Kasbahs, Oasis, Valleys & Erg Chebbi Dunes – 4 Days



Overview:

Go on this Marrakech to Merzouga to discover the wind-swept sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, to experience camel riding, and to stay in nomad tents and authentic riads, with a rich history and Berber culture in between. Travel over the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains, drive via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka.

Stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire the beautiful Berber villages and green valleys. Wander Skoura Oasis’s unlimited palm trees and visit the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil. Travel through the Road of Thousand Kasbahs and the lively Valley of the Roses.

Learn about Kel’aa M’gouna cooperatives producing cosmetic products from the abundant flowers of the valley. Stay in an authentic guest-house in Dades Gorges and take a walk in the fertile Dades Valley. Hike in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and travel through Berber villages.

Ride camels to the summit of Erg Chebbi dunes and practice sandboarding. Admire the sunset from the summit of the dunes and walk in the wind-blown sand dunes. Dine under a sky full of stars, dance to Berber music and drumming, and stay in a comfortable nomad tent in a desert camp in a desert camp among the big dunes.

Travel through Dra’a valley’s palm trees and along ancient kasbahs. Stop by the Atlas Film to photograph the intact film sets of many Hollywood blockbusters. Visit the two famous kasbahs in Morocco; Telouet and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Cross the High Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the day.


Major highlights:

  • Travel over the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains, drive via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka
  • Admire the beautiful Berber villages and green valleys from the summit of the mountains
  • Explore Skoura Oasis’s huge palm trees and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil
  • Drive off-road through the Road of Thousand Kasbahs and the vivid Valley of the Roses.
  • Stop at Kel’aa M’gouna cosmetic cooperatives producing products from the flowers of the valley
  • Explore the Dades Valley and go for a hike in the Toudgha Gorges with a local guide and travel through Berber villages.
  • Ride camels and admire the sunset from the summit of Erg Chebbi dunes
  • Dine under a starlit sky and dance to Berber music and drumming around a fire camp
  • Stay in a private nomad tent in a desert camp near the big dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Travel through Dra’a Valley palm trees and along fortified kasbahs
  • Visit Kasbah Telouet and Hollywood favorite film set in Morocco, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Stay in beautiful riads and taste some of Morocco’s most delicious dishes
  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech

What is included:

  • Private Transportation in an air-conditioned 4×4 Toyota Prado or luxury minivan and Fuel
  • Experienced local Berber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech
  • Overnights in an air-conditioned riad/ hotel with rooms with private bathrooms
  • Overnight in an authentic/ luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • All meals, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners with vegetarian and vegan options
  • The opportunity to stop for breaks whenever and wherever you wish
  • Option to go to and come back from the camp on camelback or by the 4×4
  • Camel trekking in Erg Chebbi dunes for an hour and Sandboarding as much as you want
  • Berber music and drumming around a fire camp in the desert
  • Local guides and entrance fees in the relevant places

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Good to know :

  • This Marrakech to Merzouga can be tailor-made to fit your individual areas of interest
  • This Erg Chebbi dunes desert trip is free of hidden costs, cheap tourists’ traps, or forced shopping
  • You can choose to go to the camp on camelback or by the 4×4 car (then, you go for a camel ride)

Prices Table

Number of Persons 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons
Price Per Person 420 € 355 € 325 € 315 € 315 €
Total Price 840 € 1065 € 1300 € 1575 € 1890 €

Itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Dades Gorges

Start your Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip by morning departure from your accommodation in Marrakech.  Travel over the high Atlas Mountains and via the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest peak in Africa.

From the summits of these mountains, the views of the green valleys and the adobe-built Berber villages perched on the mountains are spectacular.

You continue to descend the Atlas Mountains as far as Ouarzazate. After lunch, a side road leads to Skoura Oasis, full of palm trees, and fortified Kasbahs. Visit the beautifully repaired Kasbah Amredhil and tour its small museum, featuring ancient agriculture tools and housing furniture.

Driving further east, you travel through the Road of a Thousand kasbahs, remarkable for its fortified Kasbah nestled among the palm trees. After a stop in the Valley of the Roses, you continue to Kel’aa M’gouna, where you can visit local cooperatives, producing cosmetic products from the beautiful flowers of the valley.

By the end of the afternoon, you will arrive at Dades Gorges. Here, a beautiful guest-house at the edge of the valley offers dinner and night’s rest.

2nd day: Dades Gorges – Merzouga

After breakfast, enjoy a walk by the Boumalne Dades Valley and explore the green fields and the local agriculture.  Next, you continue to the much talked about Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga via the Toudgha Gorges.

Here, you can take a walk alongside the river and through the massive canyons of Tinghir before having lunch in a restaurant overlooking the massive canyons. In the afternoon, your Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip continues to the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi along the Ziz Valley, well known for its huge palm trees groves.

Here in Merzouga, an hour to an hour and a half camel ride leads to the dunes of Erg Chebbi (250m). From the top of these towering dunes, the sunset and the views are spectacular and the tranquility is immersive.

At the campsite near the big dunes, you will be welcomed by traditional mint tea and Moroccan biscuits. At night, dinner is served under a sky full of stars, followed by a musical play and Berber drumming. A comfortable nomad tent offers a night’s rest.

3rd day: Merzouga – Ouarzazate

If you wake up early in the morning, you can climb to the summit of the high dunes to admire the sunrise. After breakfast in the camp, your desert trip continues from Erg Chebbi dunes to Ouarzazate via Berber villages of Rissani, Alnif, Tazzarine, and N’Qob which will be the venue for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will visit Kasbah Tamnougalte, the oldest kasbah in the region, and is still partly inhabitant. Shortly after, you go off-road through the Dra’a Valley’s unlimited palm trees and along fortified kasbahs towards Agdez.

After a break in Agdz, you cross the Middle Atlas Mountains and arrive at Ouarzazate. Here, an authentic and beautiful raid offers dinner and overnight.

4th day: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast in your riad, you continue your Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip. Stop by the Film Studios to photograph the intact film sets of many Hollywood cinematic artworks.

Shortly after, a side road leads to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. This is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the most famous kasbah in Morocco. You will visit the kasbah with a local guide who will provide great insight into the history of this site and points out interesting features.

Afterward, travel alongside the beautiful Ounila Valley and Berber villages. After lunch, you will visit Kasbah Telouet, remarkable for its artwork tiling and wood craftsmanship.

In the afternoon, you cross the high Atlas Mountains and drive through Berber villages. You will arrive back at Marrakech by the end of the day.

 

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