7 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
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7 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert overview:
Join the greatest 7 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert, organized by Moroccan desert Tours travel service. You will have the opportunity to visit and experience Marrakech with a local guide for the first two days. The third day will take you through several lovely towns, villages, and Kasbahs, including Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate, before arriving at Boumalne for the night.
The desert of Merzouga will occupy half of the fourth day and the whole fifth day. You’ll ride a camel, go camping, and gaze up into the stars. More significantly, you will participate in a discovery desert excursion and go to meet Berber nomads and Gnawa people.
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Highlights of our 7 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga:
The itinerary of 7 days tour from Marrakech:
Day 1: Pickup service to accommodation
Your 7 days tour desert tour from Marrakech begins when you arrive at the airport. We’ll pick you up and take you to your lodging so you can rest. We would go on a tour of Marrakech if we had the time and you came early in the day.
Day 2: Touring Marrakech
You will travel and discover the key sights in the red city on the second day of our 7 days (one-week) Marrakech to Merzouga desert trip itinerary. After breakfast, our local guide will pick you up and take you around the city’s streets. We usually begin by visiting Majorelle and Menara’s gardens. You will learn about the history of these magnificent sites where the majority of the residents go to unwind. For example, Majorelle was formed by a French artist who opted to live in Morocco and call it home.
Second, we’ll drive you to Bahia and El Badi Palace, where you’ll view some of Morocco’s finest specimens of architecture. We’ll eventually take you to witness how the Saadians managed to create a form of unique Tombs to safeguard their captives since the city was once occupied by them. After that, you’ll visit the Koutoubia mosque, which has one of Morocco’s oldest and tallest towers. Finally, we’ll spend the whole evening visiting Jamaa El Fna’s famed plaza.
Day 3 : Marrakech to Boumaln Dades
Today, after breakfast, we’ll go off on the route to Boumalne Dades. We’ll start by driving across the High Atlas Mountains. Morocco has succeeded in building a pass that enables you to reach the Southeast and go to the desert, despite the fact that the route is all mountains. This pass is around 200 kilometers long and follows a curving path until it reaches the High Atlas Mountains’ top. You’ll come to a halt at the highest point of the Tichka pass when you drive across it ( about 2260m). One of the nicest panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains may be seen here. We’ll resume our journey to the southeast in a little while, passing via Ait Benhaddou this time. You’ll have some time here to cross the river and visit the massive Ksar, which was formerly a major stopping point for merchants and camel caravans.
Later in the day, we’ll go to Morocco’s Ouallywood to see what it has to offer. In the Southeast, Ouarzazate is the only city with an international airport. We’ll take you to the Atlas studios, which are one of the city’s most popular attractions. They’re where they film movies and sometimes loan out equipment to directors. After that, we took the road again, heading for Rose Valley and Kalaat Mgouna, both of which are known for beauty items.
Finally, we’ll continue to Boumalne Dades, passing through various little Berber settlements and valleys. We will drop you off, you will have supper, and you will spend the night at this location.
Day 4 : Boumalne Dades to Merzouga
On the fourth day of our one-week (seven-day) Marrakech desert trip through Merzouga, we will see the tour’s highlight, as well as the highlight of all Morocco desert tours. But first, we’ll travel to some worthwhile areas like the Toudgha or Toudra canyons, which are roughly 300 meters long and the ideal site for climbers. Aside from that, cities like Tinghir and Tinejdad pass by. If we have more time, we may visit Erfoud or Rissani.
We will have arrived in the Merzouga desert at long last. We’ll go straight to the camel, who will be waiting near the sand dunes. Our camel guys will assist you in riding the camel in a safe manner. In a good attitude, we traverse the golden dunes. The majority of the time, we watch the sunset from the desert camp, but if we are running late, we will see it on the trip there. You may do sandboarding and skiing when you arrive at the camp. You’ll be fed a delectable Moroccan supper and entertained with Berber drums music beneath the stars at night.
Day 5: Merzouga desert tour
The fifth day of our 7 days desert tour from Marrakech, which includes Merzouga, will be spent exploring the desert environs. To begin, you may get up early in the morning and ascend the sand dunes to view the spectacular sunrise. When you return, you may shower and then have breakfast at the camp. Eventually, you’ll get in a 4×4 and travel across the desert, where you’ll encounter Berber nomads and Merzouga’s original residents. These people continue to live in tents and earn money by raising goats and sheep and selling them in nearby souks, mostly in Erfoud and Rissani.
Following that, we’ll go to M’Ifiss, where you’ll see one of the region’s oldest kohl mines. Next, we’ll drive you to Glb Nass, which translates to “people’s heart” in English. It’s one of the few panoramas that allow you to observe the desert from a fresh perspective.
We’ll depart in a few minutes, traveling to Khamlia hamlet, which is approximately 4 kilometers from Merzouga’s center. You will learn about a different way of living here. Certainly, the Gnawas are an important element of what makes Merzouga’s desert worth seeing. Every year, these people have a celebration known as the Gnawa festival, which lasts three days. They display their culture and perform various rhythms these days. When we get there, we’re going to a location called Dar Gnaoua. You may learn about their history and listen to their music here. After that, we’ll head to the Moroccan National Auto Museum, which is owned by an Emirati and where he displays various classic 4×4 automobiles.
Day 6: Merzouga Desert to Ouarzazate
We will continue our 7 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert after breakfast in the hotel. This time, though, we’ll take an alternative route to Ouarzazate. First, we’ll go to Rissani, passing hundreds of palm palms along the way. We’ll visit this city and see one of Morocco’s largest traditional souks (markets). Following that, we’ll journey via a number of picturesque Berber settlements.
We’ll arrive at Nkob at about noon, where we’ll have lunch. Finally, we’ll go to Daraa Valley, Morocco’s largest valley and river. We go to Ouarzazate and spend the night there after visiting the region.
Day 7: Ouarzazate to Marrakech
We will go deep into the High Atlas Mountains on our last day. As a result, we’ll leave Ouarzazate for Ait Ben Haddou Kabash. It is a 17th-century clay kasbah with outstanding architecture. The kasbah served as a trade route between Morocco and the Sahara at one time. In 1987, this brick town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see architectural mansions and corner towers in this Kasbah. Because most of the population migrated to the new village, just a few people remain in this kasbah. The kasbah is presently utilized as a film location for films like as Gladiator, Alexander, and Game of Thrones, among others.
Following that, we’ll go down Tizi n’ Tichka Road. It’s a curvy mountain trail that runs across the High Atlas Mountains’ lowlands. We’ll come to a halt there to take in the panoramic vista of the mountain ranges. Second, you’ll go to an Argan oil cooperative to learn about local Argan goods. You’ll also learn about the manufacturing process for these items. Then we travel to Marrakech, the royal city, and drop you off at your Riad. Finally, the 7 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga is over.
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The 7 days 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.
Merzouga is a desert in Morocco:
The Merzouga desert is perhaps the highlight of the 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. The majority of travelers who book our Morocco excursions consider the camel ride across the dunes to be the highlight of their vacation. To begin with, the name Merzouga is derived from one of the earliest Nomad families to settle in the desert, the Merzoug family. Others claim that the name comes from the Arabic word “Mrzouqa,” which means “wealthy” or “fortunate.” Merzouga is known for its golden dunes, which stretch for 30 kilometers between Tighmert and Khamlia hamlet.
Instead of Merzouga, you may hear Hassi Labied, Takojt, Tanamoust, or a variety of other localities that are all part of the main town. The desert is known as Erg Chebbi, which refers to the whole Merzouga area’s golden dunes. However, if you go farther south, you will discover many other deserts that are less well-known. On the one hand, the Znigui desert is located around 10 to 15 kilometers from Merzouga. However, if you go farther south to Ramlia and Jdaid, you will discover additional deserts with beautiful vistas since they are surrounded by mountains.
Merzouga is, by far, the most visited desert in the nation, and for good reason. It has one of the tallest dunes in the world, enabling visitors to participate in a variety of sports such as sandboarding. In addition, the Erg Chebbi desert has the nicest golden dunes for a variety of activities such as camel riding and watching the sunset or dawn. You may also hire a quad or buggy and ride among the dunes, or spend the night in a desert tent with the Berbers.
Marrakech, often known as Morocco’s “Light City” or “Red City,” is the country’s most popular tourist destination. In other words, 99 percent of visitors to the country never miss the opportunity to visit Marrakech and explore its streets. The name of the city comes from the Berber term “Amur N Ukosh,” which means “country of god.” The city was initially occupied by a number of petty Berber tribes until it grew in importance and eventually assumed charge of the whole nation, becoming the capital in approximately 1147.
Marrakech is a fantastic destination to visit since it is a melting pot of cultures and colors. You will see a variety of unusual sights and attractions on the Marrakech to Fes desert tour: 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga. First, there’s Jamaa El Fna Square, which used to be a gathering spot for people to gather, form circles, and tell tales. People from all over Morocco now visit the plaza, either to demonstrate their abilities or to sell various things, since the square has become increasingly well-known across the globe. The finest thing to do in this city is to walk upstairs to a café and look down on the plaza from above; the views are spectacular, with lights and varied displays.
Second, as is well known, Morocco is home to some of the world’s most beautiful mosque towers. The Koutoubia tower in Marrakech was built in 1147 by Almoravids and is considered one of the outstanding examples of Moroccan architecture. In addition, both the Majorelle and Menara gardens are worth seeing since they tell distinct tales. For example, Jacques Majorelle owns the Majorelle garden, which he created over the course of 40 years.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah:
When most people think of Morocco, they think of mud architecture. Kasbahs are unquestionably the outstanding specimens of this style of building. The Kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou is without a doubt the greatest and most frequented of all. After traversing the High Atlas mountains on this desert excursion from Marrakech to Fes, you will arrive at this beautiful ksar. To begin with, the Kasbah is owned by Thami EL Glaoui’s family. This is a well-known family that used to own a variety of properties in Morocco, and according to certain studies, they were one of the country’s wealthiest families. They hold several more estates, including the kasbahs of Telouet and Tamdaght, in addition to Ait Benhaddou.
The ksar of Ait Benhaddou was constructed in such a manner as to serve as a defensive castle and to protect the locals, who are largely merchants. Not to mention the fact that the kasbah was formerly a major commerce hub in the Southeast. Camel caravans that used to make the 52-day journey to Toumboctou frequently arrive here to sell salt, which is the major item they bring. That is why the tiny river in front of the kasbah is known as “Ouad Lmelh,” which means “salt” in Arabic.
Ait Benhaddou is becoming more well-known as a result of its unusual architecture, which includes tall buildings and towering walls. In fact, in 1987, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ait Benhaddou has also been used in the filming of a number of well-known films and television programs, including scenes of Gladiator and Lawrence Of Arabia.
We drive immediately to Ouarzazate, which is around 30 kilometers away, after viewing the lovely Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. To begin discussing the city and its history, it is important to first define the term Ouarzazate. The name is made up of two parts: “Our” and “Zazate,” the first of which means “without” and the second of which means “noise,” making it a location or city without noise. Many people have started their Morocco desert tours from this city in recent years since it is the only one in the south with an international airport. Because it is midway between Marrakech and the Sahara desert, it is known as the “Gateway to the Sahara.”
When visiting Ouarzazate, you must stop at the Atlas Studios, one of the city’s two major attractions. The Oscar and CLA Atlas studios are located around 7 kilometers (5 to 7 kilometers) from Ouarzazate’s downtown. They are the primary locations for filming and even renting equipment for the crew. The Oscar studios, on the other hand, are more popular with visitors since there are more things to see there, such as automobiles made of wood and massive sculptures that make you feel like you’re in Egypt.
Many people are unaware that Ouarzazate is home to the world’s largest and most powerful concentrated solar power plant facility. This demonstrates Morocco’s reliance on solar and nonpolluting energy. Furthermore, Ouarzazate is home to one of the greatest and most large Kasbahs, which is shaped like a labyrinth. Despite the fact that it is less well-known among visitors, it provides stunning vistas because to its massive walls, towers, and over 300 chambers.
Desert excursion in Merzouga:
Your opportunity to discover the Sahara of Merzouga in the best manner possible is on a Marrakech to Fes desert trip. Obviously, on the fifth day, you will be going through the desert environs and exploring the Moroccan Sahara’s key attractions and mysteries. To begin, you will learn about the Berber people, who are the original inhabitants of Morocco, as well as Merzouga. In reality, 90% of the people that live in Merzouga were formerly nomads, meaning they lived in tents and had small herds. People began to settle there and build tourist offices, hotels, and riads when Merzouga became one of Morocco’s most visited destinations and deserts.
Second, we’ll take you on a journey to learn about a different way of living. Merzouga’s desert is unique because of the Gnawa tribe. According to history, these individuals were brought in from nations like Gabon and Mali. According to some, the term Gnawa has a Berber origin. According to legend, these Gnawa tribes used to party and make a lot of noise all the time, so Berber would advise them to go to sleep and they would say, Gen Awa, and that is how they got their name. Others claim that the term Agnawa originally meant “slave.”
In addition, during the desert excursion, you will pass through a tiny museum in Tanamoust, a small settlement. Different 4×4 automobiles owned by an Emirati who owns a Ksar near to the museum may be shown here. In addition, the 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga brings you to some of the area’s oldest Oases, which are situated in Hassi Labied.
Tichka Pass, Toudra Gorges, Atlas Mountains:
The 7-day (one-week) route departs from Marrakech and visits and passes through one of the world’s longest mountain ranges. Because they are separated by large distances, some prefer not to name them mountain chains. These mountains are divided into three divisions in Morocco: the High, Middle, and Anti Atlas mountains. Algeria and Tunisia are separated by the High Atlas Mountains, which run across both nations. When doing the 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga, you’ll first travel across the High Atlas Mountains and a short section of the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Then you’ll pass through the Middle Atlas Mountains on your journey to Fes.
In the past, crossing the mountains and traveling from Marrakech to the Southeast or vice versa was difficult. However, in 1936, the French and Moroccans collaborated to construct one of Morocco’s longest curving highways. The 200-kilometer route is home to many diverse communities and kasbahs; for example, during this trip, you will stop to see an Argan oil cooperative. In addition, you will make a second halt at the pass’s highest panoramic summit (2260m), where you will be treated to stunning vistas of the Atlas Mountains.
The Toudra or Toudgha Gorges are located halfway between Boumalne Dades and Merzouga Desert. This location is known for its 300-meter-deep canyons. Toudgha is without a doubt one of the top sites in Morocco to go rock climbing. Clearly, having a sping in between the canyons enhances the beauty of this location. Local nomads and Berbers bring their herds to drink from this spring, and you may even find some of them selling goods like rugs.
Forests of Ifrane:
Our 7 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga enables you to see both Ifrane and the cedar forest. To begin with, Little Switzerland, as many people refer to it, is located in the Middle Atlas Mountains and has one of the greatest climates and atmospheres in the world. When you visit this city, you will notice a significant change in the temperature; it is the coldest city in the nation. Every winter, it dresses up and invites people from all across Morocco to come ski with them. Ifrane was named the cleanest city in Morocco and Africa, in addition to being a great spot to ski.
The Atlas lion statue, which celebrates the extinct Atlas lion, is the primary thing to see in Ifrane. According to legend, it was erected by a German in exchange for his freedom. Not to add that Ifrane is where the Atlas Lions, Morocco’s national soccer team, practice and prepare for tournaments. In addition, Al Akhawyin University, one of the most costly institutions in the country, is located in Ifrane.
The cedar woodland is not far from Ifrane. This lovely spot was formerly home to a variety of species that have now been extinct. Tourists now visit the site, wander around, and search for the Barbary macaque.