SAHARA DESERT EXPEDITION
December 11th to 15th, 2023
Get ready for an experience of a lifetime in Morocco! Head out to discover the desert, the ancient Draa valley and the colorful Souk of Marrakech. This trip will leave you completely speechless: during our tour we will embark on a journey to uncover the local culture and landscapes, from the bustling cities to the magical desert. We will spend a night in a tent and ride on the back of a dromedary (a very tall Camel) through the sandy dunes of the Sahara desert. Moroccan culture will enchant you with its history and its colours, as you walk through the busy city markets and admire the unmistakable architecture. Pack your bags and get ready to go on this incredible journey!
Trip to Morocco low cost
Welcome to Morocco!
Arrival in Marrakech - Check-in
Tour starts at Marrakech International Airport (RAK). There you will meet your guide. You will spend the first night in Marrakesh, Hotel Palais Al Barjah (or similar) located in the Modern area of Marrakesh.
The journey from the airport takes around 25min. Remember to Exchange Money in the airport for your convenience.
MARRAKECH - High Atlas - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Gorge Dadès
You will leave Marrakech at 7:00 am, after breakfast, the tour departs towards the desert, passing through the Atlas Mountains. The high Atlas Tizin” Tichka will be toured with stops for photos, appreciation of the landscapes and buy water & snacks.
You will also have the opportunity to visit, with a local guide, the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou where the famous Kasbah (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), this spectacular landmark has been the scene of renowned films and series such as: Game of Thrones, The Gladiator, The Nile Gem and so on.
During the trip to the hotel will be able to cross the Palm Oasis and also to visit the Gorge Dadès.
Gorge Dadès - Todgha Gorge - Errachidia - Erfoud - Rissani - Merzouga
After breakfast we leave towards Merzouga, passing through the Todgha Gorge. Free lunch. After that we will continue the trip to Merzouga desert. We will stop on the region of Irrachidia where we will do henna tattoos with Berber women's and we will also have typical clothes borrowed to take pictures. Next stop is Erg Chebb Dunes, Merzouga Desert, at this point we leave in a caravan of dromedaries for approximately an hour that will take us to the tent camp.
We will stop to see the sunset. At the camp we will have a traditional dinner and typical music. We will spend the night here in the middle of Merzouga Desert. You will see how beautiful are the desert Sky at night.
STANDART tents (tent, dinner, party, sandboard and breakfast)
Merzouga - Valle de Draa - Anti Atlas - Ouarzazate – Argan Cooperative - Marrakech hotel
We wake up before dawn to contemplate the sunrise on the great dunes. After that we leave Merzouga Desert, crossing the arid and at the same time interesting desert landscapes until reaching the Draa Valley where, in the path we take the time to get to know people and traditions.
We will cross the Anti Atlas to reach Ouarzazat and soon we reach Marrakech with estimated arrival at night.
You will also visit the cooperative of producers of the famous Argan oil, where you can learn about the extraction process and its use.
Overnight in Marrakech
Accommodation: Hotel Akabar (or similar)
Transfer to the airport and end of the tour.
IshAllah see you soon!
Given the multiple transfers and accommodations, a backpack is necessary, leave those suitcases at home! We also recommend you bring warm clothes for the desert, considering the extreme temperature range between day and night.
The trip won’t involve any strenuous physical activity, just some simple walks around the city centres; in the desert however, it can become a bit more challenging wading through the sand!
What do I need to enter Morocco?
Passport: your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco.
Visa: European nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months
Please note: all passengers are required to download, print and sign a passenger health form🌐 before arrival in Morocco
No! Drones are BANNED in Morocco. If you bring a drone to Morocco, you will not be able to get it back. More information here.
First, to change money anywhere in Morocco, you will need to provide your passport. The exchange rate at the airports is not the best. It’s common that at the airport, instead of cash they will give you a special temporary bank card.
My advice, change some part of the cash at the airport and the rest in the city or use your bank card. There are many ATM’s in all cities, and you will save a hustle carrying a lot of cash. And always check the change!
In the Marrakech Menara airport, next to the luggage pick-up place, you will find a few companies selling Moroccan SIM cards (also will need to provide your passport). Last time I saw Orange and Inwi booths. I would go for Orange.
Don’t forget to insert the new SIM card on the spot and ask for assistance to top it up.
The transfers are only included in the Expedition package on the first day of the trip and on the last day of the defined dates, if you choose to have extra nights the transfers are not included
HOW TO GET FROM MARRAKECH AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTER?: To get from the Marrakech airport to the Marrakech centre (I call centre the Medina/old town), you can use a public shuttle bus, private airport transfer or a taxi.
Bus: The airport bus line 19 operates from 6.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. The bus leaves from the stop located after the parking lot. The price is 30 MAD one way and 50 MAD to return (around 3&5 euros).
Taxis : After leaving the Marrakech airport building, find the stairs that lead to the taxis place. There is an employee redirecting travellers to the empty taxis. He will show you the available driver. Small taxis circulate within city boundaries only and can take only 3 people. Big, Grand Taxis can seat up to 6 people.
Taxi drivers at the airport rarely take you for 70 MAD, so 100 MAD is a good bargain. Often taxi drivers will tell you that your hotel/riad is far from the airport, but it’s not true. Most of the riads are located in the old town, Medina.
Negotiate the fare before boarding the taxi, and remember this rule for any taxi ride in Marrakech. It’s common to experience that without asking first, the taxi driver takes your luggage and travellers don’t have time to negotiate. Never step into the taxi before negotiating the price.
FORM OF PAYMENT
Price of the trip: 230€
1 – you must register and pay the reserve in the amount of €100
2 – Passport: to make this trip you need a passport, if you don’t have a passport, contact your embassy. If you need help with the process, write to us at [email protected]
3 – Buy your flight: the flight is not included in the travel package, the average price of the two flights is €60, we advise you to buy your trips with Ryanair. You must buy the flight to marrakech on the date indicated for the start of this adventure
4 – Payment for the trip: Payment for the trip is made in Marrakech upon check-in at the hotel. you have to make the payment in euros in the amount of €130 in cash.