4-Day new year desert tour from Marrakesh to Merzouga Desert
Day 1: Marrakesh – Tizi-n-Tichka pass – Ouarzazatte – Dades Gorge
Your Private New Year Tour kicks off with a view of the Atlas Mountains as we snake through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to the Unesco World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, famous on the big screen for movies like the Gladiator and the famous HBO series Game of Thrones. We’ll then continue to Ouarzazatte to visit Atlas Film Studios and a Kasbah located in the city. We’ll continue our tour from Marrakesh towards valley of Roses, famous for its annual Festival of roses. We will drive to Dades Gorge where we spend this night in a hotel with dinner and breakfast.
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Rissani – Merzouga desert
Here, we’ll continue our tour by 4x4 and visit Todra Gorge, a colorful narrow canyon famous to outdoor lovers. We’ll continue thorugh The Ziz Valley to reach Erfoud, an oasis town known as the gate to the Sahara desert and recognized for its unique fossils. There we can visit a local factory which produces artisans and house decor made from fossils, there is also a local shop where you may purchase such items as souvenirs.
Then, we’ll drive towards Rissani, where we’ll visit the local souk and then drive in direction of the desert to reach Merzouga. Our day comes to a close as we arrive in Merzouga, spending the night at a local hotel / riad (including a complimentary dinner and breakfast).
Day 3 : Merzouga desert
Today we will explore the desert region around the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. You’ll have the opportunity to see the nomad’s way of life and the marvelous contrast of the desert. We will visit the black village of Khamlia; where we’ll indulge in the music of the Gnawans. For lunch we’ll delight in a traditional Berber Pizza in the ancient capital of Rissani. In the late afternoon we’ll ride on camelback to watch the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional Tagine dinner, drink delicious local mint tea, and listen to traditional Berber music around a campfire while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.
Day 4 : Merzouga desert – Agdez – Ouarzazatte – Marrakesh
After watching the sunrise in the desert, we continue our New Year Desert Tour on camelback to a local hotel where you’ll get the chance to freshen up and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. After breakfast we’ll drive towards Rissani and Agdz passing through the Draa valley and Ouarzazatte to grab the Tizi-n-Tichka pass back to Marrakesh where our tour ends.