We will visit Ait Benhaddou and film studios in Ouarzazate
We enjoy Atlas mountains while passing Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass
We explore Dades and Todgha gorges with optional trekking (if time allows)
We will enjoy camel trek in desert
We experience Sahara desert in Merzouga
We will visit Erfoud and Rissani
PROGRAM 8 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO MERZOUGA DESERT
DAY 1 : ARRIVE TO MARRAKECH TRANSFER TO YOUR RIAD :
DAY 2 : MARRAKECH SIGHTSEEING.
After breakfast we’ll explore Marrakech - “the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure you see the most important historical and cultural sites, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian tombs, and the Bahia Palace. After lunch at a restaurant near the square we’ll take a walk through the souks and the rest of the day will be at your leisure.
DAY 3 : MARRAKECH - AIT BENHADDOU KASBAH - OUARZAZATE - DADES VALLEY
After breakfast in your riad we will set off for the Dades Valley. Passing through Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains we will visit the UNESCO World heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou which has been the backdrop for many films including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Alexander. After lunch we’ll enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes and historical monuments of Taourirt Kasbah in Ourzazate and the Roses valley, famous for its annual Festival of Roses. We’ll also pass through the Berber villages of El Kelaa des M'Gouna to arrive to Dades Valley where we will spend the night in a traditional Moroccan house with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 4 : DADES VALLEY - TODGHA GORGES - MERZOUGA
Today's target point is arriving to Merzouga which is known for the highest sand dunes in North Africa . It is called Erg Chebbi Sahara desert and it is about 32 km long and 9 km wide . On our way, we will have the chance to see many oases such as the oasis of Tinjdad. We will continue our tour passing through the little Berber towns of Mellab and Touroug where we can stop for lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant . After this break, we will continue our way enjoying the green oasis of palm trees of Tafilalet and the black Hamada before arriving to Merzouga, where you will be accommodated in a traditional Moroccan riad as well as having a local dinner .
DAY 5 : MERZOUGA -ERG CHEBBI AND CAMEL TREKKING :
After breakfast in the riad you’ll start your explorative journey of the area, starting by visiting the ‘village of the blacks’, originally slaves from Sudan, Mali and Senegal to experience their music and lifestyle. Later , we will drive in the desert area to meet nomad families-living under Berber tents- to explore their way of life . Today our lunch will be a traditional Berber meal (Berber pizza) with a local family. You will have the option also to visit the old city of Rissani - the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty - the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Rissani is surrounded by about 360 ksar (a fortified village with many towers) and has a big souk (an open market), held three times a week. Once called Sijilmassa, this was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Tombouctou in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, selling spices, vegetables and cloths . After that we Drive back to the village of Merzouga. In the afternoon, you will ride your camel, guided by an experienced camel-man to explore what is hidden in the middle of the highest sand dunes in morocco. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min to the camp where you will enjoy the sunset and watching stars . Dinner will be served in front of the tent where you will spend the night.
DAY 6 : MERZOUGA - DRAA VALLEY - OUARZAZATE.
Before sunrise, you will be woken up to climb the sand dunes for fantastic photo opportunities, and watch what well may be the best sunrise in your life. We will then make our way back to the riad for showers and breakfast before we continue our journey to Ouarzazate, passing through Alnif, Tazzarine, Nkob, and the fantastic Draa Valley. We will spend the night in a guest house in Ouarzazate with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 7 : OUARZAZATE - HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAIN - MARRAKECH.
After breakfast, we will set off for Marrakech, passing through the spectacular High Atlas mountains again and we will then drop you off at your riad.
DAY 8 : TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
INCLUDED 8 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT
Experienced English speaking driver / guide
Transport in comfortable air conditioned 4x4 vehicle
Pick up and drop off from your hotel
Tips and what's not mentioned
Plane ticket to and from Morocco
Drinks and lunches
1 Night in the Sahara desert dunes with dinner and breakfast
Accommodation in hotel / riad / desert camp in desert tents
Camel trek to reach the desert camp (1 camel per person)
Morocco Tours 4x4 offers affordable private tours from Marrakech that do not compromise on quality service, reliable transport or comfortable accommodation. We do not provide ‘cheap’ tours but we can provide affordable tour from Marrakech for individuals, couples and small or large groups. We have designed our tours for the mid-level budget traveller but can modify some options for those with a limited budget or for those seeking a more luxurious experience.
Let us know what you are looking for and we will be happy to design a tour that best fits your budget and travel style. Your private tour from Marrakech includes travel in an air-conditioned four wheel drive, the services of an English speaking local driver, accommodation and breakfasts and most of dinners. Lunches, drinks and other extras such as entrance fees or tips are not included.
Bookings for tour from Marrakech are confirmed on receipt of a 25 % deposit. At your request, we will send an invoice with payment details for your requested tour from Marrakech.
Deposits can be paid via direct bank transfer or western union . Receipts will be issued on receipt of the deposit. The balance can be paid in cash (Euro or Dollars or Moroccan Dirham) to the driver on commencement of the tour.
You can pay the balance by credit card or direct bank transfer but this will incur a 4% fee.
Please refer to information about tipping when considering the total cost of your tour from Marrakech.