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Sitting south of the Atlas Mountains, the desert Dades Valley is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Morocco, the Dades River winding through a plateau full of almond, fig, apricot, and peach trees, and a serpentine road through the Dades Gorge. The oases dotted through the valley have been spots for Berber kasbahs for centuries (also giving it its nickname of the Route des Kasbahs), and now attract travelers looking for hiking trails alongside cultural and outdoor activities. The Dades Canyons, just a few miles from the town of Boumalne, wind for 28 miles (45 km) through towering cliffs and dramatic rock formations. Gaze out over them from the lookout point over the Monkey Fingers rock formation.

Previous kimkim travelers have experienced the daily life of farmers in the valley, helping feed the animals and accompanying them into the fields. Enjoy a traditional Berber meal with a family in Ait Oudinar or take a day trip into the foothills of the M’goun summit in the Rose Valley. There, you’ll visit the village of Boutaghrar, only accessible by Jeep, to explore one of the wildest parts of the valley in the company of Berber nomads far away from the main roads.
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Boumalne Dades sits in the Dades Valley, a region home to some of the most scenic landscapes in Morocco. The Dades River creates an agricultural oasis, including the country's famed Rose Valley (known for its centuries of producing rose oil and rosewater). You'll also find this desert scene lined with kasbahs and steeped in cultural traditions like dagger making, several buzzy markets, and even nomadic tribes that move from the deserts to the mountains every summer.

Spend the night in a tent in the Sahara
Map of Southern Moroccan Nature & Culture: Marrakech, Boumalne Dades, Essaouira & More - 10 Days
Southern Moroccan Nature & Culture: Marrakech, Boumalne Dades, Essaouira & More - 10 Days

Hit the sands of the Sahara and shores of Tifnit Beach with this ten-day itinerary through some of the highlights of southern Morocco. Hear the hum of the city in Marrakech before you head into the desert on a camel trek, including a night in a tent under the stars. Then get refreshed on Tifnit Beach and in the artsy city of Essaouira before you head home.

The desert city of Tinerhir and neighboring oasis
Map of Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 5 Days
Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 5 Days

Discover the beauty of Morocco with this exciting 5-day itinerary. Begin and end in Marrakech, visiting the rocky peaks of the High Atlas mountains and the colossal sand dunes of the Sahara. You'll wander medieval medinas and souks, marvel at palaces and mosques, and explore ancient kasbahs and desert towns.

Discover the desert of Morocco, Boumalne Dades Valley
Map of Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 6 Days
Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 6 Days

Discover the beauty of Morocco with this 6-day itinerary focused on Marrakech and the desert. Begin in bustling Marrakech and explore the medina's souks, fondouks, madrasas, palaces, and secret gardens. Cross over the High Atlas mountains and explore the vast landscapes and sand dunes of the Sahara. You'll wander medieval markets, marvel at palaces and mosques, and explore ancient kasbahs and desert towns.

Camel Caravan near Merzouga
Marrakech to Casablanca: Sahara Desert & Fes - 6 Days

This adventure-packed trip showcases Morocco's highlights, including Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, and the desert. Start in Marrakech for colorful markets and architecture, then head inland to explore kasbahs and sleep under the stars in a desert camp amid the Sahara dunes. Visit Fes' narrow streets and the medieval medina before ending the trip in Casablanca to see the Hassan II Mosque and the world's tallest minaret.

Streets of Chefchaouen
Map of Highlights of Morocco from Beach to Desert: Fes, Marrakech, Sahara & More - 7 Days
Highlights of Morocco from Beach to Desert: Fes, Marrakech, Sahara & More - 7 Days

Take a seven-day spin across the sand with this itinerary that will take you from beach to city to desert to back. Visit the arts scene in Asilah, then put your newfound artist's eye to practice photographing the Blue City of Chefchaouen. Follow a guide through the medina of Fes, then trek into the Sahara on camelback before you make it back to the city amid the brightness of Marrakech.

In port at Essaouira
Map of Highlights of Morocco: Fes, Atlas Mountains, Dades Valley, Marrakech & Essaouira - 14 Days
Highlights of Morocco: Fes, Atlas Mountains, Dades Valley, Marrakech & Essaouira - 14 Days

See some of Morocco's best sights on this two-week itinerary. You'll wander the streets of artsy seaside Asilah, then head to the sandier seas of the Atlas Mountains and Erg Chebi with a camel trek and desert camping. Follow expert guides through the bustling markets of Fes and Marrakech, and wrap up your trip in the bohemian enclave of Essaouira before you depart.

Small villages dot the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
Map of Marrakech, Grand Desert Tour & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 7 Days
Marrakech, Grand Desert Tour & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 7 Days

Discover the grandeur of Morocco with this seven-day itinerary. Spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, traipse through narrow passageways in ancient kasbahs, and hike the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. You'll ride a camel, swim in an oasis, share a meal with a Berber family, and wander exotic souks and bazaars.

Small villages dot the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
Map of Moroccan Desert & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 8 Days
Moroccan Desert & Hiking in the Atlas Mountains - 8 Days

This 8-day trip mixes culture and adventure in Marrakech, the desert, and High Atlas mountains. Start and end in Marrakech and explore the historic medina's souks, timeworn tombs, old madrasas, and secret gardens. Pass over the High Atlas mountains into Morocco's desert and discover medieval kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Finish with a two-day hike through small villages in the Atlas foothills, enjoying a meal and overnight with a local family.

Essaouira, Morocco
Map of Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert & Essaouira - 8 Days
Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert & Essaouira - 8 Days

A perfect combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 8-day itinerary covers the imperial city of Marrakech and crosses the High Atlas Mountains into the desert. Explore desert towns, camp in the Sahara, and relax in the coastal town of Essaouira.

Tizi n'Tichka pass over the Atlas mountain range
Map of Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert, Hiking & the Coast - 8 Days
Marrakech, Grand Tour of the Desert, Hiking & the Coast - 8 Days

Discover Morocco's diverse beauty with this 8-day itinerary. Begining and ending in the vibrant imperial city of Marrakech, you'll spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, traipse through narrow alleyways in medieval kasbahs, hike the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, and wander the charming coastal city of Essaouira.

Discover the desert of Morocco
Map of Marrakech, Grand Desert Tour, Hiking & the Coast - 10 Days
Marrakech, Grand Desert Tour, Hiking & the Coast - 10 Days

Featuring a combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 10-day itinerary will have you discover the imperial city of Marrakech, explore the Sahara and surrounding desert towns, hike the Atlas mountains, and relax along the coast. Enjoy traditional music around a desert campfire, spend a night with a local Berber family, and hike between small villages in the Atlas foothills. Finish the trip eating fresh seafood by the Atlantic in charming Essaouira.

Palm trees line the fortified walls in Taroudant
Map of Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, and Essaouira - 9 Days
Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, and Essaouira - 9 Days

This relaxed itinerary takes you on an off-the-beaten-path exploration of Morocco's culture and landscapes. Explore the bustle and history of Marrakech, then travel through the Atlas Mountains. You'll go on an off-road adventure and will discover breathtaking scenery at Morocco's tallest waterfalls. Climb aboard a camel to trek out into the desert, where you'll camp for the night. Then discover Taroudant, a fortified town with great shopping and souks that are easier to navigate than those in bigger cities. You'll end your trip in Essaouira, a gorgeous seaside escape where you can relax and tuck into fresh local seafood. 

The Best of Morocco
Map of Best of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakesh - 11 Days
Best of Morocco: Casablanca to Marrakesh - 11 Days

From the blue medina of Chefchoauen to the red dunes of the Sahara, this colorful, 11-day journey through Morocco has it all. The trip begins in Casablanca, home to one of the tallest mosque towers in the world, and then takes you to Fez, with its ancient, well-preserved square and unique tanneries. Enjoy camping under the stars in the Erg Chebbi Dunes, and take in the lively culture in Marrakesh.

Sahara Desert, photo taken by Yassine Echcherki
Map of Grand Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez, Marrakesh, & More - 13 Days
Grand Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fez, Marrakesh, & More - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Morocco, you will explore the country’s ancient history and adventure through the desert. In Casablanca, visit the Hassan II Mosque & Hassan Tower–one of the largest in the world–and then, explore Chefchaouen, the iconic blue-hued city. Go camping in the Sahara Desert and discover the ruins in Fez. The epicenter of each city is its very own medina, where you can experience the colorful local cultures up close.

Old city of Essaouira on the coast
Map of Luxury Grand Tour of Morocco - 14 Days
Luxury Grand Tour of Morocco - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary checks off Morocco's top urban and natural landmarks. See medieval architecture in the capital of Rabat, walk the blue streets of Chefchaouen, and tour 9th-century Al Quaraouiyine University in Fes. Continue to the Sahara for a night of glamping, visit the desert citadel of Ait Benhaddou, and explore colorful Marrakech markets and ornate palaces before ending in the quiet coastal city of Essaouira.

Venture to the Sahara Desert
Map of Fes to Casablanca: Sahara Desert & Atlantic Coast - 12 Days
Fes to Casablanca: Sahara Desert & Atlantic Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day tour of Morocco is filled with adventure, history, and culture. Begin in Fes, and learn about crafts and artisans. Then, trek into the Sahara Desert by camel, and experience the sand dunes and camping under the stars. Next is a trip to Ouarzazate to visit movie sets in "Moroccan Hollywood," followed by Marrakech, where the Jemaa el Fna is bursting with culture. End the trip with some coastal exploration in the town of Essaouira before departing from Casablanca.

Merzouga in the Sahara Desert in Morocco
Map of Southern Morocco Luxury Tour - 8 Days
Southern Morocco Luxury Tour - 8 Days

Exploring the highlights of Southern Morocco on this adventure-packed trip. Spend your first night in the Sahara, then visit the famed Ait Benhaddou and explore the dunes of Erg Lihoudi with a comfortable night in a luxury camp. Continue to Marrakech to visit ornate palaces, the serene Majorelle Gardens, and vibrant city markets. Finish your trip in the charming coastal city of Essaouira, where 18th-century artist studios and quiet coastal charm await.

Moroccan Tour
Map of Moroccan Tour: Atlantic Coast, Imperial Cities, & Sahara Desert - 13 Days
Moroccan Tour: Atlantic Coast, Imperial Cities, & Sahara Desert - 13 Days

On this 13-day trip plan, explore all aspects of Morocco–the coastal city of Essaouria, the imperial city of Few, and the Merzouga area of the Sahara Desert. Beginning and ending in Marrakech, stroll the bustling square of Jemma El Fna, then visit Hassan Mosque II in Casablanca, with one of the tallest towers in the world. Hike in the scenic Rif Mountains and get lost in the blue-hued city of Chefchaouen. Enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine and culture along the way.

Other popular travel destinations in Morocco
Marrakech · Fes · Moroccan Desert · Casablanca · Merzouga · Chefchaouen · Ouarzazate · Aït Ben Haddou · Rabat · Essaouira · Atlas Mountains · Tangier · Agadir · Draa Valley