Three-day desert tour : Marrakech | Merzouga | Marrakech
Few of our tours match this one for the variety of landscapes, scenery, cultural diversity and the thrill of being at one with the desert. All in the space of three days.
Just sit back, enjoy the ride – and the camel trek - and get ready to immerse yourself in magnificent Morocco!
|Desert Overland Tour
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After collecting you from your hotel or riad, we set off towards Ouarzazate enjoying the spectacular scenery as we climb upwards to the important Tizi-n-Tichka pass – the highest major mountain pass in North Africa - nestled at a height of 2,260m in the High Atlas Mountains.
As with the rest of the tour, your driver will stop off en route for photo opportunities and ‘comfort breaks’. Before Ouarzazate, we make a detour to enjoy the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou.
Dating back to the 17th Century, this ksar is an outstanding example of early southern Morocco architecture. And, not only will you be stepping back in time here, you can also follow in the footsteps of film stars who have appeared in productions such as Gladiator, The Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones which used this magnificent backdrop for some of their location shoots.
With fond farewells to our Kasbah tour guide, we head towards Ouarzazate, now a holiday destination in its own right but more widely known as the “doorway to the Sahara Desert” and as the location for Morocco’s largest film studios.
With the Sahara beckoning in the distance, we move further into the Skoura Valley with its extensive palm groves. We will also pass through the Valley of the Roses, renowned as Morocco’s prime centre for rose cultivation and production of rose-based products. During early summer, the air has a magical rose-scented aura to complement the fabulous array of colours you will see.
More photographic opportunities await as we head back into the mountains following the path of the Dadès River. Unusual and incredible rock formations – a dream for geologists – unfold in the Tamnalt Hills. Winding our way up towards the Dadès Gorge – carved through centuries of erosion by the Dadès River – we arrive at our accommodation for the night and an opportunity to exchange notes with your fellow travellers during your evening meal in the heart of the gorge.
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After breakfast – and in the shadow of the early morning sun – we head out of the Dadès Gorge, passing through a Berber village and on to the Todra Gorge.
Here you can enjoy the glorious, fresh mountain air and take a trek through some of the 300m high canyons which are popular with both amateur and professional rock climbers. The scenery then changes dramatically as we head towards the Sahara.
The sheer mountain drops give way to the wide-open plains that serve as a prelude to the desert and the Erg Chebbi dunes just beyond Merzouga.
After a stop-over for lunch we pass through the oasis town of Erfoud – another popular movie location – and it will come as no surprise that much of the surrounding landscape bears a striking resemblance to that of the planet Mars! On arrival at Erg Chebbi, we change our mode of transport for a two-hour camel trek into the desert.
You’ll have the opportunity to witness a fabulous Saharan sunset and take in some dramatic desert scenery as our guides escort us to their Berber camp behind an oasis in the heart of the Moroccan desert.
Here you can enjoy a traditional Berber meal and entertainment before becoming entranced by the total darkness and peace of the desert under a canopy of millions of stars.
An incredible way to complete your day…and reflect on the popular belief that there are more stars in the sky than there are grains of sand in the desert!
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The day begins early in the Berber desert camp – especially if you want to capture the magic of the Saharan sunrise. Inspired by this magical setting, we begin our camel trek back to the auberge where we are fortified by a traditional Berber breakfast before our return journey to Marrakech.
En route we pass through Ouarzazate, the movie capital of Morocco, before beginning our ascent of the High Atlas Mountains. Every twist and turn of these mountain roads reveals a new and spectacular vista.
From ancient Berber villages perched precariously on hillsides to sweeping valleys that stretch far into the horizon. We arrive back in Marrakech in the early evening where we return you to your accommodation.
|Meals included / not included
Solo travellers are always welcome. Please ask for details and availability. For groups of more than 6 guests, please ask our Reservations Team for more information about availability and prices. Reductions apply for children accompanied by adults. No charge for children under 5 years. All local taxes, state taxes, parking fees, tolls and fuel charges are included within the price. Please see below for more information.
Except for the Berber camp, the inclusive prices for accommodation are based on staying at a 3 or 4 star riad or hotel. Your accommodation can be upgraded to 5 star for part or all of your tour if you wish. Just ask our Reservations Team. Unless specified, your accommodation is inclusive of an evening meal and breakfast. Prices based on two people sharing a room. Single supplements may apply.
NB: Local tour guides at Aït Ben Haddou and Telouet are optional. Prices vary according to group size and season. Please ask for details prior to booking.
We’re more than happy to alter this itinerary to suit your individual requirements prior to booking. Just let us know what changes you would like and we will advise. And if you would prefer to travel throughout in a luxury limousine or have any special requirements you would like arranged for your tour, please ask us for details.
As with many of our tours, this itinerary involves a certain amount of travelling and walking, often on uneven surfaces. Please think carefully about the personal mobility (especially young children) of those in your group and the suitability of this tour for them before booking. Our Reservations Team will be happy to advise you on this.
To book this tour, request more information about the tour or advise of any special requirements you may have, please send an email to us using the form below.
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