From Marrakech: 3-Day Merzouga Desert Trip with Camp Stay

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Experience the life of a Berber and admire desert sunsets on a 3-day tour from Marrakech. Experience a camel safari through the dunes of Merzouga, visit the Todra Gorges, and sleep at a desert camp.

Highlights

  • Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Explore the majestic Dades and Todra Gorges, two favorite spots for climbers
  • Rise early to experience a Sahara sunrise on top of the Great Dune
  • Enjoy mint tea in Merzouga and gather around a fire for a warm Berber meal
  • Discover the beauty of the desert landscape in an authentic way atop camel

Description

Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou kasbah - Ouarzazate - Rose Valley - Dades Gorges After pickup, drive along the passes through valleys and deserts while enjoying views from the Atlas Mountains. Go through the Tizi n’Tichka, a pass at an altitude of 2,260 meters. This is the highest pass in North Africa and it has become famous for it's breathtaking views. Halfway along the journey, visit the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou with a local guide. Get to know this fortified city that has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the kasbah (cost not included). Continue towards Ouarzazate, known as the gate of the desert. Stop at the cinema studios for a short visit (optional), and then drive toward the heart of the city to discover another hidden gem, the Kasbah Taourirte, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, head to the final destination of the day: the Dades Gorges. On the road, stop at the rises valley for a short visit to a local cooperative producing the rose water and its products. After a short drive, we will arrive at the Dades Gorges, where we will spend the night in a local hotel or Riad Day 2: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Merzouga - camel ride After breakfast at your hotel, head towards the Todra Gorges, a favorite place for rock climbers. After a visit to the gorges and the palm oasis of Todra, follow the ancient caravan trade routes to the Sahara, passing through a series of fortified villages with pre-Saharan architecture. Arrive in Erfoud, a dry, red city built of the desert by the French as a central administration city. It is known for its rich black marble fossils. After Erfoud, head to the dunes of Merzouga. Upon arrival, be welcomed with mint tea. At a Berber camp, ride a camel through the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi, followed by watching the sunset. After dinner, gather around the fire and enjoy the desert night, sometimes accompanied by traditional Berber drums. Day 3: Merzouga - High Atlas - Marrakech or Fez Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise from the Great Dune of the Sahara Desert. Return to camp to have breakfast, then ride Dromedaries, the tallest of the three camel species, or travel by 4WD to meet your driver to start the return journey to Marrkech or Fex (depending on option selected). On the way back to Marrakech or Fez, there will be stops for lunch and breaks (lunch is optional and not included in the price).

Includes

Pickup and drop-off Transportation by air-conditioned minivan or minibus Driver (also your guide) 1 overnight stay in a hotel 1 overnight stay in a desert camp Breakfast and dinner at the hotel and desert camp Camel ride Local guide (second day only)

Important Information

  • You can choose between the return to Marrakech or fes

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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