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5 Day Sahara Tour

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5 Day Sahara Tour

Greetings, our family is going to Morocco in June and we are looking at booking a 5 day Sahara tour from Marrakesh. We are currently looking at two tour companies Moroccodesert-tour and Dunes Line Tour. Any suggestions as to which is better? Both are quoting $939 Euros. Good deal or are we overpaying?

Thanks, John

Morroco Desert Tour:

Day 1: Marrakech – Telouet – Ait Benhaddou

We will pick you up from your Riad in Marrakech at 9:00 am and start travelling to Ouarzazate via the Tichka Pass (2260m), the highest road pass in Morocco. The panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and magnificent landscapes, peppered by small Berber villages typical of the region. We will visit the Kasbah of Telouet which was occupied by the Pacha Glaoui during his reign and is frequented by Moroccan travellers. It sits in the village of Telouet nestled outside the Onilla Valley. The Harem and reception hall areas give one a good idea of the former luxury in which El Glaoui lived, as well as a look at the Andalusian style of decorating. However, the older parts of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, making it difficult to see properly. Walking through the crumbling passageways is like walking through a maze and some have gotten lost exploring the dilapidated Kasbah. Next we continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah is perhaps the most impressive and well-preserved fortress cities in Morocco, which the Moroccan Government itself jumped on the bandwagon in 1994 to rehabilitate the Kasbah in order to preserve the cultural and national heritage. The Kasbahs were a major stop for camel caravans carrying salt through the Sahara and returning with gold, silver and slaves. Overnight in Ait Benhaddou.

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Day 2: Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge

After breakfast, depart towards the city of Ouarzazate, city known as the doorway to the Sahara Desert. Visit Kasbah Taourirt and then we start travelling via the Road of Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura Oasis lined by many palm groves and the Rose Valley known for the production of Moroccan roses. Acres of Persian roses are grown and harvested here to create rose water, creams and soaps prized throughout Morocco and the world. At Boumalen Dades, we can take the smaller route which will lead us to the Dades Gorge. We will pass the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills, a bizarre rock resembling monkey feet. We will travel to the top of the Dades Gorge, a deep gorge of red and mauve rock towering above the road. Then we return back to Boumalen Dades and travel to another very spectacular gorge, Todra Gorge where you will stay overnight.

http://www.darayour.com/anglais/acceuil.php

Day 3: Todra Gorge – Merzouga – Erg Chebbi

We make our way towards then Touroug Erfourd and visit the fossils centre and the ancient city of Rissani, the place from which Arab dynasties first came to Morocco. This city thrived from the 8th to the 14th centuries thanks to the caravan routes of the kingdom of Sijilmassa, Alawite dynasty when they took power, as well as Moulay er Rachid. It is a cultural destination in Morocco boasting beautiful examples of early Moroccan architectural styles and noteworthy palaces and temples. Later in the afternoon, we head towards Merzouga, the doorway into the desert where your guide and camels will be waiting for you to carry you across the sandy dunes of the Moroccan Sahara and watch the beautiful sunset. Overnight in the Nomad tent, under a night sky full of stars.

Day 4: Erg Chebbi – Nekob - Ouarzazate

Waking early, we have a chance to watch a spectacular sunrise over the swelling dunes of the desert before returning to Merzouga to shower and depart. We visit the ancient city of Rissani the place from which Arab dynasties first came to Morocco. We see men wearing the indigo blue robes distinctive of the Saharan people. Then we head towards the volcanic mountains of Sarhro dramatic rock formations and gorges with superb views. We meet with the largest oasis of Morocco Draa valley, lined up by many palm groves.Overnight in Ouarzazate with dinner and breakfast.

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Day 5: Ouarzazate -Marrakech

After your breakfast we will travel along the Ounila Valley, the old Salt Road caravan route to the Kasbah Telouet, and the old Glaoui Kasbah. This Kasbah, which is in dire need of repair offers a great glimpse of the style and melodrama of Moroccan history. Then we will meet with the Tizi N'tichka road pass that crosses the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. This dramatic drive offers splendid views of the Berber villages, valleys and mountains, then drop you in your Accommodation in Marrakech

PRIVATE tour based on family of 4 people:939 Euros in total

Services included in price:

* Private A/C Vehicle, 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser or Deluxe Van throughout the tour + fuel

* Experienced English speaking driver

* Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech

* Ensuite rooms with A/C in typical hotels,

* All breakfast & dinners (Vegetarians are welcome)

* Camel Trek to overnight in nomad desert bivouac with guide (Private tents)

* Free time to explore the sites such as Ait Benhaddou, kasbah, Walks, Canyons, Breaks for photos,…Etc

* Option to visit berber family

* Sandboarding

Services not included in price:

- beverages

- lunch

- tips

Dunes Line Tour:

Day 1 : Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorges

After breakfast, Morocco tour start with a early daparture to Dades gorges via the mountain of hight Atlas passing throught the TiziNtichka pass reaching 2,260 m, continue to Ait Ben Haddou via the Ounila valley with its berbervillages. You'll visit the World heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, before continuing to Dades via Ouarzazate, Roses Valley... The day ends in the heart of Dades Gorges. Check into your accommodation.

Day 2 : Dades Gorges - Todra Gorges - Tafilalte Palm Groves - Merzouga ( Sahara Desert )

After breakfast carry on the road to the sahara through Todra gorges or the Grand Canyons of Morocco explore the area on your own before driving to Merzouga where Morocco's unique dunes. Check into an Auberge just a few step away from the dunes.

Day 3 : Sahara Desert - Erg Chebbi

A full day in the Sahara Desert,through your large tour of dunes you'll cover a host of Berbervillages of the sahara among them the village of Khamlia or the African village where you'll enjoy the Gnaoua music which is played by the locals,continue through to see the nomads of the desert under thier tents.In the evening you'll drive back to your hotel from there you will take up your camel on the vast tract of Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Night under Traditional Nomad tent.

Day 4 : Erg Chebbi - N'koub

You will wake up early to see the beautiful sunrise over the dunes and for sand climbs.Have your breakfast before driving little further to N'koub through Rissani one of the oldest cities in Morocco,and the capital of density Alaouit,this spot was centuries ago a very busy commercial trade centre sun-sahararan African and to the North.Continue through the beautiful Draa valley. The day ends in N'kbou which is a small traditional Berber village in the southern part of Jbel Saghro Mountain in Morocco, on the beautiful national road to Sahara Desert.

Day 5 : N'koub - Draa Valley - Anti Atlas - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

Drive back to Marrakech through the beautiful Draa valley.Keep your eyes open for old Kasbahs and fortified villages,continue to Agdz its a town of typically small houses. Then continue over the Anti Atlas mountains. Continue to Marrakech via High Atlas mountains. Drop you off in your Marrakech accommodation and the ends of the tour.

- www.chezpierre.org

- http://www.hotelnomadpalace.com/en/

- The nomad tent is with shared bathroom

- In Nkoub you'll be staying in traditional village, in a traditional accommodation http://www.kasbah-nkob.com/

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1. Re: 5 Day Sahara Tour

John, for how many people is the price calculated?

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Four people.

You could, of course, hire a car and drive yourself. Not difficult.

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Thank you for the quick replies. Yes our family is four. Two adults and two children.

I really don't mind hiring a guide. We will be traveling through Morocco and Spain for two months. A few extra dollars in the Moroccan economy seems reasonable given how little most people make.

Reading through the maze of forum posts I think we've narrowed it down to Omar from Cameltrekking. Same price as the other quotes but I think we'll have a better experience.

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Ok, sorry, I was blind LOL, now I see it.

Anyway I think it is quite much but choice of the hotels seems to be good so, I don't know. The price is probably based of the 4x4 car (which is not necessary actually because the whole way is paved) and it makes the price so high.

Agree with Tim, you could hire a car. But if you like to have a guide so ...

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5. Re: 5 Day Sahara Tour

I think the price is ok for a 5day tour for 4 people - of course you can do it cheaper yourself by hire car but then it is normal to pay extra since you have a driver/guide, 4x4 and convenience of having everything organised for you.

The 2 itineraries look pretty similar, the main difference is that one gives you more time around Dades/Todra gorge whereas the other gives 2 nights in and around the sand dunes - both are good options really.

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Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Does anyone have any information about "Dunes Line Tours"? I was going to book with them but they want payment wired or western union. Won't accept credit card or paypal. Goes against my better judgement to wire or western union money.

The other company is "Morocco Desert Tour". They will accept paypal and take cash for the remainder.

Thanks, John

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Well done, Matt. Three posts, all spamming the same company.

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