Morocco Treasures: 6-Day Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains Adventure

Morocco Treasures: 6-Day Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains Adventure Overview:

Embark on an unforgettable 6-day journey through the Best of Southern Morocco. This adventure will take you from Agadir to the mesmerizing Erg Chegaga and Mhamid, and then to the enchanting Draa Valley and Dades Gorge. Experience the charm of traditional villages like Nkob and Skoura, and explore the famous Kasbahs of Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Witness the stunning landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains as you make your way to the vibrant city of Marrakech. Throughout the tour, immerse yourself in the rich culture, vibrant colors, and breathtaking beauty of Southern Morocco. This journey promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories of this diverse and captivating region.

6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure Itinerary:

Day 1: Agadir – Taroudant – Taliouine - Foum Zguid

This tour offers a true taste of authentic Morocco and Berber culture. On the way to Taroudant, admire numerous agricultural farms with a great variety of vegetables and fruits. Arriving in Taroudant, take the time to explore this lively place with its beautiful Medina or simply enjoy a coffee in the square. Taroudant is renowned for its jewelry and carpet craftsmanship, as well as being famous for Argan oil and one of the world's most aromatic spices - saffron. Have lunch in Taroudant and continue the journey to Taliouine, a city lying between the High Atlas and Anti Atlas mountain ranges. Here, in the saffron capital, you can visit a cooperative to learn about saffron production and purchase local saffron (optional). Overnight in Foum Zguid before the desert in a hotel with dinner and breakfast.

Day 2: Foum Zguid – Iriki Lake – Erg Chegaga

After a leisurely breakfast, depart for the desert. Drive through the track from Foum Zguid and leave civilization behind to reach the dried-up Iriki Lake and the dunes of Erg Chegaga. Experience the solitude of the desert with a swaying camel ride through the dunes of Erg Chegaga. The graceful curves of the sand, glowing orange in certain light, create a mesmerizing sight. Spend the night in a luxury camp with Berber music amidst the dunes of Erg Chegaga.

Day 3: Erg Chegaga – Mhamid el Ghizlane – Tamgroute – Zagora

After a relaxing breakfast, continue the journey through small dunes and stone deserts to reach the village of M’hamid el Ghizlane, the last outpost of Morocco before the Algerian border. On the way to Zagora, make a stop in Tamgroute, known for its green ceramics and an ancient Quranic library. Continue to Zagora and overnight in a hotel with breakfast and dinner.

Day 4: Zagora - Draa Valley - Nkob - Tazazert Pass (2283m) - Dades Gorge

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a picturesque drive through the Draa Valley with its palm groves, Berber settlements, and old Kasbahs towards Jebel Saghro in the Anti-Atlas. En route to the Dades Gorge, discover isolated houses surrounded by palm and almond trees, and cross the impressive Tizi n'Tazazert pass at an altitude of 2283m. Several viewpoints offer breathtaking views of the beautiful lunar landscape, plateaus, peaks, and endless canyons. In the late afternoon, arrive at the stunning Dades Valley. Spend the night in a hotel in the Dades Gorge.

Day 5:Dades Gorge - Boutghrar - Rose Valley - Skoura - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou

Begin your day with a picturesque morning drive that leads you to the captivating Dades Gorge. En route, you'll traverse the renowned Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, which promises breathtaking views and a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Morocco. Upon reaching Skoura, seize the chance to explore the remarkable Kasbah Amredil, a splendid example of traditional architecture nestled amid an oasis of beauty.

Next, venture to Ouarzazate, renowned as the "Hollywood" of Morocco for its significant role in the film industry. Here, an exciting opportunity awaits as you get a behind-the-scenes peek into the famed film studios, where numerous iconic movies have been brought to life.

Continuing our journey, we make our way to the illustrious Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting an ancient and perfectly preserved village. Stroll through its labyrinthine alleys, each step a walk through history, as you immerse yourself in the authentic charm of this cultural treasure. As the day draws to a close, you'll be welcomed into the warm embrace of a traditional Kasbah, where you'll spend the night surrounded by the ambiance of ancient stories and legends. Embrace the magic of the moment as you savor an unforgettable experience within the walls of this timeless oasis.

Day 6: Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech - A Scenic Journey through Ounila Valley and High Atlas Mountains

As we bid farewell to the enchanting Ait Ben Haddou, our journey takes us along the mesmerizing Ounila Valley, also known as the salt valley. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty that unfolds before your eyes - a landscape adorned with winding roads, ever-changing hues of rock and soil, picturesque Berber villages, and lush gardens that paint a vivid picture of Morocco's charm. Along the way, you'll encounter smaller Kasbahs, adding to the allure of this scenic route..

Arriving at Telouet Kasbah, your local guide awaits to introduce you to the fascinating history of the lords of the Atlas - the Ethami El Glaoui. Immerse yourself in the tales of this ancient Kasbah, which once served as the seat of power for the influential Glaoui family.

Our journey continues through the rugged terrain of the High Atlas Mountains, leading us to the renowned Tizi n’tichka pass. At an altitude of 2260m, this mountain pass treats you to breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes, showcasing the traditional High Atlas Berber villages nestled amid nature's grandeur.

As we make our way closer to Marrakech, the heart of Morocco, you'll be embraced by the warm embrace of the Medina, the city's old town. Upon arrival, check in to your Riad, a charming traditional Moroccan guesthouse located within the heart of the Medina. The evening is yours to relish - take a leisurely stroll through the labyrinthine alleys, savor the local cuisine at one of the many cafes, or simply immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that Marrakech has to offer.

As the day comes to a close, reflect on the incredible journey you've embarked upon, filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Your tour may end, but the magic of Morocco will forever be etched in your heart.

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Pricing :

The cost of the "From Peaks to Dunes: A 6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure" tour may vary based on several factors, ensuring that you get the best value for your unique travel experience. The price will be influenced by the following elements: Number of Participants, Season of Travel,Accommodation Preferences.

To provide you with accurate and personalized pricing, we kindly ask you to share these details with us. Our dedicated team is committed to crafting an unforgettable adventure that matches your preferences and offers the best value for your investment.

The price includes :

  • Selected good and centrally located 3* - 4* hotels /Riads
  • Possibility to upgrade to 5* hotels ( entirely or partially )
  • Possibility to start the tour from any major city or airport
  • English speaking driver through the whole tour
  • Private modern vehicle with A/C + fuel + Motorway tolls
  • Bottled Water in the Car during the tour
  • Breakfast is daily included
  • Dinner included at the Desert camp and Ouarzazate
  • Certified guides for the sightseeing days
  • Local guides for monuments and Kasbahs ...
  • Entrance fees for all sights visited during the program
  • All local taxes
  • Possibility to use the driver's mobile internet for limited needs
  • No forced shopping or tourist traps

Extra costs to be expected :

  • Lunch (Full Menus cost an average of 10€, and you can order "á la carte" in most places)
  • Drinks ( if you drink a lot of water, you can purchase a package of 6 bottles from a small shop)
  • Gratuities (optional)

What is the duration of the 2-day hike in Imlil and desert tour combination?

The tour lasts for 6 days, with 2 days dedicated to the hike in Imlil and 4 days for the desert tour.

What is the difficulty level of the Imlil hike?

The Imlil hike is considered moderate, suitable for beginners and those with a reasonable level of fitness. It involves walking through mountainous terrain and may include some uphill climbs.

What should I bring for the hike in Imlil?

It is recommended to bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, a small backpack, and a refillable water bottle. Dress in layers to accommodate changes in temperature during the day.

Will there be a guide for the Imlil hike?

Yes, a local experienced guide will accompany you during the hike in Imlil. They are knowledgeable about the area and will ensure your safety and provide insights into the local culture and nature.

What is the highlight of the desert tour?

The desert tour takes you to the majestic Sahara Desert, where you can experience a camel ride over the sand dunes and witness a captivating desert sunset. You will spend the night in a traditional desert camp under the starry skies.

What type of accommodation is provided during the tour?

Accommodation during the Imlil hike will be in a local guesthouse or mountain lodge. For the desert tour, you will stay in a traditional desert camp in Merzouga.

Can I customize the itinerary?

Yes, we can customize the itinerary to suit your preferences and interests. Whether you want to extend the tour or add specific activities, we can tailor the experience to your liking.

Is transportation included in the tour?

Yes, transportation to and from Marrakech or your preferred location is included in the tour package.

Are meals included in the tour?

Yes, meals are included during the tour. You will enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What is the best time to take this tour?

The best time to embark on this combination tour is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is pleasant for both hiking in Imlil and exploring the Sahara Desert.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions or require further information about our 6-Day High Atlas Trekking and Sahara Desert Adventure. We look forward to creating a memorable and adventurous experience for you.

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How to pay for the tour:

To confirm any tour or activity, we require a small deposit to be paid over PayPal to our Group Creator, the balance is due in cash at the pick up, to be paid to your driver in euros or equivalent in dirhams

Credit cards :

Unfortunately we do not accept payments with credit cards because they are not very popluar nor practical in Morocco and they generate so many fees and hold some security risks

Is it possible to pay the total with PayPal:

Normally we ask for the balance payments in cash because paypal also has many transaction fees and operational delays since it's an international institution. We can in some cases accept the full payment via paypal however a 5% fee will be applied to cover the extra transaction charges. In case you are considering this method, it is best to arrange the payment before the tour.

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