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MR06: 8 Days Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Zagora - Merzouga - Erfoud - Todra Gorges - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech
Welcome to the Red City, Marrakech! Your Marrakech desert tours start today. Upon arrival, your private English-speaking driver guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the time is free at leisure.

Accommodation: Overnight in Marrakech

Day 2: Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Zagora
After breakfast, drive to Zagora. During the route, we will cross the High Atlas Mountains, and drive through Tizi n' Tichka pass. Observe the picturesque scenery along the way, we will stop to visit some Berber villages, which offer a good chance to learn about the traditional Berbers' culture and how the locals used to live in the past. Later, have a short break at Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afterwards, continue to Zagora, where camel trek is specially arranged for you. Then, the guided camel trekking will lead you to Zagora desert camp. On the way, enjoy the endless sand dunes and stunning desert sunset. At the end of the day, we will enjoy some Berber music and stay overnight in the Zagora desert camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Desert camp in Zagora

  • Caravan going through the Sahara Desert
    A camel caravan going through the Sahara Desert
Day 3: Zagora - Merzouga
Early up in the morning, we will transfer to the Erg Chebbi, the popular sand dunes in Merzouga. Along the way, we will pass through the Draa Valley, bottom of which is home to palm trees, while the surrounding area is brown or red barren land. After passing Alnif, make a short stopover at the Rissani city, which boasts vast historic relics. Sijilmassa, the most famous historic site, was once a bustling Berber city and medieval trade depot at the edge of the Sahara Desert. If time permits, the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum is also worth a visit for its exquisite interior.

Afterwards, we will drive across the Erg Chebbi to Merzouga sand dunes. At this time, it's arranged for you to take a camel to continue your Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech. Along the way, enjoy the spectacular desert sunset. Finally, reach the middle of the Sahara desert and stay overnight in a Berber tent.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Sahara desert camp

Day 4: Merzouga - Erfoud - Tinghir
Be up early in the morning to appreciate the stunning desert sunrise to round ff your Morocco Sahara Desert tours from Marrakech. After breakfast, we will depart for Erfoud. En route, pass across the Tafilat oasis before we arrive at Tinjdad. Afterwards, we will arrive at the Todra Gorges, one of Morocco's narrowest and steepest valleys. The brownish-red steep cliffs attracts many rock climbers from time to time. In the afternoon, you will be escorted to Tinghir. Wandering along its Jewish Kasbahs is a good chance to learn about the daily life of locals and the ancient Jewish culture.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight in Tinghir

  • Tents over sand dunes in Sahara desert of Merzouga
    Tents over sand dunes in Sahara Desert of Merzouga
Day 5: Todra Gorges - Dades Valley - Roses Valley - Ait Ben Haddou
After breakfast, go on your Marrakech desert tours. The main road we will travel today is called the road of a thousand Kasbahs from Ouarzazate to deep Sahara Desert. We will firstly pass by the Dades Valley, where we can not only see amazing scenes of steep cliffs but also visit the traditional Berber Kasbahs along the way.

Later, we will reach the fragrant rose city - Kelaa Mgouna, where you can watch the pink-colored rocks, and all kinds of rose derivatives, from food to skin care products. Before arriving in Ouarzazate, we will visit a Skoura palmeraie. Thereafter, visit Ait Ben Haddou again and stay at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah overnight. As we will stay there for a long time, you can visit the unique earthen clay architecture at a leisurely pace.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight in Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah

Day 6: Ait Ben Haddou - Telouet - Marrakech
After breakfast, we will leave for Marrakech. During the road, we will drive via the Ounila Valley as well as appreciate the beautiful scenes during the road. Then, stop at the city of Telouet and visit its Kasbahs, which belongs to The Road of a Thousand Kasbahs. Thereafter, continue to Marrakech and check into hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight in Marrakech

Day 7: Marrakech
Today's Marrakech desert tours is a full-day sightseeing around Marrakech, the red city and imperial city. First view is the Bahia Palace, built in the end of the 19th century. The building here is full of Islamic carved flowers and Mosaic collage ceramic tiles, forming an exquisite and elegant construction.

Later, tour at the Saadian Tombs, whose interior is lavishly decorated to remind visitors of noble lives of the royal family. Then, appreciate the landmark of Marrakech - the Koutobia Mosque from the outside for it is only available for Muslims. The last stop of today's guided tour is the fabulous Djemaa-el-Fna, aka sleepless market. This bustling market provides authentic local snacks, exquisite handicrafts, tasty fruit and vegetables, and fantastic snake-dance performances.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Overnight in Marrakech

  • Koutoubia Mosque in the city of Marrakech
    Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech
  • Courtyard of El Bahia Palace in Marrakech
    El Bahia Palace in Marrakech
Day 8: Departure from Marrakech
Your Morocco desert tours from Marrakech ends today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Marrakech for your return flight, and the travel duration from downtown area to Marrakech airport is about 15 minutes. Thank you for travelling with us and wish you a nice trip home!

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Marrakech.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Morocco Visa Fee.
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