Marrakech to Merzouga: 3 days desert tour itinerary

Traveling the desert between Marrakech and Merzouga takes three days. Come along as we explore the desert like never before with some of the indigenous Berbers.

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3 Days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga itinerary's overview :

One of our most popular itineraries is a three-day trip from Marrakech to Merzouga. Our fantastic three-day journey will begin in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, one of the country’s most visited and well-known destinations. But along the journey, we’ll see a lot of amazing places you won’t want to miss. The fortified settlement of Ait Benhaddou, or the Kasbahs, will be one of our primary destinations. And then there’s Ouarzazate, where we’ll check out the Atlas Film Studios. You’ll be seeing the Merzouga desert and staying in a Berber tent for the night. After a night in the desert, we’ll go back to Marrakech via a different route to round out the journey.

The schedule for a three day excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga :

Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Boumalne Dades, Day 1

We’ll pick you up from your hotel or agreed-upon meeting spot to kick off our three-day, two-night desert adventure from Marrakech to Merzouga. To begin, you’ll be passing through the Atlas Mountains, a world-famous mountain range. Your first stop will be in the pass of Tizi nTichka (2260m), where we plan to see several Argan oil cooperatives. Then we’ll keep going until we reach Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its distinctive towers and clay architecture, which makes it an ideal location for filming. We plan to visit this location to take it easy and learn more about it.

The 3 days from Marrakech to Merzouga continues, this time we will take you to enjoy lunch in one of the top restaurants in Ouarzazate. This later is a little similar to the prior one. Atlas Studios is the place to go if you want to produce a movie in Morocco’s Ouallywood or just hire the equipment you need to. Many notable programs and movies have been filmed in this city and Game Of Thrones, Prison Break are the prime examples. We will spend the night in the Dades Gorges after touring the Atlas Studios in Boumalne Dades.

Day 2 : Gorges Dades – Tinghir – Tinjedad – Merzouga :

The second day of your three-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga brings you closer to one of Morocco’s most popular attractions. But before we get there, we’ll stop at some amazing sights. To begin, we plan to travel to Telouat valley. After that, we’ll go to Toudgha, a very special and one-of-a-kind location in all of Morocco, known for its towering canyons (up to 300 meters) and other natural wonders. Secondly, we would drive via Tinjedad and Tinghir, where we would eat lunch and have a break.

Finally, we will travel immediately to Merzouga desert, where you will spend a wonderful desert night. Our nighttime adventure will commence by taking the camels, we will travel across the golden dunes to our luxurious tent. On the way, we will help for sunset, and at our Berber camp, you will be having a wonderful night accompanied by a delicious traditional Berber cuisine. Besides, our camp crew will build fire and perform drums beneath the brilliant stars. We’ve reached the last stop of our second of three days traveling from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga.

On the third day, you will travel from Merzouga to Marrakech.

We will return to Merzouga on camel after breakfast at our posh desert camp. Because we are returning to Marrakech, we must depart at an early hour (about 8:00) in the morning. We shall travel using another path passing through Alnif where we would halt and eat lunch in Nkob. To add, we’ll be driving the direct route to Marrakech through the Ait-Saouen pass. Finally, after three days in the desert, we’ll drop you off in the “red city,” Marrakech.

Reviews for a 3 day trip from Marrakech to Merzouga :

The finest 3 day desert trip from Marrakech!

My loved ones and I signed up with this tour company for a three-day desert adventure. We appreciated the smooth operation of the service. The tour was enjoyable, albeit maybe too brief. One fantastic example of a travel agency to choose if you are considering a trip to Morocco is the one shown below.

June 2019

It's incredible!

Their three-day Marrakech-to-Morocco excursion was excellent, and I wholeheartedly recommend them. I’d want to express my gratitude to our tour guide, Hassan, for being the wonderful man that he is and for guiding us around his nation so that we could learn as much as possible.

Fin Lo
July 2018

Incredible journey!

Our three-day trip with Hamid, on which four of my friends and I participated, was an experience I will never forget. From the time we stepped off the plane in Marrakech, we were met with the warm welcome and compassion of the Moroccan people. I have no reservations about endorsing this travel business.

September 2018

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Our three-day desert excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga includes the following stops:


The Medina of Ait Benhaddou

Ait Benhaddou, a ksar or fortified town, is without a doubt one of the most well-known tourist destinations in all of Morocco. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on the High Atlas Mountains’ southern slopes. Visit this town to see one of the finest examples of traditional Moroccan clay building. This Ighrem has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987. Ait Benhaddou has stood for centuries and become a cannot-be-missed attraction, despite its historic structures and the fact that most towns like it have been abandoned. It was also the primary hub for ancient camel-traveling merchants.

Also, contrary to popular belief, Ait Benhaddou is not a ksar. Since a ksar is often not made out of Kasab (Bamboo in English), the more accurate name for this settlement would be a Kasbah.

The fact that this town caters more to Hollywood than to ordinary vacationers is what sets it apart. Various filmmakers, like those behind Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia, have opted to film there because of the city’s spectacular architecture, which includes many structures designed to evoke thrones.

The best way to see this extraordinary Kasbah is with us on our three-day excursion from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga.


Come along on our 3-day trip from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga and see the Moroccan Ouallywood for yourself! The amazing settlement of Erg Chebbi is often used as a lunchtime pit break on route to the desert’s further reaches. The Berber name for the city translates to “Without noise.” One of Morocco’s international airports, located in Ouarzazate, has several available tickets for individuals interested in taking a brief journey to the desert. The city, much like Ait Benhaddou, is well-known all over the globe because to its use as a filming location.

The Atlas Studios and the Kasbah of Taourirt are the most popular attractions here. Atlas Studios is the primary filming location. A large number of kasbahs may be found in Morocco; estimates range from several hundred to over a thousand. Taourirt Kasbah, erected by the el Glaoui tribe, is one of Morocco’s most extraordinary walled settlements because of its mazelike layout. Despite being one of Morocco’s most stunning Kasbahs, most visitors choose to skip it in favor of the more convenient Atlas Studios.

Last but not least, Ouarzazate is the site of the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant facility. This exemplifies why the efficient use of Morocco’s natural resources is so crucial. Our three-day trip to Marrakech, however, does not include this stop since it is illegal.

The Sahara in the region of Merzouga

The highlight of every trip to Morocco should be the country’s desert. The first inhabitants of this area were a family called the Merzoug, from whom we get the name “Merzouga.” Also, Merzouga is separated into numerous distributed settlements, you may hear Hassi Labied, Takojt instead of Merzouga. Moreover, you may hear the phrase Lala Merzouga, which is referring to the greatest Erg sand dune. Not to note, there are 12 areas in Morocco, Merzouga is situated in the region of Draa Tafilalet. Plus, it is in the province of the magnificent city Errachidia. In the recent years, Merzouga became an unmissed destination for travelers since it is recognized for its golden dunes and pleasant people. The major income of its people is all about tourism that is why they offer their best to maintain it a clean and safe location.

Merzouga provides a combination of great activities and sights that you may do and see. The first is the most famous—the one with the camels and the desert of riches. This is the most booked activity of all outside of glamping in the desert beneath the bright stars. And there are plenty of other things to do in the desert than riding quads and buggies. You’ll need to take a 4×4 or camel trip of the Merzouga desert if you want to get to know the Sahara in any detail, however. There are still Berber nomads who live in tents, as well as Gnawa people and Oases… Many thrill-seekers ride camels for a day or two and camp out in the wilderness overnight as part of a circuit.

In the Atlas and Todra ranges

The Atlas Mountains and the Todra Gorges are must-sees on our three-day trip from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga. From Marrakech, we first see the High Atlas Mountains, then the Anti Atlas Mountains, and in between lies the world-famous Tizi n’Tichka Pass.

The Atlas Mountains are a geographical feature shared by the nations of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. There are significant gaps between the individual mountains, therefore they cannot be considered a single chain. Our route involves traveling across these mountains via Tizi NTichka, a 200-kilometer stretch of one of Morocco’s many famously winding highways. A great number of Berber families settled in the area and established several outposts. Moreover, many individuals on this route utilize Argan oil in the creation of cosmetics. On day 3 of our Marrakech itinerary, we’ll be visiting several local cooperatives.

It’s no secret that climbers from all over the world go to Morocco’s Todra or Toudgha Gorges. The canyons, which are divided by a river and reach heights of roughly 300 meters, are very popular. The local Berbers often bring their herd to the spring to drink. People from all around the region visit Todra, so it’s not only a popular tourist spot. The locals go there to unwind and to market antiques like rugs.

thrilled Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip for three days:

Please see below a selection of tailor-made itineraries from which you may choose our 3-day trip. You may also opt to begin your trip in any of Morocco’s major cities, including Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca, Tangier, and more. Put simply, just get in touch with us.