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3 Days

Marrakech Desert Tour – 3 Days

  • 3 Days
  • Group : 1-17 People

Experience the enchanting beauty of Morocco with our private 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert. The tour takes you on a journey through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Morocco, from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Throughout the journey, you will be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable driver who will ensure you have a comfortable and safe trip.

The tour includes visits to some of Morocco’s most iconic landmarks, including the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its mud-brick fortified walls and historical significance. You will also explore the lush Tinghir oasis, where you can take a leisurely walk along the Todgha riverbank and visit Berber villages to learn about the local culture and lifestyle. The nearby limestone Todgha canyons are also one of the highlights of your Marrakech to Merzouga tour, with their stunning natural beauty and rich geological history.

The tour also includes a once-in-a-lifetime experience of an hour-long camel ride to watch the mesmerizing sunset over Erg Chebbi dunes. Afterward, you will spend the night at your luxury Sahara Desert Camp nestled in the heart of Erg Chebbi sand dunes. You will enjoy dinner under the starry sky while entertained by the local nomads playing their Tam-tam drums. Our 3-day Marrakech Desert Tour is an unforgettable experience that will without doubt leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Scenic drive through High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site, Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou
  • Drive through Skoura oasis and see Kasbah of Amridil
  • Admire the fortified adobe Berber settlements called Ksours
  • Spend a night in Dades Valley hotel with dinner and comfortable accommodation
  • Explore Tinghir oasis and stunning limestone Todgha canyons
  • Enjoy a camel ride across color-changing dunes to Sahara desert camp
  • Experience a well-deserved Moroccan dinner and Tamtam drumming under the stars

Price Includes

  • Travel in a modern 4x4 or van with air conditioning and a knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Pickup will be arranged from your accommodation in Marrakech, be it a hotel or a Riad.
  • Overnight in a private air-conditioned ensuite room at either Auberge Panorama or Hotel Babylon, including dinner and breakfast.
  • Experience camel rides during both sunset and sunrise in the stunning Erg Chebbi desert.
  • Spend the night in a private tent at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi.
  • At your Sahara Desert Camp, you'll be provided with dinner and breakfast.
  • You will be dropped off at your Marrakech hotel or the nearest available location to your riad if it is not accessible by car.

Price Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees if any
  • local guides if any
Tour Prices
1 Person
2 People
295€ / person
3 People
225€ / person
4 People
185€ / person
5 People
165€ / person
6 People
155€ / person
7-9 People
149€ / person
10-13 People
145€ / person
14-17 People
125€ / person

Day 1Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley (6 Hours Drive)

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our 3-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert, starting at approximately 7:30 in the morning from your hotel or riad. Our journey will commence with a scenic drive through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass, with numerous stops along the way to marvel at the picturesque views. Our first destination will be the UNESCO world heritage site, Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, famous for serving as a backdrop for various Hollywood blockbusters.

After exploring Ait Ben Haddou, we will head to Ouarzazate for a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue our journey through the Skoura oasis, known for its impressive Kasbah of Amridil. We will then drive via the Valley of the Roses and the village of Kalaa Mgouna, renowned for its Damascus rose distillation factories. Admire the magnificent fortified adobe Berber settlements called Ksours through the car window as we make our way to our hotel located in Dades Valley.

Spend a memorable night at the hotel with dinner and comfortable accommodation. Get ready for an exhilarating day ahead as we set off to explore the beautiful Tinghir oasis and the stunning limestone Todgha canyons.

Day 2Boumalne Dades - Tinghir - Merzouga - Sahara Desert (4 Hours Drive)

Embark on a scenic drive along the 1001 Kasbahs road to Tinghir after breakfast. You will have the opportunity to visit Berber Villages and Ksours, and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Todgha River. The majestic Todgha canyons are sure to leave you in awe, and are worth the trip. Before departing for Merzouga, indulge in a delicious Berber lunch at your own pace in the Gorges.

As you arrive at Erg Chebbi, your camel caravan awaits you at the end of the road. Hop onto your camel and ride across the color-changing dunes to watch the stunning sunset. As the sun sets, you will arrive at your Sahara desert camp just before nightfall. Settle into your tent and climb one of the nearby dunes to witness the tranquility of the desert. Enjoy a well-deserved Moroccan dinner under the stars while testing your drumming skills with the nomads. Your camp hosts will entertain you with their Tamtam drums around the campfire. Take advantage of the nearby dunes, which provide a stunning display of shooting stars and crystal clear constellations.

Spend the night at your Sahara desert camp, surrounded by the calmness of the desert.

Day 3Merzouga - Ouarzazate - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech (9 Hours Drive)

Start your day early with a magnificent sunrise camel ride over the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes, followed by a meet up with your guide. After breakfast, embark on a journey back to Marrakech through the picturesque Anti Atlas Mountains and the volcanic landscapes. Along the way, we will pass through Nkob village, and in Ouarzazate, you can choose to visit the film studios if you are interested. Enjoy lunch at your leisure in the city center before continuing the drive in the early afternoon. Our route takes us across the majestic High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass before reaching Marrakech.

Your 3-day private desert excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga concludes with a drop-off at your hotel or riad in the mid-afternoon. Cherish the unforgettable memories of your magical journey through Morocco’s breathtaking landscapes, Berber culture, and the Sahara desert.


When to hike in Morocco?

The best time to hike in Morocco is during the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November). During these months, the weather is typically mild, with comfortable temperatures during the day and cool nights. The landscapes are also more colorful during these seasons, as wildflowers bloom in the spring and the foliage changes color in the fall.

However, it’s still possible to hike in Morocco during the summer and winter months. Summer can be hot, but the higher elevations in the Atlas Mountains offer cooler temperatures. Winter can be cold, especially at higher altitudes, but there are still opportunities for winter hiking and skiing. It’s important to note that some trails and passes may be inaccessible during the winter months due to snow and ice.

Can I climb Toubkal without a guide?

It is technically possible to climb Toubkal without a guide, but it’s not recommended. The terrain can be challenging, especially for inexperienced hikers, and having a guide can provide added safety and support. A guide can also help with navigation, especially in areas where the trail may not be clearly marked.

In addition to safety concerns, climbing Toubkal without a guide may not be permitted. The Moroccan authorities require hikers to obtain a permit before climbing Toubkal, and our tour company is licensed to issue these permits.

It’s also worth noting that climbing with us can enhance your overall experience. Our guide can provide insights into the local culture and history, and can help you appreciate the natural beauty of the area. We will also take care of logistics, such as arranging transport, food, picnics and accommodations, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your hike.

How hard is it to climb Mount Toubkal?

Climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, but it’s generally considered a moderate to strenuous climb. The difficulty of the climb will depend on several factors, including your level of fitness, previous hiking experience, and the route you choose to take.

The standard route to the summit starts in the village of Imlil and involves hiking to the Toubkal Refuge, where climbers can rest for the night before making the final ascent to the summit the following day. The hike to the refuge is approximately 5-6 hours and involves a steady uphill climb.

The final ascent to the summit involves some steep and rocky terrain and can take 3-4 hours, depending on your pace. Altitude can also be a factor, as the summit of Toubkal is 4,167 meters (13,671 feet) above sea level. It’s important to acclimate properly to the altitude and take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness.

That being said, the climb to Mount Toubkal is accessible to most hikers with a moderate level of fitness and previous hiking experience. It’s recommended to train and prepare for the climb in advance, with a focus on building endurance and stamina.

Overall, while climbing Mount Toubkal can be a challenging hike, the stunning views from the summit and the sense of accomplishment make it a rewarding experience.

How cold is it in the High Atlas Mountains?

The temperature in the High Atlas Mountains can vary greatly depending on the season and altitude. In general, the higher you go, the colder it gets.

During the winter months (December to February), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can drop below freezing, especially at higher altitudes. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach -10°C (14°F) or colder at the summit of Mount Toubkal. It’s important to come prepared with warm clothing and gear if you plan to visit during the winter.

In the summer months (June to August), temperatures in the High Atlas Mountains can be quite hot during the day, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). However, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher altitudes, so it’s important to pack warm layers for evenings and early mornings.

Overall, it’s best to come prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions when visiting the High Atlas Mountains, as the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly.

What equipment do I need to hike Toubkal Mount in the winter?

Hiking Toubkal Mount in the winter can be challenging and requires proper equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are some essential items you should bring with you:

  1. Insulated and waterproof boots: Your boots should be sturdy, waterproof, and insulated to keep your feet warm and dry in snowy conditions.

  2. Warm clothing layers: You’ll need to dress in layers, including a base layer, mid-layer, and outer shell, to stay warm and regulate your body temperature. Insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves are also necessary.

  3. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants: You’ll need a waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect you from the snow, wind, and rain.

  4. Crampons and ice axe: In snowy conditions, you may need crampons and an ice axe to help you navigate the mountain safely.

  5. Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a waterproof cover is essential for carrying your gear, snacks, and water.

  6. Sleeping bag: If you plan to spend the night in a mountain refuge, you’ll need a warm and insulated sleeping bag.

  7. Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.

Is it safe to trek in Morocco?

Morocco is generally considered a safe country for trekking, but like any travel destination, it’s important to take appropriate safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Stay on designated trails: Stick to designated trails and avoid venturing off into unknown areas.

  2. Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring the necessary equipment, such as proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear.

  3. Stay hydrated: Bring enough water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout your trek.

  4. Avoid hiking alone: It’s always safer to hike with a group or a guide, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and rewarding trekking experience in Morocco.