5 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
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5 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
This 5 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga dunes offers a captivating exploration of Morocco stunning landscapes, rich culture, and history. Go from the vibrant city of Marrakech, immerse yourself in the charm of its ancient royal palaces and monuments. Journey through the majestic High Atlas Mountains, where the iconic Kasbah of Ait Ben Hadou, a UNESCO heritage site, awaits your exploration. Traverse the enchanting Dades Valley, Tinghir, and the Todra Valley, reveling in the beauty of rocky formations, Amazigh villages, and more. Your adventure culminates in Merzouga, where camelback exploration of the desert and a night under the starlit sky create unforgettable memories. The final day includes a return to Ouarzazate, an exploration of the Valley of Roses, and a scenic route through Ait ben Haddou, Tizi Ntichka, ultimately concluding your remarkable trip in Marrakech.
- We offer both standard and luxury accommodations. Please let us know what your preferences are and we will send you the available options.
- All Sahara tours include a camel ride to the sunset in the Sahara Desert & delicious dinners at a beautiful campsite along with the bonfire and Berber music.
- In addition to the first-class service, we have free wifi, water, pillows, and a wide variety of music in our vehicles for your amazing journey.
- Please contact us for the desired tour, pricing, and more information: [email protected]
Day 1: Marrakech » Ait Ben Haddou » Taourirt Kasbah » Ouarzazate [193 km]
Morning pick up from your Marrakech hotel or the airport, and the journey begins! Crossing the High Atlas (Tizi N’Tichka) with scenic viewpoints, optionally visiting the argan oil cooperative to learn about the production process. Passing through the fertile Zat Valley, known for cultivating various crops. Explore the Ait Ben Haddou ksar, a UNESCO site featured in films like Gladiator and Game of Thrones. After lunch, continue to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Great Desert, home to the significant Atlas Studios. Explore the Taourirt Kasbah, former residence of the Pasha of Marrakech. Arrive in Ouarzazate for dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 2: Ouarzazate » Draa Valley » Merzouga Desert » [367 km]
Immerse into the Draa Valley, one of Morocco most beautiful routes, featuring a green valley with date palm trees. Explore the adobe fortifications along the Draa River, witness the breathtaking landscapes, and visit the small agricultural village of Agdz. In the afternoon, cross the rocky desert (Hammada) to reach Rissani, exploring the town’s authentic souk. By days end, arrive in Merzouga, taking camels to the Erg Chebbi desert camp for an enchanting night under the stars. Dinner accompanied by Berber music and drums, sleeping in traditional tents.
Day 3: Merzouga Sightseeing [60 km]
Wake up early to watch the sunrise in the desert. Around 9 AM, return by camel to the hotel for shower and breakfast. Set out for the Great Dune of Morocco, following the Paris-Dakar route. Visit the Tissardmine oasis, authentic nomadic tents, and stop in Khamlia, a village with a small Gnawa music concert. After lunch, enjoy free time to climb the dunes and witness a captivating sunset. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Merzouga Desert » Rissani Market » Todra Gorges » Dades Valley [267 km]
After breakfast, head to the Todra Gorges, a canyon with crystal-clear rivers, surrounded by palm groves and Berber villages. Pass through Boumalne Dades, known for its markets, and continue to the Dades Valley, famous for its greenery, red mountains, and numerous kasbahs. Explore the “Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs,” and stay overnight in a hotel with dinner.
Day 5: Dades Valley » Rose Valley » Skoura Palmeraie » Marrakech [331 km]
Travel through the Rose Valley, stopping in Kelaa M’Gouna, famous for roses and the Rose Festival in May. Pass through the Skoura Oasis with palm trees and the Amridil Kasbah. Continue through the High Atlas, crossing the Tizi N’Tichka pass with panoramic views. Visit the argan oil cooperative again. Lunch in the fertile Zat Valley, a Berber paradise. Arrival in Marrakech, transfer to your hotel/riad, and the end of our services.
Good To Know:
The 5 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga is fully customizable to suit your preferences. It doesn’t have to strictly follow the outlined path, instead, it can be tailored based on your imagination and desires. We welcome your suggestions to create a personalized itinerary that meets your expectations. If you’re new to Morocco or need assistance in decision making, feel free to contact us. We’re here to listen, provide guidance, and ensure your desert adventure is uniquely crafted for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
The distance from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert is approximately 564 km, taking around 8 hours for a one way journey.
Our 5 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga exclusively offers a private option.
The 5 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga begins and concludes at your Marrakech hotel/riad.
The camel ride takes approximately one hour to reach the camp.
The tents are always private. The distinction lies in the standard camp where the bathroom is communal, while the luxury camp features private tents with ensuite bathrooms.
Certainly! For those who prefer not to ride camels, a 4×4 car is available for transfer to and from the camp at no extra charge. Please inform us of your preference at the time of your booking.
Yes, the luxury desert camp is equipped with electricity sourced from solar panels, ensuring a sustainable and comfortable environment.
Marrakech is renowned for its lively Jemaa el-Fnaa square, bustling souks, and iconic Koutoubia Mosque. The city’s charm extends to the tranquil Majorelle Garden, historic Bahia Palace, and Saadian Tombs. Traditional riads offer an authentic stay, while the aromatic spice markets and exquisite cuisine delight visitors. Additionally, Marrakech serves as a gateway to the breathtaking Atlas Mountains for outdoor exploration.
Here’s a comprehensive list of items to pack for your 5 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech:
- Scarf or Hat
- Long jeans (comfortable for camel trek)
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Rugged sandals or shoes
- Flip flops
- Hand sanitizer
- Portable charger
- Small backpack for essentials
- Wallet to secure valuables like phone and cards