4 Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour

From £522 pp

Marrakech

4 Days

2-10

What you'll do

On this incredible pivate tour of Morocco's beautiful deserts and mountains, you'll be stunned by the natural beauty of the High Atlas and the Sahara, and amazed at the warm hospitality you'll receive from your local hosts, who will ensure you see Morocco at its most authentic.

This four-day tour is essentially a loop both starting and ending at the buzzing imperial city of Marrakech.

You’ll swoop through jaw-dropping mountain ranges, trek across endless, beautiful deserts, gaze at otherworldly fortress cities, and be fully immersed in native Moroccan culture, from rural and city life, to the cuisine, to the music.

You’ll be able to cool off from hot, dusty days of sightseeing with a cool swim in the idyllic Dades River, and relax from trekking in the Sahara by a crackling campfire under an endless shower of stars.

Hustle your way through the vibrant, colourful spice markets and experience the hectic lifestyle in Rissani Market, after experiencing the fascinating culture of a traditional Berber camp, far from civilisation.

From magical music performances to plunging gorges and incredible meals, as rich in spices as Morocco is diversity, this is an experience not to be missed.

H&G Morocco Tours

Your Local Host:

H&G Morocco Tours

Hamid was raised as a nomad. His family lived a nomadic life until he was about 6 years old.  Hamid’s family of 10 then settled in a remote desert village.  Family is everything to him.  Hamid is from the Amazigh tribe. “Amazigh” means free people.  He speaks five different languages:  Berber, Arabic, English, Spanish and French... Read More

Experience Itinerary

Jaw-Dropping Mountains and Ancient Fortresses

On day one, we will set off after breakfast from your riad or hotel in Marrakech.

You’ll travel through the stunning Atlas Mountains, taking in incredible vistas of snow-capped mountains stretching endlessly into the distance. Pure white snow turns to lush green forests, which in turn descend into dusty brown rock in this truly beautiful landscape.

We’ll then stop at Tizi N’Tichka, the winding mountain pass that creeps up the side of the sheer cliffs and mountains, offering incredible views down deep valleys and of beautiful saw-toothed peaks.

As we travel onwards, you’ll witness a captivating transformation of the landscape, as the vegetation and shrubbery gives way to smouldering sandstone and soaring columns of rock.

Arriving at Ouarzazate, also known as Moroccan Hollywood, we’ll head to see the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This incredible fortified village is the backdrop of many famous movies, such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones.

As we walk to Ait Ben Haddou, which has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, you’ll learn its fascinating history, drink in the stunning architecture, immerse yourself in the ancient culture and enjoy panoramic views, which provide wonderful photo opportunities.

We then go on to Boulmane Dades, located by the Dades River, where you’ll be able to take a relaxing swim in the pristine river in the warm evening air, then head for a leisurely dinner of beautifully cooked, authentic Moroccan cuisine.

Dramatic Gorges and Desert Camps

Leave after breakfast to see Todra Gorge. The gorge is a result of natural forces: both the Dades and Todra rivers have carved through these limestone canyons, with walls reaching 300 metres high!

After breakfast at your accommodation, we’ll continue our journey and set out to see the seriously impressive Todra Gorge. A result of the Dades and Todra rivers cutting cleanly through limestone canyons, the gorge is a spectacular sight.

Rushing waters pile through this deep gouge in the landscape, and drops of pure, crystal clear water dance in the sunlight as they splash through the sun-drenched walls.

We’ll then continue on to the majestic dunes of Erg Chebbi, Merzouga. These immaculately sculpted, golden waves of sand provide excellent photo opportunities.

Enjoy a refreshing mint tea at the hotel on arrival, where you will mount your camel and trek into the atmospheric, endless Sahara dunes to enjoy a deep, glowing African sunset.

Continuing our camel trek, we’ll arrive at a traditional Berber camp in the dunes to have an authentic Moroccan dinner. You’ll be entertained by hypnotic desert drums, enjoy stargazing under the iridescent night sky and spend the night in the desert camp, gathered around the heat of a campfire.

This evocative experience will stick with you for life, and is one not to be missed.

An Unforgettable Sunrise

The day begins with a beautiful Sahara sunrise, before we begin the camel trek back to the hotel. When we arrive, we’ll take time to refresh with breakfast and time for a shower.

We’ll then go to visit a community of traditional Gnawa musicians deep in the dunes and enjoy their trancelike, spiritual music. With its rich heritage rooted firmly in Morocco, this is a privileged spiritual experience in the beautiful Sahara Desert that many don’t see.

This is a chance to get a deep insight into Moroccan culture, firmly off the beaten track.

After this, we’ll continue to the vibrant Rissani Market, a hugely significant market for the region, for an authentic experience in a rural setting.

Wander throughout the huge market, filled with the aroma of colourful spices and alive with colour and energy. Get involved with the locals and haggle your way to buying beautifully handcrafted artworks, scarves shimmering with colour and traditional snacks.

Finally, we’ll leave the desert for an overnight stay in Ouarzazate, another stunning, ancient fortified village of squat red blocks and twisting stairways and alleys.

One Last Journey Through the Mountains

On our final day, we’ll depart for Marrakech after breakfast, stopping along the way to admire and take photos of the beautiful scenery.

As with our outward journey, the views simply don’t let up. As you round each corner you are presented with incredible panoramic view after incredible panoramic view.

We’ll traverse the majestic High Atlas Mountains, finally arriving back in Marrakech where the tour ends.

Location Info

Pick up and drop off will occur from Marrakech.

Specific pick up and drop off points will be arranged on a case by case basis.

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  • Transportation
  • Hotels
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • English speaking local guide

4 Day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour