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3 Days From Marrakech to Merzouga

  • 2 Days
  • Pickup: Marrakech
  • Destination : Erg Chebbi
From Bustling Souks to Desert Bliss:

A 3-Day Journey from Marrakech to Merzouga

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, as we take you on a 3-day journey from the vibrant city of Marrakech to the tranquil oasis of Merzouga. From bustling souks to the breathtaking beauty of the Sahara Desert, this itinerary is designed to immerse you in the rich culture and awe-inspiring sights of this North African gem.

As you wander through the maze-like streets of Marrakech, you’ll be captivated by the vibrant colors, intoxicating scents, and lively atmosphere of the city’s souks. Indulge in traditional Moroccan cuisine, haggle for treasures in the market, and marvel at the architectural wonders of the medina.

As the journey continues, you’ll venture into the desert, where endless stretches of golden sand dunes await. Experience the thrill of an exhilarating camel trek, witness the mesmerizing sunset over the desert, and spend a night under the star-studded sky in a traditional Berber camp. This is a journey that will ignite your senses, awaken your spirit of adventure, and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location

Marrakech – Erg Chebbi Sand dunes

Departure Time

8 am

Price Includes

  • Air-conditioned & Comfortable vehicle 4x4/ van
  • Tour Guide
  • Overnight in Luxury Kasbah at the Dades Valley with dinner & Breakfast
  • Camel Trekking ( Camel for each)
  • Overnight in a Private tent at the Luxury Nomadic Desert Camp
  • Camp fire show + Dinner & Breakfast
  • Kasbah Ait Benhaddou Entrance fee + Local guide

Price Excludes

  • Tipping
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Lunches

Essential items to pack for the trip

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or scarf to protect yourself from the sun
  • Light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings
  • Travel adapter for electronic devices
  • Medications and necessary toiletries
What to Expect

Embark on a thrilling 3-day journey from Marrakech to Merzouga and prepare for an unforgettable desert adventure. Here’s what you can expect and some of the highlights along the way:

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou.
  • Drive through the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.
  • Experience the majestic Todra Gorges.
  • Take a sunset camel trek across the mesmerizing dunes of Erg Chebbi.
  • Spend a night in a Luxury Berber desert camp under the starlit sky.
  • Witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Sahara Desert.

Day 1Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Ait Benhaddou - Rose Valley - Dades Valley

Your journey begins in the bustling city of Marrakech, where you’ll be greeted by the vibrant colors, intoxicating scents, and lively atmosphere of the city’s souks. Lose yourself in the maze-like streets, haggle for treasures in the market, and indulge in the flavors of traditional Moroccan cuisine. As you leave the city behind, you’ll venture into the majestic Atlas Mountains, where snow-capped peaks and picturesque villages await.

Next stop, Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a true gem of Moroccan architecture. Explore the ancient fortress, wander through its narrow streets, and marvel at the intricate details of its mud-brick buildings. As the day progresses, you’ll continue your journey through the stunning Rose Valley, renowned for its fragrant rose gardens and charming Berber villages. The scenic drive will lead you to the Dades Valley, where towering cliffs and lush greenery create a breathtaking backdrop.

Day 2Dades - Todra Gorge - Erfoud - Merzouga

On day two, prepare to be amazed as you make your way to the stunning Todra Gorge. Towering red cliffs, carved by the Todra River, create a dramatic setting that will leave you in awe. Take a leisurely stroll through the gorge, feel the cool breeze, and listen to the soothing sound of the flowing water.

Continuing your journey, you’ll arrive in Erfoud, known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the fascinating world of fossils at the Erfoud Fossil Museum. Immerse yourself in the ancient history that lies beneath the desert sands and learn about the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the region.

As the day draws to a close, the highlight of your journey awaits – the magical Merzouga. This small village is located on the edge of the Sahara Desert and is famous for its towering sand dunes. Experience the thrill of an exhilarating camel trek through the golden sands, as you make your way to a traditional Berber camp nestled amidst the dunes. Witness the mesmerizing sunset over the desert, as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors. Spend the night under the star-studded sky, listening to the enchanting sounds of traditional music and savoring delicious Moroccan cuisine.

Day 3Merzouga - Draa Valley - Marrakech

On the final day of your journey, bid farewell to the desert and embark on a scenic drive through the breathtaking Draa Valley. This lush oasis is dotted with palm groves, traditional adobe villages, and ancient kasbahs. Take in the stunning views as you wind your way along the Draa River, and perhaps even make a stop to explore one of the many kasbahs that line the valley.

As you make your way back to Marrakech, reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you’ve made along the way. From the vibrant souks of Marrakech to the serene beauty of the Sahara Desert, this 3-day journey has truly showcased the best that Morocco has to offer.



What sets a comfortable tent apart from a luxury upgraded option?

Luxury Upgraded Option: A luxury private tent takes your desert camping experience to the next level. It offers exclusive amenities and enhanced privacy. The standout feature of a luxury tent is the private ensuite bathroom and shower. Within the confines of your tent, you’ll find a well-appointed bathroom equipped with shower condiments and fresh towels. This ensures convenience and comfort, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing shower in the privacy of your own space.

Standard Tent: On the other hand, a comfortable tent provides a cozy and more basic accommodation option. While it still offers a comfortable place to rest, the facilities are shared. The bathrooms and hot showers are located outside the tent and are commonly shared among the guests in the camp. It’s worth noting that these shared facilities are maintained to a good standard, providing cleanliness and functionality.

Do the tents offer privacy?

Yes, all tents provided on the private tour ensure complete privacy.

What is the duration of the drive to Merzouga?

The duration of the drive from Marrakech to Merzouga can vary depending on various factors such as traffic conditions and stops along the way. Typically, the drive takes approximately 8 to 9 hours, covering a distance of around 560 kilometers. It’s important to note that the drive includes breaks for rest, refreshments, and sightseeing opportunities to make the journey more enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and scenic routes along the drive make it an integral part of the overall experience, allowing you to soak in the beauty of Morocco’s diverse landscapes.

What is the anticipated return time to Marrakech?

The approximate return time to Marrakech is expected to be around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., considering variables such as traffic and weather conditions.

What should we pack for the trip?

Ensure you have a small backpack with essential items for the camel ride and overnight stay in the desert camp. It’s recommended to bring a scarf, hat, sunglasses, and wet napkins for added comfort. For the Comfortable desert camp, please remember to bring your own shower accessories and towel. To ensure a comfortable camel trek, it is advised to wear jeans, trousers, or long shorts. Additionally, don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes for the duration of the tour.

What is the duration of the camel ride?

The camel ride during sunset lasts approximately 1 hour, providing you with ample time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the desert landscape. For the sunrise trek, the camel ride is approximately 40 minutes, allowing you to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the horizon.

Can we skip the Camel ride ?

Yes of course you can, we will provide you with a private 4×4 instead.

How is the weather in the desert?

The weather in the desert can vary depending on the season and the time of day. Generally, the desert experiences extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night. During the day, especially in the summer months, the desert can get extremely hot with temperatures soaring high. It’s important to protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated. In contrast, nights in the desert tend to be cooler, with temperatures dropping significantly. It is advisable to bring layers of clothing to adapt to these temperature changes and to ensure your comfort throughout the day and night.

Tips for planning your:

Marrakech to Merzouga trip

– Plan your trip during the spring or fall when the weather is pleasant and not too hot.

– Pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the desert sun.

– Bring comfortable walking shoes for exploring the medina and climbing sand dunes.

– Research and book your Tour and activities in advance to ensure availability.

– Respect the local customs and traditions, and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.

Safety Precautions and cultural considerations

for Travelers

– Be cautious of your belongings in crowded areas and avoid displaying expensive items.

– Respect the local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious sites.

– Drink bottled water and avoid tap water to prevent any potential stomach issues.

How to make the most of your:

3-day journey

– Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the desert dunes.

– Take the time to interact with the local Berber communities and learn about their way of life.

– Capture magical moments and stunning landscapes through photography.

– Embrace the slower pace of life and savor each moment of your journey.

What to pack for:

A desert adventure

– Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the desert sun.

– Comfortable walking shoes for exploring and climbing sand dunes.

– Scarf or shawl to cover your head and shoulders when visiting religious sites.

– Camera and extra batteries to capture stunning landscapes and moments.

along the way

Local cuisine and dining options

– Tagine: A traditional Moroccan dish cooked in a cone-shaped clay pot, usually consisting of meat, vegetables, and aromatic spices.

– Couscous: A staple Moroccan dish made from steamed semolina grains and served with a variety of vegetables and meats.

– Mint tea: A refreshing drink made with green tea, fresh mint leaves, and sugar.

– Berber pizza: A delicious street food made with a crispy flatbread filled with a variety of toppings such as vegetables, cheese, and meat.


The unforgettable memories of Marrakech to Merzouga journey

As you conclude your 3-day journey from Marrakech to Merzouga, you’ll be left with unforgettable memories of vibrant souks, towering sand dunes, and warm Berber hospitality. This adventure has allowed you to immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural beauty of Morocco, leaving you with a deep appreciation for this captivating country. Whether it’s the bustling streets of Marrakech or the serenity of the Sahara Desert, this journey is sure to ignite your senses, awaken your spirit of adventure, and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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