8-Day Sahara Desert Circuit

Explore The Sahara in only 8 days

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day odyssey that spans the multifaceted beauty of Morocco, from the coastal charm of Casablanca to the mesmerizing expanse of the Sahara Desert.

This circuit promises a vibrant blend of history, culture, nature, and adventure. Navigate through ancient medinas, marvel at UNESCO World Heritage sites, and indulge in the tranquility of the Sahara dunes.

Destination On Our Sahara Circuit Tour

Day 1: Casablanca Arrival

Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque, Morocco

As your plane descends, catch your first glimpse of the sprawling cityscape of Casablanca, Morocco’s bustling economic hub. 

After disembarking, you’ll be met by our friendly local guide right outside customs. They will assist with any immediate needs and whisk you away to start your grand Moroccan adventure.

Casablanca City Tour

Our itinerary gets underway with a dive into the heart of Casablanca with your private driver. Navigate through a labyrinth of modern skyscrapers juxtaposed against ancient edifices, each with its own tale. 

Marvel at the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, perched dramatically by the Atlantic shore with its towering minaret visible from miles away. As you drive through the streets, witness the seamless blend of French colonial design and traditional Moroccan architecture.

Dive deeper into the city’s heart, and you’ll find buzzing markets and the Old Medina, where time feels suspended. Here, the aroma of spices fills the air, and the sounds of barter lend a rhythmic cadence to the surroundings. After soaking in the ambiance, take a refreshing break at a local café, sipping on traditional mint tea, while watching the world go by.

As the sun casts its golden hue, signaling the day’s end, prepare for a sumptuous Moroccan feast at one of the city’s iconic restaurants. Let the fusion of flavors dance on your palate, setting the tone for the culinary delights that await in the coming days.

Rest assured, this initial immersion into Casablanca’s wonders sets the stage for an even more enthralling expedition ahead.

Day 2: Casablanca to Marrakesh

Marrakesh Old Medina, Morocco

Your second day starts with a two-and-a-half-hour private transfer from the urban sprawl of Casablanca to the mystical allure of Marrakesh. 

As you comfortably settle into your deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, watch as the landscape seamlessly transitions from cityscapes to rolling plains dotted with sporadic settlements and groves of argan trees.

Marrakesh Medina Exploration

Arriving in Marrakesh’s Medina is like stepping into a vivid tapestry of color, sound, and scent.  

Accompanied by your guide, walk through its narrow alleyways, flanked by ancient buildings and busy stalls. Every corner presents an opportunity – artisans crafting leather goods, silversmiths chiseling away, and stalls brimming with vibrant spices. 

Make your way to the central square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This bustling hub comes alive with storytellers, acrobats, musicians, and the enticing aroma of street food. Every step tells a story, every sound is a melody, and every scent adds to the tapestry of experiences.

As dusk approaches and the day’s heat fades, the Medina transforms. Lanterns cast a soft glow on the cobblestones, and the evening call to prayer serenades the city. It’s a perfect time to find a rooftop café, take in the panoramic views, and reflect on the day’s journey.

Day 3: Marrakesh to Ait Benhaddou 4×4 Journey

Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site in Morocco

Today, we set off on a 3-hour drive to Ait Benhaddou with your private driver behind the wheel of a robust 4×4, venture through undulating terrains, twisting mountain passes, and local villages. 

Ait Benhaddou’s UNESCO Heritage Wonders

By afternoon, the ochre-colored walls of Ait Benhaddou rise from the horizon, standing as a testament to time and tradition. This ancient ksar, or fortified village, is a living piece of Moroccan history, crowned as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Narrow lanes snake between earthen buildings and granaries. At every turn, there’s a story: of ancient trade routes, of films shot within these walls (from “Gladiator” to “Game of Thrones”), and of families that have called this place home for generations.

As the sun descends, casting the ksar in an amber glow, take a moment atop its highest point. The views of the surrounding valley and the Mellah River below are simply breathtaking.

Day 4: Ait Benhaddou to Merzouga

Todgha Gorge, Morocco

After a classically Moroccan-style breakfast in Ait Benhaddou, it’s time to set forth on today’s exciting expedition to Merzouga, with a break in the journey at the stunning Todgha Gorges. 

Todgha Gorge Stop

The dramatic cliffs of the Todgha Gorges loom ahead, rising majestically to frame the Todgha River.

It’s not just the sight, but the sound of the rushing waters and the cool shade in the canyons that enchant visitors. It’s an ideal setting for a mid-journey break. As you savor traditional Moroccan dishes, the sheer magnificence of nature surrounding you makes every bite even more delightful.

Arrival in Merzouga

Upon reaching Merzouga, the day’s journey culminates in a serene setting. 

Whether you choose to rest immediately or take a short evening walk on the dunes, the tranquility of the desert promises a peaceful night’s sleep. The anticipation builds for the next leg of your adventure, with Merzouga serving as the gateway to the heart of the Sahara.

Day 5: Merzouga – Camel Trek & Dune Exploration in Erg Chebbi

Sahara, Morocco

Awaken to the soft hues of dawn casting its first light on the Merzouga dunes. After breakfast, the day’s grand adventure commences: a camel trek into the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi dunes. 

Riding atop these gentle desert ships, you’ll feel a connection to the countless travelers who traversed these sands for millennia. As you navigate deeper into the dunes, the vastness and beauty of Erg Chebbi become overwhelmingly apparent. 

The wind-sculpted sand patterns and the play of light and shadow on the dunes craft a surreal desert canvas.

Traditional Berber Camp Experience

As evening draws near, you’ll arrive at a traditional Berber camp nestled amidst the dunes. Warm welcomes abound, with the Berbers’ renowned hospitality on full display. 

The camp, lit by lanterns and the emerging stars, buzzes with activity. Engage in heartwarming conversations with the locals around a campfire, learning tales of the desert and its age-old traditions.

As the night deepens, indulge in some stargazing; the clear desert sky offers a celestial show like no other. The gentle melodies of Berber music, accompanied by rhythmic darbuka beats, ensure the night is filled with soulful tunes and dance.

Day 6: Merzouga to Midelt

Ziz Valley, Morocco

Begin your day with the sight of golden sand dunes gradually receding as you embark on your 4×4 journey from the heart of the Sahara. The breeze carries tales from the desert, as you depart from the serene ambiance of Merzouga.

Ziz Valley Exploration

As you approach the Ziz Valley, be prepared for an awe-inspiring sight. This valley, one of the largest river valleys in Morocco, is surrounded by palm groves and offers a scenic contrast to the arid landscapes of Merzouga. It’s a testament to nature’s ability to cultivate beauty in even the most unexpected places.

By noon, reach the town of Midelt, lying between the Middle and High Atlas mountains. This town is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Atlas Mountains.” Enjoy a local lunch here, with dishes like tagine or couscous, complemented by the serene mountain backdrop.

After a fulfilling day of travel and exploration, rest at a luxurious yet traditional Moroccan riad in Midelt. Here, the evenings are a harmonious blend of modern comfort and age-old Moroccan hospitality.

Day 7: Midelt to Fes

Fes, Morocco

After a hearty breakfast, your private driver will collect you as you approach Azrou, a town known for its cedar forests. If you’re fortunate, you might spot the mischievous Barbary macaque monkeys playing amidst the trees. The cool forest air offers a refreshing break as you continue your journey.

Midday, you’ll find yourself in Ifrane, often dubbed the “Switzerland of Morocco” because of its Alpine-like architecture and feel. This charming town is a haven for those seeking tranquility. Relish a delightful lunch in a local eatery, sampling flavors that are a testament to Morocco’s diverse culinary influences.

Arrival in Fes

As the sun sets, the ancient city of Fes welcomes you with its majestic gates and towering minarets. The spiritual heart of Morocco, Fes, has a rhythm and soul deeply rooted in its history. Navigate through its winding alleyways, where stories of yesteryears echo in every corner.

Traditional Fes Riad

Conclude your day by settling into a historic riad, where intricate mosaics, ornate woodwork, and a tranquil courtyard set the stage for a night of rest and reflection, immersing you in the ambiance of this ancient city.

Day 8: Fes to Casablanca – A Final Embrace of Morocco’s Magic

Tanneries in Fez, Morocco

The vibrant streets of Fes beckon you for one final exploration. With the early sunlight filtering through the Medina’s narrow alleyways, the city feels like an old tale coming to life. 

Whether you revisit a captivating spot, delve deeper into the mysteries of the city’s ancient tanneries, or simply enjoy a traditional Moroccan breakfast in a local cafe, this morning is your chance to make a few more memories in this time-honored city. Ensure to pick up any last-minute souvenirs, for Fes offers some of the most exquisite handicrafts in Morocco.

Return to Casablanca

As midday approaches, join your private driver as they chauffeur you back to Casablanca. As the countryside whizzes by, the three-hour ride serves as a serene interlude, allowing you to reflect on your Saharan adventures. From the rolling dunes of Merzouga to the majestic canyons of Todgha Gorges, the memories are bound to replay in your mind.

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