ERG CHIGAGA & the Atlantic Coast
Marrakech, Skoura Oasis via Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate, Draa Valley, Erg Chigaga Desert Camp, Taroudant, Essaouira
Day 1: Marrakech – Skoura Oasis
Via the High Atlas Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the Ounila Valley, Telouet Kasbah, UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate to Skoura Oasis.
Day 2: Skoura Oasis
A day to relax and explore the life style and environment on a glorious walk through the oasis gardens, visit a traditional pottery and women’s textiles association and meet the locals.
Day 3: Skoura – Erg Chigaga Desert Camp
Via the Anti Atlas Mountains and Draa Valley, Zagora to an overnight camp and sunset camel ride.
Day 4: Erg Chigaga Dunes – Taroudant
Drive off road across the Sahara via Foumzguid and the Anti Atlas Mountains to the ancient city of Taroudant. Once the capital of Morocco in the 16thC, the old Medina is enclosed by high ramparts with 9 gates. Inside the walls there is an active community, the wonderful market places and lively public squares are host to story tellers and entertainers and a passing parade of busy life.
Day 5: Taroudant
A free day in this glorious ancient medina with two distinct market places to explore, fantastic traditional Amazigh (Berber) jewellery and leather crafts including /medieval-style boots – distinctive wares not found in Marrakech – a special treat for shopping.
Day 6: Taroudant – Essaouira
Take a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast throught the popular beach resort of Agadir, and along the best surf coast regions near Taghezout to the picturesque fishing port of Essaouira.
Day 7: Essaouira
A free day to explore the old Medina, with it’s ancient stone ramparts, busy fishing port and beach culture. The Medina showcases a range of traditional crafts and trendy new-age wares and a host of groovy bars and restaurants specialising in upbeat and local gnawa music and fine seafood dining.
Day 8: Return to Marrakech
Enjoy the culinary and cosmetic delights of the unique Argan Oil products grown exclusively in this region of the world en route to Marrakech.