Sahara Tour to Merzouga from Marrakech

Overview

Visit the Sahara on this desert tour to Merzouga from Marrakech.

Discover all the highlights on the way from Marrakech to the Sahara desert: the Tiz n’Tichka pass, Ait ben Haddou, Ourrzazate and the Dades Valley. Visit the Todgha Gorges and enjoy a camel trek in Merzouga, before making your way back to Marrakech via the Draa Valley and the High Atlas.

Why book this tour?

  • – Cross the highest pass (Tiz ‘n Tichka) of 2.260 m in Morocco!;
  • – Visit the impressive Dades valley and Todgha Gorges;
  • – Experience a camel ride and overnight in the famous Sahara dunes of Morocco;
  • – See the famous Draa valley and the Kasbah of Telouet;
  • – Choose your range of accommodations, from standard, comfort to deluxe;
  • – On the way back, we take an alternative and more interesting route via the Draa Valley that not a lot of travel agencies visit.

 

Customize

This trip can be customized to your preferences. We give you the exemplary itineraries of 3 or 4 days here, but this can be entirely adjusted to your needs. Whether you’d like standard or comfort accommodations, stopping in Dades, Skoura, Ouarzazate or Ait ben Haddou for the 1st night: just contact us for the possibilities and we will send you a detailed itinerary and quote!

Itinerary

3-Day Tour

Day 1 – Marrakech to Boumalne Dades

Pick up from the hotel in Marrakech. Drive via the highest pass in North Africa, Tiz n’Tichka, to reach the desert town of Ouarzazate. After lunch, we drive on via the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs to the Dades Valley, where you can relax by the hotel and make a walk through the oasis valley.

2* Hotel suggestion: Riad Dades 

3* Hotel suggestion: Chez Pierre

4-5* Hotel suggestion: Le Berbere Palace (Ouarzazate)

Day 2 – Boumalne Dades to Merzouga

Leave Boumalne Dades for Merzouga, at the edge of the Sahara. You will visit the Todgha Gorges on the way. In the afternoon, enjoy a camel ride in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, and sleep in a desert camp under the stars. Watch the sunset and enjoy dinner in the camp. Overnight in desert camp.

2* Camp suggestion: Hotel Yasmina Standard Desert Camp

3* Camp suggestion: Hotel Yasmina Comfort Desert Camp

4* Camp suggestion: Bivouac Chergui

Day 3 – Merzouga to Marrakech

Get back to the hotel in Merzouga where we meet our driver and start the journey back to Marrakech. We drive via Agdez and the Draa Valley to Ouarzazate, and on to Tiz n’Tichka and Marrakech, where we arrive in the early evening. 

4-Day Tour

Day 1 – Marrakech to Skoura / Boumalne Dades

Pick up from the hotel in Marrakech. Drive via the highest pass in North Africa, Tiz n’Tichka, to reach the desert town of Ouarzazate. After lunch, we drive on, to ‘the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs,one of the biggest concentrations of Kasbahs in Morocco, and the village of Skoura, where we can take a walk in the palm oasis and visit the Kasbah of Amridil. We stay the night here, or in Boumalne Dades, a little further along the route to the Sahara desert. 

2* Hotel suggestion: Riad Dades

3* Hotel suggestion: Chez Pierre (Dades) or L’Ma Lodge (Skoura)

4-5* Hotel suggestion: Dar Ahlam (Skoura)

Day 2 – Skoura to Merzouga

Leave Skoura for Merzouga. We drive via the Dades and Rose Valley, and will visit the Todgha Gorges on the way. In the late afternoon, enjoy a camel ride in the dunes of Erg Chebbi during sunset and enjoy dinner in the camp. Overnight in the desert camp (or in the hotel at the edge of the dunes if preferred).

2* Camp suggestion: Hotel Yasmina Standard Desert Camp

3* Camp suggestion: Hotel Yasmin Comfort Desert Camp

4* Camp suggestion: Bivouac Chergui

Day 3 – Merzouga to Ait ben Haddou

Get up early today as you can see the sun rise over the dunes in Merzouga, an unforgettable experience! We then head back to the hotel where we meet our driver, and we continue our journey back south-west via the Draa Valley to reach Ait ben Haddou. Enjoy a walk through this famous Ksar, and relax at your hotel. Overnight in Ait ben Haddou.

2* Hotel suggestion: Riad Maktoub

3* Hotel suggestion: Riad Caravane

4-5* Hotel suggestion: Le Berbere Palace (Ouarzazate)

Day 4 – Ait ben Haddou to Marrakech

Drive back to Marrakech via Telouet, the Kasbah of the infamous Pacha Thami el Glaoui. We will arrive in the end of the afternoon in Marrakech. Your guide and driver will drop you off at the hotel.

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Details

Inclusions:

  • – Private certified driver and air-conditioned transportation;
  • – Guided tour in Ait Ben Haddou; 
  • – 2 Overnights in standard accommodations (upgrade to comfort / deluxe accommodations possible);
  • – 1 Overnight in desert camp (tents) in the Sahara (upgrade to comfort / deluxe desert camp possible)
  • – Camel ride in Merzouga (approx. 1,5 hours);
  • – Breakfasts and dinners are included (excl. breakfast day 1);
  • – Pick up and drop off at the hotel in Marrakech.

Exclusions:

  • – Travel insurance;
  • – International flights;
  • – Additional meals and drinks not listed;
  • – Tipping and souvenirs.

Prices

3-DAY TOUR 4-DAY TOUR
GROUP SIZE 2-3 3.700 MAD / 350 EUR 4.900 MAD / 460 EUR
GROUP SIZE 4 3.100 MAD / 290 EUR 4.300 MAD / 400 EUR
5 Persons and Up 2.500 MAD / 235 EUR 3.700 MAD / 350 EUR
Terms and Conditions
  • – Prices are per person (in Moroccan Dirhams and Euros) and depend upon group size.
  • – We ask for a deposit of the total amount to confirm your booking, due via Paypal or bank transfer.
  • – The balance can be paid in cash upon arrival to your driver (preferred) or via bank transfer / Paypal one month prior to arrival.
  • – If balance is transfered via Paypal, we ask for a 4,4% Paypal fee on top of the remaining amount, due to the high fees Paypal charges us.

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