Desert, mountains, and beach: South Morocco

Do you dream of counting stars at night in a desert? Want to wander through the busy souks in the Medina of Marrakech? Breathe the fresh air of the High Atlas Mountains? Listen to the ocean at a picturesque town along the Atlantic coast with a beach?

Come and visit the desert, mountains, and beach all on the same trip: South Morocco is your destination!

In 10 days, visit beautiful Morocco with its fascinating places and its friendly people.

 

Highlights:

  • A 10-day trip that will show you the most beautiful locations of south-Morocco
  • Roam around in the souks of Marrakech
  • Spend a night in the Sahara desert, under the stars. And have a camel ride
  • Visit impressive Unesco World Heritage – Ait Benhaddou
  • Hike through the majestic High Atlas with its beautiful views
  • Relax at laidback artists’ coast-town Essaouira (movie location for Game of Thrones)
  • Visit the old film studios of Ouarzazate

Why Travel Magical Morocco?

 

Private groups:

  • Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements and preferred departure dates.

Departure dates group trips:

  • 12 – 21 December 2021 ( 4 – 20 persons per group )

 

Marrakech

Start and end point of the trip

Ait Benhaddou

The famous UNESCO world heritage

Aroumd

High Atlas Mountains

We wil walk from Imlil to Aroumd (about 1 hour walk)

Zagora

In the Draa Valley

Erg Chigaga

The Sahara desert

Taroudant

Essaouira

from € 1000,-  per person (excl. flight) 

The Desert, Mountains, and beach: South Morocco trip will take you to some of Morocco’s most impressive landscapes and places including the desert, mountains, and beach of South Morocco. We will start in vibrant Marrakech, walk through the High Atlas mountains, ride on a camel through the Sahara Desert. At night we camp in the desert and count the stars. Later on, we wander through UNESCO world heritage Ait Benhaddou (also known from the series Game of Thrones) and enjoy the relaxed coastal town Essaouira. Completed with wandering through the old streets of Marrakech and Taroudannt, delicious Moroccan food en the Moroccan hospitality. Desert, mountains, and beach: South Morocco will be a trip to remember!

Day 1 – Marrakech

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoWelcome to Morocco! On your arrival at Marrakech Menara Airport, we will welcome you and transfer you to a comfortable hotel. Or if you’re already in Morocco, we will meet you at the hotel. The rest of the day is free to discover the impressive ‘red city’ Marrakech on your own.

 

Day 2 – Aroumd (High Atlas Mountains)

Desert, mountains and beach; South MoroccoAfter a good night’s sleep, we will leave Marrakech and drive with our own mini-bus to Imlil village (approximately 2 hours drive). From there on we will walk for about 1 hour to the village Aroumd. Your luggage will be packed on mules that will accompany us during the walk. The muleteers will take care of them. If the walking is too much, you can ride on a mule yourself. You’ll spend the night in a gite (rural Moroccan home), with great views of the overwhelming Mount Toubkal.

 

Day 3 – Ait Benhaddou

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoToday after breakfast, we will drive to Ait Benhaddou. In the old days, the fortified kasbah Ait Benhaddou was a trading place on the Sahara routes. Nowadays it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location for movies like The Gladiator and the series Game of Thrones. We will roam through its small streets and experience a glimpse of history. We will stay in a hotel nearby.

 

Day 4 – Zagora

The journey continues with the ride to Zagora today. This will bring us in the direction of the Sahara Desert; We have a 5-hour drive today. Because we have the comfort of our own mini-bus, we can stop wherever we want. For example, to admire the view and take pictures or to stretch our legs, drink some Moroccan tea and check the souvenirs that are being sold along the road.

We will also stop at the film location of Ouarzazate along the way. It’s fascinating to see all the film sets and stroll from ancient Egypt to the narrow streets of Jerusalem. Afterward, we’ll continue our journey through the Draa Valley to Zagora, and take a stroll through the palm groves, explore the kasbahs and wander around the surrounding countryside. We will stay in a hotel in Zagora.

Day 5 – Sahara Desert camp

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoToday we continue the trip and make a stop at Tamegroute. Tamegroute is known for its famous green pottery. Here we will visit an old library and the underground Kasbah. We will continue the drive till the end of the road at the frontier town of M’Hamid (about a 1-hour drive). From here, you can take a short camel ride through the dunes, where you’ll jump into 4WD vehicles.

We will reach the Erg Chigaga dunes in the late afternoon. Tonight, we will spend the night in a fairly basic camp (bedding, mattresses, and toilet facilities). During the winter months of November to March, it can get very cold at night, so it’s a good idea to bring base layers and a warm sleeping bag. Over here you can indulge in some star-gazing in the desert night until you fall asleep.

Day 6 – Taroudannt

We’ll start early this morning to witness the breathtaking sunrise in the Sahara Desert. Next, we’ll take a 6-hour drive to Taroudannt. Taroudant is also known as ‘little Marrakech’ and with good reason! It has the same charm and atmosphere as Marrakech but is smaller and less known, which makes it a more authentic place. You will enjoy wandering through the narrows streets of the medina and visiting the souks. The riad (Moroccan guest house) for tonight is 45 kilometers outside of Taroudannt, has a pool and a steamed bath (hammam) where you can relax and enjoy.

Day 7 – Essaouira – a beach town

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoWe will start today by exploring beautiful, picturesque Taroudannt and after that, ride out of High Atlas Mountains. We will head to the coast; to Essaouira (a 5-hour drive). This laidback artists’ town is a former Portuguese trading colony and was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations. We will arrive in the early evening. You can enjoy a dinner with fresh fish and other delicious Moroccan food. Our stay will be in a riad.

Day 8 – Essaouira

Rise and shine to do a guided city tour to discover beautiful Essaouira and its rich history. This small city oozes history and cultural heritage. In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy and relax – you can roam the city or relax at the beach.

Day 9 – Marrakech

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoIn the morning, you will have free time to enjoy Essaouira and buy your last souvenirs there. In the afternoon, we will return to bustling Marrakech (a 3-hour drive). Time for your last dinner with the group. The night will be spent in a hotel in Marrakech.

Day 10 – Marrakech

Desert, mountains and beach: South MoroccoYou will have free time in Marrakech and we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Or you have the option to book extra nights and spend some more time in magical Morocco as an extend to your Desert, Mountains, and beach: South Morocco tour.

What’s included:

  • Stays: 9 nights in 3-star hotels/riads, a gite (rural hotel), and a Sahara desert camp
  • Full Escort: Fully escorted by Hassan (your local guide)
  • Meals: breakfast. Lunch and dinner in Aroumd, dinner in the Sahara desert
  • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 transfers from and to the Airport and around, camel ride
  • Free purifying water-bottle

What is not included:

  • Lunch (except in Aroumd) and dinner (except in Aroumd and the Sahara Desert)
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Additional stays before or after the trip, although these can be booked additionally

from € 1000,-  per person (excl. flight) 

Practical information

How to get there

Direct flights are available from cities in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. We can arrange the flight for you on request.

Passports and visas

Travelers are responsible for their own valid travel documents.

All people traveling to Morocco need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.

EU and UK citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for a stay of up to 90 days. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy or consulate in their country for current visa information.

Money

Morocco’s currency is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks, ATMs and exchange offices in all major cities such as Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech. ATMs and banks are harder to find in rural areas. In Morocco, the most commonly used payment method is cash

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by the Moroccan government. Consult your local doctor and take the itinerary with you to see if any vaccinations are required for you.

Luggage

Most travelers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you are traveling light. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are useful, although we recommend that your bag has carry straps. You also need a daypack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Sleeping bags

In the winter months (November to March) there may not be enough heating (sometimes any) or enough blankets to keep everyone warm, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag if you are traveling during that time.

Clothes

Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during the day, we recommend wearing several layers of clothing. And for the hikes; Don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!

Morocco is an Islamic country and while Moroccans can be very liberal in the big cities, it is highly appreciated – especially in the countryside – if you cover your shoulders and knees. This applies to both men and women.

Summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something similar to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.

Tips

Normal tips are approximately 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Keep in mind that tips are NOT mandatory, but are only given when you are satisfied.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are insured at least for medical costs, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of baggage and personal belongings.

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