Desert Tour from Marrakech to Essaouira
What do you have to expect on this desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga? The tour of 5 days from Marrakech to the desert includes a night in a Kasbah in Boumaln Dades (Kasbah Tizzarouine) on the first night and then one night in the middle of the desert in a Berber tent (Kanz Erremal Desert Camp).
The tour starts from your accommodation in Marrakech at 7:00 am over the Tizi N’tichka pass crossing the high Atlas mountains. 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 Dades Gorges.
On the next day, you will have time to do a very short walk in the Todgha valley. After that, you will ride camels to the desert camp where you will enjoy the sunset on the top of the dunes. The next day we will drive to Agdz along the Draa valley, overnight in a beautiful guest house.
On day 4 we will travel from Agdz to Taroudant, which is a small town in the Sous Valley in southern Morocco. Overnight in a riad. Next day we will travel to Essaouira via Agadir.
What You’ll Do
- 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.
The travel plan for the Sahara desert journey from Marrakech:
Explore the Sahara desert and the historic Medina of Essaouira on a 5-day trip from Marrakech.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges
Our tour departs at 7:00 from your Riad or Hotel in Marrakech direction Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate by crossing the high Atlas Mountains. After the Tizi n’Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the village of Telouet to visit the Kasbah which was a former residence of the Glaoui Family Residence. The valley we are driving through was an important road for the caravans of traders. We continue along the stunningly beautiful road to Ait Ben Haddou where we have lunch. This is the most famous fortified Kasbah in Southern Morocco and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. This has been used as the backdrop for many Hollywood films. “the Hollywood of Africa”. After lunch, we visit the Kasbah. On, through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”- the fascinating “sand castles”, we will continue our journey to stop at Kalaat M’gouna, “the rose’s city” known for roses and its annual festival during the roses harvest in May and then continue to our hotel, located in a beautiful kasbah. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Dades Gorges – Merzouga
After breakfast in the hotel drive back through the valley to see the amazing rock formation “the monkey toes”, and the still-standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul. Leave the Dades valley towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley. Watch the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Get to the Gorge and walk under the 300m high red cliff, where many Rock-climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport. Continue our trip to Erfoud and Rissani where we have lunch; afterward, we leave for the village of Merzouga. Once we arrive in Merzouga, we get ready to go to the desert by camel to attend the sunset and sleep in Berber tents in the middle of the desert. Dinner and overnight in a desert camp.
Day 3: Merzouga – Nkoub – Agdez
Early morning departure to enjoy the sunrise in the Sahara Desert. Then we will ride the camels back to the hotel to have breakfast and take a comforting hot shower and we will leave for Rissani. This city was founded by the Alaouite dynasty. With most of the women veiled, and men hooded, this is a very traditional Moroccan town. We’ll continue driving towards Agdez, via Alnif and Tazzarine, before we get to the fascinating Draa Valley, then we spend overnight in a guesthouse in Agdez.
Day 4: Agdez – Taroudant
After breakfast depart to Taroudant passing by Taznakht, known for its carpets with the dominant color orange coming from the saffron. Continuation by Taliouine, located on a fertile plateau of argan trees. Stop at the small village of Ouled Berhil for lunch, then continue to Taroudant. We will visit this city, surrounded by its beautiful belt of gilded walls and its labyrinth of narrow streets with red houses. Spend overnight in a guest house.
Day 5: Taroudant – Essaouira
After breakfast, pick up and drive towards Essaouira, a small old city on the Atlantic coast, also called Mogador. It is located 275km from Taroudant and we will pass via Agadir, the modern city of Morocco where we have lunch. We follow the coastline towards the castle of Jimi Hendrix southeast of Essaouira.
5 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Prices (Price per person) & Required Persons Per Group
2 PaxCouple5 days650€
3 PaxGroup5 Days475€
4 PaxFamily5 Days360€
5 PaxFamily5 Days280€
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, and flight tickets are not included.
Knowing before booking with us
Desert Morocco Adventure organizes only private tours so please if you are traveling with 2 adults ( in total 3 persons) and you are planning to book with us a tour make a booking in the tour schedule for 3 pax and not in a group of 5 persons.
If you are more than 5 people or you are traveling with kids please contact us.
The luxury option is also available.