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From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Excursion

From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Excursion

Pass thorugh stunning valleys and the Atlas Mountains on this 2-day trip from Marrakech. Travel through the Draa valley to Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate. Stay overnight in a desert camp in Zagora, ride a camel in the Sarhara, and enjoy a delicious dinner and breakfast. Day 1: Depart early in the morning from Marrakech. Be stunned by the valleys and hills as you travel 7400 feet up in your air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive at the ksar (fortified city) of Ait Ben Haddou, which is located along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Capture pictures of the city of Ait Ben Haddou which has served as the backdrop for films such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Time Bandits”, “Kundun”, “The Mummy”, and many more. See why it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989. Stop to purchase lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to Ouarzazate which home to film studios and famous sandstone buildings and desert scenery. Cruise through the inspiring Anti Atlas Mountains (Tizi N Tnifift), as well as lush valleys of Agdz and the Draa valley. Arrive in Zagora and ride a well-trained camel through the desert as the sun sets over the sand. Stop at your campsite and tuck into a hearty dinner before sleeping like a local in an authentic Berber tent. Day 2: Wake up in the early morning to enjoy the sunrise before taking a fresh shower and eating some breakfast. Ride your camel back to Zagora where you will meet your driver. Travel back to Ouarzazate by car, though Draa valley and anti Atlas mountains. Stop in Ouarzazate for 40-minutes and have the opportunity to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt or the museum of cinema. Enjoy lunch in Ouarzazate and return to Marrakech where the tour concludes. Your arrival in Marrakech is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

From Marrakech: Zagora 2-Day Desert Safari with Food & Camp

From Marrakech: Zagora 2-Day Desert Safari with Food & Camp

Live the life of a Berber on a 2-day desert safari to Zagora and the Draa Valley from Marrakech. Experience the shifting sand dunes on the back of a camel, sleep under a canopy of stars, and follow in the footsteps of Hollywood royalty on a visit to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Day 1: Marrakech - Zagora Following an early morning pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, drive across the High Atlas Mountains en route to to take you on a scenic drive to the world heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou. Instantly recognizable as the setting of various Hollywood epics, it’s also a popular backdrop for photo shoots with international fashion magazines and agencies. Explore the Kasbah at leisure, with some free time for lunch, Continue to the oasis of Agdez, before driving through the date and palm trees of the Draa Valley. Marvel at the fortified Kasbahs along the way. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camel caravan and ride a camel over the sand dunes as you watch the sunset paint the desert sands. Then, transfer to your Sahara Desert camp just before dark. Settle into your private tent, and enjoy some free time to explore the surrounding desert scenery. Dinner will be served under the stars while your nomad hosts entertain you around a campfire with the beat of their tamtam drums. Day 2: Zagora - Marrakech Wake early to experience the magic of a desert sunrise (optional). Then, enjoy breakfast before climbing back into the saddle of your camel for the ride back to the main road. Here, your minibus will be waiting to take you back to Marrakech you will arrived around 6h pm.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Sahara Tour to Zagora & Ait Ben Haddou

From Marrakech: 2-Day Sahara Tour to Zagora & Ait Ben Haddou

Discover Ouarzazate and Zagora on this 2-day trip from Marrakech. Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou fortress and admire stunning views of the Atlas mountains. Ride camel through the Sahara during the sunset. Savor a local dinner and breakfast and stay overnight in a tent at the Zagora dunes.  Day 1: Begin with early-morning pickup from Marrakech. Travel through the dessert sandstone city of Ouarzazate. Stop at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the verdant Draa Valley, which is well-known for its amazing ksour and kasbah. Head to Zagora and make your way to the windswept dunes for a sunset camel ride. Make camp at a campsite in the Zagora dunes and enjoy a hearty dinner of local flavors. Day 2: Wake early morning for a typical Berber breakfast before watching the sunrise from the back of your camel in the dunes. Board the bus and take the road back to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Tour with Overnight Stay

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Desert Tour with Overnight Stay

Get ready for a two-day adventure from Marrakesh to Zagora and back! On Day One, you'll immerse yourself in centuries of history at the Unesco World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Then traverse across Draa Valley dotted with countless ksar (fortified tribal villages) and kasbahs – don't forget your camera! End the day watching an unforgettable sunset on camelback before feasting on dinner under starry skies in Zagora dunes. Wake up early for awe inspiring sunrise followed by breakfast, then take another ride as you return through Ouarzazate past captivating Atlas Mountains towards home sweet Marrakech. An unforgettable experience awaits - buckle up!! Accommodations (not included in TRANSPORTATION ONLY option): Caravane Du Sud Authentic Tizi Camp or similar (Standard) Caravane du Sud Luxury Camp or similar (Luxury) 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.

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

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.

Zagora Desert: 2-Day 1 night Desert Expedition to Remember"

Zagora Desert: 2-Day 1 night Desert Expedition to Remember"

Cross stunning valleys and the Atlas Mountains on this two-day tour 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 Sarhara, and enjoy a delicious dinner and breakfast. Day 1 : Marrakech - Kasbah ait ben haddou - Zagora We will Leave early morning Marrakech between 07 and 08 am. Let yourself be surprised by the valleys and 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 has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage site since 1989. Stop for lunch in restaurant in front of the kasbah. Drive to Ouarzazate, home to movie studios and famous sandstone buildings and desert landscapes. Take a cruise through the inspiring Anti-Atlas mountains (Tizi N Tnifift), as well as the lush valleys of Agdz and the Draa Valley. Arrive in Zagora and ride a well-trained camel through the desert as the sun sets on the sand. Stop at your campsite and enjoy a hearty dinner before sleeping like a local in an authentic Berber tent. Day 2 : Zagora - Ouarzazat - Marrakech. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise before taking a 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 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. Your arrival in Marrakech is scheduled at 18:00.

Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga and Sahara Desert Tour

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

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: 2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora & Ben Haddou

From Marrakech: 2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora & Ben Haddou

Embark on a 2-day journey from Marrakech to explore Ouarzazate and Zagora. Visit the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou fortress, marvel at the breathtaking views of the Atlas mountains, and enjoy a camel ride through the Sahara during sunset. Indulge in local dinners and breakfasts, spending the night in a tent amidst the Zagora dunes. Commence your adventure with an early-morning pickup from Marrakech. Traverse the desert city of Ouarzazate, pausing at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, for leisurely exploration. Progress through the lush Draa Valley, renowned for its remarkable ksour and kasbah. Reach Zagora and venture to the windswept dunes for a captivating camel ride at sunset. Set up camp in the Zagora dunes, relishing a flavorful local dinner. Rise early for a traditional Berber breakfast. Witness the sunrise from your camel's vantage point in the dunes. Board the bus for the return journey to Marrakech, traversing the scenic High Atlas Mountains.

From Marrakesh: 2-Day Desert Zagoura Tour

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.

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we are a group of 8 travelers and even though we are a big group, our guides were able to look after us perfectly. this desert experience is the highlight of our travel. on the road trip - Ibrahim made sure that we are comfortable during the trip, we stopped for breaks, tourist spots, and any scenic views for pictures. for our camel and desert experience - Muhammad, Ishmael and Hassan were the perfect guides. they were very informative, accommodating, and entertaining, they made our desert camping great! would really recommend doing this activity. tips - travel light for the camp, so you can enjoy the camel ride better. the scarf helps to protect you from the sand especially if its windy. wear comfortable footwear but you can walk by foot in the sand. bring a portable fan, it can get really warm inside the tent.

We were picked up by Mohammed from our pickup point, 300 meters from the riad where we are staying. Mohammed is an incredibly friendly driver and we enjoyed his presence during this trip. Lots of nice things to see along the way, and plenty of rest stops to eat or drink. The camel ride was fantastic and the sunset magical. The tent was great even though we didn't have an upgrade. Showers and toilets super clean and fantastic staff. Lovely people who want to help with everything. Unfortunately, we found the music far too short, about 45 minutes. The breakfast was good and the camel guide Mohammed is in our hearts. A beautiful man with a sweet expression on his face. shkran from Fryslân (The Netherlands) Jo and Henna

Beautiful scenery. Ait ben haddou village, very beautiful. On the other hand, the guide gave the impression of not taking French speakers into account (2 out of twenty). The stay in the desert was great, very good organization and magnificent landscape. All the staff took great care of us. Our driver was very friendly and careful. Recommended activity. The only downside is the kilometer distance which is felt on the way back.

We have spent 4 beautiful days on the tour with Atman. We couldn‘t imagine a better guide for us. He recognized our needs and individualized the tour for us. Most of the time we were alone with our guide just a few places felt touristic but it was never crowded or too much. It was just an amazing time and we would always recomend it for a authentic desert experience.

Such a great tour with amazing guides. The drive was long but the coffee breaks and attractions were spaced out perfectly and broke up the long journey. The camp was beautiful, clean, and comfortable and food was delicious!!