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Morocco Desert & Gorges Adventure 5D/4N

Experience a 5-day adventure discovering the wonders of the Sahara Desert and surrounding gorges.

We’ll depart from the city of Marrakech, ‘the Red Pearl of the South’ and head deep into the desert.

Spend the night in the Gorges of the Sahara and sleep out in the open beneath a starry sky in Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi sand-dunes.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou
  • Experience the Sahara Desert sunset and sunrise while riding a camel
  • Enjoy stargazing in a nomadic Berber campsite in Erg Chebbi
Price from

$600.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 4 nights in hostel/hotels and camping
  • - All transport as per itinerary
  • - 4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • - Tours, visits and desert activities
  • - English-speaking guide for Todra and Ait Benhaddou
  • - Handy extras and accessories

Departures:

Every Monday

Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech, Morocco

Welcome to Morocco!

We’ll be waiting to meet you at Marrakech airport to transfer you into the city and to your accommodation (depending on the time of your arrival).

The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Please note: the final information about exact pick up point will be confirmed 24hrs prior to the time of departure by our local team.

Day 2: Marrakech - Dades Valley, Morocco

It’s an early start today as we pick you up from your accommodation at 7AM and make for the Atlas Mountains.

We’ll be driving over the stunning Tizi n Tichka mountain pass and passing through lots of Berber villages along the way, so sit back and enjoy the view. Once you’re in the desert, marvel at riverside oases and barren hillsides dotted with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house families and their livestock).

You’ll have the option along the way to either take a break and visit the Ouarzazate Film Studies, as well as stop by Ait Benhaddou and explore it on your own. This is an ancient fortified city containing countless kasbahs and has been the atmospheric subject of numerous Hollywood flicks like The Mummy, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and more.

Please note these experiences are self-guided.

Day 3: Dades Valley - Merzouga, Morocco

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation and we’ll then journey on to Todra Gorge – a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains that rise up 300 meters in a narrow valley with palmeries and Berber villages. You’ll be able to go on a hike to explore the palmery – a green oasis full of large date palms. After lunch, we’ll head deeper into the desert to the gateway town of Merzouga to pick up supplies for your desert trip.

Next stop will be driving on to a kasbah to pick up your camel! There’s truly no better way to experience a desert sunset. As the sun gets low in the sky, you’ll trek by camel around 30 to 40 minutes to a Berber camp where the locals will prepare you a traditional Moroccan dinner.

Enjoy sleeping under the stars or in tents tonight – it’s an experience like no other.

NOTE: We recommend not hiring external tours locally during your time at the desert.

Day 4: Merzouga - Marrakech, Morocco

You’ll wake up just before the sun rises today – it’s an early start but we promise it’s worth it!

You’ll start the day with another trek by camel to explore the area as the sky begins to light up. We’ll head back to Merzouga on camelback and arrive in time for breakfast. You’ll have the chance to shower and freshen up before we begin our journey through the stony desert and over the Atlas mountains. It’s a long drive back but there’ll be plenty of stops for photos, exploring and lunch along the way.

Please note these experiences are self-guided.

We’ll reach Marrakech between 5-6 PM and you’ll spend the night here.

Day 5: Marrakech, Morocco

All good things must come to an end!

Once you check out of your accommodation this morning, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight.

Happy travels!