Morocco Escape to the Desert Tour takes you to the famous southeastern cities with plenty of time to enjoy the beauty and culture of this fascinating area.
Begin in enchanting Marrakech before traveling to Ouarzazate and Zagora with stops along the way of the Sahara. Visit countless kasbahs and relics of Morocco’s imperial history and Berber culture. End up your Morocco adventure in Marrakech, the pearl of Morocco’s south.
Morocco is a country where the colors are vivid, the contrasts are intense, and the views are picturesque. You will explore the area to the east of Marrakesh towards the vast and incredible Sahara desert.
At a glance
|Fri||Welcome to Marrakech. Transfer to your hotel|
|Sat||Travel to Ouarzazate via Telouet with visits to Kasbahs|
|Sun||Journey through palm groves to Zagora|
|Mon||Return to Marrakech via the Tizn Tichka pass|
|Tue||Tour ends with transfer to Marrakech Airport|
> Weekly Friday departures from Marrakech
> Two meals daily
> Transportation is in 4WD Land Cruiser
> Visit the striking fortifies settlement of Air Benhaddou
> Experience the gateway to the Sahara Desert in Zagora
Best time to go
Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are perhaps the best times to take a Morocco Tour. With a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south, though desert nights can get very cold. Traveling the Sahara Desert is idyllic during the months of November to February. The south is isolated from the rest of Morocco and is arguably the most hospitable, breath-taking and culturally interesting of any region in the country
Morocco food & drink
Moroccan cuisine is famous throughout the world and is quite unique. Full of subtle spices and tantalising combinations of flavours, Morocco's cuisine is sure to please every palate. During your stay in Morocco you must try the warming tagines, flaky pastillas, spicy hariras and fishy chermoula.
When you’re looking for something to drink, mint tea (known as Berber whiskey) is the national drink and you’ll find it enjoyed everywhere.
Culture and Language
Fridays are a holy day so expect shops and market stalls to close around midday. And during the month of Ramadan (the dates of which change every year) you should refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public as a mark of respect. The consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam, but it can still be purchased in larger stores, especially in touristy areas, and in hotels and restaurants. Arabic and Berber are the official languages. French is often used for business, diplomatic and government issues
Morocco is a visual feast and it can be hard to know where to point your camera first! Landscapes are no problem as they rarely have an issue with their picture being taken. When photographing people though, it’s important to be respectful – imagine how you’d feel if strangers started to take your picture without a by-your-leave! Always ask permission first, and it helps if you get to know your subject a bit better. Moroccans are very friendly, and you should have no trouble getting to know them.
Metered “Petit Taxi” are available in all major Moroccan cities. The cheapest and most popular way of getting around to country is to make use of the extensive Coach network. Private operators compete for travellers on the more popular routes. Casablanca has a super modern rapid transit tram system. Moroccan Rail (ONCF) has a network connecting North Morocco only. Centres such as Agadir and Essaouira do not have rail networks
There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s generally accepted that a 10% tip is suitable when eating out and for tour guides. Round up your taxi fare to the nearest five dirhams, but don’t feel obliged to tip if you aren’t happy with the service.
B’stilla: a flaky pastry pie is stuffed with steaming tender pigeon meat, almonds and eggs and spiced with aromatic saffron, cinnamon and fresh coriander
Harira: a hearty bowl of soup, prepared with lamb broth, tomatoes, red lentils, chickpeas, topped with a squeeze of zesty lemon juice and a handful of chopped coriander
Tagine: slow-cooked stews always served with bread to mop up those smoky, hearty juices. Chicken slow-cooked with green olives and preserved lemons is perhaps the classic base, but lamb with plums and allspice is certainly a local favorite.
Ktefa: a traditional Moroccan dessert made with warqa pastry. It’s layered with delicious, sweetened fried almonds and covered with a custard sauce
- Welcome to Marrakesh Menara airport by our representative.
- You will take delivery of your vouchers and your trip documents from our representative.
- Brief review of the tour during your transfer to the hotel for check in.
- Dinner and overnight at your hotel
Marrakesh – Ouarzazate (B-D)
- In the morning depart to Ouarzazate via the village of Telouet
- Visit of the Kasbah of Glaoui and the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou; the best preserved Kasbah in Morocco and under Unesco protection.
- Optional Lunch in Ait Ben Haddou.
- Then continue to Ouarzazate and visit of the Kasbah of Tiffeltout and Taouirt; as well as the famous film studios.
- Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Ouarzazate – Zagora (B-D)
- After breakfast travel to Taznakht; famous for its Berber carpets; then continuation southwards to Agdz where we join the road Ouarzazate-Zagora.
- From Agdz to Zagora the road is dotted with palm groves and numerous Kasbahs; most of them falling in ruins;but some are still worth a visit.
- In Zagora visit of the library of Tamgroute and the adjacent old Kasbah.
- Lunch at your own expense
- Dinner and accommodation at your hotel in Zagora; or upon request dinner and overnight under Berber tents in Tinfou (Must be requested when booking the tour) (the request has to be done upon reservation of the tour)
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 4 Nights’ Accommodation in selected hotels in twin/double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Moroccan visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 NOV 18 to 31 JAN 19
- Seasonal supplements applicable for travel on 21 and 28 DEC 18
- Call us for rates for travel on alternative dates