Embark on a journey of a lifetime with this unforgettable private 3-day excursion to Merzouga and the Sahara Desert. As you venture through South West Morocco, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas, charming villages, and historic sites, all while enjoying the company of your loved ones. Spend two nights under the starry sky of the desert, immersing yourself in the serenity and wonder of the natural world. Traverse the majestic High Atlas Mountains, passing through the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2260m altitude, and witness the stunning landscapes of the Ounila valley, where ochre villages, abandoned kasbahs, and Ksours dot the horizon. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and explore the fascinating museum and cinema studio in Ouarzazate. Enjoy an unforgettable camel ride through the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi, and be mesmerized by the fiery sunset and sunrise that paint the desert in a palette of oranges and pinks. End your journey with a visit to the charming village of Risani, known for its historic kasbahs and bustling souks, before heading back to Marrakech, passing through the stunning Tiz-Tichka Pass and the High Atlas Mountains once more. This trip promises to be an unforgettable experience, filled with adventure, relaxation, and the beauty of Morocco's natural and cultural heritage.
Highlights of the Merzouga excursion in 3 days
• Travel through the panoramic High Atlas and the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2260m altitude.
• Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
• Visit the museum and the Cinema Studio in Ouarzazate.
• Enjoy a camel ride through the magnificent Dunes of Erg Chebbi.
• Experience the stunning sunrise and sunset at the Dunes of Merzouga.
• Enjoy an evening of friendly atmosphere around the campfire at a bivouac.
Day 1 : MARRAKECH - AIT BEN HADDOU - OUARZAZATE - DADES GORGES
This tour begins with a scenic drive through the High Atlas Mountains and Berber villages. You'll cross the Tizi n'Tichka, the highest road in Morocco (2260m), and the only direct pass that leads you to Ouarzazate and the Southeast region. Your first stop will be at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, located on the heights of the Ounila Valley, which offers spectacular views of ochre villages, abandoned kasbahs, orchards, and Ksours. Lunch will be at the Kasbah before continuing on to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert and the city of cinema, where you'll visit the museum and cinema studio. From there, you'll head to Dades Gorge through the rose city of Kelaat-Megouna and the Valley of Roses, where you'll spend the night.
Day 2 : DADES GORGES - TINGHIR - TODRA GORGES - MERZOUGA
After breakfast, you'll drive to Merzouga, passing through the Todra Gorges, the starting point of hikes towards the highest mountains of the High Atlas. You'll visit the site and continue to Merzouga through several nomadic Berber villages. Once you arrive in Merzouga, you'll embark on a camel ride through the stunning dunes of Erg Chebbi, and enjoy the sunset before returning to the bivouac where you'll spend the night under the stars.
Day 3 : MERZOUGA - RISSANI - MARRAKECH
You'll wake up early to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the dunes before returning to camp for breakfast. Your driver will then take you to discover the city of Rissani (the royal family alliouate) and visit the souk lined with palm trees and ancient kasbahs. You'll also pass through the village of Alnif before arriving in Ouarzazate for lunch. After lunch, you'll begin the journey back to Marrakech, crossing the Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2260m) and the High Atlas Mountains
✓ Half board accommodation (dinner and breakfast included)
✓ 1 night accommodation in a hotel at the Dades gorge
✓ 1 night accommodation in a deluxe bivouac in Merzouga
✓ Camel ride 1 hour at sunrise or sunset
✓ Tax of the stay
X Access fee to the monuments
X Drinks and snacks