8 DAY TRIP TO THE DESERT FROM MARRAKECH
8 Day in depth trip to the desert from Marrakech includes Ouarzazate, Dades, Todra, Merzouga with camel ride and night in the Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert.
Day 1: Arrive at Marrakech
Depending on your arrival time in Marrakech, your first contact with this amazing red city may be a visit to the famous Jamaa El Fna Square and surrounding area, dinner at the outdoor stands in the square and accommodation in your hotel.
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Day 2: Marrakech – Tizi-N-Tichka – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate
After breakfast we will traverse the high Atlas Mountains by way of the Tizi N Tichka pass, enjoying small Berber villages to reach the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou where you will have free time to wander this UNESCO heritage site. We will have lunch in the village and continue toward Ouarzazate where will have dinner and overnight at the hotel.
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Day 3: Ouarzazate –Skoura – Dades Gorge
After breakfast we will visit the city of Ouarzazate, considered the gateway to the desert and a perfect place to start our expedition to highlight the Kasbah of Taourirt, the main palace of the Glaoui, the great Pacha of south Morocco. We continue toward the valley of the roses, passing through Skoura, Boumalne Dades until we reach the Dades gorge where we will have dinner and pass the night.
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Day 4: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorges- Erfoud- Merzouga
Depart on a road dotted with 1000 Kasbahs, all of them different. After several stops, we arrive at one of the marvels of the south, the Gorge of Todra. The Todra River has formed a narrow gorge with vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty. It is a paradise for climbers and a unique place for all. We continue toward the south with lunch on the road and continue toward the desert until we reach the impressive sand dunes of Merzouga, the Erg Chebbi. We will have free time to climb the dunes and take advantage of the sunset. Dinner awaits us at our hotel.
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Day 5: Explore Merzouga Desert Area
Erg Chebbi tour is an extension of the sand desert in the great dunes of Morocco, connecting by track following a part of the route of the old Paris-Dakar. We will stop at the oasis and then continue until to a settlement where the nomads know the secrets of life. We will stop in Khamilia, a village inhabited by people originating in Mali. While there, we will enjoy the music at Guana while tasting delicious mint tea. We will locate our camels who will take us for a 90 minute trek into the desert. We will dine and camp in Berber tents at the base of the great dunes. You will experience a sunset beyond compare. Relax under the desert sky of millions of stars listening to the shifting sand sing to you.
Day 6: Merzouga desert -– Rissani – Alnif- Tazzarine- Nkob -Draa valley- Zagora
We will wake you before dawn to watch the sunrise. The camels will return us to our hotel where we will shower, have breakfast and leave for Rissani. We will visit the fabulous souk and take a moment to practice your bargaining skills. We will continue through fascinating arid landscapes of the pre-desert until we reach the town of Zagora. This city was formerly a major departure point for caravans making the long journey to Timbuktu. Zagora is also the administrative center of the oasis of the same name which is rich in the production of dates. We will dine and overnight at the riad.
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Day 7: Zagora – Draa Valley – Anti-Atlas – Ouarzazate –Marrakech
After breakfast we depart for Ouarzazate through the sublime Draa Valley with its parade of palm trees and visit the Berber village. We will cross the Anti-Atlas (1660 m altitude), make stops to take photos and continue up to the Berber village of TADDART where we rest nd have lunch. In the afternoon we will depart for Marrakech where you will transfer to your hotel for dinner.
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Day 8: Marrakech
After breakfast, your morning is free to contemplate the red city and make any last minute purchases. At the appointed time we will transfer you to the airport for a safe journey home.
PRICE:1590 € / 2 persons
What is included:
- air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver/guide
- Half-board accommodation
- visit the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
- camel trek and overnight stay at the desert camp -equipped with western bathrooms.
What is not included:
Lunches, drinks and tips.