This Morocco trip takes you off the beaten path along the Draa Valley and into the Sahara Desert near M'hamid into the dunes of Erg Chigaga and Erg Lihoudi, south of Zagora. It is for the more rustic at heart and is a great getaway trip from Marrakesh. This region of the Sahara is much more stark and rocky when compared to our other Sahara Desert tours.
This tour is not available in July and August.
Day 1 - Marrakesh - Zagora
Today, you will be picked up in the morning in Marrakesh. From there, you will drive over the High Atlas Mountains and into the Draa Valley. After a stop for lunch, you will continue to Zagora where you'll be staying in a lovely bed and breakfast. If it's hot, you can relax in the shade of the gardens or take a dip in the pool. Total travel time today is 6 hours.
Overnight: Villa Zagora (Breakfast, Dinner included)
Day 2 - Tamegroute - Mhamid - Erg Chigaga
Today, you'll continue two more hours on the road to M'hamid. Along the way, you'll be able to visit the holy town of Tamegroute, known for its library with ancient manuscripts, and green pottery. Then, it's two more hours off road to Erg Chigaga, where you will spend the night under the astonishing stars. Dinner will be served al fresco and you'll be sleeping in a rustic Bedouin-style tent. Total travel time today is 4 hours.
Day 3 - Skoura
Following your stay in the Sahara Desert of Erg Chigaga, you'll drive back to M'hamid and be able to shower up before venturing back up the Draa Valley to Skoura, known as the "Valley of 1000 Kasbahs." The drive will take four to five hours and if you are up to it, we can provide a walking tour of up to two hours in the palm valley oasis surrounding Skoura. Total travel time today is 6 hours.
Overnight: Les Jardins de Skoura (Breakfast, Dinner included)
Day 4 - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakesh
Afer leaving Skoura, you'll head through Ouarzazate, followed by Ait Ben Haddou this morning. In these locations, you can visit the Tamdakht kasbah and even head off road to Telouet (weather and time permitting). Following, its over the Tizi N Tichka mountain pass, taking you through the impressive High Atlas Mountains and back to Marrakesh. Total travel time today is 5 hours.
This bed and breakfast provides a world in itself: a multitude of atmospheres are made up of small cozy sitting rooms, dens with fireplaces, large patios, a garden refreshed by falling water, comfortable air conditioned bedrooms. The staff treat you like family and are happy to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Les Jardins de Skoura
Les Jardins de Skoura is located in the heart of the Skoura palm grove, renowned for its many kasbahs. Surrounded by a magnificent garden featuring a number of different trees and fragrances stand five spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms and three suites.
In the summer, you can enjoy relaxing comfortably on one of the terraces, lay by the poolside under the olive trees, or stroll along the vegetable gardens. On winter nights, the convivial dining room is warmed up by the atmosphere of a lovely chimney fire. The restaurant features refined Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties. Les Jardins de Skoura combines the experience of the true Moroccan countryside with the comfort that visitors are seeking when looking for a peaceful and quiet place.