• Location: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Duration: 3 days (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

3-Day Tour Marrakech to Merzouga by way of 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 accommodations 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

Anna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great tour! Definitely worth the money and the long journeys in the car. Would not hesitate in booking it again.

Lorna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Booking from Viator was very simple and easy. 3 Day tour Marrakech to Merzouga by way of Dades Valley and Erg Chebbi Camel Trek- LUXURY OPTION
- The local tour agent - have to call them to confirm place and time of pick up. Only emailed the confirmation the day before the tour after I called.
- The hotel pick up was on time, and the drop off on tour conclusion was also well organised with our Riad where there was a staff from our Riad who fetched and walked us back to our Riad as vehicle can not access to the alley where our Riad was We were impressed wilth this as we could have made our own way to the Riad.
- The van can use a bit more ventilation, I think some of the air vents are not working?
- The itinerary and the tour itself was well thought of. We have visited amazing sites, view of Atlas, Berber village with some outlook of their culture through their knowledgeable tour guides. We never felt rushed, ample time to enjoy the view and take photos.
- The village who showcases and sells carpets/rugs were very nice and hospitable people however, we felt that we are a bit confused with the price, and felt uncomfortable with haggling with the price. It would be better if they have a standard honest price.
- The lunch stops were not all good, average food.
- The hotel that we stayed in need some updating. We were not happy with the food, specially the portion. We felt that there was not enough food for everyone dinner. The room was VERY COLD, not enough heating. And they turned off the water heating overnight and turned it back on at 7 am after we asked for it.
- Both camel rides was AMAZING! Just enough time about an hour each way to view the sunset, and the next day for the sunrise. Again, not felt rushed, have plenty of time for photos. The aches and pain after the camel ride was really worth it!
- The LUXURY tent we had was OUTSTANDING. A real LUXURIOUS experience. Red carpet, lighting. We did not mind paying extra to have the luxury option because it was really unbelievable! Beautiful tent, with heated shower, and toilet, fresh, and crisp bedsheets, and towels. Smells Gorgeous too. Dinner was delicious. The way the camp was set up was breath taking. With entertainment after dinner around the bonfire. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this experience. Make sure you get the Luxury option, it was really worth it! We highly commend the staff who attended to us Saed, Mohammed, and Hassan. Also to the drivers who took us to the camel ride. They were all so nice and kind.
- Lastly we want to say a BIG thank you to our 3 day tour driver MOHAMMED who kept our journey safe. He was very friendly, approachable, pleasant, cautious and a safe driver. He looked after us very well and ensure we have enough stops along our travel was such a LONG drive for toilet and refreshments.
An exceptional wonderful experience all together! I would highly recommend.

Ehsan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great Tour because our Driver Mr.Mohamad were realy good. he stoped every 2 hours and we didnot feel long trip to Sahara.
unfortunetly sahara tour were so short, we were in desert from sunset till sunshine!
its long trip and I recommad to take 4-5Days tour.

khamassisalah

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is the best excursion I had with my wife. Our driver was really professional and well organized. His driving matter was excellent as the road is not easy. Luxury desert camp and camel ride are the highlights of the tour with sunset and sunrise the day after. This trip was very organized and the night in the luxury desert camp desert was fabulous. We will come back surely to these places.

brad.h.morrow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour. Desert was beautiful and the lodging and tour guides were good. Food was just average for most meals (and expensive for Morocco, about $10 for each lunch), but there were a couple good ones. Would recommend.

Stephen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is the best group tour I have ever attended. Our driver was courteous. His driving matter was very good. Luxury desert camp and camel ride are the highlights. This trip was very organized. We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children.. I guarantee your kids will love this.

Cassidy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Absolutely incredible experience! A lot of driving, but beautiful scenery all around. However, once we reached the Sahara, every minute of driving was worth it. The desert is even more breathtaking in real life than in pictures. We highly recommend this trip!

Julia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing! We saw so much on the way to the desert. The desert itself was amazing! The tour guide that drove us everywhere was the nicest person ever. Hussein was amazing to us all and always had a big smile on his face!! I can't say enough about how well planned this trip was and how well they took care of us.
When going to the desert from Merzouga, I would recommend there is no need for you to bring anything with you. I brought my whole backpack and didn't use any of it! There isn't really anywhere to brush your teeth and you are there for such a short period of time that I just slept in my clothes! When you get to camp, you have an amazing dinner best tagine I had the entire trip! and then you sit by a fire singing and dancing. You crawl into bed for a few hours sleep before getting up again for sun rise. It was such a great experience and so enjoyable.

I also managed to get a ride to Fes rather than going back to Marrakech and only cost a little extra 250 dirhams. It saved me so much time on travel as I wanted to go north after the trip. The tour company and the driver can help you out with anything that you need. They aim to please and always with a smile!

zhwong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing tour! Don’t expect to see everything. Desert and camel riding is your destination! Be prepared to have no shower no heating for two nights in winter. Bring sleeping bag if you can. Take toilet issues with you. Lunch was 100 Dh pp at own expense. Once in a lifetime experience!

Michael A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

If you can only do one thing on your trip, take this tour. It was phenomenal. Camping in the Sahara by way of camel caravan will be a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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