Multi-day trip

From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Tour to the Erg Chebbi Dunes

Multi-day trip

From Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Tour to the Erg Chebbi Dunes

Activity provider: Marrakesh Travel Services

From US$ 128.23 per person

Embark on a 3-day tour of southern Morocco from Marrakech. Sleep in the Sahara, see Ait Ben Haddou, and visit Valley of the Roses. Cross the landscapes of the Atlas Mountains and the Erg Chebbi dunes.

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Duration 3 days
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Pickup included
Pickup is available from all Marrakech hotels. For guest houses and riads, the pickup will be from the closest point accessible by van. This location will be provided the day before the activity.


72 hours
  • Marrakech

  • Tizi n'Tichka

  • Ait Benhaddou (sightseeing)

  • Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco

  • Tinghir

  • Todra River (free time, view)

  • Rissani (traditional market)

  • Erg Chebbi, Morocco (camel ride, view, sunset)

  • Merzouga (dinner, free time, camp activities)

  • Ouarzazate (lunch, free time)

  • Atlas Mountains

  • Marrakech

Pickup included
Main stop
  • See the impressive Atlas Mountains and take in panoramic views
  • Visit the UNESCO Ait Ben Haddou and see the earthen clay architecture
  • Take a guided tour of the Tinghir oasis and Todra gorges
  • Experience a camel ride at sunset and witness a desert sunrise
  • Enjoy some free time to visit Ouarzazate and the studios of cinema
Full description

Sleep beneath the desert stars at a Berber campsite on an unforgettable dunes experience from Marrakech. Visit UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses, and Tinghir. Stop at traditional Berber villages around the Todra Gorge and trek with a camel through the Erg Chebbi dunes, the highest in Morocco

Day 1: Marrakech - Tinghir

Your shared 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. Head to Ait Benhaddou through the Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Make many stops along the way. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. Continue to Ouarzazate 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 the Oasis 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 huge cliffs, and lunch at a local café (at your leisure), continue early in the afternoon to Erfoud, famous for its date market, and a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tombouctou.

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 dunes with the sunset on 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 dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to a campfire. 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 head back to Marrakech. Enjoy lunch on the road as you pass the Valley of Roses, and continue through the high atlas mountains to Marrakech. Finish your desert tour in Marrakech around 8 PM.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus with luggage storage
  • Guide
  • Private room at Hotel Bougafer, or a similar 4-star hotel
  • Camel trek in Erg Chebbi
  • Overnight in a desert camp in Erg Chebbi (toilets outside and shower in lodge )
  • Dinner and breakfast (vegetarian option are available)
  • Sandboarding
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Tips to driver
  • Guide at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah 2 euro
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Long pants

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking in the vehicle
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 1622 reviews

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Highly recommended!! They were great days. I went with a friend and on the tour they brought us together with more people, there were 8 of us at the end and we all got along very well. The driver Laarbi Elaallaoui very friendly and great driving also despite the chaos that is the city at the traffic level. I was a little scared because there are many hours by car and I get dizzy easily but I didn't get dizzy any day. Something negative to comment would be that the meals are not included in the purchase price and it is the guides or driver who take you to the restaurant without being able to choose which one (also for going all together and not losing the group since several groups come together and there were quite a few of us ), although they were well priced and the food was very tasty.

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March 19, 2023

This trip was great! The first day did feel a bit rushed as we didn’t have too much time at each stop but the second day and night more than made up for it! The camel ride into the Erg Chebbi desert was one of the highlights of our travels in Africa and I couldn’t recommend it anymore. The sand boarding was also great fun and the entertainment, after a lovely traditional Berber tagine, was really nice. The only bad thing I would say about the trip was the organisation of the pick up: dozens of vans and no way of knowing which one your in until your driver hazards a guess that you may be with him. So I’d recommend getting there a bit earlier than they say and just being ready to ask every driver you see if you’re with them. I would also recommend to buy your own food for the three lunches you’ll have, as the restaurants they take you to are very expensive for the quality you get.

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March 19, 2023

We like it very much. Everything very well organized. The travel, the mini-bus, the stops to lunch and to the toilets, everything well done. And the visits within the experience were very nice, Aït-Ben-Haddou is wonderful, and all the history and all the movies that had been done there, amazing. And camping in the desert is an experience to remember.

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March 17, 2023

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