named in honor of “El Haj T’hami el Mezouari el Glaoui” who was the highly respected head of the Glaoua tribe in Morocco.

  • Ait Ben Haddou
    Duration: 1h

    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

  • Hiking in Telouet
    35 € per personDuration: 1h - 2h

    Enjoy an hour or two of hiking, to reach the salt mine and explore the stunning sceneries of the area. Then, have a picnic lunch before continuin

Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge

After breakfast we will continue our journey to the nearby city "Ouarzazate" to discover how the area has been featured in movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. Follow the route of the Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura and Kelaat M'Gouna " Valley Des Roses". Once in Kelaat M'Gouna we will take the route north into the High Atlas Mountains along the Mgoun River to Bou Tghrar. From here the journey is off-road to discover Ait Atta Berber nomads living in caves in the mountainside. We stop to share some mint tea in their caves before continuing on rocky tracks to enter the Dadès Gorge. After a full day full of impressions & colors we will arrive to our hotel in Dades valley.

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Accommodation:Riad Rihana Tamlalte (or similar)
Meals included:breakfast | dinner
Transportation:Private Car
  • Amredil Kasbah
    Duration: 30min

    Visit Amredil Kasbah with a local guide. The kasbah has been beautifully restored and is well worth visiting; constructed entirely of adobe, an excellent building material – keeps room temperature, due to the thickness of the walls.

  • Taourirt Kasbah
    5 € per personDuration: 30min

    Take a guided tour of the historic structure to explore its endless chambers and stairwells, discover the carvings and decor of the palace interi

  • Film Studio
    8 € per personDuration: 30min

    Join a film studio tour and visit the cinema Musuem to learn more about the filmmaking process and the history of the area.

Dades Valley - Merzouga Desert

Today you will drive further east to the sand sea of Erg Chebbi outside of Merzouga. Along the way, stop in Tinerhir to admire the river oasis that extends on either side of the town. The surrounding desert landscape reveals impressive buttes, mesas, and plateaus. Here, you will have the opportunity to discover the Gorge of Todgha and walk along the canyons of about 300 m high, a preferred place of mountain climbers. Continue to the desert town of "Erfoud", known for its figs and fossils, visit a craft workshop and discover how the fossil-rich rocks are skilfully transformed into practical and decorative objects. Upon reaching the edge of the dunes, the camels will be waiting for us, you will ride with the caravane into the dunes while the luggage will be transported to the camp in an SUV. After the sunset, the camel caravane will continue to the camp, where you will be welcomed to mint tea, then shown to your tents so you can rest, freshen up sort your luggage while dinner is being prepared.

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Accommodation:Pueblo Touareg (or similar)
Meals included:breakfast | dinner
Transportation:Private Car | Camel ride
  • Underground Canals

    Visit the “khettarat”, the ingenious underground water channels designed to minimize evaporation in the desert heat.

  • Todra Gorge Guided Walk

    Embark in a guided walk in Todra valley and Gorge to stretch your legs and get a glimpse of a daily life in berber villages.

  • Quad Biking
    75 € per personDuration: 2h

    Admire the spectacular contrasts between the arid lands of the plateaus, ride quads to enjoy the magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains and the

  • 4x4 to The Camp

    If the camel ride is not for you, you have the option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4.

Merzouga Desert - Draa Valley

Wake early to appreciate a desert sunrise and further explore the Sahara: trya sand board, join the Erg Chebbi tour around the sand dunes or a quad ATV tour. Drive south to Khemliya village, a traditional Saharan village (with its people originally from Mali). Here you can enjoy traditional music, drumming and dancing. Afterwards we continue our journey to Draa valley, stop in the market town of Rissani to visit the livestock auction as well as the "donkey parking lot". From there, pass through umbrella-shaped trees of the acacia forests before reaching Alnif for lunch. Continue on to Draa Valley our today's final destination, dense with date palmeries. Overnight in a traditional hotel in Agdez.

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Accommodation:Dar Qamar (or similar)
Meals included:breakfast | dinner
Transportation:Private Car | Camel Ride
    • Short Walk in Draa Valley
      freeDuration: 15min

      Stretch your legs in Draa Valley and walk on the trails of this palm to discover the diversity of crops and agricultural practices.

    • Skip the Camel ride and Return with 4x4

      There is a possibility to skip the morning camel ride and drive back in an SUV.

    Draa Valley - Marrakech

    After breakfast we will continue our journey, following the former caravan route, (which was used by Sahara traders in pre-historic times and it goes all the way to Timbuktu in Mali.) Cross the Anti-Atlas by Tizi N Tnifift ( 1600m ) towards Ouarzazate and Fint Oasis, a lush, green paradise in the middle of the dry, Moroccan desert. It is made up of four villages, and around 100 people live in Fint Oasis. Go an a short walking tour in this hidden place and enjoy the opportunity to dine or sip the mint tea with a local family. After exploring the best attractions of the south and varieties of desert towns, soon you will be back in the bustling city of Marrakech. You may wish to take the afternoon at a slower pace— and visit the nearby Kasbah of Tifoultout, an impressive 300-year-old castle. Arrive in Marrakech in late afternoon, drop you off at your accommodation.

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    Meals included:breakfast
    Transportation:Private Car
      • Tifiltoute Kasbah Visit
        3 € per personDuration: 1h - 2h

        Kasbah Tifoultoute is another Kasbah of the family of Thami El Glaoui, the Pasha of Marrakech. The kasbah of Tifoultoute served as decor for film

      What's Included

      • Private SUV Toyota Landcruiser
      • Pick up & Drop off at your Hotels
      • Local Guides in Telouet, Ait Ben Haddou & Todra Gorge
      • Camel Trek to and from the camp
      • Dunes Tour
      • Option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4
      • Private rooms/tents with en suite bathroom
      • Entrance fees in Skoura & Telouet
      • Luggage service to the camp and all accommodation
      • Berber drumming and music in the camp
      • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop when and where you wish
      • Free time to explore the sites such, Walks, Breaks for photos,..Etc
      • No forced Shopping stops
      • Lunch
      • Drinks
      • Entrance fees to monuments