4-Day Tour from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert & Essaouira
This 4-day tour from Marrakech to the Sahara desert and the cost port of Essaouira allows you to explore the highlights of the south of Morocco with highly experienced Moroccan tour guides. Discover the fabulous Atlas Mountains and the majestic Moroccan Sahara Desert on a short trip from the red city of Marrakech.
4 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and Essaouira Overview
The 4 days tour from Marrakech to the Sahara desert includes a night in a typical accommodation in the Dades gorge, near Boumalne Dades on the first night, and spend the next night in a very nice Berber camp in the middle of the orange sand dunes in Erg Chebbi desert.
The tour starts from your preferred pick-up location in Marrakech at 7:45 am. We pass the heights of Tizi n’Tichka along the panoramic Atlas Mountains with snow-capped peaks and authentic small Berber villages. As you arrive at Ouarzazate you will visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou which is a UNESCO world heritage and well known for famous movies that have been shot in this area. Later on, you will visit the Kasbah Taourirt and cinema studios before heading to the famous Dades Gorges.
On the next day, you will have time to take a short hike in the Todgha valley. After that, you will ride a camel to the desert camp where you can enjoy the sunset on the top of the dunes. The next day we drive to Ouarzazate along the Draa Valley with its beautiful palm groves, fortified Kasbahs, and clay palaces.
On day 4 we travel from Ouarzazate to Essaouira via Marrakech. Along the way, you can visit a Berber women’s argan oil cooperative and see how this product is made in a traditional way. You will also be able to see something unusual, the tree-climbing goats.
What You’ll Do During This 4 Days Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and Essaouira
- Visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
- Visit the Kasbah of Telouet.
- Visit the Dades and Todgha valley.
- visit Erfoud and its fossils products
- Enjoy all that the Sahara desert has to offer.
4 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and Essaouira Itinerary:
Discover the magic of the south of Morocco in 4 days. This tour contains a lot of fun and adventure. On the second day, you will spend the night in a beautiful desert camp and a short camel trek is on the program. You will visit the most interesting places in the south of Morocco, including the Todgha Gorges and the Draa Valley.
Day 1: Trip from Marrakech to Boumaln Dades
The tour starts at 7:45 AM from your accommodation in Marrakech towards southeast Morocco. After crossing the High Atlas Mountains, we leave the main road and take the right side road to the village of Telouet to visit an ancient Kasbah, a former residence of the Glaoui, the Pasha of Marrakech.
We drive through a beautiful valley. This valley was a very important road for the merchant desert caravans. We continue along the stunning road to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, where you can take a short tour of the old village and have lunch at a local restaurant with a beautiful view over the village and the nearby hills. This is the most famous fortified Kasbah in all of Morocco and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. After lunch, we visit the Kasbah. This has been used as the backdrop for many Hollywood films. Then we head to Ouarzazate or African Hollywood as many actors call this small Berber town.
After visiting the main attraction of Ouarzazate, we continue driving along the Valley of the Roses to the Dades Gorge. This valley is known as the road of 1000 kasbah. Later we reach our accommodation in Dades Gorge before sunset.
Day 2: Trip from Dades Gorge to Merzouga
Depart from Dades Gorges to Todgha Gorge, the famous natural gorge in North Africa, and take a one-hour walk along the river there where you will also have the opportunity to meet nomad people who fetch water in the gorge. After lunch, we will cross many Berber villages such as Erfoud and Rissani to reach the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi for an amazing experience. You will benefit from a splendid sunset, a sky full of stars, and sunrise on the tops of the dunes near the camp where you will spend the night in Berber tents.
Day 3: Trip from Merzouga to Nkob and Ouarzazate
After enjoying the sunrise on the dunes and a delicious breakfast, you can snowboard in the dunes if you wish. Hereafter you ride back to the hotel by camel. We are heading towards Rissani to Alnif and on the way, we visit the village Nkob with its 45 kasbahs. Here we drive along the valley of the Draa with thousands of palm trees along the river. Before arriving at the village of Agdz we visit the Kasbah of Tamnougalt. Then we continue to Ouarzazate via Ait Saoun. Overnight stay in a typical accommodation.
Day 4: Trip from Ouarzazate to Essaouira
Today, you leave the city of Ouarzazate to the Atlas mountains and the coast of Morocco.
Along the way, you will see many authentic Berber villages and stop in Marrakech for lunch before heading to the Atlantic coast.
On the way to Essaouira, you will have the opportunity to stop to see an Argan Cooperative where women work each day to extract argan oil from the locally grown nuts and where they make argan oil products for food and beauty products.
4 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Prices (Prices listed are per group)
What’s included in the tour:
- The price of the tour includes a vehicle with a driver/guide, a camel trek, a desert camp, and accommodation with dinner and breakfast.
- Entrance fees for monuments, lunch, Drinks, and flight tickets are not included.
What you need to know before booking with us
Desert Morocco Adventure organizes only private tours so please choose a package for the total group size. If you are more than 5 people or you are traveling with kids please contact us.
The luxury option is also available.