Berber Villages, Kasbahs, Gorges, Camel trekking, Night in Sahara Desert & more...
3 days desert tour from Marrakesh to Sahara desert - Erg Chebbi
The 3 days tour from Marrakech to Sahara desert lets you discover a big part of the south of Morocco, departing from the ocher city of Marrakech towards the Atlas mountains and crossing beautiful scenery on the curvy roads and perched Berber villages blending with the mountains. The tour gives you the chance to enjoy the adventure of camel trekking over the Erg Chebbi dunes, also watch the beautiful sunset/sunrise.
Day 1 : Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley - Erg Chebbi
We will from your Riad in Marrakech at 7:00AM and start travelling towards the Atlas mountains before reaching our first site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Kasbah is perhaps the most impressive and well-preserved fortress cities in Morocco, which the Moroccan Government itself jumped on the bandwagon in 1994 to rehabilitate the Kasbah in order to preserve the cultural and national heritage. The Kasbahs were a major stop for camel caravans carrying salt through the Sahara and returning with gold, silver and slaves. We continue along the route, arriving at Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Saharan desert, the Moroccan city known for Hollywood movies being located and filmed here. Top Hollywood blockbusters which have been filmed in Ouarzazate include movie titles such as The Gladiator, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven, Game of Thrones, Prince of Persia and Lawrence of Arabia. We continue to make our way, experiencing the Draa Valley, en route to draa valley. Then to Merzouga, joining our camels and head off into the desert for a 1-2 hour camel trek to reach our Berber desert camp for the night. The camp provides private Berber bivouacs, under stars being so bright in the Desert. Overnight in the Nomad tent.
After breakfast overlooking the beautiful sunrise, we will pass through villages making several stops showing the making of local artisan crafts. These include the making of marble from fossils which provides an authentic opportunity to see how Moroccans use their natural resources to make exquisite masterpieces. Next, we will pass through the Draa Valley which is home to one of the most beautiful and longest palm grove and river in Morocco. It is also said to known that the best dates come from this area. After this mouth dropping drive, we will arrive in Ouarzazate where we will take refuge for the night.
Day 3 : Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Tizi N'Tichka - Marrakech
Our day of adventure then moves onto Ouarzazate, where we’ll tour around this city and see the film studios. Ouarzazate is a much-loved location by film production, many of whom specifically come here because of the ancient buildings, golden landscapes and stunning scenery. One feels as though you have taken a trip back in time as you explore the ancient Kasbahs, golden clay buildings and don’t be surprised to see a Hollywood film crew shooting a movie here.
NOTE! If the itineraries that we offer does not match what you’re looking for contact us and we will prepare a trip that suits your own needs and requirements.
What's included in this tour:
All vehicle transfers in 4WD or minivan with fuel.
Experienced English-speaking driver (guide).
Pick-up from your accommodation in Marrakech and drop-off in your accommodation.