This Morocco Desert Tour will prove that Morocco has it all. only on 7 days you will be able to See snowy mountains when you drive through the high Atlas mountains leaving Marrakech on the first day. you will also be able to see the sahara desert, ride camels and spend the night under the stars in Erg Chigaga Desert, and the nicest thing is to end this Morocco Desert Tour at one of Morocco’s most charming costal cities, talking here about the wind city or more precisely the beautifu Essaouira .
Details & Itinerary
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Agdez
The driver will meet you at your accommodation at 8 AM. Leave Marrakech behind to take on the Atlas Mountains and its dense forests through one of the most winding and dramatic routes in Morocco. Reach the Tizi n Tichka pass at 2200 meters high to enter the Great South. Stop and visit UNESCO world site Ait Benhaddou to later skirt through Ouarzazate and then cross the Draa gorges and reach 1700 meters high, from where the panorama of the legendary Draa Valley unfolds.
Reach Agdz, here it is worth visiting the Black people village and the ksar of Tamnougalt. Reach The hotel early evening. Dinner and accommodation at a Kasbah/Hotel
Day 2: Agdez – Zagora – M’hamid – Erg Chigaga
After breakfast, a dusty off road will take you to local prehistoric rock engravings in Foum Chenna before you continue your way to Zagora to discover the nearby village of Amezrou and its Jewish heritage – the old adobe synagogue and the silver jewelry craft. Further on, the stoves of Tamegroute cast the emerald glaze so easily identified on mosque tiles, dishes and pots across Morocco. The nearby Nassiria library holds a 10 century old gold- engraved Koran and various treaties on astronomy, medicine and Arab poetry among other gems. Before leaving the tarmac behind and take on the Sahara, we recommend visiting a traditional ksour and having lunch in Mhamid . From Mhamid, across various types of desert, you will reach the dunes of Erg Chigaga, the last bit by camel. Dinner and accommodation in private boutique tents with ensuite shower and toilets.
Day 3: Erg Chigaga Desert
Today is more of a relaxing day, after breakfast your driver will take you to visit some of the local nomades in order to see their style of life and get to interact with them while drinking a cup of tea that they will be happy to share with you. Visit also the sacred oasis of Oum Laalag then go back to have lunch in the camp and ride the camels in the afternoon to go up the highest dunes in order to watch a marvelous sunset. Dinner and Accommodation is as per the previous night.
Day 4: Erg chigaga Desert – Foum-Zguid – Tazenakht – Taroudant
Wake up early to admire the sunrise and stroll around the dunes. Later on, you will take on the hamada ( rocky desert ) and cross the dry lake Iriki. Have tea with the nomads, pry out fossils and later join the tarmac again at Foum Zguid. Have a tasty lunch by the pool at Bab Rimal or opt for the more formal choice of a kefta in the village. Take the route west and soon reach the village of Tazenakht, very famous for it huge selection of Berber rugs and it’s the destinations of different merchants who sell rugs in different other Moroccan cities. Reach Taroudant at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation in a beautiful hotel at the Medina or the Palme groove nearby .
Day 5: Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira
After breakfast, have a caleche ride around the city walls and/ or browse the souks for the best argan oil or honey in Morocco. Or, arrive rather early in Essaouira to make the best out of your time there. You don’t have to plan anything ahead but rather decide on the day. Follow the Atlantic coast all the way to Essaouira and admire the goats up in the trees as you approach the wind city. Dinner and accommodation at A beautiful riad in the Medina .
After breakfast spend the day wandering around the stunning medina with its white washed houses, art galleries, fishing port, food stalls, European fortifications and its all around farniente vibe. accommodation as previously, dinner on your own.
Day 7: Essaouira – Marrakech
Spend the morning on a deserted beach in the surroundings of Essaouira . In the afternoon, return to Marrakech. End of your Morocco Desert Tour .