7 Days Marrakesh Desert Tours trip will include the best part of what Morocco has to offer to start by the red city of Marrakech and its attractive monuments, then heading to the Sahara desert which is considered to be the highlight in Morocco due to its amusing activities such as riding a camel, KTM motorbike or a quad bike in the dunes, enjoying the local music with nomads, spending a night in a desert camp, enjoying the sunset and sunrise in the middle of the dunes… in the way between Marrakech and Sahara desert you will have time to discover what kasbah means by visiting several ones like Ait Benhaddou and Amridil, in addition to being pleased by the incredible views of valleys and Berber villages around. To conclude we affirm certainly confirm that 8 days Marrakech desert trip is the best way to have enough view about the highlighted part of Morocco.
Main attractions of the trip:
- Drive across Tizi-n-Tichka ZigZag road.
- Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.
- Visit Taourirt Kasbah Ouarzazate.
- Explore Dades valley and Todra gorges.
- Merzouga desert camel ride.
- Enjoy overnight at a desert camp.
What is included :
- 7 Days Transportation in private 4×4 with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.
- 6 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.
- driver/guide speaking English for the whole trip.
- English – speaking city guides in Marrakech, Fes.
- Camel trekking to spend the night in a “Berber Tents” in the middle of Sahara desert
- of Erg Chebbi Dunes.
- All other taxes
Not included :
- Airfare (Flight Ticket).
- Tips for guide, drivers.
- Travel insurance.
Day 1: Marrakech – Telouat – Ait Benhaddo – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we pick up you at your Riad in Marrakech and departure via Ouarzazate over Tizi-n-Tichka passing by the col 2260m while enjoying some attractive views of the High Atlas Mountains also the Berber villages. stop for Lunch in oasis at Telouat .after you will have the opportunity to visit Telouat kasbah, situated by the family Glaoui dynasty then continue the road to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site : the exotic Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. Before Arrival to Ouarzazate you can visit the Atlas studios which host the largest movie studios in the world such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile , The Mummy, Gladiator and The Man Who Would Be King. Overnight include Bed, Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad.
Day 2: Ouarzazte – Ait sawen – Tizi N’Tnifift(1710 m) – Draa Valley – Zagora
After Breakfast in your Riad you will travel to the south and cross the second pass which is Tizi N’Tnifift at 1710m and Ait Saoun village, the former route of caravans for Sahara traders coming from “Tombouktou”, you will reach the first administrative centre called “Agdez Village” that marks the source of Draa Valley, with it’s 6 successive palm groves stating (Mezguita palmary, Fezouata…) and Kasbahs stating the famous Tamnougalt Kasbah. You will continue through the lunar landscapes and the Pre-Sahara routes until you get to Zagora which is a small town, the native region of Saadian dynasty (Saadian tombs in Marrakech) who used to rule Morocco in the XVII century. 18 km further more you will arrive to Tamgroute, a small village where most of locals are pottery handicrafts, Tamgroute is also well know by it’s old Coranic school and library collecting the old books.You will be back to Zagora where you spend the first night. Overnight include Bed ,Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad.
Day 3 - 5: Zagora – Tansikht – Tazarine – Rissani – Merzouga
After breakfast, you depart from Zagora towards the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi known as Merzouga Sahara desert dunes as well. The adventure continues along the valley of Draa, the village of Benizoli and Tazarine crossing the villages of Ait Atta of the Anti Atlas. You will free time for lunch in Alnif, a Berber village known for trilobite extractions (Possibility to have a specialized guide to explore the trilobites, orthocere, ammonites and other fossils). After lunch, you will continue to Rissani city, the former capital of the Alawites Sultans. Rissani is known for its important market for caravans of sub-Saharan region Sijilmassa and the Moulay Ali Cherif gate, visit of the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, where the father of the founder of the Alouite dynasty is buried. This is a wonderful destination for those who wish to learn some of the history of the country. There is much to see at the gate. Afterwards, you will cross the Erg Chebbi to arrive at the inn at the foot of Merzouga Sahara desert dunes. Overnight include Dinner and Breakfast in the Inn Overnight include Bed ,Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad.
Day 6: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi dunes – Tamrdanite-Khamlia Hassi el-bied-Erg Chebbi
In the morning after breakfast your excursion will start from the hotel taking you through the sand-sea dunes near the Algerian border where you can have the chance to take photos and see the black volcanic rock, also you may meet a nomad families and see their nomadic lifestyle. Next you will pass close to tiny Berber villages like Tamrdanite before you reach Khamlia. In Khamlia (very little village in desert) you will enjoy moments of spiritual Gnawa music that is played with black people whom are the inhabitants of this village. In our way to the hotel you will be enchanted with the view of the lake of Ait Sareji (especially In springtime) which attracts pink flamingos and many others birds. Back to the hotel for rest and getting ready for an adventure (camel trekking) in the heart of the desert .while heading to the bivouac, you will see the spectacular sunset through the dunes. You will enjoy Berber food, listening to the drums in a starry night and sleeping in a traditional tent (camel hair tent) in calmness and tranquility.
Day 7: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges
A wake up early morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the dunes, or take a climb one of the highest dunes of Merzouga, in front of your bivouac to dominate the complte view of the sunrise, followed by a typical breakfast and return to the hostel to take a shower, meet our driver. You leave to Erfoud, another city known for fossils, you will cross the Tafilalt oasis, a short break to see the ancient system of irrigation before you arrive to Tinejdad. Continuation to Todgha Gorges where you will have free time for lunch and you can take a walk along the gorges, local restaurant are available between the canyons of Todra gorges. In the afternoon, you visit the former Jewish district in Tineghir city and continue the road towards the Dades valley and go up to the Dades Gorges, one of the most beautiful touristic sites of the southern Morocco. The 3rd night of Desert tour from Marrakech will be in the heart of Dades gorges. Overnight include Bed ,Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad.
Day 1: Dades valley – Boutghrar – El Kelaa M’gouna – Skoura – Ourzazate
After breakfast, you will begin your journey through the valley of Dades , with exploring the marvelous sights of the valley. After that we drive you over the wonderful Pist “Mil Kasbah” which is accessible only on 4×4 passing by the amazing Berber villages such as “Boutaghrar”. Besides that you will have the opportunity to meet some Berber nomads whom are living in the caves. Then continue to El Kelaa M’gouna (the valley of roses) where you will have a break for lunch,after heading to Ourzazat by crossing the beautiful oasis of the palm grove in Skoura, where you can see many exotic Kasbahsuch as Amerhidil Kasbah till reaching Ourzazat. Overnight include Bed ,Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad.
Day 1: Ourzazate – Tizi N’tichka – Marrakech
After breakfast departure toward Marrakech. Enjoy Breakfast, You will have stop along the way to have lunch. You will then continue to Essaouira, over the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass while enjoying superb views of the High Atlas Mountains and of the Berber village. Drop you in Marrakech.