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From Marrakech to the Sahara Desert through the Gorges

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  • Starting Point: Marrakech
  • Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

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This Atlas Mountains itinerary perfectly blends cultural exploration and outdoor adventure. On this trip, you will take in the breathtaking beauty of Morocco’s mountain peaks, discover the wonders of the Sahara Desert, and explore the hidden gems of its valleys, gorges, and enchanting landscapes.

After you arrive in Marrakech, you will embark on a mountain trek, followed by an unforgettable Sahara Desert tour. The specific trekking tour described in this itinerary can be customized to fit your preferences, including the option to summit Mount Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak, during a custom three-night/three-day route of your choice.

  • Make sure to contact us regarding customization options if you are interested in summiting Mount Toubkal.

Activities

  • Walking
  • Photography
  • Camel Ride
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Hamam

Accommodation

  • 3 Star accommodation
    included
  • 4 Star accommodation available at additional price of $300 per person
  • 5 Star accommodation available at additional price of $1300 per person

Price Includes

  • Hotels
  • Half board – 2 meals each day
  • Transportation (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • Professional English-speaking driver
  • Professional guides in the major cities
  • Entrance fees to historical sites
  • Excursion fees (Camel Trek)

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

What to Expect

This trip is for the physically fit. It involves a good deal of walking and trekking. The standard accommodation is comfortable but not fancy. For those seeking a more luxurious experience, deluxe accommodations in a mountain lodge will be provided, accompanied by daily walking tours (see details below).

  • 10-day trip with Medina Travels in Morocco
  • Transfer to riad in Marrakech
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech's medina
  • Trek in the High Atlas Mountains, reach Toubkal Refuge
  • Option to ascend Mount Toubkal, highest peak in North Africa
  • Trek back to Aroumd, enjoy Berber guesthouse experience
  • Explore Ouarzazate, visit UNESCO site of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Visit Merzouga desert adventure, camel ride, overnight stay in tent or kasbah hotel
  • Cross the High Atlas Mountains
  • Depart from Marrakech

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech

Upon your arrival in Marrakech, you will be warmly greeted and escorted to your riad. Sit back and relax as you embark on a comfortable journey, taking in the views along the way. Your riad in Marrakech awaits, offering a tranquil retreat for your stay.

Day 2: Guided Tour of Marrakech

Today, prepare for an unforgettable experience as you embark on a private guided tour of the famous Marrakech medina. Explore the bustling narrow streets, filled with vibrant souks offering a variety of traditional crafts, spices, and textiles. Marvel at the architectural wonders of the Koutoubia Mosque and the Bahia Palace, immersing yourself in the history and heritage of this amazing city.

Taste the local cuisine and savor the flavors of traditional Moroccan dishes as you venture through the vibrant Jemaa el-Fnaa square, where snake charmers, musicians, and storytellers create a lively ambiance. This immersive tour will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper understanding of the rich cultural tapestry of Marrakech.

Day 3: Marrakech to High Atlas

Begin your adventure by leaving Marrakech in the morning at 9 AM and driving to the starting point of your walk. There, you will have the pleasure of meeting your knowledgeable mountain guide. Start your walk in the charming village of Imlil, passing through the picturesque village of Aroumd (also known as Armed) before finally reaching the Toubkal Refuge. Enjoy the journey and the breathtaking scenery along the way.

Trekking duration: Five to seven hours.

Day 4: Trek in the High Atlas

Start your day early with a nutritious breakfast of freshly baked bread, a variety of jams, and a steaming cup of coffee or tea. Embark on an adventurous journey to conquer Mount Toubkal, the highest point in North Africa at 4167 meters. The exhilarating hike takes you through rugged terrain and scenic landscapes, surrounded by the untouched beauty of nature. Witness the mesmerizing play of sunlight on the mountain peaks, creating a magical atmosphere. After a challenging ascent of two to four hours, reach the pinnacle of Mount Toubkal for breathtaking panoramic views. Capture these memorable moments with your camera and savor the sense of accomplishment.

Begin your descent, appreciating the unique charm of the trail and reflecting on your remarkable feat. The return hike to the base camp takes two to three hours and is rewarded with a well-deserved lunch. Indulge in hearty traditional Moroccan cuisine, sharing stories and creating lasting memories.

Trekking duration: Five to seven hours.

Day 5: Enjoy Berber Hospitality

Today you will make your way back to Aroumd (Armed) from the refuge. Once there, you can lose yourself in the warm hospitality of a traditional Berber guesthouse, where you will be welcomed with open arms. Take the opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate with a blissful hammam experience, a local bath that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. As the day comes to a close, indulge in a delicious homemade dinner prepared with love and care, savoring every bite of the authentic flavors that will surely tantalize your taste buds.

Trekking duration: Five to seven hours.

Day 6: Ouarzazate | Ait Ben Haddou | Skoura

Discover the city of Ouarzazate, renowned as the gateway to the Sahara Desert. This city is steeped in history and culture, offering a glimpse into the fascinating world of the Glaouis family, who once ruled over Morocco. Immerse yourself in the allure of its well-preserved kasbah and venture to the iconic Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting ancient mud-brick architecture.

Continue your journey to Skoura, a picturesque oasis adorned with lush palm groves and traditional Kasbahs. Take a moment to unwind and bask in the natural beauty of your surroundings. As night falls, you have the choice to embrace the tranquility of the lovely Dades Valley or to sleep in a modern hotel in the city of Ouarzazate.

Day 7: Erg Chebbi in Merzouga (Sahara Desert)

Today, prepare for a special journey to Merzouga. Upon your arrival, take a moment to secure your belongings and pack an overnight bag.

Then set out on a scenic camel ride or a leisurely stroll alongside these magnificent creatures, as you venture deep into the heart of the desert. Indulge in an alfresco dinner under a blanket of shimmering stars, before retiring for the night to a cozy Bedouin-style tent. Choose from a range of standard and deluxe camps, each offering its own unique charm.

For those who prefer a different experience, opt for a one-hour camel ride to witness the breathtaking sunset, followed by a restful night at a kasbah hotel.

Let the magic of Merzouga unfold before you, as you immerse yourself in this extraordinary desert oasis.

Day 8: Alnif | Dades Valley or Agdz

Continue your journey through the charming towns of Alnif or Tinjedad, and then make your way to the picturesque Boulemane. As you embark on this scenic drive, get ready to be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of the Dades Valley, renowned for its awe-inspiring natural rock formations that have been carved over thousands of years by the forces of nature. Prepare to be captivated by the intricate shapes and vibrant colors that adorn this remarkable landscape, making it a truly unforgettable destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Day 9: Return to Marrakech

Return to Marrakech by crossing the Tizi N Tichka pass, an awe-inspiring route that winds through the majestic High Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque valleys as you make your way back to the vibrant city of Marrakech. It’s a journey that promises stunning vistas and unforgettable memories.

Day 10: Departure from Marrakech (AT)

We hope you had a memorable time exploring Morocco with us. Thank you for choosing Medina Travels, and we wish you a safe journey.

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