Marrakesh & Sahara Desert

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Marrakesh & The Sahara Desert

Ouarzazate is a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. It’s serves as a base for excursions to the lush palm groves Draa Valley and into the Sahara Desert. Northwest is a traditional fortified red-earth city of Aït Benhaddou overlooking a landscape noted in many films. Northeast, is the magnificent ochre-coloured rocky Dadès Gorge and Todra Gorge. Nearby is the pleasant village of Boumalne du Dadès which has several hotels and guest houses offering accommodation.

Begin in Marrakesh with a private tour of exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace. Also see important historic monuments and districts, including the Jewish quarter, Koutoubia Mosque, and Ali ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa. Next, transfer through dramatic desert landscapes to Ouarzazate, and stay at a luxury resort designed like a Kasbah. Enjoy private touring of regional highlights and venture into the Sahara Desert.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8 DAY MARRAKESH & SAHARA DESERT ADVENTURE…
And, spend one night at a private luxury tented camp among the sand dunes.
 

What We Love
  • Start in Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks and upscale restaurants.
  • Also explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights
  • Relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at elegant restored ryads (guesthouses). 
  • In Ouarzazate, and stay at a luxury resort designed like a kasbah (traditional fort).
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour and designed for maximum outdoor experience.
  • Exclusive tour; guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.

 
Marrakesh & Sahara Desert Morocco

Marrakesh & The Sahara Desert

Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Sahara Desert
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Casablanca/ Marrakesh Begin in Marrakesh, a beautiful city of pink buildings, bustling souks (markets), and upscale shops and restaurants. During private touring, explore exquisite Moorish gardens and architectural highlights such as Jardin Majorelle, Jardin Menara, the Palmeraie and the Bahia Palace. See important historic monuments and districts, including the Jewish quarter, Koutoubia Mosque, and Ali ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa. If desired, also visit museums such as Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Marrakesh Take an insider tour of the massive souks where shops offer local products such as argan oil, Berber carpets and Moroccan slippers. Also visit the spice souks, which are stocked with locally harvested saffron, cumin and other ingredients. Relax with a glass of Moroccan mint tea at one of our favourite spots, and enjoy reservations at elegant restaurants in restored ryads (guesthouses).

Tonight, explore Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s lively main square, which transforms each evening into a multisensory pageant of energetic street performances and tantalizing food stalls. If desired, visit the best boutiques and galleries in Gueliz. There will also be time to enjoy your luxurious resort, one of the most exclusive hotels in Morocco.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 3 – Desert Landscapes
Ouarzazate Next, transfer through dramatic desert landscapes to Ouarzazate, and stay at a luxury resort designed like a kasbah (traditional fort). Enjoy private touring of regional highlights such as Ait Benhaddou, a spectacular ksar (fortified village) and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 4 & 5 – Sahara Desert
Ouarzazate See evocative locations used in filming notable movies and TV shows, and browse souks for local handicrafts such as patterned carpets. Then, venture into the Sahara Desert to spend a night at a private luxury tented camp among the sand dunes.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 6 & 7 – City Highlights Tour
Marrakesh Return to Marrakesh for two more nights to continue exploring the city’s souks, backstreets and myriad cultural attractions.
Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 8 – Depart
Morocco Take a private transfer to the airport in Marrakesh or Casablanca and connect with your onward flight.
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


When to go Due to the varied geography, the best time to travel Morocco depends greatly on where you are going. In general, spring (April and May) is the best weather across Morocco. In the Saharan region--and to a lesser extent the plains cities--midsummer should be avoided. However, the hottest months are lovely for a visit to the coastal cities, like Essaouira and Rabat. Winter months are very cold in the mountains, which can be hard since many hotels don’t have heating. Desert days are warm and clear during the summer, but temperatures at night can plummet.

It is also important to consider Islamic holidays when you travel to Morocco. The month of Ramadan involves strict fasting during the day, which can be a present an issue for transportation, but the parties at night can make up for the subdued days.

Getting There Royal Air Maroc run direct scheduled flights daily from London Heathrow to Casablanca, and twice-weekly flights to Tangier, and British Airways fly from Heathrow to Casablanca, Marrakesh and Agadir.

In addition to these, EasyJet from Gatwick and Manchester, and with Ryanair from Luton and Stansted. EasyJet also fly from Gatwick to Agadir, Ryanair from Stansted to Fez serve Marrakesh and Agadir from Gatwick and Manchester. Flights typically take around three and a half hours.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months.

When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.