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desert travel link morocco

Morocco Desert Tour & the High Atlas mountains

  • 9 Days
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    Group : 2-15 People
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    Fully customized and tailored
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    Difficulty : Easy
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    Pickup: Marrakech
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    Min Age : 4+

On this adventurous Morocco tour, you will have the chance to explore Southen Morocco. Starting with a journey from Marrakech via the High Atlas mountains to the Sahara desert located in the deep south of Morocco. This tour will be very rich for curious people who want to learn more about the southern culture of Morocco as well as the nature and atmosphere of this area. 

This tour is a unique journey through one of Morocco’s most undiscovered regions and villages.

Price Includes

  • Use of trekking poles and Microspike Crampons if necessary
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona to the Grand Canyon and back
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day

Price Excludes

  • Clothes, rain-gear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)

Day 1Marrakech

After your arrival to Marrakech your driver and guide will pick you up from Marrakech Airport, the rest of the day actually depends on the moment of your arrival, If arrival in the morning, you will enjoy a half-day city tour of Marrakech Medina and its most precious monuments .

Day 2From Marrakech to Zagora

Today we will drive from Marrakech to Zagora, via the High Atlas Mountains. On our drive, you will pass by the famous Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, in order to continue our journey to the famous Draa valley and then reach the Zagora town in the late afternoon. It time to relax in the pool at the hotel or visit the old city center.

Day 3Zagora to Erg Chigaga

Today we will live a unique experience, we will start by picking what we need for only one night and we will then continue to Erg Chigaga dunes with 4x4s, via the small village of Tamegroute without forgetting to have a visit of the famous library, pottery makers, and the beautiful Zaouia. In the afternoon we will reach the dunes and enjoy a camel ride in the dunes before arriving at the desert camp where we will spend the night gazing the beautiful stars around a campfire.

Day 4From Erg Chigaga to Tata

Today we will leave the Erg Chigaga Sahara and head up for Tata driving through Foum Zguid.

Day 5From Tata to Tafraoute

We will continue our journey to Tafraoute by driving via the spectacular road through the heart of southern Morocco. Tafraouet is a very small and charming town situated in the picturesque Ammeln Valley and very famous for the production of the traditional shoes in this area called belgha.

Day 6From Tafraoute to Essaouira

Today we will leave Tafraoute and the Anti-Atlas Mountains and head up to the Atlantic coast! Driving via Agadir and the breathtaking coastal road to the stunning town Essaouira, in the evening you will have the opportunity to explore the town with your guide.

Day 7Essaouira

Is there anything better than a free day in a coastal, calm and relaxing town, where you can enjoy a walk in the beach or even go shopping for souvenirs in the old medina, enjoy tasty seafood for lunch, or even more practice one of the water sports such as windsurfing or kitesurfing.

Day 8From Essaouira to Marrakech

In the morning we will leave Essaouira and travel to Marrakech. you can have an optional visit of an argan oil cooperative. while in Marrakech you can either have a free afternoon and stroll the streets or enjoy an optional half-day city tour.

Day 9Marrakech

Today is the departure day, and its program depends on the time you should leave to the airport.

Book this stunning adventure with us now and enjoy a life-changing experience in the heart of the Moroccan Sahara.


How can I book a tour?

You can book one of our exemplary tour itineraries, day excursions, or tailor made tours by contacting us via phone, email or our contact form on the website. After we confirm the availability of your tour to you (in writing) we ask you to pay a non-refundable 25% deposit of the total tour cost to finalize your booking.

We send you the details on how to pay this deposit and the rest of the balance by email. We generally give you the flexibility to either pre-pay the rest of the balance by bank transfer within two weeks prior to the start of your tour, or settle it in cash by paying the final balance to your driver / guide on the first morning of your tour. Please let us know what you prefer upon booking and we can agree an arrangement.

What happens in case of cancellation?

In case of cancellation, we wish to receive a written notification from you. Your cancellation is effective on the date we receive your notification. The following charges are applicable upon cancellation:

cancellation 30 days or more before start date – loss of 25% deposit;
booking cancellation between 29 and 10 days before start date – 75% of total tour cost;
cancellation less than 10 days before start date – 100% of total tour cost.
Cancellation charges may be covered by your insurance policy, you can check this with your insurance provider.

What’s the preferred currency to use (e.g. for food purchases, shopping, etc.)?

The preferred currency to use for all purchases is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). We recommend that you simply use an ATM on arrival (at the airport or in town), or change USD, GBP or Euro at a bureau de change. There will be ATMs in towns on tour (e.g. Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, Ouarzazate, but also smaller rural towns generally have at least one ATM). Your guide will always assist you with this or notify you in time in case there will be no ATMs for one or more days on route.

You shouldn’t need to carry large amounts of cash with you (just to cover lunch, drinks, souvenirs, etc). Credit cards may be used in the riads/hotels, upscale restaurants/bars and large shops. Rural shops, cafes, and guest-houses will only accept cash.

Approx. exchange rates are £1 : 13.8 MAD and €1 : 11 MAD.

Bottles of water (1.5l) cost around 6-10dh, small coffee or mint tea around 12-15dh, short taxi ride in Marrakech no more than 15dh, lunch/snack around 80dh each in the main square of Marrakech, lunch on tour no more than 100dh each (with a drink).

Are your guides and drivers certified?

Yes, all our guides are certified mountain and/or city guides and our drivers are certified as well, with many years of experience in tourism. There are many faux-guides working in the field, but you are sure in booking with us to get a fully qualified, experienced and trustful guide!

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