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From Marrakesh: 4-Day Private Atlas Mountains & Desert Tour

1. From Marrakesh: 4-Day Private Atlas Mountains & Desert Tour

Immerse yourself in the mountains and desert of Morocco with this 4-day guided trip from Marrakesh. See scenic landscapes, stay in a charming guest house and a desert camp, and tour the movie sets of Ouarzazate. An example of the itinerary you will follow: Day 1: Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Dades Valley Your driver will pick you up from your accommodation and you will set off on your 4 day adventure. Pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas mountains and from Marrakech to Ouarzazate you can enjoy the scenic route, the landscapes with changing colors and terrain and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time to visit the Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and have lunch on site. Then, on to the green valley of Dadès and the valley of roses by the palm grove of Skoura. You will have dinner and stay overnight at a charming guest house in the valley. Day 2: Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Dunes of Merzouga After breakfast, you will set off on the road to the 1000 Kasbahs, then check check out Tinghr with its magnificent palm groves. At Todra Gorge, the bravest explorers can trek along the canyon, 300 metres above the ground. Then continue towards Merzouga and the erg Chebbi dune in the Sahara desert. In the largest desert in the world, you can experience the sunset on the back of a camel as you ride towards the oasis where the camp is located. You may spend the night in the nomadic tents or under the stars and play music or sing along with the locals and become immersed in true nomadic culture. Day 3: Merzouga, Tazarine, Agdz, Ouarzazate Watch the sunrise over the dunes of erg Chebbi, followed by breakfast in the camp. Return to a hostel via camel trek for a quick shower then drive to Rissani, a small town in southern Saharan Morocco where you can stop to visit a fossil workshop, before continuing to the junction of the Drâa and Agdz valley. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and hotel stay in Ouarzazate. Day 4: Ouarzazate, Aït ben Haddou, Telouet, Marrakech Go on a tour of the movie sets and studios located in Ouarzazate: the "Hollywood of Africa". Visit the Ksar of Aït ben Haddou, a world heritage site. Aït ben Haddou has been used to date as a backdrop for more than twenty films, including "Gladiator", "Indiana Jones "and" Lawrence of Arabia ". Take advantage of this walk through the area to admire the traditional architecture of the kasbahs. Continue on home to Marrakech through the mountains.

Marrakech: Ait Benhadou Kasbah and Atlas Mountains Trip

2. Marrakech: Ait Benhadou Kasbah and Atlas Mountains Trip

The day begins with pickup from Marrakech and leaves the city behind as you head towards the Atlas Mountains. Stop at the famous Tichka Pass, the highest road pass in Morocco, and admire breathtaking views of the scenery. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local eatery before arriving at the UNESCO listed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah (lunch and drink costs are not included). At Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, enjoy a guided tour (for a surcharge) and learn about its fascinating history and architecture. The kasbah dates back to the 17th century. Stop for a short visit of Ouarzazate, known as the Hollywood of Morocco. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and soak up stunning views of the landscape on the way back to Marrakech.

Marrakech: Full-Day Tour to Aït-Ben-Haddou & Telouet

3. Marrakech: Full-Day Tour to Aït-Ben-Haddou & Telouet

Immerse yourself in the incredible Moroccan landscape on a private full-day tour to Aït-Ben-Haddou and Telouet. Ride from Marrakech over the Tizi-N-Tichka-Pass and get a glimpse of the way people have traditionally lived in the area with a bit of roadside chat. Visit a cooperative run by women in the Atlas Mountains, where the famous argan oil is produced by hand and organic delicacies and beauty products are sold.  Just before Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert, enjoy the unique chance to visit the Aït-Ben-Haddou Kasbah. This little old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is perpetually used as a location for Hollywood films. Follow your guide on a 1-hour walking tour and hear about traditional life there. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant with a panoramic terrace in a newer part of Aït-Ben-Haddou and continue through the breathtaking landscape to Telouet. This fortress was occupied by Thami el Glaoui before he was expelled by independence efforts. One section has unfortunately disintegrated into red sand, but you can still visit the beautiful rooms with mosaic tiles and wood carvings. Cross the High Atlas mountains for a tea and coffee break and return to your accommodation in Marrakech around 19:00.

From Marrakech: Private 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

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

Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day budget tour from Marrakech. Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and the Kasbah of Ourzazate. Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel and sleep at a desert camp surrounded by high sand dunes. • Day 1: Marrakech - Boumalne Dades Following an early pickup from your hotel in Marrakech, travel across the High Atlas Mountains to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Ben Haddou. See the fortified Kasbah, used as a location set for some famous Hollywood epics, such as Lawrence of Arabia. Enjoy some time in the Kasbah before driving to Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara. Following lunch, continue to the Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses. Upon arrival at Boumalne Dades, take the back roads through the Dades Canyons, passing stunning rock formations and fortified Kasbahs along the Dades River. Continue to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. • Day 2: Boumalne Dades - Erg Chebbi Following breakfast at your hotel, drive the Road of 1001 Kasbahs to the small oasis town of Tinghir. Continue through the dramatic Todgha Gorges, pausing for some free time to explore the canyons and enjoy lunch at a local café. Continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan. Then, experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camel-back and watch the sunset change the color of the sand. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide entertainment and show you how to play the tam tam drums. • Day 3: Erg Chebbi - Marrakech Wake early to watch the sunrise before breakfast. Then, ride your camel back to the main road. Your driver will be waiting to pick you up for the transfer back to Marrakech. Stop half-way for lunch in Ouarzazate.

Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs: Day Trip from Marrakech

5. Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs: Day Trip from Marrakech

Experience Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs day trip from Marrakech. Criss-cross the Atlas Mountains and take the road to the Sahara Desert on the old caravan routes. See colorful villages with houses erected from mud. See trading outposts, local art, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured in Hollywood blockbusters. Ride over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka, see Berber villages, and watch as the landscape changes drastically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like as the chain of the Atlas mountains acts as barrier against the Mediterranean climate of the north. Take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Pacha of the Atlas, the Glaoui, and was left to ruin after the departure of the French armies. Marvel at the tiled walls, fluted pillars, painted wooden ceilings, and colored glass windows of the reception rooms. Enjoy lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted road. Once in the village, get a closer look at the Kasbah's turrets, grilled windows, and soft peach coloured adobe walls. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, the most famous of all Moroccan kasbahs, due to its appearance in many Hollywood blockbusters. This was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory, and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Before leaving Ait Benhaddou, take one last glimpse of the village from a distant point offering a panoramic view.

Marrakesh: Ait ben Haddou & High Atlas Day Trip

6. Marrakesh: Ait ben Haddou & High Atlas Day Trip

Take a breathtaking drive through the High Atlas Mountains before diving into the history of Morocco in Ait Benhaddou on this sightseeing day trip from Marrakesh. You'll begin the tour with stunning views while crossing the Tizi n’Tichka Pass on your way to Telouet; a village on the caravan route from the Sahara to Marrakech. Visit one of the most spectacular kasbahs in Morocco. Next, you'll arrive at Ait Benhaddou, where you can explore the historic Ksar with a guide and learn more about this striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. Walk up to the high point for some spectacular views.

Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

7. Marrakech to Merzouga: 3-Day Private Tour with Camel Riding

Day 01: Marrakech - Art Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Todra Gorges Start your Marrakech adventure bright and early with a convenient pick-up from your Marrakech located hotel. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will be on your to your first location. Cross the High Atlas Mountains until you reach the Tizi N Tichka's pass (2250 meter altitude). Continue on until you reach the Kasbah of Alt Ben Haddou, here you will marvel at the unique looking desert villages. Visit the magnificent Ksar (selected as a heritage listed site by UNESCO) before continuing on to Ouarzazate. In Ouarzazate you will have the chance to stroll through Taourirt. After your sightseeing you will continue on your travel until you reach Todra Gorges, here you will settle in for a relaxing sleep overnight and enjoy dinner under the stars.  Day 02: Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga Dunes Depart in the morning for day two of your adventure. Start your day by taking a short drive to the Merzouga dunes and witness an outstanding and picturesque natural occurrence. Enjoy a drive to the Palmeraie area, dotted with thousands of Palm Trees. Visit Todra Gorges and witness the breathtaking, panoramic views of the steep gorges that sweep across the desert landscape. Once you have finished walking amongst the gorges you will pass through Tinejdad and Erfoud until you reach Rissani where you will enjoy a lunch. After lunch you will be taken to visit the tomb of King of Alaouit (belonging to the current royal family).  Next you will visit Merzouga, where an exciting camel ride over the dunes of Erg Chebbi awaits you. Whilst on the back of a camel you will be able to marvel at the Sunset as it falls behind the dunes. Pitch a tent in the evening and spend the night under the desert night sky.  Day 03: Merzouga - Rissani - Nqob - Tammougalte - Ouarzazate - Marrakech After you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you will depart back to Marrakech on an alternative route. On the way you will stop by new locations you have not yet seen.  Drive through the Draa valley in Nqob. Pass through a desert landscape that many of the locals consider to be mysterious. As you drive through it you will get to see the beautiful Oases that seem to survive in this harsh habitat. Before reaching your final destination in Marrakech you will stop in Ouarzazate and enjoy a delicious lunch with panoramic views. After your lunch you will be returned to your accomodation in Marrakech. 

From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Trip

8. From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Trip

Start your trip with a morning pickup from you hotel in Marrakech. Drive through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains and enjoy the remarkable views. Pass by Berber villages and arrive in the desert to see a riverside oasis and barren hillsides clustered with kasbahs. Stop for lunch and then drive a little further to the Valley of the Roses. Stop in the fortified village Ait-Ben-Haddou before ending the day in Dades. Enjoy an over night stay in a guesthouse there.  After breakfast, drive to the Todra Gorge and marvel at its depth. From here head out to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Arriving at approximately 4:00 PM, take a short break before riding camels into the dunes. End your evening with a mesmerizing sunset and fantastic dinner before retiring into your Berber tent.  Wake up early to see a beautiful sunrise and have breakfast at the campsite. Ride the camels to a Moroccan inn and catch your ride back to Marrakech. Relax on your drive back and revisit the gorgeous views of the Tizi n’Tichka Pass.

Marrakech to Ouarzazate: 1-Day Red City Tour

9. Marrakech to Ouarzazate: 1-Day Red City Tour

Following a morning pick-up from your Marrakech accommodation, pass through the magical Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages on your way to Ouarzazate. Cross the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass and make a short stop for photos. Afterward, visit the beautiful Kasbah Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where several popular movies were filmed. Following lunch at a traditional restaurant, arrive in Ouarzazate to enjoy a city tour with visits to the Cinema Museum and the Taourirt Kasbah. End the tour with a transfer back to Marrakech.

From Merzouga: Private 4x4 Dunes Tour incl. lunch

10. From Merzouga: Private 4x4 Dunes Tour incl. lunch

Start your visit to the area around Merzouga and the land of the Ait Khebbach tribe with pick-up from your accommodation in a spacious and comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Start your desert exploration with a visit to the village of Khamlia. Here, you'll enjoy the inhabitants' music and dance, and have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music of your own! Cross desert plateaus far away from concrete roads and visit a Berber family in their tent for lunch. Learn how they live in their tents with goats, sheep and working donkeys, as well as how to prepare a Berber pizza on the fire. Enjoy this delicious communal meal in their home. Afterwards, take a 4x4 down a gravel road to the Lake of Merzouga (also named Lake Tamezguida), which appears seasonally from November to May during the rainy season in  Middle Atlas. This is the best spot to see desert birds, and sometimes even flamingos! Return to your accommodation in Merzouga in the afternoon.

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What a life experience! Me and my girlfriend had the best local tour ever with Aziz Talaoul, having the opportunity to discover Marocco and the Berber culture with locals through all the 5 senses. Even the food was delicious, in particular the lunch we had in an authentic Berber house (“chez L’habitant”) with Hicham and his family around At Tamdakhate. We would totally recommend it to all the adventurers who want to go back at home richer of experience and full of great memories!

Great experience! Very nice journey with magnificent landscapes all along to arrive in the desert. This formula allows us to enjoy without worrying about logistics. The hotels are very correct and the staff always welcoming. The night in the desert is unforgettable. A big thank you to our driver Aziz Talaou, efficient, always in a good mood and ensuring that our experience is the best possible.

We had an excellent time on this tour. Our guide Aziz was very enthusiastic showing us the different aspects of Berber culture. On top of that, he was very attentive to our well-being and a good, safe driver. The sights (desert!!) were amazing as well. I would definitely recommend this tour when you have the time in your schedule.

Long but beautiful trip. Very nice viewing of the Atlas mountains and of the villages. We had a private trip with a 4 wheel car which is much better than traveling with a minibus. The driver was excellent and took care of all our needs on the way

Magnificent road trip Surprising landscapes. Our driver Larby gave us lots of explanations and made us discover his country To do by private car because many roads