Essence of Morocco

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Essence of Morocco Tour from Marrakech

15 Day Marrakech, Essaouira & Erg Chigaga Deluxe Desert Tour from Marrakech

Marrakech

This bespoke private Morocco tour from Marrakech is suited to travellers who would like a more relaxed experience of Morocco. It offers guests time to absorb the essence of Morocco’s diverse regional culture, with a focus on the Imperial city of Marrakech and regions south of Marrakech, rather than those north of the city. This deluxe tour includes a glamping experience in the more authentic Erg Chigaga desert region of the south. If you’re visiting Morocco, but you’re more interested in exploring its other iconic cities, you may prefer our Morocco tours from Tangier or our Morocco tours from Casablanca

Description of this Essence of Morocco Tour

This is a desert-inclusive tour and it can be customised if you’d like to shorten your stay. Our ‘Essence of Morocco’ tour welcomes you to a land of the senses, to an exotic place with hidden secrets and depth, unlike anything else in the contemporary North African world.  It offers you a real sense of southern Morocco and it offers insights into many of the country’s various incredible destinations and unforgettable attractions.

This Morocco tour from Marrakech presents an unusual and magnificent architecture only found in central and southern Morocco. It also includes a spectacular road trip into the Moroccan Sahara with an extended stay in the imperial city of Marrakech and relaxed visit to the Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira.

On the road trip south into our home region, you have the opportunity to meet all manner of interesting people and to make discoveries in landscapes unique to southern Morocco, including an adventure off-piste desert drive and desert camping experience at the foothills of the towering dunes of Erg Chigaga. On exiting the Sahara, you will follow, in part, the old Paris Dakar rally route and the historic camel trade caravan trails that once traversed this desert region to Mali and Timbuktu. If you’re interested in this more adventurous aspect of Morocco, you might also like to find out more about our Morocco Adventure Tours

Relax and take in the atmosphere at the unforgettable tranquil accommodations throughout this Morocco tour. Getting out into the Moroccan Sahara gives you the chance to relax and recover from the busy, stimulating cities of southern Morocco. Take in magical moments in iconic Moroccan sites, taking the time to go off the beaten track and take things a little slower at times. This is the perfect tour for anyone look for a digital detox. Turn your phone off, bring your digital camera, and appreciate everything southern Morocco as to offer.

Highlights of this Essence of Morocco Tour

  • Treasure troves of ornate, unforgettable Moroccan architecture
  • Unique North African gardens of delight
  • Opulent Marrakech sites
  • Unbelievable Atlas Mountain views
  • Sandcastle Kasbahs and red earth Berber villages
  • Tranquil date palm oases
  • The sight of towering sharan dunes
  • A riveting desert adventure drive
  • Medieval walled cities
  • Relaxation in the UNESCO coastal town of Essaouira

Included in this Morocco tour from Marrakech

  • Private Moroccan multi-lingual driver for 15 days
  • Private A/C 4x4 vehicle and fuel
  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 1 desert camp lunch
  • 10 dinners
  • Camel trekking
  • Camel guide fee
  • Optional informal sand-boarding experience
  • 60Km entrance off-piste desert drive
  • 90Km exit off-piste desert drive
  • Private guide fee in Marrakech
  • Private guide fee in Agdz
  • Private guide fee in Taroudant
  • Private guide fee in Essaouira
  • Herbal foot bath & tea
  • Berber family home visit and tea demonstration
  • Caleche ride in Marrakech
  • Caleche ride in Taroudant

Excluded from this Morocco tour from Marrakech

  • Flights
  • Lunches, except on day 8
  • Dinners on the following days: 4 – 11 – 12 – 14
  • Optional wine tasting
  • Optional camel/horse beach riding
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal drinks & snacks
  • Gratuities

Please enquire if you’d like to find out more or receive a quote for this 15-day Essence of Morocco tour from Marrakech. And please get in touch if you have any questions for the Morhara Morocco Tours team.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Marrakech.

Welcome, Mrehba!

  • We meet with you at Menera Airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation.
  • Today will be determined by your arrival flight.
  • Approx 3hr Caleche/ horse-drawn ride around the city.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 2: Marrakech.

Full Day Guided Historic & Cultural City Tour.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast at a time of your choosing.
  • Meet with private local Marrakech Guide.
  • Walking tour around Koutoubia Mosque area and gardens.
  • Visit the beautiful mosaiced Bahia Palace & Pashas Hareem.
  • Wander through ornately tiled Saadian Tombs.
  • Explore the vast ruinous El Badi Palace.
  • Lunch at the oldest artisan restored Riad in the Medina.
  • Marvel at the artisan’s skill in the tranquil Ben Youssef Madrasa.
  • Explore an Aladdin’s cave of souks in the UNESCO Medina.
  • Photograph stops as you like.
  • Return to your accommodation approx late afternoon/ early evening.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 3: Day Tour Marrakech To Ourika Valley.

Gardens, Kasbahs & Mint Tea.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Escape the city today with an approx 50mins drive to Ourika Valley.
  • Visit the unique Anima Garden filled with colourful art installations.
  • For the pleasure of taking a relaxing outdoor herbal footbath, we visit Jardin-bio aromatique.  
  • Visit a Berber Family Home to partake in an informal mint tea ceremony.
  • Scenic drive into Ourika river valley.
  • In Ourika tagine cafes place their tables and chairs in the shallow river bed.
  • Mountain village drive to reach Kasbah Bab Ourika for lunch and afternoon relaxation.
  • Kasbah Bab Ourika offers you panoramic picture-perfect views of the valley below.
  • Photograph stops as you like.
  • Return to your accommodation for approx late afternoon/early evening.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 4: Marrakech.

Designer Gardens & Heavenly Scents.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Short drive into Marrakech new town (Gueliz) to visit the Yves St Laurent complex.
  • The complex comprises the Majorelle Gardens with courtyard café, shop & Berber exhibition.
  • Also Yves St Laurent Museum with courtyard café housed in a new contemporary building.
  • Visit to Le Jardin Secret the recently restored Islamic garden ‘hidden’ in the Medina.
  • After lunch return to your accommodation should you wish to freshen up.
  • Take the short drive to the iconic Mamounia Hotel & Gardens for optional afternoon tea.
  •  Alternatively, free time as you prefer.
  • We haven’t included dinner should you wish to visit a city eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Breakfast Only.

 

Day 5: Marrakech To Tamassint Oasis.                            

Traversing High Atlas Mountains South.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Traverse High Atlas Mountains & Tichka Pass.
  • Visit distressed but highly decorative Kasbah Telouet.
  • Explore UNESCO & International film location Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Optional visit to Berber co-operative bakery.
  • Lunch in Ait Ben Haddou area.
  • Photographic & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Arrive Tamassint approx late afternoon.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Tamassint Oasis Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 6: Tamissaint Oasis To Zagora.

Into Date Palm Lined Oases.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation a little later today to afford you some relaxation.
  • Visit International film location town of Ouarzazate.
  • Meet with a local professional Guide for short walking tour of the Agdz Palmerie.
  • Lunch at Kasbah Tammougalt with panoramic views.
  • Scenic drive through date palm & crumbling Kasbah lined Draa Valley.
  • Photographic & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Arrive in our hometown of Zagora approx mid/late afternoon.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Zagora Including Dinner & Breakfast

 

Day 7: Zagora To Erg Chigaga Luxury Camp.

Sandcastle Villages & Sahara.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Walking guided tour of Zagora Palmerie.
  • An optional visit to Saharan silversmiths.
  • Meet with local Tamegroute Guide.
  • Exploration of Kasbah Tamegroute home still to several families.
  • Visit unique Artisan Tamegroute pottery with outdoor kilns.
  • Visit Ksar Ouled Driss Museum displaying traditional Saharan household objects.
  • Lunch in the Saharan town of M’hamid where the tarmac ends.
  • Ahead is only Desert.
  • 60Km unmarked Desert Piste adventure drive into Chigaga Camp.
  • Arrive at camp approx late afternoon.
  • Photograph stops as you like.
  • Optional Sunset climb of towering dunes.
  • Relax and enjoy Sharan hospitality in a surreal setting.
  • Live drumming, Camp Fire, Dinner & a canopy of stars.
  • 1 Overnight Deluxe Camp Including Dinner& Breakfast

 

Day 8: Erg Chigaga To Foum Zguid.

Desert Adventures.

  • A relaxing morning spent at Camp.
  • Optional early rise for a sunrise climb of dunes.
  • Optional informal sandboarding.
  • Meet with camels & Guide.
  • Approx 3hr camel trek around the Dune sets.
  • Lunch back at Camp or while trekking.
  • After lunch transfer to 4x4 and exit the Sahara.
  • Unmarked 90Km Desert drive following the dry lake of Iriki over dunes & piste.
  • Continued exit following in part the old Paris Dakar rally route.
  • Arrive Foum Zguid approx late afternoon/early evening.
  • Photographic & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Foum Zguid Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 9:  Foum Zguid To Taroudant.

Follow Ancient Camel Trade Routes.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Scenic drive through atmospheric and remote post-Desert landscapes.
  • Visit colourful Berber carpet making town of Tazenakht.
  • Journey into the mountainous saffron-growing region of Morocco.
  • Unique visit to saffron co-operative in traditional mountain village of Taliouine.
  • Enjoy a traditional village lunch.
  • After lunch journey to the majestic city of Taroudant.
  • Arrive Taroudant late afternoon.
  • Early evening caleche ride around the city.
  • This is a relaxing way to view the walled city, especially after a Desert drive.
  • Photographic & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Taroudant Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 10:  Taroudant To Essaouira

Road To The Atlantic.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Meet with private local and professional Taroudant Guide.
  • Visit Medina, the markets & souks of Taroudant.
  • After lunch depart Taroudant for the coastal journey to Essaouira.
  • Photographic & refreshment stops as you like.
  • Arrive Essaouira approx late afternoon/early evening.
  • 1 Overnight Essaouira Including Dinner & Breakfast. 

 

Day 11: Essaouira.

Trade Winds & Sea Salt In The Air.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation mid-morning today to allow for some relaxation.
  • Meet with private and local Guide for a walking tour of the UNESCO port town.
  • Walk along the ancient ramparts with views of the Atlantic and sweeping sandy bay.
  • The film director Orson Wells filmed scenes from ‘Othello’ on the ramparts.
  • More recently scenes from the tv series ‘Game Of Thrones’ have been filmed in this location.
  • Visit the Artisans who craft their wares below the ramparts.
  • Visit a fish market to choose your catch of the day lunch.
  • Your choice of fish is then cooked in a local rooftop café.
  • After lunch, you may wish to have some free time exploring the Medina and souks.
  • Here the Medina is much more relaxed than in Marrakech.
  • You may also wish to visit the many art galleries, artisan shops and many street cafes.
  • We return to your accommodation at a time of your choosing.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • We haven’t included dinner should you wish to visit a local eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Essaouira Including Breakfast Only.

 

Day 12: Essaouira.

Moroccan Wines & Music.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Visit the wilder coastline of Diabet just a short drive from Essaouira.
  • The musician Jimi Hendrix lived here for a short while.
  • Visit a colourful beach shack café that pays homage to the musician.
  • Optional 1hr horse riding or camel riding along the beach.
  • Visit the only winery in the South of Morocco.
  • Lunch of authentic dishes of the region in the winery’s restaurant.
  • Optional tasting of the winery’s wines.
  • After lunch enjoy some relation in the vineyard’s grounds and garden.
  • Return to your accommodation approx mid /late afternoon.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • We haven’t included dinner tonight should you wish to visit a local eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Essaouira Including Breakfast Only.

 

Day 13: Essaouira.

Free As A Sea Bird

  • Full Day of Relaxation.
  • Whoopee no schedule today!
  • Alternatively, we are happy to organise anything of your choosing.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Essaouira Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 14: Essaouira To Marrakech.

Argan Oil & Goat Herds.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation at a time of your choosing.
  • Today we return to Marrakech.
  • Visit a quality culinary & Argan oil co-operative.
  • An optional lunch at goat’s cheese farm location.
  • Look out for the goats perched in Argan trees.
  • Arrive Marrakech approx late afternoon.
  • We haven’t included dinner should you wish to visit a city eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Breakfast Only. 

 

Day 15: Airport Transfer to Marrakech Or Casablanca.

  • Today will be determined by your departure flight.
  • Allow 45mins to arrive at Menera Airport Marrakech plus min 2hrs 30mins before your flight.
  • Allow 3hrs to arrive at Casablanca Airport plus min 2hrs 30mins before your departure flight.
  • We say our Goodbyes, Bislema!

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Additional Drop-off points

Tamassint Oasis, Zagora, Chigaga Camp, Foum Zguid, Taroudant, Essaouira,

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Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights

Start Point: Marrakech

End Point: Marrakech

Optional End Points: Casablanca

Summary Information

5 Nights Marrakech, 1 Night Tamassint Oasis, 1 Night Zagora, 1 Night Chigaga Camp, 1 Night Foum Zguid, 1 Night Taroudant, 4 Nights Essaouira,

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