4 days tour to the Merzouga desert

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With this excursion, you will visit the most surprising part of the Moroccan desert and you will discover contrasting and impressive landscapes. You will come across mythical roads, dirt roads, valleys, passes, gorges, dunes and villages steeped in history.

If you don’t have much time to do this excursion, we advise you to take a look at our 2-day excursion in the Zagora desert or our 3-day excursion in the Merzouga desert.

Accommodations

We offer this excursion according to two different categories of hotels: standard hotels (2 and 3 stars) and superior hotels (4 stars).

Standard hotels: Riad des Vieilles Charrues / Babylon Hotel / Kasbah Tifawen (hostel) / Hotel du Vieux Chateau du Dades (Dades), Khaïmas Camp (Merzouga) and Les Jardins de Ouarzazate Hotel / La Valle Hotel / Saghro Hotel (Ouarzazate) .

Superior hotels: Xaluca Dades / Pearl of the dades Auberge Chez Pierre / Ksar Sultan / Dar Rihana / Kasbah Ait Ben Damiette or equivalent (Dades), Azawad Luxury Desert Camp / Riad Azawad (Merzouga) and Kasbah Dar Chamaa / Le Petit Riad / Riad Tama / Riad Bouchedor or equivalent (Ouarzazate).

The rooms are double, or if you prefer, triple and family, whether for hotels or for camping in the desert. Standard category rooms have a shared bathroom while superior category rooms have a private bathroom.

Hotel pick-up

If you stay outside the Medina, we will pick you up for free at your hotel or riad. If your hotel is far from the center of Marrakech, you will have to pay an additional charge between 10 and 40 euros.

When to book?

Book as early as possible to guarantee availability, especially during bridges and holidays.
Reservations are accepted until 20:00 (8:00 PM) of the previous day (Marrakech time) as long as there are places available.

Confirmation

We will send you an email with a voucher that you can print or download to your phone on the day of the activity.

frequently asked Questions
Q -Can we take our luggage during the excursion?
R -You can take a suitcase, but you must drop it off at the hotel or on the bus. For the camel ride, you need to take a backpack.

Q -What would be the supplement for a single room?
R -If you want a single room in a higher category accommodation, you will have to pay 120 euros. If you prefer standard accommodation, you will have to pay an individual supplement of 80 euros.

Q -Is it possible to take a quad tour in the desert during the excursion?
R -Yes, you can do this and other activities at your destination. The guide will lead you to the place where the quads are rented so that you can enjoy this activity.

Q -Which hotels offer free pick-up?
R -We will contact you to specify the time and place of pick-up

R -To book this activity you just have to choose the desired date and fill out the form on this same page. The confirmation of the reservation is immediate

Included
Private excursion, there will be no more people in your group.

Pick-up from your accommodation.

Transport in air-conditioned 4×4 or minivan.

English-speaking driver.

3 nights accommodation on average pension (breakfast and dinner).

Petrol, tolls and related costs.

Camel ride to reach the campsite.

Not included
Lunches and drinks.

Entrance tickets to kabashs and cinema stufios. (7 euros per person).

First day: Marrakech – Aït-ben-Haddou – Ouarzazate – Les gorges du Dadès
After we have picked you up from your hotel (or the airport) you will leave for Ouarzazate. On the way, you will pass by the Tizi-N-Tichka pass, a road that passes through the Middle Atlas at 2260 meters in height.

On the way, you will come across the kabash of Aït-ben-Haddou, an incredible fortified city which dates back over 800 years. This is where films like Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven were filmed.

After the visit, we will take the “thousand kasbahs” route to Skoura, where you will stop in the surprising Kasbah of Amredhyl. From here, we will go to Kelaat M’gouna, the capital of the Valley of the Roses, to reach the Dades Gorges, where you will be accommodated.

Second day: The Gorges of Dedès – The Gorges of Todra – Merzouga
After breakfast, we will set off for the Dades Valley and you will cross the Todra Gorges, where you can stay until lunch.

After gaining strength, you will go to Merzouga by crossing the Palmeraie de Jorf (where the best dates in the country are cultivated) and Arfoud, a pretty village known for its fragments of fossils.

Once in Merzouga, we will leave the 4×4 to enter the desert by camel to the camp where you will spend the night. Here, in the silence of the desert, we will enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal.

Third day: Merzouga – Rissani-Alnif-Tazarine – The Drâa Valley – Agdez – Ouarzazate
After seeing an incredible sunrise in the desert, you will again ride your camels to shower and breakfast in a hotel (depending on the type of camp, breakfast and shower can be taken before the ride to camel back).

You will then pass through the Tafilalet palm grove and the village of Rissani (where the Alaouite dynasty and the ancient capital of the Alaoui sultans was born) to arrive in Alnif, where you will take a road which crosses the Middle Atlas and these marvelous mountainous landscapes. You will arrive at Tazarine (a traditional Berber village), N’kobet finally, the Drâa Valley and its overhanging palm grove.

In the afternoon, you will cross the Anti Atlas via the Tizi n Tnifift pass (1,660 meters high) towards Ouarzazate, where you will spend the night in a riad / kasbah.

Fourth day: Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, you will take time to visit the famous Kasbah Taourirt and the Atlas Cinema studios, the most important in Africa.

You will be back in Marrakech in the afternoon.

End the excursion to Fez
If you wish, you can end the excursion to Fez by paying an additional 100 euros. In this case, the route for the last day would be different. After a good breakfast, we will head to Rissani, the ancient capital of the Alawi sultans. We will continue the road through the Ziz valley and the Middle Atlas to Ifrane, whose natural landscapes have earned it the nickname “Moroccan Switzerland”.

We will arrive in Fez around 6:00 p.m.

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