Desert, mountains, and beach: South Morocco
Count the stars at night in the desert? 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: South Morocco is your destination!
In 10 days you can experience all this and be introduced to beautiful Morocco, with its fascinating places and its friendly people.
- * 10-day trip that will show you the highlights of the diverse landscapes of Morocco
- * Stay in the desert, including a camel ride
- * Visit Unesco World Heritage Ait Benhaddou
- * Hike through the majestic High Atlas
- * Relax at laidback artists’ coast-town Essaouira (movie location for Game of Thrones)
- * Visit the film location of Ouarzazate
- * Relax level (few hours walking)
- Please contact us directly to discuss your wishes and preferred departure dates
Departure dates group trips:
- 12 – 21 December 2021 ( 4 – 20 persons per group )
- Group will be accompanied by a local, English speaking guide
- stays in a hotel in Marrakech, in gites (rural Moroccan homes), and camping in a basic camp in the desert
- Option to book extra stays before or after this trip
Start and end point of the trip
The famous UNESCO world heritage
We wil walk from Imlil to Aroumd (about 1 hour walk)
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
Welcome to Morocco! If you arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport we will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to a comfortable hotel. Or (if you’re already in Morocco) we will provide you the hotel details and we will meet you at the hotel. The rest of the day you have free time to discover the impressive ‘red city’ Marrakech.
Day 2 – Aroumd (High Atlas Mountains)
After a good night’s sleep, we will leave Marrakech and drive with our own mini-bus to Imlil village (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
Today 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 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 will continue with the ride to Zagora today, This will bring us in the direction of the Sahara desert; a 5 hours 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 the 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
Today we will 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 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 count the stars 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. After this beautiful experience, we’ll take a 6-hour drive to Taroudannt. Taroudant is also known as ‘little Marrakech’ and with good reasons! It has the same charm and atmosphere as Marrakech but is smaller and less know, 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) tonight is 45 kilometers outside of Taroudannt and has a pool and a steamed bath (hammam) where you can relax and enjoy.
Day 7 – Essaouira – to the beach
We will start today by exploring beautiful, picturesque Taroudannt and after that ride on our bus out of the High Atlas mountains. We will go 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. So you can enjoy a dinner with fresh fish or some 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 roaming through the city or relaxing at the beach.
Day 9 – Marrakech
In the morning you will have free time to enjoy Essaouira and buy your last souvenirs over there. In the afternoon we will return to bustling Marrakech (a 3 hours drive). Time for the last dinner with the group. The night will be spent in a hotel in Marrakech.
Day 10 – Marrakech
Alas, the last day of your Desert, Mountains, and beach: South Morocco trip with us. You will have free time in Marrakech and we will bring you to the airport for your flight home. Or -if you want to-you have the option to book extra nights and spend some more time in magical Morocco
- 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
What is not included:
- Lunch (except in Aroumd) and dinner (except in Aroumd en the Sahara Desert)
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- 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)
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.