Best 5 DAYS tour from Marrakech to DESERT
At Let’s Visit Morocco, we’ve created a 5 days tour from Marrakech to desert for travelers who want to see both the Rocky Mountains of Ramlia and the Sandy Golden Dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. The old kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate town, and the highest gorges of Todra will all be visited during this 5-days itinerary from Marrakech.
- Cross high & anti-Atlas Mountain
- Beautiful views & panoramics
- Authentic Berber villages
- Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
- Dades valley
- Todgha Gorges
- Experience Camel trek
- Overnight stay at the nomadic camp
- Enjoy watching the starry sky
- Wonderful sunset & sunrise in the desert
- Berber nomad families
- Draa valley
⇒Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
⇒Starting Location: Marrakech
⇒Ending Location: MARRAKECH
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Telouet – Ounila Valley – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate
We will start our 5 days tour from Marrakech to desert by leaving Marrakech in the morning, in order to head south towards the High Atlas Mountains, through the mountain pass of Tizi-N-Tichka. We will then reach our first destination of the day, the Kasbah of Talouet or Pacha Glaoui. Then, taking the ancient road of caravan travelers, we will arrive at the star of the desert, the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
We will take some time to explore the beauty of the site, after which we will continue driving to our last destination of the day: Ouarzazate city. We will have dinner then spend the night at a local Riad in Ouarzazate.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Agdez – Draa Valley– Tazarine – Tafraoute – Ramlia – Ouzina (Paris Dakar Rally track)
This next day, we will continue heading south to the Agdez village, driving through the high mountain pass of Tizi N Tinifft (1660 meters high). We will then arrive at the biggest and most impressive valley of the country, the Draa valley. A hidden gem of this valley is the beautiful Kasbah of Alkaid Ali Tmnougate, which you will, of course, get to visit.
Then after we’re done with that, we will start driving towards our last destination of the day, the Ouzina desert. But before we get there, we will meet many Berber villages along the way, such as N’Kob, Tarazine, Alnif, and Tafraoute. Once we arrive at Ouzina, we will have dinner and spend the night at the famous local Ouzina TGM Riad.
Day 3: Ouzina Desert – Merzouga Desert
We will start our day with a traditional breakfast, after which we will leave the Riad. Then we will start driving towards Erg Chebbi at Merzouga, through the rails of the old Paris-Dakar rally. On our way there we will be driving through a desert area, which means we will meet many Berber villages along the way, one of which being Khamlia.
You will get to explore the village that´s untouched by civilization, as well as enjoy the traditional Gnawa music that´s indigenous to the people of the area. When we are done with that, we will continue driving through a path once used by nomad locals, to finally reach the dunes of Erg Chebbi at Merzouga. This is when we will embark on our camel-trekking experience, in which you will get to ride the back of camels that will take you to the desert camp where we will spend the night.
You will get to experience the real desert culture through a traditional dinner, accompanied by live Berber music. Finally, you will sleep in a traditional nomad-style tent (fully equipped), as you will get to gaze at the starry desert night sky.
Day 4: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges– Dades Valley
This next day, we will make sure to wake you up in time to be able to watch the magnificent desert sunrise. After that, we will ride on camels once again, back to Merzouga, where you can shower and have breakfast. We will then head to Rissani city, which is where the old city of Sijilmassa used to be. Sijilmassa is known for being the homeland of the ancestors of the Alaoui dynasty that currently rules over the kingdom.
We will then continue driving towards the Dades valley, passing by the breathtaking gorges of Todra. We will have dinner and spend the night at a Riad in the Dades valley.
Day 5: Dades Valley – Roses Valley – Skoura – Marrakech
For the last day of this trip, we will start the day by taking up the road of the “thousand Kasbahs”, which will lead to discovering the beautiful valley of Roses, then the impressive palm groves of Skoura. Also in Skoura, you will get a guided tour of the fascinating Kasbah of Amerdil. That will be our last stop of the day before heading back to Marrakech, through passes of the High Atlas Mountains.
We will have lunch on the way, then we will arrive in Marrakech in the evening. This marks the end of our 5 days tour from Marrakech to desert.
If our 5 days tour from Marrakech to desert does not suit your needs, contact us and we will prepare your trip according to your needs and requirements.
Included in this Tour
- A private and very comfortable air conditioned vehicle
- Private English speaking driver/guide
- Pick up and transfer at your Riad / Hotel / airport
Not included in this Tour
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When is the best time to visit Morocco?
There is really no time of year where you wouldn’t enjoy your trip to Morocco; although you should keep in mind that it tends to get a little too crowded with tourists during the winter holidays season. Then it’s up to you to decide what season suits you the best to come visit, according to your schedule and preferences. The weather in Morocco is more on the mild side during Spring and Autumn (from March to May and from September to November respectively). For these seasons the temperatures could be ranging anywhere from 11° to 32°C. Winter usually lasts from December to February, with a relatively low temperature range (7° to 21°C). You should also expect to see snowfall in Morocco’s mountainous regions. As for Summer (from June to August), temperatures can land anywhere between 19°C and 40°C in the middle of the day.
When is the peak season to visit Morocco?
The tourist flow in Morocco reaches its peak during December and April of each year, for these are the holiday seasons. The emerging high demand for accommodations during these months makes the prices go up very significantly in comparison to other months, and all of the best accommodations get booked up very early on.
Therefore, if you’re thinking of coming during one of these seasons, we suggest you start looking in advance, in order to have enough time to find an accommodation that suits your needs. We would also suggest you avoid these months altogether, so that you’ll be able to get the best out of your Morocco experience.
Are the tours private?
Yes! The tours our company offers are all completely private. This will allow to experience Morocco the way YOU want to. In addition to that, you will of course be always welcome to request stops along the way during the tours, in order to take memorable photographs (or whatever other reason you want!).
In case you are interested in booking a group desert tour, please go ahead and contact us to make you the best group tour.
Will the price be the same if we are 2, 3 or more persons?
The price for each individual person participating in the tours goes lower the more people there are in the group participating.
Will the price be cheaper for last minute booking?
Actually, it could be quite the opposite. Our team makes sure to select the best quality accommodations for our clients, and those tend to get booked full pretty quickly, that’s why it’s not always easy for us to accommodate last minute bookings.
Therefore, you shouldn’t expect a lower price for such inquiries, but instead a higher one maybe. To avoid such incidents, we strongly advise you to book your tour with us early on, so that we will be able to pick out the best accommodations for you, and offer you an unforgettable Morocco experience.
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