Leave the cities and souks behind and step into Morocco’s Sahara desert. Explore towering dunes, lush valleys and mountain kasbahs on this Marrakech itinerary 5 days to chegaga , Taroudant , Essaouira . Discover Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and its ruined lanes which are the backdrop to many famous Hollywood movies… Travel in the rustling olive and palm groves and take a visit to the flower-farming of the rose valley. Ride your camel into the dunes of Erg Chegaga and sleep in a berber tent beneath the stars. Travers the cedar forest and explore the ancient lanes of Taroudant Medina, then finish your tour in the red city Marrakech.
Day 1 : Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Agdez – Zagora
Greetings at your riad or hotel where you will be picked up. you will start your journey southward to Draa valley via Tizi n’Tichka pass. you will visit the berber village of Ait Ben Haddou, it was established in the 11th century, its position on the main Marrakech to the sahara route, meant it was an ideal stop off for traders taking salt across the desert and returning with goods such as gold and ivory. After lunch, we continue over the Anti Atlas mountains, via the Berber villages of Agdz and the amazing Draa Valley. We will have dinner and spend the night in a riad/hotel in Zagora.
Day 2 : Zagora – Tamagroute – Erg Chigaga
After breakfast we will continue towards M’hamid. We will visit the the original town of the 16th century dynasty Tamgroute and the old Koran library and to see the ceramics. We arrive to the Saharan village of M’hamid before taking the off-road track to Erg Chigaga. We will ride the camels into the attending the sunset and spend the evening in a desert camp, enjoy a Moroccan dinner, listen to berber music, you can join by drumming or dancing. Overnight in a traditional Nomad camel hair tent.
Day 3: Erg Chigaga – Taliouine – Taroudant
After breakfast we drive across the Sahara over the stony desert and the dried-up Lake Iriqui. In the middle of this lake, we can search for fossils. At the edge of the desert at Foum Zguid, we drive north to Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets, where we stop for lunch. After we reach Taliouine a town famous with Safran, visit to a Safran co-operative. If your visit coincides with the Safran harvest, you will have the opportunity to meet the Berber people with their families harvesting the Safran in their fields. You will arrive in Taroudant early evening. Overnight at your Riad/hotel.
Day 4: Taroudant – Agadir – Essaouira
Following breakfast we will head for Agadir, a resort city which used to be a very big tourist destination for many years. After lunch and relax take the coastal road to Essaouira which offers beautiful landscapes, you will have the chance to see goats climbing the Argan tree, Later Essaouira welcomes you. Overnight at your Riad/Hotel.
Day 5: Explore Essaouira – Marrakech
After breakfast in your accommodation visit the fishing port with its ramparts and Skala. Walking in the Souk (market) and experience different crafts manufactured in the town. Enjoy the fresh seafood in a local restaurant near of the port. Afternoon back to Marrakech and drop off at your riad or anywhere you want and end of our services, Marrakech itinerary 5 days.