In Morocco, there are so many desert tour operators, how to choose the right one? Especially when almost everyone is offering a very similar programme, only the prices vary. It took me a long time to find the best three days tour operator. I tried the tour myself, sent my friends and many travellers. They were all happy! Here is a post about my three days shared desert tour experience (I test this tour every season, to make sure nothing changed).
I will arrange your trip, will answer all the question and you will have my direct support during the journey. There is no hidden service cost from my side. You will pay the same (or even less) as other travellers on tour.
Below the photo gallery, you will find the itinerary of the three days shared tour to the desert.
What I love about the three days shared desert trip is that you meet other travellers, shared your experience, laugh, make new friends. The size of the group can vary from small to the bigger one. This desert trip is not only about the desert; you see many other places on the way. The breathtaking High Atlas mountains scenery, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, Valley of Roses, Dades Valley, Tighir oasis, Todgha gorges and of course, the stunning Sahara desert in Merzouga. A great deal for only 105 euros, where two nights accommodations, dinners and breakfasts, camel rides are included.
The full description and honest opinion of my three days shared the desert trip experience you can read here
Three days shared desert tour to Merzouga desert itinerary:
You can book this trip every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
1st day, Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Tinghir (6 hours drive)
The tour starts at around 7.20 am. The driver will pick up from the agreed meeting location close to your hotel in Marrakech. During the first part of the day, you will drive through the High Atlas mountains, crosse the Tizi n’Tichka (2260m) pass, the highest road mountain in Morocco. The twisty mountains road is breathtaking, on the way you will stop for pictures and coffee break.
The first stop is at the UNESCO World Heritage site listed Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, dating to the 12th Century and one of the most iconic Morocco’s monuments. Many Hollywood and international films were shot in Ait Ben Haddou. There you will meet the local English speaking guide, who will guide you at the kasbah. After lunch, on the way, you will visit a movie studio (if there will be enough time left) and will continue the journey north-east. Before the sunset, you will reach your first night’s comfortable hotel located in Tinghir. After dinner, you can share day memories with your travel companions.
2nd day, Tinghir oasis – Toudra- Merzouga (4.30-hour drive)
Your second day will start with delicious breakfast and a short trip to Todgha gorges, where you will meet a local guide. He will introduce you to the oasis of Todgha and will guide to the gorges – series of limestone river canyons. Some of them are up to 400 metres high.
Finally, you are on the way to Merzouga, passing the cities of Erfoud and Rissani. The driver will drop you at the local guesthouse where he will transfer you to the desert guides. You don’t need to take much for the night in the desert, so make the essential things (small backpack, warmer clothes for night and camera) and the rest of your belongings left on the tour bus.
Comfortably sitting on camel backs, you will have a slow walk to the desert; you will pass the sands of Erg Chebbi, a large sea of dunes of the Sahara Desert. In some places, the dunes of Erg Chebbi are reaching up to 150 meters high and are twenty-two kilometres long, five kilometres wide. After about 1 hour ride on the camel, you will have free time to climb on the highest dune for the sunset. After, you will head back to the desert camp for a welcoming tea. Your day will finish in the Berber camp with an evening full of tagines, tea and drum music.
3rd day, Merzouga – Marrakech (8.30 hours driving )
In the morning, you will wake up early to meet the sunrise on your camelback. Then, you will ride back to the main guest house. After breakfast in the main camp, you will have a long drive back to Marrakech. With many stops, you will come back home in the evening, around 7 pm.