This is a four days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour. Four days is the minimum recommended days to explore the Sahara desert from Marrakech. Merzouga dunes are in about 9 h 6 min (561.8 km) drive via N9 and N10. We will start our journey driving through the Atlas Mountains until we reach the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah (a lifetime Moroccan historical experience), Then drive one more 32km to reach Ouarzazate that is the gate to the Sahara desert. We will keep driving until we reach Dades Gorges on which we will spend the first night.
Day1 : Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate - Todra Gorge
Early morning departure from Marrakech in a private Tour, we cross the High Atlas Mountains andreach the TIZI N TICHKA’s pass with 2260 m high, continuation to OUARZAZATE city, we visit the Kasbah TAOURIRT and Films studios, then continue to the DADES Gorges cross the most beautiful road of one thousand Kasbahs, arrival to TODRA Gorges have dinner and overnight.
Morning departure to MERZOUGA dunes, we visit the PALMERAIE area which has thousands of palm trees...then get to TODRA gorges visit it by walking around, Continuation through TINEJDAD, ERFOUD then have lunch at RISSANI and visit ALAOUIT’S first king tomb (current Royal Family).Then we arrive to MERZOUGA where you will enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg CHEBBI, observing the sunset over behind dunes...Night under nomadic tents or Marabou between sands.
Day3 : Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Tazarine – Agdez – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou
After breakfast, departure (different way back) towards the DRAA Valley through ALNIF, NQOB,TAZARINE... we cross the most mystery desert’s landscapes, dotted with oasis. Continue to AGDEZ along the DRAA valley, lunch and arrival to AIT BEN HADDOU Kasbah.
Distance: 250 Km
Day4 : Ait Ben Haddou – Pass Tizi N’Tichka – Marrakech
After breakfast, we visit the ancient Kasbah of AIT BEN HADDOU, which is a UNESCO world Heritage listed site. Hundreds of movies were shot in this local design: The MOMMY, GLADIATOR, 7 DAYS IN TEBET, BABEL, ALEXANDER... after visiting the Kasbah we continue back to the pass TIZIN’TICHKA, lunch and arrival to Marrakech