10 Day Morocco Tour - MARRAKECH to SAHARA DESERT

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Embark on a thrilling 5-day Sahara Desert walking adventure, immersing yourself in the enchanting landscapes and rich culture of southern Morocco. This unforgettable journey combines exploration, relaxation, and authentic experiences, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of the Sahara.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Starts and Ends In : Marrakesh

Duration  :  10 Days / 9 Nights

Price : $1,349 USD per person (double occupancy)    Single supplement: $250

Optional Extension : 15-day  – October 7-21, 2023. $2,299

Initial Deposit Fee : $300 due at sign up | $500 due July 1st. | Remaining balance due September 1st.

Cancellation Policy :  If you cancel before your $300 is non-refundable.

  • If you cancel after September 1, 75%of the tour price is due

This small-group tour (10 or less) is coordinated by Leslie Smith of Leslie’s Heart Travel in partnership with local family Moroccan tour company.

With us you get very personalized service – like you are traveling with friends. I work with local Moroccans who have a deep love for their country. I pay them a living wage for their services. As your personal tour coordinator, I ensure everything goes smoothly. I have over 5 years of traveling and living part time in Morocco.

You will be in safe hands and will be taken care of by professional local guides and drivers, while you discover the real beauty of Morocco, its culture, history and traditions during your holiday stay.



The tour begins and ends in Marrakesh where you experience all the culture and history of the old city (medina) and market (souks). Then heads south over the famous High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n Tichka Pass where you will see small Berber villages, and visit the famous fortified castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. 

Then you head a bit further south, to experience a bit of local living with a stay in a beautiful small riad at the edge of the Sahara Desert before embarking on a 4×4 desert safari to Erg Chigaga, the largest sand dunes in the Moroccan Sahara. 

The sand dunes of Erg Chigaga are less touristy, giving you the true feeling of being in the desert. You will also experience a still hidden gem on the west coast, Essaouira. This sleepy port town is just 3 hours from Marrakesh, but a world away.

Our Tours will allow you experience the exotic and magic of the country, know the originality of different cultures, live Morocco’s traditions in an exclusive atmosphere and discover some hidden treasures of Morocco that go beyond the usual touristic roads, that are unique by their authenticity and natural beauty.  

Our tours are private. You will have time to stop to take that special photo or take longer in a place that you like more and have all the attention and care of our guides.  

Our guides will accompany you during all the journey, and have a profound knowledge of the country’s culture and history, which they will pleasantly share with you and even surprise you with the opportunity of seeing and experiencing the true and genuine Morocco, that which is not touristy…. Always in the utmost safety.  

The Accommodations all have typical Moroccan decoration, possess great quality and charm and are well located.

Our cars are comfortable, and all have an official license for tourism granted by the government of Morocco.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Wellness Yoga Retreat – September 25-28, 2023 – $450 Additional

We will be in the coastal town of Essaouira the day before the tour ends in Marrakesh. If you would like to extend 4 day/3 night in Essaouira for a Wellness Yoga Retreat, (5-7 people) please ask and we will provide you with details.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: 15-day  – October 7-21, 2023. $2,299 (early bird pricing per person, double occupancy). Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Sahara Desert Camp at Erg Chebbi, Tagounite, Sahara Desert Camp at Erg Chigaga, Atlas Mountains, Ait Ben Haddou, Essaouira.

Travel Plan

A member of our team will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel or riad. You can relax and enjoy free time in Marrakesh. Overnight in Marrakesh with AC.

After breakfast in our riad, we will drive south crossing the High Atlas Mountain, the highest road in Morocco, the Tizi n Tichka pass. We stop along the way for lunch. We will make a stop at the woman’s argon oil cooperative and be able to take pictures of the Berber villages, landscapes and valley and learn about the culture. Overnight Isselday

After breakfast we will visit one of the famous sites in Morocco, the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a fortified castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A place where popular movies have been filmed. Then we will continue our way south descending the Atlas Mountains to the small village of Tagounite. We will have a relaxing evening including Moroccan tea, dinner and entertainment at this traditional family guesthouse. Currently no AC in rooms. Overnight in Tagounite at Riad Dar Talmoudi. 

Today we will take in the local culture of southern Morocco.  We have the opportunity to see how pottery is made in a near-by pottery co-op, go to a Koran library. Overnight at Riad Dar Talmoudi. 

Setting out for our overnight in the Sahara Desert, we will go by 4×4 on a desert safari stopping to have tea or lunch with a family that is still living the nomadic life. We will see the place where Moroccan traders used to meet others to make the long and dangerous route to Timbuktu an ancient major trading center for gold and salt. Lunch is provided along the way.

After arriving at our desert camp at Erg Chigaga, the largest dunes in Morocco, we will be welcomed with Moroccan tea and treats.  Just before sunset we will take our own camel caravan into the dunes for a memorable ride and photos.

Later we will be served a delicious dinner. After dinner, we can gather under the night sky and enjoy a campfire with traditional music.   Overnight at the desert camp.  The camp is well-equipped tents or earthen rooms with a regular bed with comfortable mattress and separate bathrooms with hot showers and western toilets. No AC here. You have the option to sleep under the stars. Overnight Sahara Desert Camp

We will make our way across a different part of the Sahara through Lake Iriki National Park.  The lake nowadays is mostly dry. It was a favorite place of the southern gazelles.  It was established to protect the biodiversity, flora and fauna across 123,000 hectares of south-eastern Morocco. We will also stop at a Berber womans’ carpet co-op to see a demonstration and learn how the carpets are madeOvernight: Isselday

After breakfast we will drive to the quaint port town of Essaouira. Along the way we will stop to see the famous goats in the argan trees. Essaouira has its own fortified old medina that is protected by the 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah. Old brass cannons line the walls surrounding the old city that looks out into the ocean.  Overnight in Essaouira. (no AC-it is a coastal town)

Spend the day enjoying the small port town of Essaouira on your own. Optional activities include camel or horse riding on the beach, yoga or hammam (Moroccan spa treatment). Overnight in Essaouira.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive (3 hrs) to Marrakech. After lunch, our local guide will lead us on a tour of Marrakech including the souks (market place), Jemaa el Fna Square, Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace and Koutoubia mosque. Overnight in Marrakech with AC. 

Transfers to airport in Marrakech for departure. If you would like to extend your trip, please let us know and we can assist with arrangements.

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