4-Day Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Daily Tour 4 Day Availability: 09/05/2019
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On this 4-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, you will discover the real Moroccan Sahara desert, spend a night in a desert camp and experience a camel ride.

This thrilling 4-day itinerary highlights the very best of Morocco, such as the Draa valley, the Desert, and Dades valley. The tour starts from the imperial town of Marrakech and traverses the High Atlas mountain range through the Sahara Desert. Spend the night such as conventional Berbers at a Bedouin desert camp before going through the Dades valley and completing your journey in bustling Marrakech.

What to Expect from this 4-Day Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

This 4-day tour begins from Marrakech where you’ll wander the narrow alleys of the old medina. You will see lovely examples of Moroccan architecture like the oldest Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On day two enjoy changing the scenery in the hills, to palm tree oases, and the desert on the way to Merzouga. A short camel trek is planned. In Merzouga, you can climb the dunes to see a romantic sunset, then enjoy a traditional dinner next to the campfire where local Berbers will amuse you with Berber music. In the event, the weather agrees you are able to spend the night beneath the stars. The next day, we wake you up early to see the sunrise over the dunes before going into the conventional Saharan village of Khemliya where we’ll enjoy traditional Gnawa music.

Later on, we are going in the direction of Rissani and visiting its well-knowing Market. Then we take a short walk across the profound Todra Gorge near Tinerhir. In the afternoon, we continue to Dades valley where you will spend the night. The next day, we take a tour of Atlas film studio, where you are going to observe the collections of films like Gladiator. Afterward, we drive back to Marrakech.

What You’ll Do During this 4-Day Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

  • Enjoy a beautiful view over the high Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the UNESCO heritage site Kasbah of Ait Haddou
  • Ride a camel into the Sahara Desert before the sunsets
  • Stargaze and enjoy your evening with local Berbers in a desert camp
  • A short walk along the oasis to the canyons of Dades.
  • Drive the exhilarating Tizi n’Tichka Pass
  • Explore different valleys like the Draa Valley and Dades valley

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this tour available in May?
Yes, it is available all year round and you can book it at any time.

Can I join a group?
We are sorry, we do not organize shared tours. We organize currently only private tours.

Can you customize this trip?
Yes, this trip can be adapted to your needs.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate- Draa Valley – Tamsahelte

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8 a.m. First, we will cross the picturesque High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass at 2260 m to the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This fortified village dates from the 16th century and is one of the best preserved and spectacular Kasbahs in Morocco and has served as the backdrop for many films like Gladiator. Lunch break near Ouarzazate. The journey continues via Ouarzazate for a visit to the film studios. Afterward, we drive through the spectacular Dràa valley with amazing landscapes to Agdz. Overnight stay and dinner at Hotel Riad Du Sud.

Day 2: Tamsahelte – Rissani – Merzouga

Early in the morning departure by car to Rissani. We stop for a visit to the Moulay Ali Cherif mausoleum and Ksar Ouled Abd-el-Halim in Rissani. As we arrive at Merzouga, we take a short camel trek to our desert camp where we will spend the night in Berber tents. At our camp, you are able to enjoy the sunset on top of the dunes or sandboarding.

Day 3: Merzouga –  Erfoud- Dades and Todra Gorges

We wake up early to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and return to the hotel in Merzouga, where you can shower and have breakfast. Later we will drive to the traditional Sahara village of Khemliya, where we will enjoy traditional Gnawa music.

Outside the village of Erfoud is a fossil factory that can be visited. On the way to Erfoud, many of Khatarat are also called Kanat, ancient irrigation systems in the desert areas. It is possible to look at such an old underground irrigation system near El Khoutarat. Then we continue our journey to the Todra gorge via Tinejdad, where we will have our lunch. Arrival early in the evening in the gorges of Dades, dinner and overnight stay in a cozy kasbah.

Day 4:  Todra Gorges – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

Today we drive back to Marrakech. The route passes through the valley of roses, the Kasbah of Taourirte, film studios, and Ouarzazate. Then the journey goes over the picturesque High Atlas with the mountain pass Tizi-n-Tichka at 2,260 m to Marrakech. Our tour ends in Marrakech.


Following are some of the great locations you will explore during the 4-day Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga:
  • Ait Ben Haddou
  • Dades Valley
  • Dades Gorges
  • Todra Gorges
  • Rissani
  • Merzouga
  • Draa Valley
  • Ouarzazate
  • Ait Ben Haddou

    Ait Ben Haddou is a Berber village plus a Collection of older Kasbahs is determined by the edge of the High Atlas mountains near Ouarzazate (32 kilometers ). This Kasbahs is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987 and has appeared in several films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and the famous Game of Thrones series.

    Dades Valley

    The Dades Valley is the primary route between the desert and Marrakech. The Dades valley extends between the peaks of the High Atlas and the Jbel Sarhro Mountains. This valley is famous" Valley of Thousand Kasbahs" and "Valley of Roses". In May, an annual rose festival occurs at the town of Kelaat M'gouna.

    Dades Gorge

    Gorge is a gorge from the Dades River involving the Anti-Atlas Mountains. The gorge begins in the city of Boumalne du Dades and is well-known for its gorgeous rock formation together with the Kasbahs and little Berber villages across the street.


    Merzouga is a little Berber city in the Sahara, near the Algerian border. It's referred to as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town.

1 Review

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    11:26 am - 05/07/2019 / Reply

    My buddy and I visited Marrakech last week and I opted to utilize Marrakech Sahara Desert Tours to accompany us for a tour to experience the ethereal beauty of the Sahara sand dunes. I also tried different sorts of Morocco specialties food such as Couscous and Tagines. We’re really pleased with the support from our personal tour guide, called Youssef. He is a nice guy and gave us a lot of information about the great places we visited. Our excursion and experience are extremely memorable and pleasant. We’re extremely pleased and will go back to Morocco again and will use Youssef as our tour guide. Thank you, Youssef, for taking us into the gorgeous places in Morocco.


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