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◈ Tour Description: 3 Day Morocco Desert Tour Itinerary From Marrakech

3 days Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara Desert tour itinerary through Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi N’Tichka (2260 m) to Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate. Furthermore, enjoy a journey into the Sahara Desert with a medley of palm groves, fertile valleys, barren & rocky landscapes, Grand canyons of Dades & Todra and Rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. Moreover, visit the majestic Sahara Desert of Merzouga, Camel trek for an hour into the Erg chebbi dunes, witness an incredible sunset and an amazing night in a Berber nomadic tent under an endless sky of Saharan stars within Morocco 3-day itinerary.

◈ Detailed Itinerary: 3 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara Desert Tour

3 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert

❖ 1st Day: Marrakesh » Tizi N'Tichka » Ait Ben Haddou » Skoura » Dades Gorge (313km)

In the morning you’ll meet your private driver/guide, and then depart for Ait Ben Haddou over Morocco’s highest pass, Tizi N’Tichka (2260 m altitude). Marvel at the wonderful scenery of the High Atlas Mountains and appreciate the remarkable Berber villages before you get to Ait Ben haddou Kasbah. It is one of Morocco’s most iconic sites and a stunningly well-preserved medieval village which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including the one who wants to be the king, Babel, the kingdom of heaven, Prince of Persia, …etc.

 It was built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Et-Hami in the late 17th century; it’s now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site. Lunch might be taken near the kasbah before making your lovely way into the Sahara with a medley of palm trees and rose fields in Kalaat M’gouna. The city is known for its annual Rose Festival, which takes place every year in May to celebrate the harvest of roses grown in the region.

 Besides, there is a possibility of stopping in Skoura before continuing to your hotel, home to several privately owned kasbahs, including the Amridil Kasbah, with its extravagant decorations and mud-brick fortifications. Likewise, it has been featured in many famous movies from Ali Baba, The Sheltering Sky to Game of Thrones. Later on, check into your hotel in the magnificent canyon of Boumalne dades, offering breathtaking natural scenery and a fascinating glimpse into the country’s rich cultural heritage.

◈ Overnight: Boumalne Dades

◈ Meals: Dinner

❖ 2nd Day: Dades Valley » Todra Gorge » Tinejdad » Merzouga Desert » Camel Trekking (250km)

After breakfast, drive a bit further to Tissadrine to the beautiful panoramic view of the Dades valley, and then the beautiful rocks’ formation called «Monkey fingers». Afterward, depart Boumlane dades and set off on the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs to the gorge of Todra. Also known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching heights of 300 m. Moreover, it’s a popular destination for hikers, climbers and nature enthusiasts who come to discover the rugged terrain and enjoy the stunning views. There’ll be time to marvel at this sight before you continue your journey to the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. En route, stop for lunch in the town of Tinejdad.

As soon as you arrive at the popular dunes of Erg Chebbi, one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150 m in height, ride a camel through the desert towards your campsite. A spectacular camp hidden away in the sand dunes of the Sahara. Here in this magical escape from the modern world, you’ll experience the true essence of desert life. Make sure to catch the sunset in the heart of the desert. In addition to that, enjoy a nice dinner, followed by live Berber music around an open fire and spend an amazing night under the stars, digest the desert in all its beauty that will give you remarkable memories of the desert trip exploring.

◈ Overnight: Merzouga Desert

◈ Meals: Dinner & Breakfast

❖ 3rd Day: Merzouga » Alnif » Agdez » Ouarzazate » High Atlas » Marrakech (556km)

Leave Merzouga after breakfast and drive back to Marrakech. Enjoy a scenic drive towards the Draa Valley through Alnif, Tazarine oasis, and N’kob. With plenty of opportunities to take in the scenery and admire the wonderful views of the ancient fortified kasbahs and palm groves (lush valleys with palm trees, fields and acacia), as well as the mountains of the anti-atlas (1660 m high).

 Free time to enjoy your lunch at your convenience, later we hit the road again to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate, famous for being the filming location for many other Hollywood blockbusters and famous TV shows including «Gladiator», «Jewel of the Nile». Then continue onwards with great views over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Upon arrival, drop you off at your preferred location in the city, then your 3 Days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour adventure with us ends right here and hope you enjoy it. 

⟐ Meals: Breakfast

Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to explore Marrakech. Find out things you can do during your stay in Marrakech and beyond.

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◈ Road Map of 3 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara Tour

Ultimate 3 Days Morocco Road Trip Itinerary from Marrakech

3 Days Morocco itinerary from Marrakech's Price Includes:

    • Daily Pick up and drop off at your hotel/airport.
    • 1 night accommodation in a hotel/riad.
    • Tour in an air-conditioned vehicle, Toyota Land Cruiser or spacious minivan in case of a group throughout 3 days.
    • Hand-Picked English-speaking driver.
    • Meals: Dinner and Breakfast.
    • Overnight in a Desert Camp (Private Tent).
    • Camel ride & Sand-boarding.

3 Days Marrakech to Sahara Desert Tour's Price Excludes:

    • Lunch, Drinks and any Private Expenses.
    • Entrance fees to monuments (Ex: Atlas studio, Amridil Kasbah, …etc.).

Note About 3-day Marrakech to Merzouga Desert

Morocco Private Tour: An Epic 3 Days Marrakech Itinerary

If the above proposed Itinerary: 3 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tours does not match what you’re looking for, then contact us, and we’ll tailor a customized desert trip in Morocco specifically designed to match your desired duration and interests. Whether you’re traveling with family, relatives, or friends, simply inform us of your timeframe and desired activities, and leave the rest to us. Our dedicated team at Morocco Tabiarte Tours is here to answer all your questions, provide detailed quotes for our Morocco Private tours, and offer valuable advice on the best time and places to visit. Whether you’re seeking guidance or ready to make a booking, we’re committed to assisting you every step of the way.

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◈ Good to Know Before Booking a Tour of 3 Days from Marrakech to Merzouga

Marrakech 3 Days in Southern Morocco Travel Itinerary
About Marrakech Desert Tour
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Our valued guests often ask about the differences between our 2, 3, and 4-day desert tours. Allow us to provide you with a concise explanation. Please refer to the figure below for clarity.


Morocco Sahara Tour departs either from Marrakech or Fez, and includes a night on the half route in the Sahara Desert (1 night or 2 nights) and end wherever you want, Fez or Marrakesh. Furthermore, the total distance from Marrakech back to Marrakech is 1124 kilometers and for Marrakech to Fez is 1033 kilometers.

  • 2 Day Sahara Desert Tour: Enjoy an overnight stay in the mesmerizing Merzouga Desert. Please note that due to a 14-hour drive and weather conditions, you may not have the opportunity to witness the enchanting sunset, starry sky, and sunrise.
  • 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour: Embark on a memorable journey from either Fez or Marrakech. The first night will be spent in Dades Canyon, a perfect midway stop to appreciate more of the surroundings and break up the long journey. The following night is in the desert. Although the Erg Chebbi dunes may not be visible until 5 pm therefore, this 3-day tour allows for one night in the desert, providing approximately 14 hours to stay at a desert camp. If weather conditions permit, you can witness a breathtaking sunset, gaze at the starry sky, and behold an awe-inspiring sunrise.


  1. Limited stops, fewer photo opportunities, insufficient time to savor the sunset due to late afternoon arrival. Nevertheless, ample time to gaze at the starry sky and catch the sunrise (weather permitting). Departure will be earlier the next day.


  1. Embark on a 14-hour round tour for a unique opportunity to witness the mesmerizing sunset, starry sky, and sunrise, rivaling the experience of a 2-day desert excursion. However, unfavorable weather conditions may cause this spectacle to be missed.
  2. Enjoy 7 hours of rest, 4-5 hours of daylight, and nighttime during the 14-hour tour. Experience brief breaks to explore kasbahs, Oases, and capture memorable photos.


  1. Immerse yourself in the Sahara Desert with this 4-day desert tour. Enjoy a full day in the desert, allowing ample time to explore its depths in comfort. 
  2. In case of cloudy weather on the first day, don’t worry; there’s an extra day to witness the sunset, starry sky, and sunrise.
  3. 4-day desert tour includes 2 nights, with one night in a desert camp and the other in a Riad/Hotel. If you prefer two nights in the camp, please inform us during booking.
  4. Experience the nomadic Berber culture and lifestyle for over 24 hours, while also having free time to relax, capture stunning photos of the dunes, try Sand-Boarding, embark on a Camel ride, or enjoy a thrilling Dune Buggy or Quad Bike adventure.


Escape to the desert’s embrace between June and mid-August, when temperatures reach a sizzling 37-44 degrees Celsius. To make the most of your experience while ensuring your comfort, we highly recommend our specially curated 3-day/2-night desert tours during this period.

➢ How to book a Tour with Us:

To get your booking confirmed for the 3 days Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour, a deposit is required and can be done easily and securely over PayPal. Regardless of the remaining balance is to be settled in cash, upon meeting your driver at the airport or accommodation. Besides, the currency EURO, USD, CAD and MAD are both acceptable.

➢ Is it possible to pay the total amount with credit card or PayPal?

Kindly note that we do not accept credit card payments due to excessive fees and security risks. While we prefer cash for the remaining balance, we can make exceptions in certain cases for PayPal payments. However, please note that a 5% fee will be added to cover additional transaction charges. If you opt for this method, it is advisable to arrange payment prior to your trip to Morocco.

➢ Cancellation process:

In the event of cancellation more than a month before the tour’s start date, the deposit is non-refundable. However, rest assured that we will credit the deposit towards any future trip with Morocco Tabiarte Tours, allowing you to choose an alternative date that suits you.

327 Reviews ★   Authentic & Genuine Reviews from our Travellers

We had such an unbelievable 3-day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga from Marrakech

Moha helped us create the most incredible Private Tour to Morocco Desert. We’ve had seen so many unique and hidden spots that we would never have seen without a local guide. And thanks to our guide Hami, the trip was seamless and stressless. I don’t think we could have had so many wonderful experiences without them. Both truly made our trip an unforgettable experience. Couldn’t recommend them more highly.

Lauren 〉 5 out of 5 〉 Group Traveller 〉 May 26th, 2023


Had a Great Merzouga Desert Tour from Marrakech with the best Morocco Tour Operator

We booked 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert. While driving to the Sahara through Atlas we really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and Berber music played by our guide and also of course the camel ride which was an amazing experience. In addition to that, we had an unforgettable time in the desert. Likewise, dancing and singing along to Berber instruments were amazing. Besides, the accommodation we stayed in Dades and Merzouga was very nice, and we were moved by their hospitality. Thanks to our guide, Hmad, we learned a lot about Morocco and also Berbers. Overall, he was the best guide we ever had. I highly recommend you to book their tours.

Saki Monti 〉 5 out of 5 〉 Family Traveller 〉 May 17th, 2023


High Marks for this Marrakech Desert Tour 3 days


Carolina 〉 5 out of 5 〉 Group Traveller 〉 May 12th, 2023


Outstanding 3 Days Desert Trip From Marrakech to Merzouga

Morocco Tabiarte Tours is perfect, responsible and also the price for 3 day desert tour itinerary to the Sahara is reasonable. Convenient car, reliable driver. We are really impressed by Mr. Mohamed, who answered the messages promptly and was very informative. Here I would like to thanks to Hmad, who has accompanied us for the whole journey. Furthermore, He is kind and friendly. Took good care of us and made sure every one of us was comfy and safe along the journey. He is a Good Samaritan who tried his best to find my niece’s hand phone when we found it lost last night when we travelled from Fez to Chefchaouen. hmad’s responsiveness towards this matter is highly appreciated by all of us. Good job, MTT. Read More Morocco tour’s reviews

Michelle Swee 〉 5 out of 5 〉 Couple Traveller 〉 April 25th, 2023

◈ Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour‘s FAQ

+ How far is Merzouga Desert from Marrakech?

It takes around 9–10 hours drive to get to Merzouga desert from Marrakech, approximately 563 kilometers (350 miles). But it’s possible to break up this long journey with overnight stops, either in Ouarzazate or Dades Gorge along the way.

+ Why should I choose a private tour?

Booking a private tour offers a unique and personalized experience tailored to your interests. You enjoy privacy, comfort, and the freedom to customize the itinerary and pace. With exclusive access and an expert guide dedicated to your group, you gain a deeper understanding of the destinations. While private tours can be more expensive, the benefits outweigh the cost for those seeking an exceptional and unforgettable travel experience.

+ How long is the Camel ride in Erg Chebbi Sand dunes?

The camel trek is about an hour, with a break in the heart of the desert in order to witness the sunset. If you prefer to walk, then you can walk alongside our camel caravan, but bear in mind that walking in the sand can be tiring.

Whether you choose to embrace the adventure of a camel ride or opt for the convenience of a 4×4 transfer, the choice is yours. Erg Chebbi’s enchanting desert camp awaits, promising an unforgettable getaway amidst the breathtaking dunes.

+ Do I need to bring a sleeping bag to the Desert?

You don’t need a sleeping bag since there’re well-equipped Desert camps provides all the bedding you need including pillows, blankets and even a private bathroom in the tent if you need to take a shower (Luxury camp).

+ What are the activities in Merzouga Desert?

  • Camel Trekking: Enjoy a camel ride through the majestic Sahara desert, immersing yourself in the serene landscape.
  • Sand-boarding: Slide down the sandy slopes of the dunes on a sand-board, experiencing the thrill of this desert sport.
  • Desert Camping: Spend a night in a desert camp, where you can relax, enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine, and marvel at the starry night sky.
  • Quad Biking: Embark on an adrenaline-filled quad bike ride across the desert, exploring the sandy terrain and experiencing the exhilaration of off-road riding.
  • Dune Buggy Rides: Hop on a dune buggy and embark on an adventure across the dunes. These off-road vehicles offer a thrilling and fast-paced experience in the desert.
  • Off-Road Adventures: Embark on off-road excursions in 4×4 vehicles, exploring the rugged desert landscape, visiting hidden oases, and discovering remote areas not easily accessible by regular vehicles.

+ How many days do I need in Fes? 1 or 2 Days?

To fully experience Fes, it is recommended to spend at least two to three days in the city. Begin with a guided tour of the Medina, exploring its hidden gems and iconic sites like the Karaouine Mosque, Al-Attarine Madrasa & Chouara Tannery. Take a day to navigate the Medina’s souks and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere. If time allows, consider a day trip to the blue city of Chefchaouen, located approximately 200 kilometers away. This picturesque town offers stunning views and a charming ambiance. While two days are sufficient for a basic visit, extending your stay allows for a more immersive and leisurely exploration of Fes.

+ How far is Merzouga Desert from Fes?

The majestic Merzouga Desert lies at a distance of around 463 kilometers (287 miles) from the vibrant city of Fes. Embarking on this enchanting journey from Fes to the mesmerizing Merzouga sand dunes unveils a tapestry of awe-inspiring sceneries and captivating stops, creating an unforgettable adventure for travelers. Prepare to be enthralled as you traverse this remarkable distance, immersing yourself in the beauty of the landscapes that unfold before your eyes.

+ Is Wi-Fi available in the desert Camp?

Wi-Fi availability in the desert camps can vary depending on the specific camp you choose. Some desert camps may offer Wi-Fi access to their guests, while others may not have this facility available.

+ What should I pack for a desert tour?

It’s recommended to pack comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather during the day and cooler temperatures at night. Essentials include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a scarf for protection from the desert wind, comfortable shoes for walking, and a small backpack for personal items. It’s also advisable to bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments.

+ How many days do I need in Marrakech? 2 or 3 Days?

The number of days you need in Marrakech is at least 2 days to fully explore and experience the city’s rich culture, history, and attractions. Discover 10 best things to do in Marrakech

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