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From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

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27 reviews

Activity provider: Desert Family Tour

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

Activity provider: Desert Family Tour
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From US$ 173.27 per person

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

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Valid 3 days
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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.
Small group
Limited to 17 participants

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
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Local guides and entrance fees (if applicable)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present their passport, proof of full vaccination, and a negative Covid-19 PCR taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts. All participants between 6-11 years old must present either proof of full vaccination proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.

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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

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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Great time! Great discoveries! Visit of the city of Ait ben Hadoud with the discovery of its history, many stops for beautiful photo spots. Pleasant and very pretty riad. Be careful, many hours of driving over 3 days and roads that are not always comfortable. But the final objective Merzouga, dessert of the Sahara is well worth it. Sunset and sunrise over the dunes, camel rides, possibility of quad biking. A night in a tent in the dessert that really changes from the ordinary. Thank you to our guides for this great experience.

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November 16, 2021

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

Truly unforgettable experience. It is difficult to express all the sensations of these three days. Morocco is a beautiful country and our guide introduced us to many aspects of it. The excursion in the desert, the sunrise and sunset on the dunes, the Berber music under the starry sky ... wonderful experiences that remain in the heart. We have seen many places that have given us an idea, even if brief, of this people who, despite the difficulties, always have a smile on their faces. Special thanks to our guide Larsen

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March 4, 2020

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