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From Marrakech 3-Days Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

4.6 / 5

49 reviews

Activity provider: Desert Family Tour

From Marrakech 3-Days Desert Trip to Merzouga Dunes

Activity provider: Desert Family Tour

From US$ 156.88 per person

Set off on a 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. Discover the real Moroccan Sahara Desert in all its sand dunes, oases, Kasbahs, and rocky landscapes. Spend one night in a hotel and one in a camp under the stars.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, French
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 30 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.

Experience

Itinerary
72 hours
  • Marrakech

  • Tizi n'Tichka

  • Ait Benhaddou

  • Ouarzazate

    • Optional
  • Drâa-Tafilalet

  • Dadès Gorges

  • Tinghir

  • Merzouga (free time)

  • Erg Chebbi

  • Camel ride

  • Sandboarding

  • Dinner

  • Camp activities

  • Merzouga (breakfast)

  • Ouarzazate

  • Marrakech

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Drive across the curvy High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n'Tichka
  • Visit the UNESCO-preserved village of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou
  • Explore the sights of Dades Valley and Todra Gorge, and have some free time to walk along the Todra River
  • Enjoy a camel ride in Erg Chebbi with stunning views
  • Sleep under the stars at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi
Full description
• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley - Tinghir Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades in Tinghir via the Tizi n'Tichka Atlas pass. Take in panoramic views across the mountains and traditional High Atlas Berber villages before arrival at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, where you'll visit Kasbah Taourirt . Continue to Dades Tinghir though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Tinghir.  • Day 2: Dades - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga  After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, and you’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tenghir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue Merzouga. After relaxing for a while, take enough luggage for one night with you on a camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Upon arrival at the 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 back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech  Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Ride your camel back to Merzouga to have breakfast. Pick up the rest of your luggage and begin your journey back to Marrakech, this time traveling through different areas and Berber villages. Once in Ouarzazate, take the same road back to Marrakech, arriving in the evening.
Includes
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver-guide during the tour
  • 1 night at a hotel with dinner and breakfast
  • 1 night in the desert with dinner and breakfast
  • Camel trek
  • Free time to explore sites
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Local guides and entrance fees (if applicable)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present their passport, proof of full vaccination, and a negative Covid-19 PCR taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts. All participants between 6-11 years old must present either proof of full vaccination proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  •  The drive on day 3 from Erg Chebbi to Marrakech is quite long; please be prepared
  • If you wish to sand board in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, please ask at the hotel; if there are some available, you can take them with you into the desert
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 49 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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We had an amazing trip with great people - both fellow travelers as well as guides. It is a touristy trip with quite some stops at souvenir stands, and the hotel wasn’t the most comfortable - yet, it was all 100% worth it. We highly recommend!! Especially the second day is just amazing, we had the opportunity to do quad, camel riding and sand boarding.

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September 15, 2022

Great experience!I booked it after the private guide I hired before became dubious. I don't regret it at all! I have asked to visit Ouzazarte film studios after booking (you need to ask before the trip starts - this is optional) so I had a kind of private tour there with Lahcen, a very kind guide, head of the company. After that I rejoined the group, wonderful people from all over the world. The hotel was above my expectations (pool!). Next day we continued to the desert. Tourguide Houchine and extra guide Ahmad did a a great job. Although the way from Tinehir to Merzouga is not so far, there are a lot of activities before, because it is simply too hot to arrive before evening. The camelride through the dunes was stunning, the camp (basic) also very comfortable, good food, enjoyable music show - don't go to bed early, stars are fantastic! The next day we started very early with the camels. Then a long ride back to Marrakech, but our driver Brahim brought us back very safely.

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September 4, 2022

The Tour with Desert Family was excellent. Both of our guides were very friendly, helpful and respectful. We got started early in the morning with the departure from Marrakech, and saw the interesting Moroccan scenery along the way. You will have the unique pleasure of seeing the vast dunes of the Sahara. The distance is far so be prepared for alot of travel. The views from the window are excellent however, and it is not lost time! If you don't have much time to plan your own adventure this excursion if perfect. I would strongly recommend to leave one day before or after the excursion to visit the city of Marrakech.

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August 14, 2022

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