8 days from Marrakech to Sahara desert and Essaouira, visit southern Morocco, explore the gorges, the palm grove. discovery of the dunes of Erg Chebbi night at the desert camp, enjoy a camel ride. Exploration of the Draa Valley. Excursion to Essaouira.
8 days from Marrakech to Sahara desert and Essaouira
Day1: Marrakech airport – hotel in Marrakech
Upon arrival meet and greet at Marrakech airport and then transfer to the hotel.
First contact with th red city of Marrakech. meet the colours and enjoy the busy life of the old city.
Take a free time for leisure. Stay in the the hotel.
Day2: Marrakech – High Atlas Mountains – Tizi N’ntichka – Ait Benhaddou – Skoura – El Kelaa M’gouna – Dades Valley
We start our journey from your Riad in Marrakech. We head the South Eastern part of Morocco by crossing the chain of Mountains called the high Atlas. It is necessary to take the famous Tizi N’tichka pass to reach the other side of the Mountains. The road offers nice views of landscapes and worth some great panoramic pictures. Ait Ben Haddou village is located near Oued Elmalh River. The historical Kasbah consists of tall habitat of adobe, and the site is taken as a movie set for Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and the game of thrones…ect. We take a guided visit of Ait Ben Haddou and take time for lunch.
Later on, we move via Skoura and Kelaa Mgouna to the valley of Dades. The scenic road into the gorges is spectacular. Nice rock formations made by the Assif M’goun River and are breathtaking. Our hotel gives out to the gardens along the River.
Day3: Dades valley – Todgha gorges – Erfoud – Erg Chebbi
Morning transfer to sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. We stop by the majestic Todgha gorges, the most impressive canyons in Morocco where water flows to irrigate the long oasis of palm groves. You are given free time to take some pictures and a walk to admire the site. Later on, we drive to Erfoud via Tinjdad and Jorf towns and take time for lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to Merzouga from where we start the camel trek into the camp which is located in the heart of the sand dunes.you have free time to make some sand board, take the sunset pictures. Overnight stay under nomad tent in our camp.
Day04: Erg Chebbi – Rissani – Alnif – Nekoub – Agdez – Ouarzazate
After sunrise pictures, you are served the breakfast. Then, we will start today itinerary stage to the town of Ouarzazate. We take an altenative road passing via Rissani where we see the Market if we coinside with the day of Souk. Later, we drive via Alnif to Nekoub where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we join the valley of Draa with its spectacular palm trees. We continue the rest of the day via the Anti-Atlass Mountains to reach Ouarzazate. Check into the hotel.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Telouet – Tizi N’tichka – Marrakech
After breakfast, we drive to Marrakech. We take another little road to see the Kasbah of Telouet. We enjoy the spectacular scenic road of the Ounila valley where remote villages are perched along the valley. Then we countinue via the Tizi N’tichka Pass to Marrakech.
Day 6: Marrakech city Tour
Today will be dedicated to explore Marrakech. Historical visit of Marrakech will include Lmnara , a magnificent pool surrounded by flowers. Then our guide take you to visit other impressive sights such as the koutoubia Mosque (the twin tower of Giralda in Seville, Spain), the Saadian tombs which demonstrate the Moorish architecture in its perfection. We also visit the Bahia palace and Madrassa Ibn Youssef. The guide takes you to the restaurant for lunch.
Evening drums will draw you to the Jamaa el Fna (main city square). It’s a festival atmosphere, with snake charmers, Berber and Gnoua musicians, and storytellers illuminated by lamplight and wreathed in smoke. Food stalls on the square sell fresh salads, soups, fried fish and chips, chicken and beef kebabs and even boiled snails or sheep’s head. Finish it off with a glass of sweet cinnamon tea…
Day 7: Day trip to Essaouira
Today, we take 3 hours drive each way to enjoy the quiet town of Essaouir and change it with busy life of Marrakech. You take a wander in the medina of Essaouira, and visit the Sqala and the old harbor.
Try some sea food for lunch, and take a wander along the beach.
In the afternoon, we come back to Marrakech and take you to your Riad.
Day 8: Airport Transfer
Free morning (depends on your flight) and transfer to the airport at the right time.