3 Days Tour From Marrakech to Merzouga, Visit of Ait Ben Haddou & Dades gorges
Day 1: From Marrakech To Dades Valley Via Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate
Pass By: High Atlas Mountains, 40000 Morocco
Day 1: Night and Half board (D)
Leave Marrakech, and follow a well-maintained road to the High Atlas Mountains. After about an hour, the road starts to wind its way along one of the most scenic roads in Morocco across a landscape of terraced wheat fields, cacti, waving palm trees and endless views. As the road begins to descend, the scenery changes drastically as suddenly as you enter a desert-like area. Soon, the imposing Kasbah Aït Benhaddou will loom up like a mirage.
Stop At: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Douar Ait Ben Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou 45000 Morocco
Soon, the imposing Kasbah Aït Benhaddou will loom up like a mirage. A kasbah is a kind of citadel, composed of high-walled buildings of clay mixed with straw; historically used to shelter to entire village communities. At the top of the Kasbah, there is a fantastic view across the surrounding countryside and of the citadel itself giving you the sense of entering a medieval world with a warren of narrow lanes. the fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 With many things to do along the way, great for people who don't mind a little hike to see some exquisite views. Beautiful villages and towns scattered all around
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Gorges du Dades, R704 Gorges Dades, Boumalne Dades 45350 Morocco
After lunch, you'll set off on your tour again and drive through the fertile valley to Dades Gorges . If you thought the road from Marrakech was beautiful, then wait till you see this. Bizarre rock formations, bright green palm valleys and rugged mountain peaks in all shapes and colours alternated by small traditional villages and breathtaking views. After 2 hour you’ll pass a restaurant (‘Panoramic’), with an outdoor terrace overlooking the valley and the colourful cliffs. It’s a nice place to stop off for a cup of coffee or mint tea. From here, it’s another 40 minutes drive past yet more weird but wonderful colourful rock formations. When the cliffs begin to get narrower and you enter a kind of gorge, you’ll know you’ve nearly reached your small mountain hotel. Moments later you’re greeted by the friendly owner night and dinner in hotel (Kasbah La Gazelle) or similar.
Duration: 12 hours
Accommodation included: overnight at Kasbah Atlas Dades or similar kasbah Hotel
Day 2: From Dades gorges to Merzouga desert via 1001 Kasbah Roads, and Tinghir Oasis
Stop At: Merzouga Desert, Merzouga Morocco
Day 2: Night and Half board (B,D)
After breakfast, start your journey driving through the edges of the Sahara Desert and pass through scattered Berber villages along the way towards the Erg Chebbi desert at Merzouga. Perched on a trusty camel, you will softly plod into the sea of golden sand dunes as experienced camel-drivers lead the way to our camp in the desert. Once at the camp, you will enjoy a delicious dinner and will spend a night camping out and sleep under an incredible canopy of stars.
Duration: 12 hours
Accommodation included: overnight in our dunes camp
Day 3: From Merzouga Desert To Marrakech via Ouarzazat & Kasbah Taourirt
Stop At: Taourirt Kasbah, Avenue Mohammed V, Ouarzazate 45000 Morocco
Witness an amazing sunrise over the dunes in the Sahara Desert – one of the most memorable moments of this trip. After breakfast go back on the camels heading to Merzouga. Then ride back to Marrakech via the city of Ouarazazate where you'll have time for lunch and a visit to the famous Taourirt Kasbah.
Duration: 3 hours
Pass By: Western High Atlas National Park, Morocco
Continue to Marrakech, crossing the High Atlas Mountains and Berber villages.
Stop At: Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech Morocco
Arrival in the evening and then be dropped-off at a central location in Marrakech.
Duration: 1 hour
No accommodation included on this day.
- 2x Breakfast
- 2x Dinner
- Accommodation included: 2 nights
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Camel trekking in the desert
- Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
- 2 nights Accommodation
- Entry/Admission - High Atlas Mountains
- Entry/Admission - Gorges du Dades
- Entry/Admission - Merzouga Desert
- Entry/Admission - Jemaa el-Fnaa
- Entry/Admission - Taourirt Kasbah
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Minimum age is 8 years
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, great value for money. I recommend it!
Bad service and liar driver. We didn't get a guide in the bus, it was only the driver. The guide will appear on the attraction spots. The worst part is, unbelievably the driver can't speak English. It is very unprofessional because the company Thriomphecar should aware that the tour participants come from the various country. Fortunately, there is a lady that can speak Arabic and English so she can translate us the information that comes from the driver. As the description said about a shower in the morning after staying in the desert, in fact, we didn't get it. There were only toilets and not for the shower. They also served bad breakfast. only the Morrocan bread with jam and honey. The driver took us to expensive restaurants for lunch and shops with the high marked-up price. Very late arrival time and they broke the promise to drop us in the station. We aim to catch a train on the night on the last day of the tour. I saw the description mention about the bus will arrive at the Jema al fna at 19.30 and I send them email to make sure the schedule and asked if it would be OK to catch the train at 21:00. The company Thriomphecar replied that it will perfectly OK and suggested us tell the driver to drop at the station on the last day. We did tell the driver and warned him to arrive on time at Marrakech. But still, he drove too slowly. When we reminded him that we want to catch a train, he ask for fee to drop us at the station and to speed him up. We gave him money. Suddenly he changed his mind and said that he couldn't drop us on the station and would stop us a taxi also pay the cost because we have given him money. But then he lied. After getting the taxi, he just went away without gave the money and this caused a major delay. I can't believe how people rate a high score for this trip? How can Viator had a bussiness with this company?
If there was a zero star for this trip I would have liked to give this trip that. I have booked several trips on Viator but this one left me feeling cheated. 1. The trip is not operated by the person selling the trip so obviously he did not have any information on this trip. The descriptions and inclusion of this trip are wrong. 2. We had paid way more than the others who joined this trip. This trip sells locally at the destination for at least 50 less. 3. There is no driver / guide. There is only a driver on this trip and one with very poor interpersonal skills. We had no idea about where we are stopping and for what. He was very rude and also drove rashly - at one point he didnt wait for people to be seated, leave alone belted in before driving off 4. There is no air conditioned vehicle though you are told on viator that is what you are paying for. The driver said the AC had broken down within 2 hours of the 3 day long trip, no one believed him. 5. At Merzouga the bags have to be left at a hotel before you head to the camp. There was no information on this and we didnt have another bag to put our overnight things in. 6. I had specifically called the operator to gather information on this trip the day before we left and he had said the driving time was 6 hours day 1, 3 to 4 hours day 2 and 6 hours on the last day. In reality we were in the vehicle including stops for 12 hours, 10 hours and 12 hours. On day 2 we reached AFTER sunset! 7. Most importantly we booked this trip as it included the stop at the Kasbah at Ouarzazate. We were supposed to go to Fes on the last day and I stayed on the tour only so we could also see this famous Kasbah. But it was a shock to me when the driver said that there was no tour / sightseeing on the way back. This meant that we wasted an entire day just sitting in the bus for NOTHING. 8. The stops on day 1 and 2 were with guides who had tie ups with specific shops and there was no way anyone could stop and shop for anything else at any other shop. So typical and we all know why. 9. There were many hidden costs - including expensive lunch stops and fees which are not mentioned in the itinerary. Once at the desert camp, there was a total sales push for everyone to take the jeep back - at an extra cost of course. This tour operator is a scam as is this trip and I have 14 other people who travelled with us to verify all of this.
The places you go are great, but everything the tour company provided was poor. Pick up was late, drop off was nowhere near our hotel, the driver was driving manically (most people in Morocco do, but this was insane overtaking on blind corners in the mountains) and the whole tour felt rushed.
If you do this trip thinking you will regret if you don't, believe me, you will regret if you do! Unless, that is, you like being herded like a sheep, stopping every now and then so you can give the drivers friends money for some overpriced food or activity. That is not to mention spending the night in the filthiest, coldest, dampest hotel ever known to a human.Even the Moroccan guys who worked at the hotel were freezing - not to mention the fact that the bed I got was covered in long black hairs from a previous occupier! Waking the next day we were herded, freezing back onto the bus and made to trudge up a mountain side to see some woman make rugs they then tried to sell for upwards of 3000 dirhams about 300 each one!. When we finally got to the desert, it was almost dark, and by the time we got to camp it was pitch dark. I am vegetarian and told the guide i couldnt eat the food - he told me It's tagine and only vegetables, eat! - I did and after a few bites discovered that actually, although there were veg, they were mixed with chicken!!! I felt really really ill and tried going to bed - the bed I had to share with another member of the tour who i didnt even know!! We were again woken in the dark in the morning and trudged off on our camels back to where the minibus was parked to eat some kind of semolina pancakes and set off on the 10 1/2 hour drive back to Marrakesh filled by the drivers extra loud music making even listening to your own on earphones absoloutely impossible..... in short, you don't really see the desert, you just sit in the van until you stop somewhere you can make some money for the driver. The hotel is the worst place on earth - I have never known cold like it and that's even after living in both Switzerland, Norway and Iceland in Winter! It's really not worth the time spent to see about an hour at most of the desert in the light! Save your money, go to Essauoira instead!!!
It is worthwhile to try it which should be recommended! The long-time riding on the minivan is a little bit tough. But it is quite impressing for the camel riding and desert life.