The Southern and Northern lands of Morocco differ completely from one another, contrasting both in climate and landscape. The South seems to embody a step backward in time, to an era of biblical aura and a surviving Mesopotamia. The vast Sahara seems surreal, with its plateaus bordered by mirages, waddies punctuated by sandcastle-like Kasbahs, and romantic oases where tall date palms grow surrounded by silver-green reed, all found on a horizon of sand dunes constantly reshaped by gentle winds, sheltered by azure-blue African skies. Filmmakers Cecil de Mill and Martin Scorsese were unable to capture on film the majesty and unsurpassed beauty of Morocco’s Southern lands, a literal heaven on earth, which has a depth that can only be truly embraced and appreciated by the naked eye . Join us for a tour that would be a feast for you senses exploring the Southmost part of Morocco visiting Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Skoura, Dades Valley, Todra Valley, Ziz Valley, Erfoud, Merzouga Dunes, Zagora the Draa valley and the trail of 1000 Kasbahs To Ouarzazate. Best natural sightseeing in Morocco.
Day 1: New York – Casablanca – Marrakech
You will depart from New York on a Royal Air Maroc overnight flight to Casablanca, where you will board a plane to Marrakech. Dinner will be served on board, and a movie will be available for your entertainment during the flight.
Day 2: Marrakech
Upon your arrival at the Menara Airport in Marrakech, you will find your guide waiting to take you to your hotel for check-in. This unique city is located where the desert and mountains meet. Known is the “Pearl of the South,” it was established in the 11th century by the Almoravide Dynasty. You will spend your day visiting sights including the Saadian Tombs, the Dar Si Said Museum, the Menara Gardens, and the city’s focal point: the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to visit the souks, a plethora of alleyways with multicolored shops, and the Djemaa El Fna Square, where snake charmers, acrobats, and fortune-tellers put on a never-ending show. You will conclude your day with dinner and accommodations at your hotel.
Day 3: Marrakech – Tinghirz
Following breakfast, you will start your journey southward to Tinghir via Taddert and the Tizin Tichka Pass, located in the heart of the Atlas mountain chain. Additionally, you will visit the Berber village of Ait Ben Haddou and stop in Ouarzazate for lunch. Afterward, you will follow the route of a thousand Kasbahs through the Dades Valley to the village of Tinghir, where you will visit Kalaa des Mogouna, the Persian roses haven. You will end your day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.
Day 4: Tinghir – Erfoud
Your morning will consist of a visit to the Todra gorges, after which you will continueto Erfoud, where you will explore the Ziz valley. One of the most aesthetically pleasing of all southern routes, Erfoud is a dry, red belt of desert with a sudden drop into a valley filled with date palm groves; it is a land lost in antiquity. Dinner and accommodations will be provided at your hotel.
Day 5: Merzouga Dunes – Rissani – Zagora
Land Rovers will take you across the desert to the magnificent dunes of Erg Chebbi. To watch the sun rise over the spectacular Merzouga dunes in the Sahara is a breathtaking encounter worth experiencing. Afterward, you will eat breakfast with the Tuaregs, and saddled camels will be offered as an option for those who would like to explore the area. You will then continue your travels, exploring the ancient holy city of Rissani and the desert until you reach Zagora, where dinner and accommodations will be available at your hotel.
Day 6: Zagora – M’Hamid – Tinfou – Tamegroute
You will spend your day on an excursion that will take you to the real gateway of the Moroccan Saharan Desert. You will drive through the lowlands and along the mountain passes to Tamegroute, a humble village where deep knowledge is transmitted in the most simplistic way. There you will visit the famous Moorish Koranic Library. Full of rare books and documents, the library includes 13th century writings made on gazelle hide. Afterward, you will return to Zagora for the night.
Day 7: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
Following breakfast, you will leave for your return trip to Marrakech, stopping in Ouarzazate, where women still weave the Ouazguita carpets famous for their natural colors and geometric and symbolic designs. Here, life is concentrated in the oases and Kasbahs, contrasting with the vast and stark desert plateaux that surround the city. Finally, you will return to Marrakech for a farewell dinner, where you will experience a typical Moroccan meal under a caidal Berber tent along with a spectacle of the Fantasia.
Day 8: Marrakech – New York
You will depart from the Marrakech airport for your transatlantic flight, connecting via Casablanca on your way to New York.
- 6 Nights accommodation in 4-star hotels with full bath
- Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner daily)
- Land Transportation in AC 4WD vehicle
- Services of English-speaking guides and escorts
- Entrance fees to monuments and museums
- Hotel tax and service charges.
Cities Visited & Hotels Used:
- Marrakesh: Hotel El Andalous
- Tineghir: Kasbah Lamrani
- Erfoud: Kasbah Mounia
- Zagora: Hotel Rida