Tour the city of Marrakech and the world famous markets of Djemaa El Fna square. Explore the ancient city of Ait Benhaddou and Kasbah Telouet. Spend an evening camping in Berber desert camp and wake to the sun rising over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.
On this 7-day escape to Morocco’s desert region, enjoy visiting the iconic Djemma El Fna square, Saadien Tombs, and Bahia Palace. After the sun has set, feel free to revisit the central square as it comes to life. Journey through the Atlas Mountains and over the highest mountain pass in Africa in route towards the Sahara Desert. Travel to the famous UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, an ancient city that has been featured in many movies. Pass through many berber villages and Kasbahs reaching the desert at Merzouga, spending the night in a berber camp, set amongst the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Rise early the following morning to witness the beautiful sunrise from the top of nearby sand dunes.
Arrive in Marrakech
Upon arrival at Marrakech Menara airport transfer to the hotel in central Marrakech for the start of the trip. The guides help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. Upon an early arrival, head into Marrakech’s famous Djemaa el Fna Square for a first taste of Moroccan food at one of the main street stalls, while watching the many street performers and salesmen offering their wares.
Today’s tour of Marrakech includes the Menara gardens, and a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. Visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon head to the lively souks and handicraft centres around the famous Djemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan.
Marrakech to Ouarzazate
After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to Marrakech for a few days taking 4WD vehicles to Ouarzazate. Travel along the scenic mountains of the high Atlas, passing through the Tich’n’Tichka pass at an altitude of 2260m. Along the way visit the Kasbah of Telouet, the former residence of the Glaoui family – one of the most influential in the entire region. After a break for lunch head to what is probably the most well-known kasbahs in Morocco – Ait Benhaddou. The kasbah is a UNESCO protected monument and has appeared in countless movies. Make a final stop at the Kasbah of Taourirt before reaching accommodations in Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate to Merzouga Desert
After breakfast, you will leave Zagora, Draa Valley through Agdez.You and follow the path to explore the Draa River as one of the longest rivers in the High Atlas Morocco, originating in the mountains. Enjoy its green palm goves (Date, olives, and almonds.), green foliage is an indication of good irrigation of the valley in this area. After this we will continue to Ouarzazate, where you can visit the Kasbah Taourirt (incredible example of various buildings that are uniquely constructed with earth materials). After lunch you will continue to return to Marrakech.
Merzouga to Zagora via Alnif
Rise early this morning to witness the amazing sunrise over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. After returning to camp for breakfast, depart to Zagora via the important village of Rissani which is famous for being the birthplace of the current Alaouites Dynasty. Make a stop in the small berber village of Alnif for lunch. The final leg of our journey spend the evening in Zagora.
Cross the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech
After breakfast today, join the road for the long drive back to Marrakech, passing through numerous villages and palm groves before making another crossing of the Atlas Mountains and the Tizi N’tichka col. Arrive back into Marrakech late this afternoon and choose how to spend the evening with some last minute shopping or a final taste of Moroccan life in the square.
Enjoy free time until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Subject to flight departure time, additional options are available this morning, such as spectacular hot air balloon flight, or a fun quad biking trip.
Price Includes :
Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
Local guide (English/multilingual)
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Entrances fees to monuments as indicated in the itinerary
Price Does Not Include:
Single supplement for solo travelers.
Travel insurance (compulsory)
Meals not indicated in the itinerary
Entrance fee not indicated in the itinerary
Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)