2. Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tours
Join the best Marrakech to Merzouga desert tours starting and ending in Marrakech via kasbahs, old villages, gorges… furthermore, camel trekking with a night camping in the most impressive sand dunes in Morocco: Erg Chebbi dunes in the Merzouga Sahara. Don’t hesitate to read more details (Itinerary, photos, map..etc) about your convenient desert tour.
3. Marrakech to Zagora Desert Tours
This Marrakech to Zagora desert tour also includes camel trek and overnight camping in the closest desert to Marrakech: Zagora desert. Just to avoid any confusion, please keep in mind that the Zagora desert is a rocky kind of desert with small white sand dunes.
Day 1: Marrakech - Merzouga Sahara
Our 2 days desert tour Marrakech to Merzouga starts from your hotel/riad then we will start our journey from Marrakech to Merzouga (Erg Chebbi dunes).
Across the Tizi N Tichka pass, with long-distance views over the mountains, to the traditional High Atlas Berber villages and we continue to the Merzouga Sahara desert through Tinjdad, Jerf, and Erfoud in which the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet begins. It’s only about 35 km from the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Once In Merzouga, where camels will be waiting for us on the edge of the impressive sand dunes of Merzouga to take us on an adventure in deep of the sand dunes, in an extremely quietness.
This is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and do Sandboarding, after a delicious dinner, we spend the night in a Merzouga camp (Nomad Berber tents) with drums music in the middle of the Sahara under a starry sky.
Day 2: Merzouga Desert - Rissani - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
After seeing the sunrise in the desert we go back on camels or in 4×4 car to Merzouga as an alternative, after breakfast and take shower in Hotel then start our journey backing to Marrakech trough the Berber villages of the atlas mountains ( Nkoub, Agdez..etc) we arrive in Marrakech where our 2 days desert tour Marrakech to Merzouga ends.
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley
Your 3 days Marrakech to Fes desert tour around the eastern half of Morocco you will travel in style in a modern air-conditioned 4WD/minibus. Our guide will pick you up from your Marrakech hotel at 08:30 AM and escort you to the departure point. We will travel over the Atlas Mountain range and descend into the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
The Kasbah (there are actually six of them within a walled city) is a place of wonder. Here you will feel almost like you have stepped back in time to the days of gladiators, desert nomads, and ancient trading markets. Lunch on the first day will be taken in the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou after the sightseeing tour has finished.
Our next stop on our first day will be at Ouarzazate. We will admire the scenery of a city where several blockbuster movies have been filmed such as “The Mummy (1999 & 2001)”, “Lawrence of Arabia (1962)”, and “Gladiator (2000)” without forgetting “Game of Thrones” in 2013 are among the many films which have taken in a city often called “The Gateway to the Desert”.
In the desert’s gateway city we can take stop at a café before venturing onto the Dades Valley. Once there you can relax and unwind in a private room at a local traditional riad in Dades with an en-suite bathroom and enjoy the culinary delights of a Moroccan evening dinner.
Day 2: Dades - Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast, we go from Dades gorges to the Erg Chebbi Sahara desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, we’ll pass through Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet, and then we continue to Merzouga where your guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across high sand dunes of Morocco Sahara Desert.
Camel ride as the sunset across the sand dunes to reach our nomad desert camp in Erg Chebbi. with drums music in the middle of the Sahara desert Dinner and overnight under a nomad tent.
Day 3: Merzouga Desert - Ziz Valley - Midelt - Ifran - Fes
Continuing our 3 days Marrakech to Fes desert tour, after you wake up to witness the beautiful scenery of sunrise from the top of the dunes of Erg Chebbi, breakfast will be served at the camp and take a shower then ride the camels again back to the original point as we can transfer you by a 4WD as an alternative to camels, it is up to you.
After being done with Merzouga sightseeing, you’ll be transferred to the next destination to head to Fes through the Ziz Valley, Midelt, Ifrane City known as the little Switzerland of Morocco, and the famed Middle Atlas cedar forest with its Barbery apes in Azrou where you will have a short walk to take pictures… Late afternoon arrival to Fes, drop off at your riad/hotel with amazing stories and unforgettable memories in your mind.
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley
Our driver/guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Marrakech and start the 4-day desert tour Marrakech to Fes.
The departure to the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou (A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987) over the mountains of high Atlas crossing through the Tizi N’tichka pass, it is 2260 m high, visit the Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the famous historic building in Morocco, and stop for lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we’ll drive to Ouarzazate city and stop near the atlas film studios for a photograph then still the town center for a picturesque view of the kasbah of Taourirt, a historic fortified residence.
After that, you will head to Kalaa M’gouna and Boumalne Dades for a night. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Dades - Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Erg Chebbi (Merzouga)
This morning after breakfast in the hotel, driving towards Tinghir passing through Boumalne du Dades and stopping for a panoramic view of Dades valley. Later on, we will continue to Todra gorges via Imider and Tinghir.
Along the way, you will several stops for photos as well as admiring the views. Arrive in Todra Gorges to enjoy its spectacular Canyons landscapes while walking in its narrow valleys.
In the afternoon we continue to Tinjdad and have a break for lunch then to Erfoud, known for its fossil manufacturers. After that you will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, these impressive dunes are called also Merzouga Dunes.
Arrive at the edge of the dunes and get ready for a camel trek for an hour and a half to enjoy the sunset in an atmosphere of laughter and adventure.
While on the back of your dromedary in quietness, only the sound of the camel’s footprint on the sand, you will continue to the camp for an overnight in a traditional nomad tent.
A delicious dinner and entertainment around the fire (Berber drums) before spending the night in a well-equipped desert camp with all amenities in the middle of the desert.
Day 3: Merzouga Desert - Nomads Families - Erg Chebbi
On the 3rd day of our 4-day desert tour Marrakech to Fes. A spectacular morning in the middle of the Sahara desert and a stunning sunrise while you are in a borderless place, it`s definitely worth getting up early to witness the most spectacular sunrise you´ve ever seen from the top of a dune close to the camp and enjoy this unique scenery.
In the morning, a hearty breakfast is waiting for you, take shower, before taking the camels back to Merzouga.
Then we`ll explore the Erg Chebbi and its tinny villages, a great extension of a sandy desert where we can find the Big Dune of Morocco. We continue then by the road that was previously used for the “Paris – Dakar” and end in the black desert.
The next stop will be at a viewpoint to contemplate the hole Erg Chebbi. We`ll reach then Kamilia Village, most of the habitant here are dark skin people originally from Mali, where we´ll take a relaxing cup of tea meanwhile we listen to a concert of the local music of Gnawa.
Stop at Mefis, a small abandoned village still present in the area, where you will have an opportunity to discover Mines of lead and other minerals from the French colonial era, we continue then by a road where we can meet a nomad family living in tents and learn their secrets and practices.
Transfer to your accommodation and free time in the afternoon to enjoy the town or the dunes next to the hotel to see the sunset. Dinner and night in the hotel.
Day 4: Merzouga » Ziz Valley » Azrou Cedar forest & Barbary Apes » Fes [466 km]
After breakfast, we start our last day of the 4-day desert tour Marrakech to Fes to the north through the Tafilalet palm grove, the biggest in the country.
You´ll see thousands of palm trees along the 20 km of road. On the way to the Ziz valley, which is the source of the water that feeds this palm grove. Here we have a stop and from this high viewpoint, experience a majestic scene of the valley and the Aoufous town.
Date with another stop in Midelt city, just in the heart of the Atlas where you´ll have free time for lunch and rest for a while. In the afternoon we continue our way through the Cedar forest of Azrou where, if we are lucky, we´ll see some Barbary Apes next to the road.
The next place we´ll visit is the city of Ifrane, situated on the northwestern slope of the Middle Atlas at 1630 meters above sea level. Its broad avenues, its urban development with excellent cleanliness, the grassy areas, the gardens, and its architecture make this city look like a swiss town.
Ifrane feels misplaced in Morocco. That’s why it´s known as “the Moroccan Switzerland”, and if that´s not enough it has an important ski resort (Michlifen). Around 6 pm we arrive in Fes, transfer to your accommodation, and end of our services.(4-day desert tour Marrakech to Fes)