A perfect private Morocco Desert tours that runs from Marrakech via Morocco Sahara desert, through Morocco coastal, imperial cities, Oases, Kasbahs, gorges.
If you book this Private Marrakech Desert Tour, you will not regret your traveling to Morocco, as you will experience the most amazing Morocco highlights, including a memorable ride on a camel through Erg chebbi soft sand dunes, overnight under nomadic tent followed by Berber song, enjoying a walk at the very heart of Morocco’s medinas dating back centuries, with their old ramparts of thick walls, huge maze of Souks and their breathtaking imperial architecture.
Day 1: Marrakech airport
Arrival at Marrakech Menara airport, transfer direct to your hotel.
Day 2: Marrakech: guided city tour
9:30 am meet your guide, get on the car and begin your visit by seeing the KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE, visiting the SAADIAN TOMBS AND BAHIA PALACE, after that dive into the medina to discover its numerous secrets, including its huge maze of souks, breathtaking imperial architecture, and absorbing the atmosphere at djemaa el Fna, one of the world’s largest and busiest squares.
End your city tour by visiting the MAJORELLE GARDENS (optional visit), then back to your hotel around 3:00 pm, overnight in a hotel or riad.
Day 3: Marrakech to Essaouira
At 9:00 am, departure from your hotel, take the road west, towards Essaouira, through the city of Chichaoua and Ounagha (visit the wine factory, optional).
As we approach the town of OUNAGHA, we will be greeted by the sight of trees filled with strange dark shapes. The dark shapes we’ll soon realize, are goats-they perch implausibly on the highest and most delicate-looking branches to get at the fruit of the ARGAN TREES.
This oddity represents the first stage in a process that powers the economy of the region. After they pass through the goats, the fruits are reduced to a hard, indigestible core.
This hard nut is taken cracked, crushed, and roasted to extract Argan oil, which can be used for everything from cooking to beauty treatments. Numerous cooperatives along the way, where dozens of women work to produce oils that are sold throughout Morocco and beyond.
We will stop to visit one of those cooperatives. Getting to Essaouira, overnight in a hotel or Riad.
Day 4: Essaouira- full guided city tour
After breakfast, meet your guide at (10:00am), which is going to lead you to explore the city of ESSAOUIRA, overnight in a hotel or riad.
Day 5: Essaouira to El jadida
8:00 am departure from you hotel, we will heading towards the city of El jadida, we will mostly driving along the Atlantic Ocean, and passing by a huge number of small villages built in the middle of green lands of crops, most of those inhabitants living from agriculture and livestock (rearing animals such as goats, cows and sheep).
Reaching the city of SAFI which is the main fishing port for the country’s sardine industry, it also exports phosphates, textiles and ceramics.
We will continue along the coast road to the village of OUALIDIA, which is famous for its oysters, this is also where we will pause for a break and have lunch in one of its restaurants overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
From here we continue our drive straight to the town of EL JADIDA.
We might visit the Portuguese site before we go to the hotel, or next day before we leave to Casablanca, overnight in a hotel or riad.
Day 6: El jadida-Casablanca
After breakfast we will be heading towards the city of CASABLANCA, through the coastline until we get to the town, which is the city of huge contrasts.
This historic and yet cosmopolitan city and port is the financial, industrial, and commercial hub of Morocco. It is the largest city in Morocco, with a population of around 7 million.
We will visit the MOSQUE HASSAM II (the fifth largest mosque in the world. It dominates the city skyline, it lies on a 2 ha promontory looking out over Atlantic Ocean, most notably it has the tallest minaret on the planet, which stands 210 m high. Non-Muslims are allowed entry only as part of a guided tour), then from here straight to your hotel.
Day 7: Casablanca to Fes
After breakfast, heading towards Fès, through the city of RABAT (the current capital of Morocco), visit the Hssan Tower, Kasbah Oudaya, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan II.
From here, we drive straight to Meknès. which known as the Versailles of Morocco, once we are there, the first thing that must be done before all, is to explore the medina starting by a stop in front of the huge gate of Bab Mansour and take some pictures, then get into the medina to complete our visit by visiting, the Moulay Ismail mausoleum, and the granary (Herri Souani). We will pause here, and have lunch.
After lunch, meet your driver, and say good bye to Meknès, towards the city of Fès, and get ready for the next scenery, starting by the picturesque of the Roman ruins of Volubilis, guided visit including. From here we will head straight to Fes, overnight in a Hotel or Riad.
Day 8: Fes-guided city tour
9:00 am meet your guide, at the reception of your hotel that will give you, a short briefing before beginning the city tour.
Your visit will start by car, with your driver, to explore the outside of the medina: The first thing must be the fascinating panoramic view overlooking Fe’s old town (Fès el Bali), then you will see the brilliant cobalt-blue pottery that has been made in Fès since the 11th century.
Craftsmen still making it by hand in workshops, turning pots on a traditional potter’s wheel as has been the practice for centuries. As you wander around the city, your guide will lead you on a walk and dive into the medina in order to discover its hidden secrets.
At the end of your guided visit, your driver may take you to the new city (Fès jdid), where big Hotels, chic Restaurants, big Supermarkets and Boutiques are sit. End of the day, return to your Hotel.
Day 9: Fes to Merzouga
7:30 am leave your hotel and heading towards the best Morocco desert of Erg chebbi, through the city of Ifrane: which has one of the coldest climates in Morocco, with regular heavy snowfall making its slopes a magnet for skiers in the winter months, it often called: the Moroccan Switzerland.
We will cross the Azrou’s huge forest which lies in the Middle Atlas Mountains, known as home for wild monkeys (Macaques). Arrive to the city of Midelt (Apple town) where we pause for a break and lunch. Afternoon, we drive straight to the sand dunes, through Errachidia where we join the ziz valley with its several small Berber villages from mud and straw, are built overlooking the oasis, this fascinating landscape will lead us until we reach the city of Erfoud (known for the date’s harvest, held annually in October: the time for great activity in Erfoud).
From here, the road takes us to enter the town of Rissani through a large gate, then heading to the place where camels are waiting, to carry you on their backs (1 hour and half for the ride) to the camp, time to watch sunset while you are riding your own camel through the dunes.
At night, diner will be served to you outside, under an clear and starry sky, while setting around a campfire, enjoying the silence of the desert, relaxing and stargazing, while the nomads are playing on their drums, overnight under nomadic tent with diner & breakfast.
Day 10: Merzouga to Dadès valley
Your journey will start by an early wake up, watch the sunrise in one of the highest sand dunes that surrounding the camp, have breakfast, then get on the camel and ride back to the hotel. Quick shower is highly possible before leaving the desert.
Meet your driver, and drive towards the Dadès gorges, passing by the city of Tinghir: 15 km right, which takes us to the Toudra gorges, along the fascinating and amazing Toudra valley with a huge number of Berber villages built on the edge of that oasis. Once we get to the gorges, a walk is highly recommended for stretching your legs, take some photos, while exploring the area with these incredible mountains, with sheer rock faces reaching 300 meters high in places.
We will have lunch where time allows it, and then, continue for getting to the Boumalne Dadès, and drive through the Dadès valley which leads us to the gorges (visit), and overnight in the Hotel or Riad.
Day 11: Dadès valley to Marrakech
After breakfast, from here , we will be driving along the road (called road of a thousand Kasbahs), towards Marrakech, through Kalaa M’gouna(where Morocco’s most celebrated Roses, used for making rosewater, which take place every May each year, continue passing by Skoura valley for reaching Ouarzazate: known as the movie’s city, we pause for a break, lunch and exploring the area by visiting the oldest building dating from the 18th century and which remodeled in the 19th century(Taourirt Kasbah).
Afternoon, drive North West via Ait benhaddou: one of the oldest and finest examples of a fortified city in the world, founded in the 11th century, declared a world heritage in 1987 by UNESCO, it attracts thousands of visitors and large of filmmakers. You might go on a hike by foot, through the village until you reach the upper level, overlooking the Ounila valley. Late afternoon, drive straight to Marrakech, through the high Atlas Mountains (highest pass of Tichka: 2260 m above the sea level); overnight in the hotel or riad. You can book Hammam & Massage, before we get to Marrakech.
Day 12: Marrakech to airport
Transfer to the airport, depending on the time of your flight.
What to pack?
• Beverages, Sunglasses, Sun cream and Hat.
• Jeans for camel ride (shorts & skirts are not recommended, as the camel saddles are itchy, and it can cause skin irritation)
• Camera & phone charger.
• Warm cloths during winter season
√ Transportation in a private 4WD vehicle with A/C, Fuel.
√ An English speaking driver.
√ Marrakech: 3N with (bb), guided city tour including entrance fees to Saadian tombs & Bahia palace.
√ Essaouira: 2N with (bb), guided city tour.
√ El jadida: 1N in a hotel or riad with (bb).
√ Casablanca: 1N with (bb).
√ Meknès: Entrances fees.
√ Volubilis: Entrance fees & guided tour.
√ Fès: 2N with (bb) in a hotel or riad & guided city tour.
√ Merzouga (Desert): 1N in the camp (hb) & camel ride.
√ Dadès valley: 1N in a hotel or riad (hb).
Χ Lunches and drinks.
Χ Entrance fees to the Majorelle gardens.
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NOTE: One more day is highly recommended for relax at Merzouga (Day 9), enjoying much time by driving around the sand dunes, seeing the nomads living this area, and even you will be invited for a cup of tea, and you will have a chance to visit the Berber musicians playing a kind of African music(Gnawa, also called the pigeons of the desert. Depending the rain season, you might see the pink flamingo’s birds in a huge natural lake, around the village of Merzouga Lunch in one of the Berber family’s house (home-stay), and then go to the hotel for a second night.