South and Berber Culture - Marrakech - Marrakech

10 days/09 nights

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Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech

Today, your driver guide will pick you up from the airport and drive you straight to your riad. Bed and breakfast included.

Day 2: Marrakech Guided Tour

After breakfast in the riad we will take you to explore Marrakech, “the red city of Morocco.” We will ensure that you see the most important places of historical and cultural interest, including the Saadian tombs; the Palaces of El Bahia and El Badi; and the Ben Youssef Koranic school. We will stop for lunch near the square, then head to visit the gardens at Majorelle, Menara, and the Koutoubia tower.... Overnight in your riad located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech.  Bed and breakfast included.

Day 3: Marakech - Telouat - Ait Benhaddo - Ouarzazate

Today, we will pick you up from your Hotel in Marrakech, and departure to Telouet over the mountains of high Atlas passing through the Tizi N’tichka pass (2260 m in altitude), visit the Kasbah of Pasha Glaoui in Telouet and stop for lunch in a local restaurant. In the Afternoon we will drive to Ait Ben Haddou along the Ounila valley with its Berber villages. You will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou then continue to Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ouarzazate includes dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Day 4: Ouarzazte - Ait sawen - Zagora

After Breakfast in your Riad you will travel to the south and cross the second pass which is Tizi N’Tnifift at 1710m and Ait Saoun village, the former route of caravans for Sahara traders coming from “Tombouktou”, you will reach the first administrative centre called “Agdez Village” that marks the source of Draa Valley, with it’s 6 successive palm groves stating (Mezguita palmary, Fezouata...) and Kasbahs stating the famous Tamnougalt Kasbah. You will continue through the lunar landscapes and the Pre-Sahara routes until you get to Zagora which is a small town, the native region of Saadian dynasty (Saadian tombs in Marrakech) who used to rule Morocco in the XVII century. 18 km further more you will arrive to Tamgroute, a small village where most of locals are pottery handicrafts, Tamgroute is also well know by it’s old Coranic school and library collecting the old books.You will be back to Zagora where you spend the first night. Overnight include Bed ,Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad.

Day 5: Zagora - Rissani – Merzouga Desert

After breakfast, you depart from Zagora towards the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi known as Merzouga Sahara desert dunes as well. The adventure continues along the valley of Draa, the village of Benizoli and Tazarine crossing the villages of Ait Atta of the Anti Atlas. You will free time for lunch in Alnif, a Berber village known for trilobite extractions (Possibility to have a specialized guide to explore the trilobites, orthocere, ammonites and other fossils). After lunch, you will continue to Rissani city, the former capital of the Alawites Sultans. Rissani is known for its important market for caravans of sub-Saharan region Sijilmassa and the Moulay Ali Cherif gate, visit of the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, where the father of the founder of the Alouite dynasty is buried. This is a wonderful destination for those who wish to learn some of the history of the country. There is much to see at the gate. Afterwards, you will cross the Erg Chebbi to arrive at the inn at the foot of Merzouga Sahara desert dunes. Overnight include Bed ,Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad/Hotel. 

Day 6: Merzouga – Hassi labied – Khamlia – Nomad family – fossil Site – Camel Trekking

Today we will explore the desert region and the marvel that is the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. We will will make a circuit of the desert dunes where you will have the opportunity to see the the nomad's way of life and the amazing changing contrasts of the of the desert. We will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians. We will have a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the ancient capital of Rissani. In the afternoon we will ride the camels to see the sunset over the dunes and spend the night in the desert camp. We will have a traditional tagine dinner, drink delicious mint tea, listen to traditional berber music while watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert.. Dinner, bed, and breakfast included.

Day 7 : Merzouga - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges.

Your camel guide will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to your Riad appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the Riad, you’ll leave for Tinghir and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here you’ll have the opportunity to hike along it’s valley. After lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation will be in a hotel in the heart of the gorge includes dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Day 8 : Dades valley – Boutghrar – Skoura – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, you will begin your journey through the valley of Dades , with exploring the marvelous sights of the valley. After that we drive you over the wonderful Pist “Mil Kasbah” which is accessible only on 4x4 passing by the amazing Berber villages such as “Boutaghrar”. Besides that you will have the opportunity to meet some Berber nomads whom are living in the caves. Then continue to El Kelaa M’gouna (the valley of roses) where you will have a break for lunch,after heading to Ourzazat by crossing the beautiful oasis of the palm grove in Skoura, where you can see many exotic Kasbahsuch as Amerhidil Kasbah till reaching Ourzazat. Overnight include Bed ,Dinner and Breakfast your Moroccan authentic Riad includes dinner, bed, and breakfast.

Day 9: Ourzazate - Tizi N'tichka - Marrakech

After breakfast in your Riad, we’ll head to Marrakech , visiting Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. The former is the largest Kasbah in Morocco, built by T-hami El Glaoui, one of the last Berber chieftains during the beginning of the XXth Century, it used to be one of his stops during his long travel from the Sahara to Marrakech. Now one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Your journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Your tour ends at your accommodation or at the airport in Marrakech.

Day 10: Return Home

After breakfast and depending on your flight time, your driver guide will drive you to the airport to catch your flights. The tour ends at the airport.


Included:

  • 10 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C.
  • 09 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads.
  • All breakfasts and all dinners except the ones in Marrakech.
  • English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip.
  • English - speaking city guides in Marrakech, Fes.
  • Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes.
  • All Other Taxes.

Not Included:

  • Lunches.
  • Airfare (Flight Ticket).
  • Beverages (Drinks).
  • Tips for guide, drivers

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Having recently completed a 14 night and 15 day tour of Morocco with our wonderful, friendly and very knowledgeable guide Hamed and driver Ibrahim (who kept us very safe on the long drives); I could not recommend Atlas Desert Tours enough. Right from the start the company was easy to deal with - assisting us via email to design a tour suited to our needs and budget with exceptional value for money. We chose mid range accomodation which was perfect - the company picked lovely authentic riads for us which were situated in accessible and safe locations. Our transport via mini van was very spacious and clean. Perfect for the longer car trips. 

Willow and Gen Durington

Brisbane, Australia

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My husband and I booked 5 days and 4 nights with Atlas. Our driver Mohammed was wonderful, safe driver who instilled a lot of confidence in me. Our guide Mbark was incredible, filling our days with beautiful sights, incredible history, and great stories. His knowledge of Morocco is a gift to tourists. He does a great job of breaking the day up with stops for the bathroom, food/beverage, and shopping. We were incredibly impressed with the choice of nightly accommodations. We were comfortable, well-fed, and surrounded by the beauty of Morocco. "Camping" (an incredible luxury with indoor plumbing) in the Sahara was so memorable. Do not miss!

We will absolutely be back to Morocco, and when we do, Atlas will be our first call. 

Ilene and Bill Ross

Cincinnati, Ohio

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We took a 6 day, 5 night trip to Morocco using Atlas Desert Tours for our booking. Said was extremely helpful in organizing the trip and made a great itinerary for us! Our guide (Hamid) and driver (Mohammed) were absolutely wonderful! They made sure wet got to see all of the highlights during our quick trip and accommodated our requests along the way. Snow on the mountain pass on one of the days delayed our travel but they still made sure we made it to the desert by sunset! The local guides in Fes and Marrakech were so knowledgeable as well. The luxury desert camp, which is fairly new, surpassed my expectations. Overall, I would highly recommend this trip. The only suggestion I have is to stay longer than we did!

Jennifer Warren

New York City, USA

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