Cultural Basecamp

Morocco Magical Sahara Desert Tour

Marrakech, Morocco

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Prices From: $3,208 per person

From the arid Sahara Desert to the beach resorts along the western coast, Morocco is a slide show of constantly shifting panoramas, landscapes and cityscapes. Our tours mostly depart from the international gateways of Marrakesh and Casablanca. These culturally significant cities serve as launchpads into the empty beauty of the Sahara Desert and the majestic grace of the High Atlas Mountains.

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 - Telouet - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Skoura

After leaving Dades Valley this morning, you can visit Ouarzazate. This relatively new city is home to the Taorirt Kasbah once owned by the Glaouis family, who ruled Morocco. You will also be stopping at the UNESCO world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou. Later in your journey, you will visit the Telouet Kasbah, located along the former caravan route from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains sitting at an elevation of 5,900 ft.

Approximate Driving Time = 5 hrs

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

Day 4 - Dra Valley - Zagora - M'hamid - Erg Chigaga

Today you will leave Skoura on a trip into the heart of the Sahara Desert. On your way, you will stop in the village of M'hamid where you can get a taste of Moroccan culture by enjoying lunch with a local family. After a the refreshing stop, you will continue on to one of the most remote and exciting regions of the Sahara - Erg Chigaga.

Approximate Driving Time = 6 hrs

Day 5 - Erg Chigaga

Today you will continue to explore the wild Erg Chigaga region on foot as well as via 4x4. Trekking among the impressive 900 ft high dunes and absorbing the silence of the desert is a memorable experience. You may also be able to meet some of the nomadic families of the Ait Atta Berber tribe who live here and learn about their lives in the desert.

Day 6 - Lac Iriki - Foum Zguid - Taroudant

Today enjoy breakfast and then head up to Taroudant, through this impressive and scenic region of Morocco. The drive is long today, but the scenery is stupendous. The hundred-year-old walls of "Little Marrakesh" and exceptional views of the Atlas mountains make Taroudant an exceptional place to stay.

Approximate Driving Time = 8 hrs

Overnight: Kasabat Annour (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Tiznit - Aglou - Mirleft

Heading southwest, you will soon reach the beach town of Mirleft. The town has long been a popular beach destination for French travelers thanks to it's persistantly sunny weather which, paired with long sandy beaches and great surf makes the town a hidden gem. Traveling to Essaouira is also an option for those who do not wish to visit Mirleft.

Approximate Driving Time = 5 hrs

Overnight: Sally's BnB (Breakfast, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Sidi Ifni - Mirleft

Please enjoy this free day at your leisure in Mirleft. Some of the most popular activities include taking a surf lesson or fishing on the beach. It is best to arrange activities beforehand. For those that wish to explore the city, an oasis and ruined fort are located nearby and some interesting Spanish Art-deco architecture can be found in Sidi Ifni. If you are visiting on a Saturday morning, there is a camel market in Guelmim.

Overnight: Sally's BnB (Breakfast included)

Day 9 - Agadir - Marrakesh

A relaxed drive along the Atlantic coast will take you past the largest resort town in Morocco, Agadir. The town was completely rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1960. If you wish, you can stop here at an eco-lodge and enjoy a mountain bike ride and lunch. Then, you will continue on to Marrakesh to enjoy a final night before departing.

Approximate Driving Time = 5 hrs

Overnight: Riad Snan 13 (Breakfast included)

Day 10 - Marrakesh Departure (or Casablanca)

You will be departing Morocco from Marrakesh today. We hope you have had a wonderful journey!

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.

Kasabat Annour

Located near Agadir, in Taroudant, in the very heart of the city, this charming and quiet Taroudant guest house offers air-conditioned rooms with private terraces and Caidal tents, ideal for the more adventurous traveler.

This beautiful place, surrounded by the hundred-year-old walls of "Little Marrakesh" and featuring exceptional views of the Atlas mountains is an ideal place to stay in Taroudant.

Sally's BnB

Situated overlooking the Imin Tourga, one of the most beautiful beaches in Morcco, Sally's has one of the best views in Mirleft. To the west and north is the Atlantic Ocean. The house has different terraces each more impressive than the last.

The bedrooms are very comfortable with all amenities. Every morning breakfast is served on a different terrace either in the shade or sun, intimate or sharing. Sallys house is designed to make you feel at home, with it's mixture of Moroccan and English furniture it has a very comfortable feel to it.

Location

Region: Africa - North, West and Central

Address:
Marrakech
Morocco

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

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