SAHARA DISCOVERER

MARRAKECH, SKOURA, MERZOUGA, DRAA VALLEY

Undoubtedly among Morocco’s finest treasures are its vast and remote desert landscapes, situated to the south of the High Atlas Mountains. Morocco’s Sahara is characterised by ancient fortresses crumbling into ruin, mighty oases of date palm trees, big skies and wide open spaces where sand dunes compete with rugged mountains across a wild a windswept landscape. The best way to discover the south of Morocco is on a road-trip style journey where it’s as much about what you see en route as it is about your eventual destination at the gateway of the Sahara Desert. This week-long itinerary starts in Marrakech and features a four day journey (or longer depending on requirements) through the highest mountains in North Africa – The High Atlas – and down through a land of kasbahs, gorges and palm oases to the highest sand dunes in Morocco, at Erg Chebbi. We break the route in hidden converted kasbahs which are big on style and romance, and en route the journey is studded with interesting encounters and sites, always set against a majestic backdrop. The highlight for many is disappearing into the sand dunes of the Sahara on camel back and staying under the stars in a desert camp, an experience to match any in the world. The journey can be taken with an English speaking driver and with or without a supplementary desert guide.

DAY 1

– Arrive Marrakech, meet English-speaking driver and transfer to the Marrakech medina for a two night stay on a bed and breakfast basis in a traditional “riad” guesthouse.

DAY 2

-Half day discovery of the city with a guide, or balloon flight or cookery class. Overnight hotel.

DAY 3

– Begin your journey over the High Atlas, down to the celebrated kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou, and overnight in an oasis guesthouse in Skoura.

DAY 4

– Continue to Erg Chebbi by way of the Todra Gorge, and camel trek at sunset into the dunes to stay in a desert camp. Dinner and overnight under the stars.

DAY 5

– Continue along a remote desert road to the Draa Valley. Visit ancient kasbahs in the valley and the Agdz palm oases, all reachable from your oasis accommodation.

DAY 6

– End your journey with a half day drive over one of the highest paved roads in North Africa, before spending a last night in Marrakech in a guesthouse.

DAY 7

– Transfer to the airport in Marrakech for onward travel.

Prices from £695 per person based on two travelling.

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Please note that this itinerary is our suggestion. Please get in touch with us at escape@epicmorocco.co.uk to discuss your exact requirements.