The Marrakech desert tour 3 Days itinerary to Merzouga will start from your accommodation in Marrakech, there are many things you will enjoy exploring and many activities to do. To start with, the first day will be a visit to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, and Dades gorges. Then, we will travel further south to Merzouga. There, you will experience the most amazing camel ride and camping as Berber nomads. The last day will be mostly driving, and it is back to Marrakech.
Marrakech desert tour 3 days
Day 1: Marrakech – the High Atlas Mountains – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Valley:
On the first day of our Marrakech 3 days itinerary desert tour to Merzouga, we will pick you up at 08 am from your Riad or any point of your choice. Then, we drive crossing the Tizi N Tichka pass of the High Atlas Mountains(2260m) enjoying the mountainous road and the spectacular Berber villages. After that, we will reach the UNESCO world heritage site “Ait Benhaddou village”, the fortified ksar with its beautiful Kasbahs. Also, Ait Benhaddou has served as a natural scenery for many movie producers.
There, you will go on a walk with a local guide crossing the river to the other side to discover. Moreover, the Ksar and climb to the top of the hill through the alleys of Ait-ben-Haddou, which is like rambling through the middle ages for an amazing view of the fertile Ounila river valley, surrounded by desert landscapes, and with the snow-capped Atlas mountains as a background, the view from the top seems to encompass the whole world.
After lunch, we will continue our Marrakech to Merzouga in 3 days to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate and Skoura. Also, the long valley of roses (the seasons of roses is in late May). After that, upon arrival to Boumalne Dades, we will deviate into a secondary road heading up through Dades gorges. From here, we will enjoy beautiful Rock formations (Called the monkey fingers) and fortified Kasbahs scenery along the Dades river, with the sunset as a backdrop. Next, after a stop at the canyons for a drink or to admire the majestic scenery, we continue to our hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Erfoud – Risani – Merzouga desert:
On the second day of our Marrakech desert tour 3 days, we continue after a traditional Breakfast, taking the road of 1000 kasbahs to drive around the colorful Berber villages of the Dades valley. To get to Tineghir A beautiful valley of 15 km of palm trees, ending with spectacular Gorges, often used for rock climbing. The road to the Gorge of Todgha passes green palm and Berber villages, where we go on a trek along the canyons of about 300m high.
After that, we will continue to Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Sahara Desert and you will have time for lunch in Tinjdad or Touroug, depending on your hunger-meter. Then, once you arrive at the dunes of Erg Chebbi, you will take a camel ride for 1 hour. While watching the sunset, to get to the camp in the oasis. There, you will be spending the night in the camp at Merzouga Sahara dunes under nomad tents, then you will enjoy shooting stars, and play the drums with the camp staff and cameleers around the fire.
Day 3: Merzouga – Alnif – Tazarine – Agdez – Taourirt Kasbah -back to Marrakech:
On the third day of our Marrakech desert tour 3 days, an early morning wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the highest dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga one of the best moments of the desert. after that, you will ride the camels back to the hotel at the foothills of Erg Chebbi dunes where you will have a typical breakfast in the hotel followed by a refreshing shower to dust off the sand. Next, we will drive back to Marrakech through Alnif, Tazarine, Draa valley, Agdez, and Ouarzazate.
In Ouarzazate, we will have free time for lunch and a photo stop in front of the famous Taourirt Kasbah. Afterward, we will continue to Marrakech, where your Merzouga desert experience ends. Thereafter, we will be crossing again the Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages between Ouarzazate and Marrakech. Eventually, we will drop you off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
This is what is included in the 3 days Marrakech desert tour:
- An air-conditioned 4×4 or Minivan, depending on the number of the group
- English/French/Spanish speaking driver during the tour
- Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
- Overnight in Dades gorges in a traditional Hotel. Possibility to upgrade
- Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with the guide (Private tents). Possibility to upgrade to luxury camp wit en-suite bathrooms
- Dinner and breakfast are daily included
- Free time to explore sites such as Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,…Etc
- Local guide in Ait Ben Haddou
- Absolutely Shopping free tour
This is what is not included in the 3 days Marrakech desert tour:
- Entrance fees to the monuments
We have customized another tour starting from Marrakech also in 3 days across the Merzouga desert. However, the end of the itinerary is in Fes instead. If you are interested please click here