Duration: 2 nights/3 days
Unique and enchanting, the Sahara Desert is a once in a lifetime experience.
Discover some of the most incredible Moroccan landscapes on this tour from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert. 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 seemingly eternal dunes to watch the sunset and pass the night in the desert, a place like no where else on Earth.
Atlas Mountains, Tizi n’Tichka Pass, Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Skoura, Kelaat M'Gouna (Roses 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, 1 night in Dades Valley, 1 night Bivouac tent in desert camp with entertainment, camel trek, 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts.
This journey is fully customisable and can be tailored to your individual preferences and travel style .
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura - Kelaat M'Gouna (Roses Valley) - Dades Valley
The journey begins through the High Atlas Mountains over the 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, The Last Temptation of Christ 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 2: Dades Gorge – 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 and 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 3: Merzouga – Tazarine – Draa Valley (Agdz) - Marrakech
Wake up early to see the sun rise over a new day before returning on camel to meet your driver.
Leaving Merzouga and returning a different route driving through Tazarine and Agdz in the Draa Valley, a classic oasis with a pristine palmeraie and ancient mudbrick kasbahs en route to Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains