3-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour

(1279 Reviews)

Shared 3 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour:

Join our Group 3-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour departing daily from Marrakech, and embark on a captivating journey through Morocco’s diverse Saharan landscapes. From the lush Haouz plains to the rugged High Atlas Mountains, winding valleys, and enchanting oases, the scenery will leave you spellbound. Culminating with the majestic Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the highlight of your adventure awaits at sunset – a camel ride through the dunes followed by an unforgettable night under the stars in a traditional Merzouga desert camp. Don’t miss this chance to experience the magic of the Moroccan Sahara Desert in just three days!


  • Pick up from your Marrakech riad / hotel on the tour day (or the closest accessible point to your riad).
  • A/C modern minibus driven by an English / French speaking driver / guide ( Maximum of 17 passengers ).
  • First night in Dades Valley hotel including dinner and breakfast.
  • Sunrise camel ride in Erg chebbi.
  • Comfortable tent at a our Sahara desert camp.
  • Sandboarding.
  • Sunrise camel ride in Erg Chebbi.
  • Breakfast, shower and swimming pool at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga.

Not included:

  • Beverages.
  • Lunches on the way.
  • Optional local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - €3 per person.
  • Personal expenses.

3 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour Highlights:

  • Explore Morocco's beauty by driving through the stunning High Atlas Mountains
  • Immerse yourself in the world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views from atop the Dades Canyons
  • Explore the majestic Todra gorges and the lush green Tinghir oasis
  • Enjoy a thrilling camel ride in Erg Chebbi for a breathtaking sunset view
  • Experience a unique night at a Berber desert camp in Merzouga dunes

Itinerary of the Group 3 Days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga:

Day 1: Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley

Your 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning with a drive east of Marrakech past small suburban towns to the High Atlas Mountains. You will make a few stops to take photos, enjoy the scenery, stretch your legs and drink a cup of coffee.
Drive uphill on curvy roads to the famous Tizi Ntichka pass before reaching Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the first major stop today for sightseeing. The Berber fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO-listed landmark known as a set for major Hollywood epics. To name a few movies that used the village for shooting: the Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. Cross the river separating the Kasbah from the main road and leisurely explore the village. Should you wish to hire a local guide, they are available onsite.
After lunch at leisure at one of the local cafes, continue to Dades valley, driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, and Klaa Mgouna, the capital of the valley of the roses and famous for its rosewater artisanal distillation factories.
Upon arrival at Boumalne Dades, Follow Dades River on a tiny road passing by different fortified Kasbahs on the side of the road to Dades Canyons. You will arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at your Dades hotel.

Accomodation Details:

Hotel le chateau

Day 2: Dades Valley - Tinghir Oasis - Merzouga Desert

After breakfast at your hotel in Dades Valley, your day will start with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to the oasis of Tinghir, where we will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todgha, where you will stop for a walk in the oasis under the shade of palm trees and continue to Todgha Gorges.
After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge cliffs and lunch at a local café (At leisure), we continue early in the afternoon to Rissani, famous for its dates market and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tombouctou. After a quick stop, we will continue to Merzouga, driving through some rocky desert landscape.
Upon arrival at Palais Des dunes lodge, feel free to take a swim at their freshening pool before getting ready for your sunset desert trek to the camp.
Meet our camel caravan, and ride your camels through the amazing color-changing dunes with the sunset on the horizon as a backdrop. We reach our Sahara desert camp before darkness.
After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to the campfire. Late at night, your local nomad hosts will be entertaining you with their drums.

Accomodation Details:

Comfortable Camp
Deluxe Camp

Day 3: Merzouga - Oouarzazate - Marrakech

After an early sunrise camel trek through Erg Chebbi dunes, arrive at the desert camp operator’s lodge for breakfast, shower, and maybe a quick swim at the lodge pool if time permits.
Meet your driver and vehicle and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, we carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.
Your 3-day Merzouga desert tour will end in Marrakech at about 19h00.

3 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour price:

Price per person: Days of operation: Number of participants:
95 € Daily 17 Max


Shared Marrakech to Merzouga 3 days desert tour itinerary map

Know Before You Go:

  • Please note the above driving times do not include time for sightseeing, lunches, drinks, and photos.
  • This 3-Day Merzouga Tour from Marrakech is perfect for easy-going travelers with limited expectations. Otherwise, a private 3-day desert tour from Marrakech would suit you better.
  • Your luggage is welcome on this Marrakech to Merzouga trip. It will be safely stored in the van while camping in the desert.
  • Please prepare a small backpack or rucksack for the camel ride and overnight in the camp.
  • Please bring your bathroom condiments and towel for the Merzouga Sahara desert camp.
  • Warm blankets are supplied during the winter. However, warm sleeping clothes are necessary as temperatures can reach 0°C.
  • Hat, sunglasses, good walking shoes, and wet napping are of good use during this tour.
  • Please wear jeans, trousers, or long shorts for the camel ride to have a comfortable trek in Erg Chebbi dunes.
  • If you wish to experience sandboarding in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, there are a few sandboards in the lodge to take with you to the camp. Just ask for it; if available, you will be given one.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How far is Merzouga from Marrakech?

The journey from Marrakech to Merzouga is a long one, at over 560 kilometers. The route takes travelers through the majestic High Atlas mountains and then down into deep ravines. Finally, the path leads to the Sahara Desert.

Is your shared Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour price fixed or it depends on how many join the tour?

Our Marrakech to Merzouga tour price is always fixed, so you don’t have to worry about the price going up if fewer people join the tour.

Is the first night hotel in Dades Valley private on your shared 3 days desert tour?

The first night hotel in Dades Valley is private. If you wish to upgrade to an air-conditioned room, there is an upgrade fee of 10 Euros per person.

Is the desert camp tent in Erg Chebbi private for your shared 3 days tour to Merzouga?

Yes, the desert camp tent in Erg Chebbi is private for your shared 3 days tour. You will have a private tent with proper bedding, so you can enjoy your stay in the desert.

How long is the camel ride in Erg Chebbi last on your group 3-day tour to Merzouga?

The camel ride in Erg Chebbi is an amazing experience that will last approximately 1 hour for sunset and another hour for sunrise the following day. So the total time depends on the season, Daylight saving time, and sunset/sunrise time. This is an experience you won’t want to miss!

What if we don't want to take the camel ride in Erg Chebbi?

If you’re not interested in camel riding in Erg Chebbi, that’s no problem. You can arrange to be transferred from the lodge in Merzouga to the desert camp in a 4×4 for an additional fee of 30 Euros.

Are there showers in Merzouga Sahara desert camp?

No, but you can shower the following day at the camp operator’s lodge in Merzouga.

Is Merzouga worth visiting?

Absolutely! Merzouga is a magical place that should be on everyone’s travel list. The desert landscape is otherworldly and the experience of staying in a Moroccan Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi is unforgettable.

Is there a minimum number of participants required for your 3 days shared Marrakech to Merzouga tour?

Our shared Marrakech desert tours run daily, so you don’t have to worry about whether there will be enough people signed up.

Can we rent quad bikes in Merzouga during our shared 3 days desert tour?

Yes, you can experience an hour quad biking experience in Erg Chebbi dunes. However, it will be in the morning after your night’s stay in the camp. You will ride your quad bikes from your desert camp to the camp operator’s lodge for 50 Euros an hour through Erg Chebbi dunes instead of riding camels.

Is sandboarding included in your shared Marrakech desert tours?

Our shared Marrakech desert tours definitely include sandboarding! There will be a few sand boards available at your desert camp in Erg Chebbi to try upon arrival after sunset or early in the morning. They are free of charge, so don’t hesitate to give it a go!

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Ethan M.

Couple Traveller

This is absolutely the ultimate 3-day tour you should go for! Merzouga was mind-blowing, and both Toudra and Dades were equally breathtaking. Their planning and arrangements were top-notch, and let’s talk about the most awesome driver to journey with – Brahim. He’s not only an excellent driver but also an incredibly friendly person. We’re definitely planning to return very soon. Big thanks to Brahim – we’ll be seeing you again as soon as possible!

August 30, 2023

Isaiah R.

Group Traveller

The entire tour was absolutely fantastic from the beginning to the end. Our tour guide, Hamid, was truly exceptional – incredibly friendly, filled with knowledge, and always up for a good chat. The places we stayed at during the tour were all amazing, with the first location standing out as particularly impressive. The meals we enjoyed at each stop were consistently of good quality, even though they were somewhat similar. While the journey involved quite a bit of travel, going for a shorter trip would have felt too hurried. So, we’re really pleased that we went for the longer tour – it was just right. Highly recommend this tour to anyone!

August 26, 2023

Ivan B.

Group Traveller

I had an amazing time during this trip, soaking in all the stunning sights and wonderful moments! Hassan was my guide, and he was fantastic – always friendly, kind, and easy to talk to. The journey to the destination was quite lengthy, but we made several stops along the way to delve into Berber culture and admire breathtaking landscapes like Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Todgha Canyons and Dades Valley. Spending the night in Merzouga desert, dancing around the campfire, and riding camels across Erg Chebbi dunes were unforgettable moments that I’ll cherish dearly. A big thank you for such a memorable experience!

August 24, 2023

Imogen L.

Group Traveller

I want to express my gratitude to Hamid, our driver, who looked after us throughout the entire three-day journey from Marrakech to Merzouga. The trip itself is truly delightful and something you shouldn’t miss out on, especially if you have some time after exploring the Medina, palaces, souks, and gardens. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re planning to spend around 5-7 days in Morocco.

August 23, 2023

Isabella K.

Group Traveller

The three-day journey with ‘Marrakech Desert Trips’ to the Merzouga desert was absolutely fantastic. The travel to and from the desert, along with the desert experience itself, was truly awe-inspiring. The landscapes were breathtaking, and a huge thanks to our bus driver, Mohamed!!! He made the trip even more enjoyable with his engaging conversations and insightful information about Morocco and the Berber culture.

August 20, 2023
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