From Marrakech to desert
Marrakech to the Desert Tour 5 Days / 4 Nights
Departure from Marrakech | Duration 5 days
Marrakech, the great Imperial City of Morocco is the ideal starting point for some of the most interesting excursions in Morocco and to the desert.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades Gorges
We depart from Marrakech for this 5 day tour in the direction of the High Atlas Mountains, crossing its highest drivable point at the pass of Tizi n´Tichka at 2260 metres altitude. On the way over the mountains you will see many typical Berber villages and farms. Descending on the other side we will reach the film capital of Ouarzazate, known as a location where many blockbuster movies have been made and from there we start on the road of the Thousand Kasbahs. We’ll take a track to give you the opportunity to enjoy the quiet mountains inhabited by the nomadic Berbers and where you will explore a new sense of the everyday life and discover the stunning Dades Gorges. After this, we will stay in a hotel nearby.
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Erfoud – Merzouga
In the morning we depart after breakfast to continue our journey to Tinghir where we will stop to visit Todra Gorges, located 15 km from Tinghir, this is a a spectacular canyon carved through the mountains and is popular with international rock climbers. We will have a lunch break there to give you time to enjoy its scenery. In the afternoon we continue to Erfoud via the Tinjdad palm grove, the palm of Touroug and finally the city of Erfoud. After visiting the workshop production of marble fossils we will continue to the impressive dunes of Merzouga known as Erg Chebbi. We will then exchange the car for camels and ride off to admire the sunset and spend the night in the hotel.
Day 3: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – Khamlia – Desert
After breakfast, we start our desert adventure: a great tour through the dunes, the two oases of Merzouga, the deposit of nomadic desert trails, Khamlia village (village of the black people) the M’fiss mines, the desert plateaus, where we will meet the Berber nomads of the desert, the oasis of Tissardmine and back to the hotel around 3 pm to prepare for the evening adventure: a camel ride to enjoy the sunset on the dunes. You will spend the night in a wild oasis located 2 hours walking into the desert. There will be local hospitality and entertainment and great food. You will sleep in a Berber tent under the stars.
Day 4: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Nkob – Ouarzazate
We will wake up early to watch the beautiful sunrise and climb the dunes, then ride the camels back to the hotel where you will have breakfast and freshen up. We continue our journey to Ouarzazate via Rissani where you will stop for a while to visit its traditional Souk; which is considered the biggest in Morocco, and continue towards the beautiful Draa Valley with its millions of palm trees. In the afternoon we will arrive in Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Ksar Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech
We will start the last day of our trip after breakfast. Leaving the southern deserts and palm groves, valleys and oases, we start back across the High Atlas and stop for a visit of the heritage site of Ait Benhaddou to see a Kasbah where many movies have been filmed, some you may know are Lawrence of Arabia, Kingdom of Heaven and The Gladiator. This was an important trading region and is still used as part of the caravan route to transport salt from nearby saltpans. We continue crossing the mountains and finally descend to the red plains and Marrakech city where our tour ends.
- 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
- Half-day meals (dinner and breakfast if included)
- Tickets to museums
- Tips to guides or restaurants