We will visit Ait Benhaddou and film studios in Ouarzazate
We enjoy Atlas mountains while passing Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass
We explore Dades and Todgha gorges with optional trekking (if time allows)
We will enjoy camel trek in desert
We experience Sahara desert in Merzouga
We will visit Rissani
PROGRAM 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT
DAY 1 : MARRAKECH – TIZI NTICHKA PASS – OUARZAZATE:
After breakfast , we’ll leave for Ouarzazate via the Tizi Ntichka Pass. Today you will enjoy the beautiful scenery over the High Atlas mountains and appreciate the remarkable Berber villages before you get to Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. It was built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Et-Hami in the late 19th century; it is now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site, which today still houses many Glaoui family members. Lunch is by the Kasbah before we continue to Ouarzazate, “ the Hollywood of Africa”. Here you have the option of visiting the studios to see props used in some movies you might have seen, such as “Gladiator”, “Jewel of the Nile” “the last temptation of Christ”and “The Sahara”. Overnight in our fancy riad with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 2 : OUARZAZATE – SKOURA –BOUTAGHRAR - DADES VALLEY:
After breakfast in the riad , we’ll leave to explore the fascinating Dades and Rose Valleys. Our first stop will be at Skoura to walk within the Birds Valley and visit the beautiful and well preserved Kasbah of Ameridil. Then we’ll continue to the village of Kalaa M’gouna, famous for its roses fields and rose products. A rose festival is held here every May each year, when the roses are harvested. Since this is the road of the thousands Kasbahs you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some beautiful pictures. Our journey continues to boutaghrar area where we can meet Berber families still living in caves with their gaots and sheep . After lunch with Berber family,we continue to the Dades Gorge where you will enjoy seeing the amazing Rock formation called “the monkey Toes” and the still standing Kasbah of Ait yul. Overnight in a traditional Berber guest house with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 3 : DADES VALLEY – TODGHA GORGE – MERZOUGA:
After breakfast , we will drive towards Tinrghir and the Todgha valley enjoying the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Once at the Todgha Gorge you can walk under the 300 m high red cliff, where many rock-climbers spend their time. After lunch in the way,we will arrive to the village of Merzouga – where your camel will be waiting you. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea and desert scarf before you ride your camel, guided by an experienced Camel Guide, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent.
DAY 4 : MERZOUGA – DRAA VALLEY:
Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise in your life ,then you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. En-route you won’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. Arriving late morning back in Merzouga and after shower in the guesthouse, we’ll leave for Rissani – once Sijilmassa – the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling family. With most of the woman veiled, and men hooded, this is a very traditional Moroccan town. We’ll continue driving towards Agdz, via Alnif and Tazarine, before we get to the fascinating Draa Valley at the edge of the Atlas Mountains, along which lay hundreds of Berber Kasbahs. You will arrive at your accommodation in the evening. Overnight in a traditional guest house in the valley with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 5 : DRAA VALLEY – MARRAKECH:
After a luxurious breakfast , we we’ll head to Marrakech , enjoying the panoramic view of the palm grove and the scenic moon-like landscape with the beautiful contrast of the Berber villages and the Saghro mountains; an area that has been a popular location for Hollywood films, including The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and the Mummy. Our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2260 m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech.
Experienced English speaking driver / guide
Transport in comfortable air conditioned 4x4 vehicle
Pick up and drop off from your hotel
Tips and what's not mentioned
Plane ticket to and from Morocco
Drinks and lunches
INCLUDED 5 DAYS TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO DESERT
1 Night in the Sahara desert dunes with dinner and breakfast
Accommodation in hotel / riad / desert camp in desert tents
Camel trek to reach the desert camp (1 camel per person)
Morocco Tours 4x4 offers affordable private tours from Marrakech that do not compromise on quality service, reliable transport or comfortable accommodation. We do not provide ‘cheap’ tours but we can provide affordable tour from Marrakech for individuals, couples and small or large groups. We have designed our tours for the mid-level budget traveller but can modify some options for those with a limited budget or for those seeking a more luxurious experience.
Let us know what you are looking for and we will be happy to design a tour that best fits your budget and travel style. Your private tour from Marrakech includes travel in an air-conditioned four wheel drive, the services of an English speaking local driver, accommodation and breakfasts and most of dinners. Lunches, drinks and other extras such as entrance fees or tips are not included.
Bookings for tour from Marrakech are confirmed on receipt of a 25 % deposit. At your request, we will send an invoice with payment details for your requested tour from Marrakech.
Deposits can be paid via direct bank transfer or western union . Receipts will be issued on receipt of the deposit. The balance can be paid in cash (Euro or Dollars or Moroccan Dirham) to the driver on commencement of the tour.
You can pay the balance by credit card or direct bank transfer but this will incur a 4% fee.
Please refer to information about tipping when considering the total cost of your tour from Marrakech.