3-Day Tour: Marrakech To Merzouga By Way Of Dadès Valley Plus Erg Chebbi Camel Trek - Marrakesh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Your hotel or riad in central Marrakech. If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be at the closest point accessible to vehicles.
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point or Djemaa El Fna
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Leave the bustling medinas and souks behind and discover an altogether slower pace of life on this 3-day desert tour to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi from Marrakech. Take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the High Atlas mountains and visit the UNESCO-listed At Benhaddou kasbah with your guide. Discover a lush oasis of palm trees at Skoura and travel along the Dads River. Visit Rissani, the ancient capital of the Tafilalt region. Meet your camel caravan in Merzouga and enjoy an evening under the stars in the Sahara Desert. Group size is limited to 17 on this tour.

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Breakfast included
  • Dinner included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Travel from Marrakech through the lush greenery of the Haouz Planes to the High Atlas mountains, and through fertile valleys and a desert oasis. Explore rocky gorges and admire spectacular sunsets among the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.

Please note:
There are two different accommodation options for this tour:
Standard accommodation: You will stay in a standard en-suite room at Hotella Kasbah de Dades (or similar) with air-conditioning not being guaranteed. The desert camp will be in a comfortable private tent with camp beds and basic washing/toilet facilities (shower).

Deluxe accommodation: You will stay in an en-suite room, Western standard bathrooms and air-conditioning at hotella Kasbah de Dades (or similar). In the desert, a luxurytent with a bed and Western-standard bathroom facilities (hot shower).

After the ride back to the lodge (3rd day), you will have the opportunity to take a shower and freshen up at a private room in the hotel.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Boumalne du Dadès
Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, head deep into the High Atlas Mountains in your air-conditioned minivan to begin your tour. Travel along the Tizi-n-Tichka pass and past rural Berber villages, where local shepherds herd their flocks the way they have for thousands of years.

First, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Benhaddou kasbah, where locals and travelers alike have met to socialize and trade down the centuries. Soak up the atmosphere at your leisure, then head onward with your guide to Ouarzazate for lunch in a local cafe (own expense). Perhaps visit Taourirte Kasbah — a popular meeting place for people from the Atlas, Drâa and Dadès Valleys.

In the afternoon, head onward with your guide to the oasis at Skoura. Pause to admire the lush, green palm trees rising like a mirage in the dry desert, then continue on along the Dadès River through deep gorges, where the ruins of ancient kasbahs lie among traditional Berber villages.

Arrive in Boumalne du Dadès in the evening, where your dinner and accommodation await.

Overnight: Hôtel du Vieux Château du Dadès in Boumalne du Dadès.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Boumalne du Dadès – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi
After breakfast at your hotel, hop back aboard your minivan and travel out along the famous ‘Road of 1000 Kasbahs’ to nearby Tinghir. Stroll through the oasis to the mighty Todra Gorge, where a deep crevasse in the orange limestone provides spectacular views, then sit down to lunch at your leisure (own expense) in one of the local cafes.

In the afternoon, visit the holy town of Rissani — birthplace of Morocco’s ruling royal family and the age-old capital of the Tafilalt region. Continue on to Merzouga, a small village sitting on the borders of the Sahara Desert. Meet your camel caravan and, with the sun slowly moving across the afternoon sky, set off toward Erg Chebbi and your camp in the heart of the desert.

With traditional music from local nomads to entertain you, enjoy dinner and an evening under the stars before retiring to bed.

Overnight: campsite in the Sahara Desert.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Erg Chebbi – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Following an early-morning stroll before breakfast to enjoy sunrise among the sand dunes (optional), ride your camel back to Merzouga and meet your driver for the start of your return journey to Marrakech.

Stop for lunch in Ouarzazate (own expense), then head onward through the spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains. Arrive back at your Marrakech accommodation in the mid-evening to conclude your tour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: There are two different accommodation options for this tour:
Standard accommodation: You will stay a standard en-suite room at Hotel du Vieux Chateau du Dades (or similar) with air-condition not being guaranteed; the desert camp will be in a shared tent with camp beds and basic washing/toilet facilities (no shower). Private accommodation is not guaranteed, it might be double, 3-bed or 4-bed room and tent.
Deluxe accommodation: You will stay in an en-suite room Western standard bathrooms and air-condition at Auberge Ait Oudinar (or similar). In the desert, a private tent with a bed is guaranteed and there are Western-standard bathroom facilities (hot shower).

After the ride back to Merzouga on day 3 you will have the opportunity to take a shower and freshen up at a private room in the hotel.

Inclusions

Driver/guide

Overnight accommodation in Tinghir city

Camel trekking Erg Chebbi

Overnight accommodation at a Sahara desert camp in Erg Chebbi

Dinner & Breakfast

Transport by air-conditioned minivan/minibus

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Local guides

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Not recommended for child under 6 years old

Good walking shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended

It can be cold at night and in the winter so please bring appropriate clothing.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 27-Jan-2020

    Overall the experience is very rewarding. If you have only a few days to experience Morocco, I highly recommend this tour. Although the car rides are long, one gets to view the outskirts of Marrakech city, enjoy the berber villages and see the everyday-life of nomad tribes. Our car ride was better than expected and Abdou is a great driver and friendly host. He stops whenever a person needs and is very attentive to everyone. A few suggestions would be to be able to choose different restaurants when having lunch and that Ando Travel SARL might consider to further train their drivers to not only be good drivers but also be some sort of tourist guide.

  • 20-Dec-2019

    I booked the 3 days tour to the dessert and I’m so glad I booked it with Ando travel! The driver Simu is just a nice and helpful person with a huge knowledge of his country!

  • 08-Nov-2019

    It was great tour, beyond what I expected. The driver, Ahmed was nice and accommodating, and the program was not too crowded.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    It will be a long and bumpy ride on the way to Merzouga so be prepared. Dress comfortably and bring / drink as much as water u can. The driver stop quite often for toilet break so do not worry to stay hydrated. They were two tour guide for stopover before reaching Merzouga and it seems like it is necessary to follow. The first guide even ask for a 300DH per person for the tips, so please make sure u have enough change during the trips.
    Last but not least, the luxury camp site exceeded our expectation! Family tent, private shower room and WC which is so much needed in desert! Just 40pound more for a person why not?

  • 09-Jul-2019

    Hakuna Matata was an excellent host and driver, and I would highly recommend Ando travel to anyone. The hotel in Tinghir the first night could have been cleaner, but I don’t think that’s the agency’s fault. In any case, it was just fine for one night. Otherwise, no complaints! Ando gets my full recommendation.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Everything about this trip we'd read before was the truth ! First if all - our fantastic driver - Obama Mohamed! We haven't met such a friendly, helpful and a funny guy working in the tourism business before! He explained us everything about the local customs, history and tour details with lots of patience. The trip to the Sahara Desert was well organized, luxurious option really woth its price. It's unforgettable experience!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    A fantastic experience for the price! Apart from seeing the unique Moroccan countryside, you'll also meet people from all over the world in the tour group. Be prepared for a lot of driving, especially on the third day.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This 3 day tour is a must. The High Atlas Mountains, the valley, Berber village, a gorge. Stayed in a lovely hotel on the first night and then onto the Sahara and camel trek. We opted for luxury camping and it was fantastic. Downsides - We didn't get to see the stars due to clouds and the return journey is 11 hours with a few quick breaks and a lunch stop. Try and get Mohamed Bajo as your driver as some off the other people we met on the same tour had an unpleasant experience with their drivers who drove too fast and didn't talk to them!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This tour was exactly as it was described and just as magical as I could ever have hoped for. Highly recommend this company. They picked us up right from the main square that was near our hostel and had plenty of stops for photo ops and breaks, and I can't even begin to describe the night in the desert! The standard hotel night was a beautiful suite that was bigger than I imagined. Food was amazing, people were amazing, and it is my favorite trip I've ever taken.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Overall, we really enjoyed this trip, but we would suggest some improvements. The drive down to the desert was not bad, stopping for extended periods where we got to meet with Berber people and learn about life for them. At least some life. These conversations were nice, though quite superficial. We understood that there are 4 peoples who lived together (supposedly in harmony) for hundreds of years, but not much about the daily life. We understood that they farmed alfalfa and lavender, olive and dates, but in the end, we did not understand much about their beliefs, or ideas. I think there is an opportunity here to paint a picture of Berber life that was missed. Instead, there was more of an emphasis on their crafts and trades, presumably to encourage the buying of scarfs, carpets and art.

    The accommodations the first night were quite good, better than I thought it would be (though the food wasn't). There was even a pool, though not a lot of time to take advantage of it. The stops along the route were well placed and allowed for us to stretch our legs.

    The Sahara was quite beautiful, and we loved the camel rides. The desert is so stark and formidable, it's hard to imagine how caravans traveled in ancient times. Our camel ride was about an hour, and we arrived at the camp to have some mint tea and then a nice dinner. After dinner, some of the guides played drums, sang and encouraged us to dance. They did a good job of getting everyone involved in a good fun way.

    In the end though, the trip was very superficial. I would have liked more information at the camp about what caravans were like. How these large caravans managed to get through the desert for 50 days. What life was like for the people who lived in and around the desert? I personally would have liked more of a cultural understanding.

    The ride back the next day is tough. The camel ride was beautiful in the early light, but the bus ride was long and tough. I wish there was a way to break up the trip back, but I can't really see how, due to the distances.

    Overall, it was a great excursion, but lacking in cultural immersiveness. We would have liked to understand better how they lived, especially in the Sahara, so that we can appreciate the strength of these people who had lived there for hundreds of years.

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