If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure, desert tours from Marrakech are the perfect way to experience the majesty of Morocco and immerse yourself in its culture. These jam-packed itineraries will take you on a journey through the rolling dunes of the Sahara Desert, with plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Take a camel ride, explore the desert on a 4×4, or try your hand at sandboarding, all while being surrounded by the beauty of the African desert. Then, as the sun sets, you can relax in an authentic Berber camp and enjoy a night of star gazing, under a blanket of stars. Get a unique glimpse of Moroccan life and create memories to last a lifetime with desert tours from Marrakech.

Sand boarding in Erg Chebbi


In this article, we will outline some points to consider before booking your trip to the Moroccan desert. Then, we will present our 2 best desert tours from Marrakech to explore the wonders of the Moroccan Sahara.

What types of desert trips are available from Marrakech?

In fact, Marrakech is a great starting point for exploring the Sahara Desert. There are a variety of desert tours available, ranging from day-trips to multi-day tours, as well as shared group and private tours. To help you choose your suitable tour to Moroccan Sahara desert from Marrakech, here are some aspects to be aware of before booking:

  • By checking the map of Morocco, it is easy to realize that the Moroccan desert (and especially the sand dunes) is too far from Marrakech. It requires crossing the High Atlas Mountains and takes several hundred kilometers and several hours of travel. Usually, in this kind of trip, the first and the last day are spent on the road, you can’t do any consistent activities. Therefore, for this type of tour, it can not be reached with day trips. Multi-day tours are the ultimate way to explore this vast and very exceptional region in depth. Nevertheless, if you are planning to go to Marrakech and your schedule is tight, you can book a desert tour from Marrakech of at least 2 or 3 nights, which will allow you to explore the sand dunes and ancient oases.
  • Shared group tours may be a great option for individuals looking to take part in a more cost-effective and sociable experience, with the opportunity to meet other travelers and share stories. However, due to the challenging geography and climate of this region (mountains, gorges, sand dunes, temperature, intense cold) and the long hours of travel in a van or bus, the main key to making a group desert tour successful is to ensure that group members are consistent and close in age. Otherwise, some travelers will not be able to enjoy the splendor of the landscapes and the uniqueness of the trip. Private tours, on the other hand, offer a more personalized experience and the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the desert with your own group or family.

The 2 best desert tours from Marrakech for travelers on a tight schedule

Our agency has compiled a selection of the two best desert tours from Marrakech for travelers on a tight schedule. Private and guided tours of great value allowing you to discover the emblematic culture and the magnificent landscapes of Morocco, you will surely find your favorite!

1- Marrakech desert tour 3 day to Merzouga Sand Dunes

You don’t have much time and want to see the real and great desert? Well, you can escape to Morocco Sahara for a once in a lifetime 3-day Marrakech Desert Tour! Explore rolling sand dunes, take in the vast landscapes and discover timeless historic sites.

  • Participate in Traditional Camel Trekking in Erg Chebbi: You will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional camel riding adventure. Throughout your trek, you will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will provide you with a safe and secure environment. You will fully appreciate the unique beauty of the Sahara Desert during this unforgettable camel riding experience!
  • Visit Ait Benhaddou, a Famous UNESCO World Heritage Site: Ait Benhaddou, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the south side of Marrakech near to Ouarzazate, this historical site is made up of a series of earthen structures dating back several centuries. Founded in the 11th century by local rulers, you can explore traditional mud brick buildings, numerous crenellated towers and centuries-old ramparts.
  • Enjoy a Magical Sunrise Over the Sahara Desert in Merzouga: You will experience a magical desert sunrise from atop the sand dunes. The early morning light casts an incredible orange and pink hue across the unforgiving landscape, offering a breathtaking view of your surroundings. It’s a moment you won’t soon forget!
Desert Tours from Marrakech
Discover our recommended and fully customized Marrakech desert tour of 3 days.

2- Desert tours from Marrakech to Fez in 4 days

Explore the best of Morocco on a four-day desert tour from Marrakech to Fez! Traverse the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, take in the views of the Sahara Desert, experience camel ride through the sand dunes and much more. Get ready for a lively journey into the culture and history of Morocco, filled with excitement and adventure!

  • Explore the Kasbahs of southern Morocco, the Todra Gorge and the Dades Valley: It is worth starting early to take the road through spectacular mountainous terrain to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. On the route to the Dades Valley, the way of thousand Kasbahs, offers many photo opportunities. You may visit the village of Skoura and the the Roses valley before arriving to Todra Gorge, deep canyons location near Tinghir.
  • Witness the Majestic Dunes of Merzouga: Take off from Todra gorges and embark on your journey to Merzouga. This is where you will encounter some of Morocco’s most iconic sand dunes. Feel free to explore the area, marvel at its beauty and soak in the desert culture. Spend some time relaxing by the oasis or learn more about the Berber people living in this area. You may also wish to venture out on camelback for an unforgettable trekking experience!
  • From Merzouga to Fez via the Ziz Valley and the Middle Atlas: Departing Merzouga, you’ll drive through Erfoud and the historic town of Risani. Be sure to take your time as you pass oases landscapes, admire fortified kasbahs, shop for locally made handicrafts. Then onwards to Ziz Valley where you’ll have front row seats to stunning views surrounded by palm groves. Witness the ever-changing landscape of colorful rocks, dramatic cliffs and cute villages! Wrap up your epic adventure through the Middle Atlas Mountains. As you make your way up to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco, you will stop at Azrou and Ifrane where you get some stunning views.
Desert camp in merzouga
Explore our highly recommended and fully customized 4-day tour from Marrakech to Fez through the mesmerizing desert.