9 days trip from marrakech to Sahara desert

Language English, French
Cost 800 EUR for tour
Capacity Group of up to 5 people
Duration 1 week 2 days

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.

DAY 9MARRAKECH

Depart at any time. Back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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

Arrival transfer

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

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotels (8 nts)

MEALS

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Allow USD200-260 for meals not included.

TRANSPORTATION

Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking

STAFF & EXPERTS

2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout, local guides

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