8-day Sahara desert trip from Marrakech to Tangier
Day 1: Marrakech
Our tour starts in Marrakech with a local guide visiting most important places . You will visit the Djemaa l’Fna square and surroundings area , medina , Koutoubia Mosque and Majorelle Garden , Bahia palace andSaadienn Tombs and Sooks...after lunch You will have free program to discover this area by yourself. We stay in Marrakech in local hotel/riad.
Day 2: Marrakech / Ait Ben Haddou /Ouarzazate
Today we departure to the High Atlas mountains via the Tizi n Tichka pass (2,260 m altitude), we pass through Berber villages to reach the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, UNESCO World Heritage site , the most famous Kasbah in Morocco. time to visit this place. You will have lunch in the village and then we continue toward Ouarzazate '' Holywood of Africa '' where we will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at local hotel.
Day 3: Ouarzazate / Nomad Caves / Valley of the Dades
After breakfast in the riad , we’ll leave to explore the fascinating Dades and Rose Valleys. Our first stop will be at Skoura to walk within the Birds Valley and visit the beautiful and well preserved Kasbah of Amridil. Then we’ll continue to the village of Kalaa M’gouna, famous for its roses fields and rose products. A rose festival is held here every May each year, when the roses are harvested. Since this is the road of the thousands Kasbahs you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some beautiful pictures. Our journey continues to Boutaghrar area where we can meet Berber families still living in caves with their goats and sheep . we will have tea with this family and we continue to the Dades valley where you will enjoy seeing the amazing Rock formation called “the monkey Toes” and Overnight in a traditional Berber guest house with dinner and breakfast.
Day 4: Valley of the Dades / Gorges of Todra / Merzouga
Today we go to Merzouga passing many villages, we will arrive at the Todra gorge. The Todra River has formed a gorge with vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty, is the paradise for climbers and a unique place. Then we continue toward Erfoud and Rissani ,until we reach the impressive sand dunes of Merzouga. You will have free time to climb the dunes and enjoy the sunset. You will spend a night in local desert hotel in Merzouga.
Day 5: Merzouga / Erg Chebbi / Merzouga
Today you will enjoy Erg Chebbi Tour. We will stop at the oasis and where nomadic know share with us some secrets of her life and customs. Then we stop at Khamlia village (people are originally from Mali), there we will enjoy their music of Gwana. Then we get back to hotel to prepare for camel trek of 1 hour and half which will take us to the Great Dune. We sleep in a tents in the heart of the desert.
Day 6: Merzouga / Nkob/ Alnif / Zagora
We wake up you to watch sunrise in the desert. Then we return to the desert hotel by riding camels and after breakfast and taking shower we drive toward Rissani for short visit of local souk, Lunch will be in a local Restaurant in Nkob ,Then we drive to reach the town of Zagora.
Day 7: Zagora / Agdz / Ouarzazate / Marrakech
After breakfast we departure to Ouarzazate through the Draa Valley with its palm trees. We visit Berber villages and we cross the Anti Atlas (1660 m altitude) then we continue up to the Berber people Tichka Pass where we will have time for lunch, and in the afternoon we departure to Marrakech. We stay here overnight in local hotel/riad.
Day 8: Marrakech / Airport
After breakfast you will have free morning to discover this red city and buy the gifts and souvenirs. Then we transfer you to the airport.