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Private excursion to the desert

4 Days Tour from Marrakech to the Desert

Departure from Marrakech | Duration 4 days

Marrakech, the great Imperial City of Morocco is the ideal starting point for some of the most interesting excursions to the Moroccan Desert.

Itinerario

Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Ksar Ait Benhaddou – Draa Valley

Arrival and pick-up at the airport in Marrakech, we will depart towards Ouarzazate to reach the Hollywood of Morocco. We will then drive into the great Atlas Mountains, to visit the famous Kasbah of Telouet and reaching one of the world heritage monuments: the ancients kasbah of Ait, where many famous movies were filmed. We will continue to Ouarzazate: also called the door of the desert, where we visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, the movie museum and continue to the Draa Valley and the most beautiful palm grove of the country. Your first night will be spent in a nice Berber town in the heart of the Valley.

Day 2: Draa Valley – Nkob – Tazarine – Rissani – Erg Chebbi Dunes – Merzouga

After breakfast we take a walk through the typical Kasbah of Tamnougalt, which hides the Kasbahs lush secret: an extensive oasis full of fruits and vegetables. From here we will continue on our way to the desert. We turn on to a road that was used by trade caravans to cross the Anti Atlas from Tafilalet Valley to the Draa Valley, there where we see colours and contrasting landscapes in ochre, red, mauve and the black desert called Hamada.

Around us are rocky plateaus where camels graze. After a journey full of desert landscapes and palm oases we reach Rissani. We stop for a panoramic tour in the famous market for tea with mint and then continue on the route through the desert to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.

We arrive at the hotel and from there we continue on the backs of camels for two hours over the largest dunes in Morocco where we can watch the sunset. We continue to reach our desert camp where you spend the night in Berber tents and enjoy the local hospitality, music, great food and a star filled sky.

Day 3: Desert Erg Chebbi – Khamlia – Erfoud – Todra Gorge – Dades Valley

An early rise in the morning to enjoy a unique experience: watching the majestic sunrise in the desert, a light show to silently impress us. After sunrise we descend back to the hotel to have a shower and breakfast followed by a visit to the town of Khamlia and stop at Berber homes to discover their way of life.

Afterwards we continue to Erfoud, and then we take the road to Todra Gorges whose walls are narrow and rise to become more and more abrupt reaching 300 meters in height. After visiting this spectacular landscape we will go towards the Dades Valley where we spend the night in a riad.

Day 4: Dades Valley – Valley of Roses – Palm Grove of Skoura – Marrakech

Today is the day of the return journey to Marrakech from the Valley of Roses, whose beauty is enhanced by many secret Kasbahs. From here we continue via Skoura palm grove on the route of a thousand Kasbahs, these are Ksours dotted with Kasbahs and in the middle of date palms with their ochre-coloured landscapes. We arrive in Ouarzazate where we follow the road to Marrakech, crossing the High Atlas Mountains, over the high pass at Tizi n´Tichka and down to the red plains below.

Marrakech, the great Imperial City of Morocco is the ideal starting point for some of the most interesting excursions to the Moroccan Desert.

Included

  • Pick up and end at the hotel or riad
  • Transportation in Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 or minibus
  • English speaking driver
  • Accommodations in hotels and one night in Berber haima
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Camel ride at sunset and sunrise

Not included

  • Half-day meals (dinner and breakfast if included)
  • Drinks
  • Tickets to museums
  • Tips to guides or restaurants

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