This 3-day trip lets you explore beyond Marrakech and venture into Africa's mystical Sahara Desert. Seeing the sunrise over the sand dunes in the desert is a real highlight!
Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate (D)Begin your small-group 3-day adventure with a morning pickup from your Marrakech hotel or a central meeting point. Settle into your air-conditioned sedan, minibus or coach – your vehicle depends on your group size — and soak up the scenery as you drive into the scenic High Atlas Mountains.
Ascend the rugged slopes and thrill as you traverse the famous Tizi N´Tichka, climbing to 7,415 feet (2,260 meters) to cross what is North Africa’s highest mountain pass.
Refuel with lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant and then continue to Ouarzazate. Sometimes known as the ‘doorway to the desert’ for its location on the borders of the vast Sahara Desert, this bustling desert town is famed for providing the backcloth to many desert-set movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Ridley Scott’s epic, Gladiator.
Check in at your hotel and this evening, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.
Overnight: Hotel Kenzi Azghor (or similar) in Ouarzazate
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Zagora – M'hamid (B, D)After breakfast at your hotel, travel along the Draa River Valley, an ancient trading route taken by merchant caravans that transported slaves, gold and other precious wares from beyond the Sahara to north Morocco.
Admire the views along the lush valley as you pass through timeless towns and riverside Berber villages, including Agdz and Zagora. This evening, arrive at the oasis town of M'hamid and take a camel ride on route to a Berber campsite.
Tonight, sit down to a camp dinner and stay overnight in a traditional-style nomads’ tent under the desert stars.
Overnight: Berber campsite in M'hamid
Day 3: M'hmid – Zagora – Marrakech (B)Rise early for an energy-boosting breakfast and then drive to the famous dunes of Erg Lihoudi. Behold an awesome sunrise over the ocean of dunes – colossal pillows of orange sand that reach heights of 328 feet (100 meters) and stretch almost as far as the eye can see on the fringes of the Sahara.
After snapping photos and drinking in the rarefied desert air, make the approximate 6.5-hour journey back to Marrakech, with a stop for lunch (own expense) in Ouarzazate on route.
Your 3-day trip then concludes at the original departure point in Marrakech this evening.