4 days desert tour from marrakech through Draa valley and camel ride in Merzouga

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Start your first day with a pickup from your accommodations in Marrakech, continuing into the High Atlas Mountains up toward the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, observing remote Berber villages and local farmers along the way. Stop by the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Benhaddou kashbah, check out a number of remote desert oases and then trek by camel into the desert for an unforgettable evening camping in the Sahara. Ride your camel on day two back to Zagora, continuing by car to visit the small village of Mezrouga. You’ll eventually rejoin your camel caravan, trekking back into the desert towards the town of Erg Chebbi and your remote camp, where you’ll spend a second night under the stars. On day three head to the ancient town of Rissani, before driving the “Road of 1,000 Kashbahs” to Tinghir and visiting the Todgha Gorge. You’ll spend the evening of your third day at a hotel in Bourmaine du Dadès. Finish your trip on day four with a trip through the scenic Valley of Roses.
ItineraryDay 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Ouarzazate - Agdez Draa valleyStop At: Draa Valley, Zagora, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionFollowing a morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, head out of the city in your air-conditioned minivan through the fertile Haouz Plains toward the High Atlas Mountains. Pass through rural Berber villages where local farmers tend their goats, and take the high Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the mountains. Enjoy free time to visit the site of taourirte in ouarzazate at your leisure and soak up a little of . After lunch, your tour will take you to the Oasis of Agdz to enjoy the view of Kasbah Tamnougalt, then continue through the oases and palm groves of the Drâa Valley to Zagora. Meet your camel caravan before setting off on your 1-hour camel trekking adventure into the Zagora Desert. Enjoy breathtaking views of the setting sun on route to your desert camp, then sit down to a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars as locals play traditional folk songs for your entertainmentDuration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Zagora - Anti atlas Mountains - Rissani - Merzouga camel rideStop At: Merzouga Desert, Merzouga, Meknes-Tafilalet RegionFollowing an early stroll to admire the sunrise among the sand dunes (optional), enjoy breakfast at the camp then ride your camel back to Zagora. Meet your driver for the onward journey through the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the lunar landscape towards the town of Alnif, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch (own expense), continue to Merzouga — a small village on the edge of the mighty Sahara Desert. Meet your camel caravan and, as the golden sun begins its slow descent over the dunes, set off toward Erg Chebbi where your secluded camp in the heart of the desert awaits. With the rhythms of traditional tamtam drumming from local nomads to entertain you, enjoy dinner and an evening under the stars before retiring to bed.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Merzouga desert - Erfoud - Todra gorges - Dades valleyStop At: Gorges du Dades, Boumalne Dades, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionPerhaps make the most of your time in the desert with an early-morning walk over the dunes to enjoy the sunrise. After breakfast, ride your camel back to Merzouga and meet your driver. There, hop back aboard your minibus and head on to the town of Rissani — the ancient capital of the Tafilalt region and the birthplace of Morocco’s ruling royal family; the Alaouite dynasty. Since the Middle Ages, this has been the traditional starting point for camel caravans crossing the Sahara Desert to Timbuktu. Next, take the famous ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’ to nearby Tinghir. On route, admire the many ancient earthen citadels lining the way and listen as your guide explains their usage in Berber culture. Stroll along the river in Tinghir, then move on to the nearby Todgha Gorges and enjoy lunch in one of the local cafés (own expense). After lunch, continue on through the Dadès Valley. Enjoy a little free time to relax at the summit of the Dadès Gorge and enjoy panoramic views over the Moroccan countryside. Afterward, continue on to your hotel in Boumalne du Dadès for dinner and an overnight stay.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Dades valley - Rose valley - Skoura oasis - Ait ben haddou kasbah - MarrakechStop At: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionAfter breakfast, your journey will take you through the picturesque Valley of Roses to the oasis of Skoura, one of the largest in Morocco, and on to Ouarzazate. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, where locals have traded and socialized for thousands of years. Enjoy free time to visit the site at your leisure and soak up a little of the atmosphere, then head onward to Ouarzazate for lunch (own expense).After lunch (own expense) in Ouarzazate, head onward crossing the High Atlas Mountains to your accommodation in Marrakech where your 4-day Sahara Desert tour will come to an end.Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • Professional driver/guide
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transport by an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Half-board accommodations (breakfast and dinner)
  • Camel ride and overnight in desert camp
  • Entry/Admission - Merzouga Desert
  • Entry/Admission - Gorges du Dades
  • Entry/Admission - Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

What’s not included

  • Lunches and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips and personal items
  • Entry/Admission - Draa Valley

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Ouarzazate - Agdez Draa valley Stop At: Draa Valley, Zagora, Souss-Massa-Draa Region Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, head out of the city in your air-conditioned minivan through the fertile Haouz Plains toward the High Atlas Mountains. Pass through rural Berber villages where local farmers tend their goats, and take the high Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the mountains. Enjoy free time to visit the site of taourirte in ouarzazate at your leisure and soak up a little of . After lunch, your tour will take you to the Oasis of Agdz to enjoy the view of Kasbah Tamnougalt, then continue through the oases and palm groves of the Drâa Valley to Zagora. Meet your camel caravan before setting off on your 1-hour camel trekking adventure into the Zagora Desert. Enjoy breathtaking views of the setting sun on route to your desert camp, then sit down to a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars as locals play traditional folk songs for your entertainment Duration: 7 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: Zagora - Anti atlas Mountains - Rissani - Merzouga camel ride Stop At: Merzouga Desert, Merzouga, Meknes-Tafilalet Region Following an early stroll to admire the sunrise among the sand dunes (optional), enjoy breakfast at the camp then ride your camel back to Zagora. Meet your driver for the onward journey through the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the lunar landscape towards the town of Alnif, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch (own expense), continue to Merzouga — a small village on the edge of the mighty Sahara Desert. Meet your camel caravan and, as the golden sun begins its slow descent over the dunes, set off toward Erg Chebbi where your secluded camp in the heart of the desert awaits. With the rhythms of traditional tamtam drumming from local nomads to entertain you, enjoy dinner and an evening under the stars before retiring to bed. Duration: 5 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 3: Merzouga desert - Erfoud - Todra gorges - Dades valley Stop At: Gorges du Dades, Boumalne Dades, Souss-Massa-Draa Region Perhaps make the most of your time in the desert with an early-morning walk over the dunes to enjoy the sunrise. After breakfast, ride your camel back to Merzouga and meet your driver. There, hop back aboard your minibus and head on to the town of Rissani — the ancient capital of the Tafilalt region and the birthplace of Morocco’s ruling royal family; the Alaouite dynasty. Since the Middle Ages, this has been the traditional starting point for camel caravans crossing the Sahara Desert to Timbuktu. Next, take the famous ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’ to nearby Tinghir. On route, admire the many ancient earthen citadels lining the way and listen as your guide explains their usage in Berber culture. Stroll along the river in Tinghir, then move on to the nearby Todgha Gorges and enjoy lunch in one of the local cafés (own expense). After lunch, continue on through the Dadès Valley. Enjoy a little free time to relax at the summit of the Dadès Gorge and enjoy panoramic views over the Moroccan countryside. Afterward, continue on to your hotel in Boumalne du Dadès for dinner and an overnight stay. Duration: 5 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 4: Dades valley - Rose valley - Skoura oasis - Ait ben haddou kasbah - Marrakech Stop At: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou, Souss-Massa-Draa Region After breakfast, your journey will take you through the picturesque Valley of Roses to the oasis of Skoura, one of the largest in Morocco, and on to Ouarzazate. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, where locals have traded and socialized for thousands of years. Enjoy free time to visit the site at your leisure and soak up a little of the atmosphere, then head onward to Ouarzazate for lunch (own expense). After lunch (own expense) in Ouarzazate, head onward crossing the High Atlas Mountains to your accommodation in Marrakech where your 4-day Sahara Desert tour will come to an end. Duration: 6 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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