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Marrakech-Agdez-Chegaga Dunnes-Tarodante-Essaouira

Desert Tour - 5 Days & 4 Nights
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Marrakech – Agdez – Chegaga Dunnes – Tarodante – Essaouira 


Desert Tour

5 days 4 Nights



1st day: Marrakesh – Agdez
8 o’clock departure from your accommodation in Marrakesh to Ouarzazate, crossing the High Atlas and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m). At panoramic viewpoints, there’ll be opportunities to stop to take pictures.
After lunch in Ouarzazate, we visit the Kasbah of Taourirt in the town centre, once the residence of the Pasha of Marrakech and a symbol of the feudal period of the lords of the Atlas.
In the afternoon we drive along the Dra’a Valley to reach the village of Agdez for the night in a kasbah.

2nd day: Agdez – Chegaga Dunes
After breakfast there is time to visit the rest of the Kasbah before taking the ancient caravan road between the river and the mountains. On the way, we pass many villages and gardens so that you can gain a better idea of the way of life along the oases. We drive to M’hamid, the gate to the desert, to Erg Lihoudi, where we stop for lunch.
You continue to the Erg Chagaga dunes (300m) with 60km of off-road driving. This route passes different features of the desert; ‘erg’, ‘reg’, ‘hammada’, oases. These dunes are far away from civilization, in the desert proper ……. and the silence and the expanse of the sand are overwhelming. Once there you can take a camel ride of about an hour and a half and marvel at as the shadows of the dunes play in the setting of the sun. Dinner and a night’s sleep are in a traditional bivouac of nomad tents.

3rd day: Chagaga – Taroudant
After breakfast we drive another 90 km across the Sahara over the stony desert, “reg” and “hammada” and across the now dried-up Lake Iriqui. In the middle of this lake, we can search for fossils. At the edge of the desert at Foum Zguid, we drive north to Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets, where we stop for lunch.
After crossing the Tizi-n-Ikhsane and Tizi-n-Tighatine passes, we reach Taliouine, the heart of the saffron growing region. The road takes us on to Taroudant, where we stop for the night in a comfortable riad.

4th day: Taroudant – Essaouira
In the morning there is a visit to the town known as “the little Marrakesh”. It is spectacular for its massive ramparts and beautiful medina. From here you travel along the Souss river valley with all its argan groves as far as Agadir. The road then travels up the coast along the Paradise Valley, driving through Taghazout and through the mountains. On arriving in Essaouira, you can explore the town, the Skala, the medina and all its innumerable shops as well as the sea front with its fresh fish restaurants. The night is spent in Essaouira.

5th day: Essaouira – Marrakech
After breakfast you can continue to wander round Essaouira, getting to know it better, perhaps enjoying more of the fresh fish or walking along the beach to the crumbling castle by the sea; falsely reputed to be the inspiration of the Jimi Hendrix song “Castles made of Sand”.  Return to Marrakesh, stopping in a forest of argan trees and the co-operative of argan oil producers. We pass many Berber villages along the way.


Please Note: Prices for all of our tours include accommodation and access to historical sites.  Unless otherwise stated in the details of the specific tour, breakfast and dinner are included, however lunch and alcohol are not