The following itineraries are sample tour options from Errachidia, the closest airport to the Erg Chebbi dunes.  All itineraries can be customised to meet your dates and requirements:

Errachidia to Marrakech Desert Tours
Errachdia to Marrakech Desert Tour (4days)

A desert tour from Errachidia to Marrakech is possible in 3 days however we recommend four days for this trip.  The flight from Casablanca currently arrives late and only on certain days – check your flight options with Royal Air Maroc website.

Day 1 – Errachidia to the Erg Chebbi Dunes.  Arrive at the airport and transfer direct to the Erg Chebbi dunes or overnight in Errachidia.  Overnight in Hotel or Desert Camp

Day 2 – Day to relax and explore the Erg Chebbi Desert Environment.  Day to relax and/or explore with your driver and overnight in desert camp of choice:

  • Visit the desert village of Khamlia and listen to Gnawa musicians
  • Visit a seasonal lakes in March/April, so long as the rains arrive, and perhaps see flamingoes
  • Visit the souk in Rissani (Sun, Tue, Thurs) and eat Medfouna
  • Drive to the far side of the dunes to visit a Berber family (ex-nomad) living on the desert floor
  • Hire an ATV/dune buggy/quad bike and ride the dunes with a guide
  • Camel trek at sunset with a desert guide

Day 3 – Erg Chebbi Dunes to Skoura Palm Grove.  Wake early to watch the sunrise and, if you overnight in the deep camp, camel trek back to the dune line.  After breakfast transfer to Skoura Palm Grove with a detour to see Todra Gorge said to be the highest oasis valley gorge in Morocco.  Along the route pass through Boumalne Dades and the area ‘Rose Valley’ where highly fragrant roses blossom in the hedgerows during April and May and there is a Rose Festival to celebrate the harvest.  Overnight in small hotel with pool

Day 4 – Skoura Palm Grove to Marrakech.  Pass through the modern administration town of Ouarzazate and head north to visit the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco’s most spectacular fortified villages (ksour) – walk through the village to the top for 360degree views.  Continue along Ounila Valley, and over Tizi-n-Telouet, to visit Kasbah of el Glaoui in the Berber village of Telouet.  From Telouet cross the highest Atlas road pass of Tizi-n-Tichka, with far-reaching views, to reach Marrakech late afternoon/early evening

Errachdia to Marrakech Desert Tour (5days or more)

Extra day options to slow down the pace of a 4day itinerary (see above) from Errachidia to Marrakech:

  • a day to relax in Skoura Palm Grove
  • a night in Dades Gorge
  • a day’s hike i.e. High Atlas, Skoura, Rose Valley or one of the gorges
  • a day to Get Off the Beaten Track and beyond the usual tourist routes
Errachidia to Fes and Marrakech Desert Tours (8days)

Flying into Errachidia makes it possible to see the dunes first and then visit Fes and Marrakech; or end your trip in Erg Chebbi and fly home from Errachidia.

Day 1 – Errachidia to the Erg Chebbi Dunes.  Arrive at the airport and transfer direct to the Erg Chebbi dunes or overnight in Errachidia if you prefer and transfer in the morning.  Overnight in Hotel or Desert Camp

Day 2 – Day to relax and explore the Erg Chebbi Desert Environment

Day to relax and/or explore with your driver and overnight in desert camp of your choice or hotel at the dune line.

  • Visit the desert village of Khamlia and listen to Gnawa musicians
  • Visit a seasonal lakes in March/April, so long as the rains arrive, and perhaps see flamingoes
  • Visit the souk in Rissani (Sun, Tue, Thurs) and eat Medfouna
  • Drive to the far side of the dunes to visit a Berber family (ex-nomad) living on the desert floor
  • Hire an ATV/dune buggy/quad bike and ride the dunes with a guide
  • Sunset camel trek with a desert guide.

Day 3 – Erg Chebbi to Fes.  Sunrise in the desert and after breakfast transfer  across the Middle Atlas to Fes.  Along the route pass through Rissani, Erfoud, Ziz Valley, Midelt, cedar forests where Barbary Macaques are seen, Azrou and Ifrane.  Overnight in Fes Medina

Day 4 – Fes.  Fes City Guide Tour to explore the key sites of the medina and include views from the Merenid Tombs.  Overnight in Fes Medina

Day 5 – Fes Day Trip.  Day trip to Meknes (City Guide Tour) and the Roman ruins of Volubilis.  Overnight in Fes Medina

Day 6 – Fes to Marrakech via Rabat or Ouzoud.  Transfer to Marrakech either (1) along the motorway with a break in Rabat for lunch and short City Guide Tour or (2) cross-country with optional detour see the waterfalls at Ouzoud.  Overnight in Marrakech Medina

Day 7 – Marrakech.  Marrakech City Guide Tour to explore the key sites of the medina and New Town.  Overnight in Marrakech medina

Day 8 – Depart Marrakech.  Transfer to Marrakech Airport and depart