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Marrakech desert tours 3 days



The 3 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga has been our best seller for years. It is the best desert trip from Marrakech that will allow you discover the real Morocco Sahara desert with its sand dunes, oases, Kasbahs and rocky desert at ease, enjoy a camel trekking activity in sand dunes and an overnight sleep in your Sahara desert camp in the middle of nowhere!

Marrakech to Merzouga 3 day desert tour highlights

  • 1. Drive across the curvy High Atlas Mountains & Tizi Ntichka
  • 2. Visit the UNESCO preserved village of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou
  • 3. Walk along the stream in Todgha oasis to the majestic gorges
  • 4. Enjoy a camel ride in Erg Chebbi with sunset & sunrise stunning views
  • 5. Sleep under the stars at your Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi
  • 6. End your 3 days Merzouga desert tour with a journey back to Marrakech

3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert Tour itinerary

Day 1:

Marrakech Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou Boumalne Dades

(06H00 DRIVE)

Your 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour will start at around 07h30 in the morning from your riad or hotel.
We will start our 3 day Morocco desert tour with a drive to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou through Tizi Ntichka pass and the High Atlas Mountains. Numerous stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters.
We continue to Ouarzazate for lunch ( At leisure ). In the afternoon, we drive to the oasis of Skoura, known for its Kasbah of Amridil, which is worth a visit.
From here we continue our journey via the Valley of the Roses and the village of Kalaa Mgouna, famous for its Damascus rose destination factories and fortified adobe Berber settlements called ‘’Ksours’’ before we reach our boutique guesthouse located in Dades Valley.
Dinner and overnight

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Day 2:

Boumalne Dades Tinghir Merzouga

(04H00 DRIVE)

After breakfast, drive through the 1001 Kasbahs road to Tinghir where you can enjoy a walk along Todgha River Banks visiting Berber Villages and Ksours to end up in the impressive landscapes of huge cliffs of Todgha gorges.
Treat yourself to a delicious Berber lunch at leisure in the Gorges before you continue to Merzouga.
Upon arrival at Erg Chebbi, meet your camel caravan where the road ends to ride your camel and drive over the colour changing sand dunes to watch one of the most dramatic sunsets ever.
Drive back to your Sahara desert camp where a well deserved Moroccan dinner will be served under the stars next to the camp fire while entertained by the local nomads playing their drums, and the near by dunes expose a great display of shooting stars and crystal clear constellations.
Overnight at your Sahara desert camp.

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Day 3:

Merzouga Ouarzazate Marrakech

(9H00 DRIVE)

Today, get ready for an early sunrise camel ride before you meet your guide.
Drive back to Marrakech through the Volcanic landscapes of the Anti Atlas Mountains to the village of Nkob, Ouarzazate (where we will stop for lunch) and Tizi Ntichka pass.
Your 3 days desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga will end at your hotel or riad.

    Know Before you go
    • - Tour price per person depends on how many participants there are in your party
    • - Driving times above do not include stops for sightseeing, photos, lunch and cafe
    • - Day 3 driving back from Erg Chebbi to Marrakech is pretty long. Please be prepared for it
    • - A 4x4 can seat up to 4 adult passengers comfortably if there are 5 participants and up, a van will be used for your tour
    • - Local guides and entrance fees ( if any ) are not included. You pay for those directly to the suppliers
    • - Pick up time for your desert tour can be flexible. Between 07h30 and 08h00 AM is highly recommended.
    • - 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

    • A/C modern 4×4 or van driven by an English speaking river /guide.
    • Pick up from your Marrakaech hotel / Riad.
    • First night at Auberge Panorama or Hotel Babylon (Private A/C ensuite room) with dinner & breakfast.
    • Sunset camel rides in Erg Chebbi.
    • Overnight at a Sahara desert camp located at the edge of Erg Chebbi ( Private tent ) with shared bathrooms – Showers available in the morning at the camp operator’s lodge – Dinner and breakfast are included.
    • Upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite tent available upon booking your desert tour ( €70 per person )
    • Drop off at your Marrakech hotel or the closest accessible location to your riad if not car accessible.
    Not Included
    • Beverages
    • Entrance fees if any
    • local guides if any

    Price per person

    Number of Participants2345678-1011-1314-17
    Price per person295€225€185€165€155€149€145€125€119€

    The distance between Marrakech and Merzouga / Erg Chebbi is 560 Km

    In the comfortable desert camp ( already included in the tour price ), toilets are shared. Showers are available at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga the following morning. Luxury camp bathrooms are private inside your tent.

    It is roughly 1 hour for sunset camel ride from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi dunes camp and an other hour for sunrise camel trek the following day. Time depends on season, Day light saving time, and sunset / sunrise time.

    If you choose the comfortable desert camp, yes please, bring your own towels and shower condiments. Towels and shower condiments in the luxury camp are available in your tent.

    Yes you can. A separate 4x4 can take you to the desert camp with an extra fee of 30 Euros ( Return transfer ) If you choose to upgrade to the luxury desert camp, a 4x4 return transfer will be offered with no extra fee.

    Yes you can. Your guide will assist you with that, and you directly pay the supplier in Merzouga. They charge 50 Euros per quad bike per hour.

    Yes, in public areas ( Restaurant )

    Yes, sand boards are available at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga at leisure. You can take a set with you to the desert camp. Sand boards are available at leisure at the luxury desert camp as well.

    No, Showers are available the following day at the camp operator's lodge in Merzouga. If you choose to upgrade to the luxury camp, your tent will have an ensuite bathroom with hot showers.

    Unfortunately, that is not possible. Our private desert tours are solely reserved for the party booking one. The price per person depends on how many participants in your private party. We also offer shared 3 days desert tour that you can join if you wish.