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From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

1. From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a three-day budget tour from Marrakech, and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ouarzazate. Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel and sleep at a desert camp under the stars.  Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Begin your journey by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. This village is famous for its kasbah and fortified village and has been used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics and magazine photo shoots. After some leisure time, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue your drive through Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara. Continue to Boumalne Dades, admiring the scenic drive along the Dades Valley, where you can enjoy dinner and rest for the night at Kasbah Amazigh or Hotel Chems.  Day 2: Dades - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to Tinghir and its dramatic Todgha Gorges, pausing for some free time to explore the canyons. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe and continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan. Experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback and watch the sunset set. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide entertainment and show you how to play the traditional Tam Tam drums. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stop.  Day 3: Merzouga Ouarzazate - Marrakech Following an early wake-up to watch the sunrise before breakfast (optional), a driver will be waiting to pick you up for the transfer back to Marrakech. Stop halfway for lunch at a local restaurant. Get dropped off at your original departure point or Djemaa El Fna around 8 PM. You can also book upgrades for the night in the Bedouin camp such as the deluxe desert camp with a luxury private tent complete with an ensuite shower, bathroom facilities, and 5-star amenities. These upgrades need to be booked per person.

From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

2. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Discover local village, natural landscapes, and Kasbah Ait Benhaddou fortress on this day trip from Marrakech. Travel in an airconditioned van or car and stay connected with wi-fi access as you drive. Uncover movie-magic with a stop at the Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate.  Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside a spacious and comfortable vehicle and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Immerse yourself in local culture with a stop at the small village ofAit Ben Barka near the hilly countryside of Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule sights for your trip. Have some free time for a break before crossing the the Tizi n'Tichka pass. Stop to capture pictures of mountain peaks on the pass from 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters). Continue on to the Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate, the largest film studio in the world which famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. Spend some free time to visit the studios or to explore on your own. Take some pictures of the unique rugged local landscapes in the area. After the studio, you purchase lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views.  Finally, head to the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which is recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs (fortresses) in Morocco. End your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to your hotel in Marrakech.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga and Sahara Desert Tour

3. From Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga and Sahara Desert Tour

Embark on an unforgettable 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. Admire a desert sunrise and sunset, discover the iconic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, explore the High Atlas Mountains, and more. Choose between a private or shared tour with standard or luxury camping. Begin the tour with pickup at your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Then, drive toward the stunning Atlas Mountains, taking in the picturesque scenery as you go. Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been a filming location for many a Hollywood movie, and explore the city of Ouarzazate. Spend the night at a hotel in Kelaat Mgouna - Boumaln Dades. On the second day, experience the breathtaking Todra Gorges and immerse yourself in the magical Sahara Desert. Have a go at sandboarding (if available), enjoy a camel ride to witness the mesmerizing sunset, and spend the night in a traditional Berber desert camp in Erg Chebbi. On the final day, marvel at the beautiful desert sunrise on a camel ride before returning to Marrakech for drop-off at your hotel or riad.

From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

4. From Fes: 3 Days and 2 Nights Desert Trip to Marrakech

Take a multi-day trip through the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert departing from Fes. Admire the beautiful scenery, enjoy traditional Berber culture and cuisine, and visit a variety of charming villages across 3 days. Drive through a cedar forest and see the resident monkeys, before descending to the Sahara Desert. Arrive at the traditional kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset on a camel ride across the dunes. At the Berber camp, dinner, gaze at the stars and spend the night in a tent. On the second day visit Merzouga, Tinghir and Ouarzazate. Head out on the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs along the ancient caravan route. This area has been a popular location for Hollywood films, such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Jewel of the Nile. Stop for lunch and a walk in Todgha Gorges and then travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Gorges or in Ouarzazate. On the third day, visit the town of Ouarzazate, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios – the largest and most famous movie studios in Africa.

From Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga desert 3-day tour

5. From Fes to Marrakech via Merzouga desert 3-day tour

Day 1 Fez - Ifran - Medilt - Merzouga Your journey will begin by picking you up from your accommodation in Fez at 8:00. The ride will take you through the fascination of the Middle Atlas, passing by Ifrane, a winter ski resort in an un-Moroccan style built by the French and resembles a Swiss village. Then you will stop at the cedars forest in Azrou to enjoy nature and feed the monkeys. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and descend toward the Sahara Desert. Halfway, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks; then, we will continue towards Merzouga on the road. We will stop in panoramic views to see the vast Palm Trees oasis. We reach Merzouga in the afternoon, Depending on your arrival, to the traditional Kasbah on the foot of the dunes of erg-Chebbi. After rest and a mint tea, the guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-Chebbi, you will enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel, and after 1 hour, you will reach the desert camp to spend the night in a Berber tent. The night will be delightful when you have time to unpack and have dinner while you enjoy the campfire and listen to Traditional Music. Day 2 Merzouga - Rissani - Dades or Ouarzazate The second day will start. After a Delicious Breakfast, You will depart from Merzouga towards the day destination Ouarzazate, traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. We stop for lunch, walk in Todra Gorge, and travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments; we reach our destination for today in the afternoon, Dinner, and overnight. Day 3 Ouarzazate - Ait ben Haddou - Marrakech On the last day of the journey, after breakfast, visit the town of Ouarzazate and its monuments, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous in Africa. From here, we head to the Fint Oasis, near Ouarzazate. We check in at Ait Ben Haddou to have lunch. Then, we visit the famous Kasbah, declared a UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, and Lawrence of Arabia; we continue passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 m above sea level passing through small villages, small waterfalls, through the continuously changing landscape and colors of these beautiful Mountains. We reach Marrakech in the afternoon for the end of the trip.

Ouarzazate to Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour with Camel Trek

6. Ouarzazate to Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour with Camel Trek

Embark on an unforgettable 3-day Ouarzazate Desert Tour and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of Morocco. Day 1: Start your adventure with a pickup from Ouarzazate and head to the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a Unesco World Heritage Site featured in movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones. After lunch in Ait Ben Haddou village, continue your journey to Dades Gorges through the captivating "Road of the Thousand Kasbahs." Spend the night in a Hotel/Riad in Dades Gorges. Day 2: Explore the magnificent Todra Gorges, walking beneath the towering 300-meter cliffs. Then, travel to Merzouga, where you'll meet experienced camel guides and embark on a camel trek across the mesmerizing dunes of Merzouga. Enjoy a magical night under the stars, immersing yourself in the local culture. Day 3: After breakfast at the desert camp, begin your journey back to Ouarzazate and continue towards the vibrant city of Marrakech. Along the way, make stops to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes. Arrive in Marrakech in the evening, where you can continue exploring the city or head to your accommodation. Experience the thrill of camel trekking, savor the delicious flavors of Moroccan cuisine, and witness the beauty of the desert landscapes. This 3-day tour offers a perfect blend of adventure, cultural immersion, and natural beauty. Book now and create memories that will last a lifetime.

From Marrakesh: Private 4-Day Sahara Desert Discovery Tour

7. From Marrakesh: Private 4-Day Sahara Desert Discovery Tour

Drive into the heart of the Sahara Desert on a safari that takes in the historic souks and Kasbahs of Aït Benhaddou, Tourirt, and Amerhidil in Skoura. Ride camels over the windswept dunes of Erg Chebbi, sleep in authentic nomad tents, and drive over the dramatic and twisting Tizi n’ Tichka Pass across the High Atlas Mountains. Day 1: Depart Marrakech and drive through the High Atlas Mountains, via the twisting Tizi n’ Tichka mountain pass to Ouarzazate. Vsit the exotic Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou, then continue to Ouarzazate center, where you can tour the Atlas Studios, the largest movie studio in Africa. Enjoy lunch at the Kasbah of Tourirt, former residence of the Glaoui Dynasty. Continue to Rose Valley and the Kasbah of Amerhidil in Skoura, situated by the Amerhidil River and one of the largest in Morocco. Overnight in the Dades Valley. Day 2: After breakfast, depart for the Dadès Gorges and stop to enjoy the spectacular scenery while sipping on mint tea, also known as “Berber Whiskey.” Continue to Tinghir via Boulman Dadès, and see beautiful palm trees and lush landscapes. The journey then moves on the Todra Gorges for a leisurely lunch. After lunch, drive to Merzouga to trek by camel across the wind-blown Erg Chebbi dunes, a classic Saharan Desert of all the picture books. Spend the evening in a bivouac (camp) with a typical Moroccan dinner. Sleep in a traditional nomadic camel hair tent. Day 3: Wake up to a spectacular desert sunrise during breakfast. Bivouac trekkers will return by camel and continue to the small town of Rissani, where you will visit the Ksours and Kasbahs of Tafilalt, stopping at the Tafilalt Palm Grove en route. Go to the zaouia of Moulay Ali Sherif (mausoleum of the dynasty’s founder) on local market day in Rissani to see traditional souks. Next, drive to Ouarzazate via Alnfe, Tazarine, Drâa Valley, and Agdz, visiting the Tamnougalt Kasbah. Overnight in a Kasbah Riad, where you will have the opportunity to visit the Kasbah of Tourirt. Day 4: Following breakfast, continue your return journey to Marrakech via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass over the High Atlas Mountains, stopping en route for lunch.

From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga & Gorges

8. From Fes: 4-Day Trip to Marrakech via Merzouga & Gorges

Day 1:Fes / Ifrane /Medilt/Merzouga Depart from fez We pass through Ifrane, a winter ski resort in a totally un Moroccan style built by the French in the 1930's to resemble a Swiss village. Continue as you pass through the cedar forest in Azrou and stop for 10 to 20-minutes in a place where you can see monkey up close. Drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Half way, you will stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks, then we continue towards Merzouga in the road we will stop in a panoramic views to see the a huge oasis of palm tree we reach Merzouga, Dinner & Overnight in the Hotel . Accommodation : Kasbah Mohayut or Similar... Day 2 :Merzouga / Erg Chebbi In the Morining visit approximately half day in the desert to see the different faces of deser, villages, stop to listen to some Saharan Music in El Khamlia, the oasis ,you will have a small visit to Rissani the first capital of dynasty alouite ,including some historical Kasbahs ,and the The famous Market ,you will have the opportunity to test the local food of the area the Pizza Berber , we continue to Merzouga ,. the guide and camel will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the erg-chebbi,you will enjoy the beauty of the sunset on camel, after 1 hou reach to the Camp in the Foot of the Dunes , After a wonderful Dinner, watch the Stars,and overnight in the Tent . Accommodation : Standard Desert Camp (Tent Private with ensuite bathroom) Day 3 :Merzouga / Gorges Todra / Ouarzazate Rise early in the morning to watch the sunrise near the camp on the dunes. After Breakfast & shower, You’ll depart for Ouarzazate, traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky. We stop for lunch and walk in todra gorges , We’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments Dinner & Overnight . Accommodation : Hotel La Perle Du Sud or Similar Day 4 :Ouarzazate / Ait ben haddou / Marrakech: After breakfast we visit Ouarzazate, including the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous of all Africa. From here we head to visit the famous Kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and which was the scene of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia,wecoutinue passing through the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 m above sea level passing through small villages & Panoramic Views .we will drop you off in your Hotel in Marrakech for the End of the Tour around 6:00 PM.

From Marrakech: 4-Day 3-Night Desert Adventure to Fes

9. From Marrakech: 4-Day 3-Night Desert Adventure to Fes

Start at Marrakech and drive along Tizi-n-Tichka Pass to marvel at the towering peaks of the High Atlas Mountain Range. Visit the fort of Aït Benhaddou and the Valley of Roses. Go on a desert camel ride, relax by the campfire, and sleep in a traditional Berber tent. Finish your 4-day tour at Fes. On day 1, depart from your accommodation in Marrakech and head to the High Atlas via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the gateway to the Sahara desert, which sits at an elevation of 7257 ft (2,212 meters) above sea level. Pass through villages and admire the waterfalls while driving past the mountains. Stop for a cup of mint tea, then continue to Aït Benhaddou, an earthen clay fortified village that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, see the Kasbah featured in famous films such as Gladiator, Babel, and Lawrence of Arabia.  Next, travel to the town of Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of Taourirt, and the Atlas Studios movie studios. Then, continue through the Valley of Roses and the Dades Valley, and arrive at the Dades Gorge to admire the sunset. Have dinner at a hotel and spend the night there. On day 2, have breakfast and go on a morning walk through the Dades Gorges and admire the rugged gorges. Then, enjoy a drive along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs and pass through Tineghier Village to see some historical kasbahs. After this, arrive at the Todra Gorges for lunch. Go for a walk and admire the limestone river canyons and then drive to the Merzouga Desert via Erfoud. Arrive before sunset and eat dinner at a traditional kasbah with a Saharan drum performance. Spend the night here. Start day 3 with breakfast and visit the desert village of El Khamlia to listen to Saharan music. Then, go to Rissani, famous for its traditional market. Try the local Berber pizza and return to Merzouga. Ride a camel across the dunes of Erg Chebbi to enjoy the sunset. Afterward, reach the desert camp and drink mint tea. Eat dinner and relax under the stars by the campfire to the tune of music. Sleep in a traditional Berber tent. On day 4, wake up in the morning to watch the sun rise over the sand dunes near the Algerian border. Next, go on a camel ride back to the hotel. Eat breakfast, have a shower, and relax. Then, set off for Fes through the Ziz Valley. Take in the sights along the way, including Berber villages, a cedar forest, and palm trees. Finally, arrive at Fes in the evening to end your trip.

3 Days Sahara Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Desert

10. 3 Days Sahara Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Desert

Take advantage of the best morocco desert trips and enjoy 3 days of travel in the heart of the Sahara desert. A route that takes us to the largest dunes of Merzouga desert, passing through the Atlas mountain, Ouarzazate, the oasis of green palm trees, the beautiful Kasbahs, the Berber villages, and Valleys, it is a good opportunity for those who love to Sleep in desert camps under the stars and watch the Berber folklore music. You will never be bored as you will be busy admiring one scene after another. The dramatic landscape change is amazing. Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Ouarzazate – Tinghir Departure of our 3 days from Marrakech to Sahara desert tour, in the morning around 7H30 am, our driver picks you up from your accommodation and drive through the Atlas Passes. On the road we will make stops to enjoy the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains and Tizi N’tichka pass (2260m). Continuing our trip along little Berber village of Telouet and Ounila valley to reach Ait-Benhaddou Kasbah. This fortified walled city was built right on the caravan path between Marrakech and the Sahara and was once a thriving trading post during the 17th century. Inside the high mud walls are 6 Kasbahs and a small number of homes. Ait Benhaddou has appeared in several movies, including Gladiator & Lawrence of Arabia. After lunch and visit of the Kasbah we will drive to Boumalne Dades city though Ouarzazate, famed as the Hollywood of Africa, where we will stop to visit Atlas Studios and Kasbah Taourirte. Later drive via palm groves of Skoura and valley of Roses. In the evening reach to Tinghir with its beautiful valley where we will spend the first night, dinner and overnight in a Hotel / or Riad. Day 2: – Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Erg-Chebbi - Overnight in Desert Camp Merzouga After a traditional Moroccan breakfast we will start Sahara desert tour, from Tinghir to Merzouga. In Boumalne we’ll enjoy the panoramic views of Dades valley. After that we will drive to Tinghir city where we can stop in the stunning Todra valley, lined with Berber villages and palm groves. Then, continuing to Todra Gorge a chilly and natural place with it orange towering cliffs, the canyons of Todra Gorge are almost 1,000 feet deep. Also it’s a preferred place for the climbers, where we will take time to discover this incredible place. In the afternoon we continue our road to Sahara desert along many Berber villages such as: Tinjdad, Melaab and Erfoud. You will have time for Lunch on our way. Once we arrive to the magical land of Erg-Chebbi sand dunes, you will take a camel trekking about 1:30 mim, across the beautiful unique orange colored sand dunes to desert camp. The great experience where you can feed your soul, enjoy the wonderful sunset from the middle of dunes. Dinner & overnight will be in camp, music played and you can frolic on the sand dunes under zillions of stars. Day 3: Merzouga – Ouarzazate – High Atlas – Marrakech Early wake up in the morning to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and enjoy also atypical breakfast in a Berber tent, then ride camels back to the hotel in Merzouga village where you will meet your driver/guide for a new journey back to Marrakech.

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I recommend this experience to everyone. Everything was well organized, meeting the timings very well. We never lacked water or food or somewhere to buy it. The minibus had air conditioning. What they say in their disappointment about the activity is true. It is true that it is quite a few hours on the road and it is totally worth it. All the stops are spectacular and the Merzouga desert is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I will never forget that sunset and sunrise. I traveled alone and the group I was with was great. I met many interesting people. Our driver Yussuf also did his job perfectly and all the guides we dealt with were also good. Thank you very much.

We were traveling with Hussein Ford. He cared about us so much. We had good and very funny guides. Mohammed thirst from Ait Ben Hadouu. Achmed and a few others. All great and really proud of their country. The service was great and super organized. Seen a lot and learned a lot. Good conversations and nice people. Book the Luxery Camp if you want your own shower and more service. Otherwise, the Sahara and the rest of the wonderful hinterland are worth every trip.

Very good guides (Abdelhadi) and Mohamed in Ait Benhaddou. Our very friendly driver Annas. Have a good day, highly recommended. There is a long way but it is worth doing. We loved Ait Benhaddou and the Ouarzazat studios.

Badr e Mouhsin were amazing and the tour was very complete and interesting. Long trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate but they made it very friendly and enjoyable.

An excellent experience! Samir is a great driver!😁😁