The Erg Chebbi group desert trip from Marrakech is a daily group trip & meets you at your Marrakech Hotel at around 07:30hrs in a modern, air conditioned vehicle.
This group desert tour is ideal for those with limited time available and whom wish to experience the highest dunes in Morocco.
You need a full 3 days for this tour.
This group trip is usually operated in a 16 passenger seat vehicle, which makes it ideal for a fun and social trip where you can meet new friends from all over the world.
We Travel over the Atlas mountains to reach our first site, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, where you can visit the Kasbah.
An optional guide for your visit to the Kasbah is available locally. However, this not required for entry into the Kasbah.
Ait ben haddou is a regular film and tv start, being the filming location of BBC Atlantis, BBC The Ark, Game of Thrones and hundreds of Hollywood movies filmed in Morocco.
Note that there is not an entrance fee to enter the Kasbah and you are not obliged to hire a guide.
Journey time Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou: approx 4 hours
Ait ben Haddou to Ouarzazate
Following along the route, we then arrive at Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert, and the Moroccan city known for Hollywood movies being located and filmed here.
Top Hollywood blockbusters filmed in Ouarzazate include such Movie titles as Gladiator, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia, Lawrence of Arabia, Babel, James Bond The living daylights and Jewel of the Nile.
During 2011, Game of Thrones was partially filmed in Ouarzazate and in June 2012, HBO announced that Season 3 of Game of thrones would again include The Atlas film studios, Ouarzazate as a location for filming.
The tour allows for time for a visit of Ouarzazate on either day 1 or day 2, depending upon the schedule. It is possible to visit the Atlas film studios during the tour, subject to time. The small cost of about 3.00 euros entrance to the studios is not included in the cost of the tour. Entry to the Studios is voluntary.
Ouarzazate to Dades Valley
Following your Ouarzazate visit, we continue along the route, through the Valley of the Roses to reach Dades valley.
The Dades valley Hotel
We stay at a typical Moroccan small hotel and enjoy evening meal of a Moroccan dinner with beautiful views of the Dades valley.
The usual overnight stay is at a 3 star Dades valley Hotel.
The Erg Chebbi Desert tour express group price includes private rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning / heating, evening meal and Breakfast.
On day 2 of our Erg Chebbi desert tour adventure, Breakfast is served at the Hotel.
Dades Gorge & Todra Gorge
We drive through the Dades Gorge, along the winding roads until we reach the Todra gorge.
We take a walk around the Gorge, which is a massive natural structure, towering over us. A local guide joins us for a walk and to answer questions about the area. The local guide speaks French, English and some Spanish.
After our walk, we rejoin the vehicle for our drive and approach to Merzouga.
As we drive, we see the ground starting to change from earth to sand and as we get closer, we start to experience the massive Erg Chebbi Dunes in the distance.
Merzouga to Erg Chebbi
Once we arrive at Merzouga, we meet our Camels and Desert guide for our Camel trek to Erg Chebbi. The Camels will take us through the Dunes, to enjoy the Sahara Desert sunset.
Approaching Sunset, we arrive at the Erg Chebbi Desert camp where we find our tents for the night. The local Nomads will cook and serve evening meal and later on will entertain us with a drum party by the fireside, under the stars.
Full bedding is supplied at the camp.
Erg Chebbi to Marrakech
An early start today, to experience the Sunrise.
Breakfast is served and we then join the camels for the trek back to Merzouga.
Re-joining our vehicle, we start the journey to take us along a different route, through some Desert villages to reach Ouarzazate.
At Ouarzazate, we have some time for lunch and, time permitting, there is the opportunity to visit the Atlas Film studios (Entrance fee not included, €3.00, optional).
We then head over the Atlas Mountains to plan to arrive back into Marrakech at approx 7pm.
Adult (12 years or over): €74.50
Child (11 years or under): €37.25
Free child booster seats are provided if you required them.
The Erg Chebbi group trip includes:
- Marrakech Hotel pick up
- Modern & air conditioned vehicle with English / french speaking driver
- A visit to Kasbah Ait Ben haddou
- A visit to Ouarzazate
- 3* Dades valley Hotel with private ensuite rooms
- Evening meal & Breakfast
- Guided walk at Todra Gorge
- Camel trek to the Erg Chebbi Desert camp
- Overnight stay at a Desert camp with evening meal and drum party
- Bedding included in tent
- Camel trek to Merzouga
- Visit to Ouarzazate & option for Atlas film studios visit
- Arriving back to Marrakech at approx 7pm.
Not included in the price:
- Drinks (except at breakfast)
- Atlas film studios entrance fee (optional)
- Personal spending
- Optional guide at Kasbah Ait ben haddou (€2.00 per person)