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Night of New Year’s Eve in Merzouga Desert / Tour from Fes

Celebrating the New Year’s Eve in the Merzouga Desert

New Year’s Eve in Morocco

Spending New Year’s Eve in Morocco is an amazing experience. Morocco offers a blend of vibrant cities, fascinating cultural traditions, and beautiful landscapes, making it a unique destination to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Here are some ideas to make the most of your New Year’s Eve in Morocco:

  1. Marrakech: Marrakech is a popular destination in Morocco and offers a lively atmosphere for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The city’s central square, Djemaa el-Fna, comes alive with street performers, food stalls, and live music. You can enjoy a festive dinner at a traditional Moroccan restaurant, watch fireworks, and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere.
  2. Essaouira: This coastal city provides a more relaxed setting for celebrating the New Year. You can stroll along the beach, savor fresh seafood at local restaurants, and enjoy live music performances. Essaouira’s medina, with its narrow streets and charming shops, adds to the enchanting ambiance.
  3. Desert camping: Embarking on a desert adventure during New Year’s Eve can be a truly magical experience. Head to the Sahara Desert and spend the night in a traditional Berber camp. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner, listen to desert music around a bonfire, and witness the breathtaking starry sky. Welcoming the new year amidst the vast dunes of the Sahara is a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate.
  4. Casablanca: As Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere for New Year’s Eve celebrations. You can find a range of upscale restaurants, clubs, and bars hosting special events. Consider visiting the iconic Hassan II Mosque, exploring the Corniche, or indulging in a luxurious dinner in one of the city’s fine dining establishments.
  5. Traditional riads: Many riads, traditional Moroccan houses converted into guesthouses or hotels, offer special New Year’s Eve packages. These riads often organize festive dinners with live entertainment, traditional music, and dancing. Staying in a riad allows you to immerse yourself in Moroccan hospitality and experience the country’s unique architectural style.

Remember to check local customs and traditions related to New Year’s Eve celebrations in Morocco. It’s advisable to make reservations in advance, especially if you plan to dine at popular restaurants or stay in specific accommodations. Overall, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Morocco promises a memorable blend of cultural experiences, festive spirit, and warm hospitality.

Overview of the New Year’s Eve Tour in Merzouga Desert:

We offer you special tours in Morocco to celebrate New Year’s Eve as you have never done before. The tours include the most attractions of Morocco that offer an incredible atmosphere for different types of celebrating events such as the New Year. The tours allow you to explore the Moroccan culture, witness the beautiful landscape, learn about the history, live the adventure, and spend a memorable New Year’s vacation in the Sahara Desert of Merzouga. The most important day is the 31 December which is the day of the waited night of the coming new year when people celebrate with their families and their lovers. You will experience the camel trekking and admire the sunset and sunrise. Also, you will spend the night in a luxury camp offering an entry ticket to enjoy the New Year’s Party presented by the Gnawa (a type of Berber famous for their Berber Gnawa Music).

Highlights of the New Year’s Eve Vacation in the Merzouga Desert

  • Tour in Morocco starts wherever you wish (from Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca…)
  • Explore the most attractions of Morocco
  • Discover the desert of Merzouga
  • Experience Camel trekking
  • Admire the Sunset and Sunrise
  • Attend the New Year’s Eve Party at one of the Berber Camps and Enjoy the Gnawa Shows
  • Join the vibe of New Year’s Countdown with Fireworks
  • Spend the Night of New Year under the charming starry sky in the heart of Dunes
  • Discover the Famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
  • End of Your New Year’s Tour in Marrakech

Starting Location


Starting time

Around 08:00 am

Tour’s Duration

4 Days

Ending Location

Marrakech or Fes

Itinerary 4 of the New Year’s Eve Celebration in Merzouga Desert

DAY 1: 29/December: FEZ SIGHTSEEING:

Our New Year’s tour will start by exploring the city of Fes “the Spiritual City of Morocco”. You will spend the whole morning exploring the Medina, visiting most of the sites of cultural and historical interest – including the famous Al Karaouine Mosque and University (the oldest in the world), the Tanneries, and the Najjarine fountain. After lunch, we will drive outside the Medina to see the Royal Palace gate, walk through the Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, then visit the pottery cooperative. Afternoon, we will drive to one of the fortresses to experience an amazing panoramic view of the whole Medina of Fes. Overnight accommodation will be in an authentic riad in the heart of old Medina.

Day: 30/December: Fes – Ifrane – Cedar Forest – Middle Atlas – Ziz Valley – Merzouga Desert

Pick up at where you stay (hotel or Riad) or meet you at the airport. After having our breakfast, we will drive southward to cross the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach Ifrane, called ” Little Switzerland Moroccan ” for its resemblance to the country. One of the animals that once lived here was the lion of the Atlas, which has now become the symbol of the city and has been dedicated to a stone statue in the middle of it. Take the opportunity to take some photos. We cross the famous cedar forests We may admire the Great Cedar Gouraud, the largest in the region of ancient cedar, and also feed the hundreds of Gibraltar monkeys that inhabit the area.

Lunch and afternoon we pass the Ziz Valley. Over 20km of palm and palm 10 million make it one of the largest in the world. Arrive in Merzouga and tea hospitality in our hotel, then enjoy our first contact with the desert, get on the nearest dune, and relax with a spectacular sunset. Dinner and accommodation at the impressive dunes of Erg Chebbi Hotel.

Day: 31/December: Explore the Desert of Merzouga – Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Night

That day is the waited big day of the last night of the year and the night of New Year’s Eve. We will attend the breathtaking sunrise before having our breakfast, then we prepare to celebrate the New Year in the Sahara desert in Merzouga. We will have a journey to the small Berber Gnawa village called Khamlia where we will meet Blak locals from Mali and Soudan. Lunch here. Then, we will ride camels on an adventure crossing the erg Chebbi sand dunes, this is a great opportunity to take awesome pictures of the sunset.

When we arrive at the luxury camp we will leave the camels and we will Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Desert of Merzouga. We will purchase a ticket to enter the camp and attend the Berber Gnawa music show and the Berber folklore (Ahidous). They will serve us dinner and then the party begins. We will dance and enjoy the vibe as it’s the last day of your life not of the year! At 12:50 midnight, the audience will start counting to the New Year and be ready to shoot the fireworks. The party will be continued until sunrise. You will admire the charming starry sky and the Gnawa music with the Berber traditions; New Year’s Eve in the Merzouga desert is really an extraordinary one. People always travel to New York to spend the New Year there but after a long time of attending such events like this in New York it’s become more popular and used and those who love to live adventures and go through new experiences look for a different way to celebrate the New Year. Merzouga Desert is the best choice for those who are looking to spend an unforgettable New Year Vacation. 

Day: 01/ Janvy: Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

Today we will enjoy the beautiful desert sunrise in Merzouga. Then we ride camels back to the village of Merzouga. Arrive back in Merzouga and take a deep sleep to refresh before we leave for Marrakech via the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou where we can stop to explore this World Heritage site UNESCO. Finally, we continue to Marrakech passing the Tizi ‘n’ Tichka mountain pass, and the New Year tour finishes in Marrakech. Hence the end of your New Year’s Eve vacation in Morocco.

Tour Include :

  • English-speaking driver
  • Private 4×4 with AC
  • Accommodation
  • Desert Camp
  • Camel trekking (1 for each person)
  • Sandboarding in the dunes (if you’re interested)
  • Fuel
  • New Year’s Eve Party in the Desert

Not included :

  • Flight ticket
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • What is not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance to the monument

All the above-mentioned are not included in the price.

New Year’s Eve Tour’s Map