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4-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour

Marrakech, Morocco
Excellent
Duration

4 Days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Languages

English, Multilingual

Free Cancellation

48 H

We highly recommend the 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert for those who are seeking to discover the magic of the south. The 4-day tour includes a night in Dades, where you’ll enjoy the nature, one night in the Sahara desert, and one in Ouarzazate city which is known as the Holywood of Africa.

The first day of the tour will be driving through the High Atlas mountains, and enjoying its breathtaking landscapes. After a few hours through the Atlas, you’ll visit Ait Ben Haddou and then continue to Dade via Skoura and Rose Valley.

The second day will be heading towards the south via several Berber villages. You’ll visit and walk through Todra Gorges and then continue to Merzouga, where you will start a camel trek for the desert overnight. On the third day, you will wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise, have breakfast, take a shower, and then we will head towards Ouarzazate via Alnif, Agdz, and Draa Valley.

The last day of this 4-day tour package from Marrakech, we will head back to Marrakech from Ouarzazate after visiting the film studios. We will be using the same road through the hight Atlas Mountains, and we will arrive to Marrakech by the afternoon or the end of the day, depending on your stops on the way.

Brief itinerary of the 4-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

DayDepartureArrivalDistance
1stMarrakechDades330 km
2ndDadesMerzouga Desert265 km
3rdMerzougaOuarzazate368 km
4thOuarzazateMarrakech200 km

 

Good To Know:

  1. The 4-day trip from Marrakech involves a significant amount of driving across the high Atlas Mountains. We recommend booking a 5 or 6-day desert tour if you don’t want to spend too much time in the car.
  2. Due to bad weather (Ex: rain, Sand storm), it is possible that you will miss the sunset, sunrise, or a part of the camel ride.
  3. It is not recommended for pregnant women, anyone over the age of 70, or with back problems to ride a camel for an extended period of time.
  4. You might have lunch in touristy places during the high season.
  5. There is a possibility to start the 4-day tour from Marrakech and end it in Fes.
  6. We offer a shorter version of 3-day/2-night trip from Marrakech, however the tour includes a lot of driving on the last day.

Extra Activities:

  • ATV: Add more fun and adventure to your desert trip by joining a quad bike excursion into the dunes.
  • Dune Buggy: Without a doubt, the most exciting way to cross the dunes and add adrenaline to your journey is by a buggy.
  • Cooking Class: A great opportunity to learn how to cook one of the most famous and delicious Moroccan dishes.

4-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour Highlights

  • Discover the Atlas Mountains
  • Explore Ouarzazate (Gate of the desert)
  • Take a walk through Todra Gorges
  • Ride the camels in the dunes
  • Enjoy the sunset and the sunrise in the desert
  • Enjoy the night under the stars
  • Visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the south

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech - The Atlas Mountains -Ouarzazate - Skoura - Dades
On the first day, we will pick you up from Marrakech at around 08:00 in the morning, and then we will drive south through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n'Tichka (the highest road pass). We will stop to admire the impressive landscapes of the Atlas, the Berber villages, and to enjoy a coffee or tea in a local restaurant with a view of the mountains. We will continue to the city of Ouarzazate or what we call Holywood of Africa. We will visit its famous film studio, Taourirt Kasbah which is a historic fortified residence, and then we will continue along the way through Skoura, Mgouna Valley (Roses Valley), and other Berber villages to reach Dades Valley where we will spend the night in a hotel.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Kasbah Didis or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Xaluca Dades or similar
Day 2: Dades - Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga (Erg Chebbi dunes)
On the second day, we will leave Dades Valley in the morning and head to Todra Gorges, one of the most beautiful and impressive canyons in Morocco. You will have time to walk through the gorge and enjoy the sounds and sights of the river. Starting from Todra, we will continue to travel through breathtaking landscapes and many Berber villages and oasis to Merzouga desert. We will pass by Erfoud, a small town famous for its fossil factories and, we will travel through the Sahara Oasis of Rissani. Depending on our arrival, you will have some time to relax or immediately start a camel trek into the dunes, where you will spend the night in a camp. The camel trek starts around 17:00-18:00 in summer and around 15:00-16:00 in winter. After an hour, you will arrive at the desert camp and, you will be greeted with a cup of traditional mint tea, enjoying the view of the Sahara and the sunset. Later on, the dinner will be served at the camp's restaurant tent. After your dinner, you will enjoy the music of the Berber drums played by the locals by the campfire. Don't miss a walk to the dunes, and look up to the sky, where you will find the scenery of million stars. Remember that the bonfire is usually in the cold months (at night), and no sand storms.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Standard Desert Camp
Superior Option: Luxury Desert Camp
Day 3: Merzouga - Alnif - Agdz - Draa Valley - Ouarzazate

On the third day, we will wake you up early in the morning to climb the dunes to watch the beautiful sunrise. After breakfast, shower, then the morning camel trek, you will meet your driver/guide and then start the journey to Ouarzazate. On the way, you'll stop in Rissani to visit its traditional market, which is considered the largest in southern Morocco. Continue through the vast rocky desert, several Berber Villages, and the impressive Draa valley with its thousands of palm trees. We will arrive in Ouarzazate around 17:00, depending on the duration of the stops, the departure time from Merzouga.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Riad Amlal or similar
Superior Option: Riad Dar Chamaa or similar

Day 4: Ouarzazate - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
The last day of the 4-day trip from Marrakech, we will be leaving Ouarzazate in the morning, and we will be driving west to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, which used to shoot a lot of famous Hollywood movies such as Gladiator, Mummy, Game of Thrones, and so on. It is also one of the important fortresses of the Old Salt Road and the most impressive Kasbah and well-preserved fortress in Morocco. After visiting the Kasbah, we will be heading back to Marrakech through the same road on the Atlas Mountains, expecting to reach Marrakech around 17:00.

Included/Excluded

  • Private transportation with A/C
  • Experienced driver (Multilingual)
  • Car fuel
  • Hotels (Dinner & Breakfast)
  • Camel trekking in the dunes
  • Sandboarding (Optional)
  • One night in a desert camp (Half board)
  • Free time to visit, take pictures...etc.
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Accommodation in Marrakech
  • Entrance fees

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Marrakech, Morocco

FAQs About the 4-Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour

Which accommodations are included?
There is a possibility to choose standard or upgrade to superior accommodation (Luxury hotels & desert camp).
How is the weather in the desert?
The weather during summer (June to mid-September) gets hot both during the day and night (Day~45 °C - Night~30 °C), and in winter (November - March) gets cold at night and warm during the day (Day~26 °C - Night~0 °C). The rest of the year, the temperature is almost the same throughout the day and night (between 24-30 °C).
What to pack?
- Water
- Flashlight
- Backpack
- Sunscreen
- Hat or scarf
- sunglasses
- Jacket & Gloves (during winter)
- Closed shoes
How to book and pay?
Booking:
You can book the tour directly from this page or send an inquiry.

Payments and terms of cancellations:
We ask for a small deposit to be paid in advance to secure the booking, that can be paid by Debit/Credit Cards, PayPal, Bank Transfer or Western Union. For more information about the payments and cancellations, please check our payments & terms of cancellations page.
What time and where does start from?
The 4-day tour starts around 08:00 am, and the pick-up will be from your accommodation in Marrakech. Please contact us in case you want to be picked up from somewhere else.
Is the tour private or shared?
This is a private 4-day tour from Marrakech and there will be only you (your group) and the driver/guide.
What is the price of the 4-day trip from Marrakech?
The price changes depending on the number of travelers and the category of the accommodations. You can upgrade the hotels and, the desert camps to mid-range or luxury. For more details, please check the prices on this page.
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Karin

Private four-day tour to the Sahara

We were three girls on a private four-day tour to Merzouga desert, and we had an amazing time. We would like to express our thanks to our driver/guide Hassan! He has always been patient and helpful. The whole itinerary was well arranged. From the first day to the last, we all felt safe, and enjoyed what Morocco has to offer!
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Emma

Unforgettable

We had an unforgettable experience with Ismail. He was helpful, enlightening, and patient. He took us to the undiscovered spots on this tour which was great, and the time spent with him was pleasant. During our stay in Dades, Ouarzazate, and Merzouga desert, the accommodations provided delicious food with live music from the locals. The desert night, live music performances, and dancing around the campfire under the full moon were unique moments.
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Olivier

4-day luxury Sahara desert trip

My friends booked the 4-day luxury desert trip starting from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert, and back to Marrakech. The luxury hotels and the luxury Sahara camp were unbelievable. Our driver Ali was such a great and friendly guy, we always feel that the car is so safe that he drives very carefully and smoothly (the van is super comfortable). I highly recommend this tour.
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