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Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

1. Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

Spending a night in the Sahara Desert is an unforgettable experience for visitors to Morocco and this three-day tour lets you travel further and explore more along the way. Visit UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses, and Tinghir ; stop at traditional Berber villages around the Todra Gorge; then take a camel trek through the Erg Chebbi dunes the highest in Morocco and sleep beneath the desert stars at Berber campsite. Day 1 : Marrakech - Tinghir Your shared 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. Depart from Marrakech around 7:30 AM to ait ben haddou through tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Many stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah ait ben haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. Continue to Ouazazate and Kasbah Taourirte before lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Tinghir via the valley of the roses before you reach your hotel located in Tinghir. Dinner and overnight. Day 2 : Tinghir – Merzouga After breakfast at your hotel in Tinghir, your journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbah to Ouasis of Tinghir, where you will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to todra canyons. After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the hugecliffs, and lunch at a local café (at your leisure), continue early in the afternoon to Rissani , famous for its date market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the sahara desert to Tomboctou. After a quick stop, continue to Merzouga driving through some rocky desert landscape. Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, meet your camel caravan, and ride your camels through the amazing color-changing sand dunes with the sunset in the horizon as a backdrop. Reach your Sahara Desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere just before darkness. After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to a camp fire. Late at night, enjoy berber music with the local hosts playing drums. Day 3 : Merzouga – Marrakech After an early breakfast and a camel ride back to the main road, meet your driver and drive back to Ouarzazte. After some time at leisure for lunch, carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the high atlas mountains. Your shared 3 day desert tour will end in Marrakech around 7:00 PM.

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Marrakech: Classic Ballooning Flight

2. Marrakech: Classic Ballooning Flight

Just one hour away from the legendary Jemaa El Fna Square, your hot-air balloon will fly over the beautiful countryside, letting you see the amazing contrast between Morocco’s urban and rural areas. After an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, you will drive 45 minute out of the city to the balloon launch site. Here you will receive a full pre-flight safety briefing , and have a chance to watch the launch team prepare the balloon for departure. Once in the air, you journey will cover a distance between 9 and 15 miles (15-25 km), depending on the wind speed, taking you over a local village and the picturesque surrounding areas. The flight will last one hour, and after a gradual descent back to land, you will be able to ride a camel around the Palmeraie.   Afterwards, you will be taken to the village for mint tea and home baked bread at a local Berber household. Following tea and bread, you will be taken back to Marrakesh and dropped off at your hotel. See a new side of Morocco on this exciting trip, and see how a travelling a few kilometers outside of Marrakesh can take you back in time more than 2,000 years!

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From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

3. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades Gorges via the Tizi n'Tichka Atlas pass. Take in panoramic views across the mountains and traditional High Atlas Berber villages before arrival at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, where you'll visit Kasbah Taourirt and the Atlas Cinema Studios. Continue to Dades Gorges though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Gorges.  • Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga  After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, and you’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue to a hotel in Merzouga. After relaxing for a while, take enough luggage for one night with you on a camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Upon arrival at the camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes for sand boarding and to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara.  • Day 3: Camel trek back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech  Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Ride your camel back to Merzouga to have breakfast. Pick up the rest of your luggage and begin your journey back to Marrakech, this time traveling through different areas and Berber villages. Once in Ouarzazate, take the same road back to Marrakech, arriving in the evening.

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From Marrakech: 2-Day Stay in Agafay Desert Camp

4. From Marrakech: 2-Day Stay in Agafay Desert Camp

Start your adventure to the amazing rocky desert with a hotel pickup in Marrakech at 10:00 AM. Ride in comfort with a professional, kind, and bilingual driver in an air-conditioned car. Drive outside of the city through Tahnaoute. Take in views of the surrounding olive groves and orange and lemon trees before reaching the gateway to simple and beautiful, Berber nature. Settle down for a while in a beautiful place called Asni, one of the most stunning countrysides around Marrakech. Take a break to enjoy views of the Atlas Mountains and the warm company of the Moroccan locals. Proceed to the Plateau Kik, the gateway to the Agafay Desert and an area that promotes the feeling of freedom and inspiration. Stop for a traditional Moroccan lunch at the lake, enjoying a moment surrounded by wonderful scenery.  In the late afternoon, embark on a sunset camel ride. Like in the "Lawrence of Arabia," travel to another era as you admire the earth’s unspoiled beauty. Arrive at your destination at the Agafay Camp, where friendly staff will be waiting to warmly welcome you in Moroccan style. Enjoy a delightful dinner with your friends or family in the desert. Settle in for the night in comfortable and tastefully-designed bivouacs below a bewitching sky. Wake up for a leisurely morning in the desert. Enjoy the sunrise and a typical breakfast at the camp. Start on the road back to Marrakech at around 10:30 AM and enjoy completely different views than on the way there. Take in vistas of the High Atlas Mountains. Feel free to ask your driver to stop for photos before arriving back at your accommodation in Marrakech.

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Zagora: 2-Day Desert Trip from Marrakech

5. Zagora: 2-Day Desert Trip from Marrakech

Your drive starts out from Marrakech and proceeds to the Zagora Desert via the Tizin’tichka Pass, in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Along the way, you’ll see Berber villages tucked away in the mountainside and stop to visit Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most magnificent kasbahs (fortresses). The authentic Berber villages have appeared in many movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Hidalgo, The Black Stallion Returns, Babel, and Cleopatra. Continue through Ouarzazate, the location of the area’s film studios, to the Kasbah Taourirt, and the old Galoui Palace. Along the river that passes through the Draa Valley you’ll see many kasbahs, and the long palm tree oasis that’s an important source of dates. After the village of Agdz, you’ll soon arrive in Zagora. The massive adobe structures you see en route are divided into houses for families, in kasbah villages where life has continued unchanged over many centuries. Zagora is the last town before the palm oases where the road dissolves into nothing but sand and rocks. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Zagora • Pick-up at your Marrakech accommodation at 07:30 • Drive through the High Atlas Mountains • Visit Ait Ben Haddou • Transfer to Zagora, through Berber villages in the Agdz and Draa valleys • Camel ride to the camping site (1-2 hours) • Dinner in the desert, with Berber music Day 2: Zagora – Agdz – Ouarzazate – Marrakech • See sunrise from the campsite • Camel ride back to the starting point • Transfer to Marrakech, stopping at Ouarzazate • Visit Ouarzazate to see the Kasbah Taourirt • Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation at approximately 18:00

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From Marrakech to Zagora & Merzouga: 4-Day Desert Tour

6. From Marrakech to Zagora & Merzouga: 4-Day Desert Tour

Cross the High Atlas Mountains to Morocco’s Sahara Desert on this 4-day tour. Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, a World Heritage Site, and make stops to explore lush green oases, canyons, and gorges. Enjoy camel rides and spend a night under the stars at a desert camp. Day 1: Marrakech - Zagora ( D ) Your 4 days Morocco desert tour from Marrakech will start with an early pick up from your hotel or riad and drive across the High Atlas Mountains past Berber villages in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, you will have some time at leisure to explore the Kasbah before we continue to Ouarzazate for lunch. Early in the afternoon, you will proceed to the oasis of Agdez,, from where you will start driving along Draa River dotted with hundreds of thousands of date palm trees and fortified Kasbahs. Upon arrival at Zagora, meet your camels caravan for an hour camel trek on the desert while enjoying a spectacular sunset. Dinner will be served under the stars while entertained by the local nomads around the camp fire. Day 2: Zagora - Merzouga ( B, D ) After breakfast at your Sahara desert camp, and an hour camel trek back to your drop off point to meet your driver, you will cross the volcanic peaks of the Anti Atlas Mountains past lost oases to the village of Alnif, where we will stop for lunch. Early in the afternoon, you will continue to Merzouga, where your camel caravan will be waiting for us to ride across Erg Chebbi sand dunes while admiring a dramatic sunset over the color changing sand dunes. You will reach your Sahara desert camp hidden between the sand dunes just before it gets dark. After some time at leisure to settle in your desert camp, a Moroccan dinner will be served under the stars, next to a camp fire while entertained by your noomad cam hosts playing their Tam Tam drums. Day 3: Merzouga - Boumalne Dades ( B, D ) If you wish, your Sahara desert camp hosts will wake you up to watch the surise in the middle of nowhere. Ride your camels back to Merzouga. After breakfast, we will drive to the holly town of Rissani, the birth place of the Alaouite Dynasty who are ruling Morocco since early 16th century. From here, you will proceed to Tinghir, one of the largest oases in the region, from where you will diviate into a secondary road along Todgha river to the spectacular canyons of Todgha. After some time at leisure to adimire the views and have lunch at one of the local cafés, continue to Boumalne Dades. Dinner and overnight at your Dades hotel. Day 4: Boumalne Dades - Marrakech (B, D ) After breakfast, you will drive up to the Dades canyons enjoying some spectacular views of fortified Kasbahs and amazing rock formations before we continue to Ouarzazate via Klaa Mgouna, known for its Damascus roses plantation. Upon arrival at Ouarzazate, you will have some time at leisure for lunch at a local café before you continue to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas Mountains. Your budget shared 4 days desert tour from Marrakech will end with a drop off at your hotel or the nearest point to your riad.

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From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

7. From Marrakesh: 2-Day Mount Toubkal Trek

On the first day, ride to Imlil from Marrakesh and begin your trek. You'll head along the Ait Mizane Valley, pass through the village of Aremd and onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. You’ll follow mule tracks into the high rocky cliffs, climbing steadily above the snow line until you reach the Toukbal Refuge. Rest here for the night. On the second day, you’ll follow the southern circle route. The climb itself is not highly strenuous, but scree and altitude changes may make it difficult in parts. Don't worry - there are plenty of views to distract you along the way. When you reach the summit, soak in the 360-degree-view. You'll see the Marrakech Plain and the High Atlas Mountains to the north, all the way to the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert in the south.  From the peak, you’ll head back down the mountain and return to Marrakesh via Imill.

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Marrakech: Sahara Desert 3-Day Trip

8. Marrakech: Sahara Desert 3-Day Trip

Embark on a three-day journey through the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert with a private driver. Visit world heritage sites, movie sets, and one of the most beautiful canyons in the world. Ride a camel through the sand dunes and watch the sunrise from a Berber encampment. On the first day, your driver will pick you up after breakfast from your accommodation in Marrakech. Travel over the High Atlas Mountains to Tizi n'Tichka pass. Pass by Berber villages and homes set into the hillsides as you make your way to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Walk across the riverbed and explore this amazing kasbah. Still home to a few families and used as a set for Game of Thrones, Ait Ben Haddou is a great living example of kasbah architecture. Head to Ouarzazate to see another famous kasbah, along with Atlas Studios, where many modern movies have been filmed. Enjoy dinner and spend the night in Dades Valley at a luxury hotel with a pool and beautiful interior design. After breakfast the next day, pass through the deep south of Morocco where Berber life has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Go through Dades Gorge and on to Todgha Gorge for a hike along the riverbed. Cross the Roses Valley and Tinghir through Tinjedad on the way to Merzouga. Head off the main roads and into the desert to meet your camel. After some refreshing mint tea, amble into the dunes on your camel. Watch the sunset from the camp's nearest dune and then settle in for a night of great food and fireside drum music. Share stories of your Moroccan adventure with other travelers and make memories that will last a lifetime. On the third day, the nomads will wake you up at dawn so you can watch the sunrise - the perfect way to start a day. Your camels will be waiting nearby to get you back to your vehicle and then you will set off for your return journey back to Marrakech.

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From Marrakech: Atlas Mountain and Berber Village Bike Trip

9. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountain and Berber Village Bike Trip

Travel from Marrakech to discover the Atlas mountains on this day trip. Take in views of mountain peaks and valleys as you ride. See charming Berber villages. Try a delicious Berber Tagine (a baked dish). Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in in Marrakech. Relax as you head to Asni where your bike ride begins. Peddle through the Moulay Brahim and Kik plateaus. Marvel at sweeping views of Berber villages. Go by the Lalla Takrkoust dam and verdant agricultural terraces. Savor flavorful spices in a Berber Tagine before continuing to a village for a cup of mint tea.

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From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

10. From Marrakech: Overnight Luxury Camping Trip to Zagora

Journey from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara dessert and to Zagora in the lush Draa Valley on this private 2-day tour. See ancient Berber villages and discover the rich history of the fortifications at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. Explore the unmatched beauty of the Moroccan desert from the heights of the Atlas Mountains, to lush Draa Valley, and across the wind-swept sand of Saharan dunes. Day 1: Begin at 7:30 am as you make your way to the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy breathtaking views of some of the highest elevations in Morocco. Enjoy the rustic charm of old Berber villages. Stop in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains to take pictures, stretch your legs, or have a coffee. Next, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and after lunch, view the most famous kasbah fortress in Morocco. From here, travel through the Draa Valley, which is known for growing delectable dates. On arrival in Zagora, take a camel ride to a luxury desert camp and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Saharan dunes over dinner. Sleep in comfort under the stars. Day 2: Greet the sun, as your gracious hosts wake you to see the majestic sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a second camel ride back to meet your driver. Pass back through the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains and take in the views once more on your way back to Marrakech.

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What people are saying about Atlas Mountains

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The whole experience from start to finish was great! Our driver was amazing and so helpful even though we slept most of the way! We saw amazing places and learnt about the different cultures and history behind the places we visited. The Sahara and night at the camp was once in a lifetime. Definitely recommend. The journey was long but we did sleep in the car since it was only our group, felt we had a private tour from start to finish. Only needed money for lunch but everything else was your choice, if you wanted to buy anything from the small shops or give tips. Only thing I would say, at the kasbahs they told us we needed to buy a head scarf for the Sahara so we did thinking it was true but then when we got there it wasn’t actually needed. We didn’t mind too much as we can use as a scarf but it is optional and shouldn’t be made to feel like you have to. Apart from that would definitely recommend.

This is a very slick, professionally run operation, which is what you want when you go up in a balloon! The transportation was good and upon arrival we were served tea and coffee while we waited for the balloons to be prepared. Our pilot was excellent - experienced with a good sense of humor. We had a wonderful ride and enjoyed a lovely breakfast in a gorgeous tent at the end.

Mohamed was a great guide! He drove quickly but safely. All the activities along the way were worthwhile.

Just magic! Do not hesitate it is really worth the detour and just amazing scenery

Incredible sunrise flight with Pierre and his team. We had a great time!