Group 3 Days Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

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Marrakech to Merzouga Tour Overview:

Join a 3-day group safari from Marrakech to Merzouga, which blends adventure with rich cultural experiences. You will cross the majestic High Atlas Mountains, explore the UNESCO-listed Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of the Dades Valley and the Tinghir Oasis. The highlight of your shared three-day Sahara desert trip is a sunset camel ride in Erg Chebbi, followed by a starlit night at an Erg Chebbi Sahara desert camp. This tour promises an unforgettable Moroccan experience with scenic drives and comfortable stays.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Days Tour Highlights:

  • Cross the spectacular High Atlas Mountains & the renowned Tizi N'tichka Pass.
  • Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Gaze over the panoramic views from Dades Canyons.
  • Discover the lush Tinghir oasis and the majestic Todra gorges.
  • Experience an unforgettable camel ride at Erg Chebbi during sunset.
  • Spend a unique night at a Sahara desert camp in Merzouga.

Itinerary of 3 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga:

  • Day 1 : Marrakech → Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou → Dades Valley (7-hour drive)

    • Morning Departure from Marrakech:
      • 07h30n AM start early from your hotel in Marrakech, heading towards the High Atlas Mountains.
      • Enjoy a scenic drive with multiple photo stops, ideal for capturing stunning landscapes.
      • Stop for a leisurely coffee break or maybe a Moroccan breakfast at a local café along the way.
    • Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou:
      • Arrive at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou around mid-morning.
      • Take a guided tour (optional) of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its use in various films.
      • Free time to explore the kasbah and its surroundings.
      • Lunch at a local restaurant offering traditional Moroccan cuisine.
    • Afternoon Journey to Dades Valley:
      • Post-lunch, embark on the drive to Dades Valley, passing through the beautiful town of Ouarzazate and the Skoura Oasis.
      • Drive past Kalaat M’Gouna, the Valley of Roses, known for its rosewater production.
      • Photo opportunities at various viewpoints showcasing the valley’s breathtaking landscapes.
    • Evening Arrival in Dades Valley:
      • Reach your hotel in Dades Valley by late afternoon.
      • Time to relax and freshen up.
      • Enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner at the hotel.
      • Overnight stay at the hotel in Dades Valley.

    Accomodation Details:
    Hotel le chateau

  • Day 2 : Dades Valley → Tinghir Oasis → Merzouga Desert (5-hour drive)

    • Breakfast and Departure from Dades Valley:
      • Start with a hearty breakfast at the hotel.
      • Depart for Tinghir Oasis, driving through the scenic Road of 1001 Kasbahs.
    • Exploration of Tinghir Oasis and Todgha Gorges:
      • Arrive at Tinghir Oasis and explore the lush palm groves.
      • Visit the Todgha Gorges, with an optional hike through the towering canyons.
      • Lunch at a local café in Todgha, offering spectacular views of the gorges.
    • Afternoon Drive to Merzouga:
      • Proceed towards Merzouga in the early afternoon, passing through the town of Rissani.
      • Drive past Rissani, famous for its date market.
      • Continue through the captivating rocky desert landscape to reach Merzouga.
    • Evening Camel Trek and Desert Camp:
      • On arrival at Merzouga, meet your camel caravan for the sunset trek.
      • Ride through the stunning dunes of Erg Chebbi to your desert camp.
      • Enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars.
      • Spend the night in the desert camp, with local nomads providing entertainment.

    Accomodation Details:
    Comfortable Camp
    Deluxe Camp

  • Day 3 : Merzouga → Ouarzazate → Marrakech (10-hour drive)

    • Sunrise Camel Trek and Breakfast:
      • Early morning camel trek to witness the sunrise over the dunes.
      • Return to the camp for a hearty breakfast and a chance to freshen up.
    • Morning Departure from Merzouga:
      • Depart from Merzouga and begin the journey back to Marrakech.
    • Afternoon lunch Stop and Visit to Ouarzazate:
      • Lunch at a local restaurant en route.
      • Short visit to Ouarzazate, known as the ‘Gateway to the Sahara.
    • Evening scenic Drive Back to Marrakech:
      • Continue the journey through the Atlas Mountains, with occasional stops for rest and photos.
      • Arrival in Marrakech in the evening, concluding the tour.

Marrakech to Meryouga Group Tour Price:

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


  • Pickup from Marrakech, travel in an A/C minibus (up to 17 passengers).
  • One night in Dades Valley with dinner and breakfast.
  • Sunset and sunrise camel treks in Erg Chebbi.
  • Night in a comfortable Sahara desert camp.
  • Breakfast, shower, and pool access at the Merzouga lodge.

Not included:

  • Beverages and lunches
  • Optional local guide in Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - €3 per person.
  • Personal expenses.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Tour Itinerary Map:

Map outlining the Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day desert tour route with stops at Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Dades, Tinghir, and Merzouga.

Know Before You Go:

  • Driving times exclude stops for sightseeing, meals, and photos.
  • This tour is ideal for easy going travelers seeking a communal travel experience; for a more exclusive option, consider our private tour
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 towels 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.
  • If you have any food allergies, please notify us upon booking your tour online.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Distance Between Marrakech and Merzouga?

The distance between Marrakech and Merzouga is approximately 560 kilometers. This extensive journey offers a scenic route through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains, descending into captivating ravines, and ultimately leading you to the majestic Sahara Desert. This route not only connects two iconic destinations in Morocco but also unfolds a journey filled with breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness.

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

Our budget shared Marrakech to Merzouga desert 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 each way.

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 a Trip to Merzouga Worthwhile?

Definitely! Merzouga stands out as a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Morocco. This enchanting location offers a surreal desert landscape that captivates every traveler. The highlight of a Merzouga visit is undoubtedly the unique experience of staying in a traditional Moroccan Sahara desert camp in the famous Erg Chebbi dunes. Here, you can immerse yourself in an otherworldly setting, making memories that will last a lifetime. From camel rides at sunset to star-gazing in the clear desert night, Merzouga promises an unforgettable adventure.

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, there will be an option of renting a quad bike in Erg Chebbi from the camp operator. 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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