Visit Morocco’s gorgeous Atlantic coastline and take a trip into the Sahara desert to visit the Berbers
Explore the Atlantic coastline, discover traditional Berber villages, and experience the Erg Chigaga Sahara. This tour is packed with interesting places to visit, friendly people to meet, one-of-a-kind experiences, and some of Morocco’s finest landscapes. From fossil hunting and kasbah exploring to traditional Berber food, this tour has something for everybody.
Discover the Atlantic coast and the Sahara with our Moroccan Tours. Book your adventure now!
Day 1: Marrakech to Essaouira
We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Marrakech at 8am before heading toward the seaside port of Essaouira. The road toward Essaouira is absolutely beautiful, flanked by hundreds of the country’s native argan nut trees, olive trees, and other gorgeous fruit trees. We can stop along the way for any photos you want to take, and we’ll be happy to discuss what you’d like to see in Essaouira once we arrive.
Once we’ve arrived, we’ll start our adventure by exploring the town. We’ll check out the winding streets of the medina where locals sell a variety of handmade goods, walk along the beachfront admiring the view, and enjoy the delicious seafood at one of the many nearby restaurants.
The town is perfect for really getting a sense of Morocco’s atmosphere, without being as busy as Marrakech. Once you’ve seen everything you want to see, we’ll head to a nearby hotel for the night and get a good night’s sleep before the next part of the tour.
Day 2: Essaouira to Sidi Ifni
We’ll start the day off with a traditional Moroccan breakfast before heading out of Essaouira. We’ll follow the coastal road south toward Sidi Ifni, taking in the stunning views of the Atlantic coastline as we go.
We’ll pass through the resort town of Agadir, through Tiznit, and back onto the coastal road that takes us towards Sidi Ifni. This little seaside town is stuffed full of little wonders. With a stunning beach to explore, lots of little markets and stores to pick up interesting gifts, and incredible architecture on show, it’s easy to soak in the Moroccan atmosphere.
We’ll grab a traditional Moroccan dinner and relax before heading to the nearby hotel to rest for the night.
Day 3: Sidi Ifni to Tafraoute
From Sidi Ifni, we turn north again to Tiznit, where we can stop to browse through the jewellery stores. Tiznit is well known for its number of expert silversmiths, so you’re likely to find a beautiful souvenir to pick up while you’re here.
After wandering around the local markets, we’ll jump back in the 4×4 and head towards Tafraoute. This route takes us through the Anti-Atlas mountains, past the towns of Tighmi and Tizourgane, before we reach our destination. Along the way we’ll stop to admire the scenery, as this really is one of the most beautiful routes in North Africa, with stunning vistas of the mountains, snaking rivers surrounded by lush woodland, and views for miles around.
Once we’ve arrived at Tafraoute, we’ll have dinner and stay the night at a nearby hotel before the next step toward Taroudant.
Day 4: Tafraoute to Taroudant
Hidden away inside a small circle of mountains, Tafraoute is a serene gem of a town that is well worth the trip. This little town is filled with friendly locals who’ll welcome you as a guest.
Despite its size, Tafraoute offers plenty of things to do — from the diverse range of shops selling locally handmade goods like camel wool carpets, jewellery, or souvenirs from the local villages, to rock climbing!
Once we’ve explored the town, we’ll set off toward Taroudant via the Ait Baha river road. This road is considered one of the most beautiful in Morocco, with plenty of wildlife to see and hundreds of beautiful fruit trees along the way.
We’ll arrive at Taroudant, which looks like a “mini Marrakech” thanks to its similar architecture and colours. Taroudant is a classic example of a Moroccan market town, with large walls surrounding the main market, plenty of shops and stalls to browse through, and the local hammam where locals have their communal baths.
After exploring the town, we’ll head back to our hotel for the night.
Day 5: Taroudant to Erg Chigaga
We’ll meet up for breakfast before continuing our journey towards the Sahara.
The road takes us through Tizi-n-Tighatine and Tizi-n-Ikhsane, where you’ll start to notice the surroundings become more desert-like. We’ll then stop at Kourkouda and Tazenakht, meeting the locals and browsing through the famous Berber carpets they sell.
We’ll then travel to Foum-Zguid for a Moroccan lunch and continue our journey south, arriving at the very edge of the Sahara. Before coming across the Saharan dunes, we’ll explore Lake Iriqui. Although this lake dried up years ago, it’s well known for its abundance of fossils. If you’re lucky, you might even find one yourself!
After heading through the rest of the arid desert (known as “reg desert”) we’ll arrive at the Chigaga dunes. These dunes stretch as far as the eye can see and are usually completely silent. We’ll meet up with nearby Berbers and try out a camel ride towards the main camp where we’ll spend the night. You’ll be able to try out Berber food (it’s delicious!), climb the dunes to watch the sunset, and spend the night watching the crystal clear stars before heading into your own personal Berber tent.
Day 6: Chigaga to Ouarzazate
After breakfast with the Berbers, we’ll head back to the 4×4 and begin our journey towards Ouarzazate.
We’ll head through M’hamid, the Sacred Oasis, and continue through the stunning Draa valley towards Zagora where we’ll stop to stretch our legs and explore.
We’ll then continue on our journey, following the ancient routes used by the old Berber caravans, crossing through the Sahara, the mountains, across the river, and towards Agdz. This entire trip is calm, quiet, and utterly beautiful.
At the top of the valley in Agdz sits Kasbah Tamnougalt: one of the best-known Kasbahs in the country which we’ll stop and explore. There are a number of local families still living here, which we’ll greet before continuing on our journey towards Ouarzazate. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll explore a little bit before heading towards a hotel to stay the night.
Day 7: Ouarzazate to Marrakech
After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head back towards Marrakech via Ait Benhaddou: Morocco’s most famous kasbah, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ait Benhaddou is perfect for those who love history. It’s filled with beautiful architecture, lots of different buildings to explore, and the odd market to browse through.
Our journey continues through the Ounila valley towards Telouet, where we’ll visit the kasbah and have lunch. We’ll then continue on the final part of our trip towards Marrakech, arriving in the early evening, giving you time to explore, pack, relax, and say goodbye before your flight home.
Pick up and drop off:
- Pick up at 8am from your riad/hotel in Marrakech (can be adapted to airport pick up)
- Drop off around 6pm at your riad/hotel in Marrakech (can be adapted to airport drop off)
|2 people||£553 per person|
|3 people||£445 per person|
|4 people||£390 per person|
|5 people||£359 per person|
|6 people||£337 per person|
For a reduction of the tour price for children under 12, please check our booking terms.
What’s included in the Moroccan tours?
- Private air conditioned 4×4 during all the period of the tour
- English speaking driver/guide at your disposal for the period of the tour
- Fuel for the entire journey
- Six nights accommodation
- Camel ride for one hour
- Half board
Night 1: Riad Kafila or Riad Nakhla
Night 2: Private Apartment
Night 3: La Maison Traditionnelle
Night 4: Riad Aissi
Night 5: Berber camp in Erg Chigaga (private tent)
Night 6: Hotel Ies Jardins de Quarzazate or Dar Chamaa
- Travel insurance
What should I bring?:
- Drinks (lots of water is needed in the hotter months)
- Sun cream