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$293.01 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Sahara Tour from Marrakech

Day 1: Marrakech to Mhamid (D)A guide will pick you up from your accommodations so that you may leave Marrakech. Begin the drive through the scenic High Atlas mountains and admire the breathtaking scenery. Continue to Draa Valley, crossing the second pass, Tizi N'Tnifift on the way. Reach Agdez where you will break for lunch. Next, move on to the historical town of Tamegrout where you will visit an underground Kasbah. Finally, ride camels for approximately 90-minutes after arriving in Mhamid. Overnight: Nomad Tents Day 2: Erg Lihoudi Dunes to Marrakech (B)After enjoying the sunrise and breakfast, ride camels back to meet your driver. Drive back through the Draa valley towards Ouarzazate, discovering the hidden treasures of the Southern region. Stop in Ouarzazate to visit one of the most famous Kasbahs " Taourirt Kasbah" and the film studios. Afterwards, the trip will continue to Ait benhaddou village, the fortified Ksar with its beautiful Kasbahs. Enjoy lunch in one of local restaurants before driving back to Marrakech in the afternoon.

$70.32 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Zagora Desert Tour from Marrakech

Day 1: Marrakesh - Zagora After pickup from Marrakech at 7am, you will begin your journey crossing the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n'tichka pass toward the beautiful village of Ait Benhaddou. Upon arrival at the site, enjoy the splendour of its historical castle which is built on a hill, overlooking the area.From there, you will stop in Draa Valley well-known for its amazing Ksour and Kasbah before climbing to an altitude of over 3,800 feet (1160 meters) in the arid land of Ouarzazate city. Within the last portion of the drive connecting Ouarzazate with Zagora, you will admire the most beautiful valleys of Morocco and its beautiful villages filled with local handicraft shops.In the past, the Oasis of Zagora was a caravan centre, the starting point of the great trans-Saharan convoys. Once there, you will enjoy a 1-hour camel ride from Zagora to reach the bivouac campsite. Along the way, you will be able to view the amazing panoramic sunset. At the camp, you will savour a traditional dinner under the starlit sky and retire to your tent to spend the night near the dunes of Zagora.Day 2: Zagora - Marrakesh In the early morning around 5am, you will wake to a beautiful sunrise over the sand dunes and enjoy a typical Berber breakfast offered at the camp. Once again, you will ride camel for 1 hour going to Zagora. If time and weather permits, you will visit Tamegroute. It's only about 13 miles (20 kilometers) from Zagora on the old road to Timbuktu. The town is known for its historical library of the Koranic School of Zaouia Naciria and by the handicrafts cooperative of pottery.Along the route to Marrakech, you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense) before making the circuit again through the Atlas mountains and through the Tizi n'Tichka pass.

$281.29 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 days 2 nights private desert tour from Fes to Marrakesh

Day 1:  Fez - Ifrane - Midelt – Ziz Gorges - Erfoud - Rissani - Merzouga We will pick you up at 08h00 AM from your hotel or Riad then drive south to the city  of Ifrane across the Middle Atlas mountains. we will stop on our way  at the nice cedar forests to see the protected  Barbarian Apes in their natural habitat. After we will travel through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt city  and along the wonderful Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock, you’ll observe views of the Middle-Atlas plateau and the scenery changing to reveal hints of the desert as you move toward the city of Errachidia. After lunch we’ll continue our drive through the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, Rissani and Merzouga. After, we’ll leave our luggage in a safe room then take a camel ride to a Berber camp in the Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes considered as  the highest sand dunes in North Africa. The camel ride takes about 1hr 30 min,  then we ll relax in  Berber tents for our night in the desert. The tents are well equipped with blankets, mattresses and cushions. After dinner we will get together around the fire and enjoy the listening to traditional Berber drums under the stars.   Day 2: Merzouga - Todra Gorge - Dades Valley -Ourzazate We will wake up early to enjoy a wonderful sunrise on the dunes then take a camel ride back to your hotel. After freshening up and breakfast we’ll leave for Tinghir,  Todra Gorges where you will have your lunch. After lunch we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. This road  provides numerous photo opportunities. We’ll visit the Roses valley and Sekoura village, then continue to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa“, where we will have dinner and spend the night.   Day 3:  Ouarzazate- Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - High Atlas mountain - Marrakech The Driver will take you from the hotel after breakfast to discover Ouarzazate city starting with international ATLAS studio, then You’ll explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou ( Ait BenHaddou village), used as a backdrop for more than 25 international films, it was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan, where traders brought gold, slaves, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Morocco and beyond. Traversing the Tizin Tichka Pass of the High Atlas where the steep mountain hillsides are clustered with fortified mud dwellings housing many berber families and their domestic animals.Arriving on Marrakech you will be transferred to your hotel.

$462.95 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Combined Toubkal Ascent & Sahara Desert

Day One: Marrakech - Imlil - Toubkal RefugePick up from your accommodation in Marrakech to get to The starting point for this trek ; Imlil,in the mountains, and here you will meet your guide and supply mules. From here you'll trek for 5 hours or so towards the Neltner Refuge at 3207m, having lunch along the way, before staying in either a refuge or a tent, depending on the conditions.Day Two: Toubkal Refuge- Toubkal peak 4167m-Ait soukaThe second day will see you ascend the highest peak in Northern Africa, Mount Toubkal, which is 4167m. From the top you will be able to see the desert (which you will be travelling across, on the back of a camel, several days from now), before you head down toward Imlil. 10 to 12 hours after you set off, you should be in the village, ready to stay the night in a local house.Day Three: Imlil - Ouarzazate - Dades GorgeOn day 3, you and your party will transfer to the World Heritage site at Ait Benhaddou, which has provided the scenery for over 20 films. You will pass lots of spectacular views and beautiful villages before you get to the desert, at which point the scenery will transform into riversides of oases and kasbahs. Upon your arrival at the Valley Of The Roses, a Moroccan dinner will be waiting for you in a beautiful hotel in Dades. Day Four: Dades Gorge - Merzougua - Erg ChebbiAfter your breakfast at the hotel, you and your group will transfer to the Todra Gorge, a gigantic fault line that divides the Atlas Mountains as a narrow valley peppered with Berber villages and rises to 300m. After your lunch, you will head deeper into the desert, to a tiny village called Merzouga, where you will trek overnight with the camels (you will get to sleep, do not worry!) to the beautiful Erg Chebbi dunes – the highest dunes in Morocco. You will then ride your camels for an hour and a half at sunset and sleep under the stars at a desert camp after a welcome Berber meal.Day Five: Erg Chebbi - MarrakechThe final day will present you with wonderful views of sunrise in the desert ,camel ride along the dunes for about 1hour and half ,meet the driver and drive all the way back to Marrakech arrive at around 17h00.

$70.32 Day Trips & Excursions

Day tour from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou

When we head to the far side of the mountains the landscape changes dramatically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like. Here is the Kasbah architecture with turrets on all the buildings, adorned with grilled windows and soft peach coloured walls. These traditional houses are made of adobe, highly suitable for the climatic conditions of the south. We leave the main road and take a side one the telouat kasbah which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, and which now stands in ruins. From there we continue for Lunch at Ait Benhaddou. The afternoon is spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, which has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. It was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. We end our day trip heading back to Marrakech were you still enjoy the views of the high Mountains.

$107.83 Day Trips & Excursions

GUIDED DAY TOUR TO OUARZAZATE AND UNESCO KASBAHS FROM MARRAKECH

Journey through breathtaking countryside via Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260m) our first sightseeing of the day is at Telouet, a village on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular Kasbahs in the Atlas, which was once the palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe.  taking a little used back road we arrive at Ait Benhaddou. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. After a guided tour of the ancient settlement be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views.  Your final stop is in Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah, a former Glaoui palace and the main attraction of the desert oasis city. This 300-room fortress, in part restored, marks the junction of 3 rivers – Dadès, Draâ and Ziz – as well as numerous caravan routes. And while Glaoui chiefs – known as caïd – never resided in this opulent palace, the Glaoui kasbah of Taourirt once housed hundreds of people. You’ll have time to tour the palace and stroll the kasbah’s irregular streets.  Late in the afternoon you’ll make the return drive to Marrakech.