DAY 1 : ARRIVE TO MARRAKECH TRANSFER TO YOUR RIAD :
Airport Transfer to your accommodation.
DAY 2 : MARRAKECH SIGHTSEEING.
After breakfast we’ll explore Marrakech“the red city of Morocco”. We will ensure you see the most important historical and cultural sites, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Koutoubia Tower, the Saadian tombs, and the Bahia Palace. After lunch at a restaurant near the square we’ll take a walk through the souks and the rest of the day will be at your leisure.
DAY 3 : MARRAKECH – AIT BEN HADDOU KASBAH – OUARZAZETTE – DADES VALLEY:
After breakfast in your riad we will set off for the Dades valley. Passing through Tizi-n-Tishka pass in the High Atlas Mountains we will visit the UNESCO World heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou which has been the backdrop for many films including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Alexander. After lunch we’ll enjoy the wonderful natural landscapes and historical monuments of Taourirt Kasbah in Ourzazate and the Roses valley, famous for its annual Festival of Roses. We’ll also pass through the Berber villages of El Kelaa des M’Gouna till arrive to Dades valley where we will spend the night in a Hotel with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 4 : DADES VALLEY – TODRA GORGES – SAHARA:
Today’s target point is arriving to Sahara Desert which is known for the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is called Erg Chebbi Sahara desert and it is about 32 km long and 9 km wide. On our way, we will have the chance to see many oasis such as the oasis of Tinjdad. We will continue our tour passing through the little Berber towns of Mellab and Touroug where we can stop for lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant. After this break, we will continue our way enjoying the green oasis of palm trees of Tafilalet and the black Hamada before arriving to Merzouga, where you will be accommodated in a traditional Moroccan riad as well as having a local dinner.
DAY 5 :ERG CHEBBI SAHARA SIGHTSEEING – CAMEL TREKKING :
After breakfast in the riad you’ll start your explorative trip of the area, starting by visiting the ‘village of the blacks’, originally slaves from Sudan, Mali and Senegal to experience their music and lifestyle. Later, we will drive in the desert area to meet nomad families-living under Berber tents- to explore their way of life. Today our lunch will be a traditional Berber meal (Berber pizza) with a local family. You will have the option also to visit the old city of Rissani – the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty – the current ruling royal family in Morocco. Rissani is surrounded by about 360 ksar(a fortified village with many towers) and has a big souk (an open market), held three times a week. Once called Sijilmassa, this was the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Tombouctou in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, selling spices, vegetables and cloths. After that, we drive back to the village of Merzouga. In the afternoon, you will ride your camel guided by an experienced camel-man to explore what is hidden in the middle of the highest sand dunes in Morocco. The camel trek takes about 1hr30 min to the camp where you will enjoy the sunset and make a deep vision on the sky by its stars and shining moon. Dinner will be served in front of the tent where you will spend the night. After dinner you will have chance to song Berber music with drums played by locals.
DAY 6 : MERZOUGA – DRAA VALLEY – OUARZAZATE:
Before sunrise, you will be woken up to climb the sand dunes for fantastic pictures, and watch what well may be the best sunrise in your life. We will then make our way back to the riad for shower and breakfast before we continue our journey to Ouarzazate, passing through Alnif, Tazzarine, Nkob, and the fantastic Draa Valley. We will spend the night in a guest house in Ouarzazate with dinner and breakfast.
DAY 7 : OUARZAZETTE – HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS – MARRAKECH:
After breakfast, we will set off for Marrakech, passing through the spectacular High Atlas Mountains again with stops before we get to your Riad in Marrakech.
DAY 8: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT:
Airport Transfer where our 8 Days tour from Marrakech to Sahara Desert ends.