Sahara tour from Marrakech

Special Tour 4 Days & 3 Nights Availability: 10/11/2021
Ouarzazate, Morocco Morocco medinas, Morocco gardens, Morocco trekking, Marrakech, Sahara Desert

Ouarzazate

On the road of a 1,000 kasbahs from Marrakech to the Sahara, one pitstop stands out for its movie-star credentials and sunset-soaked citadels. Ouarzazate is Morocco’s desert-based Hollywood. Here’s how to see it.

While there are loads of great things to do in Marrakech many make the popular road trip to the Saharan sand dunes. Heading passed the Ounila Valley & Aït Ben Haddou almost all travellers spend a night in Ouarzazate. It may look like a sleepy town, but under the surface, this dusty road stop has a few surprises up its sleeve.

The first thing you notice as you approach Ouarzazate is a massive shining beacon of light. Radiating from something similar to a modern lighthouse, the world’s largest solar power complex towers above the desert.

But, Ouarzazate is also the leader in another dazzling field. Atlas Studios, just outside the centre of town, has been churning out Hollywood blockbusters since 1983. Over 200 movies have been filmed in this landscape. It has served as everything from biblical scenes to ancient Egyptian fables.

In addition to being the hub of the Moroccan movie industry, the area surrounding Ouarzazate is home to intriguing kasbahs – both decaying and restored – and a hidden oasis making it one of the most interesting places to visit in Morocco.

Merzouga

Located on the edge of the starkly beautiful Sahara Desert, Merzouga is a small, dusty town in eastern Morocco. Although the town itself has little to offer the intrepid traveler (besides a handful of hotels and restaurants), it is famous as the gateway to the vast Erg Chebbi dunes. Here, soaring peaks of sand change color with the shifting light of dawn and dusk. Camel trains create romantic silhouettes, and Berber villages act as remote oases in an environment that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. These are the archetypal Sahara landscapes of which Moroccan dreams are made.

Dadès valley

Situated in central Morocco, the Dadès Gorge should be at the top of the bucket list for adventurous souls in search of astonishing scenery and immersion into authentic Berber culture. The gorge (actually a series of separate gorges) was carved out by the passage of the Dades River and is navigable via a road known locally as the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.

Those that drive its hairpin bends can expect to discover breathtaking rock formations in colors that range from tan and beige to gold, rust red, and dusky mauve. The historic kasbahs and ksour, or fortified villages, of the Berber people overlook the valley, where the river breathes life into groves of palm and almond trees.

Local people still inhabit some of these villages, while many of the kasbahs have been converted into boutique hotels for Dadès Gorge explorers.

Marrakech

Between tradition and modernity, Marrakech is the promise of unequalled sensations. Strolling the Jemaa El-Fna square and the souks with their shimmering colours and oriental smells, the red city offers you a complete change of scenery. Horse-drawn carriage rides, sunny terraces, travelling artists and other day and night activities will give a tates of wishful comeback.

You will be able to admire all the architectural richness of the Medina, upon visiting one of its many riads, small oriental palaces overlooking a beautiful patio. You can also relax and recharge at the Menara, a vast garden with an emblematic basin. Marrakech shower its visitors by its splendour and its diversity, you just have to leave the ramparts to be immersed in modern Morocco. The districts of Gueliz and Hivernage offer the most modern infrastructures, luxury boutiques and international ready-to-wear stores, airy avenues; which all contribute to Marrakech’s unique offering.

Being a growing economic bustling city, Marrakech has special festive and cultural places, such as the « Palais des Congres » and the splendid Royal Theater. Enjoy Marrakech at night by discovering the many themed venues, trendy clubs and traditional evenings that reflect the lively part of the city.



DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION




AVAILABILITY

This tour runs all year round and can depart at any date of your preference.



DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT

Contact us for actual price for this tour. We require 20 % deposit payment for private tours in Morocco.



INCLUDED


  • Hotel pickup / drop-off
  • Transfer in comfortable vehicle
  • English speaking driver




  • Local guides
  • Meals as per itinerary





NOT INCLUDED


  • Tips and personal expenses



Day 1: Marrakech to Dades Gorges via Ouarzazate

We organize PRIVATE 4*4 TOUR FROM MARRAKECH WITH DEPART FROM YOUR HOTEL and we’ll travel by car towards the high atlas through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass. Along a road that climbs from the plains up to 2260 miles above sea level. You’ll passing through small villages, small waterfalls; through a continuously changing landscape and colors in these beautiful mountains. Stop on the pass for a cup of refreshing mint tea and to admire the scenery before taking the road to the Ait Benhaddou kasbah.

Here is a chance to visit the famous kasbah, declared UNESCO World Heritage and the scenes of films like the Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Sheltering Sky, and many others. Visit the town of Ouarzazate, the kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios movie studios, the largest and most famous of all Africa. Then go through Ouarzazate, the famous Valley of Roses and the Dades Valley, reaching the Dades Gorges in time for sunset and finally stopping at a very traditional and hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Dades Valley to Sahara Desert via Erfoud

Morning departure to Merzouga dunes. Visit the Palmeraie area which has thousands of palm trees. Afterwards, travel to Todgha Gorge where you can spend some time walking around it. Continue through Tinejdad and Erfoud, and then have lunch at Rissani. See the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum, and then make your way to Merzouga where you will enjoy a camel ride through the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, observing the sunset over behind dunes. Spend the night under nomadic tents.

Day 3: Merzouga To Ouarzazate

After breakfast on the third day our Marrakech Sahara trip continues with trusted travel company Morocco-Tours-Toubkal-Trek and you will have a final chance to climb the dunes before setting off. A long but scenic journey then brings you through the southern Anti Atlas desert terrain where you may see nomadic camel herders crossing plains and witness the thriving date palm communities of this remote landscape. Your final destination, Ouarzazate, is the Moroccan Sahara’s largest centre and home to one of Hollywood’s most versatile studios for film-making.

Spend one night with dinner.

Day 4: Travel Back to Marrakech

Today you depart Ouarzazate early and drive the breathtaking pass of Tizi n’Tichka over the High Atlas to Marrakech. Your final day on tour and a chance to visit Marrakech and its famous souk-market with snake charmers, fortune tellers, acrobats, and more.

NOTE: This is a Fes to Atlantic coast and nobody else will travel in your private group. If you require any modification for our suggested itinerary please fill up the contact form.

On the road of a 1,000 kasbahs from Marrakech to the Sahara, one pitstop stands out for its movie-star credentials and sunset-soaked citadels. Ouarzazate is Morocco’s desert-based Hollywood. Here’s how to see it. While there are loads of great things to do in Marrakech many make the popular road trip to the Saharan sand dunes. Heading passed the Ounila Valley & Aït Ben Haddou almost all travellers spend a night in Ouarzazate. It may look like a sleepy town, but under the surface, this dusty road stop has a few surprises up its sleeve.

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