8 Day Desert Tour From Marrakech
During this 8 days Desert tour From Marrakech, departing from the famous city of Marrakech to visit a charming Medina. This 8 days Desert tour From Marrakech will continue through the traditional Berber empire in the south of the kingdom. Along the journey from Marrakech to the desert, you will enjoy wonderful panoramic views of unique hidden landscapes, such as: impressive gorges and caves of nomadic families, huge rivers and palm oasis, magical valleys, the Valley of the Roses. A romantic night under a magical starry sky in the tents of the Sahara desert, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, etc….
Day 1: Airport transfer:
On arrival of your flight, we will be waiting for you at Menara Marrakech airport to transfer you to your riad.
Welcome to Morocco, welcome to “The red pearl of the south: Marrakech”.
Day 2: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Zagora:
After breakfast, board the riad and start the journey to the Moroccan desert, where we will cross the High Atlas, the highest mountain range in Morocco. It is bestowed by Tizi-N-Tichka at an altitude of 2260 meters. We make stops in impressive mountain landscapes. We’ll stop at Ait-Ben-Haddou and visit its Kasbah, one of the best preserved in the whole of North Africa and declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven were filmed here.
We will arrive in Ouarzazate and take a panoramic tour of the city. Located on top of a large plateau and also known as the Hollywood of the African continent. Ouarzazate was a former military garrison and is now the administrative capital of the Drâa Valley. We proceed via the 150 kilometers of palm groves that make up the Drâa Valley, making this one of the most picturesque routes in Morocco. In the past, this valley was traveled by countless trade caravans from Black Africa.
We arrive in Zagora, considered the gateway to the desert, as its sign reads “Timbuktu 52 days”. Rest and accommodation in a charming riad.
Day 3: Zagora – Old Paris-Dakar Rally Track – Ouzina:
We start our second day of our 8 days Desert tour From Marrakech in the great south of Morocco. This trip will allow us to discover the splendor of the Draa River palm grove. In addition, this day you have a spectacular stage, where we will ride on a track that was used in some edition of the prestigious Paris-Dakar Rally. You’ll cross the desert area of the Draa Valley and the Oumjran plateaus. We’ll pass Berber villages lost in the middle of nowhere and visit the hamadas and ergs of the black desert. In the afternoon we’ll reach the Erg Ouzina dunes where we’ll be able to watch the sublime sunset from the great dune, and then descend to our lodge in the middle of the desert. Rest and accommodation in a riad.
Day 4: Ouzina Desert – Ouzina – Khamilia – Merzouga Desert:
In the morning we set off for the town of Ouzina, where only 14 nomadic families live in mud and adobe houses. We stop to visit the bread oven, where the women gather to chat while they bake bread, then we visit the Ouzina association and finish with a family tea. Next, we’ll head to the city of Hamlia or “the city of blacks”, a stop to enjoy its African percussions, and then we’ll head to the Erg Chebbi dunes, where we’ll do the great Erg Chebbi Tour. In the afternoon we’ll arrive at the lodge and swap the 4×4 for camels, where we’ll enjoy the sunset and spend the night in the middle of the dunes. Dinner and rest in Berber tents.
Day 5: Merzouga – Rissani – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley:
It’s time to get up early to enjoy the sunrise at the top of the great dune, and after breakfast we return with the dromedaries to our hotel to shower, collect our things and head for Risani. A tour of the economic capital of southern Morocco, visiting its authentic and colorful souk. We continue towards the Todra Gorge, a spectacular valley formed by rocky walls that reach a height of 300 m. It’s well worth a walk, and then on to the Dades Valley. Rest and accommodation in a charming riad
Day 6: Dades Valley – Rose Valley – Kasbah Ameridil – Marrakech:
In the morning we set off for Marrakech to admire the beautiful Valley of Roses. We’ll see some famous kasbahs such as Kasbah Itrane and Kasbah Ameridil, before reaching the High Atlas to begin our return to Marrakech via the port.
to Marrakech via the port of Tichka From here we’ll continue directly to Marrakech to reach the riad so you can rest.
At dusk, it’s a good time to go up to one of the panoramic terraces and watch this ever-awakening city unfold, enjoying Marrakech and its famous Jemma el Fna Square. Fabulists, snake charmers, storytellers… an endless mix of people who will make your day fun. Relax and stay in a charming riad.
Day 7: Marrakech guided tour:
After a good breakfast at 9am, a local guide will pick you up. He will take you on foot to discover the most important and historic districts of Marrakech. He will give you dates and interesting information to know about this great city and Morocco in general. Once the tour is over, you’ll be free to wander around Marrakech. It’s a good time to buy some last-minute gifts and souvenirs to take back with you. I advise you to stroll through the streets, labyrinths and corridors of Marrakech. Discovering new alleys, you’ll realize that tranquillity and silence are just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Plaza Jemaa el Fna. Rest and relax in a charming riad.
Day 8: Transfer to the Marrakech Airport:
We will pick you up at the riad at the agreed time to take you to the airport. And the end of our 8 days Desert tour From Marrakech
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