South Morocco Discovery

11 Days | From the Atlas Mountains to the deep Sahara, explore the best of Morocco’s south

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Venture into the best of south Morocco on this 11-day adventure, where you’ll get to stay in a family gite in the Atlas Mountains, camp under the stars in the deep Sahara and experience a traditional riad in Essaouira. Visit the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah, go on a camel safari at sunset in the desert, hike in the oasis of the palm groves and feast on tagine, couscous and fragrant Moroccan tea. This is the perfect trip to get off the beaten track and discover the charm of southern Morocco.

Trip overview

Map of South Morocco Discovery including Morocco
Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
XMSF
This trip generates 31 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a guided hike through the High Atlas Mountains and spend a night with an Amazigh family’s gite.
  • Travel in a camel convoy and a 4WD to Erg Chigaga in the deep Sahara – the most majestic place to watch the sunset – and spend a night in an Amazigh camp under the North African stars, away from any sound or light pollution.
  • Veer off the beaten track to Tata and Tafraoute, deep in the Anti Atlas Mountain Range. Check out giant blue rocks, visit the traditional granary, meet the women at a local women’s coop producing Argan oil and duck in and out of souqs.
  • Recharge with two days in seaside Essaouira where Jimi Hendrix spent time in the 60s, and explore the whitewashed houses, lively port and tiny, picturesque alleyways.
  • Explore Ait Benhaddou – a UNESCO World Heritage site with a grand history and a long list of film and TV credits, on a walking tour with a local guide who knows all the local insights.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In 2025, Ramadan will take place from 1 March to 30 March. Travelling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.
  • Some of the accommodation on this trip is more basic, like the desert camp and the homestays, but these will be great opportunities to gain a deeper insight into local life.
  • When travelling in Morocco, temperatures can get very hot in the summer while in the desert, so ensure you bring appropriate sun protection. At night and in the mountains, temperatures can drop to freezing, so ensure you also bring layers. Please refer to our Essential Trip Information for more details.
  • There are a couple of days with long driving hours, particularly getting to the Sahara and to Essaouira, but a, but you’ll make plenty of stops along the way for sightseeing, photo ops and to stretch your legs.
  • This trip doesn’t spend a lot of time in Marrakech, so it’s highly recommended that you spend more time in this bustling city before or after the trip. Please consult with your booking agent on booking additional accommodation.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2025 to 31 December 2025.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of South Morocco Discovery including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

4x4, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Camp site (1 night), Gite (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Riad (2 nights)

Activities
  • Aroumd - High Atlas Mountains guided hike
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
  • Tamegroute - Ancient Library
  • Tamegroute - Underground kasbah guided tour
  • Sahara Desert - Sunset Camel Ride
  • Tata - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tissint – Waterfall of Attiq
  • Tleta Tagmoute – Amazigh village and collective granary visit
  • Tafraoute – village walk and souk visit
  • Tafraoute - Pierres Bleues Boulders (Painted Rocks)
  • Tafraoute - Ameln Valley hike with tea and picnic
  • Taghazoute – Argan oil women coop visit
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
  • Essaouira – Local fisherman visit
Add on activities
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD165
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Palais Badi - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Saadian Tombs - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Museum of Marrakech - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Hamam (public baths) - MAD250
  • Marrakech - Photography Museum - MAD40
  • Ait Benhaddou - Cooking Demonstration & Dinner - MAD313
  • Ait Benhaddou - Henna Tattoo - MAD50
  • Essaouira - Hamam (public baths) - MAD200
  • Essaouira - Amazigh Massage - MAD400
  • Essaouira - Horse Riding - MAD300
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch - MAD100
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 2 (Gite) and Day 4 (Desert Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 429 reviews submitted.
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Peter · Traveled June 2024
The trip to South Morocco surpassed my expectations. The itinerary provided a wonderful mix of different experiences ranging from bustling cities, the high Atlas Mountains, the Sahara and a beautiful coastline. Our tour leader, Fouad, provided a wealth of information which enhanced my overall enjoyment of this fascinating country.
Review submitted 01 Jul 2024

Andrea · Traveled June 2024
Myself and my husband travelled on the South Morroccon Discovery tour. It excelled our expectations in many ways, from accomodation, amazing sites and the local knowledge of our guide Fouad. I can't recommend this trip highly enough.
Review submitted 01 Jul 2024

Charlotte · Traveled June 2024
I had such a wonderful time in Morocco, made even better by our tour guide Fouad Achahbar, who went above and beyond to give us the best experience possible, was kind, caring, funny and considerate to everyone’s needs! I ticked off two big bucket list items of riding a camel through the Sahara and surfing in Essaouira! Morocco officially has my heart and I will be back for more!
Review submitted 01 Jul 2024

Sabrina · Traveled June 2024
Review submitted 01 Jul 2024

Laure · Traveled June 2024
We had a small group of 11 and had an amazing time together. That trip was amazingly planned, and totally stress free which is awesome. Our guide Abdul was knowledgeable, and safety was his top priority. He gave up his time with his family during the Eid celebration to guide us and we reallly appreciate this. Unfortunately during the Eid not many places are opened wich doesn't give a lot of choices with restaurants and shops and we're not able to do all the things that were planned. But Abdul did his best still for us to find alternatives. Thank you Intrepid, we had a blast
Review submitted 01 Jul 2024
South Morocco Discovery
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