6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
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Moroccan Desert Tours is a travel operator based in Morocco. We’ve created the greatest and most appropriate 6 days desert tour itinerary from Marrakech to Merzouga. However, you may always change it to suit your requirements. In addition, if you wish to begin your 6 days in Morocco in the city of Fes, we have created a special schedule for you; check it out today. In general, our trip will begin when you arrive at the airport, where we will greet you and transport you to your lodging.
Depending on your arrival time, we may go sightseeing in Marrakech if you come early. The second day will be spent entirely in Marrakech, accompanied by a native tour guide. Third, we’ll go to Boumalne Dades on the other day, traveling by Aitbenhaddou and Ouarzazate. We’ll travel to the Merzouga desert on the fourth day, where we’ll spend the night in a Berber tent beneath the stars. On the fifth day, we’ll go on an exploration excursion to learn more about the desert and its surroundings. Finally, on a penultimate day, we will return to Marrakech, the red city.
Highlights of our 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
Itinerary of 6 days desert tour from Marrakech
Day 1: Pick-up service from the airport and transfer to the hotel:
We will meet you at the airport on the first day of our 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga itinerary and pick you up to take you to your hotel. If you come early, however, we may be able to take you to some magnificent locations, such as the Jamaa el-Fna plaza. We may take you there and spend the evening there since it is more gorgeous at night. You will spend the night at your lodging.
Day 2: Visiting Marrakech Attractions:
Marrakech, often known as Morocco’s City of Lights or the City That Never Sleeps, is one of, if not the most, popular tourist sites in the country. The red city provides its guests with a variety of attractive sights and places to explore that will undoubtedly astonish them. For these reasons, we decided to set aside a whole day, even if it is insufficient, to tour the city’s key attractions. Because Marrakech is Morocco’s fourth biggest city, you’ll need a native guide to show you around. Touring In Morocco provides the finest local guides in Marrakech to help you thoroughly explore the city’s key sights and attractions.
So on the first day of our 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga schedule, you will be shown around Marrakech by a tour guide. Typically, we begin by visiting the Majorelle Garden, which is one of Morocco’s greatest and most beautiful gardens. The history of this location dates back to 1923 when a French orientalist artist arrived in Morocco and started his shop. As a consequence, this location has a distinctly French flavor. Following that, we’ll visit Menara Garden, another magnificent garden in the city. This one is towards the west of Marrakech, close to the High Atlas Mountains. It undoubtedly provides stunning and pleasant vistas for both visitors and city residents that frequent the area.
We’ll take you to Bahia Palace in a little time, which is one of the noteworthy monuments that displays wonderful Moroccan architecture. Following that, we’ll visit a variety of additional locations. Finally, in the evening, you will visit the lovely Jamaa el Fna plaza.
Day 3: Boumalne Dades to Marrakech:
We’ll get in the vehicle and drive to Boumalne Dades on the third day of our 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga schedule. We’ll start by driving across the High Atlas Mountains. The route we’ll travel is called Tizi Ntichka Pass, and it’s around 200 kilometers long and twisty. Many Berber tribes reside along this route, and their major sources of revenue are visitors, Argan oil, and owning a large herd. Because these areas are known for producing Argan oil, we will take you to local cooperatives to show how traditional cosmetics are made. Following that, we’ll travel through the High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi Ntichka Pass.
We’ll stop at Ait Benhaddou, a magnificent fortification on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. You will have the opportunity to go through the “Ouad El Maleh” river to reach the Kasbah from here. With its massive walls and tall towers, this settlement clearly exemplifies true Moroccan clay architecture.
In 1987, Ait Benhaddou was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site. After that, we’ll go to Ouarzazate, a wonderful city in Morocco. As many refer to it, Morocco’s Ouallywood is one of the most significant towns in the Southeast, with an international airport and the world’s largest solar energy facility. Ouarzazate is also well-known for being an ideal location for filming movies and television shows. Two of Morocco’s most important studios for filming and renting filming equipment are located in this city. Finally, we’ll make our way to Boumalne Dades, where we’ll spend the night.
Day 4: Boumalne Dades to Merzouga Desert:
After breakfast, we will begin our6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour schedule. We’ll start with a short drive to the Todra Gorges, also known as the Toudgha Canyons. We’ll take a break here and take a stroll around the canyons. With its 300-meter-high gorges and a river flowing through them, this location provides some of Morocco’s greatest and most stunning vistas.
Second, we will depart towards the Sahara desert, passing via numerous lovely Berber villages and the towns of Tinegher and Tinjedad along the route. Finally, we’ll arrive at today’s final destination. The magnificent golden dunes of the desert, as well as a camel ride, are often regarded as the highlights of all Morocco vacations. Camels and camel drivers will be waiting for us when we arrive, ready to make your desert trip memorable. You will ride the camels over the dunes, stopping along the route to capture photographs of you on the camel while surrounded by the desert.
We’ll be in the desert camp in a little time. We usually come early in the evening, so most people go ascending the dunes to capture the sunset while touring the camp and exploring it. In addition, you may use the sandboard and go skiing. When night falls, you will be treated to a traditional Moroccan meal. At the same time, our camp staff will be practicing drumming and entertaining you. After supper, you’ll spend the evening outdoors beneath the stars, listening to Berber music around a bonfire.
Day 5: Sahara desert excursion in Merzouga:
The fifth day of our 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga is a little different. We’re going to spend the entire day touring the desert. However, you can enjoy the sunrise by waking up early. After breakfast in the tent, you will either ride camels or drive a 4WD vehicle to explore the desert. The majority of people prefer to travel by automobile since it enables them to explore and visit more areas. However, if you like to travel on camels in the manner of Lawerence of Arabia, we can accommodate you.
To begin, you will go to the Berber Nomads, who still live in tents. Most of them are small groups of 7 to 10 people that rely on what nature provides. Their primary source of revenue is the sale of goats and sheep in nearby places such as Erfoud and Rissani. The friendliness and kindness with which these people live are undeniably one of their most distinguishing characteristics. Following a peaceful stay, we will go for one of Merzouga’s famous panoramas, “Galb El Nas,” or “People’s Heart” in English, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the desert. Following that, we’ll go to a well-known kohl mine in the neighborhood, which was originally a French property that they utilized and exported the results of.
Finally, the journey will take you to the Gnawa or Gnaoua people, who are noted for possessing a Gnaoua home in the Khamlia hamlet. You’ll spend some time here learning about their way of life and listening to their distinctive music. Above all, the trip includes other sights to see, such as the Oases in Hassi Labied.
Day 6: Merzouga to Marrakech:
After breakfast in our luxury tent, we’ll ride the camels back to Merzouga. Because we will be returning to Marrakech, we will have to leave early, at 8:00 a.m. We’ll take a different route, passing via Alnif before stopping for lunch at Nkob. We will also go straight to Marrakech through the Ait-Saouen pass. Finally, we’ll drop you off in Marrakech, capping up your 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
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The 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga is full of stunning sights to visit. As a result, we’d like to provide you with an outline of what you’ll see and experience during your trip with us.
The first stop on this6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga itinerary is Marrakech. Marrakech, also known as Morocco’s city light, is the city that never sleeps. It is the most visited city in Morocco, which means that every visitor that visits Morocco passes through this city. Clearly, since the original inhabitants of Morocco and North Africa were Berber, this city was founded by Imazighen farmers, who dubbed it “Amur Nokoch,” or “Land of God.” In reality, the term Morocco is derived from this city’s name, and some nations, such as Iran, still refer to Morocco as Marrakech.
In 1062, the Berber Almoravids dynasty discovered Marrakech via Abu Bakr ibn Umar, the king’s cousin at the time. As the city expanded to become Morocco’s capital, it was able to build itself. It is now the country’s fourth-biggest city, giving tourists a variety of breathtakingly stunning locations. The first is the well-known Jamaa el Fna Square, which you may have heard about. Certainly, it is one of Morocco’s largest squares, attracting large crowds to display and watch. When the nighttime arrives, the gleaming lights, souk streets, and various individuals telling tales and demonstrating their abilities transform this location into something magical.
The enormous tower of the Koutoubia mosque, one of the city’s distinctive minarets, stands next to this area and tells a lot about the city’s past. In addition, Marrakech is home to exquisite gardens that are often visited by tourists. Aside from Mellah quarters, there are also Saadian tombs and many more.
Tizi Ntichka and the Atlas Mountains:
The Atlas Mountains are one of the scenic routes that the 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga itinerary takes. They are recognized as Africa’s longest ranges, spanning 2,500 kilometers and including three countries: Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Some refer to them as mountain chains, although they are not continuous chains of mountains since they are separated by vast expanses known as plateaus.
The Atlas Mountains are separated into three sections: the High, Middle, and Anti Atlas Mountains. The Middle and Anti are exclusively found in Morocco, whereas the High is a range or chain that stretches through Algeria and Tunisia. To begin with, the High Atlas mountains are the longest of the three types and are home to Toubkal, the highest summit of all the mountains at 4,167 meters (13,671 ft). This latter is the first stop on this trip. It was difficult to create a road to the desert since the majority of it is covered by mountains. Morocco and France, on the other hand, have built one of the world’s most distinctive and longest curving roads, which they have termed Tizi Ntichka, which means “danger of being lost.” The pass’s highest point, about 2260 feet, provides the finest view of the whole curving pass.
The Anti isn’t generally included in this tour, and we only get to see a tiny portion of it in Insider. On the other side, on our way to Fes, we pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains. This is where the freezing city of Ifrane is situated, and it has one of Morocco’s greatest climates.
In general, the Atlas mountains are home to a plethora of tiny, charming Berber communities and kasbahs that are just stunning.
Merzouga is a desert in Morocco:
The Sahara desert of Merzouga is perhaps the greatest Moroccan destination in recent years. This location lies in the extreme southeast of Morocco, close to the Algerian border. Merzouga or Erg Chebbi is the name of the desert region, which consists of several tiny settlements and a small town in the middle. Merzouga is a term derived from the Merzoug family, who lived for a long period in the desert. As previously said, Erg Chebbi is the name given to the whole dessert, which spans roughly 30 kilometers. There are also many more deserts surrounding this one, such as the far-off Ramlia desert, which has spectacular mountain vistas.
Merzouga Desert may be Morocco’s Disney Land, with a variety of exciting activities. The first is the one-of-a-kind camel ride across the golden dunes. What could be more wonderful than riding a camel to camp while watching the desert hues change? The trip to both the sunsets and sunrises adds to the beauty of the place. Camping in Berber tents and spending the night beneath the stars, on the other hand, is an option.
There’s also the desert trip discovery, which brings you to see a variety of sights. You begin by visiting the Berbers, Morocco’s original population. It is stated that since they lived in tents and were secluded, they played an important role in preserving the world’s earliest languages. Second, you will pay a visit to the Gnaoua people in Khmlia hamlet; these people are originally from Mali and Gabon. They made their home in the Merzouga desert, where they studied Berber and made it their first language.
Other activities available in Merzouga include quad and buggie trips.
Rissani and Erfoud:
Erfoud and Rissani are unquestionably the two most important desert cities in Morocco’s southeast. First, there’s Rissani, the Tafilalt region’s capital. In reality, this place represents both the cradle and the beginning of the Alawite dynasty. The location was once known as Sijilmasa and had a significant part in the kingdom’s history. More notably, it was a camel caravan trade post as well as a rest halt before travelling to Europe to sell products. With this in mind, Rissani today has one of the largest traditional souks in the desert, serving a variety of requirements to its residents.
People from villages and towns meet here every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday to purchase and sell in a traditional manner, with the majority of them using donkeys as their primary mode of transportation. As a consequence, there is a donkey park in this little city where you can find roughly 60 of them throughout the souks’ days. Rissani is known for many items, including the Mdfouna.
Second, there is Erfoud, which is situated between the Merzouga desert and Errachidia city. If you like fossils or dates, this city is the best in the world at creating them. Because it is located near the Ziz valley, Morocco’s largest source of dates, it is the primary beneficiary. Erfoud arranges festival dates and displays several types of dates every year. In addition, as previously stated, the city is home to tiny workshops that manufacture fossils and export them outside of the nation.
Visit these two desert towns and meet its hospital people, who are largely Berbers, on our 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga itinerary.
Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou:
Morocco, as everyone knows, is home to a variety of interesting strongholds across the globe. The most well-known is Ait Benhaddou. This kasbah will be the primary break on the 6 day Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip itinerary, which will take you to the point of the High Atlas mountains. The famed family of Thami el Glaoui discovered Ait Benhaddou as a refuge for the famous camel caravans that used to camp there. Thami el Glaoui possessed additional lands and kasbahs that he used to tax the merchants, making him one of the country’s wealthiest men.
Ait Benhaddou’s kasbah was called for Benhaddou, one of his tribe’s most significant members at the period. Ait Benhaddou was erected with enormous walls and lofty towers to act as a defensive fortress against invasions in order to safeguard the residents who considered this settlement their safe haven. As a consequence, they created a masterpiece that is considered to be one of the greatest examples of Berber Moroccan clay building.
Many families used to dwell in this kasbah in the past, but as time passed, they began to forsake it year after year. Only approximately 40 families remain there now, most of them live on the opposite side of the “Maleh river.”
Since 1987, Ait Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following then, the stronghold underwent multiple restorations in order to maintain its strength and beauty. Ait Benhaddou, on the other hand, is an ideal location for filming movies and television programs, with a number of films having been filmed there. We will take you to visit and read about Ait Benhaddou on our 6-day Marrakech to Merzouga desert travel plan.
This 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga plan takes you to one of Morocco’s most significant towns in the southeast. In around 30 kilometers from the fortress of Ait Benhaddou, you will travel through the city of Ouarzazate. It has one of the better international airports in the Southeast, and there is another one in Errachidia, however it is exclusively for national flights.
The city’s name is made up of two words: “Ouar” and “Zazate,” the first of which means “without” and the second of which means “noise,” indicating that it is a city free of noise. Furthermore, many Moroccans refer to it as Morocco’s Ouallywood since it is the primary location for filming. It has two Atlas studios, the Cla and Oscar Studios, where most of the material is rented and where most of the movies are shot. Both the popular programs Prison Break and Game of Thrones have filmed some of their sequences in this city in recent years. For example, the whole fifth season of Prison Break was filmed at a modest secondary school in the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate, as if it were in Yemen.
Ouarzazate is also home to one of the world’s largest solar power plants, with a capacity of 510 MW. Aside with that, there’s the famed Kasbah of Taourirt, which is a genuine labyrinth of over 300 chambers surrounded by massive walls.
The 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga itinerary brings you to some of Morocco’s most beautiful valleys. To begin, travel via Ounila Valley as the first valley halt on the route from Marrakech. It connects the Tizi Ntichka pass to the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah settlement. Because it is seldom frequented, it is also known as the “secret destination” in Morocco. Because there was no alternative route for camel caravans to follow, Thami EL Glaoui used to dominate the valley and collect fees from all the caravans that utilized it.
Second, Rose Valley is located near Klaat Mgouna, Morocco’s rose capital. Every year, the city hosts a festival to honor flowers and draw attention to their community. The event has attracted large crowds from both within and outside the nation in recent years, with almost 300,000 people attending in 2015. Certainly, the valley produces between 3000 and 4000 tons of roses each year, which are largely used in cosmetics and sent to other nations.
We normally make a pit break in the Dades valley on our trip to Boumalne Dades. According to legend, the valley was formerly controlled by a Berber tribe who exploited it as their primary source of food. On the other hand, there was a guy who had everything but water, including food, agricultural materials, and many other things. So he struck a deal with the tribe to offer him land in the valley in exchange for various crops and the materials needed to cultivate them. This aided the valley’s rapid expansion. Finally, Erfoud has the largest source of dates valleys, with the nicest valley vistas.