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?
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.
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.
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.
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
Services not included in price:
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.
- 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/