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7-Day Marrakech & Sahara Tour

Marrakech, Morocco
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Duration

7 days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Languages

English, Multilingual

Free Cancellation

Up to 1 day

A 7-day tour that starts from Marrakech includes visits to the charming city of Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages, and the Sahara Desert. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel on the first day. Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to a short tour of the city.

The second day will be a full day visiting Marrakech. On the third day, we’ll be traveling south to Dades Valley, and we will pass through the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and several tiny Berber villages along the way. On the fourth day, we will continue our journey to the south towards Erg Chebbi, the highest dunes in North Africa, where you’ll be riding camels to spend the night in a desert camp.

The fifth day will be traveling to Ouarzazate, known as “Africa’s Hollywood.” Along the way, we will stop in Rissani, the largest and closest Souk (local market) to the desert, as well as Alnif Village, Nkob, Agdz, and the Draa, Morocco’s largest valley. On the sixth day, we will explore the city of Ouarzazate before returning to Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains. On the seventh day, you’ll have free time in Marrakech before departing to the airport. We provide three options for upgrading your hotels and desert camps, from standard to mid-range or luxurious.

Brief itinerary of the 7-day trip from Marrakech

DayDepartureArrivalDistance
1stAirportMarrakech
2ndMarrakechMarrakech
3rdMarrakechDades350 km
4thDadesMerzouga330 km
5thMerzougaOuarzazate367 km
6thOuarzazateMarrakech200 km
7thMarrakechAirport

 

Good to know

  1. Driving over the high Atlas Mountains can take up to three hours.
  2. The tour may include stops for lunch at small and, local restaurants that serve fresh food, but they may be touristy during the high season. However, if choose a restaurant on your own, you can ask your driver to take you there.
  3. The tour includes around one hour riding camels in the dunes, but we don’t recommend it for anyone with back or leg issues, pregnant women, and people over the age of 70.

7-Day Marrakech & Sahara Tour Highlights

  • Explore Marrakech
  • Drive across the Atlas Mountains
  • Visit Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Take a walk through the gorges
  • Ride a camel in the dunes
  • Enjoy the night in the Sahara
  • Sunset/sunrise over the dunes
  • Discover Africa’s Hollywood

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech

Our driver will meet you at the airport in Marrakech and take you to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you might have a short tour of the city after the check-in.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Riad Marana or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Les Jardines de Koutoubia or similar

Day 2: A day to visit Marrakech

The second day of the tour will be a full day visiting Marrakech with a local guide. Today you will discover the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, the historic Jewish quarter "Mellah," Menara, and the Majorelle Gardens. Our day continues discovering the Medina of Marrakech, including Jemaa el-Fnaa square, a bustling marketplace where performers, narrators, and jugglers converge to entertain tourists. Later, you have free time to watch the sunset from your hotel/riad or from the terrace of a local restaurant with a view of the square.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Riad Marana or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Les Jardines de Koutoubia or similar

Day 3: Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Skoura - Roses Valley - Dades

On the third day, we'll go south across the high Atlas Mountains. We will stop along the way to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Atlas and the Tizi N'tichka pass (2260m). We continue our journey via the tiny Berber Villages and the Ounila valley to Ait Benhaddou kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable red earth castles line the ancient path of the Kasbahs. Ait Benhaddou was once a bustling commercial hub in the 17th century and starred in films such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and, the game of thrones. After lunch and a visit to the Kasbah, we will continue our journey through Skoura's palm grove and the Valley of Roses. In the evening, we will reach Dades, a magnificent valley where we will spend the night.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Kasbah Didis or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Ksar Sultan or similar

Day 4: Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - El Jorf - Erfoud - Merzouga (Erg Chebbi)

The third day will be traveling from Dades to the Sahara desert. On the way, we will be driving through several villages and valleys. We will visit Tinghir's Oasis, and then we'll continue to Todra Gorge, a series of limestone river canyons. We'll take our time exploring this magnificent gorge before continuing our journey to the Sahara. The road will take us through several cities such as Tinjdad, Melaab, Erfoud, and the Saharian oasis of Tafilalet. Depending on your arrival time in Merzouga, you will either have time for a short break or ride the camels right away. The camel tour begins at approximately 17:30 in the summer and about 15:00-16:00 in the winter. You will enjoy an hour camel trek and the sunset over the dunes before reaching the desert camp. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed with a cup of tea, check into your tent, and then you will have free time on the dunes to wander or try sandboarding. Later on, the local guides will perform drums music around a bonfire. You'll have a great time listening and dancing to the drum rhythms under millions of stars. Because of the hot temperatures and storms, the campfire is only during the cold months and when the weather is nice.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Standard Desert Camp
Superior Option: Luxury Desert Camp

Day 5: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Agdz - Draa Valley - Ouarzazate

On the fourth day, we will wake you up early to enjoy the sunrise in the desert before heading for Ouarzazate after breakfast and a shower. Today we'll take the southern road, enjoying the vast black rocky desert's landscapes as we pass through Rissani, Alnif, Tazarine, Nkoub, Agdez, and the lovely Draa valley. Depending on your stops, we'll be reaching Ouarzazate in the afternoon/evening.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Riad Amlal or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Riad Dar Chamaa or similar

Day 6: Ouarzazate - Berber Villages - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech

On the sixth day, we'll be visiting Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert or the African Holywood. We'll visit the studios that have been used in several well-known films, and we'll visit Taourirt Kasbah, which has a 19th-century palace with views of the surrounding countryside. Our journey continues as we travel across the magnificent Atlas Mountains back to Marrakech.

ACCOMMODATION:
Standard Option: Hotel Riad Marana or similar
Superior Option: Hotel Les Jardines de Koutoubia or similar

Day 7: Free time in Marrakech & Transfer to the Airport

Free time in Marrakech before the airport transfer.

Included/Excluded

  • Private transportation with A/C
  • Experienced driver (Multilingual)
  • Car fuel
  • Hotel/Riads (Half board)
  • Camel excursion in the dunes
  • Sandboarding (Optional)
  • One night in a desert camp (Half board)
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees

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Marrakech, Morocco

FAQs About the 7-Day Marrakech & Sahara Tour

What is the luggage allowance?
You are allowed to take all your luggage with you during the tour.
Which accommodations are included in the package?
This seven-day tour includes standard hotels and desert camps, with the possibility to upgrade to luxury accommodations.
What's the weather like in the desert?
Summer temperatures can reach up to 48 degrees Celsius during the day and 42 degrees Celsius at night. It is cold at night and warm during the day during the winter (November to March). On some days, the temperature can reach 26 degrees Celsius during the day and 0 degrees Celsius at night. The temperature remains rather steady during the rest of the year (between 24 and 30 °C).
What are the payment options and how can I make a reservation?
Deposit:
In order to confirm your booking, a deposit is requested to be paid in advance and the rest of the payment can be paid by PayPal, Credit card, Bank transfer, or in cash.

Payments and terms of cancellations:
For more information about the payments and cancellations, please check our payments & terms of cancellations page.

Conditions:
Usually, we don’t book any accommodations before your confirmation, thus if the accommodations listed above are already fully booked, we will book another one with the same category and services.
Is this a private or a group tour?
The 7-day tour is private, and you (and your group) will be the only ones with the driver/guide.
What is the cost of this 7-day trip from Marrakech?
The price of this trip varies depending on the number of travelers and the category of the accommodations. The hotels and Sahara camps can be upgraded from standard to luxurious. For more details, please see the price section.
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John

Ask for Mohammed, he is the best!!!

Mohamed was our driver/guide on our seven-day tour of Morocco and, we got to see so many things. The hotels in Marrakech, Dades, and Ouarzazate, were fantastic, and the highlight of the trip was the camel excursion and the overnight camping in the Sahara desert. Mohamed was so helpful the entire trip and, we enjoyed our time with him.
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Teddy

10/10

We spent just over three weeks traveling across Morocco, and our luxury 7-day tour from Marrakech to the south was without a doubt the highlight of our vacation. Hamid was our tour guide, and he was friendly, highly aware of the region, and a great source of information about the Moroccan culture. We had a fantastic experience and would highly recommend it to all of our relatives and friends. According to what the company offers, the unbelievable high review rating comes as no surprise.
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Benjamin

Unforggetable 7-day trip in Morocco

We just returned from a seven-day trip in Morocco, and all I can say is that it was a fantastic experience. Each of the riads where we stayed was lovely and served delicious food. Said, our driver/guide, showed us the real Morocco and the Sahara desert. Many thanks to Said, our helpful and knowledgeable guide who was attentive and accommodating to all of our needs
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