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5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT

OVERVIEW: 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT

Embark on a thrilling 5 Days Tour From Marrakech To Desert , beginning with a scenic drive through the High Atlas Mountains to iconic sites like the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and Ouarzazate’s film studios. 

Explore the Dades Valley and Todra Gorges before immersing yourself in the beauty of Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi Dunes. Enjoy cultural encounters, camel trekking, and an overnight desert camp. 

Witness a stunning sunrise before returning via Rissani’s market to Ouarzazate for an overnight stay. Explore Ouarzazate’s cinematic heritage and Ait Ben Haddou’s Kasbah before concluding your adventure and discovering Marrakech with a local guide.

HIGHLIGHTS: 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT

  • Drive through the High Atlas Mountains, with scenic stops.
  • Visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, seen in movies like Gladiator.
  • Explore Ouarzazate and its film studios.
  • Drive through Dades Valley with a stop for a panoramic view.
  • Explore Todra Gorges, a majestic canyon.
  • Visit nomads and experience their lifestyle
  • Enjoy a camel ride into the desert for sunset.
  • overnight at a desert camp with dinner and music.
  •  Catch a stunning sunrise and explore Rissani’s market.
  •  Discover Ouarzazate’s cinematic heritage.

ITINERARY: 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT

DAY 1: MARRAKECH – KASBAH OF AIT BEN HADDOU – OUARZAZATE – DADES VALLEY

The first day of a 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH, you will be picked up at your accommodation in Marrakech or from the airport in the morning to drive to the desert through the fascinating High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi-N-Tichka pass in the Atlas Mountains. There will be stops along the way to view the breathtaking landscapes from a panoramic vantage point.

Our next stop is the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a must-see on this tour. UNESCO has designated this fortified village as part of the World Heritage List as a World Heritage Site. In addition, the Kasbah has been featured in several films, including Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, etc.

After that, we continue to Ouarzazate and visit the film studios where many famous films were shot. We’ll have some time to eat lunch, then we’ll go see the Rose Valley, driving through a big group of palm trees in Skoura. Lastly, we’ll go to Boumalne Dades to sleep for the night.

DAY 2 : DADES VALLEY – TOUDGHHA GORGES-  TINJDAD – MERZOUGA DESERT

After breakfast, we’ll drive through the Dades Valley. We’ll stop at a place where we can see the valley from above and enjoy the amazing view of the Dades gorges. Then, we’ll continue to Todra Gorges. The Todra River has carved a big canyon in the mountains, making tall red cliffs on both sides. 

You can walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery there. After that, we’ll drive through areas with lots of palm trees called Touroug and Tinjdad. You’ll have some time to eat lunch on the way.

Finally, we arrive at Erg Chebbi’s Merzouga Dunes, where you will check into your hotel and enjoy a magical dinner with traditional Berber music. The hotel provides unique and comfortable accommodations, allowing you to fully embrace the serene beauty of the desert night.

DAY 3: AN EXPLORATIVE JOURNEY OF THE DESERT – VISIT NOMADS – CAMEL TREKKING – OVERNIGHT DESERT CAMP

Following a delicious breakfast, we drive to Khamlia village, where you will be treated to the enthralling rhythms of real Gnawa music. 

Then we’ll go off the usual route, exploring the dunes on an unpaved road and stopping for tea with nomads in traditional Berber tents. This immersive experience gives you a glimpse into a different way of life, and you’ll even get to eat Berber pizza for lunch.

In the late afternoon, after relaxing at the hotel, you’ll prepare for an incredible camel ride into the heart of the dunes to view the breathtaking sunset. 

When you arrive at the camp, you’ll be greeted with mint tea before settling into your comfy tents with ensuite bathrooms and showers as the Sahara presents its stunning evening hues. Dinner is ready, and as you eat, a musical performance by the group around the fire adds to the allure of the starry Sahara night.

DAY 4: MERZOUGA – ALNIF – NKOB – DRAA VALLEY – OUARZAZATE

Today, make sure to wake up early to witness the breathtaking sunrise, as the dunes come alive with a mesmerizing display of colors and shadows, so you will not miss an awe-inspiring spectacle. After breakfast, you will ride your camel back to Merzouga, meet your driver and head to Ouarzazate.

 Along the way, we will stop at Rissani’s bustling traditional market. If you visit on a market day—Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays—you’ll be greeted by a vibrant display of colors, fragrances, and sounds as you stroll through its bustling streets. Afterward, we drive to Alnif before tracing the scenic route along the Draa valley towards Ouarzazate for the overnight.

DAYS 5: OUARZAZATE – PALM GROVES OF SKOURA – AMRIDIL KASBAH – HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS – MARRAKECH

Today, after breakfast in your hotel, we will discover Ourzazate city. This city is the gateway to the Sahara desert and is dubbed the Hollywood of Africa. Home to the historic Kasbah of Taourirt and the famed Atlas studio, Ouarzazate offers a captivating glimpse into Moroccan cinema history.

Continuing our journey, we arrive at the captivating Ait Ben Haddou, where we explore the ancient Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in history and immortalized in film. 

As we bid farewell to this mesmerizing fortress, our path leads us back to vibrant Marrakech, winding through the majestic High Atlas Mountains with a stop to admire the intriguing Telouet Kasbah before we drop you off at your accommodation in Marrakech.

Our Travelers Reviews

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Gabrielle J
Gabrielle J
Unforgettable experience in the desert!
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My friend and I travelled to the Sahara with Amar and it has been the best trip I’ve embarked on. After a long drive with beautiful sights and some delicious food stops, we made it to the desert. We got to experience life in the desert and did some activities. The four wheeler riding was my favorite and we got the best photos/videos. Thanks to our guide for capturing breathtaking videos of us riding in the sand. We then rode camels to our sleep site for the night.
Judith P
Judith P
Magical Trip
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I recently traveled to Morocco for second time , now with Moroccan Trips in 2022 and I must say it was an incredible experience. Their customer service was excepcional , and the team was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. The tour itself was unforgettable , and our guide was friendly , nice , polite and enthusiastic , taking us to some of the most beautiful and culturally rich locations in Morocco...
Tricia B
Tricia B
Amazing trip
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Morocco has so much to offer, and Select Morocco Tours did everything they could to showcase their country. Communication was excellent with Amar, while we finalized our trip. Ibrahim, our driver was punctual, polite and fun. Also a great driver in some tight spots. Accommodations were first class and guides in Fes, Volubillis and Assilah were knowledgeable, friendly and informative.I chose this company as they always responded quickly to any questions I had...
Travel Addicted
Travel Addicted
Amazing tour and team! Great memories
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We came along Morocco with family and we fell in love with fascinating people and landscapes. We have booked one week tour (6 nights stays) from Marrakech to Fez back and forth and we felt greatly from day one to end of the tour. A particular mention for our private driver and guide, amazing guy Mustapha who drove tirelessly and always willing to explain patiently along the way. Our sleeping night in tends was also very nice thank to the whole team of professionals and particularly to Youssef for looking after us.
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Important! This is a proposed tour schedule; if it doesn’t suit you, please contact us. A customized itinerary will be created based on your interests and stay duration. We provide personalized Morocco tours.

As more people join the trip, the price drops. If the payment is fixed, transportation costs will be proportionate to the number of people. Cost depends on accommodation quality. Please contact us for a quotation.

FAQ

What language is spoken in Morocco?

Arabic is the official language, with a Moroccan dialect called Darjia widely spoken. French is also common due to historical ties, and some Spanish is heard in certain areas.

Is Morocco safe for travelers?

Morocco is generally safe and politically stable. Tourists should be mindful of petty theft, scams, and harassment, which are the most common crimes.

How should I dress in Morocco?

Dressing conservatively is advised, especially for women. Covering down to wrists and ankles is required when visiting mosques.

What is the currency in Morocco?

The Moroccan Dirham (MAD) is the local currency. It’s recommended to have cash for smaller markets and cabs, as they may not accept credit cards.

When is the best time to travel to Morocco?

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are ideal for pleasant weather.

What food is common in Morocco?

Traditional dishes include tagine, couscous, and mint tea. Street food and local delicacies offer a taste of Moroccan culture.

Is tipping customary in Morocco?

Yes, tipping is customary for services such as dining, guides, and taxis.

What are the must-visit places in Morocco?

Marrakech, Fes, Chefchaouen, and the Sahara Desert are among the top destinations.

Can I use Euros or US Dollars in Morocco?

While the Dirham is preferred, some places may accept Euros. US Dollars are less commonly accepted and should be exchanged for local currency.

Are there any health precautions I should take before traveling to Morocco?

It’s advisable to consult with a travel clinic for recommended vaccinations and to carry any personal medications.

Info: 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT
what Included
  • Private A/C Vans or 4×4 vehicles
  • Fuel
  • English speaking driver.
  • Pick up & Drop off at your accommodation
  • Typical hotels, Kasbahs, Riads
  • Camel ride Per each
  • Overnight in a traditional nomad tent
  • All breakfasts
what Excluded
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Tipping Driver and Guides
Contact Moroccan Trips Agency

Moroccan Trips stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of travel, founded in 2012 by the distinguished tour operator, Amar Amraoui. With a childhood spent amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Sahara Desert, Amar possesses an unparalleled depth of knowledge and profound affinity for Morocco’s diverse terrain and cultural heritage.

Drawing from years of hands-on experience as an esteemed in-country agent for esteemed national and international travel entities, Amar has honed his craft in guiding discerning travelers across Morocco’s captivating landscapes. His career in the tourism industry began in 2007, and he has since remained steadfastly committed to promoting eco-friendly travel strategies.

A graduate with a Bachelor’s (BA) degree in Sustainable Tourism and Languages, Amar Amraoui embodies a blend of academic prowess and practical expertise. At Moroccan Trips, Amar’s mission is to transcend mere travel and curate transformative experiences that resonate with the soul of Morocco, offering bespoke journeys that blend cultural immersion with unparalleled adventure.

Experience the epitome of professionalism and personalized service with Moroccan Trips. Allow us to be your trusted partner in crafting bespoke travel experiences that leave an indelible mark on your heart and mind, as we invite you to discover the true essence of Morocco’s boundless beauty and timeless allure.

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