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From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

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: 3-Day Merzouga and Sahara Desert Tour

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 Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Fes

Discover Fes and Marrakech, Morocco's imperial cities, on a guided 3-day tour. Day 1: Marrakech — Ait Ben Haddou — Dades (1st night at Kasbah Amazigh) Start your tour with an early pickup. Meet your driver at your hotel or riad in the morning before crossing the High Atlas Mountains towards Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. After a guided walk in the village, enjoy a leisurely lunch in Ait-Ben-Haddou. In the early afternoon, travel northeast to Boumalne Dades via Ouarzazate. Take a drive along the Dades River with the marvelous sunset as your backdrop. Reach the way to Dades Valley and make a pit stop to enjoy the amazing scenery. Then, continue to a hotel where you will dine and rest for the night at Kasbah Amazigh. Day 2: Dades — Merzouga Start the day with breakfast at your hotel. Set out on a journey along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to Tinghir, an oasis where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an hour-long walk by the river bank all the way to Todgha Gorges. Here, get some free time to enjoy the scenery before lunch.  Early in the afternoon, walk to Merzouga, where your camel caravan awaits. From here, ride your camel through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi while enjoying a mesmerizing sunset.  Before dark, reach your Sahara desert camp nestled between the dunes, where you will eat a Moroccan dinner under the stars while being entertained by local nomads playing their drums around the campfire. After the campfire, relax in your standard or luxury tent, depending on which one you choose. The standard tents are basic accommodation, while a private tent is subject to availability. The toilets are right outside, with facilities to freshen up in a shared room. If you choose the luxury tent, it is located in a more isolated and scenic area, providing extra comfort, and a guaranteed private tent with flushable western toilets, hot showers, and a rich dinner and breakfast. Day 3: Merzouga — Fes  Get woken up by your desert hosts if you wish to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, drive along the Ziz River with its amazing oasis lined with palm trees and fortified ksours (castles) all the way to Midelt, a small town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, your lunch stop for the day. In the afternoon, continue crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains towards Fes. Notice a dramatic change in the landscape: snow-capped mountains, cedar forests, and rich vegetation, a complete 180 from the arid and rocky landscapes of the rest of the tour.  End your Marrakech to Fes desert tour in the early evening as your driver takes you to your riad or hotel in Fes.

From Marrakech 3-Day, 2-Night Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

From Marrakech 3-Day, 2-Night Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

Discover Morrocco's desert on a 3-day trip from Marrakech. See the historic Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, go on a camel trek through the dunes, and see the sunrise from the desert. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Ben haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley Your 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga dunes begins early in the morning with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or the nearest meeting point. Drive east past quaint villages to reach the High Atlas Mountains. As you drive through the mountains, occasionally stop for scenic photos, stretch your legs, and have a quick cup of coffee. After driving through the famous Tizi Ntichka pass, stop at the Berber fortified village, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. See the filming locations of the Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Kingdom of Heaven as you spend about 2.5 hours exploring this famous UNESCO sight with a local guide (guide fees not included). Enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing to Tinghir, driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, Klaa Mgouna, and Dades. Reach your hotel late in the afternoon. Relax with dinner in Rose Valley before retiring for the night. Day 2: Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Pass through the many Berber villages scattered along the way, including Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. After relaxing in Merzouga, pack a small overnight bag to take on your camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara.  Day 3: Camel trek - Sunrise -Tinghir - Rose Valley - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech Get up bright and early to see the stunning sunrise over the desert. Enjoy breakfast before hopping back on your camel. Once your reach Merzouga, begin your drive back to Marrakech. Around midday, stop in Kalaat M'Gouna (Rose Valley) for lunch and a well-earned rest. Continue to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate and reach your hotel in the evening.

Marrakesh: 3-Day Tour to Fez with Merzouga Desert Camping

Marrakesh: 3-Day Tour to Fez with Merzouga Desert Camping

Dive deep into the Sahara Desert on a 3-day trip from Marrakesh to Fes with accommodation included. Immerse yourself in the local culture and scenery as you visit quaint villages, spend a night in the desert, and embark on a camel trek through the dunes. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Ben haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley Tinghir Begin early in the morning with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or at the nearest meeting point. Drive east past quaint villages to reach the High Atlas Mountains. As you drive through the mountains, occasionally stop for scenic photos, stretch your legs, and have a quick cup of coffee. After driving through the famous Tizi Ntichka pass, stop at the Berber fortified village, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. See the filming locations of the Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Kingdom of Heaven as you spend about 1 hours exploring this famous UNESCO sight with a local guide (guide fees not included). Purchase a delicious lunch before continuing to Rose Valley (Tinghir) , driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, Klaa Mgouna, and Dades. Reach your hotel late in the afternoon. Relax with dinner in Rose valley Tinghir before retiring for the night. Day 2: Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Pass through the many Berber villages scattered along the way, including Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Relax in Merzouga, then pack a small overnight bag to take on your camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara.  Day 3: Camel trek - Sunrise -Errachidia - Medilt- Atlas Mountains - Ifran- Fes Get up bright and early to see the stunning sunrise over the desert. Enjoy breakfast before hopping back on your camel. Once your reach Merzouga, begin your drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia. Around midday, stop in Midelt to buy lunch. Continue to Fes via Ifran Imouzzar with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns, which are both famous as winter ski resorts for Moroccans. Your driver might spot some Barbary apes on the way and seize the opportunity to take some pictures. Arrive at Fes late in the afternoon and end your tour with a drop-off at your accommodation or at the closest location that is accessible by car

Marrakech & Merzouga: 3-Day Desert Charm Tour

Marrakech & Merzouga: 3-Day Desert Charm Tour

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. 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 wakeup 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 8:00 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: 3-Day Trip to Fes via Merzouga Desert

From Marrakech: 3-Day Trip to Fes via Merzouga Desert

Dive deep into the Sahara Desert on a 3-day trip from Marrakech to Fes with accommodation included. Immerse yourself in the local culture and scenery as you visit quaint villages, spend a night in the desert, and embark on a camel trek through the dunes. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Ben haddou - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Tinghir Begin early in the morning with pickup from your Marrakech hotel. Drive east past quaint villages to reach the High Atlas Mountains. As you drive through the mountains, occasionally stop for scenic photos, stretch your legs, and have a quick cup of coffee. After driving through the famous Tizi n'Tichka pass, stop at the Berber fortified village, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. See the filming locations of the Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Kingdom of Heaven as you explore this famous UNESCO site. Purchase a delicious lunch before continuing to Tinghir, driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, Klaa Mgouna, and Dades. Reach your hotel late in the afternoon. Relax and have dinner in Tinghir before retiring for the night. Day 2: Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Pass through the many Berber villages scattered along the way, including Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Relax in Merzouga, then pack a small overnight bag to take on your camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Arrive at a traditional Berber camp, leave the camels, and walk to the highest dunes to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to music in the middle of the Sahara. Day 3: Camel trek - Sunrise - Errachidia - Medilt - Atlas Mountains - Ifran - Fes Get up bright and early to see the stunning sunrise over the desert. Enjoy breakfast before hopping back on your camel. Once you reach Merzouga, begin your drive to Fes crossing the Ziz Valley through Errachidia. Around midday, stop in Midelt to buy lunch. Continue to Fes via Ifran Imouzzar with its Cedar Forests and Berber towns, which are both famous as winter ski resorts for Moroccans. Your driver might spot some Barbary apes on the way and you can seize the opportunity to take some pictures. Arrive at Fes late in the afternoon and end your tour with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Marrakech: 3-Day Trip to Fez via the Merzouga Sahara Desert

Marrakech: 3-Day Trip to Fez via the Merzouga Sahara Desert

Embark on an unforgettable journey from Marrakech to Fes with our tour. Experience the unique beauty of Morocco as you traverse the High Atlas Mountains, visit historic sites like Ait Benhaddou, explore stunning gorges, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking Sahara Desert. Throughout the tour, you'll be accompanied by an experienced local guide who will provide insights into the region's history, culture, and traditions. Itinerary: Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Ait Benhaddou - Kelaat Mgouna - Tinghir Depart from Marrakech and venture through the High Atlas Mountains, capturing mesmerizing views at the Tizi n'Tichka pass. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, famous for its appearance in renowned films. Journey through the Valley of the Roses and reach Dades Gorges, where you'll spend the night in a local hotel. Day 2: > Tinghir - Todra Gorge - Sahara Desert Camp Explore the magnificent Todra Gorge and continue your adventure into the vast Sahara Desert. Enjoy a camel ride and experience the thrill of crossing the desert dunes. As night falls, arrive at a traditional desert camp, where you'll indulge in a delicious dinner under the starry sky. Day 3: Sahara Desert - Erfoud - Fes Visit the city of Erfoud, known for its fossils and the annual Date Festival. Journey through cedar forests and the Middle Atlas Mountains before reaching the captivating city of Fes in the late afternoon. Your tour concludes as you are dropped off at your Fes riad or hotel. Join us on this shared Marrakech to Fes tour and create lasting memories of Morocco's diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Marzouga Desert Tour with Camel Ride

From Marrakech: 3-Day Marzouga Desert Tour with Camel Ride

Day 1 Start your trip to the desert with a pickup from your hotel in Marrakech. Drive through green valleys and arid deserts to reach Tizi n’Tichka, the highest pass in North Africa, and get breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains. On the way, visit the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou with a local guide. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the kasbah (cost not included). Continue your desert trip towards Ouarzazate, known as the gate of the desert. Stop at the cinema studios for a short visit (optional), and then drive toward the heart of the city to discover another hidden gem, the Kasbah Taourirte, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finish your day at the Dades Gorges. On the way, stop at Rose Valley for a short visit to a local rose water cooperative. Spend the night in a local hotel or Riad. Day 2 After breakfast at your hotel, head towards the Todra Gorges, a favorite destination for rock climbers. After a visit to the gorges and the palm oasis of Todra, follow the ancient caravan trade routes to the Sahara, passing through a series of fortified villages with pre-Saharan architecture. Arrive in Erfoud, built by the French as a central administration city, and admire its famous rich black marble fossils. Next, head to the dunes of the Merzouga Desert. When you arrive at the Berber camp, sip on traditional mint tea. Once you've finished your tea, ride a camel through the golden dunes of the Erg Chebbi Desert before taking in the vivid colors of the sunset. Return to the Berber camp for dinner and a relaxed night gathered around the fire. Spend the night in the camp under the stars. Day 3 Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise from the Great Dune of the Sahara Desert. Return to camp to have breakfast, then ride Dromedaries, the tallest of the three camel species, or travel by 4WD to meet your driver to start the return journey from the desert to Marrakech. As you drive from the Sahara to Marrakech, stop for lunch and toilet breaks (lunch is optional and not included in the price).

From Fes: 3-Day Luxury Desert Tour to Marrakech via Merzouga

From Fes: 3-Day Luxury Desert Tour to Marrakech via Merzouga

Take a 3-day trip to Marrakech from Fes and immerse yourself in the desert on the way. Visit Ifrane, the Todra Gorges, the UNESCO-listed Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and much more. Stay 1 night in a camp and 1 night in a hotel, and enjoy included breakfasts, dinners, and hotel pickup and drop-off. Begin Day 1 with pickup at your hotel or the airport in Fes and travel in air-conditioned comfort to Ifrane, famed for its alpine-style houses and cool climate. Explore the cedar forest and interact with playful Barbary macaques. Continue to Midelt for lunch (at your own expense), then traverse the stunning Ziz River in the picturesque Ziz Valley. Arrive at the Merzouga Sahara Desert and embark on an enchanting camel ride to witness the sunset from atop the dunes. Spend the night at a desert camp. Choose between a standard desert camp with a private tent and shared bathroom or a luxury desert camp with a luxury private tent and private bathroom. Savor dinner, listen to Berber music, and gaze up at the stars. On Day 2, wake up early in the morning to admire the captivating sunrise in the heart of the desert. Enjoy breakfast before riding camels back to Merzouga, where your driver-guide awaits. Drive to the fossil-rich town of Erfoud Then, venture to the Todra Gorges, a majestic canyon ideal for rock climbing and appreciation of stunning landscapes, before getting free time for lunch (at your own expense) at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to the Dades Valley, pass through Boumalne Dades, and marvel at the famous "monkey fingers" rock formation. Have dinner later and stay overnight at a standard or luxury hotel in Ouarzazate or Dades Gorge, depending on which option you select. Start Day 3 with breakfast, then explore Ouarzazate, also known as the “gate of the desert,” and visit the renowned movie studios. Venture to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a historic fortified village famed for film and TV appearances that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, begin the drive toward Marrakech, passing through the scenic Tizi-N-Tichka pass and the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Stops will be made for lunch and photo opportunities at fascinating spots. Arrive in Marrakech and conclude your desert tour at your accommodation or the airport.

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4.3
(473 reviews)

First of all, I would like to thank for Simo for amazing trip and time. Hes a very careful driver and we felt safe at all times. It was really impressive how professional he is! The tour itself is well organized, and I would really recommend it to everyone whos in Morocco. Sights are well planned, doesnt feel that long between the stops, but you need to be prepared for a lot of driving though. Few things for other travelers: Bus is not the newest one and the aircondition can be too cold or too weak at the times. If you travel in spring or summer like we did, prepare that in the desert camp tents are sauna hot. We slept with wet towels instead of covers and was still not cool enough. But compared to the overall experience this is a tiny inconvenience which can be easily forgotten. If I have to name what we didnt like too much was the first and last stop for lunch. In the first stop you have options around but at the last one its really nothing around. Besides this all was amazing!!

This desert tour was amazing! We had excellent service from start to finish. Our driver the first day(Mohammed) was so knowledgeable and explained everything so well. Once we arrived in Merzouga, we boarded our camels and rode a short distance through beautiful sand dunes to our tent camp. It was truly so beautiful! The camel guides were absolutely wonderful in taking videos and pictures on our phones!! Some of the best photos we have! The sunset, dinner, entertainment, sunrise and breakfast was all really great! I highly recommend booking the luxury trip. It is so worth the price difference as you have private accommodation and air conditioning too. Our 2day return trip made for long days in the van but our driver, Imed (from the desert) was absolutely wonderful! He stopped at some of the most fascinating Kasbahs and view points! He made sure we were always comfortable and answered any questions. He handled everything perfectly! Best trip ever!

Simo guide was great - very friendly and knowledgable. Would’ve been nice to have usb in van for charging phone. too little time in Sahara, the tent we stayed in had all the amenities which was nice but no venting or AC and was very hot. We tried leaving the door open but was very windy and even with that was still no circulation.

Amazing trip Simo was a terrific guide very efficient. The desert was beautiful. The price was great. A lot of driving but Simo is so fast and good. Maybe try to eat at restaurants next door for lunch if you can. Get to the van early for a good seat.

Amazing! Mazouzi was such an amazing guide, he took great care of us. Worth every penny!!