9 days trip from marrakech to Sahara desert
Family trip from marrakech to Sahara desert
Discover the magic of Morocco on a journey that takes you from bustling markets to soaring desert dunes. Meet enchanting musicians and storytellers steeped in Amazigh (also known as Berber) heritage, and try your hand at cooking up colourful local dishes. Hike past stunning rock formations, climb windswept sands, and uncover ancient secrets in green oases and grand palaces.
DAY 1 MARRAKECH
Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.
DAY 2 MARRAKECH/OUARZAZATE
Wind past red slopes and green terraces as we make our way south through the stunning valleys of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch beside a sparkling river. Arrive in Ouarzazate, known as the “gateway to the Sahara,” and step behind the scenes at a film studio to see how the surrounding dunes have starred on the silver screen.
DAY 3 OUARZAZATE/MERZOUGA
Today, travel between jagged peaks and palm oases toward the desert town of Merzouga. Settle into our hotel near the incredible Erg Chebbi, a sweeping sea of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. As the sun sets, savour a traditional Amazigh dinner, then spread a blanket on the sand for an evening of desert stargazing.
DAY 4 MERZOUGA
This morning, hop aboard a 4x4 and ride across the dunes to discover fossils left behind by an ancient sea, and be entranced by Gnaoua musicians in a local village. Return to the hotel for free time to cool off in the pool, or opt to explore the desert in style, riding a camel across the sands as ancient travelers once did. Enjoy a tasty Amazigh dinner, then gather around a glowing bonfire for a storytelling session.
DAY 5 MERZOUGA/DADES GORGE
Venture into the rugged landscape of the Dades Gorge, a dramatic and colourful valley carved by the waters of the Dades River. Visit a local village for lunch and enjoy a special dish—traditional Amazigh pizza! Wind through the valley on a guided walk as you learn about the amazing geology behind the weird and wonderful rock formations of the Gorge. This evening, enjoy free time to relax at the hotel.
DAY 6DADES GORGE/AÏT BEN HADDOU
Drive through the Ounila Valley to the ancient fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site where clay houses crowd together in a traditional ksar behind defensive walls. Explore alleyways twisting between historic structures, and stand guard atop the clay brick ramparts, taking in views of the green oasis around this imposing fort. Entertain your taste buds at a hands-on tagine cooking class, followed by a delicious dinner.
DAY 7AÏT BEN HADDOU/MARRAKECH
Journey through the mountains to Marrakech, known as the “red city” for its walls, houses, and many mosques built from red clay. After checking into your hotel and resting up, head to a local henna workshop to have your hands painted in this ancient temporary tattooing art. Then, explore the lively Djemaa el Fna, an ancient marketplace still used as the main square in Marrakech. After, enjoy free time to discover more of Marrakech.
DAY 8 MARRAKECH
Wake up as the call to prayer echoes across the city. After breakfast, set out on a guided walk through the narrow, maze-like streets of the medina, lined with colorful shops brimming with rugs, spices, and much more. Spend the rest of the day exploring Marrakech on your own, or opt to explore the Marjorelle Garden. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner in a traditional riad, a grand house with an elegant interior courtyard.
Depart at any time. Back home.
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion, Merzouga
Your Family Journeys Moment: Atlas Film Studios Tour, Ouarzazate
Your Foodie Moment: Tagine Cooking Class, Aït Ben Haddou
Your Family Journeys Moment: Marrakech Henna Art Caffe Experience, Marrakech
Amazigh village visit and Amazigh pizza lunch
Dades Gorge guided walk
Visit Aït Ben Haddou
Tagine cooking demonstration
Walk in Djemaa el Fna square
Marrakech medina guided walk including Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, souks and Jemaa el-fnaa square
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Hotels (8 nts)
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD200-260 for meals not included.
Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking
STAFF & EXPERTS
2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, local guides