8 days of a golden trip to the desert

Day 1 – Arrive Marrakech

We'll pick you up at Marrakesh airport and deliver you to your riad, a delightful hotel in the historic medina. You have the day to unwind and relax, and a great place to begin exploring is Jemaa el-Fnaa, the center of Marrakesh life.

Day 2 – Marrakesh Guided Visit

Today you have a private guided tour of Marrakesh. The tour lasts from 9:30am until 5:30pm Medina (including lunch). And with the knowledge you gained from reading our Marrakesh travel guide, you will be able to discuss with him the sights you would like to see most. It is worth allowing your guide an element of free rein to bring out the best of the Red City and give you a bundle of memories to carry home with you.

Day 3 – Ait Ben Haddou | Ouarzazate | Skoura

You leave Marrakesh at 9am to begin your Morocco Desert tour down south. You'll start by traversing the Atlas Mountains by way of the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, a masterpiece of road construction that peaks at 2260 metres above sea level. Before it was built by the French in 1936, the only other way of crossing the High Atlas was by the route followed by camel trains, and the zig-zag route of the road shows just how arduous that would have been. You have lunch en-route and the chance to visit the World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, a splendid red mud and straw village that has formed the backdrop for many a Hollywood film production, and the final scenes of series three of the TV blockbuster, A Game of Thrones. You might also like to explore Ouarzazate, home to Kasbah Taourirt, once owned by the powerful Glaoui family who built their fortune on charges levied on camel caravans passing between Marrakesh and Timbuktu.

Day 4 – Tinjedad | Sahara Desert

You continue onward to the stunning Dades Valley where you can enjoy the region's impressive rock formations and Berber villages before continuing onward through Tinjedad where a local Berber culture museum is worth a lunch stop. Then, it's off to Merzouga, which is where the golden dunes begin. Here at the hotel on the edge of the dunes, you can store any baggage while packing an overnight bag to bring along. After a short introduction with the camels, prepare for a one hour jaunt into the desert to your tented camp. You can either ride your chosen camel or keep up alongside to a steady pace. The night is spent dining alfresco under the stars followed by sweet dreams in a Bedouin-style tent.

Day 5 – Sahara Desert (4x4 Explore)

This morning, you'll rise with the sun to witness what we hope is a spectacular sunrise among the dunes. This is truly worthwhile and is what our Morocco desert tours are all about! Following breakfast and a quick shower, you'll be able to hit the off-road trails in a 4x4 to begin exploring the region. From a military outpost to a removed village where you'll enjoy a local lunch. You'll then visit with a semi-nomadic family before returning to Merzouga where you'll have the afternoon to relax before dinner is served this evening.

Day 6 – Alnif | Draa Valley | Agdz

You return by a different route today through Alnif to Agdz, giving a taste of the Draa Valley. Agdz means ‘resting place' and is set on the old caravan route that connected Marrakech with Timbuktu.

Day 7 – Return to Marrakesh

You have a reverse view of the Tizi N Tichka Pass and the High Atlas Mountains today as you return to Marrakesh. You'll have the evening to explore the souks, smells, and sights of Marrakesh. Tonight is a good night to enjoy a special dinner before your departure tomorrow.

Day 8 – Depart from Marrakesh

Airport Transfer

You depart from Morocco today and we hope you had a fascinating journey with our team!