Marrakech – Dunes of Merzouga 6 Days : Desert Tours & Camel Treks

Marrakech to dunes of Merzouga : Desert Tours & Camel Treks     6 Days / 5 Nights

What will you explore in this Marrakech Desert Tour ?

The High Atlas Mountains and the Tichka Pass  (2260m).
  Berber villages where people still live in a traditional manner.
The famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou,  which is declared by UNESCO in 1987 as World Heritage.
The wonderfull valleys Dades and Toudra with theire impressive Gorges.
Camel Trek and over night in the middle of the dunes in a Berber tented camp.
The impressive palm grove of Draa and  Authentic villages.


Day1: Marrakech – Tichka pass – Telouet – Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou – Ouarzazate

From Marrakesh ‘ red city ‘ towards Ouarzazate, we will pass through the mountains of the High Atlas , natural rampart  south of the imperial city of Marrakech. This is one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Morocco, it’s pass “Tichka” rising to 2260m, is considered to be the highest road pass in the country. Once arrived in Telouet, a visit is necessary to admire the famous Kasbah ” GLAOUI ”, the old Pasha of Marrakech. Lunch and continuation along the old caravan road who once came from Timbuktu. We join the famous Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, declared by UNESCO in 1987 as World Heritage and where several movies have been taken, such as “ Laurence of Arabia” , “Jesus of Nazareth” , “Gladiator”,…etc.  After a visit of the Kasbah we will continue to Ouarzazate. Night in hotel.

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Day2: Ouarzazate – Roses valley – Gorges of Dades

After breakfast we will leave  Ouarzazate and take the famous road of  the 1001 Kasbahs to join the enormous palm grove of Skoura and to head for Kelaa M’gouna (the roses capital).Then we will take the dirt road to Boutghrar, with beautiful berber villages, in order to get to the Gorges of Dades where the night will be spent in a hostel at the beginning of the gorges.

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Day3: Dades – Gorges of Toudgha – Erfoud – Merzouga

After breakfast, our destination will be the impressive gorges of Toudgha, with their cliff peaks of 300m looking like a huge cathedral from which the vault collapsed to let the sky appear. The rock layers reflect orange and mauve colors just like stained glass. On the road to Erfoud we meet small heaps of earth that belong to an old irrigation system, proving that this desert used to be fertil. Erfoud with it’s 40 Ksours and 700000 palm trees, as well as Merzouga’s sand dunes…: You will be happy to see all that beauty, however, it is another world, a mineral world where temperature is hard to put up with and where the sky covers people and things with an intense luminosity. Desert symphony. Once we reach Merzouga’s sand dunes, we leave the 4WD and we mount our dromedaries, heading to our tented camp to eat dinner and to spend the night under a million stars in the middle of the dunes.

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Day4: Merzouga – Rissani- Zagora

The next morning, we wake up early to enjoy the colors of the sunrise. After breakfast, we drive to Zagora via Rissani ( former economic capital of the country, known in the past as Sijil Massa). Then, we will continue towords Tazzarine passing through Alnif and Tizi N’Tfilalte, enjoying panoramic views and meeting different nomad families. Dinner and accommodation in hotel in Zagora.

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Day5: Zagora – tamnougalt – ouarzazate

From Zagora to Ouarzazate, we will drive through the extended palm tree oasis to Tamnougalt, a village in the Draa valley, 95km south of Ouarzazate. It’s Kasbah is unique because of it’s Jewish and Berber architecture and it’s painted with natural pigments.  Late in the afternoon,we will arrive in Ouarzazate. Dinner and accommodation in hotel.

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Day6: Ouarzazate – Marrakech      

After breakfast, we can visit the city of Ouarzazate, mainly the Kasbahs of Taourirt and Tifoultoute. We can also visit the film studios and film museum. And then we will head for Marrakech through the high Atlas mountains. End of trip.

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Tour Number of participants Benefits Price per person in Euro

Marrakech –  Dunes of Merzouga 6 days / 5 nights

2 Half Board (Dinner and Breakfast) 600
4 Half Board (Dinner and Breakfast) 500
6 Half Board (Dinner and Breakfast) 420

  Included services :

Pick up and drop off from your accommodation in Marrakech.

 Private luxury 4×4 vehicle with A/C and fuel for all the trip.

 Driver-guide (English speaking).

Accommodation at Hotels, Riads, Guest house (rooms with bathroom and air conditioning ) + Dinner and breakfast.

 Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with guide (Private tents)

 Several stops to take pictures , drink coffee and W.C

Exploring Kasbah, Oasis and Valleys

  Not included :

 Lunch and drinks.