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    The desert shocks. It's awesome. The fun activities. The comfortable camp. At dinner they should put the air conditioning in the dining room. The Panomara hotel in the Dades valley, very nice, comfortable, beautiful. The Jardines de Ourzarte hotel is very bad. Dirty and old rooms. Thousands of flies at breakfast. The perfect trip with Hamid Yakoubi. Kind, friendly, helpful. Willing to help with everything.
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  • Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Visit the enchanting Sahara Desert on a 4-day trip from Marrakech. Explore dirt roads, valleys, mountain passes, gorges, dunes and picturesque villages and discover this unique country.

Visit the enchanting Sahara Desert on a 4-day trip from Marrakech. Explore dirt roads, valleys, mountain passes, gorges, dunes and picturesque villages and discover this unique country.


Day 1: Marrakesh - Aït Benhaddou - Valley of the Roses - Dadès Gorges

After collecting you from your hotel, riad or from the airport, we'll head to Ouarzazate. On the way we'll pass through the striking Atlas Mountains via the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, which offers spectacular views from its 2,260 metres.

Having crossed through the Atlas Mountains we'll arrive at Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, one of the most impressive fortified cities in Morocco and the emblematic filming location of movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven.

We'll then take the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura and to Kelaat M'Gouna, a pretty city in Tinghir Province and capital of the Valley of the Roses. At the end of the first day, we'll drive to the Dadès Gorges, where we'll spend the night.

Day 2: Dadès Gorges - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga

After breakfast, we'll set off towards the Dadès Valley, travelling through the incredible Todgha Gorges, where we'll have lunch.

With renewed energy, we'll continue on our journey in the direction of Merzouga, passing through the Jorf palm grove, an area known for its excellent dates, and Erfoud, home to intriguing fragments of fossils.

Having arrived in Merzouga, we'll swap our vehicles for camels to immerse ourselves in the desert and make our way to Bedouin camp where we'll spend the night and enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner.

Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Tazarine - Tizi N'Tfrkhin - Ouarzazate

We'll begin the third day of our tour in the most magical day: watching the sunrise over the desert. After an early start, we'll climb back onto our camels and explore the area.

On the way back to Ouarzazate, we'll take a different route. Passing the Tafilalet Palm Grove and the village of Rissani, ancient capital and home to the founder of the Alaouite Dynasty, we'll reach the town of Alnif. Here, we'll join the road that cuts across the stunning Anti-Atlas mountain range.

After taking in the spectacular colours and shapes of the mountains, we'll arrive at Tizi N'tfarkhin, Tinghir and an amazing palm grove in the Dadès Valley. At lunchtime, we'll stop at Klaat M'Gouna to eat and rest before continuing the route.

In the afternoon we'll arrive in Ouarzazate, where we'll spend the night in a hotel/kasbah.

Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech

After a delicious breakfast, you'll have the morning free to explore Ouarzazate at your own pace. We recommend visiting the Taourirt Kasbah and Atlas Film Studios, known as the Hollywood of the desert. We'll leave Ouarzazate between 12 and 3:30 pm.

We'll drop you back off in Marrakech in the early afternoon.


There are two options, standard (2 - 3 stars) and luxury (4 stars):

  • Standard hotels: Kasbah Tifawe / Dar Essyaha or similar (Dadès), Haima Camp (Merzouga) and Hotel Les Jardins / Hotel Azoul or similar (Ouarzazate).
  • Luxury hotels: Azawad Luxury Desert Camp or similar (Merzouga). Accommodation is the same as the standard hotels in Dadès and Ouarzazate.

Both hotels and tents in the desert are double occupancy only, there are no single rooms. You can, however, ask for a triple room or a family room if you prefer. The standard category rooms have communal showers in the camp, while the superior category rooms have a private bathroom in the haimas and showers in the camp.

The standard and superior camps are completely separate and, in addition to the distinction in the bathrooms, there are differences in the food and the interior decoration of the haimas.

Hotel pickup

If you're staying in the Medina, you must go to the meeting point. If you're staying outside the Medina, we'll pick you up free of charge at your hotel or riad. If the hotel is outside of Marrakech, the pickup will have an extra charge between 10 (US$ 10.60) and 40 (US$ 42.50) depending on the distance.

Other excursions from Marrakech

If you would like to explore the Moroccan desert, but you're looking for a shorter tour, check out our other excursions: 2 Day Zagora Desert Trip and 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour.

Private Tour

If you'd like, you can do this excursion in a private group of just you and your partner, family or friends booking our Private Desert Trip.

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4 days.

Language The activity takes place with an escort that speaks in English and other languages.

The activity takes place with an escort that speaks in English and other languages.


Transport by minibus

English–speaking driver

3 nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast included

Fuel, tolls and all associated costs

Camel ride

Towels in the accommodation

Shampoo (only in the luxury category)

Basic wifi for instant messaging (only in the luxury category)

Not included


Air conditioning: 30 (US$ 31.80) per person

Mineral water: between 1 (US$ 1.10) and 2 (US$ 2.10) per 1.5 liter bottle

When to book?

You can book up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Not wheelchair accessible.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

Sustainability Code

Our providers commit to:

  • Provide a safe and satisfying experience.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Incorporate eco-conscious technologies.
  • Uphold fair employment standards.
  • Foster the growth of local communities.
  • Preserve the integrity of local culture.
  • Safeguard both cultural and environmental heritage.
  • Ensure ethical treatment of animals.
  • Operate with honesty and transparency.
  • Encourage sustainable behaviors among customers and staff.

This particular activity contributes as follows:

  • No printing of documentation required.
  • Has a gender equality policy.
  • Has a carbon footprint offset policy.


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Corporate name: Maroc Expedition Travel S.A.R.L

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Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - What is the supplement for an individual room?

    A - If you would like an individual room of the superior category, it costs €120. For standard, the supplement is €80.

  • Q - Is it possible to take a desert quad tour during the excursion?

    A - Yes, you can add this activity, and others, when in the destination. The guide will take you to the quad rental so you can enjoy this activity at your own pace.

  • Q - Is it possible to bring luggage on the tour?

    A - You can bring luggage, but during the excursion you must leave it in the hotel or bus. During the camel ride you can only bring a backpack.

  • Q - In which hotels is free pick up available?

    A - We will contact you to specify the exact pick up time and place.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

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If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

If you are staying in the Medina, you must go to the restaurant Cafe de France, in Jemaa el Fna Square. If you are staying outside the Medina we will pick you up at the hotel free of charge.

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