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3 day Sahara desert trip from Marrakech: Merzouga dunes

The visit to Morocco is never complete without having seen the charming beauty of the Sahara desert dunes. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the spectacular Gorges of Dades and Toudra and spend the night under the shouting stars in Merzouga desert. Camel ride through the golden dunes, romantic sunset, sunrise and music entertainment by locals around the bonfire make this trip unique and memorable.

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3 days


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  • What's included :
    • Camel ride (approx 1 hour each way)
    • Confortable air conditioned transportation
    • Dinners and breakfasts
    • Friendly driver
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Overnight at the Dades hotel and at the desert camp
    • Breakfast
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Dinner
    What's excluded :
    • Lunches
    • Museum entrance fees if you decided to visit it
    • Soft drinks
    • Tip if you like to support the stuff
  • DAY 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Valley

    This unforgettable tiur starts with the scenic drive from Marrakech over the Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2’260 m), where you can spot the traditional Berber villages scattered by the roadside with its inhabitants in their daily work. You can stop in a local co-operative run by women who extract the Argan oil from the trees and discover how it is processed into cooking oil and cosmetics (optional). Shortly before the howllywood city of Ouarzazate, there will be an opportunity to visit the famous Kasbah of Aït-Ben-Haddou, the old fortified clay city with its numerous kasbahs, where several famous movies such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, game of throwns and Prince of Persia have been fully or partly filmed (no entrance fee charged) and here is where you can take your lunch in one of the local restaurants . You can visit the movie museum Atlas studio just on the other side of the road (entrance fee charged) . The journey continues through the Valley of Roses to the Dades Valley, where you stay your first stay overnight.
    Aprox 325 kilometers drive.

    DAY 2: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Merzouga

    After having breakfast, the trip continue along the road of the thousand Kasbahs to the panoramic Todra Gorges. The river of Todra has formed these impressive three hundred mitters high walls over thousands of years. This is a great opportunity to take photos and go for a very short walk in the Gorges and by the river side. After lunch in Tinjdad city you drive through Erfoud town (home of the fossils workshops) to get to the desert. Here, you meet your friendly camel guide and head to the camp on top of your  camel. After arriving, you can climb the high dunes and enjoy the incredible views while the sun sinks below the horizon. Settle in your private tent and drink some mint tea before the traditional dinner is served. You can spend the night watching the shooting stars or dance around the camp fire to the beat of the desert drums.
    Dinner will be served in the Berber tents.
    Aprox 270 kilometres drive.

    DAY 3: Merzouga - N'kob - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

    Today, you get up early to enjoy the first rays of sunlight over the desert. Enjoy your breakfast in the camp and hop on your camel for the ride back to Merzouga. On your way back through the Draa Valley in direction toMarrakech you will change the road and there will be stops at different sites to take some pictures of this beautiful valley and its river as the longest one in Morocco (when the weather is not stable we came back through the road we went) . After lunch along the way, you will head back to Marrakech.
    Aprox 500 kilometers.
  • Departure Point :
    We provide the hotel pick up of course but if your accommodation is not accessible by car in the old city, we will contact you to agree about a close meeting point for you.When you are staying very close to the main square of Jamaa El Fna we meet in front of Café de France but we will contact you to give you the right meeting time.
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    We drop you off at your hotel or at the closest car park to your accommodation if it's not accessible by car
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • In winter he road sometimes can be blocked in Tizi n'Tichka pass because of the snow (rarely)
    • Mattress and blankets are provided in the desert camp
    • The pick up from your hotel if it's accessible by car otherwise we will contact you to agree about a close meeting point for you
    • The weather is warm in summer and cold in winter
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by astara tours

Activity ID: V-100912P6

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