9 days private Sahara desert tour from Marrakech

Morocco luxury tour: 9 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara desert

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech

Airport pick up and transfer to your hotel or riad. Time to make your first visit in the famous square of Jemaa el Fna. Accommodation in your chosen hotel.

Day 2: discover Marrakech

Free day in Marrakech, famous for its ancient square of Jemaa el Fna, an amalgamation of aromas, sounds and unique sensations. The city has plenty of places for you to discover and enjoy, Majorelle Gardens, the Menara Gardens, the Saadian Tombs, walks through the medina or the Mellah (the old Jewish quarter), palaces, museums, the route of the walls, the modern city of Gueliz with its western lifestyles and of course the souks. coming back to accommodation which you had chosen.

Day 3: Marrakech-Telouet-Ouarzazate

Departure in the morning towards the High Atlas and through the mountain pass at Tizi N-Tichka 2260 m altitude . Our road takes us into the Ounila Valley, dotted with Berber villages, to the Kasbah of Telouet, palace of the Pacha Glaoui, former head of the caravans. Having lunch on site. Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is our next visit, best known as a movie location and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will continue by 4×4 routes to Ouarzazate called the Hollywood of Morocco. Having dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 4: Ouarzazate – Valley of the Roses – Tinghir

In the morning, we will move on to the stunning Todra Gorge visiting the renowned Atlas film studios on the way. Our route also takes us by the exotic oasis of Skoura, Kasbah Amridil and Kelaat M’gouna. Having lunch in the Valley of the Roses. In the afternoon we will go down the route of a thousand kasbahs, only accessible by 4×4, passing through small Berber villages to arrive the Todra Gorge. There we will have dinner and we will be staying in a traditional kasbah hotel.

Day 5: Tinghir – Erfoud – Merzouga

We will start the day by visiting the Todra Gorge, a narrow gorge with vertical walls over 300 meters high and situated near a palm tree-lined valley and Berber villages. Then pass through the palm of Tinghir. Later we will go to Erfoud. Stop in Rissani to have lunch, here they have a speciality called medfouna, a delicious Berber pizza. We will continue our tour to Merzouga desert where we will rest in a camp and camel ride in the sahara desert of Erg Chebbi. There you will a typical Berber dinner and you can sleep in a traditional nomadic tent under a starry sky.

Day 6: Merzouga -Taouz – Ouzina – M´harech

Up early to watch the sunrise from the top of a big dune. After breakfast, back with the camels. Take a good shower and go out to visit the people of Khamlia who play a traditional form of Gnaoua music, these desert tribes are descendants of the black slaves from Sudan.  We will take a break to drink mint tea. Refreshed from our tea we will go to the caves in Taouz and following the River Ziz, and we will take the old Paris-Dakar rally road. We will pass through a small villages lost in the desert routes, Ouzina (having lunch on site) and Ramlia. After Ramlia, we will take a very sandy track that so called the Gheriz River to M´harech. Having dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 7: M´harech – Zagora

After breakfast we will start our way to Zagora, along the track of Paris–Dakar rally crossing the hamadas (black desert) and see nomads under their tents. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 8: Zagora – Draa Valley – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will leave Zagora and travel up through the picturesque Draa valley with its parade of palms via the Berber village of Agdez and the Anti Atlas (1660 m altitude) to Ouarzazate. We will take a stop to visit the peaceful and idyllic Oasis Fint and follow the mountain road to Marrakech through the high pass Tizi n- Tichka, stopping to admire the scenery and take pictures. Night in Marrakech at a hotel. 

Day 9: Marrakech

Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedules and leave Marrakech. here your journey will be ended.

The tour included:

- Comfortable transportation (4×4 toyota land cruiser – micro bus).

- Driver-guide who speaks your language.

- Fuel.

- Hotels – riad with half board.

- Camel ride.

- Overnight in desert camp.