3 Days from Marrakech to Marrakech

Embarking on a three-day journey from Marrakech through the Sahara Desert and back offers an adventure of a lifetime. This expedition, carefully crafted for thrill-seekers and culture enthusiasts alike, promises an unforgettable blend of scenic landscapes, rich culture, and exhilarating experiences.

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Day 1: Marrakech to Dades Valley

Morning: Departure from Marrakech Begin your journey early from Marrakech, heading towards the High Atlas Mountains. Traverse the winding Tizi n’Tichka pass, offering panoramic views that are both breathtaking and invigorating.

Afternoon: Aït Benhaddou and Ouarzazate En route, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aït Benhaddou, a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. Then, continue to Ouarzazate, known as the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’, where you can explore the Taourirt Kasbah.

Evening: Arrival at Dades Valley Conclude your day at Dades Valley. Here, the contrast of verdant valleys and dramatic gorges creates a mesmerizing landscape. Stay overnight in a local guesthouse, savoring traditional Moroccan cuisine.

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Day 2: Dades Valley to Merzouga (Sahara Desert)

Morning: Journey to Todra Gorges After breakfast, visit the Todra Gorges. These towering limestone cliffs offer a stunning natural spectacle and a paradise for climbers.

Afternoon: Erfoud and Rissani Travel through the towns of Erfoud and Rissani, gateways to the Sahara. In Rissani, experience the bustling local markets and rich history.

Evening: Camel Trek in Merzouga Arrive in Merzouga to embark on a camel trek across the Erg Chebbi dunes. Witness the sunset over the dunes, a truly magical experience. Spend the night in a desert camp, under the starlit Sahara sky.

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Day 3: Merzouga to Marrakech

Morning: Sunrise and Merzouga Exploration Rise early to catch the sunrise over the dunes. After breakfast, explore the small village of Merzouga, immersing yourself in the local Berber culture.

Afternoon: Journey back to Ouarzazate Begin your journey back to Marrakech, stopping again in Ouarzazate. This time, delve deeper into the city’s film-making history, visiting the Atlas Film Studios.

Evening: Return to Marrakech Arrive back in Marrakech by evening. This marks the end of your desert adventure, but the memories and experiences will linger long after.

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