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5 Days Agadir to Marrakech desert trip via Merzouga

5 Days

Overview

This Agadir to the Erg Chebbi dunes desert trip offers visitors to the coast a chance to add a desert adventure to their beach holiday.
On the way, there is further insight into Morocco’s diversity and magic. You travel via Taroudant, “the little Marrakech”, Talouine, with its saffron museum about saffron cultivation, and Taznakht, with co-operatives displaying the craft of Berber rug-making. The Bouazzer cobalt and copper mines are rarely seen by tourists but are on your route to Agdez. This small town is the head of the Dra’a Valley, the longest in Morocco. Here you will send the first night in a traditional guest-house.
A visit to Kasbah Tamnougalte in Agdez and the drive down the Dra’a Valley will showcase rural Berber life in the oases. In Tansikht you turn east to drive through Nkob and Tazzarine to reach the Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. The highlight in the Erg Chebbi dunes is when you have climbed onto your camel for a thrilling ride. The spectacle of the sunset is equally exciting to experience. Your dinner in a luxury desert camp is traditional Moroccan cuisine and probably the best meal in your time in Morocco. It is followed by an evening of Berber music around a campfire under the stars. Finally a romantic night can be spent in your exotic tent in a luxury desert camp.
On your way back, the geology of the Dades Valley will astonish you. And the constantly changing rock formations will never cease to surprise. The underground irrigation channels will prove a fascinating stop. And a further enchantment is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou outside Ouarzazate. The High Atlas Mountains offer unforgettable panoramas. Once in Marrakech there is more wonder on a sightseeing tour of the main attractions of this Imperial city.

Good to know about this desert tour from Agadir :

  • This desert trip from Agadir to Erg Chebbi Dunes can be customised to be more individual and special
  • Activities such as day trips, quad-biking, a full day’s trekking, or an extra day in the desert in Erg Chebbi dunes can be added to this desert tour from Agadir
  • To go to the Erg Chegaga dunes, please visit Agadir desert tour to Erg Chegaga Dunes
  • You can choose to go to the camp either on camelback or by 4×4 (then you go for a camel ride from there)
  • You can ask us if others are interested in sharing this desert trip from Agadir, or in case of an early booking, let us know that you are interested in this yourselves
  • We accept payment through PayPal, bank transfers in Europe, by credit card, or cash (USD, euro, GBP, or MAD)
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old, whilst we do not charge children under 5
  • These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate
  • Our prices are subject to an increase over the Christmas and New Year period
  • Due to recent globally increased fuel prices, you may receive a higher quotation in our correspondence during other seasons

Itinerary

Departure from Agadir at 8.30 by 4WD to Taroudant, known as “the little Marrakech”. It is spectacular for its massive ramparts and beautiful medina.
We continue to Taliouine, the heart of the saffron growing area of Morocco, where there is a little government-run museum about saffron agriculture. As you enter the scent of saffron is delicious. After crossing the Tizi-n-Tighatine and Tizi-n-Ikhsane passes, we arrive in Taznakht, famous for its Berber gelims and carpets.
From here the road continues to Agdez via the cobalt and copper mines of Bouazzer to spend the first night in the Dra’a Valley.

After breakfast, there will be a visit to Kasbah Tamnougalte, which is the oldest Kasbah in the Dra’a Valley and still inhabited by some 13 families, while the Jewish quarter has been abandoned and is slowly crumbling.
From here we drive south to Tansikht where our route crosses the Dra’a River. Just before you reach it, ask your driver to stop for you to look at the dinosaur footprints in the rocks at the side of the road! Now travelling east, we stop for lunch at a riad in N’Qob overlooking the mountains.
Later we pass through Tazzarine, featured in the film “Babel” and reach the bivouac in Merzouga, where you will be greeted with a glass of tea. After you have settled a little, you take a one -o one & a half-hour camel ride to watch the sun go down over the dunes.
You have dinner and spend the night at a luxury camp with private bathroom, king-sized beds, beautiful Moroccan furnishings and lamps tastefully arranged to enhance your enjoyment of the silence and beauty of the dunes.

If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. After breakfast at the camp, we leave for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges.
On the way, you pass the water channels – “khettarat” – which you can descend into to appreciate the architecture and genius behind this form of irrigation which prevents evaporation in the summer heat. The channels start at a higher gradient at one end until they finally emerge at the surface of the soil where they are fed into the fields. You can find out more about these channels by reading Andrew Wilson’s work.
In the gorge and the valley, there are opportunities to walk beyond the gorge itself or by the village gardens and fields before you reach it. Later the itinerary continues to the Dades Valley. The area, which now forms the Dades Gorges, lay at the bottom of the sea millions of years ago. Great quantities of sediment were deposited around giant coral reefs, and over time this material became compacted into a variety of sedimentary rocks such as sandstone and limestone. Eventually, the movement of the earth’s crust caused the region to rise above the sea, forming the Atlas Mountains and surrounding landscape. The night is spent in a hotel or kasbah.

After breakfast, a visit to the Dades gorges and a short walk there is scheduled. We continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May. Cosmetics and toiletry items are produced from the marvelously scented damascene roses, and are valued throughout the country.
In Skoura and its oasis, Kasbah Amredhil waits for a very worth-while visit. The kasbah has been beautifully restored and gives a clear idea of multi-generational life within such housing. It is made entirely of adobe, an excellent building material; warm in winter and cool in summer, due to the thickness of the walls.
Our route goes on to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, one of Morocco’s nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and some of the buildings date back to the 17th century. The road continues over the High Atlas Mountains with unbelievably beautiful views. At the end of the afternoon, having crossed the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, we arrive in Marrakech.

After breakfast, the morning is spent with a guide visiting the sights of your choice before returning to Agadir after lunch.
Recommended sights are the Madressah ben Youssef, the Saadian tombs, the souks, the Bahia Palace, the Majorelle Gardens which used to belong to Yves St Laurent. There is a famous special Majorelle shade of blue, which is used for the walls and the plants’ pots all over the gardens.
Not all of these sights are possible in one short morning but you could always add a sixth day! Your desert trip from Agadir to Erg Chebbi Dunes comes to an end as your driver escorts you to your riad.

Includes

  • - Transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4; Toyota Prado Tx or deluxe van and fuel
  • - Experienced local English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking Berber and nomad driver/guide
  • - Accommodation in air-conditioned rooms/suites with private bathroom
  • - Overnight in a luxury camp in Erg Chebbi with private toilet and shower, lamps, beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, carpets and traditional, handmade furnishings
  • - All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner – with a vegetarian option available
  • - A camel ride of about an hour – an hour & a half with a guide, and free sandboarding, if desired – just ask the camp staff
  • - An option to go to and return from the camp by 4×4
  • - Luggage service to the camp and all accommodation
  • - Berber drumming and music
  • - Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Ben Haddou, Ounila Valley, for walks, photos, and tea/coffee breaks
  • - The opportunity to ask the driver to stop when and where you wish
  • - Entrance fees and local guide
  • - Tea, coffee and mineral water in the desert

Excludes

  • - Drinks
  • - Extras
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5 Days Agadir to Marrakech desert trip via Merzouga
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