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7 Days in Morocco: Atlantic coast, Sahara Desert & High Atlas Tour

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This 7 day culture packed tour will allow you to experience the extremes that Morocco has to offer, from the hustle and bustle of the imperial city of Marrakech, to the beauty of the High Atlas Mountains and the tranquillity of the Sahara Desert. You will visit the towns of Essaouria, Sidi Ifni and Taroudant where you will experience the areas which are less touched by tourism. A night in the Sahara Desert will allow you to experience a night under the stars where you can enjoy the tranquillity and still amongst the sand dunes. In amongst all of this is a night in Tafroute in the Atlas Mountains where you can spend time walking and marvelling at the natural beauty surrounding you and see the painted rocks.

If you don’t quite have enough time to fit all of these destinations in you may wish to consider our Three Day Sahara Desert Tour or spend some time trekking in the Atlas Mountains around the village of Imlil. We are happy to alter any of our itineraries to suit your needs. Whichever tour you choose you will be accompanied by a guide and driver who will make sure that all your needs are met and provide you with information on all of the different places you will visit. Bringing your camera is essential as you will want to capture these memories to look back on when you go home.


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Day 1: Marrakesh – Essaouira
Departing Marrakech at 08:00am you will take the motorway to Essaouira, a seaside town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. The route will take you through acres of argan trees native to a particular region of Morocco, and whose yield of precious argan oil is reputed to have anti-aging properties and is much sought after in the cosmetic industry. Essaouira, where you will spend the night, is one of Morocco’s most ancient and most charming fortified port towns, which for centuries, has not only been one of the most important trading ports linking Morocco to the world, but also a magnet for artists, poets and musicians from all over the world.
Day 2: Essaouira – Sidi Ifni
After breakfast, you will take the coastal road south, passing Agadir to Tiznit, an attractive little garrison town built in the late 19th century, and notable for its silver jewellery. The road turns towards the sea again and runs parallel to it providing a beautiful drive to Sidi Ifni, a cliff side town named after the marabout Sidi Ifni. The town is a picturesque sprawl of blue and white buildings overlooking a magnificent Moroccan beach
Day 3: Sidi Ifni – Tafraoute
When you leave Sidi Ifni, you will head back towards Tiznit and then up into the Anti-Atlas Mountains, taking a road which runs through a spectacular landscape leading to Tafraoute, a verdant little pink and red town, but set rather uncomfortably in an arena of massive granite rock formations. But in spring, it is transformed by the exquisite blossoming almond trees for which it is famous. It is a rock climber’s paradise, and also boasts some excellent restaurants
Day 4: Tafraoute – Taroudant
After breakfast, before heading off north to Taroudant, you will be taken just four kilometres from Tafraoute to see the famous and controversial painted rocks or “land art” conceived by Belgian artist, Jean Vérame, who with the help of the local fire brigade sprayed a selection of rocks with over 18 tons of different coloured paint. You will then take the winding road, with wonderful views to the river and town of Ait Baha, and then follow the road to Taroudant, a beautiful little walled city and market town, whose ramparts are similar to those of Marrakech, hence its nickname “Little Marrakech”. We you stop here, to explore the town and spend the night
Day 5: Taroudant – Chegaga
After breakfast, we drive towards the desert crossing two passes, Tizi-n-Tighatine and Tizi-n-Ikhsane, before reaching Kourkouda and Taznakht, a small town famous for its Berber rugs and carpets, and its carpet souk. From here, we continue south and drive into the Sahara across the stony desert, or hammada and across the salt flats of Lake Iriqui, where we will stop and hunt for fossils, and then on to the ‘real’ desert and marvellous dunes of Chegaga, and our Berber nomad camp where we will have lunch and a camel ride, and in the evening, clamber to the top of the dunes to watch the sunset – always a spectacular event–then enjoy the conviviality of a typical Berber dinner
Day 6: Chegaga – Ouarzazate
After breakfast we break camp and cross the desert through the small palm grove of the Sacred Oasis near Bougarn, to M’hamid, a small town on the edge of the desert, and then on to Erg Lihoudi for a camel ride. We will stop for lunch near M’Hamid and then head north up the beautiful Draa valley towards Zagora, the largest oasis town in the valley and renowned for its dates. Then we follow the ancient caravan trade route between river and mountains and through villages of picturesque kasbahs and gardens – a magical drive known as the ‘Road of the thousand kasbahs’. We will stop at Agdz to visit the magnificent Kasbah Tamnoulgalte, still partly inhabited. We then go through the Tizi n’Tififte pass to Ouarzazate, home to the famous Atlas Studios where many epic films such as Gladiator were made, where you wil spend the night
Day 7: Ouarzazte - Marrakech
After breakfast we will head back towards Marrakech, arriving just after lunch. You will then be free to explore Marrakech. Marrakech has a magical reputation because of its immense souks (bazaars), numerous landmarks and ancient Berber heritage. Its central focus is Djemaa El Fna, the famous square where young and old alike gather every day to enjoy arts and crafts, storytellers, snake-charmers, herbal doctors and jugglers. As darkness falls food-stalls appear and you would be forgiven for feeling that you’d stepped back a thousand years or more
What’s Included
  • Return private transport from Marrakech
  • English speaking guide (other languages can be catered for)
  • 5 nights accommodation in hotels
  • 1 night accommodation in a Berber tent in the Sahara
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner in the Sahara
  • Camel hire

What’s Not Included
  • Flights
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Beverages & Bottled Water
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips

The Price will vary depending on
  • Special offers
  • Age of participants
  • Number of participants
  • Length of tour requested
  • Type of hotel requested
Departures
  • Available all year round

All prices are based on a minimum of 2 people on the tour.