3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert
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Highlights of our tour:
The 3 days tour from Marrakech to the desert of Merzouga is the most popular of all. It is where you will enjoy at a maximum every moment of your beautiful trip for an amazing price. The trip is one hundred percent going to be perfectly perfect. You discover the most beautiful Kasbahs and the Moroccan Sahara of Merzouga. Moreover, you will enjoy camel riding, sleep in the desert camp, sandboarding, picturesque nature, watching sunrise and sunset in the desert, and much more.
Day 1: Marrakech to Boumalne Dades through Ait Ben Haddou
On the first day of the 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start by picking you up from your accommodation. Pickup service from your hotel or riad. Our trip will start, making our way through Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.
The first stop is going to be in Tizi-N-Tichka, it crosses the High Atlas Mountains. Also, it is one of the best places in Morocco. Tizi-N-Tichka is a must-pass from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and it is only a small succession of small bends whose highest point is 2,300 meters. As well as it most of the time closes in winter because of the snow. Here, you can enjoy the far-reaching views of the mountains. After that, we will drive with you to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou to pay a call on one of the oldest buildings in the world. The Kasbah is now considered to be a UNESCO heritage site.
We’ll stop you there for lunch. Afterward, the trip will continue to Ouarzazate to visit another Kasbah, no less important than the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Which is, of course, the Kasbah of Touarirt. It is located in the center of Ouarzazate city. Thereafter, we continue to Dades Valley in which you will discover the elegant palm tree oasis contains a long river and elevated mountains, this place is worth a visit. Then, you overnight in one of the local hotels close to the valley.
Day 2: Boumalne Dades to Merzouga desert:
Our 3 days tour from Marrakech to the Moroccan desert of Merzouga will continue to Tinghir right after you take your traditional Moroccan breakfast. Near the Town of Tinghir lies Todgha Gorges, an astonishing combination of elevated rocky walls and narrow canyon of 10 meters vast, more or less. Therefore, we will make our way to Merzouga passing on a track surrounded by villages till we get to Erfoud and Rissani. There, you will feel you just started diving into the desert, and we will drive you straight to Merzouga.
The favorite destination for tourists, your first adventure in Merzouga will start by riding camels into the golden dunes, then to sandboarding. The experience will be amazing and exquisite. That is to say, We will take you after to catch the sunset. There the sunset becomes spectacular as the sun fades into dunes. At night, you will enjoy watching the sparkling stars with the music of Tuareg. you overnight in the luxurious camp in the desert.
Day 3: Merzouga desert to Marrakech through the Anti-Atlas:
On the last day of our 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, you will have to wake up early to catch the amazing sunrise before having a shower and a delicious breakfast in the camp. We will drive you back to Marrakech passing by Alnif, the Berber village which is known for its famous traditional weeding habits and cultural diversity.
The trip will continue until we get to Tazarin, almost the last stop station before we arrive at Marrakech. This small desert town is also a palm tree oasis. It is also known for the production of henna. Then, we will drive you back to Marrakech in the afternoon. We will drop you off at your Riad or hotel which is the end of our 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert.
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Ait Ben Haddou:
Ait Ben Haddou, one of the best famous architectonic Kasbahs in Morocco. It is the first destination to visit when starting the 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert. Once you start the trip from Marrakech through the High Atlas mountains and the cole of Tizi N Tichka, you will be able to see very ancient Berber villages. From there passing via Telouet, you will reach the village of Ait Ben Haddou. It is inhabited by Berbers. Further, the Kasbah attracts thousands of visitors every year coming to discover its history and beauty.
To reach Ait Ben Haddou you need to use the bridge where you can read about Ait Ben Haddou’s buildings plan. Lots of the guides will try to show you around with very deep knowledge of the Kasbah’s history.
Once you use the bridge, you will love the colorful shops on the way, where you can get a souvenir to your country.
Ait Ben Haddou is very famous for its painters, wise men that paint the whole Kasbah using their own technic.
It is suggested to climb all the way to the top for a panoramic view of the Kasbah and the river of Ounila. When you reach the very top, you will see where the tribe kept their fortune, with very high protection.
Ben Haddou the founder was in the eighteenth century was the leader of the village’s tribe. At the present time, you can still visit him at the cemetery behind the village.
Many film producers decided to show Ait Ben Haddou in part of their movies. For instance, the Gladiator, Alexander, the Message, and the famous Game Of Thrones.
Ouarzazate, the second destination to visit with the tour of 3 days from Marrakech to Merzouga. Nicknamed the gate to the desert, where the signs of the vast Sahara start to appear.
This lovely city is very famous for the Atlas studios, which attracted thousands of tourists over the last 20 years.
The popular Gladiator, Cleopatra, Alexander, and the Game of Thrones were shot there. Not to mention, a part of the Tv series Prison Break was also given some shots in the area.
What can be visited also is the Kasbah of Taourirt, famous as the maze of the desert. Containing above 300 rooms, it is not easy to explore it without a local guide. Therefore, we recommend you to go with them and see the architecture, the mud walls, and the tribe’s special rooms.
Furthermore, the Noor solar panel energy, the largest in the world is in Ouarzazate. It cost 9 Billion Dollars and owned by a Moroccan agency for solar energy.
Kalaat Megouna, the city of Roses:
The tour of 3 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert continues from Ouarzazate through Skoura. A stop can be done depending on time. We will see the Kasbah of Amrhidil and move to the capital of roses. It is where all the types of Roses can be found in the valley. Citizens have Rosewater cooperatives and it is what most of them do for a living.
Your guide may stop to see one of these cooperatives, each one contains different products made out of roses, from skincare, eyelashes, and other beauty products.
Every year, there is a festival to celebrate the seasons of roses, which reached 300,000 people in 2015.
Taxis are colored in pink which makes you feel how the people love roses and give them a high value.
After visiting Kalaat Megouna and one of the cooperatives, our next destination will be Boumalne Dades. Famous for the Dades Gorges, this city is a must-visit during your Morocco tour.
Many visitors prefer to stay in this city before they visit the Sahara desert for the camel rides. Further, it is characterized by the valley, where lots of Riads, Kasbahs have it as a panoramic view.
Tissdrine is a must-visit attraction in Boumalne Dades. They call it also ‘Donkey Road’. The one who gave the plan of the road all the way to the top of the hill. Also, many call it the sneak road for the curves.
Not to mention, a visit to the Monkey Finger mountains is recommended. Where you will see strange mountains with the top like the Monkeys’ toes.
Tinghir and the Todgha Gorges:
Tinghir and the Todgha Gorges are one of the 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga’s highlights. This city is known as the capital of dates.
Every year at the beginning of Ramadan, Tinghir receives thousands of buyers to take dates for their families. The valley of Todgha is rich in palm trees that can be above 15 meters tall. These trees produce a huge amount of dates every year, with the help of the High Atlas mountains’ soil, the quality of the fruit is rated as the best.
For tourists, they can enjoy the old destroyed buildings’ views close to the valley. They belong to one of the Amazigh tribes.
After you visit the city, you can reach one of the shops for carpets. There, they will show you all the process of making and designing a handmade carpet from wool and spices.
After that, you will continue to the Gorges where you will admire the running river and the mountains that reach 400 meters.
Furthermore, it is a place where they practice climbing and you also have the chance to do that. All you need is to book with a company in Tinghir.
Also, families and school kids use the canyons as a place for picnics.
Rissani is an optional destination to visit during your Morocco desert tour with Travelling In Morocco. It has the first Souk or Market in the desert.
The last-mentioned has 4 parts; the first one is where you can buy spices. In the past, caravans from the South of Morocco brought spices from India coming to trade in the south, Rissani’s Souk is where they usually stopped to trade dates for their spices. That is to say, lots of what you can find there is migrated from South Morocco’s African countries.
The second part is for buying and selling meat, fish…
What is interesting about the Souk is the last part, called the Festival of donkeys, sheep, and cows. Moreover, the place gets full of a lot of animals’ types during the day of the market. Not to mention, it is where most of the people get their sacrifice for Eid.
Merzouga, the Sahara desert:
Merzouga is surely the underlined highlight of the 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. There, the visitors have the best experience, from riding camels, driving quad bikes, and spending nights in the middle of the desert. With us being the best travel agency in Morocco and Merzouga, we have experts on desert tours.
Erg Chebbi is the vast desert sand near Merzouga. The dunes can get up to 150 meters at the known Lala Merzouga. From where you can watch the beautiful sunset/sunrise, with the view of the city and the lake of Dayet Srij.
Every year, Merzouga receives thousands of visitors to ascertain its hidden gems.
Camel rides are a must-try activity with Travelling In Morocco. Usually, tourists go over the sand dunes with camels for about 1h 30 minutes to reach the desert camp. There, they can try Sandboarding on the sand end enjoy before the night. Dinner will be served in a perfect atmosphere at a Berber tent. After that, a music Berber show will be performed under the starry sky with fire. Where you can dance and discover the meanings of each rhythm.
In the morning, it is recommended to wake up early for such a beautiful sunrise on the top of the dunes. Next, breakfast is either at the camp or back at the hotel.
Note! it is optional to go back using a 4WD car or with the camels to the town.
Many people prefer to do an excursion to discover Merzouga. Our guides will accompany you to visit the nomads, mines of Kohl and a lot of interesting areas to discover.