The trans-Saharan caravan Adventure

A 6-day adventure retracing the steps of the ancient trans-Saharan trade routes

6 Days (land only)

from Marrakech to Marrakech


from $719


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Follow the legendary trans-Saharan caravan routes and experience Moroccan kasbahs, remote villages, nomad life in the desert and camel riding. Sleep under the stars at the dunes of M'Hamid, gate of the Sahara, and visit iconic Moroccan locations such as Ait Ben Haddou and the oases of Draa Valley.

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You can arrive at anytime to Marrakech airport where you will be picked up. Marrakech is a bustling mercantile city that will also be our last stop at the end of our adventure. Its iconic Jamaa Fna square is still busy with storytellers, snake charmers, artisan markets, and all sorts of shopping stalls.

The first stop after landing in Morocco will be at our traditional riad in the centre of the medina, or the city's old town. A riad is a traditional building in southern Morocco, a large two-story house built around a courtyard. In the evening, once all the group members have arrived, we'll gather at the riad with our guide to discuss our upcoming adventure.

Night: Riad in Marrakech.

After breakfast, we'll begin our journey across the Atlas Mountains, driving through breathtaking unspoilt landscapes, the isolated villages of the forbidden Ounila Valley, and its ancient and remote kasbahs.

Along the way, we'll visit the Telouet Kasbah and have lunch at the fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou, a famous Moroccan ksar where many films have been set (and a Unesco World Heritage Site). Both of these locations were routine stops for merchants on the caravan trade route.

We'll then explore the remote Fint Oasis, where we'll enjoy a family dinner, and end our day among palm trees.

Night: Family house in Fint oasis.

After helping with the bread baking in the early morning at the Fint Oasis, we'll have breakfast and get started with our day. We'll begin our desert adventure at M'Hamid, "the gate to the desert", where we'll get our camels ready and proceed with an exciting camel ride through the dunes.

In the evening, we'll have our dinner with the Saharan nomads and camp out in a magical night under the stars.

Night: Wild camp in the desert

We'll ride our camels back to M'Hamid, after watching the sunrise from the dunes, to then return north following the course of the Draa river. Its palm groves, farmland, and villages are quite a contrast to the surrounding rocky, desertic scenery.

We'll visit Zagora, the region's capital and do a short hike up the Jbel Zagora to enjoy the views of the Draa Valley. We can optionally have lunch by the pool at a restored kasbah at the bottom of the Jbel Zagora, in the Amezrou palm grove. After eating (and optionally a swim), we'll follow the river north to Tamnougalt, where we'll stop to visit its Jewish kasbah. Our day will end at Ouarzazate, the main capital city on the other side of the Atlas Mountains, known for its film studios.

Night: Kasbah in Ouarzazate.

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we'll start our trip back across the Atlas Mountains and head towards Marrakech. We'll attempt to arrive to the city as early as possible to have time to enjoy its hustle and bustle, meandering streets, and busy atmosphere. Our last night we'll stay once again at our wonderful riad in the medina.

Night: Riad in Marrakech.

Breakfast will be served at the riad on this final day of the tour. There will be transfers to the airport arranged according to flight schedules, and plenty to explore in the city if you have time before your departure!

Transfer to the airport.
  • Stroll around the remote Fint oasis and share the life of a local Berber family in a traditional village house.
  • Explore the Sahara desert by camel accompanied by nomads.
  • Experience a night sleeping under the stars in the middle of the dunes of M'Hamid desert.
  • Hike up to Jebel Zagora and behold the richness of the Draa Valley and its people.
  • Visit the fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou, ancient kasbahs, and remote farming villages.
  • Discover the magic of Marrakech and wander through its narrow alleys and the unforgettable Jemaa el Fna market.
"There was a lot of time travelling in the vehicle and the local music played through the speakers was much appreciated to add to the authenticity whilst looking out of the windows at the landscapes and communities we passed. It was lovely to walk to destinations when our driver/ transport when on ahead so we were able to immerse ourselves into the roads and streets of a local community."
"We had an excellent time. Our guide Lahouciene was entertaining and knowledgable. He was outstanding. We will hopefully be doing another tour with you in the future!"
"The Rug and Rock representative Ana was brilliant. She was friendly, helpful and approachable. Our local guide Hussein was also friendly and approachable, as well as being very knowledgeable. The tour itself was amazing and I felt that it gave a fantastic insight into Moroccan life and culture. I will definitely be recommending it to any of my friends who are interested in visiting Morocco."
"Excellent tour, well organised. great guide and enthusiastic and helpful local staff. "
"Everything well organised and perfect!"

What's Included

  • 5 breakfast, 3 dinners.
  • 2 nights Riad in Marrakech, 1 night in a village house in Fint Oasis, 1 night wild camping in the desert, 1 night in a Kasbah-Riad in Ouarzazate.
  • Guided camel-trek in the desert.
  • Local guides and tour leader.
  • All transports between destination and from/to activities in a Rug&Rock minibus with air-con.
  • Financial protection in accordance with The Package Travel regulation

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals other than stated
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Allow £5-10 for each meal not included.


18 Oct - 23 Oct
29 Dec - 03 Jan
...or check with us for any other dates and tell us about your group size - most of our departures are bespoke!

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