Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert and Essaouira, uncovering the allure of southern Morocco. Delve into picturesque gorges and lush palm groves, and venture deep into the dunes of Erg Chebbi, where a magical night at a desert camp awaits, complete with a camel ride experience. Traverse the captivating Draa Valley and indulge in an excursion to the charming coastal town of Essaouira. This comprehensive itinerary promises a captivating exploration of Morocco’s diverse landscapes and cultural gems.
Upon your arrival at Marrakech airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed and greeted. A seamless transfer to your hotel will follow, allowing you to settle in comfortably.
Your first encounter with Marrakech, famously known as the “red city,” promises to be vibrant and engaging. Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues and lively atmosphere of the historic city center.
Afterwards, you have the opportunity to unwind and explore at your own pace, making the most of your leisure time. The remainder of the day will be spent in the comfort of your hotel, allowing you to rejuvenate and prepare for the adventures ahead.
Our journey commences from your Marrakech Riad, leading us towards the southeastern part of Morocco as we traverse the imposing High Atlas Mountains through the famous Tizi N’tichka pass. Along this route, you’ll be treated to captivating landscapes, offering excellent opportunities for panoramic photography.
Our next stop is the enchanting Ait Ben Haddou village, situated near the Oued Elmalh River. This historical village boasts a tall adobe habitat known as a Kasbah, which has served as a backdrop for renowned films such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and Game of Thrones. A guided tour of Ait Ben Haddou is complemented by a leisurely lunch.
Continuing our journey, we venture through Skoura and Kelaa Mgouna, eventually reaching the picturesque Dades Valley. The road leading to the gorges unveils awe-inspiring rock formations shaped by the Assif M’goun River, creating a breathtaking spectacle. Our hotel offers a serene view of the gardens along the river, providing a peaceful and picturesque setting for your stay.
In the morning, we set out for the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Our first stop introduces us to the majestic Todgha Gorges, an awe-inspiring canyon system in Morocco where flowing water nurtures extensive palm groves. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to capture remarkable pictures and take a leisurely stroll to fully appreciate the remarkable surroundings.
Continuing our journey, we head towards Erfoud via the towns of Tinjdad and Jorf. A lunch break awaits, providing a chance to relax and refuel. As the afternoon unfolds, our route leads us to Merzouga, the gateway to the enchanting sand dunes. Here, your camel trek begins, leading you into the heart of the dunes where a nomadic camp awaits. You’ll have leisure time to indulge in activities like sandboarding and capturing the mesmerizing sunset. As the day comes to a close, enjoy an overnight stay under the shelter of a nomad tent, immersing yourself in the unique desert experience.
After capturing the captivating sunrise through your lens, a satisfying breakfast awaits you. Today’s itinerary leads us to the town of Ouarzazate, promising new adventures and sights.
We opt for an alternative route that takes us through Rissani, where you might have the chance to explore the local Souk market, depending on the timing. Our journey continues via Alnif, eventually reaching Nekoub where we’ll pause for a well-deserved lunch.
As the afternoon unfolds, we merge with the breathtaking Draa Valley, renowned for its lush palm trees and scenic beauty. Our route then guides us through the majestic Anti-Atlas Mountains, leading us to the destination of the day – Ouarzazate. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your hotel, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate in preparation for the next part of your journey.
Following a delightful breakfast, our journey resumes as we drive towards the vibrant city of Marrakech. Opting for a different route, we make a detour to visit the enchanting Kasbah of Telouet. As we continue our route, we are treated to the breathtaking landscapes of the Ounila Valley, where charming remote villages are nestled along the valley’s slopes. This scenic road offers a feast for the eyes.
Our path then guides us through the iconic Tizi N’tichka Pass, leading us back to the bustling streets of Marrakech. It’s a perfect time to reflect on the journey’s remarkable experiences and create lasting memories.
Today is dedicated to the exploration of Marrakech, a city rich in history and culture. Your journey through the city’s historical gems begins with a visit to Lmnara, an exquisite pool surrounded by blooming flowers. Guided by our expert guide, you’ll be taken to explore impressive landmarks including the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, which shares a resemblance with the Giralda tower in Seville, Spain. The Saadian Tombs showcase Moorish architecture at its pinnacle, while the Bahia Palace and Madrassa Ibn Youssef provide further insights into the city’s grandeur.
A delicious lunch awaits you at a local restaurant, allowing you to savor Moroccan flavors. As evening approaches, the rhythmic beats of drums beckon you to Jamaa el Fna, the main city square. The square transforms into a vibrant festival atmosphere, featuring snake charmers, Berber and Gnoua musicians, and captivating storytellers illuminated by lamplight and engulfed in the scent of smoke. Food stalls offer an array of culinary delights, from fresh salads to fried fish, kebabs, and even unique offerings like boiled snails or sheep’s head. Conclude your day with a glass of sweet cinnamon tea, embracing the vibrant energy and diverse experiences of Marrakech.
Today’s itinerary brings a change of pace as we embark on a 3-hour drive each way to the serene town of Essaouira, providing a contrast to the bustling energy of Marrakech. Upon arrival, you’ll have the chance to wander through Essaouira’s charming medina, exploring its unique atmosphere. A visit to the Sqala and the historic harbor promises a glimpse into the town’s maritime history.
Lunch presents an opportunity to indulge in delectable seafood, a local specialty, followed by a leisurely stroll along the scenic beach.
As the afternoon unfolds, we journey back to Marrakech, where we’ll transport you to your Riad, allowing you to relax and reflect on the serene moments of Essaouira and the vibrant experiences of Marrakech.
Your final day offers a leisurely morning, allowing you to make the most of your time before departure. Depending on your flight schedule, you’re free to enjoy the morning at your own pace.
When the time is right, we’ll arrange a seamless transfer to the airport, ensuring you reach your departure gate with ease. As your journey concludes, you can reflect on the wonderful experiences and memories created during your time exploring Morocco.