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Once you’ve arrived at Merzouga — gateway to the Sahara — you will find yourself surrounded by the dry heat and sand dunes of the desert. Explore this remote town before cruising the dunes in a four-wheel-drive or by camel. To get more of a taste of remote Berber life, spend a night camping in a tent under the starry desert sky.

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  • Agafay Desert

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  • Marrakesh


    Brightly coloured textiles, richly patterned pottery and arabesque jewellery are among the beautiful things you can find in the vibrant Marrakesh souks...Read more
  • Rabat


    Although it’s the capital city of Morocco, Rabat is lesser-touristed than other cities...Read more
  • Moulay Idriss

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  • Toubkal

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  • Casablanca


    Morocco’s largest city sits beside the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its rich history...Read more
  • Essaouira


    Sip mint tea and feast on fresh fish as you sit in a coastal eatery and watch life go by in this walled harbour town...Read more
  • Ait Bougmez Valley

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  • Chefchaouen


    In this city in the Rif Mountains, everything is a shade of blue, from the paved alleyways to the front doors of sky blue houses...Read more
  • Meknes


    Meknes is one of four historic capital cities of Morocco (the others being Fes, Marrakech and Rabat)...Read more
  • Fes


    Founded in the 9th century, Fes is the best-preserved medieval city in the Muslim world and is a colourful and bustling place to explore...Read more
  • Midelt


    This small town lies in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountain ranges...Read more
  • Todra Gorge

    Todra Gorge

    No trip to Morocco is complete without a walk in the wadis...Read more
  • Ouarzazate


    A gateway town to the vast Sahara desert, Ouarzazate is best-known for the huge Taourirt Kasbah that is nome to a 19th-century palace...Read more
  • Volubilis


    Once believed to have been the ancient capital of Mauretania, partially-excavated Volubilis is an archaeologist’s dream...Read more

Imperial Cities and the Sahara

A journey through Morocco past and present
Approx. 9 days
Casablanca (1 days) → Rabat (1) → Fes (1) → Merzouga (2) → Todra Gorge (1) → Ouarzazate (1) → Marrakesh (2)
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In-Depth Morocco

A grand tour of Morocco's highlights
Approx. 14 days
Casablanca (1 days) → Rabat (1) → Chefchaouen (1) → Volubilis (1) → Fes (1) → Merzouga (2) → Todra Gorge (1) → Marrakesh (3) → Essaouira (3)
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Classic Morocco

Imperial cities, nature and Berber culture
Approx. 11 days
Casablanca (1 days) → Rabat (1) → Fes (1) → Volubilis (1) → Merzouga (2) → Todra Gorge (1) → Ouarzazate (3) → Casablanca (1)
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Things to do in Merzouga

Our recommended experiences and activities

Take a sunset camel trek in the Sahara Desert

Take a sunset camel trek in the Sahara Desert

The western fringe of the vast Sahara Desert creeps into southern Morocco and one of the most authentic ways to experience it is to watch the golden sands melt together as the sun goes down with an evening camel ride.

Where to go in Morocco

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