Drive deep into the Merzouga Desert across the Atlas Mountains on this 5-day Morocco tour from Marrakech. Experience nomadic life in desert tents and ride camels across the dunes of Erg-Chebbi. Discover famous film locations, and more.
What to Expect
Cross the High Atlas Mountains en route to the Merzouga Desert on a 5-day desert tour of Morocco from Marrakech. See historic Kasbahs, pass famous film locations, drive through stunning gorges, and spend the night in a nomadic tent.
Day 1: Marrakech - Dades Gorges
Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, cross the High Atlas Mountains via the dramatic Tizi N’ Tichka Pass, driving along a road that climbs up to 7,412 feet (2,260 meters) above sea level. Pass through small villages and waterfalls, marveling at the continuously changing landscape and colors of the mountain scenery.
Stop for a cup of refreshing mint tea, before taking the road to Ait Ben Haddou in the Ounila Valley. Discover the most famous Kasbah in Morocco strolling the winding streets and enjoying awe-inspiring views of the Atlas Mountains.
Back on the road, pass through Ouarzazate in the famous Valley of Roses and Dades Valley, reaching the Dades Gorge in time to watch the sunset. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in romantic hotel accommodation.
Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga
After breakfast, take an optional walk through the Dades Gorge. Then, drive the Road of A Thousand Kasbahs, passing the village of Tinghir. Arrive at the Todra Gorge in time for lunch.
Back on the desert road, journey to Merzouga, via Erfoud and Rissani. Arriving before sunset, set off by camel into the Erg Chebbi Dunes for an unforgettable night in a Berber tent. Enjoy dinner under a sky full of stars, accompanied by the rhythm of drums and songs of the Berbers and Touaregs of southern Morocco.
Day 3: Merzouga
Wake early to watch the sunrise from the top of a 980-foot (300-meter) high dune overlooking the border with Algeria. Return to camp for a Berber breakfast, then ride your camel back to your hotel in Merzouga.
Unwind in the hotel swimming pool before a 3.5-hour jeep tour across the desert to admire the different faces of the dunes and black volcanic rocks. Pass through small villages, stopping for lunch with a Berber family. Drive the same road used in the famous Paris-Dakar Rally, reaching a cave where you will learn how the locals extract fossils from the heart of the earth.
Return to your hotel to relax before dinner. You can take an optional night walk through the dunes to hear the sound of silence and gaze at the stars.
Day 4: Merzouga - Ouarzazate
Drive to Khemlia village, where the locals from black Africa still practice their musical traditions. Continue to Dnit Srji Lake, a popular bird watching spot famous for its pink flamingos.
Your next stop is Rissani, former economic capital of Morocco, from where the caravans leave and where a market, known for the barter of donkeys and Berber medicines takes place. Lunch will be with a Berber family that will introduce you to the 44 spices of an authentic Touareg Berber pizza.
Return to Ouarzazate, passing through Nakob village and the Draa Valley, stopping for tea at Agdz. Spend your last night in a romantic riad, and cool off in the pool after your long and dusty day. Dinner will be served on the terrace.
Day 5: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
After breakfast, explore the town of Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios, the largest and most famous film studio in Africa. Back on the road, head to the Fint Oasis, before driving back over the winding Tizi-n-Tichka pass to Marrakech.
- Camel trekking
- Breakfast and dinner
- All transportation with driver
- All applicable taxes
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Personal needs expenditures
- Tips to the driver/guide