This tour is perfect for the traveler who's short on time and looking for a taste of Morocco and its hidden gems. You'll enjoy a guided tour of Marrakesh and watch its famed Jamaa El Fna Square come to life at dusk, then ride a camel through the stunning sand dunes of the Agafay Desert, where you'll spend the night in a traditional tent. As you make your way to Casablanca, you'll stop at an argan oil collective, enjoy fresh, delicious seafood on the coast, and visit the gorgeous Essaouira, all at a relaxed pace.
If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, head to the desert for an unforgettable night under the stars. Your driver will pick you up directly from your accommodation in the city, or if you're staying at a riad in the old Medina, you'll meet at a set point. You'll then hit the road for a picturesque hour-long drive out of Marrakech to the desert. Next, you'll head south of the city and across the Haouz Plain, with views of the High Atlas Mountains, until you reach your far-flung desert destination: Agafay. Unlike the Sahara and its undulating dunes, Agafay is composed of stunning rock formations; its remoteness and tranquillity make this unique and serene retreat a must-see.
When you arrive at your camp, head out into the desert on a camel ride, then settle in for the evening. After sunset, enjoy a traditional Berber dinner and sit by the crackling fire, enjoying the silence in the desert and spectacular celestial views of the sky above. Your camp may offer unique activities like an astronomy lesson, which takes advantage of your remote location void of light pollution. You're bound to relax in the peace of the desert, so far removed from the hubbub of urban life.
You have a range of options for your camps and accommodations in the Agafay, but you'll be living large whatever you choose. Basic options featuring glamping tents blanketed with Moroccan rugs, cozy beds, lanterns, and ensuite bathrooms with toilets and hot showers. More luxe camps offer beautifully appointed tents and lodges swathed in Berber-inspired decor, modern bathrooms, heat, gourmet cuisine, and private terraces. Some accommodations offer incredible amenities: think infinity pools, massages, yoga and meditation classes, horseback riding, guided hikes, and mountain bike outings.
In the morning, you may want to get up extra early to watch the sunrise over the expansive, silent desert. Then enjoy breakfast al fresco with incredible vistas of the High Atlas beyond before you head out for some fun-filled desert activities, return to Marrakech, or embark on the next leg of your adventure.
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Itineraries with Agafay Desert Overnight Excursion
Soak up Moroccan culture on this trip plan that features unique experiences (think a bespoke hammam experience, desert glamping, and hot air balloon ride) and the best of luxury pampering. You'll stay at five-star hotels and riads, where you can relax after days of private guided tours and hands-on cooking workshops. Wander medieval medinas, visit artisan workshops, and discover picturesque towns, ancient ruins, and incredible food.
Spend ten days touring the Imperial Cities of Morroco while relaxing in the lap of luxury. In addition to having a private driver take you around the country and give you insider tips, you'll enjoy private guided tours, cooling classes and incredible experiences like a night of desert glamping and a sunrise hot air balloon. After a day of adventure and exploration, sink into comfort in five-star, richly appointed riads.