Morocco South and Kasbahs Trek

Cultural Trip

If you travel to explore nature, then the Open South of Morocco expedition is made for you. This is as close as you can get to heaven without leaving earth. An eight days overland adventure trip trekking and hiking the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert with its valleys and Kasbahs. The highlight of this active trip is camping over the dunes of Merzouga enjoying a night under the Milky Way.


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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, 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 small group sightseeing in Morocco. This tour can be tailored to meet your requirements for time and budget.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: New York – Casablanca – Marrakech

You will depart from North America on an overnight flight to Casablanca, then connect to with a flight to Marrakech. Dinner will be served on board.

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 as the “Pearl of the South,” it was established in the 11th century by the Almoravid Dynasty. You will spend your day with your local guide 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: Overland from Marrakech to Tinghir

Following breakfast, you will start your journey trekking southward to Tinghir via Taddert and the Tizin Tichka Pass, located in the heart of the Atlas Mountains at over 12,000 feet high. Additionally, you will visit the Berber village of Ait Ben Haddou and stop in Ouarzazate for other hiking activities. 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 trekking day with dinner and other accommodations at your hotel.

Day 4: Travel from Tinghir to Erfoud

Your morning will consist of a hiking trip visiting the Todra Gorges, after which you will continue to Erfoud, where you will explore the Ziz Valley palm groves and lush oases. One of the most aesthetically pleasing of all southern routes, Erfoud is a dry, red belt of the Sahara Desert with a sudden drop into a valley filled with date palm groves and desert diverse fruit trees; it is a land lost in antiquity and primitiveness. Dinner and accommodations will be provided at your hotel.

Day 5: Merzouga Dunes – Rissani – Zagora

Your desert guide will take you to the magnificent dunes of Erg Chebbi to watch the sunrise over the spectacular Merzouga dunes in the Sahara is a breathtaking encounter worth experiencing. Climb up the peaks of these high dunes if you wish to explore the view on the limitless expansion of the Sahara Desert. 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 a trekking 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 hides. This area is also known for its neolithic pottery still alive today. You have reached today the largest palm grove oases in the world that stretch on a continuous belt for over 800 miles along the Draa River. Afterward, you will return to Zagora for the night.

Day 7: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

Following breakfast, you will leave Zagora 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 ceremonial 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 back home achieving a unique expedition to the Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert that you will treasure for a lifetime as best Morocco experience.

What is included:

  • 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.

Hotels Used:

  • Marrakesh: Hotel El Andalous or similar
  • Tineghir: Kasbah Lamrani or similar
  • Erfoud: Kasbah Mounia or similar
  • Zagora: Hotel Rida or similar
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