4 days and 3 nights desert tours from Marrakech to Merzouga is recommended simply because there are som many things to see an do besides camel trekking and a night in the Sahara desert camp. And avoid sitting in the car for more than 10 hours.
Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi N’tichka Pass – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – Ouarzazate - Skoura - Dades Valley
You will be picked up from your Hotel / Riad in Marrakech, and departure to Ait Ben Haddou over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude), visit the kasbahs and lunch in one of the restaurants in the foothills of the kasbahs. Afterwards we continue to Skoura where we will visit the Kasbah of Amredil, a beautiful Kasbah situated in the palm groves "Route of one thousand Kasbahs". After that heading to Boulmane du Dades Dinner and overnight in Kasbah hotel.
Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorges – Tinejdad – Touroug town - Erfoud – Erg Chebbi (Merzouga)
After breafsat we will drive to to Tineghir then to Todra Gorges to enjoy its marvelous views of Canyons. Take a short walk around the Palm Plantations and enjoy the panoramic views of Todra River. Later on, we drive toward Tinjedad for a lunch meal on a local restaurant. Later you will pass by several villages such us Touroug (Berber village) and El-Jarf before reaching Erfoud. You will visit a local fossil craft workshop. After that you will continue to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, these dunes are called also Merzouga Dunes. Arrive to the hotel and get ready for a camel trek for an hour and half to enjoy the sunset. While on the back of your dromedary, you will continue to the camp or an overnight in traditional nomad tent. Dinner and spend the night in a bivouac in the middle of the dunes.
Day 3: Merzouga – Alnif - Nkob - Tazarine - Agdez - Ouarzazate
Early wake up to climb the dune & see the beautiful sunrise, walk down and ride the camels back to the hotel, afterwards get on the 4WD & head to Ouarzazate through Alnif, Tazzarine & the scenic Draa valley, crossing the nice rocky mountains Ait Saoun via Tizi ntnifift, to Ouarzazate. Overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Ouarzazate - Ounila Valley - Telouet - Marrakech
After breakfast, we will set off for Marrakech, passing through the spectacular ounila valley to get to telouet one of the famous kasbahs in Morocco. After lunch we will cross the High Atlas mountains and we will then drop you off at your riad/hotel
We did the Marrakech to Merzouga 4 day trip with Aziz and had a terrific time. We got paired up with another couple with very similar interests and got along great. Aziz was very knowledgeable about the Berber culture pointing out key sites along our car rides and telling us stories about his family and the village he was from (which made the long car rides go by much quicker!). He even surprised us with a Berber pizza one day for lunch! Highly recommend the 4 day trip (over the 3 day) as it provides you with more sightseeing (vs time in the car) and time learning about the culture. Our favorite spots were the fortified city (unbelievable sight), the night spent in the desert and Dades valley.!~Nelson
IOur 4 days tour to the desert in Merzouga was great and our driver and guide Aziz treated us really well, very relaxed driver with great knowledge of the country...and fun too! He also speaks several languages fluently (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Berber...) which made our trip even more interesting. We have been very happy to experience the local way of living and (upon our request) and Aziz brought us to genuine Moroccan places rather than touristic ones, and even organised a surprise meal for us! - The tour pace was also good despite the fair distance and long drives and we liked the choice of accommodation - having a pool in every place was a very welcomed surprise. The 4WD car was also nice and comfortable. We highly recommend taking the 4 days rather than the 3 days tour otherwise it would become quite tiring due to the time spent in the car. Overall, stellar service and we cannot really think of an area of improvement. .~David
We travelled to the Merzouga dunes on the 4 day excursion. The trip was incredible, with great places to stop on the way, authentic hotels and a very friendly guide. The night in the Sahara was truly unforgettable, and the hospitality throughout the whole trip exceeded our expectations.~Akshay