Camel rides along the dunes, nights spent under the stars in Bedouin tents, villages carved into canyon walls, and ancient kasbahs still standing as fortresses along old trading routes: Morocco's desert is built for adventure, and this guide illuminates the regional highlights.
Best of the Moroccan Desert
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Moroccan Desert Essentials
Morocco's distinct and authentic culture (unchanged in many ways) is perhaps the primary reason to explore the country. You'll find traditional villages that still live today as they have throughout history. Cities like Casablanca and Chefchaouen lift the veil and let you see the way locals live day-to-day. Visit small towns and Berber villages in the mountains, peruse artisan collectives, and get off the beaten path to discover Morocco's incredible countryside.
Morocco is an ideal destination for active travelers and adventure seekers, offering unique experiences, like kitesurfing in Essaouira, riding horses through the desert, climbing Northern Africa's tallest peak, and carp fishing alongside the locals. With diverse outdoor environments, you'll find nearly every activity in Morocco. From the top of the Atlas Mountains to the bottom of river gorges and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the country is an ideal location for adventures!
The Moroccan Desert is one of the highlights of the country. From sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin-style desert camp to sunset camel rides, there are many ways to explore the towering dunes of Morocco! Go horseback riding, conquer sandy peaks, visit nomadic communities, listen to traditional music next to a flickering campfire, or let an e-bike help you navigate the hills. From dawn to dusk, the Moroccan desert is a truly unique experience.
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.
Known as the "Hollywood of Morocco," you may recognize the town and scenery of Ouarzazate from movies like The Mummy and Gladiator. Enjoy touring the studios that made these films possible while admiring the town's unique architecture and towering Kasbah. Then, explore Ouarzazate's surroundings with activities like biking along the scenic Fint Oasis. You can also take part in unique experiences, such as attending an embroidery workshop at a artist's cooperative or joining the locals for the annual Amazigh New Year!
Moroccan Desert Itineraries
Experience Morocco's stunning natural beauty and fascinating culture on this four-day trip to its mountains, deserts, and oases. Ride camels in the Sahara, roam the maze of passageways in a classic kasbah, and hike through a river gorge. Along the way, you'll meet Berber tribes, eat fresh dates and nuts straight off the trees, and browse the vibrant souks and bazaars.
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 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.
This fast-paced 6-day trip highlights the best of Morocco, including Fes, the desert, and Marrakech. Start in medieval Fes and work your way south. Traverse the Middle Atlas mountain range into the Sahara Desert, crossing back through the High Atlas mountains, and finishing in bustling Marrakech.
Combine culture, desert adventures, and seaside relaxation with this 7-day trip from Marrakech. Wander Marrakech's medina, exploring its souks and fondouks. Cross the High Atlas mountains and explore Morocco's desert, filled with fortified kasbahs and old caravan routes. Relax in Essaouira as you enjoy fresh seafood and watch the sunset over the seaside ramparts.
This 8-day itinerary starts in Marrakech and combines culture, adventure, and relaxation. Wander Marrakech's souks and fondouks, discover the ornate mosques and madrasas, and experience lively Jemaa el-Fna Square. Cross the High Atlas mountains and spend a few days exploring Morocco's desert, filled with fortified villages and old caravan routes through hidden oases, before ending your stay in the seaside town of Essaouira.
Enjoy culture, history, adventure, and relaxation on this nine-day Morocco tour. Explore Marrakech before venturing into the desert a few days exploring kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Cross up and over the High Atlas Mountains, hike between small villages, and spend a night with a local family.
Adventure into the desert on this 10-itinerary. After wandering the medinas of Fes, you'll embark on a camel trek into the Sahara. Traverse the Dades Valley, taking in the impressive gorges and other landscapes via hikes and guided tours, and visit some of Morocco's highest waterfalls at Ouzoud before you wrap it up amid the bustle of Marrakech.
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.
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.
Combine desert adventure, High Atlas hiking, cultural experiences, and relaxation with this 9-day trip with something for every traveler.
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.
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.
This whirlwind 5-day itinerary highlights the best of Morocco, including Fes, the Desert, and Marrakech. Start in the imperial city of Fes and make your way south traversing the Middle Atlas mountain range into the Sahara Desert. Cross up and over the High Atlas mountains before ending your trip in bustling Marrakech.
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.
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.
Featuring a combination of culture, adventure, and relaxation, this 8-day itinerary will bring you to the famous old medina in Fes, a dune sea in the Sahara, and the brilliant blue walkways of Chefchaouen. Enjoy traditional music around a desert campfire, hike in a massive gorge, and get in on the action in Marrakech's busiest square.
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.
This 10-day itinerary features a perfect mix of culture, history, adventure, and relaxation. Explore imperial cities, mountain villages, desert landscapes, and coastal ramparts. Begin in northern Morocco in Tangier and Chefchaouen before working your way south to Fes, through the Desert, over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech and Essaouira.
Discover the best of Morocco with this 10-day loop, featuring the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech, as well as several days in the desert. You'll navigate the streets of ancient medinas, ride a camel over shifting sands in the Sahara, explore mud-brick cities in desert towns, and cross the high rocky peaks of the Atlas mountains.
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.
Immerse yourself in Moroccan history and culture, and adventure in nature, the mountains, and the famed Sahara Desert on this 13-day trip. Begin and end your journey in Casablanca, where you can explore the world-renowned Hassan II Mosque. Venture into the spiritual capital of Fez and explore its different quarters. A journey into the Erg Chebbi Dunes is a trip highlight, as is Marrakesh and its bustling square. The trip concludes with coastal views and tours of Essaouira and its heritage.
Discover imperial cities and desert landscapes on this 11-day circuit starting in Casablanca. Experience culture and history in historic Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech as you navigate their ancient medinas. You'll ride a camel over shifting sands in the Sahara, explore mud-brick cities, and cross the high rocky peaks of the Atlas mountains.
This complete 11-day itinerary takes you from Tangier—the gateway between Europe and Africa—to buzzing Marrakech, through some of Morocco's most stunning landscapes. You'll visit three imperial cities along with the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the desert towns of Erfoud, Merzouga, and Rissani, and the mud-brick ksar of Aït Benhaddou. Ride a camel over the Erg Chebbi dunes, explore hidden oases along ancient caravan routes, and wander medinas and souks along the way.
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.
This complete 12-day tour covers Morocco' best, from cultural stops in historic cities to desert exploration in the Sahara and surrounding desert. Explore medieval medinas, lively souks, ancient ruins, and old kasbahs. You'll trek along long-forgotten caravan routes, ride a camel over colossal sand dunes, and cool off in an oasis at the bottom of a gorge.
This 12-day grand tour is a perfect mix of culture and adventure. Start in Casablanca and wander the medinas of Fes and Marrakech. Explore desert towns, oases, and old kasbahs, ending with 2 days of hiking in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, spending an evening with a local family.
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.
This 13-day tour covers a wide range sites and experiences that, together, provide a well-rounded view of Morocco. The tour begins with the imperial cities of the northern area (Casablanca, Rabat, Tanger, Fez, and Meknes), and also includes the charming blue-painted town of Chefchaouen. The trip continues toward the Merzouga area of the Sahara, with the classic Erg Chebbi sand dunes all around. Then, stop in vibrant Marrakech and experience its lively square before heading back to Casablanca to depart.
Discover imperial cities and desert adventures with this 12-day circuit from Tangier in the north to Essaouira in the south. Experience culture and history of Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech as you navigate narrow and winding streets in ancient medinas, shop artisanal wares in animated souks, and admire the intricate tile work of historic mosques. Explore the desert as you ride a camel over shifting sands in the Sahara, delve into mud-brick fortressed cities, and cross the high rocky peaks of the Atlas mountains.
This all-encompassing tour highlights the best of Morocco, from cultural stops in imperial cities like Casablanca, Chefchaouen, and Fes, to natural exploration in desert landscapes. You'll discover Roman ruins, hike in the wild north of Morocco, ride a camel in the Sahara for sunset, visit old kasbahs, and experience a traditional Hammam treatment. End the trip by driving over the magnificent Tizi n'Tichka Pass over the High Atlas Mountains and explore the bustling city of Marrakech.
Discover Morocco's highlights with this fast-paced 7-day trip beginning in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech. Visit the 4 imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech. Travel along old caravan routes in the desert, and spend the night camping among Saharan dunes and listening to traditional Berber music. Discover old fortified kasbahs and hidden oases before climbing over the High Atlas mountains into bustling Marrakech.
This all-encompassing 7-day tour highlights the best of Morocco, from cultural stops in imperial cities to natural exploration in desert landscapes. Begin in modern Casablanca and end in bustling Marrakech. You'll discover Roman ruins, ride a camel into the Sahara, visit old kasbahs, cool off in an oasis, and explore the thriving historic cities of Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech.
Spend a week on a grand tour of Morocco and its gems on this itinerary, which guarantees a taste of the country's iconic landscapes and landmarks. You'll begin in the modern commercial capital of Casablanca, where you can pay homage to its eponymous classic film, then head through Meknes, visiting Roman ruins along the way. Next up is the Instagram-worthy "Blue City" of Chefchaouen, a stunning celebration of color and culture. Get lost in the medinas of Fes and travel across the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert, which you can explore by camel or ATV. You'll meet the area's nomadic people, dine by the fire as you watch local performers, and sleep overnight in a traditional Bedouin tent before you end your trip in the bustle and beauty of Marrakech.
This eight-day loop from Casablanca to Marrakech offers a perfect mix of imperial cities, smaller towns, and unforgettable desert adventures. You will start in the north with Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, and Fes before venturing into the desert for a camel ride and night under the stars at a desert camp as well as exploring old caravan routes, oases, and fortified kasbahs. You will then cross the High Atlas mountains into bustling Marrakech to wander souks and experience lively Jemma el-Fna square.
This 12-day Moroccan tour will take through major cities, like Fes and Marrakech, and over the Middle Atlas Mountains to Merzouga–where you’ll ride a camel through the sand dunes and camp in the Sahara Desert. While on the road, you’ll pass through Berber villages. You’ll also stop in the costal town of Essaouira, as well as Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco, before ending your travels in Casablanca.
Souks, kasbahs, mountains, and deserts await on this luxurious trip plan that loops you around the country. You'll see Morocco's highlights, relax in deluxe accommodations, and will learn about the culture through unique experiences. Soak in a traditional hammam, take private tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, enjoy sunrise yoga and cooking classes, and meet local artisans as they create in their workshops.
Escape to the Sahara on this wonderful 13-day trip plan that takes you around Morocco in style. Spend your days enjoying private tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval medinas, and bustling marketplaces, then unwind in five-star unique accommodations. Your luxury riads in Fes and Marrakech are the perfect places to relax, cool off, and even go for a soak and scrub in the in-house hammams. You'll also ride out on camelback to a glamourous camp in the dunes of the Sahara, where you'll enjoy a music-filled dinner and will stay the night. Explore all facets of Marrakech, culminating in an epic hot air balloon flight that soars over the city at sunrise.
Adventure your way through Morocco like royalty on this eleven-day trip that pampers you in luxury as you explore centuries-old medinas and breathtaking natural wonders. Glamp in the Sahara, stay at your own private kasbah on an ancient trading route, and cool off at exquisitely appointed riads that will be your oasis from city life. Connect with locals, learn about traditions, and enjoy the glamour of the Moroccan royal treatment.
Take a luxurious round trip around Morocco, transported by private car, and see the best of the country's cities and unforgettable landscapes in style. Enjoy glam treatment throughout, with excursions like an overnight stay at a glitzy camp in the Sahara, private hot air balloon rides, and elegant accommodations in 5-star riads, ksars, and kasbahs.
Follow this two-week moderately-paced circuit around Morocco for unique cultural experiences, desert adventures, and coastal relaxation. Tour the north starting in modern Casablanca and Rabat before heading to the Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. Get lost in the culture capital of Fes and its medieval medina, follow caravan routes through desert oases, wind through souks and secret gardens in Marrakech and relax along the Atlantic coast enjoying fresh seafood in Essaouira.
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.
Explore Morocco's cities and desert on this 12-day grand tour. Begin and end in modern Casablanca and travel around to the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Marrakech, as well as the hillside town of Chefchaouen. You'll trek into the Sahara, camp under the stars, visit desert towns and kasbahs, and hike the Atlas mountains foothills.
This 13-day grand tour is the perfect blend of culture and adventure. Start in the coastal city of Casablanca and wander the medieval medinas of Fes and Marrakech. Spend a few days exploring desert towns, oases, and old kasbahs, finish with two days of hiking in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, spending an evening with a local Berber family.
Combining culture and outdoor adventure, this 12-day tour features the best of Morocco, starting with the markets and monuments of the imperial cities Casablanca, Fes, and the famous "Blue City", Chefchaouen. Next you'll explore the country's natural side in the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, sleeping in Bedouin-style tents and high alpine Berber Towns. Experience cultural delights like riding camels at sunset, meandering ancient Roman ruins, visiting old kasbahs, and enjoying traditional Hammam treatments in the bustling city of Marrakech.
Enjoy cultural experiences and desert adventure on this 9-day circuit of Morocco beginning in modern Casablanca and ending Marrakech. Explore souks, markets, and medieval kasbahs, ride a camel into the Sahara and sleep under the stars.
This 10-day itinerary combines culture, history, and adventure. Begin in northern Morocco in Tangier and Chefchaouen before working your way south to Fes, through the desert, and over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Finish in the commercial capital of Casablanca with a trip to the breathtaking Hassan II Mosque.
Explore Morocco's desert and cities with this well-rounded 9-day loop from Casablanca. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, explore modern cities of Casablanca and Rabat, and adventure along old caravan routes and oases in the desert.
Perfect for travelers who want to learn about the history, cuisine, and culture of Morocco in one quick trip, this 5-day itinerary is focused on the busy city of Marrakech with quick trips to the Altas Mountains and the seaside city of Essaouira. You'll sample the dynamic flavors of Moroccan tagine, browse aisles of spices and textiles in markets, tour historic Medinas, and pamper yourself with a traditional spa experience in a hammam.
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.
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.
Match Morocco's unique culture with its stunning nature in this country-wide tour that explores the charms of its bustling imperial cities—Casablanca, Fes, Chefchaouen, and Marrakech—and its rural landscape. Meander the old town medinas, meet local craftsmen, and barter at bazaars before heading out into the Sahara Desert and up into the High Atlas Mountains to hike through dense forests and deep river canyons. Continue your adventure by summiting the highest mountain pass, visiting historic Berber towns and Roman ruins, riding camels into the sunset, and relaxing in a traditional Hammam.
Enjoy culture, history, adventure and relaxation on this 2-week Morocco grand tour. Explore the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Casablanca. Venture into the desert a few days exploring kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Cross up and over the high atlas mountains and spend a couple days hiking between small villages, spending the night with a local family. End your trip by relaxing in Essaouira before continuing along the coast back to Casablanca.
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.
Explore Morocco's imperial cities, mountains, and desert with this balanced 10-day trip starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, explore the modern cities of Casablanca and Rabat, and adventure along old caravan routes in the desert. Spend a day hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains before ending the trip in Marrakech.
This highlights tour checks off Morocco's top cultural and natural sites. Explore medieval architecture in Rabat, wander the blue streets of Chefchaouen, and see the famous tanneries in Fes. Continue to the Sahara to see the desert city of Ait Benhaddou and spend a peaceful night under the stars, then finish your trip in colorful Marrakech, where vibrant markets, serene gardens, and lively nightlife await.
Enjoy this 10-day loop that begins and ends in Casablanca. Explore imperial cities and wander medieval medinas, follow old desert caravan routes and relax along the Atlantic coast. Learn to cook tajine, spend a night listening to traditional music by campfire, and go kitesurfing in the Atlantic.
Enjoy this 11-day trip from Casablanca to explore imperial cities, wander medieval medinas, follow old desert caravan routes, and relax along the Atlantic coast. Learn to cook tagine, spend a night listening to traditional music by a desert campfire, or go kitesurfing in the Atlantic.
This 10-day itinerary offers a great mix of culture and outdoor adventure. Start in Casablanca and explore imperial cities and medieval medinas, ride across dunes and spend a night by a campfire listening to traditional music. Follow old caravan routes through hidden oases and hike through small villages dotting the hillsides in the Atlas mountains. Share a meal with local families and enjoy the evening spectacle of Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech.
Travel in style and the best of what Morocco offers on this epic two-week trip around the country. Enjoy luxurious touches, excursions, and amenities throughout your adventure: think wine tasting, glamping in the Sahara, and a hot air balloon ride over Marrakech. You'll also stay in unique accommodations like luxury riads and your very own kasbah.
This 11-day grand tour mixes culture and adventure, featuring Morocco's 4 Imperial Cities, several days exploring the Sahara and surrounding desert, and hiking in the High Atlas mountains outside of Marrakech.
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.
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.