3-Day Tour Marrakech to Merzouga by way of Dadès Valley and Erg Chebbi Camel Trek - Reviews

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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.

hdaisy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Don't let the long drive put you off, the Sahara alone is more than worth it! You stop various times on the first two travelling days in different Berber villages - both tour guides were brilliant funny, informative and incredibly friendly! The hotel on the first night was relatively basic, but comfortable with delicious food and entertainment. You arrive in Merzouga on the edge of the desert, the pièce de résistance, on the afternoon of the second day. Be prepared with a small overnight bag as we had big bags and had to rush packing our essentials separately you will be frozen so pack thermals!...you then hop onto a camel not the most comfortable ride and head into the desert for the night. The guides here were brilliant, stopping the camels for the perfect sunset photo and provided live music and a campfire so you could star watch into the night. An early morning allows for a gorgeous sunrise camel ride back to the hotel on the edge of the desert for breakfast and a freshen up. We loved this trip and would definitely do it all over again!

andrew.b.maccallum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We were a little apprehensive of the tour before we started - the reviews had flagged up several issues like the hotel and the drivers being uncommunicative, but on every count we were proven wrong, and given a great experience. On day one our first impression could not have been better our bus was at the pick-up location early, and though I forgot my glasses when we transferred buses, our driver went back and picked them up after a quick phone call! Our first driver made it clear that he would only be with us part of the day, but gave us our itinerary and let us know when we would be stopping and what for. As previous reviews have said, there is a lot of driving on this tour, but this is made clear on the site, and the drivers make sure there are plenty of stops. We drove through the High Atlas mountains with our first driver and met up with our main driver and guide, Mohammed, after lunch. Mohammed is a hard man to describe, at times he seems like a human experiment in how little a driver can touch a steering wheel and not lose control of a car, a man who claims to drink yogurt to stay awake, a man who sings along to french chanson music with great gusto at any opportunity! Mohammed endeared himself to us after around 30 minutes in his company, and looking back there's no one I would rather have done the tour with. He is knowledgeable, kind-hearted and often unintentionally hilarious. We continued with Mohammed to the hotel, one of our big worries. Reviewers had said the hotel was unclean or freezing cold, which may well apply to the one they visited, but we arrived at a different one than that listed on our itinerary, with a pool complete with beautiful views of the mountains and a clean and spacious room with a great wifi connection, we were very happy with the meal too. On day two we stopped at a few sites along the way to the desert - including an admittedly rather awkward visit to a carpet vendor's home - and Mohammed bid us farewell for the night and entrusted us to the Berber group that led us into the desert on camelback. The Berbers were friendly, welcoming folk that referred to the camels as their 'Ferraris'. Their food was delicious, their musical performance was brilliant, and they even kept me updated on the Scotland football score that was happening concurrently! The stars and dunes of the desert left a deep impression on us all, and it was a special thing to share, even with the hundred or so other people from separate groups. After a surprisingly good night's sleep on our bed in the tent, we headed back to the previous evening's hotel on the camels to enjoy the sunrise and freshen up before the long journey back to Marrakech. A word of advice here, it's a good idea to bring a towel if you can, it'll speed up the process of getting a shower by a long way. There was indeed a lot of driving on day three but Mohammed got us back to our riad by 19:30, so we had time to relax and wash before bed. The trip was a brilliant experience led by a wonderful guide in Mohammed, all of our fears were assuaged by the day's activities and the care taken over us by those leading the tour, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

sanjwich

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Don't miss the opportunity to see the Erg Chebbi dunes as they are unlike anything you've ever seen in your life. Words, photos, videos don't do it justice! I was traveling solo in Morocco and decided to book this tour for my birthday, and what a great decision that was! Right off the bat our driver Omar was cheerful and pleasant, and drove us safely the entire trip that minibus kept putting me to sleep, it was great!. Our tour group bonded on the first lunch and we got along great the entire time which was great fun! I met friends that I'm confident I'll be connected to for a long time coming. The first night was spent in a nice hotel in Boumalne Dades, which wasn't luxurious or anything but it was clean and cozy and had a swimming pool! So obviously we enjoyed that. I have to say the highlight was definitely the camel trek, my camel in particular had a funny tick that sounded like he was blowing bubbles while sticking his tongue out LOL and when we got to our camp in the middle of the dunes, our hosts surprised me with a FREAKING BIRTHDAY CAKE! IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SAHARA! After sand boarding and running around the dunes and eating a delicious tagine. A birthday cake. For me! What a sweet surprise. After that we stayed up late watching the stars and the moonrise, and the next morning came far too soon. It was sad to leave, and the drive back was indeed long but that's what we signed up for. Getting back to Marrakech was bittersweet, leaving these wonderful people I'd spent the past 3 days with, but the memory is what sticks and that is what I'll keep with me forever. I loved this trip so much. If you have the opportunity, GO.

emilynicole27

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

For a first-time visitor to Morocco, this tour gave a flavor of so much of the country, and it left me wanting to return again soon. In only three days, we were able to visit the High Atlas mountains, beautiful scenery and villages throughout the countryside, and the incredible Merzouga dunes of the Sahara.

Our guide Mustafa was kind and knowledgeable, and he ensured that everyone in the group felt comfortable with our activities. It was unfortunate that we got into a small car accident not our fault on the second day, and we had to be separated from Mustafa and transferred to another driver. The rest of the trip, we hoped to see him again and pay our thanks for his kindness.

The highlight of the trip was our trip into the Merzouga desert and the beautiful camp nestled among the dunes. What an incredible experience to be surrounded by the harshest elements, led by people who shared their culture, history, and love for this beautiful place. I would return in a heartbeat and spend more time in Merzouga.

This tour is a great taste of Morocco, and while you will spend many hours riding in a van, the landscape is a beautiful backdrop to a highly memorable experience.

Valentina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

The sights are simply breath-taking! Be ready to leave your comforts behind as you will be seating for a long time.

Georgia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

I would absolutely recommend this tour to everyone who looks out for adventure, getting to know other people, encountering traditional way of living and creating unforgettable memories. The camel trekking and the night in the desert is a lifetime experience! 5 stars

Abderrahmane J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

- Mustapha was a skillful and careful driver as well as an excellent guide
- A lot of travelling is involved but regular breaks are scheduled. The minivan is comfortable and seat belts are available
- Great way to not only see the desert but also to explore the south of Morocco, its culture, nature and people
- A well-organized trip with comfortable accommodations. A tent is provided in the desert camp, but you can also choose to sleep à la belle étoile

Gabor88

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

It was an amazing 3 day tour with Houssen, the best driver possible. The tour was well organised, we always had sufficient information of everything. We visited wonderful places and we got to meet local people as well. This trip was worth every penny.
Thanks again Ando Travel.

sarahrose660

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

My partner and I went on this trip, and we had such a great time! Our driver was called Alurli, and he was brilliant - really safe and careful, and although he didn't speak much English, he did point out and explain as much of the scenery as possible.

It's a long, long drive, but the scenery is so beautiful, it really doesn't matter. We really enjoyed the stops along the way, and of course the desert was incredible. It was such good value for money as well! Definitely book this tour.

Sarah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Perfect! The locations for this tour were exceptional - Atlas Mountains, Ait Ben HaddouI, Dades Gorges, the Sahara desert. It was all a dream. Riding camels in the desert, climbing sand dunes, camping outside under the stars. I went on this trip as a solo traveler but met people from all over the world and had a great time. Our driver, Mohammed, was very friendly and accommodating felt safe with him as our leader. Definitely recommend this trip to anyone traveling to Morocco!!

Samantha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

My favourite tour in Morocco! Despite the long drive, our driver skilfully navigated the roads when the river flooded and got us to all destinations safely. The evening and night in Merzouga was worth the wait with it's incredible views in the sunset. I would highly recommend it!

Bree

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This tour was amazing! Definitely the highlight of our Moroccan trip! Muhammad, our driver was absolutely amazing! Not only was he a good driver but he was knowledgeable and friendly, I wouldn and #39;t have wanted to do this tour with anyone else. The desert camel experience was once in a lifetime.

Alec P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

We had an amazing time on this tour. We saw so many beautiful things in limited time and it still felt relaxed. We got to see everything we wanted to and more. The driver was very accommodating and stopped for pictures, food, and bathroom breaks. The desert camel tour was awesome, as well as the overnight stay in the Sahara. We got so much value out of this tour for an incredible price.

I would recommend this tour to anyone. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!!

Bridget W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

I very much enjoyed it. Took some beautiful camel photos, saw a bunch of stars in the desert, the desert camp was surprisingly warm and comfy. I don and #39;t think our group had any safety issues (obviously be smart about pickpocketing especially in touristy areas). Personally I loved it

Anna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This tour is amazing! A great experience that no one should miss once being in Morocco. The landscapes we saw were beautiful, Aït Benhaddou kasbah is a lovely place to visit and the highlight of course was the camel trek and the night in the desert where we had great food and nice music provided by very friendly staff. Mohamed, our guide in the Skoura oasis, gave us lot of information about the area and berbers' life and history. He was happy to answer all our questions and he was such a funny nice guy.

Something that you should note is that the price for the guide in Aït Benhaddou kasbah is not included in the price of the tour. Also, if someone tells you not to buy things in a shop because there is another cheaper where you will be heading to later on, most probably that is not the case... The tour involved a lot of driving but this is normal for such long distances. However, the driver could have been more careful and drive slower. Personally I prefer to feel safer and spend more time on the road than feeling that we are in a non-sense race!

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