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Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

1. Marrakech: All-inclusive 4-Day Private Atlas and Desert Tour

An example of the itinerary you will follow: Day 1: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and you will set off on your 4 day adventure. Pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and from Marrakech to Ouarzazate you can enjoy the scenic route, the landscapes with changing colors and terrain and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time to visit the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and have lunch on site. Then, on to the green valley of Dadès and the valley of roses by the palm grove of Skoura. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a charming guest house in the valley. Day 2: Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, you will set off on the road to the 1000 Kasbahs, then check check out Tinghr with its magnificent palm groves. At Todra Gorge, the bravest explorers can trek along the canyon, 300 metres above the ground. Then continue towards Merzouga and the erg Chebbi dune in the Sahara desert. In the largest desert in the world, you can experience the sunset on the back of a camel as you ride towards the oasis where the camp is located. You may spend the night in the nomadic tents or under the stars and play music or sing along with the locals and become immersed in true nomadic culture. Day 3: Merzouga, Tazarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate Watch the sunrise over the dunes of erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp. Return to a hostel via camel trek for a quick shower then drive to Rissani, a small town in southern Saharan Morocco where you can stop to visit a fossil workshop, before continuing to the junction of the Drâa and Agdz valley. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and hotel stay in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate, Aït ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech Go on a tour of the movie sets and studios located in Ouarzazate: the "Hollywood of Africa". Visit the Ksar of Aït ben Haddou, a world heritage site. Aït ben Haddou has been used to date as a backdrop for more than twenty films, including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones "and" Lawrence of Arabia ". Take advantage of this walk through the area to admire the traditional architecture of the kasbahs. Continue on home to Marrakech through the mountains.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

2. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades Gorges 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 and the Atlas Cinema Studios. Continue to Dades Gorges though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Gorges.  • Day 2: Dades Gorges - 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, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue to a hotel in 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 for sand boarding and 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.

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

3. 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 Marrakech. 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, enjoy mint tea and 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: 3-Day, 2-Night Desert Trip to Merzouga

4. From Fes: 3-Day, 2-Night Desert Trip to Merzouga

Experience an unforgettable 3-day adventure, as you travel from Fes to the stunning desert of Merzouga, and try once-in-a-lifetime activities like riding a camel, and sandboarding down dunes. Cross the desert of the Erg-Chebbi on your camel, in the company of a professional guide, watching the sunset slowly melt in the distance. Try an authentic Moroccan meal, before camping for the night in the heart of the desert in a traditional Berber tent, with a blanket of stars above. Travel through the breathtaking scenery of the Middle Atlas Mountains, and wind your way past beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages. Watch monkeys playing around in the cedar forests of Azrou, and visit a winter ski resort built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village.

Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

5. Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

Day 01: Marrakech - Art Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Todra Gorges Start your Marrakech adventure bright and early with a convenient pick-up from your Marrakech located hotel. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will be on your to your first location. Cross the High Atlas Mountains until you reach the Tizi N Tichka's pass (2250 meter altitude). Continue on until you reach the Kasbah of Alt Ben Haddou, here you will marvel at the unique looking desert villages. Visit the magnificent Ksar (selected as a heritage listed site by UNESCO) before continuing on to Ouarzazate. In Ouarzazate you will have the chance to stroll through Taourirt. After your sightseeing you will continue on your travel until you reach Todra Gorges, here you will settle in for a relaxing sleep overnight and enjoy dinner under the stars.  Day 02: Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes Depart in the morning for day two of your adventure. Start your day by taking a short drive to the Merzouga dunes and witness an outstanding and picturesque natural occurrence. Enjoy a drive to the Palmeraie area, dotted with thousands of Palm Trees. Visit Todra Gorges and witness the breathtaking, panoramic views of the steep gorges that sweep across the desert landscape. Once you have finished walking amongst the gorges you will pass through Tinejdad and Erfoud until you reach Rissani where you will enjoy a lunch. After lunch you will be taken to visit the tomb of King of Alaouit (belonging to the current royal family).  Next you will visit Merzouga, where an exciting camel ride over the dunes of Erg Chebbi awaits you. Whilst on the back of a camel you will be able to marvel at the Sunset as it falls behind the dunes. Pitch a tent in the evening and spend the night under the desert night sky.  Day 03: Merzouga - Rissani - Nqob - Tammougalte - Ouarzazate - Marrakech After you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you will depart back to Marrakech on an alternative route. On the way you will stop by new locations you have not yet seen.  Drive through the Draa valley in Nqob. Pass through a desert landscape that many of the locals consider to be mysterious. As you drive through it you will get to see the beautiful Oases that seem to survive in this harsh habitat. Before reaching your final destination in Marrakech you will stop in Ouarzazate and enjoy a delicious lunch with panoramic views. After your lunch you will be returned to your accomodation in Marrakech. 

From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

6. From Merzouga: Full-Day Small Group 4x4 Dunes Tour

Start your visit to the area around Merzouga and the land of the Ait Khebbach tribe with pick-up from your accommodation in a spacious and comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Start your desert exploration with a visit to the village of Khamlia. Here, you'll enjoy the inhabitants' music and dance, and have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music of your own! Cross desert plateaus far away from concrete roads and visit a Berber family in their tent for lunch. Learn how they live in their tents with goats, sheep and working donkeys, as well as how to prepare a Berber pizza on the fire. Enjoy this delicious communal meal in their home. Afterwards, take a 4x4 down a gravel road to the Lake of Merzouga (also named Lake Tamezguida), which appears seasonally from November to May during the rainy season in  Middle Atlas. This is the best spot to see desert birds, and sometimes even flamingos! Return to your accommodation in Merzouga in the late afternoon.

From Marrakech to Zagora & Merzouga: 4-Day Desert Tour

7. From Marrakech to Zagora & Merzouga: 4-Day Desert Tour

Cross the High Atlas Mountains to Morocco’s Sahara Desert on this 4-day tour. Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a World Heritage Site, and make stops to explore lush green oases, canyons, and gorges. Enjoy camel rides and spend a night under the stars at a desert camp. Day 1: Marrakech - Zagora ( D ) Your 4 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech will start with an early pick up from your hotel or riad and drive across the High Atlas Mountains past Berber villages in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, you will have some time at leisure to explore the Kasbah before we continue to Ouarzazate for lunch. Early in the afternoon, you will proceed to the oasis of Agdez,, from where you will start driving along Draa River dotted with hundreds of thousands of date palm trees and fortified Kasbahs. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camels caravan for an hour camel trek on the desert while enjoying a spectacular sunset. Dinner will be served under the stars while entertained by the local nomads around the camp fire. Day 2: Zagora - Merzouga ( B, D ) After breakfast at your Sahara desert camp, and an hour camel trek back to your drop off point to meet your driver, you will cross the volcanic peaks of the Anti Atlas Mountains past lost oases to the village of Alnif, where we will stop for lunch. Early in the afternoon, you will continue to Merzouga, where your camel caravan will be waiting for us to ride across Erg Chebbi sand dunes while admiring a dramatic sunset over the color changing sand dunes. You will reach your Sahara desert camp hidden between the sand dunes just before it gets dark. After some time at leisure to settle in your desert camp, a Moroccan dinner will be served under the stars, next to a camp fire while entertained by your noomad cam hosts playing their Tam Tam drums. Day 3: Merzouga - Boumalne Dades ( B, D ) If you wish, your Sahara desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the surise in the middle of nowhere. Ride your camels back to Merzouga. After breakfast, we will drive to the holly town of Rissani, the birth place of the Alaouite Dynasty who are ruling Morocco since early 16th century. From here, you will proceed to Tinghir, one of the largest oases in the region, from where you will diviate into a secondary road along Todgha river to the spectacular canyons of Todgha. After some time at leisure to adimire the views and have lunch at one of the local cafés, continue to Boumalne Dades. Dinner and overnight at your Dades hotel. Day 4: Boumalne Dades - Marrakech (B, D ) After breakfast, you will drive up to the Dades canyons enjoying some spectacular views of fortified Kasbahs and amazing rock formations before we continue to Ouarzazate via Klaa Mgouna, known for its Damascus roses plantation. Upon arrival at Ouarzazate, you will have some time at leisure for lunch at a local café before you continue to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains. Your budget shared 4 days desert tour from Marrakech will end with a drop off at your hotel or the nearest point to your riad.

From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

8. From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert

Discover life in the Sahara Desert on an immersive 4-day (3 nights) tour from Marrakech. Enjoy a variety of desert activities such as a camel ride across the dunes from Erg Chebbi. Cross the High Atlas Mountains on a breathtaking road, experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs," pass through the impressive Draa Valley and more. Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge Meet at 08:00 and escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech as you head over the High Atlas Mountains on the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get far-reaching views of the mountains and valleys and see Berber villages on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Stop for lunch in Ouarzazate and experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs." Continue through the Valley of the Roses, with a short rest stop at Et Kella M'Gouna. Then, go to the Boumalne Dades, where you will leave the main road and travel along the valley gorge. Pass hilltop kasbahs and the Tamnalt Hills before spending the night at the Auberge Chez Pierre (www.chezpierre.org) just below the Dades Gorge. Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga Depart at 09:00 and return along the gorge to Boumalne Dades. Visit the Todra Gorge and continue to Merzouga. Break for lunch at the Erg Chebbi dunes. Arrive at the edge of the Sahara Desert and meet your desert guides. Then, ride into the desert at a leisurely pace on a camel trek with an experienced guide. Watch the sunset at Erg Chebbi en route to a tented nomad camp inside the desert dunes (note: there are no facilities as water cannot be pumped here). Alternative accommodation can be arranged at a camp or hotel on the dune line where facilities can be provided (www.aubergedusud.com). Enjoy an evening meal under the desert sky. Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Tazarine - Draa Valley - Agdz - Ouarzazate Depart in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert. Ride your camel back to the hotel where the vehicle is parked. Enjoy a reviving breakfast and then head to the Palm Plantation of Tafilalet, passing the old Alaouite Sahara capital of the Alaouite Sultans at Rissani. Take the road to Alnif and enjoy lunch before the drive to N'Kob via the Tazzarine Oasis. Next, head towards Ouarzazate, passing the impressive Draa Valley and the Berber town of Agdz. Admire the high pass of Ait Saoun at 1,660 meters altitude before your arrival in Ouarzazate at approximately 18:00 to check into your hotel (www.darchamaa.com). Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the drive to the film studios where movies such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven were shot. Stop for lunch in the High Atlas Mountains, and then continue to Marrakech via the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get a breathtaking view of Marrakech before the end of the tour services.

From Fes: 2-Day Desert Tour

9. From Fes: 2-Day Desert Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Fes, head southeast to Merzouga, passing through several cities in the Middle Atlas mountain range along the way. Stop at Ifran, also known as "the Switzerland of Morocco", to admire its alpine-like architecture and picturesque forests before heading to Azrou and the famous cedar forest where you can spot some Barbary apes if you're lucky. Travel through the desert town of Arrichidia and notice how the scenery changes from mountains to deserts and Berber villages as you make your way to Merzouga, stopping for lunch along the way.  Upon arrival in Merzouga, receive a welcome glass of mint tea before checking into your riad. Enjoy some time to relax before mounting a camel to take a ride into the sand dunes, where you will spend the night at a fully equipped camp. Enjoy entertainment from local drummers and musicians as the sun sets over the Sahara.  Day 2 Rise early today to watch what may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterward, trek back from the camp to the riad where your breakfast will be waiting. After breakfast in your riad, depart for Fes. Pass through the stunning rose gold dunes of the Ziz Valley and back through Errashidia to reach Fes by the evening.

De Casablanca: 7-Days Imperial cities of Morocco

10. De Casablanca: 7-Days Imperial cities of Morocco

Day 1: Casablanca Upon your arrival in Casablanca, You will find your driver waiting for you in front of the airport. Day 2: Casablanca- Rabat - Volubilis - Fes 9:00 am, after your breakfast, you will drive to Rabat. Discover Rabat, one of the four Imperial Cities and the Capital City of Morocco. Visit the Kasbah of Oudayas, the Hassan Tower, the Royal Mausoleum, and Chellah Roman ruins before heading to Volubilis, sitting in the middle of a fertile plain, the ruined Roman city of Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco and it was declared as Unesco World Heritage site. Reach Fes in the evening to end this day full of surprises, discoveries, and dinner. Day 3: Fes Visit the spiritual and cultural capital of the Kingdom. The city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its intricate winding architecture of alleys, souks, and courtyards. See the Bouanania Medersa, Quaraouiyine Mosque, and Foundouk Al Najjarrine. After Lunch, you will continue the tour with the famous tanneries. Day 4: Fes - Merzouga Drive through the 4 seasons road. During winter, you will truly experience the four seasons since you will drive across the snowy Middle Atlas mountains before reaching the hot and dry Sahara Desert in less than 4 hours. At your arrival in Merzouga, enjoy the sunset over the endless sand dunes during a camel ride before reaching your camp for a Berber dinner and drums around the fire camp. Day 5: Merzouga - Ouarzazate Explore the surroundings of the sand dunes and visit the Gnaoua (local brotherhood) Village before heading to Ouarzazate. See the amazing Dades Valley with its uniques round rocks that look like they were melted and the Roses Valley before reaching Ouarzazate at the end of the day. Day 6: Ouarzazate - Marrakech Drive to the famous Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou. A UNESCO World Heritage centuries-old fortress where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Drive to the Kasbah Telouet, a fortress built at 2000m altitude near the Tiz'n'Tichka pass. Reach Marrakech, the pearl of the South enjoy an afternoon at leisure to recover from this wonderful yet intense adventure. Day 7: Marrakech to Casabanca Visit the most famous of all imperial cities known for their beautiful climate, the charming position at the feet of the high Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the beautiful 12th C Koutoubia mosque, the Menara Garden, the Jamaa El Fna square, and the Majorelle Garden. Head back to Casablanca at the end of the afternoon to end this unforgettable journey.

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based on 379 reviews

When you book a tour anywhere it can be hit or miss. Especially when you are two girls travelling alone. But this one was DEFINITELY a HIT. Hachem, our driver was AMAZING. Super knowledgeable about the history and customs and all too happy to share. In multiple languages! He made sure that everything ran smoothly and we felt safe and looked after. We did not need to worry about or think about ANYTHING. He took us to all the best places and advised what to buy and where so that we only got the best things at the best prices. The more we asked, the more we learnt and unravelled stories. The tour itself was incredible. I did not expect the extent of the change in the landscape and the vastness of the space. I won't ruin it for you with too many details. Food and accommodation were fabulous. We were a bit worried about travelling in Ramadan, but this was not an issue at all. The added quad biking was super cool. The strangers who met in the car became a family. And THAT was AMAZING.

Bei unserer 4 tägigen Tour mit unserem Guide Hassan hatte wir die Gelegenheit die Kultur Marokkos von innen kennen zu lernen. Unser Guide war immer sehr fürsorglich und hat sich sehr bemüht für uns eine unvergessliche Tour zu gestalten. Neben der Tour durchs Atlasgebirge, dem Kamelritt durch die Wüste und den einzigartigen Unterkünften, gab es jeden Tag unzählige Fotostops und diverse Möglichkeiten für eigenständige Besichtigungen. Wer in kurzer Zeit möglichst viel von Marokko sehen möchte dem legen wir diese tolle Tour sehr ans Herz. Vielen lieben Dank nochmal an Hassan für ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!

Very well received by Lahcen and who speaks French very well. Comfortable vehicle adapted to our family of 6. We had an excellent stay on this private 4-day tour, of which we will keep memories forever, of very good times spent together. Once again, thank you very much Lahcen for your kindness, you were in our care. Steve and his family.

Trip at the top!!!! Lovely driver... Change of scenery guaranteed!!!! The evening under the Berber tents was great with all the comforts including toilets and showers inside the tent. The meals were excellent and the hotel in Merzougga splendid. In short, go there with your eyes closed!!!!!!!! Thank you for everything.

The trip from Fez to Marrakech was extremely well organised. Our guide Hassan was of exemplary professionalism and showed us much more than we expected.