Saharan South

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8 Day Marrakech, Erg Lihoudi & Erg Chigaga Desert Tour

8 Day Marrakech, Erg Lihoudi & Erg Chigaga Desert Tour

Marrakech

This private tour is suited to travellers who wish to experience a stay in the Imperial city of Marrakech and a more ‘off the beaten track’ and authentic road trip tour of the Saharan south including a two-night stay in the Desert. It offers you the opportunity to visit two differing dune sets with an overnight in a traditional ‘hidden’ Berber village Oasis.

Description

This is a Desert Inclusive Tour and can be customised should you wish to extend your tour. Our compact one week ‘Marrakech & Desert Explorer’ offers you an introduction to the exotica of the Imperial city of Marrakech before for departing for an atmospheric and authentic road trip into the rural south including two different Desert areas and Dune sets and time spent on a more ‘off the beaten track’ Desert route.

You visit many unique sites and a variety of landscape and experiences are on offer to those with a love of natural environments, the great outdoors and an interest in the Moroccan Sahara. The Mountains, Valleys and Desert of the South provide remote and beautiful experiences not found in other regions of Morocco nor lands out with Morocco.

You exchange the captivating, frenetic activity of the colourful and exotic city of Marrakech and bustling UNESCO Medina for the tranquil rural red earth Berber villages and UNESCO Kasbahs of the southern Draa Valley, seemingly travelling back in time with each passing kilometre south into a region where it is possible to believe time has stood still.

Atmospheric accommodations, a memorable relaxed road trip of a lifetime, filled with personalised experiences and site visits beyond compare with fun and reflective time in ‘contrast and compare’ Desert areas, await you on this considered tour.

Highlights

  • Marrakech Exotic City Of The Senses.
  • Ouarzazate Hollywood Of Morocco.
  • Dades Vally Kasbahs & Gorges.
  • Draa Valley Oalm Oases.
  • Erg Chigaga Towering Ochre Dunes.
  • Zagora Town 52 Saharan Days To Timbuktu.
  • Erg Lihoudi & Unique Patterned Sands.
  • Saharan Sunrises & Sunsets.
  • Camel Rides Around The Dunes.
  • 60km & 90Km Adventure Drives.

Included

  • Services Of Morhara Throughout.
  • Airport Transfers.
  • Private A/C 4x4 Vehicle & Fuel.
  • Private Moroccan Multi Lingual Driver 8 Days.
  • All Accommodations.
  • All Breakfasts.
  • Dinners Day 1-6
  • Private Guide Fee Marrakech.
  • Kasbah Entrance Fees.
  • Camel Trek  Lihoudi Dunes.
  • Camel Trek Chigaga Dunes.
  • Camel Guide Fees.
  • Optional Informal Sandboarding.
  • 60Km Entry Off-Road Desert Drive.
  • 90Km Exit Off-Road Desert Drive.

Excluded

  • Flights.
  • Lunches. 
  • Dinner Day 7. 
  • Personal Drinks & Snacks.
  • Entrance Fees Marrakech.
  • Gratuities.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Marrakech.

  • Welcome, Mrehba!
  • We meet with you at Menera Airport Marrakech.
  • Transfer to your accommodation.
  • Today will be determined by your arrival flight.
  • 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.
  • Meet with private local Marrakech Guide.
  • Visit to Koutoubia Mosque area & Gardens.
  • Visit the mosaiced Bahia Palace & Pashas Hareem. 
  • View the Artisans skill at the ornately tiled Saadien Tombs.
  • Explore the vast ruinous El Badi Palace.
  • Have lunch in a rooftop café in the Medina.
  • Alternatively overlooking iconic Jemaa el Fnaa Square.
  • Visit the tranquil Ben Youseff Madrasa.
  • Exploration of Souks in Medina.
  • Return to your accommodation approx late afternoon/early evening.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 3: Marrakech To Agdz.

Stairway To Heaven Mountain Road Trip.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Depart Marrakech for the journey South.
  • Traverse the spectacular High Atlas Mountains & Tichka Pass.
  • Optional visit to Argan Oil Co-Operative.
  • Visit the ruinous but ornate Kasbah Telouet.
  • Tour of UNESCO Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Ben Haddou has been the location of many International films.
  • Lunch at the hotel overlooking Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Scenic Journey to the Berber Town of Agdz.
  • Arrive Agdz approx late afternoon
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Agdz Including Dinner & Breakfast

 

Day 4: Agdz To Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp.

Ancient Kasbahs & Towering Date Palm Oases.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Visit the atmospheric Kasbah Tamnougalt in Agdz.
  • Spectacular drive through Date Palm lined Draa Valley.
  • Journey through red-earthed villages and Kasbah oases.
  • Refreshment at small enclosed palmerie garden.
  • Lunch at the pre-Saharan town of Zagora.
  • Visit the 11thcentury village of Tamegroute.
  • Guided tour of partial underground & still inhabited Kasbah.
  • Visit the memorable Tamegroute pottery.
  • Approx 1hr Camel Trek into Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp.
  • Lihouidi is known for its patterned sands.
  • Optional climbing of Dunes to watch the Sunset.
  • Dinner, campfires & live Saharan music at camp.
  • Arrive Erg Lihoudi camp approx late afternoon.
  • Photograph & refreshment stop as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp Including Dinner & Breakfast.

  

Day 5: Erg Lihoudi Desert Camp To Erg Chigaga Desert Camp.

Off-Road Drive Into Remote Towering Dunes.

  • We depart camp after breakfast by camel to meet with  4x4.
  • Thereafter short drive to the Saharan town of M’hamid.
  • M’hamid is the last town reached by tarmac.
  • Ahead of you lies only the Desert Piste of the Sahara.
  • Visit Kasbah Museum of Ouled Driss in palmerie.
  • Lunch in M’hamid.
  • Optional time at the pool to cool off before heading into the Sahara.
  • 60Km ‘Off Road’ drive over lunar Desert piste & into camp.
  • Chigaga is known for its towering dune sets & remoteness.
  • Approx 1hr camel trek at sunset around the dunes.
  • An optional climb of dunes & optional Sandboarding.
  • Enjoy Saharan hospitality, dinner, campfire & live drumming.
  • Arrive at Chigaga Camp approx mid /late afternoon
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp Including Dinner & Breakfast.

 

Day 6: Erg Chigaga Desert Camp To Fint Oasis.

Desert Rally & Camel Caravan Routes.

  • We depart Camp by 4x4 after breakfast.
  • 90km Desert drive to exit the Sahara.
  • Exit by a different route from the entry.
  • Follow old Dakar Rally Desert route & by the dry lake of Iriqui.
  • Lunch at Desert outpost Foum Zguid.
  • Journey through post-Saharan landscapes & Berber carpet producing villages.
  • Arrive at the time forgotten Fint Oasis approx mid/late afternoon.
  • Free time of exploration of Fint Oasis Village & beautiful valley habitat.
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Fint Oasis Including Dinner & Breakfast

  

Day 7: Fint Oasis To Marrakech.

Rural Time Forgotten Berber Life.

  • We meet with you at your accommodation after breakfast.
  • Spectacular return journey over the High Atlas Mountains.
  • The return journey offers you a different perspective of the region.
  • Lunch stop on route driving through the Atlas Mountains.
  • Arrive Marrakech for approx. mid-afternoon.
  • Return to your accommodation.
  • Free time to spend as you wish late afternoon and evening in Marrakech.
  • Alternatively, spend a relaxing morning at Fint Oasis walking.
  • Optional time with the village women bread making.
  • Optional Mule Riding In The Valley.
  • Lunch in a FInt Oasis family Berber home.
  • Depart Fint Oasis after lunch.
  • Arrive Marrakech approx early evening.  
  • Photograph & refreshment stops as you like.
  • We haven’t included dinner should you wish to visit a city eatery.
  • 1 Overnight Accommodation Marrakech Including Breakfast only.

 

Day 8: Airport Transfer To Marrakech Or Casablanca.

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

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Additional Drop-off points

Agdz, Lihoudi Camp, Chigaga Camp, Fint Oasis

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Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Start Point: Marrakech

End Point: Marrakech

Optional End Points: Casablanca

Summary Information

3 Nights Marrakech, 1 Night Agdz, 1 Night Lihoudi Camp, 1 Night Chigaga Camp, 1 Night Fint Oasis.

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