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Explore Morocco: Marrakech, Desert & Atlantic Coast

Overview

This journey is a must-do for travelers seeking the ultimate exploration of the renowned ochre city Marrakech. Explore ancient villages and kasbahs in Ait Benhaddou and N'kob, spend an unforgettable night in the spectacular Erg Lihoudi desert, then unwind in the charming fortified city of Taroudant and the picturesque coastal fishing town of Essaouira. Immerse yourself in the lives of Moroccans from centuries past and delve into the rich culture and fascinating nature of Morocco. This unique experience promises unforgettable memories to cherish and share.

Highlights
Immerse yourself in Marrakech's rich history as you explore its ancient monuments with a knowledgeable local guide.
Experience the vibrant energy of Jmaa El Fena, Marrakech's bustling main square, and indulge in a culinary adventure at its local food stalls.
Embark on an unforgettable journey into the Sahara Desert, where you'll spend a magical night under the stars and traverse the dunes on a camel.
Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of sunrise or sunset over the majestic golden sands of the desert.
Discover the authentic charm of Morocco's local Berber villages, where tradition and culture come to life in every corner.
Unwind and soak up the sun on the pristine beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.
Details & Program

Marrakech Airport Transfer & Overnight Stay - Explore the Red City

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent

Upon arrival at Marrakech airport, you'll enjoy seamless transfer to your accommodation with our local driver, ensuring a hassle-free start to your Marrakech adventure.

Marrakech, known as the Red City for its iconic buildings, is a captivating blend of history, culture, and vibrant energy. As Morocco's former capital and an Imperial city, it offers a rich tapestry of experiences against the backdrop of the majestic High Atlas mountains.

During your stay, immerse yourself in the sensory feast of Jemaa El Fna, Marrakech's bustling main square. As dusk falls, the square transforms into a kaleidoscope of aromas, sounds, and sights, offering an unforgettable glimpse into Moroccan culture.

Indulge in the culinary delights of Marrakech by sampling local delicacies at the outdoor food stalls. From traditional tagines to adventurous options like snails and cooked sheep head, there's something to tantalize every palate.

Note: Approximate driving time is 30 minutes (stops are NOT included).


Discover Marrakech's Historical Gems & Jardin Majorelle

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Today, immerse yourself in Marrakech's rich history! Accompanied by a local guide, a 3-hour walking tour will take you to some of the city's most important historical sites: Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque (exterior only), and the famous Djemaa El Fna square. Explore the bustling old Medina, with its labyrinthine alleys and characterful local shops selling various crafts in the souks: slippers, musical instruments, dried fruits, leather goods, lamps, and more.

Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, exploring the modern city on your own. Many of our travelers find it easy to navigate independently and recommend taking a local taxi to visit Jardin Majorelle, unlike navigating the maze-like streets of the old Medina.

The Jardin Majorelle is the creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle, who spent 40 years infusing his passion and creativity into this magical garden. With charming pathways, tranquil streams, and over 300 species of stunning plants, Jardin Majorelle offers a serene escape from the bustling city.


Explore Ait Benhaddou: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hotel: DAR MOUNA or equivalent (breakfast only is included)

After breakfast, collect your rental car to embark on your journey towards Ait Benhaddou via the scenic Tiz-n-Tichka pass, offering breathtaking views. Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its architectural authenticity and pre-Saharan construction techniques, featured in numerous famous films. Transporting you back centuries, the mud clay village of Ait Benhaddou is a captivating glimpse into Morocco's rich history.

Upon arrival at the picturesque Ait Benhaddou around midday, savor lunch on a sunny terrace overlooking the Kasbah and its stunning surroundings. Spend the afternoon exploring the kasbah and consider venturing to nearby villages like Tamedaght.

** Approximate driving time is 4.5 hours (stops not included).


Desert Adventure: Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Zagora - Erg Lihoudi

Hotel: Deluxe Bedouin tent with private shower and toilet (Breakfast & dinner included)

After breakfast, you will head to Erg Lihoudi. Passing by Draa Valley, the road will take you through beautiful landscapes filled with palm trees and old kasbahs. You can have lunch (not included) in the oasis and desert town of Zagora, stop in Tamegroute to pay a quick visit to the famous Zaouia Nassiriya, Nassiriya library famous for its 4000 ancient Koranic manuscripts and a Koran which was written on gazelle skin (Please note that the library is closed on the weekends), and Green Pottery and Pottery handcrafted with henna. Tamegroute itself is captivating with its labyrinth of narrow alleys and underground streets.

After Tamegroute, you will head to Oulad Driss where you will start your camel ride which takes you through beautiful sand dunes and onto your bivouacs in Erg Lihoudi. This pleasurable ride usually lasts about 1h30 mins. You will be able to watch the sunset in the dunes and spend a magical night in your private tent.

** Approximate driving is 3.5 hours (stops are NOT included).


Desert Trek: Erg Lihoudi to N'kob

Hotel: KASBAH IMDOUKAL or equivalent (breakfast only included)

After breakfast, you will head towards N'kob. Rising before the sun, you'll witness the breathtaking sunrise before boarding your camels and continuing to the next Berber village. N'kob boasts the highest concentration of kasbahs in Morocco, nestled amidst palm trees and steeped in history. Spending the night here offers a glimpse into the enchanting Saghro region.

Upon arrival in N'kob, enjoy lunch on a terrace overlooking the palm grove and the village, with the Saghrou mountains in the distance. In the afternoon, a guided walk will take you through the tranquil traditional village of N'kob, the surrounding Henna fields, and some of its historic Kasbahs. You will spend the night in N'kob village.

** Approximate driving time is 2 hours (stops not included).


From N'kob to Taroudant: Exploring Authentic Moroccan Culture

Hotel: RIAD TAROUDANT or equivalent (breakfast only included)

The journey from N'kob to Taroudant will take you through Tazenakht, renowned for its tapestries, and Taliouine, famous for its saffron. Taroudant, also known as 'Little Marrakech,' is strategically located between the mountains and just an hour from the coast. It provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in genuine Moroccan culture and its surroundings.

Upon arrival in Taroudant, enjoy lunch before having the rest of the day to explore at your leisure. Don't miss the chance to browse the renowned souqs and visit the 16th-century gates, the ramparts, the Old Kasbah quarter, and Place Al Alaouyin. You will spend the night in Taroudant.

** Approximate driving time is 5.5 hours (stops not included).


Coastal Journey: From Taroudant to Essaouira

Hotel: RIAD ZAHRA or equivalent (breakfast only included)

It's an opportunity to diversify the scenery of your trip. After breakfast, pack up and begin your drive to Essaouira. Passing through numerous villages, you'll undoubtedly enjoy the journey, especially along the Atlantic coast from Agadir. It boasts the sunniest beach in the country, so take some time to relax at one of its beachside cafes before continuing your drive. Perhaps grab some snacks for the road.

Essaouira is a picturesque coastal fishing village where you'll spend two nights. Its blue and white aesthetics reflect the influence of Berber, Arab, Jewish, French, and Portuguese cultures over the years, evident in both its architecture and lifestyle. Upon arrival, take a leisurely stroll around the Old Medina. You'll spend the night in a hotel in Essaouira.

** Approximate driving time is 5.5 hours (stops not included).


Explore Essaouira at Your Own Pace

Hotel: RIAD ZAHRA or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Essaouira is a small town easily explored on foot. On your second day, take a leisurely stroll down to the port to see the fishing boats, climb to the top of ‘La Sqala’ (one of the port bastions) for magnificent views of the port and town, wander through the alleys filled with woodwork shops, artist studios, and music stores, walk along the ramparts, and find a spot among the cannons to watch the sunset. Don't forget to allocate some time to walk along the vast windswept beach. You will spend the night in a hotel in Essaouira.


Return Journey: Essaouira to Marrakech

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Today, you'll return to Marrakech. Upon arrival, drop off your rental car at the local office. In the afternoon, wander through the Medina and explore the Souk for souvenirs. Many of our travelers make exciting plans for this evening! Don't miss the chance to book a dinner at one of the most authentic restaurants and celebrate your self-driving achievement. You've gone beyond the obvious and made it to the city of your start with plenty of memories and special experiences to share when you return home.

** Approximate driving time is 3 hours (stops not included).


Farewell Transfer: Marrakech to Marrakech Airport

Hotel: RIAD SABAH or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Your journey in Morocco has come to an end already! We hope you've enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Your driver will take you to Marrakech Airport for your departure flight. We wish you a safe journey back home!

** Approximate driving time is 30 minutes (stops not included).


Included / Not Included
Comprehensive Information Package: Receive a detailed day-to-day itinerary packed with insider tips and essential information about your trip and destination.
Hassle-Free Transfers: Enjoy a private transfer from Marrakech Airport to your accommodation in Marrakech, ensuring a seamless start to your adventure.
Accommodations: Stay in standard accommodations such as Riads or Kasbahs, with meals outlined in your program or equivalent options.
Expert Guidance: Explore Marrakech's vibrant medina with confidence, guided by a knowledgeable local English-speaking guide for 3 enriching hours.
Convenient Car Rental: Experience the freedom to explore at your own pace with a compact-class car rental for 7 days, complete with SUPER CDW insurance for peace of mind.
Desert Adventure: Spend an unforgettable night in a deluxe tent with half-board accommodation, including a return camel trek and private facilities (shower and toilet) for added comfort.
Seamless Departure: Conclude your journey with a private transfer from your accommodation in Marrakech back to Marrakech Airport.
Around-the-Clock Support: Rest assured with 24/7 on-site follow-up and support throughout your entire trip, ensuring a worry-free and unforgettable experience.
Personal Expenses: Expenses for drinks, laundry, souvenirs, and other personal items.
Additional Guided Visits: Any local guides required for visits not specifically mentioned in the program are not covered.
Additional Meals: Meals outside of those listed in the program are not included.
Entrance Fees: Entrance fees for attractions during city tours are not covered.
Transportation and Insurance: Flight tickets, travel insurance, or any other services not mentioned in the included services list are excluded.
Tips and Gratuities: Tips and gratuities for guides, drivers, and staff are not included and are at your discretion.
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Trip Details
Tour type
Individual Tours
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Departure days
Everyday
Languages
French, English
Selected trip
Arrival City Marrakech
Departure city Marrakech
Price List
Price detail
Travelers
Price per person
Action
Travelers 2 persons
Price per person 795