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5 Days Desert Tour From Agadir To Erg Chigaga and Marrakech

Morocco is so much more than just the coast! So why not add an adventurous desert tour to Erg Chigaga Desert to your Agadir beach resort vacation. This unique 5 days desert tour from Agadir to Erg Chigaga, Todra Gorges, Ait Ben Haddou and Marrakech makes it possible .

Learn about the berber life by visiting Taroudant and taste some saffron tea while visiting a cooperative in Taliouine, you can also find your dream berber rug in Tazenakht which is known as the capital of carpets in Morocco. Spend a magical night under millions of stars in Erg Chigaga Desert to then explore the legendary Draa Valley and its 32 types of dates. Todra valley and its amazing gorges of 300m tall walls will be surely among the highlights of this 5 days Desert Tour from Agadir before you get dropped off at the Ochre city of Marrakech .

DAY 1 : AGADIR – TALIOUINE – FOUM ZGUID – ERG CHIGAGA ( 7 hour drive).

Start your 5 days desert tour from agadir by leaving the coast after breakfast and drive through the city of Taroudant known a the Little Marrakech to reach Taliouine famous for its large agricultural fields of the Safran, you can stop at one of the cooperatives to buy some Safran if its something that you would like to do. Further on, reach Foum Zguid and have an early lunch to then leave the tarmac and civilization behind. For the first hour or so we will cross the hamada to then stop and pick up fossils and have tea with the nomads. We’ll then cross perfectly flat dry lake Iriki to reach the foot of the dunes. Change the 4×4 for camels and reach the camp by sunset. Dinner and accommodation in a desert camp at Erg Chigaga desert

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DAY 2 : ERG CHIGAGA – MHAMID – TAMEGROUTE – ZAGORA ( 3 hour drive).

Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the dunes. Have breakfast with a view to then cross over the hamada  and find the tarmac again at Mhamid. Visit one of the traditional ksours to then skirt along the palm grove and reach Tamegroute and its uniquely emerald- green pottery cast in the same earth ovens for centuries. Time allowing, spend some time inside the local library where century- old treaties on medicine, sciences and astronomy are on display. Reach Zagora. Dinner and accommodation in a Hotel inside the palm groove .

DAY 3 : ZAGORA – TAZARINE – TINGHIR – TODRA GORGES (4 hour drive )

After breakfast take the picturesque road through the Anti-Atlas mountains and reach Tazarine where the movie Babel was made, stop to visit the Kasbah at Izakhniuone to then continue towards Tinghir. Todra Gorges, lie only 15 km from Tinerir, presenting an arresting spectacle with its crystal clear river emerging from it, its huge walls changing colour to magical effect as the day unfolds. Have a delicious lunch and take a light hike through the valley and the astonishing gorges of Todra. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel at the foot of the gorges .

 

DAY 4 : ZAGORA – AGDZ – OUARZAZATE – AIT BENHADDOU ( 3 hour drive)

After breakfast, drive up to the vantage point and admire the ocean of palm trees that lies beneath or visit the old village of Tinghir and its Jewish heritage. Later, take the road across the Roses Valley with the 4×4 and drive past the Kelaat M’gouna. Stop and wander around Kasbah Amridil in Skoura and its honey comb citadel. Pass through the Oasis and cross the gorges to then arrive in Ouarzazate. Late afternoon is the right time to visit UNESCO world site Ait Benhaddou, the adobe honey- comb citadel, having served for background to films like Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and more recently, Game of Thrones. Dinner and accommodation at a local Kasbah.

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DAY 5 : AIT BENHADDOU – TELOUET – MARRAKECH ( 4 hour drive).

After breakfast, follow along the Ounila Valley and its derelict kasbahs to eventually reach Telouet and have a wander around the salt mines and the ruins of the pasha’s palace. Admire the stucco and mosaic work inside the main hall. (You can also choose to skip Telouet and head straight to Marrakech from Ait Benhaddou, if you wish to have a last stroll around the souks or simply shorten the journey). Then catch the winding route and ascend to 2200 meters high, over the pass at Tizi n Tichka to descend on Marrakech.. End of Your 5 days desert tour from Agadir.

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