Wait, a million star you said? Yes, that’s correct.
During our Million star Morocco tour, you will experience a million star hotel in the middle of the Sahara desert! And this is only one of the amazing experiences this tour offers. You will also have a chance to ride your own camel, walk through Berber villages, visit oasis, drink mint tea with the locals and experience the true Arabic life – on foot!
Highlights of the tour
We will also discover the magical city of Marrakesh. It is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco and the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez, and Tangier. The city is located to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas mountains and thus represents the perfect starting point to discover the surrounding mountains, valleys, and villages. The activity is suitable for everyone who wishes to discover the best of Morocco on foot.
A local guide will take us around the city and you will have a free afternoon after to stroll around the famous markets and indulge in the scent of Morocco at your own pace! This tour is suitable for everyone that is in a fairly good shape – everyday hikes are not too demanding, but just about what you need to get the truly unforgettable experience.
Notice: the main price is for a group of 5 – 8 people
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Casablanca Airport (Morocco)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||as per request|
|RETURN TIME||as per request|
|HIKING LEVEL||not too demanding|
Day 1 - Home – Marrakesh (or Casablanca airport)
We will wait for you at the airport or at a selected point in Marrakesh and transfer you to your hotel, or a so-called riad (a large traditional house built around a central courtyard) for the rest of the day. Later on, we will meet at a welcome drink, where you will get to know your guide, who will present you the plan for your holiday week. We suggest you get an early night in, because of the early departure next morning.
Day 2 – Marrakesh – Imlil –Tizi M’zzik –Tizi Oussem
After having a nutritious breakfast, a transfer will wait for you at 8am, to take you to the village of Imlil. Todays’ trek will last approx 5h and will follow the path from the Imlil valley to the village called Tizi Oussem. The journey will take you over Tizi M’zzik Mountain pass – 8300ft and down into the spectacular valley of Azzaden. We will spend the night in the village of Tizi Oussem, in a family guest house (Berber house).
OPTIONAL: A side trip to the Ighouliden waterfalls is available after lunch.
Duration: 5 – 6 hrs walking
Day 3 - Azzaden – Matat – Imlil
After the breakfast, you can enjoy your first sunrise in this colorful valley and its marvelous typical Berber villages. Berbers or Amazighs are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa. We will then leave Tizi Oussem and continue down to Id Issa village, before heading up to Tizi Oudid mountain pass (6500ft). We will cross the Matat village after going through a wild juniper forest. We will stop for lunch under the walnut groves and relax for some time near the river. We will spend the night in the village of Imlil, and prepare ourselves for the next day’s adventure.
Duration: 6 hrs walking
Day 4 - Imlil Valley – Tizi n’Tichka – Dades
Today is the day we will drive towards the Moroccan desert. At first, we will go over the spectacular pass, walking through many traditional Berber villages. We will see and stop at many riverside oases and barren hillsides clustered with kasbahs. Interestingly, this regions’ nickname is also known to be ‘One thousand Kasbahs’. After lunch, we will drive to the Roses Valley, which will offer some beautiful views of the Dades valley. We will stop and spend the night in the Dades village.
Duration: 6 hrs driving
Day 5 - Dades – Todra Gorges – Erg Chebbi dunes
After the breakfast, we will first drive to the Todra Gorge where we will make a short stop. Then, we will drive on to ‘Auberge Palais du Dunes’ at the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Once we will arrive at the accommodation, you will have a chance to try some typical Moroccan mint tea and you will have time to get prepared for an overnight stay at the camp in the middle of the Sahara desert! We will have actual camels to carry us over to the camping place in the desert. There, the local cook will prepare us some typical Moroccan dinner. After the dinner, there will be time to relax and enjoy the rest of the night, at the sounds of music. Our hotel for the night will be a million star hotel 😉 – the sky filled with as many stars as there possibly exist.
Duration: 4 hrs driving
Day 6 – Merzouga to Marrakesh
Finally, after viewing the most beautiful sunrise, you will ride the camels back to your hotel to have breakfast. From there, it will be a long day driving back to Marrakech, via Tichka pass. We will spend the night in a riad in Marrakesh.
Duration: 7 – 8 hrs driving
Day 7 – Marrakesh Guided Tour
This day is devoted to the exploration of the city of Marrakesh. At first, we will start with the famous UNESCO heritage site of Jamma Lfna, Alkotoubia mosque. Then, we will visit the oldest historical places in the city, the Bahia and Baddi palaces. You will have a chance to visit an old Medrassa called Iben yossef. Marrakesh is also known for its traditional souks (a marketplace or commercial quarter) – that actually look like a spider web, where you can easily lose a sense of direction and where bargaining skills will come in handy. We will have lunch at a local restaurant in the city. After the lunch, we will visit the botanical garden, the Majorelle garden. Finally, there will be some free time for you to wander around by yourself. Overnight in the same Riad as the night before.
Duration: 30 minutes driving
Day 8 – Marrakesh – Home
Transfer to the airport 2 hrs before the flight.