This tour gives a deep insight into the incredible history and culture of Morocco. This 9-day trip starts with a full day tour of the magical city of Marrakech, we visit mosques and minarets and bustling bazaars. The next day we leave and head through Berber villages as we travel over the highest mountain pass in Africa and visit the UNESCO site of Ait Benhaddou before reaching Ouarzazate. We then head on to the town of Tinghir, visiting Dades Canyon and Todra Gorge. The next highlight is a 4WD desert safari near Merzouga and a night in the desert at a comfortable Berber camp. We continue through the desert to Zagora before heading back via Ouarzazate to Marrakech.
Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.
Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.
Arrival in Marrakesh
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech for the start of your trip. They’ll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.
Today’s tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Mausoleum and Bahia Palace which both host intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today’s tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.
Ouarzazate via Ait Benhaddou
After breakfast this morning we have a spectacular drive across the Tizi N’tichka col which at 2260m is the highest pass in Northern Africa. We then drive to Morocco’s most well known Kasbah at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. After lunch we head on to Ouarzazate or ‘place of no noise’. An incredibly dramatic landscape, this area has played host to countless well known films.
Tinghir via Boulmane
Departing this morning along the road of a thousand Kasbahs we visit the beautiful Kasbah found at Amerhidel and then arrive into Boulmane from where we visit the impressive Dades Canyon offering great views of the surrounding desert landscape. Later we drive on to Tinghir where we overnight.
Todra Gorge - Merzouga 4 wheel drive safari
We start this morning with a visit to the nearby Todra Gorge, before continuing our drive through the Atlas Mountains and transferring into 4WD vehicles to travel through the dunes to Merzouga. Here we will watch the sunset over the desert before sleeping under the stars in a traditional Berber camp.
Merzouga to Zagora
After breakfast with our Berber hosts we then continue our drive through the dunes to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouita Dynasty. We leave our 4WD vehicles here and drive to Erfoud. Lodged in an idyllic setting between the Atlas mountains to the north and the Sahara desert to the south, Erfoud is the administrative capital of the region. Our final stop is at the town of Zagora.
Marrakech via Ouarzazate
After breakfast this morning we depart for Ouarzazate by crossing the imposing Draa Valley. Bordered by palm groves this sparsely populated town is close to the village of Tamegroute – an important site for Sufi Muslims which we will visit. We then travel back over Tizi N’tichka col and on through local Berber villages back to Marrakech.
Your day is free today to explore Marrakech further, and perhaps do some final souvenir shopping and sightseeing. Alternatively, we offer a range of day trips and excursions, including a spectacular hot air balloon flight.
Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing or shopping until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.
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