Southern Morocco: The Sahara, Kasbahs, The Coast & Marrakech

Marrakech , Morocco

Duration

7 days
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Overview

From the vibrant, chaotic Marrakech medina to the kasbah of southern Morocco, serene Erg Chigaga Desert and Essaouira. This Marrakech Sahara and Coast. Immerses yourself in the rich cultures and scenic views of Southern Morocco. Stay in traditional accommodations and explore villages off the beaten track. Feast on tagine, visit the grand Ait Ben haddou kasbah. Travel through the Sahara on a camel and relax in Essaouira coast. This 7- day tour is perfect for roamers looking to discover the variety of southern Morocco in a short amount of time.

Take a vacation that blends the peaceful allure of the Erg Chigaga Desert. With the charming coast of Essaouira to experience the fascinating sights of Morocco. With its enormous Sahara dunes, Erg Chigaga Desert provides a really unique desert oasis in the middle of the Sahara. Where you may explore endless golden sand dunes and learn about nomadic Berber customs.

Experience camel rides, take in gorgeous sunsets, and spend your nights in opulent desert camps under the starry sky. Next, make your way to the charming coast of Essaouira. Its ancient medina walls and cool sea wind await you. Known for its vibrant souks, delicious seafood, and splendid blue-and-white architecture. Morocco recognizes this relaxed fishing community as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Essaouira ‘s dynamic culture and rich history before end your 7 days Erg Chigaga Desert and Essaouira tour.

Included/Exclude

  • Private 4WD with professional driver
  • Daily pick-up and drop off
  • Daily mineral water in the vehicle
  • Airport solo two-way transfers
  • Speaking English driver
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Camel ride in sahara desert
  • Drive off the beaten track
  • Sandboarding in the high dunes of Erg Chigaga
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners
  • Visits to southern most popular attractions
  • Delecious Moroccan food
  • Additional Services
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Extra activities not referred to itinerary : Spa treatments, Quad...

Tour Plan

The driver will meet you at your accommodation at 8 AM. Leave Marrakech behind to take on the Atlas Mountains and its dense forests through one of the most winding and dramatic routes in Morocco. Reach the Tizi N'Tichka pass at 2200 meters high to enter the Great South. Stop and visit UNESCO world site Ait Ben haddou to later skirt through Ouarzazate and then cross the Draa gorges and reach 1700 meters high, from where the panorama of the legendary Draa Valley unfolds.

Reach Agdz, here it is worth visiting the Black people village and the ksar of Tamnougalt. Reach the hotel early evening.

Dinner and accommodation at a Kasbah/Hotel.

After breakfast, a dusty off road will take you to local prehistoric rock engravings in Foum chenna before you continue your way to Zagora to discover the nearby village of Amezrou and its Jewish heritage, the old adobe synagogue and the silver jewelry craft. Further, on the stoves of Tamegroute cast the emerald glaze so easily identified on mosque tiles, dishes and pots across Morocco. The nearby Nassiria library holds a 10- century-old gold- engraved Koran and various treaties on astronomy, medicine and Arab poetry among other gems. Before leaving the tarmac behind and take on the Sahara, we recommend visiting a traditional ksour and having lunch in M’hamid. From M’hamid, across various types of desert, you will reach the dunes of Erg Chigaga, the last bit by camel. Dinner and accommodation in private boutique tents with unsuited shower and toilets.
Today is more of a relaxing day, after breakfast your driver will take you to visit some of the local nomades in order to see their style of life and get to interact with them while drinking a cup of tea that they will be happy to share with you. Visit also the sacred oasis of Oum Laalag then go back to have lunch in the camp and ride the camels in the afternoon to go up the highest dunes in order to watch a marvelous sunset. Dinner and Accommodation is as per the previous night.
Wake up early to admire the sunrise and stroll around the dunes. Later on, you will take on the Hamada (rocky desert) and cross the dry lake Iriki. Have tea with the nomads, pry out fossils and later join the tarmac again at Foum Zguid. Have a tasty lunch by the pool at Bab Rimal or opt for the more formal choice of a kefta in the village. Take the route west and soon reach the village of Tazenakht, very famous for its huge selection of Berber rugs and it is the destinations of different merchants who sell rugs in different other Moroccan cities. Reach Taroudant at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation in a beautiful hotel at the Medina or the Palme groove nearby.
After breakfast, have a caleche ride around the city walls and/ or browse the souks for the best argan oil or honey in Morocco. Alternatively, arrive rather early in Essaouira to make the best out of your time there. You do not have to plan anything ahead but rather decide on the day. Follow the Atlantic coast all the way to Essaouira and admire the goats up in the trees as you approach the wind city. Dinner and accommodation at a beautiful riad in the Medina.
After breakfast, spend the day wandering around the stunning medina with its white washed houses, art galleries, fishing port, food stalls, European fortifications and it is all around farniente vibe. Accommodation as previously, dinner on your own.
Spend the morning on a deserted beach in the surroundings of Essaouira. In the afternoon, return to Marrakech. End of your Marrakech sahara and coast .

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3 thoughts on “Southern Morocco: The Sahara, Kasbahs, The Coast & Marrakech”

  1. 5

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    I can’t say enough about the Morocco Desert Oasis and Coastal Charm tour with Morocco Meander. It was a truly magical experience that combined the breathtaking beauty of Erg Chigaga’s desert landscapes with the coastal charm of Essaouira. The team at Morocco Meander went above and beyond to make this trip unforgettable. From camel treks in the Sahara to exploring the colorful markets in Essaouira, every moment was a delight. This tour is a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic Moroccan experience.

  2. 5

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    Morocco Meander’s Desert Oasis and Coastal Charm tour was a journey of a lifetime. The vast dunes of Erg Chigaga were a sight to behold, and the camp they set up for us was comfortable and provided a genuine taste of desert life. Essaouira, on the other hand, offered a completely different, yet equally captivating experience. The coastal town’s history, culture, and cuisine left us in awe. The tour was well-organized, and the guides were knowledgeable and accommodating. Morocco Meander truly knows how to create an unforgettable adventure in Morocco!

  3. 5

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    I cannot speak highly enough of the Morocco Desert Oasis and Coastal Charm tour with Morocco Meander. It was an incredible journey that allowed us to immerse ourselves in two distinct Moroccan environments. The pristine silence of Erg Chigaga’s dunes and the picturesque Essaouira shoreline offered an incredible contrast. Morocco Meander’s attention to detail, from the comfortable accommodations to the delicious local cuisine, made the trip an absolute joy. We felt safe, well-informed, and thoroughly entertained throughout. This tour exceeded our expectations, and we can’t wait to explore more with Morocco Meander in the future.

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