Immerse yourself in the most surprising part of the Moroccan desert, and contemplate the contrasts offered by its different landscapes as you discover valleys, mountains and historic towns.
3 Day Sahara Desert Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Marrakech - Aït Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - The Dadès Valley
At 8 am on the first day we leave Marrakech behind to hit the road towards Ouarzazate. On the way we cross the striking Atlas Mountains, crossing through the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, 2,260 metres high.
At the mid point of the journey we will arrive at the Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, a fortified city that has served a filming location for movies such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven. You'll have approximately two and a half hours here to explore this spectacular desert city and to have lunch.
The route then continues to Ouarzazate where you will have approximately half an hour to admire and take photos of the impressive Taourirt Kasbah.
Taking “The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs" towards Skoura we will then cross the Valley of the Roses to finally arrive at the Dadès Valley, where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Dadès Valley - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga
Having eaten breakfast we set off towards the Dadès Valley, crossing on the way the incredible Todgha Gorges where we will stay for a bit to enjoy the impressive landscape. Next, we move on in the direction of Merzouga, passing through the Jorf palm grove (which produces the best dates) and we will stop for lunch before arriving at Erfoud, a village famous for its fossil fragments.
Having arrived in Merzouga, we will swap our motor vehicles for camels to immerse ourselves in the desert, and search for the Bedouin camp where we will spend the night.
Here, soundtracked by desert silence, we will enjoy one of the most authentic dinners in all Morocco.
Day 3 Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif -Tizi n'Tichka - Ouarzazate - Marrakesh
If there is one unmissable sight in the desert it is sunrise. Having enjoyed this tranquil moment, the tour returns to its camels, to make for a hotel where we can shower and have breakfast (depending on the type of camp, the breakfast and shower can be before the camel ride).
Passing through the Tafilalet palm grove and Rissani village (from where Morocco’s ruling Alaouite dynasty comes) the tour continues through the acacia-covered plateaus and arrives at Alnif, where we take the road crossing the Anti Atlas mountain range. Through the remarkable mountainous passages of Tizi n'Tichka we will arrive at Tinghir, (an important Berber village), and finally the Dades Valley.
Reaching Kalaat M'Gouna around midday, we'll stop for lunch and a well-earned rest, before we complete our return journey to Marrakesh via Ouarzazate - leaving you at your hotel at around 8:30 pm.
On the first night, we'll stay in Dades, and the accommodation will be the same for both standard and superior options. Among the options are Dar Essyaha, Hotel Babylon, Hotel Le Vieux Chateau and Kasbah Tifawen.
On the second night, the tour will stay in the Merzouga camp. The difference between the standard and superior categories (Azawad Luxury Desert Camp or similar), is that in the standard camp the bathrooms and showers are in the communal tents, and in the superior camp each tent has a private bathroom with shower.
For both categories, the rooms are doubles, triples, or family rooms if you prefer.
La segunda noche la pasaremos en un campamento de haimas en Merzouga. La diferencia entre la categoría estándar y la superior (Azawad Luxury Desert Camp o similar), es que en la estandar los baños y las duchas están ubicados en tiendas comunes, y el superior cuenta con baño privado con ducha en cada haima.
En todos los alojamientos las habitaciones son dobles o, si lo preferís, triples o familiares.
If you wish to do a 4 day private day trip with your partner, family or friends, check out our 4 Day Merzouga Desert Private Tour.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
- The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 50% of their maximum capacity.
- At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 50% of the total maximum capacity.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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AdultsUS$ 202.50 US$ 168.70
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Children under 2Free
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* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour is exclusively in English.
Transport in a 4x4 or luxury minibus.
English speaking driver.
Two nights accommodation (hotel and Berber tent)
Sunrise and sunset camel rides.
Pick up from hotels outside the historic centre.
17% discount on the official ticket price.
Entrance to the Taourirt Kasbah (approx. €7).
Lunches and drinks.
Guide at Aït Benhaddou (€2 per person, to be paid in cash).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (8:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Is there an alternative way to do the desert excursion, without riding the camel?
A - Yes, you can do the journey by car instead of by camel. Please advise the chauffer in the moening of the second day of the excursion.
Q - Are there towels in the camps?
A - Yes.
Q - How many people are in a group?
A - It depends on how many people book this tour, but the groups tend to be between 6 and 16 people.
Q - Can we do one way by camel and return by quad bike?
A - Yes, it costs 50 EUR (also payable in Dirhams) for drivers and 20 EUR for passengers to hire quad bikes.
Q - Is it possible to end the tour in Ouarzazate?
A - Yes, but please indicate so when making your reservation and let your guide know on the day.
Q - In which hotels is free pick up available?
A - We will contact you to specify the exact pick up time and place.
Q - Is there WiFi in the camp?
A - No. If you need an internet connection we recommend that you buy a local sim card, to have 3G in the camp.
Q - Does this excursion visit Erg Chebbi?
A - Yes, Erg Chebbi and the Merzouga desert are two names for the same desert.
Q - Does the menu include gluten free and vegetarian options?
A - Yes, please indicate this special requirement in the comment section when making the reservation on the first day of the excursion.
Q - Is it possible to pay by card in the places visited?
A - We recommend that you bring cash, not all of the places will accept card.
Q - How long will we have in Ourzazate and the Dadès Gorges?
A - Half an hour in each of the two.
Q - Is there heating in the hotel/haima?
A - The hotel on the first night has heating. In the camp there is no heating, but there are plenty of blankets and duvets, so you won't get cold.
Q - How many hours in the car are included in this excursion?
A - On the first and second day there are approximately 8 hours of driving. On the last day approximately 10.
Q - What time do the activities begin in the morning?
A - Around 8 am.
Q - Is it possible to do a desert quad bike tour during the excursion?
A - Yes, you can contract this, and other, activities in the destination. The guide will take you to the quad rental place so you can enjoy this activity.
Q - How long is the camel ride?
A - The camel ride to get to the camp takes about an hour. The next day you'll make the same journey back.
Q - Can you bring luggage on the excursion?
A - Yes. The luggage will always be in the vehicle or back at the hotel. When you're travelling by camel you can only bring a backpack.
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 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
Café de France, Jemaa el-Fnaa Square.