Discover Morocco’s diverse beauty with this 8 Days Marrakech to the desert . Begining and ending in the vibrant imperial city of Marrakech, you’ll spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, traipse through narrow alleyways in medieval kasbahs, hike the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and wander the charming coastal city of Essaouira. 8 Days Marrakech to the desert
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – Ourzazate – Dades Valley:
Your driver and guide will be waiting at the hotel reception. We will go to the high Atlas to cross the fantastic port of Tizi n’Tichka of 2260 m high with unique views, we can admire the stillness of the Berber villages, we will make enough stops so you can take the photos you need. At the end of the port, we will turn down a road that will lead us directly to the little jewel of the Atlas the town of Ait Ben Haddou, where we will visit the great Kasbah, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987, there have been filmed countless films . After lunch we will continue towards Dades Gorges, passing through the valley of the roses, where its inhabitants make all kinds of products with this flower, such as creams, soaps and perfumes. Arrival in the Dades Valley offers a variety of landscapes. The surrounding mountains form true gorges and karst canyons, spectacular folding structures, extraordinary erosion reliefs in pinnacles on detritic rocks, beautiful landscapes of red continental formations that contrast chromatically with the white peaks of the Great Atlas in the background, cones and alluvial fans , torrents etc. The small villages are happening between orchards and plantations of olive and almond trees.
Dinner and overnight at the Riad
Day 2: The Dades Valley – The Toldra Gorges – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi Dunes):
Today we will have breakfast like the authentic Berbers of the Atlas, rich olive oil with black olives and the bread made by the grandmother, jokes apart the breakfasts in this area are different because the cold of the mountains makes them eat with more calories although tourists do not necessarily they will eat that because the assortment they offer is great, we will leave in the direction of the Toldra Gorges, We find Tinerhir the road of the Thousand Kasbahs, 137 km from Errachidía, and 169 km from Ouarzazate.
Tineghir is a large palm oasis with 85,000 inhabitants, which extends about 30 km long and several kilometers wide. It is included in the oases of southern Morocco, a world heritage site, with an abundance of geological and mineral deposits and with great human wealth, its palm groves and Khetaras fountains. The inhabitants are descendants of several Berber tribes that settled in the area rich in water, from there we will turn to the right to go in search of the gorges, we will make a stop to photograph the immense palm grove.
Toldra some unique throats for climbing enthusiasts, with good stretches of via ferrata, there we will take the opportunity to walk and refresh ourselves.
We leave in the direction of Erfoud, we continue along the road of the thousand Kasbas, From here and on a track road we will go to our destination the Erg Chebbi, after arrival at our riad they will welcome us with a delicious mint tea (the famous wisqui Berber)
We will get comfortable and take our dromedary Oasis address to be amazed by the fantastic sunsets that the Sahara gives us, dinner and drum music, night in the heart of the desert.
Day 3: Dunes of Erg Chebbi – Er-Rissani – Merzouga
In the morning we will wake up very early to be able to see the sunrise from our orange desert from there back to our hotel for breakfast and a rich shower. We will make an excursion to the City of Rissani where we will visit its market, the donkey parking (unique in the area) and finally the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum after we will eat the famous Madfuna or Berber pizza to gather strength and visit a Kasbah,
Transfer to hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Day 4: Merzouga – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate:
After breakfast we will start another route towards the city of cinema, via Alnif where we can see endless pre-desert landscapes where acacias are the only shadow of the road, the Berber people with their adobe Kasbahs will accompany us, we arrive at Nkob with Your palm grove and after lunch. we continue via the great valley of the Draa, which receives this name by its river the largest in Morocco. Once in Ouarzazate we will make the guided visit to the Atlas movie studios the most important in Africa there we can see the scenarios of an endless number of Hollywood movies, both interior and exterior and we will take the opportunity to visit a Kasbah Taourit where the prince of Persia
Transfer to your riad dinner and accommodation
Day 5: Ouarzazate – High Atlas – Marrakech:
Breakfast and we leave to cross the high Atlas towards the red city, as always the port of Chalk n’Tichka offers us unique panoramas, we continue on our way to the bustling and magical Marrakech, once there we will leave our things in the Riad.
Afternoon free to eat and get lost in your medina and souk.
Accommodation in Riyadh
Day 6 Marrakech Guided Tour
After breakfast an official city guide will be waiting for you to enter the magic of Marrakech, visit the Bahia palace, Saadies tombs or the Mellah all walking through a colorful medina and a square with its snake charmers, important to have the battery of the camera well charged because you want to take a thousand photos and capture every moment. We recommend that the dinner that is in the square, the typical food of Marrakech is the Tanjia, be cooked in a clay bowl and is all meat-based.
Accommodation in your riad.
Day 7: Marrakech – Essaouira – Marrakech
After breakfast we will take the Atlantic direction to the beautiful city of Essaouira. We will make a stop to observe the Argan trees with their goats in their peaks and we will enter (if you wish) in an argan cooperative where women work such a delicate product, we continue towards Mogador a city that with about 70,000 inhabitants, its medina or historical center is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2001. The economy of the city revolves around fishing, wood, textile and food industry, and trade in handicrafts, marquetry and jewelry products in particular. It has a gas pipeline and an airfield. Essaouira hosts annually the Gnawa Music Festival that attracts thousands of visitors.
In the afternoon return to Marrakech and transfer to your riad and late night free.
Day 8 Marrakech- Menara
At the agreed time transfer to the airport and end of our services.
– Private vehicle with air conditioning
– Driver and guide at your disposal during every day of the trip.
– Bed and breakfast in Marrakech
– Accommodation with dinner and breakfast in Dades – Merzouga and Ourzazate
– Dromedary excursion.
– Night in typical Berber Haimas with Dinner and Breakfast.
– Transfers to the airport.
– Official guide for the Medina of Marrakech
– Plane tickets.
– Noon meals.
– Drinks during meals.
– Entrances to museums or monuments not mentioned
NOTES: If this itinerary is not to your liking, please contact us and we will tailor the itinerary for you.