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Desert Immersion Tour

8 Days/7 Nights of Morocco’s Natural Beauty

Camel Guide Desert
Desert Landscape desert
Big Dunes Desert
Palms in Draa Valley Desert
Climbing Dune Desert
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 4×4 tour of the big dunes, airport transfers to/from your choice of Marrakech or Casablanca, and much more!

Trip at a Glance

Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Transfer to Marrakech
  • Day 2: Marrakech
  • Day 3: Marrakech – Agdz
  • Day 4: Agdz – Erg Chebbi
  • Day 5: Erg Chebbi (Camel Trek)
  • Day 6: Erg Chebbi – Tinghir – Dades
  • Day 7: Dades – Marrakech
  • Day 8: Transfer to Airport
Includes
  • Ground Transfers to/from Marrakech Airport
  • Private 4×4 or Minibus
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Camel Trek
  • Overnight stay in Berber Tents
  • 4×4 Tour of Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • Guided tour of Marrakech
  • Guided Walk in Tinghir
  • Guided Walk in Agdz Oasis
  • All Entrance Fees
  • 7 Nights of Accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
Excludes
  • Airfare to/from Morocco
  • Meals other than specified
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

 

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Day 1: Arrival (Transfer to Marrakech)

 

Welcome to Morocco!  Your driver will meet you at the airport in Marrakech and transfer you to your accommodations in Marrakech.  Today will be a day of leisure to recover from your travels and prepare for the journey ahead.  In the evening, there will be a tour meeting and an opportunity for you to meet your fellow adventurers.

 

Day 2: Marrakech
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

After breakfast today, you will meet your local city guide for a tour of Marrakech.  Your tour will include visits to the old Ben Youssef MadrasaEl Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque.  After you’ve visited these monuments, your guide will escort you to the souks of Marrakech to see how artisans still use traditional methods for their handicrafts today.  After your tour, you will be driven outside of the medina to enjoy the tranquility of Marjorelle Garden which were created by the French painter Jacques Marjorelle over the course of 40 years.  After your stroll among the exotic plants and trees of the lush gardens, you will be taken back inside the medina to visit the famed square of Jemaa El F’na.  This is the busiest square in all of Africa and it only comes alive after dark.  Here, you will truly experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of Marrakech before returning to your Riad for the evening.

 

Day 3: Marrakech to Agdz
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

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 .   Here, in the city known as the Gateway to the Sahara and famous for its film studios, you will break for lunch.  After lunch, you will visit the former palace of the Glaoui clan, Kasbah Taourirt.  If you wish, a backlot tour of one of the film studios can also be arranged before continuing on to Agdz in the Draa Valley.

 

Day 4: Agdz to Erg Chebbi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

After breakfast, you will be given a guide tour of the kasbah and the lush palmeraie.  You will quickly see why the Draa Valley is referred to as the Valley of a 1000 palms.  Afterwards,  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 and perhaps partake in the local specialty, Medfouna, also known as Berber Pizza. You’ll 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.

 

Day 5: Erg Chebbi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a special 4×4 tour of 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 the tour, 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 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.

 

Day 6: Erg Chebbi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Today your camel guide will wake you early so that you can watch the sunrise over the dunes.  After the spectacular sunrise, you will camel trek back to the kasbah on the edge of the sand sea where breakfast will be served and you will have an opportunity to shower and prepare for the day.  After breakfast and showers, you’ll head out again to make your way towards Dades.  On the way, you will stop to visit the ancient irrigations system that once brought water from the Saghro Mountains to the desert.  Next, you will travel to the oasis of Tinghir where you will go on a guided walk through the palmerie and the old Mellah (Jewish neighborhood).  After you’ve explored Tinghir, you will head to nearby Todgha Gorge to walk through the narrow canyon before continuing on to Dades where you will stop for the night.

 

Day 7: Dades to Marrakech  
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Following breakfast, you will have the option to do a short (approximately 1 hour) guided hike through the unusual rock formation locally known as the Monkey Fingers.  After your walk, 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 and Game of Thrones.  After exploring and having lunch, you will travel along the route of the Old Salt Caravan in the Ourilla Valley to the Glaoui Kasbah of Telouet where you will be treated to a guided tour.  After learning the history of the Kasbah and its Glaoui owners, you will travel once again over the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains and back to your riad in Marrakech.

 

Day 8: Departure (Transfer to airport)
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Nothing schedule for today, so you can have a leisurely breakfast or do some last minute shopping before transferring back to the airport (Marrakech or Casablanca) in time for your flight.  We’ll say au revoir until your next trip back to Magical Morocco.

Booking Instructions and Other Information:

  1. Pick a scheduled departure date below.  Remember that the “departure date” is the first day in Morocco.  Flights ofter depart from the US the evening before your arrival in Morocco — keep that in mind when booking your flights.
  2. Click the Book Now button and fill out the Reservation Form. If you have a promo code, be sure to enter it!
  3. The Tour Coordinator for this trip will contact you to confirm your spot. Your tour coordinator will give you instructions regarding the payment of your deposit (30% of total trip cost).  Your seat is not guaranteed until your deposit has been received.
  4. After your deposit has been received, you will receive a “Welcome to Morocco” tour package with helpful information to prepare for you trip along with our liability waiver to be signed and returned to us prior to your tour departure.
  5. In order for the departures to be guaranteed, we require a minimum of 4 participants.  If the tour you booked does not have four participants, we will offer you the opportunity to convert your tour to a private one for an additional fee or we will refund your deposit in full.
  6. Should you need to cancel your reservation, you may be entitled to a refund of your deposit based on our cancellation policy outlined in our terms and conditions.  Contact us as soon as possible to receive the maximum refund.

Please review items listed in the Notes column below for booking deadlines and special offers.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices listed below are based on double occupancy.  If  you are a solo traveler, we will match you with a roommate of the same gender, or,  if you prefer, you may pay an additional supplemental fee of $210 for a single room.

Departure Date

Price

Notes

Jul 22, 2017

USD $895

Aug 1, 2017

USD $895

Aug 22, 2017

USD $895

Sep 1, 2017

USD $895

Sep 22, 2017

USD $895

Oct 1, 2017

USD $895

Oct 22, 2017

USD $895

Nov 1, 2017

USD $895

Nov 22, 2017

USD $895

Dec 26, 2017

USD $895

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