Visit the most surprising part of the Sahara Desert on a 4-day private trip from Marrakech. Cross dirt roads, valleys, passes, gorges, dunes and picturesque villages and discover this unique country.
If you would like to explore the Moroccan desert, but you're looking for a shorter or more budget-friendly option, check out our other excursions: 2 Day Zagora Desert Trip and 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour.
4 Day Merzouga Desert Trip
Day 1: Marrakesh - Aït Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - The Dadès Gorges
After collecting you from your hotel, riad or airport, you will head to Ouarzazate. On the way we cross the striking Atlas Mountains, crossing through the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, 2,260 metres high.
At the midpoint of the journey we will arrive at the Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, the most impressive fortified city in all Morocco, and backdrop to movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven.
After the visit, take the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura. Here, you will stop to explore Amridil Kasbah. Then, hit the road to Kelaat M'Gouna, a pretty city in Tinghir Province and capital of the Valley of the Roses. And lastly, you will drive to the Dadès Gorges, where your accommodation awaits you.
Day 2: Dadès Gorges - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga
Having eaten breakfast we set off towards the Dadès Valley, crossing on the way the incredible Todgha Gorges where we will stay until lunchtime. With our energy recovered, we move on in the direction of Merzouga, passing through the Jorf palm grove (which produces the best dates) and Erfoud, well known for the fragments of fossils found in the area.
Having arrived in Merzouga, we will swap our motor vehicles for camels to immerse ourselves in the desert, and search for the Bedouin camp where we will spend the night.
Here, soundtracked by desert silence, we will enjoy one of the most authentic dinners in all Morocco.
Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani-Alnif-Tazarine - Draa Valley - Agdz - Ouarzazate
If there is one unmissable sight in the desert it is sunrise. Having enjoyed this tranquil moment, the tour returns to its camels, to make for a hotel where we can shower and have breakfast (depending on the type of camp, breakfast and the shower can be before the camel ride).
Back in Ouarzazate, your chauffeur will lead you through a different route. Crossing Tafilat and the village of Rissini, where the Alawi Dynasty are originally from and the former capital of the Alawite sultans, you will get to the town of Alnif. Here, drive along the winding roads that cut across the Anti-Atlas, a stunning mountain range.
Amazed by the colours and shapes of this elevation, the track will lead you to Tazarine (important Berber village), N'kob and finally, the Draa Valley and its stunning palm grove.
In the afternoon, traverse the Anti-Altas through the Tizi n-Tinifift mountain pass and head to Ouarzazate, where you will spend a night at a riad/kasbah.
Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
After a delicious breakfast, you will have time to visit the famous Taourirt Kasbah and the Atlas Studios, the most important in Africa.
You will be back in Marrakech in the afternoon.
Finish your trip in Fez
You can also finish this multiple-day tour in Fez for a supplement of €100 per group. In this case, the tour will be different on the final day. After a good breakfast, we'll head to Rissani. Then we'll continue along the Ziz Valley and the Middle Atlas until reaching Ifrane. Did you know that the natural scenery here has led it to be known as the 'Morrocan Switzerland'?
We'll arrive in Fez at approximately 6 pm.
There are two options, standard (2-3 stars) and luxury (4 stars):
- Standard Hotels: Riad des Vieilles Charrues, Hotel Babylon, Hotel Le Vieux Chateau du Dades (Dadès), Kasbah Tifawen Guesthouse (Dadès), The Haimas Camp (Merzouga) and Les Jardins de Ouarzazete Hotel, La Valle Hotel, Saghro Hotel (Ouarzazate).
- Luxury Hotels: Xaluca Dades, la Perle du Dades, Auberge Chez Pierre, The Sultan Kasar, Dar Rihana, Ait Ben Damiette Kasbah or similar hotel (Dadès), Azawad Luxury Desert Camp, The Azawad Riad (Merzouga) and Dar Chamaa Kasbah, Le Petit Riad, Tama Riad, Bouchedor Riad or similar (Ouarzazate)
You can view photos of both camps following the below links.
Both hotels and tents are double occupancy only, there are no single rooms. You can however ask for a triple room or a family room if you prefer. The standard category rooms have communal showers in the camp, while the superior category rooms have a private bathroom in the haimas and showers in the camp.
Hotel Pick Up
If you're staying outside the old town, we'll pick you up for free from your hotel or riad. If your hotel is in the outskirts of Marrakech, pick up will include a supplement of between $10 and $45 (€10 and €40) depending on the area.
This is a private tour organized for you and your partner, friends or family.
2 GuestsUS$ 873.2
3 GuestsUS$ 1,094.3
4 GuestsUS$ 1,238
5 GuestsUS$ 1,381.7
6 GuestsUS$ 1,503.3
7 GuestsUS$ 1,624.9
8 GuestsUS$ 1,768.6
9 GuestsUS$ 1,890.1
10 GuestsUS$ 2,044.9
2 GuestsUS$ 1,149.5
3 GuestsUS$ 1,326.4
4 GuestsUS$ 1,647
5 GuestsUS$ 1,857
6 GuestsUS$ 2,078.1
7 GuestsUS$ 2,321.2
8 GuestsUS$ 2,564.4
9 GuestsUS$ 2,851.8
10 GuestsUS$ 3,072.9
The tour is exclusively in English.
day tour, exclusively for you, your family and friends.
Hotel, riad, airport or other meeting point pick
Transport by 4x4.
English speaking chauffeur.
3 nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast included.
Gas, turnpikes and all the associated costs.
Camel ride to get to the camp.
Lunches with drinks included.
Entrance to the kasbahs and Atlas Studios (€7 per person).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (8:00 PM 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 - Is it possible to bring luggage on the tour?
A - You can bring luggage, but during the excursion you must leave it in the hotel or bus. During the camel ride you can only bring a backpack.
Q - What is the supplement for an individual room?
A - If you would like an individual room of the superior category, it costs €120. For standard, the supplement is €80.
Q - Is it possible to take a desert quad tour during the excursion?
A - Yes, you can add this activity, and others, when in the destination. The guide will take you to the quad rental so you can enjoy this activity at your own pace.
Q - In which hotels is free pick up available?
A - We will contact you to specify the exact pick up time and place.
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.