3. From Marrakech: 4-Day Trip to the Sahara Desert
Discover life in the Sahara Desert on an immersive 4-day (3 nights) tour from Marrakech. Enjoy a variety of desert activities such as a camel ride across the dunes from Erg Chebbi. Cross the High Atlas Mountains on a breathtaking road, experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs," pass through the impressive Draa Valley and more.
Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge
Meet at 08:00 and escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech as you head over the High Atlas Mountains on the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get far-reaching views of the mountains and valleys and see Berber villages on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
Stop for lunch in Ouarzazate and experience the "Route of 1,000 Kasbahs." Continue through the Valley of the Roses, with a short rest stop at Et Kella M'Gouna. Then, go to the Boumalne Dades, where you will leave the main road and travel along the valley gorge. Pass hilltop kasbahs and the Tamnalt Hills before spending the night at the Auberge Chez Pierre (www.chezpierre.org) just below the Dades Gorge.
Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga
Depart at 09:00 and return along the gorge to Boumalne Dades. Visit the Todra Gorge and continue to Merzouga. Break for lunch at the Erg Chebbi dunes. Arrive at the edge of the Sahara Desert and meet your desert guides. Then, ride into the desert at a leisurely pace on a camel trek with an experienced guide.
Watch the sunset at Erg Chebbi en route to a tented nomad camp inside the desert dunes (note: there are no facilities as water cannot be pumped here). Alternative accommodation can be arranged at a camp or hotel on the dune line where facilities can be provided (www.aubergedusud.com). Enjoy an evening meal under the desert sky.
Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Tazarine - Draa Valley - Agdz - Ouarzazate
Depart in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the Sahara Desert. Ride your camel back to the hotel where the vehicle is parked. Enjoy a reviving breakfast and then head to the Palm Plantation of Tafilalet, passing the old Alaouite Sahara capital of the Alaouite Sultans at Rissani.
Take the road to Alnif and enjoy lunch before the drive to N'Kob via the Tazzarine Oasis. Next, head towards Ouarzazate, passing the impressive Draa Valley and the Berber town of Agdz. Admire the high pass of Ait Saoun at 1,660 meters altitude before your arrival in Ouarzazate at approximately 18:00 to check into your hotel (www.darchamaa.com).
Day 4: Ouarzazate - Marrakech
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the drive to the film studios where movies such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven were shot. Stop for lunch in the High Atlas Mountains, and then continue to Marrakech via the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass. Get a breathtaking view of Marrakech before the end of the tour services.