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Ancient Kasbahs & Golden Sahara

Explore the best of Northern Morocco with our Expedition tour, featuring Mauresque history, green mountainous nature, and iconic cities such as Tangier, Chefchaouen, and Fes.

Package Details

Ancient Kasbahs & Golden Sahara




The destinations in this trip have been carefully selected to offer you a mix of what truly represents South-East Morocco. The beautiful golden Sahara of Merzouga, the mini-Hollywood Ouarzazate, the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, the palmeraie, and kasbahs of N’Kob, and the gigantic Todra Gorges. You will also have time to explore and visit the exotic red city of Marrakech. This trip is ideal for those who love kasbahs and palm trees and for those who want to visit the Moroccan Sahara. It will also be enjoyed by those who want a combination of different landscapes.

  • Dive deep inside the historical monuments in Marrakech with your local guide.
  • Visit the beautiful big square Jmaa El Fena and enjoy your dinner in one of its local stalls.
  • Spend the overnight in the Sahara desert and ride your camel to watch the sunset.
  • Visit the magnificent gorges of Morocco and the local villages known to offer the real soul of Morocco and its local Berber life.

Details & Program


Marrakech Airport - Overnight in Marrakech

 Hotel: RIAD CHERGUI or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Welcome to Morocco! Just outside the Airport in Marrakech; you will be warmly welcomed by your private driver who holds a sign with your name. You can already withdraw some Dirhams or exchange your foreign currency at the Airport. Your comfortable accommodation awaits you. 

You are free for the rest of the day to explore the city. We strongly recommend a visit to the amazing Jemaa El Fna square which comes alive after dark. You will experience a memorable mix of smells, sounds, and sights. For dinner, why not try one of the outdoor food stalls which offer a variety of food, and for the most adventurous, you can try the snails or the cooked sheep head.

If you arrive early to Marrakech, you should visit some of the important historical sites of Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque with its hispano-Moorish style which represents one fine Almohad masterpiece (outside only). Also, the old Medina is a must to explore; it's full of intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character without missing the Souks (Markets) which is a real paradise for shopping lovers, you will find different crafts being sold in different areas of the Souks: Slippers, musical instruments, dried fruit, leather goods, lamps, and lanterns, wool dyers, the brass and copperware.

Your senses will be reeling in this medieval medina. You will spend this first night in Marrakech.

** Approximate driving is 30mins (stops are NOT included).


Marrakech - Hight Atlas Mountains - Ouarzazate

 Hotel: TEMPLE DES ARTS or equivalent (breakfast only included)

After breakfast, you pick up your rental car which will be delivered to you this morning. You can then start your journey towards Ouarzazate via the Tiz-n-Tichka pass which offers some beautiful sceneries. Ouarzazate is located on a vast desert plateau and offers a beautiful mix of kasbahs, green valleys, and oases. With its variety of landscapes, this city has been the perfect setting for shooting movies since 1983. In fact, two renowned worldwide studios are currently running here: CLA Studios and Atlas Corporation Studios. After arrival, you can have lunch then start your visit to two main attractions:

  • Kasbah Taourirte which is the Kasbah of the former Caid ‘Glaoui’, most of it has deteriorated but parts of it have been restored by UNESCO and show the grandeur and opulence of the demanding Glaoui family. Getting lost inside this 17th-century mud-brick built kasbah will take you to a mysterious ancient era.
  • Studios: Either CLA or Atlas Corporation or both if you have enough time.

** Approximate driving is 4.5 hours (stops are NOT included).


Ouarzazate - Nkob & Draa valley

 Hotel: KASBAH IMDOUKAL or equivalent (breakfast only included)

You will start your journey right after breakfast. The road from Ouarzazate to N’kob will take you through beautiful sceneries of the Draa valley. No village in Morocco has more kasbahs than N’kob. Palm trees everywhere, old kasbahs everywhere. Spending the night here will enable you to discover some of what this Saghrou region has to offer. After arriving at N’kob, you will be able to have lunch on a terrace offering views of the palm grove and the village of N’kob from one side and the Saghrou mountains from the other side. In the afternoon, we strongly recommend you explore the sleepy traditional village of N’kob, the surrounding fields of Henna, and some of its Kasbahs. You will spend the night in the village of N’kob.

** Approximate driving is 3 hours (stops are NOT included).


Nkob - Rissani - Merzouga (Erg Chebbi dunes)

 Hotel: Deluxe Bedouin tent with private shower and toilet (Breakfast & dinner included)

From N'kob to Merzouga, you will pass by Rissani before reaching your Kasbah/camp in Merzouga. Although you can spend the night at your Kasbah right at the foot of the dunes, you wouldn't want to miss the unique and magical experience of spending the night in a Berber tent while you are in the Erg Chebbi dunes. This will also enable you to ride a camel from your Kasbah to watch the sunset. Merzouga can only be described as big beautiful sand dunes. The most striking thing is the beautiful changing colors of the dunes. The best time to see these is at sunrise or sunset as the colors change quickly although it's an impressive sight any time of the day.

** Approximate driving is 3.5 hours (stops are NOT included).


Merzouga - Todgha Gorges

 Hotel: AUBERGE LE FESTIVAL or equivalent (breakfast only included)

After breakfast, you will hit the road towards Tinghir and Todra Gorges. Todra Gorges are gigantic rock walls that run through the High Atlas Mountains. Recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons, these gorges offer majestic scenery. The road that takes you up to the Gorges is simply beautiful with its little Berber villages and thick passages of palmeries. Given that a guided walk through the Gorges and Palmery grove is scheduled for the next day, we strongly recommend, if you arrive early to Todra, visit the village of Tinghir which is a captivating old southern Moroccan village. The must-see attractions are Ait El Hadj Ali district, the Jewish quarters, the nearby Kasbah El Glaoui, and Ksar Afanour. The night will be spent in Todra/Tinghir.

** Approximate driving is 3.5 hours (stops are NOT included).


Todgha Gorges - Skoura - Ait Ben Haddou

 Hotel: RIAD KSAR IGHNDA or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Right after breakfast, a guided walk through Todra Gorges and Palmery has been arranged for you. After the visit, you will start your journey towards Ait Benhaddou. The road passing by Skoura is truly amazing. You will be able to enjoy views of numerous old Kasbahs and palm groves. After arrival at the picturesque Ait Benhaddou, allow some time to relax on the terrace of your hotel while enjoying the views of the Kasbah and the beautiful surroundings.  Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO world heritage site where many famous movies have been shot. With its architectural authenticity and pre-Saharan construction techniques, the mud clay village of Ait Benhaddou will take you back centuries. The night will be spent in a Riad in Ait Benhaddou.

** Approximate driving is 3.5 hours (stops are NOT included).


Ait Ben Haddou - Tizi N'Tichka Pass - Back to Marrakech

 Hotel: RIAD CHERGUI or equivalent (breakfast only included)

Today, you head back to Marrakech via the Tiz-n-Tichka pass. It's your last chance to take other memorable photos if you have missed any scenery the first time you drove through this amazing road. 

Upon arrival, you should drop off the car at the car rental. In the afternoon, you can wander around the Medina and shop for souvenirs in the Souk. You will spend your final night in Marrakech.

** Approximate driving is 4.5 hours (stops are NOT included).


Marrakech - Marrakech Airport

Your trip to Morocco has come to an end already!

We hope that you have had a pleasant stay and looking forward to welcoming you again in the future. Your driver takes you to Marrakech Airport for your departure flight.

We wish you a safe flight back home! 

** Approximate driving is 30mins (stops are NOT included).

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