8 Days from Marrakech to Imperial Cities

8 Days Tour From Marrakech to imperial cities & Sahara Desert overview:

8 Days From Marrakech to imperial cities is a Morocco desert tour that begins from Marrakech city towards many interesting imperial cities here are some of the principal stations in our itinerary :

  • We’ll cross the high Atlas Mountains through Tizi-n-Tichka Pass;
  • Be amazed as we visit the Berber village of Ait Ben Haddou, renowned for the part it played in the famous series Game of Thrones and the backdrop it provided for big-screen movies like Gladiator;
  • We’ll pass through Ouarzazate, Rose Valley, renowned for an annual Festival of Roses, and we’ll visit Dades, Todra Valley;
  • Then we’re going on a Morocco camel ride to see the most memorable sunrise and sunset you’ll ever experience;
  • We’ll spend a memorable night under Berber tents, listening to local nomads serenade us with their traditional music;
  • See how nomads live in the desert by exploring the Sahara desert area;
  • Visit the town of Rissani where you will walk through the biggest, most authentic traditional Moroccan souk;
  • In the city of Ouarzazate, we’ll pass through Atlas Film Studios and visit a Kasbah of Taourirt and Skoura palms grove;
  • Guided tour to discover the charm of the “Red City” of Marrakech;
  • Visit Essaouira city for a full day;

Best 8 Days Desert Trip From Marrakech to imperial cities info:

+ Duration: 8 Days & 7 nights
+ Departure: 08:00 am
+ Starting Location: Marrakech
+ Ending Location: Marrakech

8 Days Tour From Marrakech to Casablanca highlights:

  • Hight Atlas Mountains,
  • Old Kasbahs,
  • Berber Villages,
  • Berber Families,
  • Night in Desert at sahara desert camp & hotel (Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes),
  • Biggest traditional Moroccan souk in Rissani,
  • Guided tour in Marrakech,
  • Essaouira,
  • Gorges& more…

Program of 8 Days Desert Tour From Marrakech to imperial cities

Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi-n-Tichka – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorges

the first day of the 8-day Desert Tour From Marrakech to imperial cities starts in the early morning departure for the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m) and the High Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival in Ait Ben Haddou, we have to the visit famous Ait Ben-Haddou Kasbah (Ranked by UNESCO as a world heritage site), the location of so many blockbuster movies and UNESCO world heritage site. This fortress Kasbah is one of the largest in all of Morocco. We’ll enjoy lunch in the Hollywood of  Morocco, Ouarzazate, Continue your journey through the scenic landscapes of Morocco. Visit the breathtaking Skoura and Rose Valley. Enjoy a hike through the gorge and spend the night in a nearby hotel in Dades Valley (dinner & breakfast).

Day 2: Dades Gorges – Toudra Gorges – Tinjdad – Erfoud – Merzouga 

After breakfast, start your Morocco Desert Tour from Dades Valley and drive to the Todra Gorges. Explore the towering cliffs and enjoy a leisurely hike through the gorge, walk in the Gorges, and afterward depart to join Erfoud by Tinjdad Palm Grove (lunch on the spot), and Touroug. Erfoud and our final destination for the day, Merzouga

Continue your drive to Merzouga, a village on the edge of the Sahara Desert. We’ll have time to relax in the hotel and you can have Berber Whisky. Your Day is over by having dinner and a night in the hotel there on the edge of the desert.

Day 3: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – Merzouga 

The 3rd day of the 8 Days From Marrakech to Merzouga Desert Tour begins after breakfast, you will make the large Desert trip around the dunes passing: two oases of Merzouga desert, the wandering deposit, the village of Khamlia (village of the Gnaoua) mines of Mifis, the desert where you can meet Berber nomads, oases Tissardmine, and return to the hotel. 

Change 4×4 for dromedaries to ride your camels to enjoy the beauty of the sunset from the top of Sahara desert dunes and spend the night in the middle of the dunes. Dinner and night in the nomad camp with some nomadic music by our Berber crew under the starry sky. In the late afternoon, embark on a camel trek into the desert, enjoying the breathtaking sunset along the way. Spend the night in a traditional Sahara desert camp, experiencing the magical atmosphere of the Sahara Merzouga. We make our 1.5-hour breath-taking and tranquil journey as the sun is setting across the desert. Once at the desert camp. the 3rd day of the 8 Days From Marrakech Desert Tour is finished by enjoying traditional Moroccan cuisine while the nomads entertain us with their music by the fire.

Day 4: Merzouga - Rissani - Tazarine - Nkoub - Agdez - Ouarzazate 

Early morning, Wake up early to witness the captivating sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi and enjoy the beautiful sunrise in the quiet atmosphere of the desert. Enjoy some free time to relax in the peaceful surroundings or try sandboarding on the golden dunes. After breakfast in the desert camp, then return by dromedaries to the nearest area of the Sahara desert, and start to the huge palm grove of Tafilalet through Rissani.  

The way towards Alnif (lunch on the spot), Tazarine Oases, N’kob, and the Draa Valley. Afterward, continue your journey to Ouarzazate, known as the “Hollywood of Morocco.” On the way to Ouarzazate via the small Berber village named Agdez and the mountains of the Anti-Atlas (1660m high). Explore the town and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt. The fourth day of the 8 Days From Marrakech Desert Trip to imperial cities is over by having dinner and night in the hotel in Ouarzazate.

 Day 5: Ouarzazate - Kasbah Telouet - Marrakech 

After breakfast in Ouarzazate; the Hollywood of Africa, then we will stop at the Atlas studio known for the production of movies, after a delicious lunch, we continue our Marrakech Tour for 8 Days, stopping at the Kasbah of Telouet, another historic fortress. Start the journey up through the High Atlas Mountains crossing the highest drivable pass at Tizi N´Tichka which stands at 2260 meters of altitude. Arrive in Marrakech and check into your accommodation. Overnight in a local Riad at Marrakech.

Day 6: Guided tour in Marrakech city

The sixth day of the 8-day tour From Marrakech to imperial cities started again after breakfast will have a guided tour of Marrakech with a local guide. You will explore the main attractions and monuments of Marrakech city. Dedicate a full day to exploring the vibrant city of Marrakech. Visit historical sites such as the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, and the Koutoubia Mosque

Get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the medina and experience the bustling atmosphere of the Djemaa el-Fna square. In the evening, indulge in the flavors of Moroccan cuisine at a local restaurant. Optionally, you can also visit the tranquil Menara Gardens or the lively Jardin de l’Agdal. Enjoy a sunset drink overlooking the exciting Jemaa El Fnaa Square from the terrace of a cafe, overnight at your hotel.

Day 7: Marrakech – Essaouira day trip

After breakfast we will come to pick up you from your Riad, then leave Marrakech at 08:00, ready for a 3-hour journey to the beautiful Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast; Essaouira is a small fortified city on the edge of the Atlantic. Enjoy the scenic drive as you pass through picturesque landscapes, including the Argan tree forests.

A day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira is a popular excursion that allows you to explore the charming coastal town and experience its unique atmosphere. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your day trip. Upon arrival, start your exploration of Essaouira’s medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The medina is known for its well-preserved fortifications, narrow streets, and vibrant blue-and-white architecture.

Visit the bustling fishing port, where you can witness local fishermen bringing in their catches of the day. Explore the port area and enjoy the fresh seafood available at the local restaurants. Stroll along the picturesque Skala de la Ville, the fortress walls that offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the medina. Take a walk through the vibrant souks and browse local shops, where you can find unique handicrafts, artwork, and traditional clothing.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the local restaurants, savoring delicious Moroccan cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Afterward, take a relaxing walk along Essaouira’s beautiful sandy beach, which stretches for miles. You can soak up the sun, dip your feet in the water, or even try some water sports such as windsurfing or kitesurfing.

As the day comes to an end, head back to Marrakech. You can watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean during your drive back, making for a memorable end to your day trip. By this amazing day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira our 7th day of 8 Days Desert Trip From Marrakech to imperial cities is ended.

Day 8: Marrakech – Airport

transfer you to the airport (Marrakech or Casablanca). That will be the end of 8 Days Morocco Desert Tour From Marrakech. 

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If the itinerary of 8 Days Desert Trip from Marrakech to imperial cities. that we offer do not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements.

What to Bring for 8 Days from Marrakech to Merzouga via Imperial Cities?

  • Hat.
  • Camera.
  • Sunblock & Sunglasses.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Warm clothes in winter.
  • Cotton clothes in summer.
  • Umbrella.
  • Valid passport for 6 months.

Note: Check our blog about what to pack for Morocco

Additional info for 8 Days Marrakech to Merzouga Desert via Imperial Cities:

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Vegetarian options are available, please let us know at the time of booking if required.
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase).
  • It can be cold at night and in the winter so please bring appropriate clothing.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
  • Quad & Buggy driving in dunes are not included in the price but is possible to add them as an extra.

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