This budget 3 days Merzouga shared desert tours from Marrakech is our most popular desert tour departing every day from Marrakech and it is perfect for those who want to discover the deep Morocco Sahara desert Morocco desert tour and don’t mind long hours driving (especially on day 3). The tour is rich in scenery, You will never be bored as you will be busy admiring one scene after another. The dramatic landscape change is amazing: From the fertile Haouz planes around Marrakech, to the High Atlas Mountains, then to various valley and oases, and at the end, rocky plateaus followed by the breath taking Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
Price : 90€ per person
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dades:
Your 3 days Merzouga shared desert tours from Marrakech will start early in the morning. We depart Marrakech at 07h30 AM to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou through Tizi-N-tichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Numerous stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO world heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. We continue to Ouarzazate and visit Kasbah Taourirte before lunch ( At leisure ). In the afternoon, we drive to Boumalne Dades via the Valley of the Roses before we reach our small hotel located in Dades Valley
Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Dades Valley - Todra Gorge - Erfoud -Risani -Merzouga:
After breakfast at your hotel in Dades Valley, our journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbahsto the oasis of Tighir, where we will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todgha canyons. After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge cliffs, and lunch at a local café ( At leisure ), we continue early in the afternoon to to Rissani, famous for its dates market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou. After a quick stop, we will continue to Merzouga driving through some rocky desert landscape.
Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, we will meet our camel caravan, and ride our camels through the amazing color-changing sand dunes with the sunset in the horizon as a backdrop.
We reach our Sahara desert camp; nestled in the middle of nowhere; just before darkness. After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to the camp fire. Late at night, you local nomad hosts will be entertaining you with their drums.
PS: Should you wish to stay at a private tent with proper bedding, there is a supplement of 10,00 euros per person.
Day 3: Merzouga - Marrakech:
After an early 1 hour sunrise camel ride back to the camp operator’s lodge, showers will be available to freshen up before breakfast. Meet your driver and vehicle and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, we carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains.
Your 3 days Merzouga shared desert tours from Marrakech will end in Marrakech at about 19h00.
What’s the difference between shared and private desert trip?
When booking your desert tour, you have the option of booking either a private trip or shared small group. there are definitely some big differences if you choose to participate in either a private or a group sahara tour.Here are some tips to help make the right selection for you:
What is the Shared desert tour?
Shared small group or economy shared tour means you will be travelling in a minibus with other people(Max 17 pax). As such, this is generally the cheaper option. Shared group tour means making a few stops on the way, the travel itineraries and times are usually determined by the travel company. You will have to follow a rigid schedule. And, you should to have a lot of patience, if you’re not lucky enough to go on holiday with a group of people that not share some of the same interests as you. During the shared desert tour on the other hand, you will get the opportunity to make new friends. Shared multiple day tours experience are perfect for those on a limited budget and don't mind sharing their ride with other travelers. If you travel alone – then a shared desert tour is more suitable for you. A group tour is better than no tour at all.
What is the private desert tour?
A private desert tour is your own private vehicle. Flexibility is one of the most important benefits of private desert trip (stops on the way and the pick-up times during the journey). You are able to stay longer in places that you’re really interested in or even add new attractions, as long as the available time allows it. Here, you can change the desert excursion program according to needs and interests. So, if you're travelling with family, in a group, or with friends for example, and you’re interested in a more personal approach – then choose the private tour that allows you to have an unforgettable travel experience.