6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert
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Touring In Morocco travel agency Have customized the best and suitable 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary. Yet, you always can customize it to fit your needs. Besides, in case if you want to start your 6 days in Morocco from the city of Fes, we have customized another itinerary for that, check it now. In general, our tour will start with your arrival at the airport where we will meet and take you to your accommodation.
Depends on your arrival time, if you arrive early, we could go and visit some places in Marrakech. The second day will be all spent in visiting Marrakech with a local tour guide. Thirdly, on the other day, we will head to Boumalne Dades passing by Aitbenhaddou and Ouarzazate. On the fourth day, we will head to the Merzouga desert where we will spend the night in a Berber camp under the starry sky. Thereafter, on the fifth day, were will do a discovery tour to well explore the desert and its surrounding. Finally, on the last day, we will be heading back to the red city, Marrakech.
Itinerary for the 6 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert:
Day 1: Arrival and pick up service to the accommodation:
On the first day of our 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary, we will meet you at the airport and pick you up heading to your accommodation. However, if you arrive early, we could take you to discover some beautiful places such as the Jamaa el-Fna square. As this latter gets more beautiful at night, we could take you there and spend the evening. The night will be spent at your accommodation.
Day 2: Visiting Marrakech attractions:
Marrakech the city light of Morocco or the city that doesn’t sleep is one of the most if not the most visited destinations in the country. The red city offers its visitors a set of beautiful spots and places that definitely amaze them. For these reasons, we decided to set a whole day, even if it’s not enough, to explore the main attractions in this city. As Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco, you will need a local guide to tour the city. Touring In Morocco offers the best local guides in the city of Marrakech to fully discover the main spots and attractions.
So the first day of our 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary, you are going to have a tour guide taking around the city of Marrakech. Usually, we start by visiting the Majorelle garden which is one of the best and beautiful gardens in Morocco. The story of this spot goes back to 1923 when a french orientalist artist came and settled in Morocco. So as a result, this spot has a special french touch. Right after, we will be heading to another beautiful garden in the city, Menara garden. This latter is located in the west of Marrakech near to the High Atlas mountains. Definitely, it offers beautiful and charming views for both tourists and the citizens of the city that most of the time head there.
In a while, we will be taking you to Bahia Palace that is one of the interesting monuments that shows the beautiful Moroccan architecture. After that, we will go on a visit to many other different places. Finally, in the evening, you are going to explore the beautiful square of Jamaa el Fna.
Day 3: From Marrakech to Boumalne Dades:
On the third day of our 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary, we are going to take the car and travel towards Boumalne Dades. Firstly, we are going to drive by the High Atlas mountains. The road that we will take is known for Tizi Ntichka pass and it is about 200 km of the curved road. Along this pass live many different Berber tribes that their main income is from tourists, Argan oil, or having a number of the herd. As these places are famous for producing Argan oil, we will take you to visit some cooperatives to see the traditional ways of producing cosmetic products. Thereafter, we will continue our way through the High Atlas mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass.
On the tip of the High Atlas mountains, we will stop by the phenomenal fortress of Ait Benhaddou. Here, you are going to have the chance to walk through the river of “Ouad El Maleh” in order to reach the Kasbah. Clearly, this village is a great example of the real Moroccan clay architecture with its great walls and high towers.
Ait Benhaddou is listed as a Unesco world heritage site in the year of 1987. Next, after a while, we are going to move to the beautiful city of Ouarzazate. The Ouallywood of Morocco as many calls it is one of the important cities in the Southeast, as it has an international airport and the biggest station for solar energy in the world. Moreover, Ouarzazate also is known for being a perfect site for shooting movies and series. In this city lies two of the main Studios in Morocco to shoot movies and also rent the materials for that. Finally, we will head to Boumalne Dades where we usually spend the night.
Day 4: Boumalne Dades to Merzouga desert:
Today, After having breakfast, we continue our journey of the 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary. Firstly, we will have a small drive to Todra Gorges also known as Toudgha canyons. Here, we will stop for a while and have a walk through the canyons. Indeed, this place offers some of the best and picturesque views in Morocco with its canyons that are about 300m high and a river running in between them.
Secondly, we will leave heading to the Sahara desert, on the way we will pass by many beautiful Berber villages and the cities of Tinegher and Tinjedad. Finally, we will arrive at the last destination of today. The fabulous golden dunes of the desert and the camel ride are usually seen as the highlight of all Morocco tours. Upon our arrival, the camels and the camel drivers will be waiting to make your desert experience unforgettable. You will take the camels and drive crossing the dunes, on the way they would make stops and take your pictures on the camel and surrounded by the desert.
In a while, we will have arrived at the desert camp. Usually, we arrive early in the evening, so when touring around the camp and exploring it, most tourists go climbing the dunes to catch the sunset. Moreover, you can also take the sandboard and go skiing. Later, when, the night arrives, you will be served a traditional Moroccan meal. At the same time, our camp team will be preparing themselves to play drums and entertain you. After you have dinner, you will be going outside under the stars around the campfire listening to the Berber music.
Day 5: Merzouga Sahara desert tour:
The fifth day of our 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary is a bit special. We are going to spend it all on touring the desert surroundings. But before that, you can wake up early for the sunrise. After having breakfast in the camp, you are going to take whether the camels or the 4×4 car to explore the desert. In general, most choose the car because it allows them to discover and visit more places. Yet, if you want to tour in a traditional way with the camels like Lawerence of Arabia, we can offer you that.
Firstly, you are going to visit the Berber Nomads that are still living in tents. Most of them are about 7 to 10 members living on what nature offers them. Their main income is from erasing goats and sheep and selling them in the near cities like Erfoud and Rissani. Definitely, the main thing that characterizes these people is the hospitality and generosity that they have in their hearts. after a quiet stay, we will be leaving for one of the best panoramas in Merzouga to catch the desert in a beautiful view, they call it “Galb El Nas” or the people’s heart in English. Next, we will be heading to a famous mine of kohl in the area, it was once a french property and they used to use it and export its outcomes to their country.
Finally, on the tour, you will be visiting the Gnawa or Gnaoua people known for having a Gnaoua house in the center of Khamlia village. In here, you will spend some time discovering their lifestyle and unique music. Above all the tour offers more things to discover such as the Oases in Hassi Labied.
Day 6: Merzouga back to Marrakech:
We’ll ride the camels back to Merzouga after breakfast in our luxury tent. We will have to depart early, about 8:00, because we will be returning to Marrakech. We’ll take a different route, traveling through Alnif, then stopping at Nkob for lunch. In addition, we will drive directly to Marrakech through the Ait-Saouen pass. Finally, we will drop you off in Marrakech, where our 6 days desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will come to a close.
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6 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary's destinations:
Marrakech is the first attraction that this 6 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary takes you to visit. Also called the city light of Morocco, Marrakech is the city that never sleeps. It is the number one in Morocco for tourists, it is to say that every tourist traveling to Morocco has passed by this city. Clearly, as the original citizens of Morocco an North Africa were Berber, this city was at first settled by Imazighen farmers and they used to call it “Amur Nokoch” meaning the land of god. In fact, the word Morocco is originally from the name of this city, and still in some countries such as Iran they call Morocco as Marrakech.
Marrakech was found at first by the Berber Almoravids dynasty in 1062 by Abu Bakr ibn Umar the cousin of the king at that time. Soon enough the city has built itself as it grew to be the capital of Morocco. Now it is the fourth largest city in the country offering its visitors a number of beautiful places that are just breathtaking. Firstly there is the famous Square of Jamaa el Fna that you might have heard of. Definitely, it is one of the biggest squares in Morocco that gather huge numbers of people to show and watch. When the evening comes, this spot turns to be something of magic with the shiny lights, souk streets, and different people telling stories and showing their skills.
Next to this square lies the great tower of the Koutoubia mosque one of the unique minarets in the city that tells a lot about the history of the city. Furthermore, Marrakech is home to beautiful Gardens that usually tourist go visit. Besides to Mellah quarters, Saadians Tombs and many more.
The Atlas mountains and Tizi Ntichka
One of the picturesque ways that the 6 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary pass by is along the Atlas mountains. They are known as the longest ranges in Africa about 2,500km covering three countries, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Some call them mountain chains, however, and in fact, they are not continuous chains of mountains as they are separated by huge distances called plateaus.
The Atlas mountains can be divided into three parts, the High, Middle, and Anti. The Middle and the anti are only in Morocco and the High is the range or chain that spreads to cover the countries of Algeria and Tunisia. Firstly, the High Atlas mountains are the longest of the three kinds and it is where the highest peak of all the mountains lay, Toubkal peak is about 4,167 meters (13,671 ft). In this tour, you firstly pass by this latter. As most of the road to the desert is covered by mountains, it was hard to build a road. However, Morocco and France have succeeded in constructing one of the unique and longest curved roads in the world and they named it Tizi Ntichka meaning the cole of getting lost. The highest point of this pass about 2260 offering the best spot to catch the whole curved pass.
The Anti is not usually visited in this tour is it in another way, we only pass by a small part of it in Imider. On the other hand, we also drive by the Middle Atlas mountains when heading to Fes. This latter offers the best climates in Morocco and it is where the cold city of Ifrane is located in.
In general, the Atlas mountains are also home to many small beautiful Berber villages and kasbah that are just outstanding.
Probably, the best destination in Morocco in the last years is the Sahara desert of Merzouga. This place is located in the farther Southeast of Morocco next to the borders of Algeria. The desert area is all called whether Merzouga or Erg Chebbi and it consists of many small villages and a small town where the center lies. Merzouga is a word that came originally from Merzoug family that settled in the desert for a long time. As mentioned the desert area is known for Erg Chebbi that refers to the whole dessert that covers about 30 km. Also, near to this latter lies many other desserts such as the far away Ramlia desert with unique mountain views.
Merzouga desert could be the Disney land of Morocco offering a set of amazing activities. Firstly, there is the one and only, the camel ride through the golden dunes. What is more beautiful than watching the desert colors changing on the back of a camel heading to the camp. What makes it more beautiful is the ride to both the sunsets and sunrises. On the other hand, there is camping in the Berber tents and spending a night under the starry sky.
Besides, there is the desert tour discovery that takes you to explore many different things. Firstly, you visit the Berbers, the indigenous people of Morocco. It is said that as they live in tents and were isolated played a big role in protecting the oldest languages in the world. Secondly, You will be visiting the Gnaoua people in Khmlia village, these people came originally from countries such as Mali and Gabon. They settled in the Merzouga desert and learned the Berber language until it became their first language.
Merzouga offers other activities like Quad and Buggies tours.
Erfoud and Rissani
Definitely, the two main desert cities in the Southeast of Morocco are Erfoud and Rissani. Firstly, there is Rissani the capital of the Tafilalt region. In fact, this city is the cradle of the Alawite dynasty and its first starting point. In the past, the place was called Sijilmasa and it played a big role in the whole history of the kingdom. More importantly, it was a trading point of the camel caravans and also a stop station to relax before heading to export goods to Europe. With this in mind, Rissani nowadays is home to one of the biggest traditional souks in the desert area offering its people different needs.
Every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday people from villages and cities gather here to buy and sell in a traditional way, and most of them use donkeys as the main mean of transportation. As a result, in this small city, there is a place called the donkeys’ park where you can find about 60 of them in the souks’ days. The Mdfouna is one of the things that Rissani is famous for
Secondly, there is the city of Erfoud, located in between the desert of Merzouga and Errachidia city. If you are a fossil or date lover, this city is number one in producing that. As the city is near the Ziz valley, the biggest source of dates in Morocco, it is the main city that benefits from it. Every year, Erfoud organizes festival dates and shows different kinds of dates. Also, as mentioned the city is home small workshops for producing fossils and exporting them outside of the country.
Join our 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary and visit these two desert cities, meet its hospital people that are mostly Berbers.
Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
As everyone knows, Morocco is home to many different unique fortresses in the world. Ait Benhaddou is the most famous of all. When booking the 6 days from Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary and on the tip of the High Atlas mountains, you will stop by this kasbah as the main break. Ait Benhaddou was found by the famous family of Thami el Glaoui as a shelter to the famous camel caravans that used to stay there. Thami el Glaoui had other properties and kasbahs where he used to tax the traders and become one of the richest men in the history of the country.
The kasbah of Ait Benhaddou was named after Benhaddou one of the very important people of his tribe at that time. In order to protect the people that made of this village their safe place, Ait Benhaddou was built with great walls and high towers to be like a defensive castle against in attacks. As a result, they built a masterpiece and one of the best examples that shows the Berber Moroccan clay architecture.
In the past, there were many families that used to live in this kasbah, yet with time they started to abandon it year after year. Nowadays, there are only about 40 families living there, most of them live on the other side of the “Maleh river”.
Ait Benhaddou was listed as a UNESCO world heritage since the year 1987. After that, the fortress has known several reconstructions to keep it strong and beautiful. On the other hand, Ait Benhaddou is a suitable spot for shooting movies and series, a number of movies have been shot in this site. With this 6 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary, we will take you to see and read about Ait Benhaddou.
On this 6 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary, you will travel to one of the very important cities in the Southeast of Morocco. Driving from the Fortress of Ait Benhaddou in about 30km you will be passing by the city of Ouarzazate. As it offers one of the best international airports and the only one in the Southeast, Besides, there is another one In Errachidia but it is national.
The city in its name consists of two words “Ouar” and “Zazate”, the first one means Without, and the second means noise so it is the city without noise. Furthermore, many Moroccans call it the Ouallywood of Morocco as it is the main part of the country where they shoot movies. It has two Atlas studios, the Cla and Oscar Studios, it is are where they usually shoot movies and rent most of the material. In the last years, both the successful series of Prison Break and Game of Thrones has shot some of their scenes in this city. For example, the whole Fifth season of Prison Break was shot in a small secondary school in the city of Ouarzazate and it was filmed as they were in Yemen.
Ouarzazate also is home to one of the biggest solar power stations in the world that provides about 510 MW. Besides, the famous Kasbah of Taourirt which is a true maze of about 300 rooms with great walls.
The 6 days Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour itinerary takes you to visit some of the best Valleys in Morocco. Firstly, on the way from Marrakech pass by Ounila valley as the first valley stop. It links the Tizi Ntichka pass to The village of Ait Benhaddou kasbah. People also call the hidden destination in Morocco as it is less visited. This valley was the main road for camel caravans as there was no other way to take, as a result, Thami EL Glaoui used to control it and get taxes from all the caravans that use it.
Secondly, there is Rose valley next to Klaat Mgouna, the capital of roses in Morocco. Every year the city organizes a festival to celebrate flowers and get attention to their city. In the last years, the festival has known big attendance from inside and outside of the country, about 300000 people in 2015. Definitely, the valley offers about 3000 and 4000T of roses every year that usually turns to be a cosmetics product and mostly export to other countries.
Driving on the way towards Boumalne Dades, we usually stop by the Dades valley. There is an old story that says: in the past, the valley was owned by a Berber tribe and they used to make of it their main source of food. On the other side, there was a man that has everything, grain, agriculture material, and many more except water. So, he made a deal with the tribe to give him from the valley, and in return, he gave them different kinds of grains and the material to make them grow. This helped in the fast growth of the valley. Finally, there is the biggest source of dates valley in Erfoud, offering the best valleys views.