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Erg Chebbi desert circuit

8 days from CAD4,775pp

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Tour highlights

  • Discover the main sights of Marrakesh, including the bustling main square, Djemaa El Fna.

  • Drive through beautiful Atlas Mountain scenery, visiting the fortified village of Aït Benhaddou.

  • Ride a camel through the Erg Chebbi dunes and camp under the stars in the desert.

  • Visit the remote Saharan town of Zagora, exploring the surrounding palm groves.

  • Relax in the oasis of Skoura, visiting some of the area's ruined and restored kasbahs.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Upon arrival into Marrakesh Airport you'll be met by a private car and driven to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your accommodation, or head out to begin exploring the city, perhaps visiting the souqs or trying a mint tea in one of the many cafés.

  • Today you have a full day tour of Marrakesh with your private guide. Visit historic sites such as the intricately decorated Saadian Tombs (where past sultans and their families were buried), the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Mosque, which dominates the skyline. Your guide will also lead you to the 15th-century Mellah (Jewish Quarter), so you can compare and contrast the city's many different cultures. The afternoon is spent in the souqs, where you can see people working on their craft, from dyers to coppersmiths. The day will end with a visit to Djemaa El Fna, the city's bustling main square where street performers entertain the crowds and all manner of food can be sampled.

  • Today you have an early start for your private 4x4 transfer to Skoura. The drive takes you through the Atlas Mountains before ascending to the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass (the highest in Morocco). You will be able to stop at various points of interest in order to take photos, including visits to the impressive Aït Benhaddou kasbah and the crumbling kasbah of Telouet.

  • On the drive down to Erfoud you have the chance to stop at one of the gorges and there are plenty of scenic spots to enjoy as you make your way along the Dades Valley with its stark mountains and fertile green valley floor. On arrival in Erfoud, swap to a 4x4 vehicle for the hour-long drive into the desert. You may wish to enjoy a camel ride through the dunes as the sun sets, arriving into your desert camp in time for dinner.

  • You may wish to make an early start to watch the sun rise over the dunes before breakfast. Afterwards, begin the journey to Zagora with your private driver. Pass through arid gravel plains interspersed with remote villages, before descending into the fertile Draa Valley with its green palm plantations. Once in Zagora you can explore the town or relax in your riad.

  • The day starts at a slightly more leisurely pace, as you travel with your driver along the Draa Valley back to Skoura — a journey of around three and a half hours (not including any stops). En route, you'll pass through the town of Ouarzazate (a popular filming location for a number of movies), before admiring the valley's scenery, including strange rock formations and distant mountains. Arriving into Skoura, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing at your accommodation or exploring some of the nearby kasbahs.

  • A full day to relax and enjoy the surrounding palmeraies, whose greenery contrasts with the orange rock of the crumbling kasbahs. You can head out with a guide to visit some of the kasbahs and learn about their history, the most impressive of which is the 17th-century Kasbah Amridil, which even appears on the 50-dirham note.

  • You will be met at your hotel and transferred to Ouarzazate Airport, to board a domestic flight to Casablanca, where you can connect to your onward flight.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Marrakesh
 
Skoura
 
The Erg Chebbi
 
Zagora
 
Ouarzazate
 

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