3 days shared tour to desert (from Marrakech)

105.00

The overnight Sahara desert experience should be on everyone’s travelling to Morocco bucket list. Even if you are sceptical about popular touristic activities, the endless Sahara dunes will leave you unforgettable memories.  

Description

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.

Price

3 days shared desert trip from Marrakech to Merzouga price – 105  euros.

Organised every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Included:

  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Driver (English/French speaking)
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1st night in the hotel at Tinghir
  • 2nd night in the desert camp
  • Riding a camel at sunset and sunrise
  • local taxes

Not included: 3 lunches, drinks, tips, guide at Ait Ben Haddou and entrance fee at Ait Ben Haddou

Additional info

  • Merzouga desert is really far away. As you already seen in the itinerary, the first and last day you will be driving for around 7 hours. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of stops along the way, all of them will help you to immerse in the local Moroccan life and atmosphere.
  • Almost all tours in Morocco, where lunch is not included, will drive you to more expensive (comparing to other local places) restaurants, around 10 € for lunch.  If are travelling on the low budget, bring your own lunch. It is not obligatory to eat at the place where the driver stopped.
  • During the tour, local guide at Tinghir will show you a traditional carpet weaving place where you will be introduced with different carpet making techniques. There, you will be welcomed by the Moroccan tea and friendly Berbers. There is no pressure to buy something, the tour organisers only try to help local people to earn some money. Don’t feel bad not buying anything, but if you buy, will support local families.
  • If you are going to the desert tour in the winter season, take enough warm clothes. Even though it can be sunny and warm in the day, at night the temperature can drop even till +2 C degrees.  Woollen socks, hat, warm jacket and gloves are musts (December, January, February).
  • To protect yourself from the sandy desert winds, bring some bigger scarf.  Or, when you stop at the local shops, buy the traditional Berber nomad turban/scarf.  In the desert, ask your camel guides to wrap it as they do it.
  • If you are travelling with luggage, you can always leave it in your hotel; maybe they would not mind to hold it for you till you back. Or, you can always take and store your luggage on the tour bus (only if it is not a 30 kg big luggage).
  • In Merzouga, you will leave your luggage on the tour bus. You will only take the necessary things for the night in the desert. It is not comfortable to ride a camel with luggage, so if you have a small backpack, would be great!
  • If you are vegetarian, please inform the driver and double-check in the desert camp if they didn’t forget to cook you a delicious vegetarian meal.
  • There is an option to finish the tour in Fez instead of coming back to Marrakech. The tour driver would pass you to another driver in Merzouga and he would drive you to Fez. This is an additional service, cost around 130 € for transportation (you also have to pay the full price for the desert tour, even though you are not coming back to Marrakech). However, it is a great option if you are travelling with a few friends and planning to head to Fez anyway.
  • You can also instead of the simple desert camp upgrade to the luxury desert camp. Please contact me for more information.

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If you have additional questions about this tour or would like to book it, please contact me

rasa@blondieinmorocco.com    or Whatsapp/Viber number: +212695274252 or

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