Morocco Desert Immersion

8 Day Small Group Tour:
Marrakech to Marrakech

Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Morocco during this 8 day small group adventure. Traverse the High Atlas Mountains, destress in relaxing Agdz, and camel trek into the sea dunes in Erg Chebbi. Includes a special desert region tour and much more!

About This Tour

  • Tour Type: Small Group Tour
  • Starts from: Marrakech
  • Ends in: Marrakech
  • Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Group Size: 12

Tour Highlights

  • Become acquainted with the excitement of beguiling Marrakech
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Discover the relaxing calm of the Valley of a Million Palms
  • Dance to rhythm of the desert in a Gnaoua village
  • Unearth ancient fossils
  • Ride through the shifting sand of the Sahara on a shore-footed camel
  • Pretend to be in the movies in the Hollywood of Morocco


Day 1: Welcome to Morocco! Arrival to Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco! Tour will start in your riad in Marrakech (details provided upon booking). You can arrive any time, as today will be a day of leisure to recover from your travels and prepare for the journey ahead. In the evening, you’ll meet your group for a welcome dinner.

Airport transfers can be arranged by request and are complementary from Marrakech. Transfers from airport in Casablanca can be arranged for an additional fee.

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Marrakech
Accommodations: Riad Nesma (or similar)

Day 2: Marrakech Immersion

After breakfast, your local city guide will meet you at your riad and show you all around Marrakech. Your tour will include visits to the important monuments such as Bahia Palace, Ben Yousef Madrassa, and Koutoubia Mosque. In between visiting these spots, you’ll wander with your guide through the maze-like souk filled with local artisans hard at work at their crafts. Marrakech is known for its spices used for medicine for thousands of years, so your tour will include a visit to a traditional pharmacy to learn about these various uses.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Marrakech
Accommodations: Riad Nesma (or similar)

Day 3: Marrakech to Agdz via Ouarzazate: You Oughta be in Pictures

Today, after breakfast, you will depart from your riad in Marrakech at 8 AM to begin your adventure of a lifetime as you travel over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka path, reaching an altitude of nearly 7500 feet above sea level. They say that life is about the journey and not the destination and this is certainly true when you are on this road. There will be plenty of stops for tea and photographs as you take in the breathtaking vistas before arriving in Ouarzazate – the Hollywood of Morocco and home to Atlas Film Studios. You’ll walk in the footsteps of Hollywood stars during a a guided backlot tour of this active film studio where movies and tv shows like Kingdom of Heaven, Blackhawk Down, The Mummy, Game of Thrones (and many others) have been filmed. After your visit here, you’ll continue to Agdz in the Draa Valley – the Valley of a Million Palms – to relax and unwind from your days of traveling.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Agdz
Accommodations: Kasbah Itrane Tamnougalt (or similar)

Day 4: Agdz to Merzouga: Crumbling Kasbahs and Berber Markets

After breakfast, you will be given a guide tour of the nearby Kasbah Tamnougalt. No one knows exactly how old the kasbah is, but it dates back to at least the 18th century. After exploring the kasbah, you’ll check out the adjacent palmeraie and will quickly see why the Draa Valley is referred to as the Valley of a 1000 palms. After your tour, you will continue through the Draa Valley to towards the desert stopping to visit the small city of Rissani. If it happens to be a market day, you will have an opportunity to shop like a berber. You’ll also visit the tomb of Moulay Ali Sharif (the founder of the current dynasty of Morocco), before you complete the final stretch of the journey to one of the great sand seas of the Sahara, Erg Chebbi, where your Kasbah on the edge of the dunes awaits. You’ll have a chance to relax by the pool or climb the nearest dune to watch the sunset before dinner is served.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Merzouga
Accommodations: Riad Madu (or similar)

Day 5: Merzouga: The Rhythm of the Desert

Today, after breakfast, you will experience the special rhythm of the desert with a tour of the region around the giant dunes! If the season is right, you’ll might have a chance to have tea with a nomad family. The tour will include a stop at the village of Khamlia, a community of Gnawa musicians. You’ll enjoy tea while they perform and we dare you to try to keep from moving in time to the music! After this, you’ll head for lunch and sample the local specialty, Medfouna, aka Berber Pizza. After lunch and a bit more exploring, you will head back to the kasbah where you will have a chance to relax a little and prepare for your camel trek. Just before sunset, you will climb aboard your trusty camel and trek to your luxury berber camp. Dinner will be served and traditional music will be played around the campfire before you retire to the warmth of your cozy berber tent for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Merzouga
Accommodations: Merzouga Dunes Luxury Camp (or similar)

Day 6: Merzouga to Dades Valley: Gorges Galore!

This morning, you will want to wake early so that you can watch the sun rise over the dunes.  After watching the sunrise, breakfast will be served at camp and you’ll have time to shower and prepare for your day before taking to your camels on more time to trek back to the edge of the dunes and transfer back to your more conventional transportation. From here, you’ll head to the breathtaking Dades Gorge.  Along the way, you’ll stop to search for fossils and visit the ancient irrigation system that once brought water to the desert from the distant Saghro Mountains.  After this, you’ll head to the oasis town of Tinghir where you will have a guided walk of the palmeraie and Mellah (old Jewish area). Next, you’ll visit nearby Todgha Gorge where you will walk through the most impressive part of the canyon.  After this, you’ll head to the beautiful Dades Valley to your accommodations for the night.  Dinner will be served here.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Boumalne Dades
Accommodations: Chez Ichou (or similar)

Day 7: Dades Valley to Marrakech via Ait Ben Haddou: Ksar We Back to Marrakech?

Following breakfast, you will make your way back to Marrakech traveling on the Road of 1000 Kasbahs. You’ll take a slightly different route and stop along the way to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou located just outside of Ouarzazate. If this impressive ksar looks familiar, it is because it has starred (or at least made an appearance) in many movies and TV shows including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, The Jewel of the Nile, and Game of Thrones. After exploring and having lunch, you will travel along the route of the Old Salt Caravan in the Ounilla Valley past the Glaoui Kasbah of Telouet. If time permits, you may stop for a quick tour before traveling once again over the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains and back to your riad in Marrakech where you will enjoy one final dinner together as a group.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Marrakech
Accommodations: Riad Nesma (or similar)

Day 8: Bon Voyage!

This morning after breakfast, depending on your departure time, you may have some free time to explore Marrakech on your own before transferring to the Marrakech Airport in plenty of time of your departing flight.

Note: Transfers can be arranged to Casablanca Airport for an additional fee.

Meals: Breakfast


*Price listed is based on double occupancy. Private rooms are available for an additional fee of $320 USD per person.

2024 Dates

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April 5 - 12, 2024

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2025 Dates

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Apr 4 - 11, 2025

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  • Ground transfers to/from Airport
  • Private transportation
  • English Speaking Tour Manager
  • 7 Nights of Accommodations
  • Meals Included: 7 Breakfasts; 5 Dinners; 1 Lunch
  • Guided Tours of Marrakech and Kasbah Tamnougalt
  • Guided Walk in Tinghir Palmeraie
  • Entrance Fees (to sites listed)

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