Sahara Desert Discovery

Duration-6 nights/7 days

An unmissable tour to the Sahara Desert extended over 7 days for those who want to take their time to truly enjoy a few days in the intoxicating city of Marrakech and a more relaxed journey to the desert with less driving time.

Explore Marrakech and its magical atmosphere before setting off to discover some of the most incredible Moroccan landscapes. Land characterised by rich coloured valleys and imposing gorges, ancient red earthen kasbahs, oases of palm trees, boundless skies and wide open spaces provide the backdrop for the drive to Merzouga where camels await to carry you into the infinite dunes to front row seats for the sunset and spending the night under the stars in the desert, a place like no where else on Earth.

Highlights


Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Tizi n’Tichka Pass, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Skoura, Kelaat M'Gouna (Rose Valley), Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge, Erfoud, Merzouga, Tazarine, Draa Valley, Agdz

Included: Pick up at accommodation in Marrakech and return, knowledgeable and experienced English-speaking driver, all fuel and road tolls, private air-conditioned vehicle, hand-picked accommodation to suit your budget, 3 nights in Marrakech, 1 night in Dades Valley, 1 night Bivouac tent in desert camp with entertainment, camel trek, 1 night in Agdz, 5 dinners and 6 breakfasts.

Itinerary

This journey is fully customisable and can be tailored to your individual preferences and travel style .


DAY 1: Marrakech

Arrive to either Casablanca or Marrakech airport and your English-speaking driver will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to your traditional Riad accommodation in the ancient medina of Marrakech for a two night stay.

Traditional dinner and free time to relax

Overnight in Marrakech


DAY 2: Marrakech

Explore the vibrant and intoxicating Red City in a full day Marrakech City Tour including the city’s main places of interest and a guided walk of the medina through the souks with their thrilling colours and scents.

Dinner at the iconic food stalls in Jemma El Fna

Overnight in Marrakech

DAY 3: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Skoura - Kelaat M'Gouna (Rose Valley) - Dades Valley

The journey begins through the High Atlas Mountains over thrilling Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, Morocco’s highest pass at 2,260 metres and on to the iconic Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, timeless places with well preserved kasbahs that may feel familiar as they have provided the backdrop for many famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. The drive continues through the Valley of Skoura and Kelaat M'Gouna (Rose Valley) towards Dades Valley, an impressive valley made lush and green by the Dades River and home to the Dades Gorge. You will stay the night here in an authentic guesthouse, enjoy a traditional dinner with time to relax and take in the surrounding scenery.

DAY 4: Dades Valley - Todra Gorge - Erfoud - Merzouga

Driving on to Todra Gorge, a huge canyon forged from the river carving its way out of the mountains to form one of the most dramatic natural sights in Morocco, time given to explore and walk along the riverside. Continuing through Erfoud, Tinejdad for lunch and on to Merzouga, arriving at the hotel for a welcome Moroccan tea before swapping car for camel. An hours camel trek through the sandy solitude of the Sahara brings you to the dunes in time for an uninterrupted view of the sunset, a sublime moment! Return to camp for an evening of traditional food and music next to an open fire and a night under the boundless starry sky makes this an unforgettable experience.

Overnight in Bivouac tent

DAY 5: Merzouga - Tazarine - Agdz (Draa Valley)

Wake up early to see the sun rise over a new day before returning on camel to meet your driver.

Leave Merzouga and return a different route driving through Tazarine and stopping in Agdz, a classic oasis with lush palmeraie and ancient mudbrick kasbahs, where you will pass a the evening in a classic guesthouse surrounded by the unique nature of the Draa Valley.

Dinner and overnight in Agdz


DAY 6: Agdz to Marrakech

After a relaxing breakfast end your journey with a half day return drive to Marrakech through the wild nature and intricate roads of the Atlas Mountains.

Dinner and overnight in Marrakech


Day 7: Marrakech

Breakfast

Free time

Transfers can be arranged if needed