1. Morocco
  2. Marrakesh-Safi
  3. Ait Benhaddou
  4. Todra River

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

Product ID: 296860
Set off on a 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. Discover the real Moroccan Sahara Desert in all its sand dunes, oases, Kasbahs, and rocky landscapes. Spend one night in a hotel and one in a camp under the stars.
About this activity
Valid 3 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French

Pickup included

Pickup from any hotel/riad in Marrakech. Please arrive in the hotel lobby at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Drive across the curvy High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n'Tichka
  • Visit the UNESCO-preserved village of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou
  • Explore the sights of Dades Valley and Todra Gorge, and have some free time to walk along the Todra River
  • Enjoy a camel ride in Erg Chebbi with stunning views
  • Sleep under the stars at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi
Full description
• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley

Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades Gorges via the Tizi n'Tichka Atlas pass. Take in panoramic views across the mountains and traditional High Atlas Berber villages before arrival at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, where you'll visit Kasbah Taourirt and the Atlas Cinema Studios. Continue to Dades Gorges though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Gorges. 

• Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga 

After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, and you’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue to a hotel in Merzouga. After relaxing for a while, take enough luggage for one night with you on a camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Upon arrival at the camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes for sand boarding and to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara. 

• Day 3: Camel trek back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech 

Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Ride your camel back to Merzouga to have breakfast. Pick up the rest of your luggage and begin your journey back to Marrakech, this time traveling through different areas and Berber villages. Once in Ouarzazate, take the same road back to Marrakech, arriving in the evening.
Includes
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver-guide during the tour
  • 1 night at a hotel with dinner and breakfast
  • 1 night in the desert with dinner and breakfast
  • Camel trek
  • Free time to explore sites
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Local guides and entrance fees (if applicable)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• The drive on day 3 from Erg Chebbi to Marrakech is quite long; please be prepared
• If you wish to sand board in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, please ask at the hotel; if there are some available, you can take them with you into the desert
Customer reviews
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Exactly as advertised. You get to see several beautiful places and everything is coordinated quite well, but its alot of driving! Great value considering all that is included. Quality of food fluctuates depending on the day, but did have some good meals. If you are determined to see the a snip of the Atlas Mountain and the sandy parts of the Sahara this trip is worth it. Our main driver, Ali, was very kind and helpful and arranging pick-up/drop-off was easy.

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March 15, 2020

Desert Family Tour is the best solution for an amazing and exclusive adventure, you fill to be in a big family all time, i m Italian and with this experience i ve meet a lot of nice people, i shared the minivan with Chile and Mexico , the resort into the desert was very beautiful, dinner with berbers and dance berber music around a nice fire under the star. Was everything perfect i reccomand this group to visit Sahara desert and all the small city around Marocco. Thank you very much.

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February 15, 2020

We were lucky to be just 6 people and the guide (Larsen). The trip takes a while to the desert, but with the guide's concern we made several stops to drink tea, see the unbelievable views and to show us typical things, it didn't cost that much. We had a contact with Moroccan life as I never thought. In my opinion it was an experience for life and I would do it again as I did. Thanks to Larsen for being impeccable with us and for making this tour a remarkable thing for life.

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February 14, 2020

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Product ID: 296860