Cultural Basecamp

Morocco Golden Sahara Desert Tour

Marrakech, Morocco

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Prices From: $2,668 per person

This is one of our most popular Morocco tours that takes you into the heart of Morocco's mesmerizing Sahara Desert. It can depart from Marrakesh or Fez and return to either city. It can also be done in four days. You can see those options below. It is designed for couples, families, or small groups who want to experience first hand what Morocco's desert has to offer. Enjoy a memorable time riding camels into the golden Erg Chebbi dunes before enjoying a dinner and time under the bright stars.

You will have your own private camp area away from potential crowds and our facilities are of the highest-quality that include regular beds on a frame that are up off of the ground with clean sheets and blankets. The floors inside the tents as well as outside in the common area are lined with comfy carpets. We even have an eco-friendly, flushable western-style toilet facility that is a two minute walk from the camp. Candles light the way at night.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Marrakesh (or Casablanca)

We’ll pick you up at Marrakesh airport and deliver you to your riad, a delightful hotel in the historic medina. You have the day to unwind and relax. A great place to begin exploring is Jmaa el Fna, the center of Marrakesh life.

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Marrakesh Guided Visit

Today you have a private guided tour of Marrakesh. The tour lasts from 9:30am until 5:30pm Medina (including lunch). And with the knowledge you gained from reading our Marrakesh travel guide, you will be able to discuss with him the sights you would like to see most. It is worth allowing your guide an element of free rein to bring out the best of the Red City and give you a bundle of memories to carry home with you.

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 3 - Marrakesh - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Skoura

Today, you will depart from Marrakesh at 9 am and pass over the Tizi n Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way you will stop for lunch and have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou. You might also enjoy exloring Ouarzazate. This relatively new city is home to the Kasbah once owned by the Glaouis family, who ruled Morocco. Total travel time today is 5 hours.

Overnight: Les Jardins de Skoura (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Dades Valley - Erg Chebbi In Merzouga

You continue onward to the stunning Dades Valley where you can enjoy a stroll (one to three hours) to see the region's impressive rock formations and Berber villages before continuing onward to Merzouga. Here at the hotel on the edge of the dunes, you can store any baggage while packing an overnight bag to bring along. After a short introduction with the camels, prepare for a one hour jaunt into the desert to our own private tented camp. You can either ride your chosen camel or keep up alongside to a steady pace. The night is spent dining alfresco under the stars followed by sweet dreams in a Bedouin-style tent. If you prefer not to camp out, simply ride the camel for one hour to view the sunset and spend the night at the kasbah hotel. We have both standard and deluxe camps available. Total travel time today is approximately 6 hours.

Day 5 - Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert

Today continues the Sahara Desert tour as you exit the dunes, enjoy a shower and breakfast, and continue exploring the dunes with an expert 4x4 driver to see what the local culture has in store. You can visit a local village of Gnoua musicians, take tea with a nomadic family, and following lunch head back to the Kasbah hotel to relax. Enjoy the hammam (spa) and basque in Morocco's hottest region.

Overnight: Kasbah Tombouctou (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Alnif - Draa Valley - Agdz

You return by a different route today through Alnif to Agdz, giving a taste of the Draa Valley. Agdz means ‘resting place’ and is set on the old caravan route that connected Marrakech with Timbuktu. Total travel time today is approximately 6 hours.

Overnight: Kasbah Azul (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Return to Marakesh

You have a reverse view of the Tizi N Tichka Pass and the High Atlas Mountains today as you return to Marrakesh. You'll have the evening to explore the souks, smells, and sights of Marrakesh. Tonight is a good night to enjoy a special dinner before your departure tomorrow. Total travel time is approximately 6 hours.

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Breakfast included)

Day 8 - Depart Marrakesh (or Casablanca)

You depart from Morocco today and we hope you had a fascinating journey with our team!

Accommodation Information

Riad Snan 13

Riad Snan 13 is a relaxing space where charm and essence run into the city's bubbly downtown area. Our riad offers you one Grand Suite and five double bedrooms, all of them with their own unique and special character, decorated with the uttermost care and attention to detail. A patio with a swimming pool. A dining area. Two chill-out areas to help you relax and panoramic terrace with incredible views.

Les Jardins de Skoura

Les Jardins de Skoura is located in the heart of the Skoura palm grove, renowned for its many kasbahs. Surrounded by a magnificent garden featuring a number of different trees and fragrances stand five spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms and three suites.

In the summer, you can enjoy relaxing comfortably on one of the terraces, lay by the poolside under the olive trees, or stroll along the vegetable gardens. On winter nights, the convivial dining room is warmed up by the atmosphere of a lovely chimney fire. The restaurant features refined Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties. Les Jardins de Skoura combines the experience of the true Moroccan countryside with the comfort that visitors are seeking when looking for a peaceful and quiet place.

Kasbah Tombouctou

Kasbah Hotel Tombouctou has become the most prestigious establishment in the Erg Chebi Desert. Its majestic structure and its privileged location make Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou a compulsory stop for any traveler in the south of Morocco.

Kasbah Hotel Tomboctou offers 72 rooms that, in keeping with the essence of traditional construction, have been designed with natural materials, warm colors, and walls covered with “tadalaket” a typical Moroccan lime plaster coating.

Kasbah Azul

The site is dominated by the impressive kasbah style building of the hotel itself, set amongst some mature palm trees. An ideal oasis and overnight stop on anyone's circuit of the south.

All rooms at the Azul are of a high quality and quite spacious, they are decorated in bright but traditional colors and all are slightly different in style. Three double rooms, one twin room; two suites (one with an extra bed). All rooms are ensuite and have heating and air conditioning.

A large swimming pool and sun terrace, pleasant and peaceful garden, various lounges, library, wifi access, stereo in lounge, high chairs, cots and games available.

Location

Region: Africa - North, West and Central

Address:
Marrakech
Morocco

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodation as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • All other meals as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature