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Experience this exotic excursion from Marrakesh to the desert and back in a 4-day trip! From the imperial city of Marrakesh and its incredible souks, crossing the High Atlas Mountains and the Kasbahs in Ait Ben Haddou, not forgetting the sand dunes in the Sahara desert. What are you waiting for?
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Early morning pick up at the hotel in Marrakesh to start the tour! Discover Morocco quickly, thoroughly, and enjoying the ride with other adventuers.
We also have various other options to tour Morocco, suited for any type of traveller. Or fancy a private or specialised tour? Don’t hestitate to get in touch so we can offer your the tour you want!
Still have doubts? Don’t worry, have a look at all the questions we have given answers to in the past regarding tours in Morocco. Don’t think twice and get packing!
MARRAKESH – DESERT – 4 DAYS
Day 1 - Marrakesh - Port Tichka - Ait Ben Haddou - Skoura Palm Grove - Dades Gorge
Our first stop is the High Atlas mountain range, and more specifially Tzi Tichka (2260m). We will take the highest asphalt road in Northern Africa to get there, a road that used to be only for suitable for mules until the French reconstructed it. During our ride, we will be able to see the ancient towns hiding in the valleys and a great variety of scenery. While heading to Ait Ben Haddou, we will cross the southern side of Atlas where you will find completely different, strikingly green, view. In Ait Ben Haddou we will visit the famous Kasbah which is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
After lunch, we will continue our adventure towards Dades Gorge, but first, we will pass through palm groves of Skoura to discover small villages and gardens hidden under the palm trees.
Haven’t had enough? Don’t worry there is loads left! We still need to see Dades Gorge, breathtaking scenery known as the fingers of the monkeys or the brain of the Atlas.
Did you know that…
-The word Marrakesh actually means “the land of God” in Bereber. This city is between the desert and the summit of High Atlas
-The legendary land of the 1000 moroccan kasbahs can be seen from the south of High Atlas. The kasbahs, or fortresses, are built for defensive purposes
– Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou are also known as “the door of the desert” due to their picturesque character. Many well-known movies such as Gladiator, The Jewel of the Nile, and Sahara were shot here
Day 2 - Dades Gorge- Todra Gorge- Erfoud - Merzouga
After having breakfast, we will take off to our next destination, Todra Gorge, which is a paradise for rock-climbers! The river Todra formed the daunting vertical walls that make up the beautiful scenery and will make you feel tiny! After having lunch in a local restaurant we will pass by Erfoud, also known as the “Gate of the Sahara Desert”, known for its film appearences and its location by Erg Chebbi. From here we will mak eour way to the Merzouga Dunes.
Once we reach Merzouga, we will ride some friendly camels to get us to the camp Haimas which is surrounded by dunes. Before having dinner, we can climb up the dunes and feel the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere of the desert. Then, we will sleep under thousands of stars in the middle of the desert.
Did you know that…
– The Dades Gorge gets its name from the river that passes through it
– It’s an enormous gorge or gap that extends many kilometers above sea level
– It is also known as the “Route of the 1000 Kashbahs”, showing the importance of this place
– Rissani is famous for its market. Locals initiated the market centuries ago and it still opens now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
– Rissani was the commercial center of the country in th 14th century and this tradition still stands
– Even though Merzouga is in the middle of the desert, it is still full of tourism so you will be able to find every type of hotel and activity you could want!
Day 3 - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi – Merzouga
After enjoying the grandeur of the desert under millions of stars, we will head back to the hotel early in the morning via camel to see the sun rise. We’ll have a chilled breakfast before we spend another wonderful day exploring the secrets of the desert. You could choose to go on a trip, for example exploring the desert in a 4X4, or ride up the dunes on a quad bike, or surf down them on a sandbord…or jump!
A real treasure in the desert in a small jewel which has bocome very popular: Merzouga, a small town in the south east of Morocco, lies 35 k to the south east of Rissant, 45k from Erfoud, and 30k from the border of Algeria. It is well known for its great sceneries and sand dunes you can easily fall in love with. Consequrntly, Merzouga is also a great place to watch the sun set.
Did you know that…
– Erg Chebbi, with 30km length and 8km width, is actually the biggest desert in Morocco. Inside the area surrounded by dunes, there are a lot of Haimas belonging to the hostels which are often visited by tourists.
Day 4- Merzouga - Ouarzazate – Marrakesh
After another incredible night under the Saharan stars, we will once again head back to the hotel by camel! After having breakfast, we will start our trip back to Marrakesh passing through the silent city of Ouarzazate (nicknamed the door of the desert), thecapital of the Ouarzazate Province in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. This city is famous for its Kasbah Teloulet and its movie studios. It is now the administrative centre of Morocco and is also the starting point for the 52-day route to Timbuktu. The Valley of Draâ and the Oasis are famous here due to its high production levels of date palms. From here we will head back towards Marrakesh.
This schedule may suffer change due to organizational reasons and flights hours
Starting point: Marrakesh
Pick up in the hotel to start the tour around 7.00-7.30am
We reccommend adding two extra nights in Morocco to make the most of this kind of tour: one night before and one night following the trip, due to the early start on the first day and the last finish on the last. Consequently, we cannot take responsibility if you miss the return flight.
We can happily organise your extra nights and even sort out accommodation in a traditional Moroccan riad. We can also organise your flights if you so wish! Don’t hesitate to contact us to let us know and we’ll sort out any doubts you have.
To get to Marrakesh you have several flights EVERY DAY with:
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If you have any problem regarding flights or schedules, we can give you a hand: read this article or don’t hesitate to contact us!
- 4 days and 3 nights
- 4 days of travel by mini bus
- 1 night in a hostel in Dades Gorge, with a dinner and breakfast
- 1 night in a Moroccan tent in the desert with dinner and a breakfast
- 1 night in Merzouga with dinner and a breakfast
- Tansport by camel to and from the desert tent
- Stops in important places of interest
- Pick up from your hotel
- Both airport journeys
- Travel insurance
- Extra night in Marrakesh
- Extra food and drink
- Entrance to monuments
- Local guide
Book your trip for only 50 €…
…the outstanding balance will be payed once you arrive in Marrakesh
*Discounts cannot be applied
*Places subject to availability
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