5-Day Tour » Chigaga Dunes & Todra from Marrakech » Morocco

5-day desert tour from Marrakech that takes you to visit amazing places in Morocco such as Ksar Ait Ben Haddou (UNESCO site), Ouarzazate, Todra Gorges, Draa Valley, Tamegroute, Erg Chigaga Dunes, Zagora, and Lake Iriqui. This is one of our Marrakech desert tours with hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Description

  • Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades Gorges
  • Day 2: Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Draa Valley – Zagora
  • Day 3: Zagora – Tamegroute – Mhamid – Oasis of Iriki – Erg Chigaga Dunes
  • Day 4: Erg Chigaga Dunes
  • Day 5: Erg Chigaga Dunes – Lake of Iriki – Tazenakht – Marrakech

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura – Dades Gorges

We pick you up in the morning from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh. We’ll be crossing the mountains of the High Atlas range and the scenic road pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2,260 m), with its breathtaking views. After crossing the pass, we reach Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village inscribed on the UNESCO list. Is the most famous ksar in Morocco, which was featured in a number of films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and Gladiator. After the tour, we stop for lunch. Our journey continues to Dades Gorges, traveling through magnificent oases of palm trees and spectacular kasbahs which have given this road the name of The Route of Thousand Kasbahs. We then pass through Skoura and Kelaa M’Gouna, famous for its roses and daggers. Finally, we reach the Dades Gorges where we have dinner here and spend the night in a hotel or traditional local riad.

Day 2: Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Draa Valley – Zagora

In the morning, we will enjoy views of the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorge cut out from the valley. From here we will travel to the Todra Gorges. This whole area is spotted by ruined Kasbahs, green oasis, and typical villages, which creates a paradise for any photographer. The Todra Gorges is a classic gorge with narrow high rock walls that rises 300 meters high. We resume our journey to the Draa Valley, we head up to the Saghro volcanic mountains winding through dramatic rock formations and gorges. The trip continues through Draa Valley into Zagora, where you’ll enjoy dinner and spend the night at the riad.

Day 3: Zagora – Tamegroute – Mhamid – Oasis of Iriki – Erg Chigaga Dunes

After breakfast, we go for a walk in the oasis before leaving for the desert. We pass Tamegroute, famous for its craft pottery production, and reach M’Hamid, the desert outpost. From M’Hamid, we continue our journey into the desert. An adventurous journey through the Sahara by jeep awaits us. After covering 50 km of track, we reach the oasis of Iriki, where we have lunch before continuing towards the dunes of Erg Chigaga – an amazing series of golden desert dunes stretching for 40 km. Here, you can admire the sunset amid the dunes. The typical nomad hospitality awaits us here in our tented camp, surrounded by the dunes of the Sahara, with the ritual welcome with mint tea, a traditional nomad dinner with music, and a bonfire and overnight accommodation in a nomad tent.

Day 4: Erg Chigaga Dunes (sandboarding, camel ride)

Make sure you get up early to admire the sunrise over the sand dunes. After breakfast, we set out on our trek with the dromedaries to the dunes of Erg Chigaga. After 2 – 3 hours of camel ride, we reach a famous tamarind tree, under whose shade the guides cook a lunch of kebabs and fresh bread baked in the sand in the traditional nomad style. We go back to our camp, where you can admire a breathtaking sunset among the dunes while awaiting dinner. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a Berber camp.

Day 5: Erg Chigaga Dunes – Lake of Iriki – Tazenakht – Marrakech

After breakfast, we continue on our journey by jeep along the old track of the Paris-Dakar rally, reaching the dried-up salt lake of Iriki. We pass below the fossil mountain and finally leave the desert behind and reach Tazenakht, a famous carpet manufacturing center. We stop in Tazenakht for lunch and return to Marrakesh in the evening.

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Included

  • Private 4X4 vehicle with A/C + fuel.
  • English speaking driver/guide.
  • Pick up & drop off at your hotel in Marrakech.
  • Accommodation with dinner and breakfast.
  • Camel trekking in the desert.
  • Sandboarding in the desert.
  • Overnight in a traditional nomad desert camp.
  • Local guide in Todra Gorges.
  • Lunches on Day 3 and Day 4.
  • Adequate time to explore places, stop for photos, and toilet.

Not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Marrakech
  • Lunches
  • Entrance fees to all the sites and monuments
  • Drinks and extra snacks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Whatever not mentioned as included

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