Journey to the Sahara Desert

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Tour: Travel to Sahara

1° day: Marrakech, Oasis of Skoura – 2° day: Oasis of Skoura – Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga – 3° day: Merzouga – Taouz – Ramlia – 4° day: Ramlia – Oum-Jrane – Zagora – 5° day: Zagora – M’hamid – Erg Chegaga – 6° day:Erg Chegaga – Foum Zguid – Taroudant – 7° day:Taroudant – Marrakech – 8° day: Marrakech (visit) 9° day: Marrakech (visit)

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Journey to the Sahara Desert

First day

Marrakech – Oasis of Skoura (240 km)

Reception at Marrakech airport and departure towards Ouarzazate. The road that crosses the High Atlas rises gently to the Tizi-n-Tichka pass at 2260m above sea level. You meet villages and places of commercial exchanges witnessing typical scenes of life in the country. You reach the Onila valley and the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a magnificent example of fortified architecture, typical of the region. After the visit, take the road again and, after crossing Ouarzazate, continue to the lush Oasis of Skoura where you can admire the sunset over the palm grove and the valley of the thousand Kasbhas. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. *

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Second day

Oasis of Skoura – Tinghir – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga (320 Km)

Breakfast and departure. Surrounded by palm trees, eucalyptus and oleanders, apple, almond and pomegranate trees, you pass through the oasis of Skoura; among the crops and vegetation the spectacular ruins of the fortified Berber architecture stand out: the kasbahs. You travel in the Rose Valley and in the Dades Valley in a succession of imaginative geological conformations that characterize the landscapes up to the great oasis of Tafilalet and the Todra Gorges, a large fracture of red rock that rises for about 300m and divides the chain of the ‘High Atlas from the Jebel Sarhro massif. After a walk in the gorges the journey continues in the direction of Erfoud and Rissani and from here to Merzouga. Leaving the car, walking on the back of a dromedary in the dunes at sunset (about an hour and a half of camel trekking), you reach the tented camp located in the Erg Chebbi. Dinner under the stars and overnight in the tented camp.

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Third day

Merzouga – Taouz – Ramlia (80 Km off-road)

Wake up in time to watch the sun show rising in the dunes. On the back of a dromedary (about an hour and a half of camel trekking) we return to Merzouga for a shower and breakfast. It starts south. We stop in the village of Khamlia to listen to Gnawa music. Continue to Taouz, an ancient mining center and, surrounded by high rocks, dunes and small villages lost in the Ouzina desert, you reach Ramlia an oasis of palm trees.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Fourth day

Ramlia – Oum-Jrane – Zagora (200 Km off-road)/p>

Breakfast and departure towards Zagora. You cross the large bed of the Oued Rheris river and cross the Jebel Zireg and the plain of Lake Maider. Surrounded by rugged and wild landscapes, you pass through the village of Oum Jrane and reach the spectacular Draa valley: a succession of palm groves and kasbahs. We arrive in Zagora, a town created by the French in the 1920s to control the region. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Fifth day

Zagora – M’hamid – Erg Chegaga (160 Km con off-road

Breakfast and departure for Tamegroute, a village on the edge of the desert with its “underground” kasbah and the Koranic library. Continue to the village of M’hamid and then go into the desert. Crossing the various types of desert landscapes, the Reg and the Hamada, we arrive at the Erg Chegaga, the area with sand dunes up to 300m high, where the tented camp is located. Free time to stroll through the dunes and enjoy the silence and infinity. After sunset, in a magical atmosphere you spend the evening among the scents and flavors of a delicious Moroccan dinner. Dinner and overnight in the tented camp.

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Sixth day

Erg Chegaga – Foum Zguid – Taroudant (350 Km)

After breakfast we set off to go further into the desert. Crossing the “river of dunes” you reach Lake Iriki and from there you head towards Foum Zguid, the first inhabited center after the desert. After a restorative stop we continue to Tazenakht, a center famous for the production of carpets, and to Taroudant. The city also called “little Marrakech” is located in the Souss valley and is surrounded by two mountain ranges: the High Atlas to the north and east and the Anti-Atlas to the south. Dinner and overnight in riad.

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Seventh day

Taroudant – Marrakech (200 Km)

Breakfast and departure for Marrakech. Leaving the fertile plain of Taroudant you travel to the mountains until you reach the Tizi n’Test pass. The path is spectacular with wonderful views and a multitude of colors that fill the landscapes. After passing the pass, you descend in altitude towards Marrakech; along the way you meet the Berber villages of red earth, for which time seems to have stopped. Arrival in Marrakech in the late afternoon. Overnight in riad.

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Eighth day

Marrakech (visit)

After breakfast, appointment with the authorized guide to start the visit (half day) of the imperial city known as the “red Marrakech” founded by the Almoravides at the end of the eleventh century. Discovering historic buildings, gardens and monuments, walking along streets and alleys and admiring the Koutoubia minaret you arrive at the famous Djemaa El Fna square from where, accompanied by music, dance and performances, you enter the lively and colorful souks. After taking leave of the guide, you can continue to explore the medina. Overnight in riad.

Journey to the Sahara Desert

Ninth day

Marrakech

Breakfast and appointment with driver for transfer to Marrakech airport where it is necessary to arrive at least two hours before the flight departure time.
Arrival at the airport and end of services. *

Travel to the Sahara Desert * The first and last day programs are subject to change depending on the arrival/departure time of the flights.
The amount includes transfers, overnight stays with breakfast in a riad / charming hotel, the car, for exclusive use, with driver and fuel during the days of the tour, the guided tour (half-day) of the medina of Marrakech, the overnight stay in the tented camp, the camel trekking to go and return from the tented camp in the Erg Chebbi, the dinners indicated.
The amount does NOT include the return flight, insurance, meals not expressly indicated and any entrance fees to sites and museums.

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