Summary

The 8-day Morocco Desert Tour from Marrakesh (Dunes of Erg Chebbi, Ouarzazate) will offer you the opportunity to visit Marrakesh, one of the four imperial cities and historical capitals of Morocco, and Ait ben Haddou, the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most used places by Hollywood. You will also discover the dunes of Erg Chebbi, large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand that rise up to 150 metres, and the beautiful Draa Valley, the largest date palm grove in the world, better known the date basket of the country. This tour also offers you the possibility to enjoy a guided tour of Ouarzazate and visit the Atlas Studios, where many famous movies were filmed. You will be accompanied by a multilingual tour escort during the entire itinerary. If you are a single traveller willing to join a group, this tour also suits you as you can be accommodated in a single room (Single Room Supplement: 295 €). The tour starts in Marrakesh every Saturday in 2022.

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Maria

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I speak English and Spanish. I studied tourism in Madrid, and I have more than 7 years’ work experience in travel agencies. My passion for travelling around Spain and Europe, made me discover new places and offer different routes around my country and some of its neighbours.

Itinerary


On arrival in Marrakesh, Morocco you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free.

Dinner and accommodation in Marrakesh.

In the morning, you will enjoy a guided tour of Marrakesh, an important imperial city. The tour will start from the Koutoubia Mosque, which is the symbol of the city and has been formerly used as a bookstore. You will continue to the sumptuous Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century by hundreds of artisans from Fez. You will continue from the Jewish quarter or Mellah to the Jemaa El-Fnaa square, a living museum and intangible cultural heritage of Humanity, where storytellers, snake charmers, jugglers, dancers and more, constitute an authentic court of miracles. You will continue through the souk and its alleys full of businesses, workshops and terraces to meet the guilds of carpenters, sharpeners and a Berber pharmacy of remedies and natural products mostly from argan and derivatives.

At noon, you will depart to the Ouarzazate region, an important centre for the country’s film industry. Here, more one can find the Atlas Studios, where numerous films have been recorded. You will cross the Tizi N’Tichka at 2,256 metres, in the High Atlas Mountains, connecting Marrakech with Ouarzazate and thus becoming the first door to the Sahara.

In the afternoon, you will arrive in Ait ben Haddou, the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most used places by Hollywood.

Free time.

Dinner and accommodation in Ait ben Haddou.

After breakfast, you will go through the valleys of the towns of Kelaa M’Gouna, famous for the cultivation of roses and Boumalne du Dades, formed by a large network of gorges, ideal for hikers and climbers. You will make a stop to visit the Todra Gorges, which reach up to 300 metres in height.

In the afternoon, you will continue your journey towards the Sahara. You will see the dunes of Erg Chebbi, large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand that rise up to 150 metres lying on the edge of the beautiful Sahara Desert. In southeastern Morocco, there is a small village - Merzouga, famous as the gateway to the vast dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Merzouga, or tent between dunes, according to your choice.

You will enjoy a free morning with the possibility of spending it at the camp or taking an optional excursion, which consists of a 4x4 tour around the giant dunes of Erg Chebbi. This will be one of the best off-road experiences and adventures that you have enjoyed.

Throughout the morning the sun draws shadows and different colours on them. You will see nomads and their way of life, dromedaries grazing and you will visit the musicians of Khamlia.

In the afternoon, you will return to the hotel and continue the route to Erfoud.

The rest of the afternoon is free.

Dinner and accommodation in Erfoud.

After departing from the hotel, you will be escorted by a sea of date palms, more than 1 million and a half. Located in the deep south of Morocco, the Draa Valley stretches for about 200 km, from Agdz to Zagora. It’s the largest date palm grove in the world, better known the date basket of the country, where 18 varieties of date palms grow in the desert oasis. Thanks to the Draa river, which gives the valley its name, you will see very fertile areas rich in cereals, vegetables, henna and fruit trees. Because of its unique ecosystem, where the inhabitants perpetuate an ancestral agricultural tradition, this region is a must-see attraction in Morocco.

Built at the foot of Jebel Kissane mountain, Agdz city marks the starting point of the most beautiful part of the Draa Valley. The city dominates the wadi and its immense palm grove and the date palms will immediately immerse you in the local more colours.

Arrival in Ouarzazate.

Dinner and accommodation in Ouarzazate.

After breakfast, you will visit the Atlas Studios, where you will see the settings in which famous movies were filmed and feel like real actor. Ouarzazate is an important centre for the country’s film industry. Such movies as the Jewel of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia, Kundun, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Asterix and Obelix have been recorded here.

Next, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Ouarzazate to its medina, a walking tour through its narrow streets and visit to the Kasbah Taourirt, former residence of the Pachà of the town.

Departure to Marrakesh.

Dinner and accommodation in Marrakesh.

Today you will have a free day. You are recommended to rest and do some optional activity that suits your tastes.

You can experience a traditional hammam, end your day with a sunset ride in a horse-drawn carriage and dismiss your trip with a dinner show. In the latter case, you can include lunch at the hotel so that your dinner is free.

Accommodation in Marrakesh.

On departure day, you will be transferred from the hotel to Marrakesh airport.

If your flight is in the afternoon, you can enjoy the morning on your own.

Prices

Travel dates

Every Saturday (2022)

Price per person in €

2 Pers.

6 Pers.

18 Pers.

4* Hotels (January - March; June - September; November - December)

1155€

1155€

1155€

4* Hotels (April, May, October)

835€

835€

835€

Travel dates Accommodation Price per person in €
2 Pers. 6 Pers. 18 Pers.

Every Saturday (2022)

4* Hotels (January - March; June - September; November - December) 1155€ 1155€ 1155€
4* Hotels (April, May, October) 835€ 835€ 835€

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a double (DBL) or twin (TWN) room at 4-star hotels;
  • Breakfast at the hotel;
  • Lunch on day 7 of the itinerary;
  • Dinner on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 of the itinerary;
  • Excursions on the entire itinerary;
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Marrakesh;
  • Transportation according to the entire itinerary (bus with free WI-FI onboard);
  • Sightseeing tour with local guide;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Multilingual tour escort.

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