Desert, mountains and beach: South Morocco

Ride a camel in the Sahara desert, hike through the impressive mountains of the High Atlas and end your trip with your feet in the ocean at the relaxing coast of Essaouira

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?
This is your trip!

In 10 days you can experience all this and be introduced to beautiful Morocco, with it’s fascinating places and it’s friendly people.

Highlights:

  • 10 day trip that will show you the highlights of the diverse landscapes of Morocco
  • Stay in the desert, including 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)

Private groups:

  • Please contact us directly to discuss you wishes and preferred departure dates

Departure dates group trips:

  • 7 – 16 February 2021 ( 4 – 20 persons per group )
  • 16 – 25 May 2021 ( 4 – 20 persons per group )
  • 10 – 29 October 2021 ( 4 – 20 persons per group )
  • 12 – 21 December 2021 ( 4 – 20 persons per group )

Details

  • Group will be accompanied by a local, English speaking guide
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included (except in Marrakech)
  • 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

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

This trip will take you to some of Morocco’s most impressive landscapes and places. We will start in vibrant Marrakech, walk throught the High Atlas mountains, ride on a camel through the Sahara Desert. Camp in the desert and count the stars. Wander through UNESCO world heritage Ait Benhaddou (also known from 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. This will be a trip to remember!

Day 1 – Marrakech

Welcome in 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)

Desert, mountains and beach; South MoroccoAfter a good night 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 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 Thones.  We will roam through it’s small streets and experience a glimpse of history. We will stay in a hotel nearby.

Day 4 – Zagora

We will drive to Zagora, in the direction of the Sahara; 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 souvernirs that are being sold along the road.

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

Day 5 – Sahara camp

Today we will continue the trip and make a stop at Tamegroute. Here we will visit an old library and the underground Kasbah. We will continue the drive till end of the road at the frontier town of M’Hamid (about 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. 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’, wondering through the narrows streets of the medina and visiting the souks will make you understand why. The riad (Moroccan guest house) tonight is 45 kilometres outside of Taroudannt and has a pool and a steamed bath (hammam) where you can relax and enjoy.

Day 7 – Essaouira

In the morning we will explore Taroudannt and ride in 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

In the morning we will do a guided city tour to discover beautiful Essaouira and it’s rich history. In the afternoon you will have free-time to enjoy and relax roaming though 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 souvernirs 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 spend in a hotel in Marrakech.

Day 10 – Marrakech

Alas, the last day of your 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

What’s included:

  • 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 Dahara Desert)
  • International flights
  • Sleeping bags (necessary for the night in the deserrt)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Additional stays before or after the trip, although these can be purchased

€ 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.