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What actually happens on a desert tour from Marrakech?

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What actually happens on a desert tour from Marrakech?

We are considering hiring a private guide for a tour of the desert (one of those 4 night/3 day options). Has anyone done this and what are typical activities and experiences? We are trying to determine if it would be more fun just to stay in the city...

We will be there in Dec.

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13. Re: What actually happens on a desert tour from Marrakech?

GO TO THE DESERT! It truly such a cool experience! If by "more fun" to stay in the city you mean more nightlife etc...then yes, the desert trip is out in the "country" and not "fun: in the party sense of the word. But if you really want a glimpse of real Morocco, then don't skip the desert. Granted it will be cold in the pretty cold and night desert in December, so you many want to take that into consideration too.

I'm often a fan of driving yourself - but if you can afford a private driver for your desert trip - do it! The nice thing is, these guys know the drill and arrnage it all for you - inlcuding hotel that include breakfast and dinner - taking...making it very low stress for you. They'll take you all the places you want to go, and take out all the stress of trying to navigate and find them etc.

As stated before, on the way out to the desert you'll see the old kasbahs, and probably the gorges/valleys (very pretty) and then stay there overnight. 2nd day drive on to the Desert, head out to the dunes, camp, hike, eat, relax, stargaze -then the next day start back - a bit of village sightseeing along the way, stopping to overnight maybe in Ouarzazate (seeing movie sets etc). Then the last day drive the 2nd half to Marrakech.

If you have 3 days in Marrakech, its enough and you'll enjoy the change of pace and scenery of crossing the Atlas Mts and hittin up the desert. :) Have fun!

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Thank you everyone.

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15. Re: What actually happens on a desert tour from Marrakech?

Fair enough on those who say it's part of the experience to sleep on the floor in the tent for a night. And it was an experience. Drinking tea in the sahara, the Berber drumming, the billion stars in the sky, climbing the dunes at night, the camel rides, the isolation, etc. It was incredible.

But I stand by the luxury tent suggestion. The nine plus hour ride back to Marrakesh is brutal when your back is killing you from sleeping on the ground and you had about one hour sleep the night before. If I do it again, and I hope to, I'm splurging on that part.

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16. Re: What actually happens on a desert tour from Marrakech?

@DCDW - Driving from Merzouga to Marrakech in 1 day (or vice-versa) makes for a gruelling and unpleasantly rushed day; missing practically everything en-route. That's why the regulars on the forum who have done this trip recommend stopping for the night somewhere between the desert and Marrakech on the way there and the way back. (Ouarzazate? Skoura? Agdz? Todra Gorge? etc.)

If you were to do it again, it would be much more enjoyable taking a BARE MINUMUM of 4 days/3 nights and not try to cram in 9+ hour drive days. 5 days/4 nights would be even better!

By all means: Stay in the "luxury tent" if that's what makes you most comfortable!

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thank you everyone.

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