Day 1 : Marrakesh - High Atlas Mountains- kasbah of Ait Benhaddou:
First of all we Depart from our 7 days Marrakesh Coast Sahara Tour from Marrakesh at 7 am in a modern, air conditioned vehicle… We journey over the Atlas Mountains, enjoying the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside below, visiting the Kasbah of Telouet, driving through the beautiful Ounila Valley to reach the Kasbah of Ait Benahddou, for a delicious lunch prepared locally & Sightseeing.
Day 2 : Ouarzazate-Skoura - Kelaat Mgouna-Rose Valley- Dades Gorges:
After breakfast, we head to Ouarzazate, to visit the cinema studios and the Kasbah of Taourirte. Special lunch at a very good local Moroccan restaurant, then continue onward Dades Gorge through the fascinating Rose Valley and Kelaat Mgouna, stop for Rose products (optional).
Diner and overnight in very old Castle hotel in Dades Gorge.
Day 3: Dades Gorges- Todra Gorge- Erfoud - Rissani- Sand Dunes of Merzouga:
In addition the next morning we continue along the Dades valley, visiting Dades Gorge, Todra, Todra Gorge and other interesting sites, making our way to Merzouga. At Merzouga we explore the village and meet our Camels who will take us for 1 half hours into the Dunes to reach our desert camp at Erg Chebbi. Each person rides their own Camel and additional Camels are provided to carry your luggage. The Camel trek is usually just prior to sunset, so that you may enjoy the sun setting over the landscape from the top of the Dunes.
Once we arrive at the Desert camp, we are greeted with a cup of delicious hot mint tea and we spend the evening under the stars, on the dunes and beside the warmth of the fireside built especially for you. We enjoy a locally cooked meal of Tagine and couscous (special diets are catered for), a drum party and story swapping. Those that wish to can sleep directly under the stars, but there are Bivouacs for everyone. So enjoy the stars in the desert because this is a rare opportunity to see them in this way as there are no artificial lights around, so you can fully appreciate the romanced and glory of the skies above.
Day 4: Merzouga- Alnif- Draa Valley- Ouarzazate:
After a traditional Berber breakfast, just prior to sunrise, we have a 1 hour camel ride to explore the area further as we head back to Merzouga on our Camels.
When we reach Merzouga, we have the opportunity to freshen up and then we begin our journey through the Draa valley and over the Atlas Mountains, with plenty of stops for photos, exploring and lunch as we head to Ouarzazate. Diner and Overnight in Beautiful Riad. .
Day 5: Ouarzazate - Taroudant- Agadir:
Another after the breakfast, we start our journey to Agadir via Taznakht, Taliouine stop to learn about the Safran Process, then passing through Taroudant to reach Agadir on the Atlantic coast.
Accommodation in Hotel or Apartment in front of the sea.
Day 6: Agadir – Paradise Valley – Essaouira:
Starts at 9 am, just out of town, see the ruins of the 16th century hilltop Kasbah, with its splendid views to the bay and town below.
Stop at the local market to select fresh ingredients for the Tagine which is going to be made locally at the Berber house above an open fire, and then we make 40min to get to the nearest place to park the car and walk for 10 min to reach an incredible oasis deep in the Atlas mountains called ‘Paradise’.
Getting time to get the morning refreshments with a tasty mint tea accompanied with fresh bread cooked in Berber wood fire oven called Tafernout , olives oil, Amlou Jam ( Almonds, Argane oil and honey), drop the ingredients for the lunch at the Berber house optional Berber Tagine cooking class and bread bake, otherwise we leave it, and they make it for us, while we go deeper on the valley. The Valley has freshwater waterfalls, palm trees and a perfect swimming spot. The people wet the rocks and used them as water slides; you would enjoy a swim and a sun bake…
After the swim we head back to a Berber house where we had dropped off the ingredients earlier. Whilst we were swimming the owner of the house had made us a Tagine (Lamb, Chicken or Vegetables tagine at your request) using our ingredients and some amazing spices. We will be in the middle of nowhere, eating at a locals house. It is a humbling experience.
Then we take our journey to Essaouira through the coastal road. Diner and Accommodation in Riad or Apartment.
Day 7: Essaouira – Marrakech:
Finally after visiting the city of Essaouira, we take our journey to Marrakesh, stop for a visit to the Argane Oil Cooperative.
The usual arrival time in Marrakech is between 5pm and 6pm. We end our 7 days Marrakesh Coast Sahara Tour in Marrakesh.