Marrakech Plus Desert
This 9 day-trip takes in the best of Marrakech, the Atlas mountains and the Saharan sand dunes. You will catch a command of the performance of the show that's played for 1000 years, and never gets old: Unesco-acclaimed street theater in the Djemaa el-Fna. You will also hear the shifting sand sing and spend the night in the magnificent rose-pink dunes of Erg Chebbi. Also, get ready to relax in the oasis of Skoura, visiting some of the area's ruined and restored kasbahs.
8 nights, 9 days
Luxury Berber Tents in the Desert
Premium Quality Riads & Hotels
8 breakfast and 8 dinners
Hand-Picked Private English-Speaking Driver
Professional Guides in Major Cities
Casablanca / Marrakech
Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, your private driver/assistant will greet you at the airport and take you to your Marrakech Hotel/ Riad, where our local myvaykay manager will check you in. Depending on your arrival time and how you feel , you may enjoy a quick tour of the surroundings or try a mint tea in one of the many adjacent cafes. Dinner will be served by 8:00 pm in your hotel.
After enjoying your buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will learn more in detail about the history and curiosities of Marrakech. Our English speaking guide will be waiting at the hotel to start the tour and discover this special red city of Marrakech. We will start with the Bahia Palace, one of the most important Palaces in the history of the city. We will continue by the famous Jamaa el-Fna square, the Koutoubia Mosque and its famous minaret and then we will dive into the medina (the Old-Historic Marrakech) and its famous souks: Smarine market, Spice market, Leather market, Iron market, Copper market...
Our Manager or the guide will recommend a restaurant to best match your needs.
After lunch we will return to the hotel and you can enjoy your free afternoon.
At 8:30 p.m., our driver will take you to dinner at one of the best known restaurants in the city, the "Fantasia Chez Ali" where you will enjoy an evening of extraordinary relaxation and discover the history of Berber folklore, while you savor a delicious authentic Moroccan dinner. The Fantasia complex is located in the palm grove of Marrakech and offers a dinner show under Berber tents. You will enjoy the rhythm of dancers, acrobats, horse riders, folk music, fireworks and discover the history of Berber folklore while enjoying an authentic dinner. Fantasia is a show with bright colors and pleasant sounds, where, in one place, you can discover the typical Moroccan cuisine and the traditions of several regions of Morocco at the same time.
Your driver will take you back to your Hotel by midnight.
Marrakech / Ouarzazate / Boumalne Dades
After enjoying your buffet breakfast at the Hotel we will start our early departure by van towards Ouarzazate City, the Hollywood of Morocco.
We will cross the Grand Atlas by going through the Tichka Pass (Tizi n' Tichka in the berber language), the highest mountain pass in Morocco at 2,260m connecting Marrakech with the southern oases.
Later we will visit the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, first world heritage site by UNESCO in Morocco where films such as Gladiator, Game of Thrones, The Jewel of the Nile among others were produced.
We will take the opportunity to eat in front of the same Kasbah in one of the many restaurants that serve tasty lunches (not included).
We will continue our journey to reach Skoura Oasis, and the valley of the roses. You will spend the night in Riad Xaluca Dades or similar. The dinner is included in your package (drinks no included).
Boumalne Dades / Rissani / Merzouga
After breakfast and around 10:00 am, we will drive down to Merzouga, one of the most authentic deserts of Morocco.
In Rissani we will make a stop to visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, first descendant of the Alaouite dynasty who currently runs the country. Later on we will taste the famous dish of the region, the Medfouna or commonly called the desert pizza.
After lunch, we will swap our comfortable van to enter the dunes and enjoy a camel ride through the dunes as the sun sets, to reach your luxury desert camp in time for dinner under a blanket of stars. You will have a lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the desert around a bonfire with our Berber friends and their Djambé music rhythm.
Merzouga / Ouarzazate
You may wish to make an early start to watch the sun rise over the dunes before you enjoy your Berber Breakfast.
You will have free time to enjoy the desert. We can arrange activities in Quad / Buggy, tour of the region in 4x4 through our partners at discounted prices, or you can simply relax in the pool and enjoy your free time. You can also head out with a guide to visit some of the kasbahs and learn about their history, the most impressive of which is the 17th-century Kasbah Amridil, which even appears on the 50-dirham note.
Lunch can be served at the Riad (not included).
After lunch we will drive to Ouarzazate, via the spectacular scenery of the Dades Valley and Todra. We will check in the Hotel Berber Palace 5 * or similar. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Ouarzazate / Marrakech
After a leisurely breakfast, we will depart for Marrakech.
We will be arriving in the city around noon and lunch can be served at your Hotel. You will enjoy a free afternoon while staying at Les Jardins de la Koutoubia hotel or similar.
After breakfast we will visit the YSL Majorelle Gardens(YSL Museum),Harti Gardens and Menara Garden. Lunch can be served at the garden restaurant.
In the afternoon we will continue exploring the city by visiting the Badi Palace, the Ben Youssef University, the Marrakech museum, and the Koubba Ba' adiyn, a graceful 12th century shrine that survived the Almohads destructions.
In the evening, we recommend ending your trip with dinner at the Jad Mahal Palace in Marrakech with live show music, belly dancers, Gnawa African music, fire man.... night can finish late.
You will be staying at Les Jardins de la Koutoubia hotel or similar.
Marrakech / Casablanca
After breakfast we will hit the road for Casablanca where you will be staying at a beachfront Hotel in the affluent suburb called Ain Diab. You will have the opportunity to visit the Hassan II Mosque, the world's fourth largest mosque in the world that can accommodate 25000 worshippers. The mosque complex was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau, took six years to build. Its dramatic location overhanging the ocean waves echoes verse of the Quran, which states that God's throne was built upon the water.
After the mosque visit, you will enjoy a fish menu in one of the chic restaurants facing the the Atlantic Ocean.
You will have a free afternoon to enjoy Casablanca and visit the Quartier Habous (an idealised version of a traditional medina with clean streets, attractive Mauresque buildings and arcades ), where you can pick up some souvenirs and buy a selection of Moroccan pastries at Patisserie Bennis Habous!
Dinner will be served at the Hotel.
After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to Casablanca airport for your flight home.
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Les Jardins de la Koutoubia
Dades Xaluca Erfoud
Berber Palace Ouarzazate
Riad Madu Merzouga
Transfer In / Out Airport
Van 7 seats with driver + fuel at disposal
4 nights in Marrakech with breakfast
1 night in Merzouga in a luxury bivouac with breakfast and dinner
1 night in Dades with breakfast and dinner
1 night in Ouarzazate with breakfast and dinner
1 night in Casablanca with breakfast and dinner
Visit of the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum
Entrance to the Palace Badi, Palace of Bahia, The Majorelles Gardens not the YSL Museum, Marrakech Museum, Ben Youssef Medersa, Koubba Ba' adiyn
Guided tour of the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
Marrakech medina tour with an English speaking guide
Camel Ride in the desert
Folkloric party in the dunes
Moroccan dinner with show at Chez Ali restaurant in Marrakech (without drinks):
- Moroccan harira, chicken tajine, vegetable couscous, season's fruit
– Moroccan harrira – mechoui – couscous – season's fruit
Medfouna tasting in Rissani
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