Savor southern Morocco’s infinite array of colors with this exclusive tour of the Sahara in a 4×4. You’ll admire unique landscapes, visit unusual kasbahs and dive deep into Berber culture. Starting at €1040. <<Private and completely customizable>>
4×4 vehicle and private English-speaking driver for the entire tour.
Two nights in Marrakech including breakfast.
One night in Ouarzazate including breakfast and dinner.
Camel ride through the dunes of Merzouga.
One night in a superior tent in Erg Chebbi including breakfast and dinner.
One night in a room in Merzouga including breakfast and dinner.
One night in Zagora including breakfast.
One night in Aït Ben Haddou including breakfast and dinner.
Tickets (Kasbah Telouet, Kasbah Amridil, Kasbah Taourirt, Tamegroute Library)
Local Guides in Tamegroute, Aït Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate and in the Kasbahs Telouet and Amridil.
Local taxes and fees.
Cancellation insurance (available for purchase at reservation). See price and terms here.
Drinks (soft drinks and bottled water cost around 25 Dirhams).
Anything not specifically mentioned here as “included in the price”.
Tents are equipped with air conditioning, but they may become unusable during inclement weather, particularly in the case of sandstorms.
Kasbah Tebi remains closed in August for maintenance work.
Citizens of the EU need a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months
Other nationalities: valid passport (check visas)
This is a private tour and the cost varies based on how many people are in your party (prices below are per person for a double room):
High season supplement
B Category (Premium):
Marrakech: Riad Wow
Dades: Auberge Chezpierre
Merzouga (room): Riad Serai (first night)
Erg Chebbi (tent): Oasis Luxury Camp (second night)
Zagora: Riad Dar Tiziri
Aït Ben Haddou: Kasbah Tebi *
A Category (Luxury):
Marrakech: Art Place Hotel & Ryad
Skoura: Ksar El Kabbaba
Merzouga (room): Riad Chebbi (first night)
Erg Chebbi (tent): Oasis Luxury Camp – Suite tent (second night)
Zagora: Dar Hnini
Aït Ben Haddou: Ksar Ighnda
* The months of July, August, and September are the hottest times in the Ouarzazate region. It is not recommended to stay in a place without electricity like Kasbah Tebi. Instead, we offer accommodation at Ksar Ighnda in the new town of Ait Ben Haddou, which is of a higher category, for an additional charge of 50 euros per person.
High season: March, April, May, October and December.
Triple rooms are usually double rooms with an extra bed (cot).
Accommodations specifically mentioned except in exceptional cases where we will stay in similar accommodations.
Prices are valid until 31 December 2024.
Complete Desert Culture Tour
>> Daily departures <<
Arrival at the Marrakech airport (flight arranged by the traveler), private pick-up and transfer to our accommodations.
Breakfast, pick up and departure to the desert. En route we get a chance to admire the Atlas Mountains in all their splendor, traveling on one of the highest roads in North Africa until we reach the Tichka Pass (2660 m; around 8000 feet in altitude).
Later we go to Telouet, known for its kasbah, former Andalusian style Galoui palace. We can see the interior of several rooms, accompanied by the guide-keeper who holds the keys to the palace and who provides us with helpful explanations of its history and its inhabitants.
Next, we explore the patchwork of villages, gardens and olive groves around the Skoura Palm Grove. Here we visit the well-preserved Kasbah Amridil, where ancient tools of daily life dating back hundreds of centuries are on display.
Arrival at our accommodations in Dades. Dinner included.
Breakfast. Today’s first stop is the Valley of the Roses, a beautiful place known for the cultivation and manufacture of the rose of Damascus. Later we take in the Dadès Gorges, also known as Monkey Fingers or Atlas Brain, an abrupt landscape filled with impressive rock formations and ravines.
Then we continue through the Todgha Gorges, a more than 300 meter high gorge wall created over time by natural erosion.
Arrival at our accommodations in Merzouga. Dinner included.
Breakfast. Head to Erfoud, with a visit to a fossil extraction center.
Continue to Khamlia. Arrival with welcome from local music groups and welcome tea. Free time then head to Rissani, where we can see the city with its typical market.
Free time for lunch. Head to Merzouga.
Camel ride to the air-conditioned tent camp in Erg Chebbi, where our luggage has been transported in a 4×4 vehicle. We enjoy a starry night and an authentic Berber dinner.
Sunrise in the desert. After breakfast we head back to the vehicle.
Then we cross the Draa Valley, formed by the river that gives it its name. We take the opportunity to go along its shore, which will allow us to see how the life of the inhabitants of nearby towns revolves around it.
Next we go to Tamegroute, the old religious center of Morocco and today known for its green pottery. We visit its buried kasbah, with a labyrinthine underground network of alleys where hundreds of families still live today. We also visit its library, historically one of the richest in North Africa and the most important in Morocco. We can also visit the courtyard of the mausoleum, which is a good vantage point to see the whole Zaouia.
Arrival at accommodations in Zagora. Dinner included.
Breakfast and tour of the city of Agdz. On today’s route, we cross the Saghro mountain range, and make various stops to admire its landscape with its stony needles, as well as the nomads who surprisingly are able to continue their way of life in this harsh landscape. We also visit some of the Berber villages in the area.
Head to Aït Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site and one of the best ksars because of its exceptional state of conservation and being a setting for famous films (Gladiator, The Mummy and Babel among others). We enjoy a meal while contemplating the fortress. Walking tour around the ksar and free time.
Arrival at our accommodations. Dinner included.
Breakfast and free time (possibility for a horse or quad ride along the riverbed). Departure to Marrakech with short stops en route.
Arrival in Marrakech and free time. Accommodations included.
Breakfast and check-out. At the agreed time (about 4 hours before departure), private pick up and transfer to Marrakech airport. Arrival and end of our services.
Please don’t hesitate to inquire about any adjustment you want to make to this itinerary (number of days, places to visit, departure location, etc.).
Places we visit during the Complete Desert Culture tour:
Telouet, Ouarzazate, Dades, Todra, Erg Chebbi, Khamlia, Rissani, Agdz, Draa Valley, Tamegroute and Aït Ben Haddou
1.5 = an hour and a half