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Escape the busy streets of Marrakech’s Medina for the stark beauty of the desert during this 3-day excursion to Mezrouga and Erg Chebbi. Cross through the Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi-n-Tichka pass, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aït Benhaddou kashbah and visit the desert oasis at Skoura. Then discover the Todra Gorge and the sacred city of Rissani before spending the night amidst the stark beauty of the Sahara Desert. This 3-day, 2-night excursion also includes a driver (who also serves as guide), 2 nights of accommodation (one at a desert camp), camel trek, meals as per the itinerary, round-trip air-conditioned transport from your hotel.

Highlights

  • 3-day tour to Merzouga, the Dadès Valley and Erg Chebbi from Marrakech
  • Traverse the High Atlas Mountains via the magnificent Tizi-n-Tichka pass
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Benhaddou kasbah with a guide
  • Discover lush palm groves in the desert at Skoura
  • Admire the Todra Gorge and follow the Dadès River to Boumalne du Dadès
  • Take a camel trek from Merzouga to Erg Chebbi and enjoy dinner under the stars at a Berber desert camp
  • Tour includes some meals and round-trip travel from Marrakech

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This 3-day tour to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi is ideal for intrepid travelers hoping to explore Morocco away from the hustle and bustle of busy Marrakech. Visit UNESCO-listed sites and relax to traditional Moroccan music beneath star-lit Sahara Desert skies.

What You Can Expect

3-Day Desert Tour to Merzouga from Marrakech Including Dadès Valley and Erg Chebbi Camel Trek

Admire the natural beauty of the Merzouga desert sand dunes

Trade the bustling city of Marrakech for the solitude of the desert during this 3-day, 2-night excursion to Mezrouga and Erg Chebbi, Over the course of your journey you’ll get an up-close-personal experience in the desert, including a chance to visit a desert oasis, explore a UNESCO World Heritage site and spend the night under the stars at a camp in the Sahara Desert.

Start the first day with a pickup from your Marrakech accommodation, continuing into the Atlas Mountains as you pass Berber villages and cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aït Benhaddou kashbah, a historic meeting place and trading site, and check out the desert oasis at Skoura before spending the night in Bourmaine du Dadès.

On day two travel the “Road of 1,000 Kashbahs” to the Todra Gorge, stopping at the holy city of Rissani in the afternoon. Then climb aboard a camel for an unforgettable ride in the late afternoon sun toward Erg Chebbi and your evening camping accomodations in the desert. Spend the evening enjoying dinner and serenades of traditional music from local nomads under the stars. On day three you’ll ride your camel back to Mezrouga, heading back through the High Atlas Mountains to your Marrakech accommodations to finish the trip.

For a full run-down of the trip itinerary as well as more details about overnight accommodation choices, please read the details below.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Carolyn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is a great tour. We were collected from our Riad and taken to meet the minibus, met our fellow travellers of all ages and nationalities then headed off into the Atlas mountains and on to the desert. We made lots of stops along the way to take in the view and visit amazing attractions. The highlight was the camel riding and night at the Berber camp, even though we had the most tremendous thunder and lightening storm it didn't dampen our spirits and to see the sun rise over the Sahara from the back of a camel is an unforgettable experience. The staff at the camp and our driver were brilliant. The journey back on the last day was quite long but there was always something to look at out of the window. This is a great tour to escape the madness of Marrakech and discover some of the many faces of Morocco. Amazing value for money.

Rens F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing tour. The 2 hour camel track at sunset and then again at sunrise is obviously the highlight but there were many other beautiful things to see on the tour. Just seeing the different landscapes from the bus is often really interesting. They do take you to some local Berber people who then try to sell you something, but they give enough information so that it doesn't become an annoyance.
It's a 9 hour long drive back on the third day so bringing something to entertain yourself in that time is not a bad idea. The temperatures change a lot during the tour. One moment you are high in the atlas mountains and it's really cold, next you are in broad daylight and it's hot so it's nice to be able to easily add or remove a layer or two every now and then.
The tourguide does give some information along the way, but there is a lot more to learn about the interesting lifestyle of the Berber people so in hindsight I wish I had asked a lot more questions during the trip. The tourguide seemed more than happy to answer questions.

Julio L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Beautiful experience,we got exactly what is described. The trip is a bit long and exhausting, but it is totally worth it. A once in a lifetime experience. I felt completely safe on the road, the driver was very prudent and did not take any risks. Very recommended

Luís S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A must do trip when in Marrakech. All went well as described!

Jane K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing! We got so much value out of this tour! The car ride (whilst long and hot) was so nice and we got to go to amazing sites. Every guide we had was such fun and so informative (perfect English). The camel riding was surreal and the overnight stays were just amazing!

Amanda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My boyfriend and I booked the duluxe version of this tour. Everything was better than we imagined. We especially loved the night in the desert and the hotel we stayed in the first night had amazing views! Highly recommend

Min L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our driver Alluli is extremely awesome!! He is funny and has good stamina. Drove for long hours and could still keep chatting with us to keep us entertained during the long journey!

Tim R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

All was as described in advertising. The bus was first rate. The driver was excellent. He drove very carefully and with in the speed limit. Camels were fun and sleeping in the desert was the highlight of our visit.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Exceeded expectations

Husain A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

For the price it was great!
Dont expect much from the overnight stay but this is not what this whole trip is about.
You get to see alot in the few days, great driver and tour guides.

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