5 days Morocco itinerary – From Marrakech to Merzouga
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas - Dades Gorges
The 5 days trip from Marrakech to the desert. It starts at 8:00AM at the Hotel or Riad where you are staying in Marrakech.
We will leave towards the High Atlas crossing the Tizi N’Tichka pass making some stops with panoramic views. We will make our way through numerous Berber nomadic villages that inhabit the area.
We will continue towards Ouarzazate. We will cross the Valley of the Roses, to enter the Valley of Dadès, where begins the so-called “route of the thousand kasbahs.
We will pass through the “monkey fingers”, a rocky landscape known as “the brain of the Atlas”. We will then arrive at our destination. Dinner and overnight in the Dadès Valley in hotel.
Day 2: Dadès Valley - Todra Gorges - Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast, we will visit the spectacular Dades Gorges, enjoying the spectacular scenery that offers us the way to them. We will return to drive along a road dotted with Kasbah all of them different. We will arrive at one of the strong points of the South, the Todra Gorges. The Todra River has formed a gorge of vertical walls of enormous proportions, up to 200m high, and of great beauty. It is a paradise for climbers and a unique place.
Free lunch. Then we will continue to the desert through the palm grove of Tafilalet and through Erfoud to reach the impressive dunes of Merzouga. Arrival at the hotel located at the foot of the dunes, where we will have a tea of hospitality while resting a little.
Then you can walk along the fine sand of Erg Chebbi, relax and enjoy this breathtaking scenery. In the evening, you will taste a delicious Berber dish. Overnight at the hotel in Merzouga.
Day 3: Merzouga - Drive around the Erg Chebbi - Merzouga - Night in the desert.
After a hearty Moroccan breakfast, we will get into the 4×4 to drive away from Merzouga and start our tour around the Erg Chebbi dunes, a region of the desert populated by sand. Among the many stops that await us, we will discover how and where nomadic families live in the area, wild oasis in the middle of nowhere, spectacular scenery, small desert villages, palm groves … Inevitable stop on our way through the village of Khamlia, of people originally from Mali, who will make us enjoy a nice concert of Gnawa music, while savoring a delicious tea.
On the way back to the hotel, our dromedaries will be waiting for us to take us to the foot of the Great Dune of the Erg Chebbi desert. During the ride, about an hour and a half, we can observe the beautiful sunset, the contrast of colors and enjoy the calm of the dunes. We will arrive at the camp.
We will taste an authentic Berber dinner and enjoy the music of the drums. We will sleep in a nomad tent in the heart of the desert under the spectacular immense sky full of stars night in the desert in camp.
Day 4 : Merzouga- Rissani- Dara Valley- Ouarzazate
We will wake up early in the morning to enjoy the spectacular sunrise on the dunes of Merzouga.
Then we will return to Merzouga with the camels watching the spectacular scenery. After breakfast and a shower at the hotel, we will start our way.
We will head to Rissani, where we will stroll through what is known as the most authentic and traditional souk in Morocco, and the largest in the south of the country, where all kinds of handicrafts, food and animals are traded. Continue to Ouarzazate, on the way you can contemplate the beauty of the Draa Valley and its thousands of palm trees. Dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate in hotel.
Day 5: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
After breakfast, we will leave Ouarzazate. We will have the possibility to visit a film studio. Then we will continue our way and we can visit the fabulous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In this spectacular setting have been filmed films as renowned as Gladiator or the Jewel of the Nile, Babel …. Return to Marrakech, contemplating on the way the beauty of the mountains full of villages inhabited by Berbers. Arrival in Marrakech in the afternoon / evening end of 5 days from Marrakech to the desert, Marrakech 5 days trip.
- Transportation 4×4 or Van or minibus with A/C
- Driver with experience in tourism
- 1 night in Dades Valley in hotel with breakfast and dinner
- 1 night in hotel in Merzouga with breakfast & dinner
- 1 night in the desert camp with breakfast and dinner
- 1 night in Ourzazae in hotel with breakfast and dinner
- Excursion on camels for an hour to get to the camp
- Tips and anything else not specified in the program.
Our tours are private and we adapt to the dates and times of the travelers.
Any modification can be made to adapt the tour to the needs of the travelers.