A 4-day trip to Merzouga Desert is ideal for travellers who arrive in Fez and return home from Marrakech. As well as visiting these two incredible former Imperial Cities, you will discover the stunning Sahara Desert.
Day 1: Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Erfoud – Merzouga
Your chauffeur will collect you from your hotel bright and early and you will set off to Merzouga, crossing the Middle Atlas and its beautiful cedar forests, home to the friendly barbary apes.
On the way, you will traverse the small village of Ifrane, popularly known as “Morocco’s Little Switzerland”, one of the most exclusive ski resorts in Morocco. Then, you will drive through Azrou, one of the most famous Berber towns in the country.
Afterwards, cross the Ziz Valley and its jagged gorges until you get to Midelt and Erfoud. From the last village, take a dirt road to Merzouga, a charming village on the edge of the desert.
You will spend the first night in a hotel near the dunes.
Day 2: Enjoying the Erg Chebbi dunes
Spend the whole second day exploring the spectacular Merzouga Desert. Plow through the golden-coloured dunes on a 4x4, visit nomad hamlets, admire beautiful oases and walk along the famous Erg Chebbi dunes.
Next, visit the little village of Khamlia, where the Gnawa live. The Gnawa population are descents of Central African slaves and are famous across the world for their beautiful folk music that combines classic Islamic Sufism with their traditions.
In the evening you will be driven back to your hotel where camels will be waiting for you to take you into the heart of the dunes to spend a night in a Berber tent.
Day 3: Merzouga – Todgha Gorge – Ouarzazate
Wake up in the dark and sit on top of a dune to witness a breath-taking sunrise. Afterwards, climb back on a camel and return to the small village of Merzouga, where you will have breakfast and a refreshing shower (depending on the type of camp, your breakfast and shower might be before the camel ride).
On your way to Ouarzazate you will drive past Rissani and Tafilalet, where the Alaouite dynasty of Morocco are originally from. Next, you will head to the impressive Todgha Gorge, in the Dades Valley, situated in the centre of the High Atlas Mountains.
Leave Dades Valley behind and take the route of the thousand kasbahs, admiring along the way the Valley of the Roses and Skoura’s palm grove. Finally, you will reach Ouarzazate, where you will spend the night.
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou – Marrakech
After a filling breakfast, you will be driven to the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, one of the most famous fortified cities in the world. Numerous films have been set in this charming location, including Gladiator. You will walk into the ruins of the kasbah to discover its rich history and secrets.
On our way to Marrakech, you will cross a valley full of almond trees and the picturesque Berber hamlets: Amerzgane, Agouim and Ighrem. Climb up into the depths of the Atlas through Tizi n'Tichka mountain port, 2.260 meters high, and stop to eat a traditional Moroccan meal at Tadart.
After lunch, hop back into the car and return to Marrakech.
We offer this tour with two different hotel categories: standard (2 or 3 stars) and luxury (4 stars).
- Merzouga (first night): Riad Mamouche / Dar Tafouyte.
- Merzouga (second night): Desert camp.
- Ouarzazate: Hotel Les Jardins de Ouarzazate / Hotel La Valle / Hotel Saghro.
- Merzouga (first night): Riad Azawad / Merzouga Guest House / Dar el Janoub / Riad Madu / Riad Nezha.
- Merzouga (second night): Luxury desert camp with private bathroom
- Ouarzazate: Kasbah Dar Chamaa / Le Petit Riad / Riad Tama / Riad Bouchedor or similar.
Check out the photos of both camps:
Both hotels and tents are for two guests, but you can also ask for a triple room or a family room. The rooms of the standard category have communal showers, while the luxury tent has a private bath and shower.
This excursion is half the price for children from 2 to 10 years old. Infants under 2 can do this tour for free. If you are travelling with children up to 10, please contact us, so we can apply the discount.
This is a private tour organized for you and your partner, friends or family.
Up to 2 peopleUS$ 969.7
3 peopleUS$ 1,090.9
4 peopleUS$ 1,234.2
5 peopleUS$ 1,377.4
6 peopleUS$ 1,498.6
7 peopleUS$ 1,619.8
8 peopleUS$ 1,763.1
9 peopleUS$ 1,884.3
10 peopleUS$ 2,038.6
Up to 2 peopleUS$ 1,190.1
3 peopleUS$ 1,454.6
4 peopleUS$ 1,708
5 peopleUS$ 1,851.3
6 peopleUS$ 2,071.7
7 peopleUS$ 2,314.1
8 peopleUS$ 2,556.5
9 peopleUS$ 2,843
10 peopleUS$ 3,063.4
The tour is exclusively in English.
Private multi day tour, for you, your family and friends.
Pick up service from your hotel, riad, airport or from where you want.
Transportation by 4x4.
English speaking chauffeur.
Three nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast.
Fuel, tolls and other similar costs.
Camel ride to the desert camp.
Lunches and drinks.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Fez local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Can you take the camel ride journey by any other means?
A - You can take the journey by 4x4 if you would prefer, or by quad, which would mean an additional suppliment of €45 per quad.
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.