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Shared 3 days Marrakech desert tour to Merzouga desert

MARRAKECH TO MERZOUGA DESERT TOUR

OVERVIEW

The group Shared 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour is our most popular Morocco desert tour. It departs every day from Marrakech. This desert safari is perfect for those who want to discover the deep Morocco Sahara desert and don’t mind long hours driving. The tour is rich in scenery; you will never be bored as you will be busy admiring one scene after another. The dramatic landscape change is amazing. From the fertile Haouz plains around Marrakech, to the High Atlas Mountains, then to various valleys and oases. At the end, rocky plateaus followed by the breath taking Erg Chebbi sand dunes. The highlight of our Marrakech to Merzouga 3-day tour is your sunset camel ride and the overnight sleep under the stars at your Bedouin Sahara desert camp.

Price per person : 89€Days of operation:DailyNumber of participants:17 Max

Here are the 3-day Sahara desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert highlights :

  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains with its pass of Tizi Ntichka
  • Walk to the world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Climb up to Dades canyons
  • Visit Todra gorges and Tinghir oasis
  • Ride a camel in Erg Chebbi to watch the colour-changing sunset
  • Spend the night at a Berber desert camp at the Sahara desert

This is the itinerary of the most popular 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip :


  • Day 1 :
    Marrakech – Atlas Mountains – Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou – Dades Valley
    (06H00 DRIVE)

    Your budget shared 3 days desert trip 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. A few stops will be made 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 you reach Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, the first major stop today for sighseeing. The Berber fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO listed landmark and is also known a set for major Hollywood epics, just to name a few movies that used the village for shooting: Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. Cross the river separating the Kasbah from the main road and explore the village at leisure. Should you wish to hire a local guide, they are available onsite.
    After lunch at leisure at one of the local cafes, continue to to Dades valley driving past Ouarzazate, Skoura Oasis, Klaa Mgouna, the capital of the valley of the roses, and famous for its rose water artisanal distillation factories.
    Upon arrival at Boumalne Dades, Follow Dades River on a tiny road passing by different fortified Kasbahs located on the side of the road to Dades Canyons. You will arrive to your hotel late in the afternoon.
    Dinner and overnight at your Dades hotel.

    Accomodation details:

  • Day 2 :
    Dades Valley – Tinghir – Merzouga – Sahara Desert
    (4H00 DRIVE)

    After breakfast at your hotel in Dades Valley, our journey today will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahs to the oasis of Tighir, 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 to Rissani, famous for its dates market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou. 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 sand dunes with the sunset in 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, you local nomad hosts will be entertaining you with their drums.

    Accomodation details:

  • Day 3 :
    Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
    (9H00 DRIVE)

    After an early sunrise camel trek through Erg Chebbi dunes, arrive at the 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 budget shared 3 days desert tour will end in Marrakech at about 19h00.


    Should you wish to stay at a private tent, there is a supplement of 10,00 euros per person.
    Know Before you go
    • - Please note the above driving times do not include time for sightseeing, lunches, drinks, and photos
    • - This tour is perfect for easy-going travellers with limited expectations. Otherwise a private tour would suit you much better
    • - Your luggage is welcome on this Marrakech to Merzouga trip. It will be safely stored at the van while camping in the desert
    • - Please make sure you prepare a small backpack / rucksack for the camel ride and overnight in the camp
    • - Please bring your own bathroom condiments and towel for the 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 sand boarding in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, there are a few sand boards in the lodge to take with you to the camp. Just ask for it and if available, you will be given one

    Included
    • 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
    • Sand boarding
    • 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 Hadou - €3 per person
    • Personal expenses

    Marrakech to Merzouga distance is 560 Km. However, it will be split in two on the in with a night in Dades Valley. On the way back, you will spend the day driving to Marrakech.

    No it is not, if you wish to guarantee a private room, an extra upgrade fee of 10 Euros per person will apply at the time of booking. Also your private room will be air conditioned. Shared rooms are not.

    Yes they are. Your room in Dades Valley hotel will have private ensuite bathrooms.

    No it is not. If you wish to have a private tent, an extra upgrade fee of 10 Euros per person will apply at the time of booking. If not, you will have a quadruple room ( with same sex guests )

    It is roughly 1 hour for sunset and an other hour for sunrise the following day. Time depends on season, Day light saving time, and sunset / sunrise time.

    You can. a 4x4 will be offered to transfer you from Merzouga lodge to Erg Chebbi desert camp for an extra fee of 30 Euros ( Return transfer )

    No, Showers are available the following day at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga

    yes please, along with your shoer condiments

    The tour price is fixed no matter how many people join the tour.

    No there is not. Your shared 3 days desert tour to Merzouga is guaranteed to depart no matter how many people are signed in.

    You won't have time to experience a quad biking activity in Erg Chebbi on a shared tour. You will arrive just in time for sunset, and depart in the morning just after breakfast.

    There will be a few sand boards available at the camp operator's lodge to use at leisure ( Availability not guaranteed ). You can ask for one to take to the camp with you. They are free of charge