Desert excursion from Marrakech
Marrakech – Essaouira
Pick up in Marrakech at your Riad/Hotel and travel along the Atlantic coast. Visit the UNESCO-protected city of Essaouria, reflecting the Portuguese character of settlers from the 16th century. The enormous fortress of white-washed, blue-shuttered houses (built at sea-level) is famous for its fine handcrafts. Overnight and dinner in the hotel.
Essaouira – Agadir
You leave the old city of Essaouira and travel to towards Agadir, passing by plantations of Argan trees climbed by local goats. Enjoy other scenic landscapes as you continue along the Atlantic coast. Arrive in Agadir late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Agadir – Aglou – Mirelft – Legzira Beach
After breakfast, you will start from Agadir towards Tiznit for a visit to the Silver city. Later, drive along the coast to reach Aglou beach towards Mirleft where you will enjoy a lunch meal and relax before transferring to your hotel in Legzira beach.
Legzira Beach – Tafraoute – Taroudannt
You start your day trip towards a town known as Taroudannt. You will take new trails through the foothills of the Anti Atlas where small oasis and Berber villages are surrounded by a landscape of desert mountains. You will reach the fullness arriving in the evening Tafraoute village located 1200m above sea level, amid a circus of huge blocks of pink granite ablaze at sunset in beautiful shades of pink, ocher and purple. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Taroudannt – Tazenakht – Foum-Zguid – Erg Chigaga
After your breakfast, you will start towards the big dunes of Erg Chigaga. Along the way we will visit Taliouine berber villages. You will take off-road to the sand dunes of Erg Chigaga desert where the landscape is awe-inspiring. Interspersed with an oasis for relaxation, at arrival at the big dunes, you will saddle on your camel and embark on your journey to your camp site for the night.
Erg Chigaga – M’hamid – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate
After enjoying the fresh morning breeze and sunrise upon the Chigaga dunes, you will have a breakfast. Travel towards Zagora with a stop in M’hamid for a cup of tea. Then we reach a nice historical village named Tamgroute for the visit of a nice underground kasbah and also a Koran library. After 30km, you will arrive at Zagora for lunch break. You continue your exploration towards Ouarzazate with nice stops in the longest valley of Morocco named Draa valley with thick palm trees groves, lot of kasbahs and traditional old houses. You reach Ouarzazate as being the Hollywood of Morocco. Dinner and night in a hotel.
Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
Transfer towards Marrakech after breakfast via Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco’s most spectacular and fortified villages that was a passage for caravan traders through the Atlas Mountains, and Berber villages. Majestic lunch in the mountains. Arrival in Marrakech by late evening.
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