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From Marrakech: Ait Ben Haddou & Atlas Mountains 2-Day Trip

1. From Marrakech: Ait Ben Haddou & Atlas Mountains 2-Day Trip

Explore the Atlas Mountains on this two-day trip from Marrakech. Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and cross the Draa Valley. Spend the night in a desert camp in Zagora, ride a camel in the Sahara, and enjoy a delicious dinner and breakfast. Depart Marrakech early in the morning and set off for the Atlas Mountains. Arrive at the ksar (fortified town) of Ait Ben Haddou, which is located along the old caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Take photos of the city of Ait Ben Haddou, which served as the backdrop for films such as "Lawrence of Arabia," "Bandits of Time," "Kundun," "The Mummy," and many others. Find out why it was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1989. Stop for lunch in a restaurant facing the Kasbah. Drive to Ouarzazate, home to movie studios, famous sandstone buildings, and desert landscapes. Take a ride through the awe-inspiring Anti-Atlas Mountains (Tizi N Tnifift), as well as the lush valleys of Agdz and the Draa Valley. Arrive in Zagora and climb onto a well-trained camel for a sunset ride through the desert. Stop at your campsite and enjoy a hearty dinner before sleeping like a local in an authentic Berber tent. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise before having breakfast. Return by camel to Zagora, where you will meet your driver. Return to Ouarzazate by car through the Draa Valley and the Anti-Atlas mountains. Stop for 20 minutes in Ouarzazate and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt or the Cinema Museum. Finally, have lunch in Ouarzazate or in the mountains on the way to Marrakech.

Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga and Sahara Desert Tour

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

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorges The journey from Marrakech to Todra Gorge via Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is a popular route for those seeking to experience the beauty and history of Morocco’s desert landscapes. Starting in Marrakech, the drive takes you through the High Atlas Mountains, passing through small Berber villages and stunning scenery along the way. One of the highlights of the trip is a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortress town that has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood films. The kasbah is a fascinating example of traditional Moroccan architecture and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Continuing on from Kasbah Ait Benhaddou to arrive at the Todra Gorge. This spectacular natural wonder features towering canyon walls that rise up to 300 meters in places, providing a breathtaking backdrop for hiking, climbing, and sightseeing. Day 2: Boumalne Dadès – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Dunes of Merzouga The journey from Boumalne to Merzouga and the Erg Chebbi dunes is a breathtaking adventure through the Moroccan Sahara Desert and the views of the canyon at Todra Gorge. The drive takes you through spectacular landscapes, including barren mountains, verdant palm groves, and vast expanses of golden sand dunes. Along the way, you’ll pass through charming Berber villages and experience the warm hospitality of the local people. As you approach Merzouga, the landscape becomes increasingly surreal, with towering sand dunes rising up from the desert floor. Upon arriving in Merzouga, you can take a camel trek into the heart of the Erg Chebbi dunes to witness the stunning sunset over the Sahara. The experience is truly unforgettable, with the warm hues of the sky blending perfectly with the golden sands. Get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to a campfire. Late at night, enjoy Berber music with the local hosts playing drums. Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Ouarzazate – Marrakech Following an early wake-up you will have the option to watch the sunrise before breakfast, a driver will be waiting to pick you up for the transfer back to Marrakech. the journey takes you through the Ouarzazate region, known for its film studios and desert landscapes where we stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Get dropped off at your original departure point or Djemaa El Fna square around 20h.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Camp Trip

3. From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Camp Trip

Day 1: Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Draa Valley – Zagora After getting picked up in Marrakech, head to Zagora. Your first stop will be Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Discover this impressive UNESCO World Heritage site, a fortified village where only five families remain today. Next, head to the Draa Valley, where you can admire endless ksour (fortified tribal villages) and kasbahs (fortified homes for tribal rulers). At the end of the day, reach Zagora and watch the sunset on a 1-hour camel ride. To finish, enjoy an excellent dinner at a campsite in the Zagora dunes. Day 2: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakesh Rise early to enjoy the magical sunrise in the dunes before sitting down for breakfast. Take a camel ride back to the starting point to begin your journey back to Marrakesh. Make a stop at Ouarzazate, aka the door of the desert, to see the Kasbah Taourirt, a citadel set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, before getting dropped off in Marrakech.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga with Lodging

4. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga with Lodging

Discover Erg Chebbi in Merzouga Embark on an unforgettable journey to Morocco! Start off in bustling Marrakech and make your way through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains, marveling at Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou. Then take a deep dive into Dades Valley before finishing up with an awe-inspiring tour of Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes—all within just three days! Pack your bags for this beautiful expedition that allows you to experience all of Morocco's natural wonders and cultural delights firsthand. For Shared Bookings: Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Tinghir/Dades Gorges Driving Time: 5 hrs 40 mins (Pickup between 7-8pm, Arrival at Hotel 7-8pm) Accommodations: Hotel Saghra, Kasbah Didis, or similar Begin your 3-day adventure with a journey through the towering peaks of Morocco's Tizi n Tichka Pass. Stop to marvel at Ait Ben Haddou, an incredible Unesco World Heritage site featured in countless films! Continue on towards Ouarzazate before making your way across Skoura Palm grove and up into tranquil Rose Valley (roses in bloom in the mid spring) where you can spot brilliant kasbahs surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. Wrap it all up with a night spent in the valley, complete with dinner for a local Moroccan experience. Day 2: Boumalne Dadès – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Dunes of Merzouga Driving Time: 4 hrs 45 mins (Depart 8-9am; Arrive before sunset) Accommodations: Global Desert Camp or similar (Standard) Luxury Desert Camp or similar (Luxury) Take an unforgettable journey & explore the Sahara as you head towards Merzouga. Take in breathtaking views of the canyon at Todra Gorge. Afterwards make your way through Tinjdad before arriving in the Merzouga Desert for a camel ride across its sands - and an unforgettable sunset! Top off this adventure by camping overnight beside the dunes for an enchanting night like no other surrounded only by peace & serenity. (Sandboarding and 4x4 to transport luggage included) Day 3: Merzouga – Rissani – Ouarzazate – Marrakech Driving Time: 8 hours 30 minutes (Depart 8-9am; Arrive in Marrakech 8-9pm) After a hearty breakfast, take the camel ride back to Merzouga village. The next leg of your journey will be a thrilling adventure through incredible undulating desertscapes and acacia trees towards the Atlas Mountains en route to arrive in Marrakech by days end! For Private Bookings: In addition to the above itinerary, on a private tour the following options are available: - Telouat Kasbah - Ksar Taourirt in Ouarzazate - Tinghir - Alternate return route through Nkob, Tamnougalt, & Agdz For Shared Excursions: The Guide in Ait Ben Haddou is not included, but you can join a group tour on your own for around €2 per person. Lunches not included on Shared Excursion Bookings. Private Tour Includes: Licensed Guide in Ait Ben Haddou & Lunch each day. Vegetarian options available.

Merzouga Desert: 3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech

5. Merzouga Desert: 3-Day Desert Tour from Marrakech

Discover the authentic Morocco and contemplate the infinite spaces of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day desert safari from Marrakech. Sleep under the stars at a desert camp, and spend a night in a traditional riad. Travel across the Dadès and Draa Valleys, see the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, and much more. Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi - N - Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Gorges Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive to the Dades Gorges via the dramatic twists and turns of the Tizi-n-Tichka pass in the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy far-reaching views to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet. Continue to Ait Benhaddou to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the fortified village (Ksour). After lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, continue to the Dades Valley for an overnight stay in a riad or hotel in the Dades Gorge. Marvel at the geological formations of the scenic area, characterized by a deep and dramatic canyon. Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga Following breakfast at your hotel, leave the Dades Gorge for Erg Chebbi at the gateway to the Sahara Desert. See Berber villages scattered along the way, and pass through Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud to get a feel for the Saharan landscape. See the oasis of Tafilalet before your arrival at Merzouga. Pause to relax at Merzouga for a few moments before you climb on to the back of a camel and cross the sand dunes en route to a nomadic Berber camp. See the sand dunes and desert landscape from a timeless perspective as you listen to the drums of the desert camp in the middle of the Sahara. Take photos of the dramatic sunset from the top of a high dune. Then, go to the camp to spend the night in a nomad tent. Day 3: Camel Trek Back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Return to Marrakech Wake early to see the beautiful desert sunrise. Then, return to Merzouga by camel. Upon arrival you will be served breakfast and given time to shower at the hotel before the return transfer to Marrakech. Pass the authentic Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains, such as Tinjdad, Tenghir, and Boumalene-du-Dades. Arrive in Marrakech in the evening for the end of the tour services.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Agadir

6. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Agadir

Embark on a mesmerizing 3-day desert journey from Marrakech to Agadir via the enchanting Merzouga Desert. Explore the majestic Atlas Mountains, visit ancient Kasbahs, and witness the stunning landscapes of Morocco. Experience camel rides, overnight camping in the Sahara, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture along the way. Itinerary: Day 1: Marrakech – Atlas Mountains – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Town Start your adventure by traversing the Atlas Mountains, discovering Berber villages, and visiting the renowned Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Explore the cinematic city of Ouarzazate and its Taourirt Kasbah. Journey through Skoura and Roses Valley before settling for the night in Dades Town. Day 2: Boumalne Dades – Todra Gorge – Erfoud – Merzouga Witness the breathtaking Toudra Gorges, with its towering rock walls, and continue to Erfoud. Arrive at the captivating Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga and enjoy a camel ride as you watch the sunset over the Sahara. Experience a night in a traditional nomadic camp, savoring drumming and the magical desert atmosphere. Day 3: Merzouga – Rose Valley – Ouarzazate – Agadir Wake up to a mesmerizing sunrise over the sand dunes before heading back to the Auberge. Travel through the scenic Draa Valley, dotted with Berber Kasbahs. Pass through Taznakht and Taliouine as you make your way to Agadir, where the tour concludes. Transfer to your designated location or accommodation. End your journey with unforgettable memories of the Atlas Mountains, ancient Kasbahs, Sahara Desert, and the warm hospitality of Morocco. Whether dropped off at your hotel or a central location, you'll have the opportunity to explore more of Agadir's vibrant offerings. Book now and embark on an immersive adventure through Morocco's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures.

From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

7. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

Spend two days exploring mountainous and desert scenery, as well as traditional Moroccan cities and towns with an experienced guide.   Day 1: Depart from Marrakesh at 9:00 AM in a modern, air-conditioned minibus and head to the Atlas Mountains. Drive through the range, taking in magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and snow-capped mountains. You’ll soon arrive at the Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, an ancient fortified village that exemplifies Morocco’s traditional earthen clay architecture.   Afterwards, continue to Ouarzazate for lunch at a local café or restaurant. Continue on along the Drâa Valley to reach the town of Zagora. Here, you’ll meet your camels, who will take you on a 1.5-hour trek into the dunes. From atop these tall, sometimes graceful animals, you’ll get amazing views of the desert on your way to your camp in the dunes.   Day 2:  After a traditional Berber breakfast, head out just before sunrise on another 1.5-hour camel ride to get the best views of the changing colors of the sky. Head back to Zagora by camel and say goodbye to your traveling companion.   From Zagora, head back to the Atlas Mountains by minivan, with plenty of stops for photos and lunch. You’ll arrive at Marrakesh between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM and be taken to your hotel.

Zagora Sahara Desert Overnight Trip from Ouarzazate

8. Zagora Sahara Desert Overnight Trip from Ouarzazate

Begin your tour at 11:00 AM from Ouarzazate to reach Zagora Desert via the road to Tinghir. Visit the city of Tinghit at the center of one of the most attractive oases in southern Morocco. See the lush palm trees which reach for about 30 miles on 500-metre-wide tracts along the Wadi Todgha. Stop on the 1000 Kasbah's Road, and visit the old buildings and authentic Berber villages. Visit the Draa Valley, well-known for its amazing Ksour and Kasbah. In Zagora, admire the sunset during a 1-hour camel ride. Enjoy an excellent diner in a campsite under the stars. In the early morning, taste a typical berber breakfast in Zagora and enjoy a sunrise camel ride through the dunes, before taking the road back to Ouarzazate through the High Atlas Mountains.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

9. From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Trip

You’ll be picked up at your hotel or riad in Marrakech at 07:20 to begin your 2-day desert excursion. On the way to southern Morocco, you’ll cross the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass (2,260 meters in altitude). The drive takes you along zigzagging roads as you enjoy the views of the Berber villages of Imouzzar Valley. Stop to explore Ait Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved villages in southern Morocco. This fortified village was built by the Ait Aissa tribe in the 15th century for caravan traders traveling from Timbuktu to Andalusia via Marrakech and Tangier. The village served as a natural setting for several international movies including The Gladiators, Ali Baba, Ben Hur and Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy a guided visit to the top of the hill that dominates the whole area. Afterwards, you’ll head to Ouarzazate to visit the Taourirt Kasbah with a short break at the entrance of the city to see the cinema studios and old movie sets. You’ll also have a break for lunch before continuing to Zagora via Agdez and through the Draa Valley. Your camel ride starts about a kilometer from Zagora. Enjoy the sunset along the way as you ride to the nomadic camp in the Nekhla dunes. Dinner will be served at the camp and you’ll spend the night in a private tent. On the second day, wake up early to enjoy a spectacular sunrise followed by breakfast. You’ll have the option of a camel trek back to meet your driver. The drive back will take you along the Draa Valley, with breaks to take in the views and for lunch, before returning to Marrakech via Ouarzazate.

From Marrakesh: Private 4-Day Sahara Desert Discovery Tour

10. 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.

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Wonderful experience since the start at 7AM from Marrakech becuase the guide and driver Mohamed mitchu buchi, that offer us a comfortable trip with a lot of tips about the landscape we crossed, we got all the necessary stops top take amazing photos. We stop in the middle of the Atlas mountains to see the fabulous view, visited the wonderful Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou for more then an hour where we bought some souvenirs and spent time on a rooftop sipping tea and getting another amazing view of the landscape, then Mohamed let us lunch at a restaurant in Agdz, where we ate two delicious types of tajin, then we arrived at the village Hasi Ibyid near the Sahara desert. We had some activities at the village like : QUAD, sand board and some relax in the pool. In the afternoon we have reached the camp in the desert riding camels. Spent the nigth in the Sahara desert. In the morning we went back to village to have breakfast and then we left for Marrakech. The trip was incredible. Thanks Mohamed

We had a great time on our tour!! First, we were on time picked up by our guide Abdul who is from Morocco and speaks English and very good Spanish. The itinerary was very well organized and on every point of interest we stopped by, Abdul was very informative and he made sure we got everything we needed at anytime. We arrived first to a lodge where we were received with tea by the owner and his staff greeted us very friendly and took us to our room where we stayed the first night. That evening we freely walk on the desert alone. The next morning we booked an hour quad bike and it was so much fun. Abdul took us out for lunch and then we relaxed til we rode with camels for sunset and pictures heading afterwards to the camp we stayed overnight where dinner and a drum party took place. Next morning we headed back to the lodge riding camels to have breakfast. Book this experience, you wont regret it, staff is everywhere friendly and it’s a safe experience.

Everything went very well. On the way to the Mezourga desert we stopped at several points to take photos and learn a little about the cities and culture. In the desert the activities were incredible. I recommend choosing the 4x4 as it is really worth it. We walked through the dunes which was super super fun. The trip to the camp also went really well. The walk on the dromedary was better than I expected, they are animals that are well cared for and are very calm and super docile. At the camp, the interaction between different people of different nationalities was very interesting and fun and with all this helping our guides always cheer up. It was excellent. A special thanks and excellent recommendation to our guide during the trip, Mohamed, who was excellent with us, and an excellent driver.

Really enjoyed our trip! Special thanks to our amazing guide in Todgha gorges, he was extremely hospitable and very knowledgeable. We loved our luxury glamping in Sahara, everything was just amazing!

Youssef was fantastic! Wonderful tour and guide, would highly recommend :)