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Sahara desert tour; Tizi n Tichka, Kasbah Telouet, Ait Benhaddou, Atlas film studios, Todra gorge, Sahara camel trek with overnight stay in authentic Bedouin tent...

sahara tour

Enroute to the Sahara desert there are many attractions to visit. The Tizi n Tichka 2600m is a mountain pass linking the north and south of Morocco through the atlas mountains. The pass provides many superb photo panoramas. The ancient Kasbah de Telouet is situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. Although now left to ruins many of the elaborately decorated rooms survive. The kasbah was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power until the 1950s when they fled back to France. Ait Benhaddou is the film location for many movies such as Gladiator and Star Wars. It is possible to take a walk up to the top of the granary to enjoy the impressive view. Just outside of Ourzazate lies the Atlas film studios where you may take a guided tour around many film sets including; Kundun, Asterix & Obelix and the Mummy.

Lastly we strongly recommend a visit to the towering Todra gorge. Some 160m high on each side climbers flock here every year to scale the rock. On arrival at Merzouga you will climb aboard your camel and trek for 1.5 hours into the desert through the sandunes. You will be staying in an authentic Bedouin tent with dormitory rooms or you can sleep out under the stars. You will have a traditional Bedouin meal for dinner and be entertained afterward with music. Next morning you will be woken up in time for a short walk to the top of the sandunes in order to see the stunning sunrise. Following this we return back to Merzouga on camelback in time for breakfast.

Tour highlights

  • Camel trek into the Sahara desert
  • Overnight stay in Bedouin tent with traditional music
  • Travel over Tizi n tichka mountain pass
  • Visit Kashbah Telouet, Ait Benhaddou, Atlas film studios, Todra gorge
  • Exploring the souks in De Jemna el Fna, Marrakesh

Tour grade

Moderate

Tour style

Twin share 3* star hotel accommodation. Basic dormitory accommodation in Bedouin tent. All meals provided whilst on tour except in Marrakech. Trek led by qualified Moroccan guide who speaks English fluently. Mini bus or 4x4 private transport.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech and transfer to hotel accommodation. rest of the day free to explore De Jemna el Fna - Hotel included, meals at own expense
Day 2: Transfer to Ourzazate via tizi n tichka, Kasbah Telouet, Ait Benhaddou. Atlas film studios optional visit (6 hours) - Hotel, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 3: Transfer to Merzouga via Todra gorge (6 hours). Take 1.5 hour camel trek to Bedouin tent in the Sahara desert. Dinner and traditional music - camping, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 4: Get up early to see the sunrise at the top of the sand dunes and then take camel back to Merzouga. Afternoon spent relaxing by the pool in Merzouga. Hotel, breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 5: Transfer back to Marrakech via tizi n tichka pass (10 hours). Hotel, breakfast & lunch included
Day 6: Depart Marrakech. Breakfast only included

Included in price: 3 nights in 3* hotel accommodation, meals as above, transfers to and from airport, transfers to Merzouga, English speaking local guide, overnight camel trek and Bedouin tent experience

Not included: Tips for guides & camel drivers, international flights, compulsory travel insurance, soft drinks, alcohol beverages, meals in Marrakech, bottled water, water purifying tablets

Extra night in Marrakech hotel £30pppn

For groups of all sizes please contact us for a quote

Watch our video of Berber music in the Sahara desert!

 

Kasbah Telouet
Kasbah Telouet
Ait Benhaddou
Ait Benhaddou
Atlas film studios
Atlas film studios
Todra gorge
Todra gorge
Tizi n tichka
Tizi n tichka
Camel trek
Camel trek
Traditional music
Traditional music
Inside the Bedouin tent
Inside the Bedouin tent