These Morocco desert trips are a convenient way to explore this African nation. Due to its convenient geographic position, the legendary “Red City” is the starting point for numerous desert excursions. You will discover the best places to visit in Morocco and have a lot of fun in our company.
Erg Chebbi Dunes is the most famous desert destination in Morocco. We can say that the Moroccan southern regions start developing thanks to this amazing natural wonder that attracted visitors since the late 1980s. A desert tour Marrakech will for sure include this part of Morocco.
Sometimes these dunes are called Merzouga dunes getting the name of the nearby village. A Morocco desert tour Fes to Marrakech through Merzouga is always fantastic, and coming from Marrakech you have to pass many other beautiful destinations along the way.
The dunes of Erg Chebbi are the tallest sand dunes in Morocco, reaching around 250 high. It is possible to do some camel ride and sleep in luxury desert camps, watch sunset and sunset, and engage in other adventure activities.
Erg Chebbi desert is located in the Errachidia Province of the Draa Tafilalet region. This is where you will meet the dazzling nature of southern Morocco.
Erg Chigaga Dunes
Panoramic view of Erg Chigaga dunes in Morocco.Erg Chigaga Dunes is a wild section of dunes inside the Iriqui National Park in southern Morocco. A Marrakech to Zagora tour usually takes tourists to this region.
Sometimes these dunes are called Mhamid dunes getting the name of the nearby desert town. A desert trip to Chigaga is always incredible, and coming from Marrakech you have to pass many other beautiful destinations along the way.
The dunes of Erg Chigaga are the widest sand dunes in Morocco, reaching many km of distance. It is possible to do some camel ride and sleep in luxury desert camps, watch sunset and sunset, and engage in other adventure activities. Erg Chigaga desert is located in the Zagora Province of the Draa Tafilalet region.
Tizi-N-Tichka is the most famous mountain pass in Morocco that reaches 2260 meters (7415 feet) above sea level. Marrakech desert excursions always have to pass this stretch of road, in order to head south. Tizi-N-Tichka grants an incredible road trip opportunity since the top 40 km up the High Atlas Mountains is made through a serpentine road. Expect incredible and breathtaking views from above.
Interestingly enough is that the road from Ouarzazate to Marrakech during the winter months is made crossing snowy mountains (video). Moroccan winter in the mountains that reach above 4000 meters can be rough, so expect a totally different scenario, from the orange sand dunes of the desert all the way to Marrakech through the Atlas white snowy mountains. Moroccan landscape diversity is one of the factors that made this country worldwide famous and prominent in the international tourism arena.
Telouet mountain village probably comes as one of the biggest surprises of the whole trip from Fez to Marrakech. This isolated Atlas Mountain rural village is the place where the famous Thami El Glaoui was based. Thami El Glaoui the Pasha of Marrakesh from 1912 to 1956, was known as the Lord of the Atlas.
Visiting the Telouet Kasbah is like going back in time, and one can explore its interiors and discover a magnificent palace, with exquisite refined decoration, basically in the middle of nowhere. Telouet kasbah held an important strategic geographic position in the ancient caravans from the Sahara desert. The famous route Marrakech to Timbuktu in Mali had a stopover here as one of the final stages before reaching Marrakech, the Red city.
Ounila Valley is usually named as one of the most beautiful valleys in south Morocco, along with the Dades Valley and the Draa valley. Its red colors and impressive mountain views create spectacular scenery.
Ounila Valley stands in the middle of the way between the mountain village of Telouet and Ksar Ait Benhaddou. So, on an Ouarzazate to Marrakech road trip, Ounila shouldn’t be missed.
Apart from many picturesque adobe villages, one can also spot several canyon granaries, build on the edge of the riffs. These ancient fortified cellars were the way people use to store their precious crops and seeds.
Ksar Ait Benhaddou
Ksar Ait Benhaddou is undoubtedly south Morocco’s ex-libris, as the only UNESCO World Heritage site listed below the Atlas Mountains.
Holding a mythic place in people’s memories as one of the film sets for the movie Gladiator (video), Ait Benhaddou’s spectacular views are indeed one of the best in Morocco.
This 17th-century mud-brick village located on the hill surprises visitors with its inherent beauty. Still today a reduced number of families live there which creates a nice familiar and cozy atmosphere.
Ouarzazate is a city nicknamed the “Door of the Desert“, as it is the biggest city before heading south to the Sahara Desert near Mhamid and Chigaga Dunes. Ouarzazate is also on the way between Marrakech and the Sahara Desert. Ouarzazate’s prestige is renowned worldwide due to many factors, but the most prominent being the fact of holding the World’s Biggest Film Set.
Many leading movies were filmed in Ouarzazate, being the most famous: Enemy of My Enemy (2012), The Terrorist Hunter (2011), Mary Mother of Christ (2011), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Game of Thrones (2010 TV Series), Ben Hur (2010 Mini-Series), The Way Back (2010), Die Frau des Schläfers (2010 TV Movie), Prisoners of the Sun (2010), Lippels Traum (2009), Pope Joan (2009), Mirages (2009), Italians (2009), Body of Lies (2008), Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2007 Documentary), Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs (2007 TV Movie), The Hills Have Eyes II (2007), Babel (2006), The Amazing Race, Episode: We Just Won’t Die, Like Roaches (2006), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Alexander (2004), What a Girl Wants (2003), Gladiator (2000), and among many others films shot during mnay decades. Ouarzazate city offers much more than just the movie studios, and you can visit the beautiful Taourirt Kasbah, Tifoultoute Kasbah, the carpet museum, the cinema museum, Fint Oasis, ancient petroglyphs, and the city center.
Dades Valley is a profoundly scenic valley in the High Atlas Mountains, lavished with Berber villages, endless palm groves, dramatic rocky formations, impressive red soil, and hundreds of kasbahs.
One of the most important places in the Dades Valley is the impressive Tissedrine road, considered among the most beautiful roads in the world (video).
Todra Gorges, also locally known as Gorges du Todra are one of the most fascinating attractions of the Tnghir Province or Draa Tafilalet region in Morocco.
These majestic rocky canyons rising up to 300 meters (1000 feet) impress visitors (video) that traverse its narrow opening where the river flows out into the Tinghir valley furthermore on the southern exit.
Located in the Atlas Mountains, Todra Gorges are a guaranteed stop on any Marrakech desert tour or Fes desert tour.
Furthermore on the way, continuing along the road, we arrive in a very beautiful region of Morocco, filled up with isolated and rural villages such as Tamtettoucht, Ait Hani, and Imilchil, at 2119 meters altitude in the Asif Mellulen valley.
Don’t be fooled, as Todra Gorge is one of the most spectacular canyons in the world, and you can’t miss it!
The Moroccan desert is a fantastic stop for those who wish to visit such an amazing natural destination. The best Marrakech desert tours are made in two distinct locations: Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga, and Erg Chigaga near M’Hamid El Ghizlane. Departing from Marrakech, Morocco desert tours do need a bit of time to arrive for those two mentions locations. These Morocco desert tours from Marrakech takes you to explore the UNESCO site of Ksar Ait Benhaddou in Ouarzazate, the picturesque Kasbah Amridil in Skoura, the fabulous Todra Gorges, the breathtaking Erg Chebbi dunes, the beautiful desert region around Merzouga, and the Ziz Valley endless palm groves.
No, technically and due to the distance separating Marrakech and the Sahara desert, a one-day journey to the desert is out of the question. The minimum needed for a fast desert trip will be 2 or 3 days, depending on how “big” of a desert you want to encounter. That is why our tours are perfectly designed to fit your needs. The Marrakech to Erg Chebbi road is about 570 km, initially through the mountains. This is a long journey but full of special places on the way. Departing from Marrakech the road goes up the Atlas Mountains, until reaching the Sahara Desert. The sudden change can be noticed and this landscape variation is unforgettable.
Yes, in fact, Casablanca is located on the Atlantic Coast of northern Morocco. A Casablanca desert trip, on a day tour, is not possible. You need first to get to Marrakech. The distance between Casablanca and Marrakech is 244 km, and the trip will take 1h 30m or 2 hours maximum. Therefore, from Marrakech to Sahara desert you still have to cross the Atlas Mountains and head to the southern regions. If you end up in Casablanca and are really short on time, you can fly to Errachidia or Zagora, where we can pick you up from the airport and take you to the dunes. There are daily flights from Casablanca to those desert cities, each of them serving Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga correspondingly.
What happens is that many people only have one week to stay in Morocco, and after a few days of visiting Marrakech, they decide to head to the desert while visiting other places on the way. This is the perfect solution to enjoy the country.
2-day Zagora Desert Tour from Marrakech
Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Draa Valley – Zagora Day 2 – Zagora Dunes – Agdez – High Atlas & Tichka – Marrakech
3-day Erg Chigaga Dunes Tour from Marrakech
Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Draa Valley – Zagora Day 2 – Zagora – Tamegroute – Mhamid – Chigaga Dunes Day 3 – Chigaga Dunes – Iriki Lake – Foum Zguid – Tazenakht – High Atlas – Marrakech
4-day Erg Chebbi Dunes Tour from Marrakech
Day 1 – Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate Day 2 – Ouarzazate – Agdez (Draa Valley) – Nkob – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi) Day 3 – Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley or Skoura Day 4 – Skoura – Ouarzazate – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
5-day Erg Chebbi Dunes Tour from Marrakech
Day 1 – Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou – Skoura Day 2 – Skoura – Dades – Todra Gorges – Tamtatoucht Day 3 – Tamtatoucht – Amelagou – Merzouga Dunes (Erg Chebbi) Day 4 – Merzouga – Tazarine – Agdez Day 5 – Agdez – Ouarzazate – High Atlas – Marrakech
6-day Erg Chigaga Dunes Tour from Marrakech
Day 1 – Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou Day 2 – Ait Benhaddou – Foum Zguid – Erg Chigaga Dunes Day 3 – Erg Chigaga – M’hamid – Zagora – Agdez Day 4 – Agdez – Nkob – Tizi n’Tzazert – Todra Valley Day 5 – Todra Valley – Dades valley – Skoura Day 6 – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Our Sahara desert tours from Marrakech price can vary depending on the number of participants. We run these private tours on a regular daily basis. We pick you up from your hotel and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking driver (may not be available in high seasons due to high demand). We list our Fes desert excursion rates below but take into consideration that the prices vary on the number of participants in each tour.
2-day Zagora Desert Tour
From 1850 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
3-day Erg Chebbi Dunes Tour
From 2850 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
3-day Erg Chigaga Dunes Tour
From 3225 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
4-day Erg Chebbi Dunes Tour
From 3600 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
4-day Erg Chigaga Dunes Tour
From 4000 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
4-day Zagora and Merzouga Desert Tour
From 3600 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
5-day Desert Tour – Sahara, Kasbahs & Canyons
From 4400 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
6-day Desert Tour – Sahara, Kasbahs & Berber Villages
From 5500 MAD per person with a minimum of four participants
NOTE: 15% is added to these rates for this period: 24th December until 5th January. Check updated rates on our price page.
Our services can always be adapted to your travel preference. So, yes, we can provide an attractive Marrakech luxury desert tour. While booking with us, just select the “Superior accommodation” choice.
Apart from special treats dedicated exclusively to our clients who want a Morocco Sahara desert tour LUX option, the main difference between the standard option will be regarding the quality of hotels.
The “Superior accommodation” choice is very charming, and the available Merzouga luxury desert camp selection will delight those who search for the ultimate place to sleep in the desert.
You can easily book our marrakech to desert trips by filling up the booking form. You will get a prompt response within 24 hours, with the availability confirmation, and booking procedure. Furthermore, you will be asked to provide us the pick-up details including your hotel address, or the corresponding phone number if you are staying in a riad in the medina.
All our excursions include an SUV style of transport such as Toyota Land Cruiser (or similar) or a Minibus if the number of people requires a larger car. All our vehicles are air-conditioned equipped and provide fully secured and regularly checked seat belts.
We run private tours. Your vehicle will not be shared with anyone in your group of friends or family. Sporadically and during the high-season, we run desert group tours, so if you’re searching for shared Marrakech desert tours, try your luck and check availability on our page dedicated to Morocco last-minute tours.
Our team at Authentic Tours Marrakech has acquired extensive experience in planning and creating personalized itineraries to less-traveled areas by tourists. Contact us for day trips and desert tours from Marrakech.
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