4 Days Erg Chigaga Desert Tour from Marrakech Trip Schedule
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Draa Valley – Zagora
Departure early morning from your riad/hotel in Marrakech and travel through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass (2260 m) – the highest road pass in Morocco offering spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and valleys with a snaky road, beautiful landscapes with different colors and the Berber villages along the way. Visit several kasbahs along the way, including Tamnougalte and Ait Benhaddou. A 16th century UNESCO site, Ait Benhaddou is one of the best-preserved and most spectacular kasbahs in Morocco. A famous site for Hollywood films, Ait Benhaddou was used for the blockbuster film of 2000, Gladiator. The trip continues through the palm-lined Draa river valley. Arrival to Zagora.
Day 2: Zagora – Mhamid – Off-Road – Erg Chegaga Desert
After Breakfast, we will have enough time to visit Zagora and its surroundings especially the Jewish quarter in Amzerou and the palm groves. Afterward, we continue our trip towards the doorway to the Sahara Desert (Mhamid). Along the way, we stop in the original town of the 16th-century dynasty ( Saadian), Tamgroute, to visit an old Coran library and a subterranean kasbah. We arrive in Mhamid where the Draa valley and civilization end. Lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant. After lunch, we will drive the off Road to Erg Chegaga Desert. Upon arrival, you will ride camels to enjoy the sunset. Night and dinner in the camp in the middle of nowhere.
Day 3: Erg Chegaga Desert – Iriki Lake – Foum Zguid – Taznakht – Ait Ben Haddou
After breakfast, we drive through the natural dried lake of Iriqui and the plains of black stones, we will take again the asphalted road in direction of the small town of Foum Zguid, arrive at Taznakht which is one of the biggest centers of carpets in the kingdom where we will visit a cooperative of Berber carpets made by women of the surrounding villages. Return to Ait Ben Hadou Kasbah, a fortified village of the 11th century where we will spend the night.
Day 4: Ait Ben Haddou – Ounilla Valley – Telouet Kasbah – Marrakech
After breakfast, we will visit the widespread Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by Unesco in 1987. Ait Benhaddou is the World Heritage site that has been utilized as a setting for more than 20 movies incorporating “Gladiator” “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Revel in a stroll to investigate the universal Moroccan style of construction modeling in which the Kasbahs are constructed. We proceed with our approach to Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’tichka pass. Soften for lunch up the center of the Atlas Mountains. Drop off at your Marrakech riad…
Included in the trip
- Private A/C Vehicle, 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser + fuel
- English/French/Spanish speaking driver during the tour
- Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
- 3 nights accommodation with dinner & breakfast
- Flexible and customized stops
- Free time to explore the cities, Breaks for photos,..Etc
- Entrance fees to monuments