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MoroccoImperial Marrakech and Sahara Desert tour

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  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Local population
    Local population
  • Relax
    Relax
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Desert
    Desert

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Day 1: Welcome to Marrakech!

Your dedicated driver will pick you up from the airport. You will find our driver carrying an Experience Morocco sign with your name on it. From the airport, you’ll head to your hotel to check-in and freshen up.  

As day turns to night, you will be going for a guided walking tour of Djemaa El Fna Square. You should expect sensory overload as you make their way around this legendary square! From snake charmers to acrobats, storytellers, fortune-tellers, henna tattoo artists, musicians, and food vendors, the atmosphere creates a place of unparalleled energy. 

Once your tour ends, your driver is at your disposal to take you back to your hotel to have your dinner which is included.  

Optional extra (Moroccan Hammam and Spa treatment): A unique experience. The traditional spa treatment includes a scrub with Moroccan black soap inside a traditional Moroccan hammam followed by a body wrap with natural mineral clay from the Atlas mountains and a full body massage. 

Visited:
Marrakesh
Accommodation
Riad Elegancia (Marrakesh)

Day 2: Sightseeing in Marrakech

After your breakfast, we hope you’ll be ready to go by 10am to tackle your jam-packed day of sightseeing in Marrakech! Your day will break up into a morning and afternoon block, with a stop for lunch in between (not included). In the morning, you’ll see the Koutoubia Mosque (the iconic sight of Marrakech), the Bahia Palace (a stunning example of traditional Moroccan architecture), and the Saadian tombs. 

After lunch (included), you will continue your tour with an afternoon visit to the medina and the souks. During this guided tour, you will visit the medina and the souks of Marrakech, including the Jewish quarter Morocco’s rich history includes a long period of Arab and Jewish communities accepting their differences and living and working together to bring success to their respective businesses. The Mellah in Marrakech refers to the area where the Jewish community resided. At its peak in the 1500s, the Mellah in Marrakech included bakers, jewelers, tailors, sugar traders, artisans, craftsmen, outdoor markets, fountains and synagogues. While the Jewish population of Marrakech has substantially decreased, you can still see the shop fronts and a few synagogues as you walk around this part of town. 

As you walk through the medina, you will also see medersas or religious schools, the Jewish quarter, and delve into the myriad pathways of the Souk.  

The term Souk refers to the markets, and the markets of Marrakech are located in a serpentine set of alleyways with twists and turns that can confuse even frequent travelers to the city! Our expert guide can give you an overview of how the souk is laid out and where the different sections are located, each focused on a different set of goods (Clothes, spices, lamps, shoes, traditional crafts, etc). 

Visited:
Marrakesh
Accommodation
Riad Elegancia (Marrakesh)

Day 3: Exploring Kasbah Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate

After an early breakfast, begin the 4-hour drive from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. The scenic drive will offer views of all kinds as you travel through a stunning Tizi N Tichka peak. You’ll stop for lunch en route (not included).  

Before arriving at Ouarzazate, you’ll have the first stop at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO world heritage site located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains where parts of Game of Thrones were filmed.  

The fort of Ait-Ben-Haddou is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. The fort is a mainly collective grouping of dwellings, with imposing defensive walls that are reinforced by angle towers and pierced with a baffle gate. It is an extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan earthen construction techniques. You’ll have the optional opportunity to take an exciting ATV Ride around the Kasbah.  

Upon your arrival to Ouarzazate, you’ll check into your property. You’ll then go to visit the movie studios of Ouarzazate that you may recognize as the backdrop to some iconic films. After you return to your property, enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure and dinner.

Accommodation
Ksar Ighnda (Ait Benhaddou)

Day 4: Saharan adventure

Your day begins as you embark on a scenic drive that will lead you to the golden dunes of the Sahara of Zagora! With several panoramic vistas as well as a lunch break (included) en route. Upon arrival, you’ll hop out from the car and onto the camels that will take you on a beautiful path through the tall sand dunes arriving into your luxury camp.  

Mint tea will be served as you arrive, after which you’ll have some time to enjoy the camp and contemplate the peaceful quiet of the Sahara. Dinner (included) will be served at your convenience, followed by a campfire and some live music by the camp’s staff who will perform tribal music for you. You can then enjoy the starlit sky before going to sleep in the comfort of your well-appointed tent. 

Visited:
Bivouac Erg Lihoudi

Day 5: Return to Marrakech

Enjoy an early morning in the Sahara with sunrise over the sand dunes and optional sandboarding. You’ll then embark on the scenic 9 hour drive back to Marrakech from the desert. You will stop along the way and enjoy lunch en route (not included). Upon your arrival and check in to your property, you will have the rest of the night free to rest and enjoy dinner at your convenience (not included).

Visited:
Marrakesh
Accommodation
Riad Elegancia (Marrakesh)

Day 6: The Magic of Marrakech

After you start your day with breakfast, you will head to the stunning Majorelle Gardens. Global fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent made his second home in Marrakech for many decades, and his vision drove every detail behind the lush Gardens, accompanied by a small but must-see Berber Museum! 

After your visit to the Majorelle Gardens, you can head next door to the Yves Saint- Laurent Museum, which honors the fashion icon’s love of Marrakech and builds upon the collections housed at the Majorelle Gardens. The building itself is a work of art and houses a permanent collection of some of YSL’s best-known designs along with rotating installations dedicated to themes about which he cared. You’ll take in the beauty of the gardens and museums before enjoying your lunch (not included).  

Optional Extra (Moroccan Tagine cooking class): You will head to La Maison Arabe to enjoy an immersive and fun cooking experience!! Accompanied by a local “dada”, or expert cook, you will dig into all of the key components of a Moroccan meal, starting with how to prepare the famous Moroccan mint tea. Next, you’ll sample some tasty local bread and here all about how we cook traditional Moroccan bread. From there, the hands-on portion of the course begins as you will prepare two different staples of Moroccan starters, a tomato and cucumber salad and a second salad using eggplant (please note: the exact salads may change depending on the day’s ingredients).  

After that, you’ll finally learn to prepare your main course, the famous Moroccan Tagine of chicken with preserved lemons. While your tagine is cooking over the fire, you’ll also prepare Moroccan cookies with almond paste. The class ends with a dinner where you eat your very own masterpiece!

Visited:
Marrakesh
Accommodation
Riad Elegancia (Marrakesh)

Day 7: Departure

Time to say your farewell to Morocco! After breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and your dedicated driver will drop you off at Marrakech airport.  

Visited:
Marrakesh

MarrakeshOuarzazateAit BenhaddouBivouac Erg Lihoudi

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
SeasonPrice Per Adult
Average trip price
All year round $1,990

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
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  • Airport transfers
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  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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