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From Fez: Sahara Desert 2-Day Tour with Merzouga Camp Stay

From Fez: Sahara Desert 2-Day Tour with Merzouga Camp Stay

Day 1: Fez -Ifrane - Midelt - Ziz valley- Merzouga Today, on Fez desert tours 2 days Pick up 07.30 am from hotel/riad. Travel from Fez to the Merzouga desert. But; this is not an ordinary drive. We will stop along the way in a number of enjoyable destinations. Firstly, stop at Ifrane, the alpine-style townhome to ski slopes. Secondly, cedar forests are situated in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains to observe and feed the Barbary Monkey. After that, Moving to the popular pitstop of Midelt. ( break for lunch) Then, carrying on through the lush green Ziz Valley and making the last stop in Erfoud. Upon, arrival at Merzouga, transfer to the hotel to store your luggage. The camels will be waiting for you for a camel trekking experience (around 45 min) to enjoy the sunset on camelback to nomad tents where you will have dinner under the starry sky with a Berber folklore show (overnight desert camp). Day 2: Merzouga- Back to Fez Get up, early for the beckoning Erg Chebbi sunrise and deliciouse breakfast. Then prepare yourself to leave the camping to your distination fez with some stops on the way. (Break for lunch-on your own). Drop off. (Your hotel/riad Fez).

From Fes: 2-Day Desert Tour with Return to Fes or Marrakech

From Fes: 2-Day Desert Tour with Return to Fes or Marrakech

Experience life in the Sahara Desert on a small group tour to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Ride a camel across the sands and watch the sunset along the way. Drive across the winding roads of the Middle Atlas Mountains and much more. Day 1: Fes - Ifrane - Midelt - Merzouga Depart Fes and pass through the winter ski resort of Ifrane, built by the French in the 1930s to resemble a Swiss village. Continue through the cedar forest of Azrou and look for the resident monkeys before your drive across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Wind your way through beautiful forests, mountain springs, jagged rocks and Berber villages before your descent to the Sahara Desert. Stop for lunch half-way in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Then, continue towards Merzouga taking in the panoramic views of a huge oasis of palm trees at Ziz along the way. Upon arrival in Rissani, travel by 4WD vehicle into the desert, reaching Merzouga in the afternoon. Here, your guide will be waiting with the camels that will take you across the dunes to Erg Chebbi. Watch the sunset from the back of your camel on a one-hour trek to a Berber camp. Upon arrival at the desert shelter, your camels will be tethered as you are served a welcome mint tea. Enjoy dinner and relax as you look at the stars in the sky. Stay overnight in your choice of a shared, private standard, or private luxury tent. Day 2: Merzouga - Tafilalte - Fes Wake early and walk across the dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Take a shower after and enjoy breakfast before the drive back to Fes, and benefit from comfort stops on the approximate 7-hour journey. 

From Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga Desert Trip with Camp Stay

From Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga Desert Trip with Camp Stay

Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou kasbah - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Dades Gorges After pickup, drive along the passes through valleys and deserts while enjoying views from the Atlas Mountains. Go through the Tizi n’Tichka, a pass at an altitude of 2,260 meters. This is the highest pass in North Africa and it has become famous for it's breathtaking views. Halfway along the journey, visit the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou with a local guide. Get to know this fortified city that has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the kasbah (cost not included). Continue 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. Later, head to the final destination of the day: the Dades Gorges. On the road, stop at the rises valley for a short visit to a local cooperative producing the rose water and its products. After a short drive, we will arrive at the Dades Gorges, where we will spend the night in a local hotel or Riad Day 2: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Merzouga - camel ride After breakfast at your hotel, head towards the Todra Gorges, a favorite place 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, a dry, red city built of the desert by the French as a central administration city. It is known for its rich black marble fossils. After Erfoud, head to the dunes of Merzouga. Upon arrival, be welcomed with mint tea. At a Berber camp, ride a camel through the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi, followed by watching the sunset. After dinner, gather around the fire and enjoy the desert night, sometimes accompanied by traditional Berber drums. Day 3: Merzouga - High Atlas - Marrakech or Fez 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 to Marrkech or Fex (depending on option selected). On the way back to Marrakech or Fez, there will be stops for lunch and 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.

From Fez: 3-Day Desert Tour to Merzouga and Marrakech

From Fez: 3-Day Desert Tour to Merzouga and Marrakech

Day 1 Begin your adventure with a morning pickup from your hotel in Fez. Drive through the Middle Atlas, passing by Ifrane, a winter ski resort built by the French to resemble a quaint Swiss village. Stop at the cedars forest in Azrou to enjoy nature and feed the monkeys. Spend the rest of the day winding your way through forests, springs, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and descend to the Sahara Desert. Halfway through your journey, stop for lunch in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. Continue to Merzouga, stopping to enjoy panoramic views of the vast Palm Trees oasis. After you arrive, head straight to the traditional Kasbah on the foot of the dunes of Erg-Chebbi. Refresh yourself with mint tea before riding a camel across the sandy dunes as the sun goes down. Spend the night in a Berber tent at a camp. Have dinner around the campfire, listen to traditional Berber music, and relax under the stars. Day 2 Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the camp before heading to Ouarzazate via the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs. As you drive, admire the Kasbahs that rise like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route. Stop for lunch before going on a short hike in Todra Gorge. Next, drive through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments to reach your hotel. Enjoy a delicious dinner before heading to sleep. Day 3 After breakfast, visit the town of Ouarzazate and its monuments, including the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous in Africa. Next, head to Fint Oasis, near Ouarzazate. Have lunch in Ait Ben Haddou before visiting the area's famous Kasbah, declared a UNESCO World Heritage. As you explore, see where they filmed movies including The Gladiator, Babel, and Lawrence of Arabia. Next, continue your journey through the High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the highest mountain path in North Africa. Climb from the plains up to 7,500 feet above sea level, driving through small villages and passing picturesque small waterfalls. Finish your tour in Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Merzouga 4-Day Desert Trip with Berber Camp

From Marrakech: Merzouga 4-Day Desert Trip with Berber Camp

***Please note that in the summer months (April - September) to ensure you have the most comfortable experience we spend one night in the Berber style camp, start our excursion to the nomads and surrounding area a bit later in the morning and stay the second night in a hotel at the edge of the dunes (Riad Chebbi or similar). We do this so that you have access to aircon and other hotel comforts in the heat of the summer which can sometimes be well over 40°C (100°F)*** Discover the Sahara Immerse yourself in Morocco's vibrant culture & stunning landscapes with this 4 day tour! From Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou nestled into the High Atlas Mountains to Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes tucked away in Merzouga Desert, it is easy to experience some of the country's most breathtaking attractions on this 4 day excursion. Day 1: Marrakech – Ait ben Haddou – Dades/Tinghir (Depart 7-8am; Arrive 7-8pm) Driving Distance: 5 hrs 40 mins On day one you will make your way towards Ait Ben Haddou located in the High Atlas Mountains. This historical Kasbah, a Unesco World Heritage Site; both architecturally impressive & culturally significant. After lunch near the kasbah, you will continue to your accommodations for the night. Day 2: Dadès - Todra Gorges - Merzouga (Depart 8-9am; Arrive 5-7pm) Driving Distance: 4 hrs 45 mins On day two, we journey to the vibrant dunes of Merzouga! After visiting the Gorges and stopping for lunch we continue on to the desert. Then it's time to saddle up your camel at sunset and get ready for an unforgettable evening amongst vast undulating golden sand waves inside one of Morocco’s most spectacular deserts. Wrap up this magical night under star-filled skies beneath traditional style tents! Day 3: Merzouga Excursion: visit the Nomads of the Sahara Desert On day 3, experience a breathtaking sunrise atop the Erg Chebbi dunes. Then continue exploring the desert landscapes in a 4x4! Visit with local nomads & marvel at how they survive despite difficult conditions while herding across both desert sand & mountains alike! Afterwards, sip some tea as you relish in traditional Berber cuisine & Gnaoua music. End your journey with dinner & a campfire with Berber music under starry skies. Day 4: Merzouga - Ouarzazate - Marrakech (Depart 8-9am; Arrive 7-9pm) Driving Distance: 8 hours 30 minutes On day four, you'll say goodbye to the Sahara after breakfast & hop on a camel as you embark towards Merzouga. Traverse desert landscapes & on to some serious mountain sights over crossing The High Atlas. By nightfall you will be back to Marrakech. 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. Private Tour Includes: Licensed Guide in Ait Ben Haddou, optional alternative route on return

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Agadir

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 Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga with Lodging

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 Overnight Stay in a Berber Tent and Camel Ride

Merzouga Overnight Stay in a Berber Tent and Camel Ride

Depart Merzouga, Rissani or the oasis town of Erfoud and travel by 4WD vehicle to a traditional Kasbah at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes. Depending on your time of arrival, rest with a refreshing mint tea. Then, follow your guide into the desert and ride a camel across the sands. Trek across the magnificent landscape watching the sunset as you go. Arrive at the desert camp after a camel trek of approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, your camels will be tethered as you drink some more mint tea. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the desert wilderness, and then sit around a camp fire to hear the beat of the drums and the songs of the Berber nomads of southern Morocco. Wake early in the morning and walk over the sand dunes to watch the sunrise from just behind the Algerian border, about 50 kilometers from Merzouga. Ride your camel back to the hotel, where you can relax with a shower and enjoy breakfast. Drive back to the bus station or your hotel in Rissani or Merzouga for the end of the tour services. 

From Fez: Round-Trip Overnight Merzouga Desert Tour

From Fez: Round-Trip Overnight Merzouga Desert Tour

Day 1: Fez -Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz valley- Merzouga Pick up at 07.30 am from hotel/riad. Travel from Fez to the Merzouga desert. But; this is not an ordinary drive. We will stop along the way at a number of enjoyable destinations. Firstly, stop at Ifrane, the alpine-style townhome to ski slopes. Secondly, cedar forests are situated in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains to observe and feed the Barbary Monkey. After that, Moving to the popular pitstop of Midelt. ( break for lunch) Then, carrying on through the lush green Ziz Valley and making the last stop in Erfoud. Upon, arrival Merzouga, transfer to the hotel to store your luggage. The camels will be waiting for you for a camel trekking experience (around 45 min) to enjoy the sunset on camelback to nomad tents where you will have dinner under the starry sky with a Berber folklore show (overnight desert camp). Day 2: Merzouga-Rissani- Midelt -Ifrane – Mouzar- Fez Get up, early for the beckoning Erg Chebbi sunrise. Enjoy a camel trek back to the hotel/riad for breakfast and a shower. Before, back to Fez. We will Pass through Rissani, visiting Zawiya Moulay Ali Ash-Sharif, dramatic Ziz Valley. In addition to, Damn Hassan Adakhal. ( break for lunch), visit family who lives in the cave at Immouzar. Finally, at the end drop off. (your hotel/riad Fez).

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3.6
(47 reviews)

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!

Incredible experience! This trip is not just an excursion to desert is a journey through different villages, cultures and original traditions. Every day you will visit different spots with a local guide that will explain you everything! The trip with our driver and organizer Ibrahim Habibis was excellent, he take care of the necessity of everyone, he was funny and lively! The bus was new and comfortable! Thank you for the unique experience. Yalla Yalla!!

This was beyond the highlight of the trip. The driver was fantastic and you can tell he loves his country and showing others around. He was very helpful and kind. When our group was split up on the way back in different vehicles, he called us to make sure we made it safe and sound. The staff at the camp were very accommodating and friendly. We really enjoyed our stay!

We really liked the different activities, especially the camel ride. The hotel was very good with large rooms. The tent was top of the line! Only downside: the forcing of the camel driver at the end of the ride to sell us objects that we don't want. Thanks to our driver-guide Ralid for his good humor.

So many different experiences in the four days and we loved every moment.