3-day Moroccan Desert tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga

Embark on an epic 3-day Moroccan desert tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga! Experience stunning sand dunes, camel rides & starry nights. Adventure awaits, BOOK NOW

BEST 3 day Moroccan desert tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga
BEST 3-Day Morocco Itinerary: Ouarzazate to Merzouga Tour
  • 3 Days & 2 Nights
  • Private Vehicle
  • Distance: 975 KM
  • Guided Tours
  • Half Board
  • Accommodation

Tour Description: 3-Day Tour from Ouarzazate to Merzouga

Morocco 3-day Sahara Desert tours from Ouarzazate: Traverse the palm groves of Skoura, Rose Valley, and Todra Gorge. Indulge in a captivating camel ride across the Erg Chebbi dunes, followed by a remarkable evening in a nomadic tent beneath an endless expanse of desert stars. Connect with Morocco’s nomadic Berbers by sharing a cup of tea with them. Additionally, encounter the allure of Ouarzazate, known as the North African hub of filmmaking, and explore its notable attractions. Prepare for an exhilarating escapade through Tizi N’Tichka, Morocco’s highest mountain pass (at an altitude of 2260 meters), revealing a mesmerizing landscape nestled within the heart of the Atlas Mountains.

What to Expect on a 3-Day Moroccan Desert tour

  • Explore Amridil Kasbah, a preserved fortress with rich cultural history.
  • Marvel at Todra Gorge's towering walls, perfect for hiking.
  • Enjoy Merzouga desert's magic through camel treks and luxe glamping.
  • Discover the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, Vast valleys & Grand canyons.
  • Step into the past at Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Drive through the stunning Atlas Mountains for breathtaking views.

Detailed Itinerary: 3-Day Moroccan Desert trip from Ouarzazate

1st Day: Ouarzazate » Skoura » Rose Valley » Todra Gorge » Merzouga Desert (5-hour drive)

Begin your day with a warm welcome from your personal driver/guide at your hotel. Then, embark on a picturesque journey through the Sahara, adorned with palm groves, enchanting canyons, and fragrant rose fields. Moreover, our first stop is the Amridil kasbah in the Skoura Oasis, a 17th-century fortified fortress known for its role as a filming location in famous movies such as Ali Baba, The Sheltering Sky, and Game of Thrones.

 Furthermore, continuing our adventure, we traverse the road of the rose valley, passing by countless kasbahs, until we reach the majestic Todra Gorge. Here, towering limestone cliffs, reaching heights of 300 meters, create a breathtaking scene reminiscent of Morocco’s Grand Canyon. Additionally, nature enthusiasts, hikers, and climbers will relish the rugged beauty and awe-inspiring views found in this remarkable destination. Therefore, take your time to soak in the splendor before we continue our journey towards the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga, with a stop for lunch in Tinejdad along the way.

 Moving forward, as you arrive at the renowned Erg Chebbi dunes, an iconic landscape unfolds before you. The towering sand dunes, soaring up to 500 feet, create a mesmerizing sight. For a truly immersive experience, hop on a camel and delight in a scenic ride to the campsite, fully immersing yourself in the charm of the surrounding desert scenery. Don’t forget to capture the enchanting sunset that graces the heart of the desert. Finally, indulge in a delicious dinner, followed by traditional Berber music, and spend a memorable night under the stars, fully embracing the beauty of the desert and creating lasting memories of this extraordinary journey.

√  Overnight: Merzouga Desert

√  Included Meals: Dinner

2nd Day: Merzouga » Rissani » Alnif » Agdez » Ouarzazate (5-hour drive)

After a truly stunning sunrise, freshen up and breakfast in your camp, we bid farewell to Merzouga and make our way to Rissani, the vibrant capital of the Tafilalet region. Explore the bustling souk, renowned for its lively ambiance and an array of goods, from spices to textiles and handicrafts. Rissani offers an authentic Moroccan experience, capturing the essence of the country’s vibrant culture.

Once you’ve immersed yourself in the charm of Rissani, we set off on a scenic drive towards the Draa Valley, passing through Alnif, Tazarine oasis, and N’kob. Along the way, we pass through Alnif, Tazarine oasis, and N’kob, offering panoramic views of ancient kasbahs, lush palm groves, and the majestic Anti-Atlas Mountains, reaching heights of 1660 meters. As we travel, take ample breaks to pause and admire the beauty of these picturesque landscapes, embracing the tranquility of the valleys adorned with palm trees, fields, and acacia trees.

 Take advantage of free time to enjoy lunch at your convenience, savoring the flavors of the region. Our journey then continues to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate, famous for its role as a filming location for numerous Hollywood blockbusters and acclaimed TV shows, including “Gladiator” and “Jewel of the Nile”. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and take some time to relax and unwind before dinner, allowing yourself to fully immerse in the enchanting atmosphere of this remarkable city. Get ready for an evening of relaxation and rejuvenation, knowing that more incredible adventures await you on the horizon.

√ Overnight: Ouarzazate

√ Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

3rd Day: Ouarzazate Sightseeing Tour » High Atlas Mountains » Marrakesh (4-hour drive)

Commence your day with a captivating sightseeing tour of Ouarzazate city. Begin by exploring the renowned Atlas Studio, an optional visit for film enthusiasts. Marvel at the behind-the-scenes world of movie production. Afterward, delve into the rich history of the region with a visit to the Taourirt kasbah, a remarkable fortified palace that once served as the residence of local rulers. This architectural masterpiece, dating back to the 17th century, provides a glimpse into the fascinating Berber culture and accommodated hundreds of people in its heyday.

 Moving forward, our journey takes us to the mesmerizing Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an exceptionally well-preserved medieval village. This breathtaking location has become a coveted filming location for numerous blockbuster movies, such as Jesus of Nazareth and Oedipus Rex, among others. Prepare to be enchanted by its timeless beauty and fascinating history.

 After a leisurely lunch, we embark on a scenic drive across the majestic High Atlas Mountains. As we ascend the Tizi N’tichka pass, be prepared to be awe-struck by the spectacular views of the mountains and the vast valleys that unfold before your eyes. Our journey concludes in the vibrant city of Marrakech, where you have reached the end of your 3-day Morocco Desert tour from Ouarzazate with us. Besides, if you wish to extend your stay in Morocco, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are here to assist you in creating a memorable and fulfilling experience.

√ Included Meals: Breakfast

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Important Note

What you see here is just a suggested plan for your 3 Days Moroccan tour itinerary from Ouarzazate. If it doesn’t quite match what you have in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re all about creating a tour that fits your preferences and specific duration.

Our tours from Ouarzazate cover all that the Moroccan desert has to offer, and here’s the deal: the more friends you bring along, the lower the cost per person. We split the fixed transportation fee among everyone, and the overall price also depends on your choice of accommodation, varying with options such as 3-star, 4-star, or 5-star hotels.

For the exact cost and all the details, contact us. We’re here to make your trip just right for you.

3 Days Morocco Luxury Desert Tour Price/Cost

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Price Includes
Price Excludes
  • Hotel/Airport pick-up and drop-off services.
  • Tour in an air-conditioned vehicle throughout 3 day Morocco itinerary.
  • Hand-picked English-speaking driver.
  • 1-night stay in carefully selected Hotel/Riad.
  • 1-night stay in a Deluxe desert camp (Private Tent).
  • Daily breakfast and dinner.
  • Camel trek and Sand-boarding.
  • Leisure time to stroll through gorges, explore kasbahs, capture photos, and more.
  • Lunches, drinks and any Private Expenses.
  • Gratuities for your tour guide & driver (the amount is at your discretion).

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Merzouga from Ouarzazate?

The distance between Merzouga and Ouarzazate is approximately 370 kilometers (230 miles) by road. The journey usually takes around 5 to 6 hours drive.

What are the must-visit attractions in Ouarzazate?

Key attractions in Ouarzazate include the Atlas Film Studios, Ait Ben Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and the Taourirt Kasbah.

How many days do you need in Merzouga?

A recommended stay in Merzouga is 2 to 3 days. This allows for a camel trek, a night in a desert camp, and time to explore the unique landscape. Adjust your stay based on your preferences and desired activities.

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.

What types of desert camps are available in Merzouga?

Luxury Desert Camps: Experience upscale comfort with private amenities like en-suite bathrooms, hot showers, and personalized services. 

Standard Desert Camps: For a more budget-friendly option, choose standard desert camps with basic amenities like beds and shared bathrooms. 


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 activities can I do in Merzouga?

In Merzouga, you can enjoy camel trekking in the Sahara Desert, experience a night in a desert camp, and witness the breathtaking sunrise and sunset over the dunes. Quad biking and sandboarding are also popular activities.

How Do I Book a Tour?

Booking a tour with us is a breeze. Follow these simple steps:

A) Reach Out: Start by emailing us to express your interest and inquire about availability.

B) Reservation Confirmation: Upon reaching out, we’ll guide you through the reservation process. Typically, a deposit is required to secure your spot.

2. Is a deposit required, and how much is it?

Yes, indeed, a deposit is typically required to confirm your booking. Furthermore, the amount varies based on the specific tour package you choose. Importantly, this initial payment is crucial, as it not only secures your spot but also enables us to make all necessary arrangements for your upcoming adventure.

3. What payment methods are available for the deposit?

We strive to make the deposit process as convenient as possible. Additionally, you can make your deposit through various methods, with debit card payments via PayPal being one of the options. This flexibility ensures that you can choose the method that suits you best.

4. When is the balance payment due and how?

The balance payment for your tour is typically due either before the start of your trip or upon arrival. We accept various payment methods, including bank transfers, making it convenient for you to settle the balance. If you ever have questions or need assistance with the balance payment, our dedicated customer service team is here to help.

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Plugs and Adapters

As a traveler from the USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, you will need an adapter for Type C and Type E connectors.


Are you planning an international trip and wondering about the complexities of visa applications? Unfortunately, we cannot offer you a visa application service, but we can provide you with valuable insights into understanding whether you need one or not. The visa application process can be intricate, but fear not; we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through the basics.

Do I Need a Visa?

The necessity for a visa depends on your nationality and your intended travel destination. Let’s break it down for you:

1. Check Your Nationality

Firstly, identify your home country and its visa agreements with the country you plan to visit. If there is no existing visa agreement, you will likely need to apply for a visa in advance of your departure.

2. Understand Visa Requirements by Country

Here’s a quick guide for citizens of specific countries:

a. US Citizens

Great news for Americans! US citizens typically don’t need a visa for many destinations. Nevertheless, always double-check the specific requirements for your chosen location.

b. UK Citizens

Likewise, citizens of the United Kingdom usually enjoy visa-free travel to most countries. Confirm the details based on your intended destination.

c. Australian Citizens

Australians often have the privilege of visa-free travel to various places. Before you pack, verify the visa requirements for your chosen destination.

d. New Zealand Citizens

If you’re a citizen of New Zealand, you likely won’t need a visa for many destinations. Still, it’s wise to check the specific requirements for your intended travel spot.

Special Note: Morocco

Good news for those planning a trip to Morocco! Citizens of most countries, including the ones mentioned above, typically don’t require a visa for Morocco. It’s a visa-free destination for many travelers.

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The Journey of a Lifetime with Morocco’s Premier Tour Guide/Driver

Absolutely incredible! Where do I even begin? Our recent adventure stands out as the most unforgettable trip we’ve ever embarked on. Our group of five friends, consisting of four boys, savored every moment of our 3-day desert expedition from Ouarzazate to Merzouga and onward to Marrakech. While the splendor of Morocco was undeniably breathtaking, the true luminary of our experience was our exceptional driver, Moha.

Moha went above and beyond to cater to all our needs, ensuring our comfort from the very start. By the trip’s end, he had seamlessly become a part of our extended travel family, leaving us eagerly wondering if we’d cross paths again. His linguistic prowess added an extra layer of charm to our journey, making every conversation delightful and engaging.

In addition to Moha’s outstanding service, the tour’s accommodations, from lunch stops to overnight stays, were consistently excellent. Booking with this Morocco Travel company is a decision you can make with absolute confidence. When you do, be sure to request Moha by name; you won’t be disappointed! Our experience was nothing short of magical, thanks to Moha’s expertise and the overall excellence of the tour.

9 December 2023
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