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Marrakech to Erg Chigaga Desert Tour

Duration

04 Days

Departure

Marrakech

Destination

Erg Chigaga

Price Per Person

01 € 792
02 € 425
03 € 330
04 € 295
5-10 € 275

Overview

If you seriously love the desert and the promise of peace and tranquillity, then our Marrakech 4 Days Desert Tour to Erg Chigaga is the perfect tour for you. Traveling through Zagora, M’hamid and Foum Zguid, this tour is designed specifically for people who yearn for the silence of the desert.

Our Marrakech 4 Days Desert Tour to Erg Chigaga helps put the hustle and bustle of the city behind you. If time is on your side, we have designed a 5-day desert tour from Marrakesh to Erg Chigaga especially for you.

Highlights

  • We’ll travel through the high Atlas Mountains via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass.
  • Pay a visit to the Berber village of Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Drive through the Draa Valley past Kasbahs, desert oases and vast numbers of Palm trees.
  • Enjoy the novelty of a camel ride in Chigaga and marvel at the beautiful sunset.
  • We’ll explore the Oasis of Foum Zguid and check out one of the last inhabited Kasbahs in the region.
  • Together we’ll share a memorable night under the stars, at an oasis, sitting around a campfire.
  • We’ll experience meeting real nomads as they herd their camels, and we’ll be invited to share a cup of mint tea with them.
  • We’ll cross the dry Salt Lake of Iriqui.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 7 hours drive from Marrakesh to Zagora

Your Marrakech 4 Days Desert Tour to Erg Chigaga will begin with a 7:30 am pick up from your Marrakesh riad or hotel. We begin our journey traveling through the Atlas Mountains via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and we know you’ll be spellbound by the magnificent views. We’ll make various stops along the way to enable you to photograph the amazing scenery on this trip.

We’ll have lunch at Ouarzazate, then continue on with our trip to Zagora. The Draa River is next on our agenda, and we’ll discover how this river has created a huge oasis which spans approximately 200 km at the base of the anti-Atlas Mountains. We’ll pass many palm groves which provide welcoming shade to Kasbahs and fortified villages surrounded by henna plantations, corn fields, and crops of barley and vegetables.

Day 2 - 4 hours drive from Zagora to Erg Chigaga

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast we’ll begin day two of our Marrakech 4 Days Desert Tour to Erg Chigaga. We’ll travel through the village of Tamagroute on our way to M’hamid, which is the end of the paved road. Sightseeing here will include visiting one of Morocco’s oldest Quranic libraries, an underground Kasbah, and the pottery factory; and it’s in M’hamid that we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon we’ll head for Erg Chigaga sand dunes and pass various oases.

Because Erg Chigaga dunes are a long way from civilization you’ll soon discover that the dunes offer an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquillity, an experience difficult to find anywhere else in the world. We’ll share a camel ride together across the sand dunes and enjoy one of the most unbelievable sunsets you’ll ever experience.

And that’s not all! While enjoying your evening meal you’ll be entertained by local nomads, serenading you with their inspiring music. Tonight, you’ll be staying at your deluxe Sahara Desert camp site, and preparing for day three of your tour.

Day 3 - 6 hours drive from Erg Chigaga to Foum Zguid and Ouarzazate

Following a leisurely breakfast, we’ll travel 90 km through the desert and enjoy the amazing scenery as we cross Lake Iriqui, the mountains, and explore the old track of Rally Paris Dakar through to Foum Zguid.

After the desert, this will be the first village we come across at the beginning of the paved road. Lunchtime, then we’ll check out some Berber carpets and rugs, arriving in Ouarzazate in the late afternoon. You’ll enjoy a lovely evening meal and a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel in Ouarzazate.

Day 4 - Ouarzazate to Marrakesh

After breakfast, we’ll visit the film studios known as Hollywood of Africa, just outside Ouarzazate. We’ll then move on to the World Heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, previously used as a set location for over 20 Hollywood blockbuster films. Namely, Indiana Jones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia.

You’ll be free to take a short walk and explore traditional Moroccan style architecture, after which we’ll resume our travels back to Marrakesh via the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and the High Atlas Mountains. As we travel back to Marrakesh, lunch will be served at either Ait Hen Haddou or in the Atlas Mountains, and this will be determined by time. You will arrive back in Marrakesh at 5.00pm.

Finally, your Marrakech 4 Days Desert Tour to Erg Chigaga will be over when your driver delivers you to your Marrakesh riad or hotel.

Good to Know

List of expectation on this tour:
  • Travel in our modern air-conditioned 4×4 or minibus with one of our English-speaking drivers or guides.
  • Your tour driver will collect you from your Marrakesh riad or hotel.
  • Evening meal on the first night and breakfast the following morning at the hotel La Fibule de Draa is included. You’ll also enjoy a private air-conditioned ensuite room.
  • You’ll experience the thrill of a sunset camel trek on Erg Chigaga dunes.
  • During our overnight stay at our Sahara Desert camp located in Zagora, you’ll enjoy a private tent with shared bathroom and shower. Your evening meal and breakfast are included. Please note that you can upgrade to a deluxe camp with an ensuite when booking your desert tour for an additional cost of €125 per person.
  • Travel by camel to enjoy a glorious sunrise.
  • During your overnight stay at Les Jardins de Ouarzazate, you’ll enjoy a private air-conditioned ensuite room. Your evening meal and breakfast are included.
  • Drop you off at your Marrakesh riad or hotel, or the closest accessible location.

FAQ's

Do I need to have a visa to enter Morocco?

People that possess the US, Canadian, UK nationalities do not require a visa to enter Morocco as a tourist.

If you’re a citizen in one of the countries listed below, you do not need a visa to enter Morocco:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Venezuela.

Your passport must be valid for at-least six months in order to enter Morocco. Please make sure that you stamp your passport once you’re in Morocco. That will allow you to stay for up to 90 days. Entry fees are not charged.

What do i need to wear?

* You can wear clothes that are adequate to each season in Morocco.

* You can check information about the weather in Morocco.

Do i need to bring anything with me?

Not camels, we’ve got plenty.

You may want to bring a pack to help you carry extra snacks and your bottled water. And, of course, a camera to make amazing moments immortal.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

If you are to cancel your tour, your cancellation request must be written, either via fax or email.

In some cases, you are entitled to a partial refund. A standard fee will apply, as it is clearly outlined on your receipt, and Trip2Morocco must receive your original voucher before your refund applies.

The following scale of charges will be applied if you cancel your tour prior to the balance due date:

  • More than 40 days : 10% deposit retains + transaction fee.
  • More than 30 days: 25% of the total will be charged.
  • More than 15 days: 50% of the total will be charged.
  • More than 08 days: 75% of the total will be charged.
  • 7 days or less : 100% of the total will be charged.

No-show cases will not yield a refund.

You will be refunded once Trip2Morocco has received the funds back from its suppliers (i.e. hotels, transport companies, service providers)

Can i show up without making a reservation?

Unfortunately, you can not.

Reservations are required in order to have a guaranteed spot on all of our tours.

Reservations also help us determine what you might need. Otherwise, Trip2Morocco will not be able to ensure that its tours to remain manageable and joyous.

You will be notified if the tour changed due to unwanted circumstances.

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