Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary 6 days
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Trip from Marrakech to Merzouga in 6 days includes and excludes the following activities:
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6 Days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga itinerary's overview :
Morocco expedition . Have planned the nicest and most convenient 6-day trip from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga. And you may always adjust it to meet your requirements. In addition, we have prepared a separate 6-day itinerary for those who would want to begin their trip in Fes. Upon your arrival, we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your first hotel.
We may go sight-seeing in Marrakech if you get here early enough. On day two, you’ll spend the whole day seeing Marrakech with a resident guide. Thirdly, we’ll go to Boumalne Dades the other day through Aitbenhaddou and Ouarzazate. In the evening of the fourth day, we’ll go to the Merzouga desert, where we’ll spend the night in a traditional Berber tent amid the twinkling lights of the desert sky. The next day, on day five, will be spent on an exploration excursion to learn more about the desert and its surroundings. On our last day, we will return to the red city of Marrakech.
The schedule for a 6 day excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga :
On the first day, you’ll be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel.
Our 6-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert journey begins with a pick-up at the airport. If you get here early enough, however, we can show you about the city, including the famous Jamaa el-Fna plaza. This latter becomes more lovely by night, so maybe we might take you there and spend the evening. You’ll be spending the night at your designated lodging.
Attractions in Marrakech Day 2
Whether you know it as “the city that doesn’t sleep,” “the city that never stops shining,” or “the city light of Morocco,” Marrakech is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Morocco. The city of red has a variety of stunning attractions that are sure to wow any tourist. This is why we’ve dedicated a whole day to seeing the city’s top sights, even though we know it won’t be enough. You’ll want to hire a local guide to show you around Marrakech, the fourth biggest city in Morocco.
Touring The city of Marrakech in Morocco is home to some of the greatest native guides in the country. On the first day of our 6-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip, you will be shown around the city of Marrakech by a local guide. The first stop on our typical tour of Morocco is the stunning Majorelle Garden. History of this location dates back to 1923, when a French orientalist artist relocated to Morocco. Because of this, the area has a distinct French flavor.
After that, we’ll visit Menara Garden, another stunning urban oasis. The latter is situated to the west of Marrakech, close to the High Atlas Mountains. Without a doubt, it provides stunning scenery for sightseers and locals alike. A little time from now, we will be bringing you to Bahia Palace, one of the fascinating buildings that exemplifies the exquisite architecture of Morocco. After that, we have a long list of further destinations planned. The day will end with a visit to the stunning Jamaa el Fna plaza in the evening.
Day 3: Traveling to Boumalne Dades from Marrakech
Third day of our six day trip from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert, we’ll get in the vehicle and go for Boumalne Dades. To begin, we’ll make a brief stop at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. About 200 kilometers of winding road await us on the way to the famous Tizi Ntichka pass. There are a variety of Berber tribes whose members rely on tourism, Argan oil, and livestock herds for their livelihoods.
We’ll take you to a few cooperatives where you can experience the age-old process of making Argan oil and other beauty items in their purest form. After that, we’ll go to the Tizi Ntichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains. This excursion will take us to the spectacular Ait Benhaddou citadel, perched on the southernmost point of the High Atlas Mountains. If you come here, you may cross the river “Ouad El Maleh” on foot and get to the Kasbah. This hamlet, with its massive walls and lofty minarets, is undeniably a great specimen of traditional Moroccan clay construction. In 1987, Ait Benhaddou became part of the prestigious list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Then, when some time has passed, we’ll relocate to the stunning city of Ouarzazate. With its international airport and world-leading solar power facility, the city sometimes referred to as “the Ouallywood of Morocco” is undoubtedly one of the most significant in the Southeast. In addition, the city of Ouarzazate is widely regarded as an ideal location in which to film television shows and feature films. This city is home to two of Morocco’s most well-known film studios, where filmmakers may both rent equipment and cast their films. At last, we’ll make our way to Boumalne Dades, where we spend the night.
Day 4: From Boumalne Dades to the desert of Merzouga
After breakfast today, we’ll go off on day two of our six-day trip from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga. At first, we’ll take a short trip to the Todra Gorges, also known as the Toudgha Canyons. We’ll rest for a little here and then go for a hike in the canyons. The canyons here are around 300 meters high, and the river that runs through them makes for some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Morocco.
Second, we’re going to depart for the Sahara desert, and on the route we’ll see several lovely Berber villages and the towns of Tinegher and Tinjedad. We’re almost there, folks; this is our final stop for the day. The magnificent golden sand dunes of the desert and the accompanying camel ride are often cited as the pinnacle of any trip to Morocco. The camels and their drivers will be ready for us when we arrive there so that you may have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the desert. Take a camel ride over the dunes and stop for photos in the middle of the desert.
We should reach the desert camp in a little bit. Because of our late arrival time, most visitors to the camp climb the dunes to watch the sun set while they take a tour of the area. In addition, the sandboard may be used for skiing. When night falls, a typical Moroccan supper will be prepared for you to enjoy. Meanwhile, our camp staff will be practicing their drumming in anticipation of your arrival. After supper, you’ll relax in the evening air while listening to Berber music played on a guitar around a campfire.
Visit to the Merzouga oasis in the Sahara on day 5:
Our six-day journey from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga includes a few extra special touches on day five. All of it will be used to explore the arid area around our hotel. However, you may get up early and see the dawn first. You’ll be exploring the desert in a 4×4 vehicle or on camelback after breakfast at the camp. As a result of its convenience and mobility, the automobile is the preferred mode of transportation for most consumers.
But if you’d like a camel-and-trekking experience a la Lawrence of Arabia, we can arrange that, too. You’ll start out by meeting several nomadic Berbers who still use tents for shelter. The typical group consists of seven to ten people who subsist only on what the environment provides. Sheep and goats are their primary source of income, which they sell in nearby places like as Erfoud. Without a doubt, the warmth and generosity of spirit is the defining feature of these people.
After a relaxing night, we’ll head out to one of Merzouga’s most stunning vistas—a place locals refer to as “Galb El Nas,” which translates to “the people’s heart” in English. The next stop will be to a well-known kohl mine in the region, which was once French territory and whose products were sent to France. At the end of the journey, you’ll stop at the home of the Gnawa, also known as Gnaoua, who are well-known for their presence in the heart of Khamlia hamlet. Spend some time in here learning about their culture and listening to their original music. Furthermore, the journey provides additional opportunities for exploration, such as visits to the Oases in Hassi Labied.
Back in Marrakech after a night in Merzouga on Day 6:
After a hearty breakfast in our deluxe tent, we’ll pack up and ride camels back to Merzouga. Since we need to go back to Marrakech, we’ll have to get going about 8:00 in the morning. We’re going to take an alternative route via Alnif and then have lunch in Nkob. And we’ll cut right to Marrakech via the Ait-Saouen pass. Our 6-day desert excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga concludes when we return you to the Moroccan capital.
Reviews for a 5 day trip from Marrakech to Merzouga:
Awesome 6 days!
My first international vacation with my family lasted six days in Morocco. When our plane touched down at the Marrakech airport, Aziz was ready to greet us in his vehicle and transport us to our hotel. The excursion was modified to terminate in Casablanca rather than Fes, as per our request. While on a tour in Morocco, assistance was readily available, and the itinerary ran well. Aziz, our tour guide and driver, is a wonderful man with strong morals and a lot of enthusiasm for what he does. As a whole, this trip and seeing Morocco are two things I can’t recommend enough!
Wow, what a trip!
Although a trip to Morocco has been on my wish list for years, this year I finally had the means to fulfill my dream of seeing the country for myself, along with several friends. It was clear from the moment we landed in Marrakech that we were in for a beautiful and unforgettable six days. The locals treated us like royalty and made us feel at home. The camel ride into the desert and the clear, starry night were highlights of the trip for me. We also visited a village inhabited by Berbers who use tents. This trip was so amazing that I want to return to Morocco someday. I appreciate the excellent assistance you’ve provided. Have a nice day and night!
An essential travel destination
This is an incredible nation. Incredible vitality and splendor permeate the whole world. This 6-day vacation is the source of endless happiness for me. The camel ride, the tour to the villages (particularly Ait Benhadddou), and everything else were all incredible experiences. Nothing can be spoken in the desert at night… The finest way to get to know your people and their culture is over a meal and some music in the middle of the desert under a clear, starry sky. I appreciate you, Aziz, since without you, it would not have been the same. I would tell everyone to go see it, and I plan to go again.
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The highlights of a 6-day trip from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga are as follows:
This 6-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert travel begins with a visit to the Red City. Marrakech, Morocco is known as the “City of Light” because to its constant activity. It’s the most popular destination in all of Morocco, so it’s safe to assume that every traveler to the country will eventually make their way here. As the Berber people were the first to settle in Morocco and North Africa, it stands to reason that the Imazighen farmers who founded the city gave it its current name, which means “land of god” in their language.
In reality, the name of the country itself comes from the name of this city; in fact, certain nations, such as Iran, continue to refer to Morocco as Marrakech. In 1062, Abu Bakr ibn Umar, the cousin of the monarch of the Berber Almoravids dynasty, discovered Marrakech. The city evolved rapidly to become Morocco’s capital, and it essentially constructed itself. It is now the country’s fourth-largest city, and it offers tourists a wide variety of stunning attractions.
There’s Jamaa el Fna Square, which you’ve probably heard of. Without a doubt, it is one of the largest squares in all of Morocco, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors every day. The bright lights, narrow souk alleyways, and assortment of individuals sharing tales and displaying their talents make this place seem otherworldly as night falls. Immediately next to this plaza is the towering minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Additionally, Marrakech has a number of lovely gardens that visitors often enjoy. Mellah neighborhoods, Saadian tombs, and many more.
Tizi Ntichka and the Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for the six-day journey from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga. Located in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, these mountains are sometimes cited as Africa’s longest. They are not continuous chains of mountains, as some have suggested; rather, they are separated by enormous expanses known as plateaus. The Atlas Mountains include three distinct sections: the High, the Middle, and the Anti. The High is the chain or range that extends to include the nations of Algeria and Tunisia, whereas the Middle and anti are confined to Morocco.
Among the three types of mountains, the High Atlas range is the longest, and its highest peak, Toubkal, stands at an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 ft). The journey begins with a walk by this former. It was difficult to construct a route to the desert since it passes through a number of mountains. Tizi Ntichka, which translates to “the cole of being lost,” is one of the world’s longest and most unusual curving roads, jointly built by Morocco and France.
You may get the greatest views of the whole curving pass from the summit, which is located at an elevation of around 2,260 meters. On Imider, we only see a little portion of the Anti, which is not often included in this trip. On the other side, on the way to Fes, we pass past the Middle Atlas Mountains. This later region is home to the cool city of Ifrane and some of the greatest weather in all of Morocco. There are several stunning Berber communities and kasbahs in the Atlas Mountains.
The Desert of Merzouga
It’s safe to say that the Merzouga region of Morocco’s Sahara Desert has emerged as the country’s top tourist attraction in recent years. You’ll find this region in southeastern Morocco, close to the country’s border with Algeria. The desert region, known variously as Merzouga or Erg Chebbi, is home to a large number of scattered settlements and a centrally located but somewhat unremarkable town. The name “Merzouga” comes from the Merzoug people, a Berber tribe that has lived in the desert for generations.
Erg Chebbi, the name for the desert as a whole, spans around 30 kilometers. Many additional deserts, like the distant Ramlia desert, with its distinctive mountain vistas, are located close to this latter. The Merzouga desert in Morocco has a wide variety of exciting things to do, making it seem like the Magic Kingdom of the country. The first and only must-do activity is a camel ride on the golden sands. There is nothing more breathtaking than riding a camel in the desert as the sun sets and the night begins. The trip to the sunrises and sunsets only adds to their beauty.
On the other side, there is sleeping beneath the stars in traditional Berber tents. In addition, there is the exploration tour of the desert, which will take you to several locations where you may learn more about the desert’s history and culture. You start out by meeting the Berbers, Morocco’s original inhabitants. As they lived in tents and were somewhat secluded, they may have played a significant role in preserving some of the world’s oldest languages. Second, you’ll meet the Gnaoua people of Khmlia hamlet; they’re a nomadic tribe originating from Mali and Gabon.
They relocated to the desert of Merzouga, where they immersed themselves in Berber culture and eventually made it their native tongue. Excursions on quads and buggies are among the additional things to do in Merzouga.
The Works of Erfoud and Rissani
Undeniably, Erfoud and Rissani are the two most important desert cities in southeastern Morocco. The first is Rissani, the Tafilalt region’s capital. It is said that this city marks the beginning of the Alawite dynasty. Sijilmasa was a significant location in the kingdom’s history in the past. More significantly, it served as a hub for camel caravan trade and as a resting place for travelers before they continued on to Europe with their wares.
As a result, Rissani today has one of the largest traditional souks in the desert region, catering to a wide variety of locals’ shopping requirements. On Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, locals from surrounding villages and towns ride their donkeys here to do business in the old-fashioned manner. Therefore, during the souks’ days, this little city has a spot named the donkeys’ park where around 60 of them may be found.
To continue, between the desert of Merzouga and the city of Errachidia lies the city of Erfoud. If you’re into fossils or dates, you’ll find enough of both in this city. Being close to the Ziz valley, the primary source of dates in Morocco, makes the city a major beneficiary. Erfoud plans and performs a variety of festival dates every year. As was also said, the city is home to a number of workshops where fossils are created and then exported. Join our 6-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip and see these two desert towns, where the locals are predominantly Berbers, and learn about their culture.
This is the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.
Morocco is well known as the location of a wide variety of impressive fortifications. Among these, Ait Benhaddou is the most well-known. This kasbah is the primary stop on the six-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert trek, located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. The Thami el Glaoui family, already well-known, discovered Ait Benhaddou as a safe haven for their famed camel caravans. Thami el Glaoui became one of the wealthiest persons in the country’s history because to the taxes he collected from merchants at other sites and kasbahs.
Benhaddou, a prominent member of his clan at the time, inspired the naming of the Ait Benhaddou kasbah. Ait Benhaddou was constructed with massive walls and lofty turrets, much like a fortified castle, to safeguard the residents who had made it their home. So they constructed a masterpiece, one of the finest clay buildings ever made, typical of Berber Morocco.
Although numerous families formerly called this kasbah home, they have gradually left it over the years. About 40 people still call the area home today, with the rest having relocated across the “Maleh river.” Since 1987, Ait Benhaddou has been recognized as a site of international significance by UNESCO. As time went on, the stronghold underwent a number of renovations to keep it looking as good as new. Alternatively, Ait Benhaddou is a great location for filming; several movies have been filmed there. This 6 day itinerary from Marrakech to the desert town of Merzouga includes a stop at Ait Benhaddou so that you may learn more about it.
You will see one of the most significant towns in the southeast of Morocco on your 6-day trip from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert. Approximately 30 kilometers (km) from Ait Benhaddou’s fortress is the city of Ouarzazate. Due to its unique position as the only major international airport in the Southeast, it is often regarded as having excellent transportation links. Furthermore, another exists in Errachidia, but it is on a national scale.
The name of the city, Ouar-Zazate, consists of two parts: the first, “Ouar,” meaning “without,” and the second, “Zazate,” means “noise.” Additionally, many Moroccans refer to it as the Ouallywood of Morocco since it is where the majority of films are shot in the nation. The Atlas Company has two studios in the city; the Cla and Oscar Studios are where most of their filming takes place. Scenes from the popular TV shows Prison Break and Game of Thrones were filmed here in recent years.
The whole of Prison Break season five, set in Yemen, was shot at a modest secondary school in the city of Ouarzazate. One of the largest solar power plants in the world, providing about 510 MW, is located in Ouarzazate. In addition, there is the well-known Kasbah of Taourirt, a veritable labyrinth of around 300 chambers surrounded by enormous walls.
The Marrakech to Merzouga desert journey is 6 days long and includes stops in some of Morocco’s most beautiful valleys. Beginning in Marrakech, the first valley you visit should be Ounila. It connects the town of Ait Benhaddou in the kasbah region to the Tizi Ntichka pass. Due to its low volume of tourists, Morocco has earned the nickname “the secret destination.” Since there was no alternative route for camel caravans, Thami EL Glaoui used to exercise authority over the valley and collect fees from its users.
Second, close by the Moroccan rose capital of Klaat Mgouna lies the equally impressive Rose valley. An annual flower festival is held in the city to attract tourists and provide positive attention to the area. Over the last several years, the event has attracted a large number of visitors from all over the nation and the world; in 2015 alone, it drew an estimated 300,000. Without a doubt, the valley provides between 3000 and 4000T of roses annually, the vast majority of which are converted into a cosmetics product and sent to other nations.
We often visit the Dades valley when driving to Boumalne Dades. An historical tale claims that a Berber tribe formerly controlled the valley and relied on it as their primary food supply. Meanwhile, there’s a guy who seems to have everything (save water) except grain and farming supplies. A bargain was struck with the locals, who agreed to provide him with goods from the valley in exchange for various grains and the means to cultivate them. Thus, this factored towards the rapid development of the valley. Last but not least, the nicest views can be seen in Erfoud’s largest valley, where dates are grown.
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