Moroccan Desert Safari Tour

Moroccan Desert Safari Tour

Summary

This an 8 day/7 nights tour that starts and ends in Marrakech, Morocco. This tour starts with a full day Marrakech city tour, visiting Djemma El Fna Square, Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Mosque. From Marrakech we jump in our 4WD and head towards the Sahara Desert, passing over the Atlas Mountains. Along the way we'll also visit the AitBenhaddou Kasbah, a UNESCO Heritage site. At Merzouga where we'll spend the night in a Desert Berber camp, in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

Then onto Zagora before returning to Marrakech.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival our staff will meet you at Marrakech airport (RAK) and transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.

Day 2: Free day

This morning we visit Majorelle Gardens (Jardin Majorelle). The result of 40 years of work by the French artist Jacques Majorelle, an oasis within Marrakech. The afternoon is free time, perhaps you can spend the afternoon exploring the Medina independently or visit the Menara Gardens.

Day 3: Marrakech city tour

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. We also visit the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks and handicraft centers around the famous Djemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan.

Day 4: Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate

After breakfast this morning we take to our 4WD vehicles and bid farewell to Marrakech for a few days. Our destination today is Ouarzazate which we'll reach via the scenic mountains of the high Atlas, passing through the Tich'n'Tichka pass. Along the way we'll stop at, Telouet Kasbah, the most well-known kasbah in Morocco - AitBenhaddou, a UNESCO site and Taourirt Kasbah before reaching our accommodation in Ouarzazate. This evening you'll have dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Dades Canyon, Tinghir, Todra Gorge, Merzouga Berber desert camp

After breakfast in Ouarzazate we'll travel along the road of a thousand Kasbahs towards the Moroccan deserts. Along the way we'll pass by the Amerhidel Kasbah and visit the spectacular Dades Canyon before arriving in Tinghir, which is famous for the Todra Gorge. Later this afternoon we'll pass through Erfoud before finally arriving into Merzouga where you'll spend the night in a Berber desert camp, at the foot of some of North Africas most impressive sand dunes.

Day 6: Erg Chebbi sand dunes, Rissani, Zagora

We'll rise early this morning to witness the amazing sunrise over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. After returning to the camp for breakfast we'll start our departure to Zagora, via the important village of Rissani which is famous for being the birthplace of the current Alaouites Dynasty. Continuing on our way we'll make a stop in the small berber village of Alnif where we will have time to get some lunch. The final leg of our journey today takes us to Zagora where we'll spend the night.

Day 7:TiziN'tichka pass, Marrakech

After breakfast today we'll 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 TiziN'tichka pass. We'll arrive back into Marrakech late this afternoon where you'll have the evening free for some last minute shopping and a final taste of Moroccan life in the square.

Day 8: Departure

Our exciting week in Morocco comes to an end today. You'll have free time until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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