Merzouga Desert Tour from Agadir- 5 days

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Agadir to Merzouga desert tour 5 days – overview:

Why not combine your laid-back beach holiday with an exciting desert adventure? If that sounds good, then set out on this 5-day desert tour from Agadir to Merzouga.

Start your desert trip from Agadir to Taroudant, called the little Marrakesh, which you will visit. Explore Taliouine, a saffron-growing area with a government-run saffron museum. Stop at Taznakht, full of co-operatives selling Berber rugs and gelims.

Visit, Hollywood’s favourite film location in Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, and then Ouarzazate. Travel through Skoura Oasis and tour Kasbah Amredhil. Visit the Damascene rose distillery in the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. Explore the Dades Valley garden fields and hike the Toudgha gorges with a local guide.

Experience camel trekking in the dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. Then, admire the sunset from the summit of the dunes and enjoy the tranquillity of the Sahara. Taste dinner under the Sahara starlit sky and dance to Berber music around a fire camp.

Spend a night in a private nomad tent in a Merzouga desert camp among the big dunes. Explore Berber villages and interact with the locals to learn about life in southern Morocco. Discover the Dra’a Valley palm trees, fortified kasbahs, and green oases.

Tour from Agadir to Merzouga Highlights:

  • Tour the lively market in the medina of Taroudant & visit the saffron local museum in Taliouine
  • Explore the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & learn about Berber rug and carpet crafts in Taznakht
  • Visit Kasbah Amredhil, tour its small museum and discover the way of life of the Berber people in the oases
  • Travel through the beautiful Valley of the Roses and stop at the cosmetic co-operatives in Kel’aa M’gouna
  • Discover the Dades Valley, hike the Toudgha Gorges, and uncover the fascinating “Khettara” water channel
  • Experience a sunset camel ride, try sand-boarding, capture memorable photos and dance to nomad music
  • Dine under a starlit sky and spend a magical night in your private tent in a luxury camp among the dunes

What is included in this Merzouga desert tour From Agadir:

  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle; 4×4 Toyota Prado Tx or deluxe van
  • Experienced English, French, Spanish, Italian-speaking Berber/Nomad driver-guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel in Agadir
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathrooms
  • Overnight in a luxury desert camp in Erg Chebbi dunes: private tent with bathroom & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, lamps & traditional furniture
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner – with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Bottled water, tea, and coffee in the desert camp
  • Sunset camel ride with guide plus free sandboarding if desired
  • Possibility to go for short hikes in the midst of beautiful scenery
  • Free time to explore sites of interest, for walks, photos and tea/ coffee breaks
  • Entrance fees and local guides
  • Luggage service to the desert camp and all accommodation
  • Personalised service throughout the trip

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

Good To Know About Tours From Agadir To Merzouga

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget & timetable
  • You can add other activities to this trip: sightseeing tours, cooking classes, food tours, and quad-biking
  • Looking for a desert-themed tour? Then, consider our 6-day desert tour to Erg Chegaga from Agadir
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & we do not charge for children under 5 years old
  • We ask for a 30% deposit to confirm your booking. The balance can be paid to the driver or at our Ouarzazate office.
  • We accept payment through PayPal, credit card, bank transfer or cash(USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)
  • These prices can be subject to an increase over the high season, Christmas and New Year’Eve period

Price details

Number of persons2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons
Price per person645 €615 €585 €545 €545 €
Total price1290 €1845 €2340 €2725 €3270 €

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5-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga – itinerary

1st day: Agadir – Agdz

Departure in the morning from your hotel at 08:30, and you venture east on your 5-day desert tour from Agadir to Merzouga. Your first destination will be Taroudant, known as “the little Marrakech”. Here you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful medina and photograph its massive ramparts.

From here, you continue to Taliouine, the heart of the saffron-growing area of Morocco, where there is a small government-operated museum dedicated to saffron agriculture, which you can visit. Following our journey over the Tizi-n-Tighatine and Tizi-n-Ikhsane mountain passes, we reach Taznakht, a small town famous for its Berber gelims and carpets. If desired, you can visit a local cooperative where you can watch women working at their looms.

After lunch, your day journey continues further east over the Anti-Atlas Mountains as far as Agdz, a oasis town well-known for the variety of its palm dates. As you start to descend the Tizi-n-Tinfifite pass (1660m), you will be amazed by the splendid views of the extensive green oases and the innumerable palm trees, all indicating the beginning of the Dra’a Valley.

You will spend the night in a beautiful guest house overlooking the Dra’a Valley.

2nd day: Agdz – Merzouga

After breakfast, you will visit Kasbah Tamnougalt, the oldest Kasbah in the Dra’a Valley which is still partially inhabited by few families. The Jewish Quarter has been crumbling since the departure of its inhabitants to Israel in 1963.

You travel further east via the Dra’a Valley’s unlimited palm trees and green oases along the ancient Caravans Road. We rejoin the paved road in Tansikht, having crossed the Dra’a River. You will stop for lunch in N’Qob, overlooking the mountains. From here, we pass through the villages of Alnif and Tazzarine, featured in the film Babel, to reach the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga.

You check in to your tent at the campsite and enjoy a relaxing glass of tea and Moroccan biscuits. Then, you take a camel ride up to the summit of the Erg Chebbi dunes which stand at a remarkable 25 meters in height, offering stunning sunsets.

Back at the camp, dinner is served, followed by an evening of nomad music and drumming around a campfire. You spend the night in your tent, equipped with a private toilet & shower, king-sized beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets & carpets, lamps and beautiful Moroccan furnishings, all tastefully arranged to enhance your stay.

3rd day: Merzouga – Dades Gorges

If you wake up early enough, you will be rewarded by a serene spectacle of the sunrise, as it gracefully bathes the dunes in an enchanting array of colours. After breakfast, experience a scenic drive through the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Back on the paved road, you travel Between Tinjdad and Erfoud, where you can stop to visit the “khettarat”. This is an ingenious underground water channel system designed to minimise evaporation of the water in the desert heat. It is fascinating to climb down to experience the coolness below ground and to marvel at the ancient engineering involved.

In the Toudgha Gorges, enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants overlooking the valley. Then, you have the opportunity to walk alongside the massive gorges, through the gardens and beyond the gorge itself, by the village and into the mountains.

From here, you travel further east as far as the Dades Valley, where you spend the night with dinner and breakfast in a beautiful guest house at the edge of the valley.

4th day: Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, the itinerary continues through the beautiful Valley of the Roses as far as Kel’aa M’gouna, where tons of roses are harvested every spring from this desert oasis! Here, you can visit a local cooperative producing cosmetic articles from the valley’s abundant roses. These organic products are highly valued throughout Morocco.

From here, you travel through the road of a thousand Kasbahs as far as the Skoura Oasis, where you stop to visit the Kasbah Amredhil, which used to be featured in the old 50 dirham banknote. The kasbah has been beautifully restored and is well worth visiting; constructed entirely of adobe, an excellent building material that keeps room temperature cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to the thickness of the walls.

You will have lunch in one of the local restaurants with time to wander the Skoura Oasis and learn about the Berber way of life in this harsh but equally beautiful environment. From here, an hour’s drive takes you to Ouarzazate.

By the end of the day, you check in to your guest house, where you spend the night with dinner and breakfast.

5th day: Ouarzazate – Agadir

After breakfast, you will visit the Film Studios, a movie wonderland just outside Ouarzazate, known for keeping its sets and reorganising them to offer a wide range of choices to production studios, but also for letting tourists experience the unique thrill of discovering the sets where many successful films and series have been shot, including “Gladiator”, “Prince of Persia” and “Game of Thrones.”

Driving north, you take a side road to the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. It is the most famous Kasbah in all of Morocco and one of the Kingdom’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also better known as the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, including “Gladiator,” “Alexander,” and some scenes of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones.”

From here, you travel back to Agadir on a different road for a short portion. Along the way, you will stop at panoramic viewpoints to take photos, for breaks and to stretch your legs. You will arrive in Agadir by the end of the afternoon. Your driver will transfer you to your hotel bringing your desert adventure to an end.

Map of Agadir to Merzouga desert trip:

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