Choose the 04 days New Year desert tour from Marrakech to discover the hidden Morocco. Drive across the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages and Kasbah, verdant valleys and Oasis, magnificent gorges and stunning sand dunes. It is an exciting opportunity to escape the busy world for a while to re-order your ideas, expectations and hopes. Join us and be part of the event to spend these intense moments, with us, in the middle of nowhere, on the golden dunes Merzouga Sahara Desert.
Start your tour of 04 days from Fez to achieve the fabulous Sahara Desert of Morocco for the New Year Eve Celebration. Discover the sites and landscapes of Morocco driving via the scenic Atlas Mountains, typical Berber villages, magnificent gorges, verdant valleys and the 1000 Kasbahs old caravans’ road, ride camels to celebrate a gala dinner in the middle of the stunning dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga Desert.
Pick up from Marrakech and travel south venturing through the magnificent Atlas Mountains offering spectacular panoramic views and an impressive landscape to the authentic Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou one of the most spectacular fortresses in the South of Morocco and a UNESCO world heritage site. We arrive to Ouarzazate where many famous movies have been shot such Alexander the Great, The Mummy, The jewel of the Nile, Kingdom of heaven Etc...The scenery is absolutely stunning. After lunch at "The Hollywood of Africa" Ouarzazate, we continue our desert tour to the valley of Roses known for its annual festival during the roses harvest in May. Spend the night with dinner in Dades valley.
Meals: Dinner included
After breakfast, we start our day with a drive towards the Todra Gorges where many of rock climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport. Later we continue our journey, following the ancient Bedouin trading routes parallel with the Middle Atlas, passing a series of the fortified villages with outstanding architecture. The route to Erfoud is one of the most pleasing of all the Southern routes. The town is in a dry red built of desert and was built by the French as a central administration town. It is known for its rich black fossils marble. The stone is sculpted to bring the fossils into relief on everything from ashtrays to washbasins and more. We head down to the spectacular Merzouga dunes where sand dunes signify the start of the mighty Sahara Desert. We leave our vehicle and take a camel ride into the desert of Erg Chebbi. As night falls, you will enjoy a Gala dinner with festivity to celebrate the New Year Eve in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast included.
After enjoying a picturesque sunrise upon the stunning dunes, you will have breakfast in the camp. Then, you will ride camel back to the meeting point with your driver. You will start your day with an interesting visit to the fossils workshops followed by a stop in Rissani village. The tour continues south to reach the magnificent Draa valley with its vast palms and old villages. You will have a stop for lunch in Alnif. Then, continue via Agdez where once the trading caravans travelled to Timbuktu on a long trip that lasted 52 days. We arrive to Ouarzazate for the overnight with dinner in a Riad or hotel.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast included
After breakfast, you will start exploring the Hollywood of Africa Ouarzazate. You will visit the authentic Kasbah of Taourit as well as the Cinema Atlas Studio where several movies were shot such as: The Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, Game of Thrones… etc. Afterwards, drive through the scenic views and landscapes of the Atlas Mountains with an optional visit to the Kasbah of Telouat before we reach the pink city Marrakech by the end of the day.
Meals: Breakfast included
* These are sample of New Year Desert itineraries, customizable for each customer, prices are on request and depend on dates, accommodations level and activities.
Travel through the High Atlas Mountains; enjoy the lush forest area and the sight of Berber homes.
Discover the hidden delights of a desert camp in the desert of Merzouga. Savor a magical sunset and dine under the stars while enjoying a musical performance by a local band.
Explore Todra Gorges, where a trench of gigantic rock walls that, change color and run through the High Atlas Mountains creating an absolutely magnificent spectacle.
Visit the ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou that was used as a backdrop for legendary Hollywood movies like Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and Jewel of the Nile.
Tripadvisor previous guests reviews
We were booked and had paid a deposit for a trip late March of 2020, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Said, the owner of MD, went to extraordinary lengths to refund the deposits for our travel group of six from the U.S. Apparently the Moroccan banking system is not "user friendly" when it comes to wire transfers for reasons unclear to me. Nevertheless, Said managed to refund all our money using a very creative approach. We would DEFINITELY travel with MD in the future given this level of honesty and effort; but we do hope that MD will accept credit cards rather than wires in the future. Thank You Said & Morocco Discovery!
Three of use booked a 19-day with Moroccan Discovery Holidays for March, 2020 and paid a 50% deposit. When Morocco closed its borders due to Covid. Initially we put our trip on hold and asked Said to hold our deposit. Said agreed to this. When it appeared holiday travel would likely go on for many months we asked for a refund. Said again agreed but the Moroccan banks, being what they are, refused to release all of our deposit. With some pressure on the bank from us and Said's help we did receive 100% of our deposit.
We planned our April-May 2020 trip to Morocco in the late fall of 2019 and worked with Said at Morocco Discovery. We were taking our adult children and their partners and Said was patient and added everything we wanted and more. One month prior to travel we were surprised by the pandemic, with flights cancelled, borders closed and no idea when we could travel again. Said remained as diligent, helpful and honest throughout the arduous process of refunding our downpayment. We were thrilled with Said, and his company's commitment to customer service and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone travelling to Morocco. As soon as it is safe again it is our intent to rebook with them!
From their already outstanding reviews when I started working with Sayd, this was an amazing experience. I got prompt friendly responses to every question I had and as this was our first trip to Africa I had a lot of questions. The price was incredibly reasonable - I don’t know how they can put the trip together on this budget. We stayed at amazing Riads in every city with excellent food every evening and great breakfasts - our driver was AMAZING- he was always ready wherever we were 1 minute before we needed him. The prearranged guides were the best. If you are going to Morocco - you want to go with Morocco Discovery and you definitely want a driver.
I have to admit, when I first started looking at using a local Moroccan tour company for our trip I was very nervous. After having toured Morocco for 11 days with Morocco Discovery Holidays, I would HIGHLY recommend them without any hesitation. Said worked with me for over a year to come up with a customized trip that included everything we (2 couples) wanted to see and more. Every change I made to the itinerary was completed within hours of my request.. and I made many. Said is very prompt at responding to e-mails and questions. Having a private driver was definitely the ideal way to see Morocco. Our driver, Mohamed was amazing. From the minute he met us at the airport (with sweets to welcome us) until he dropped us off at the port for our journey to Spain, Mohamed could not do enough for us. Mohamed is funny, engaging, very knowledgeable and was totally flexible and I felt very safe at all times, even on the curvy, narrow road. If I wanted him to turn around so I could take a picture, he would…and Did!! LOL Our Riads were beautiful and the meals that were included were some of the best meals we had in Morocco. I cannot say enough about the 5* service and attention we received from Morocco Discovery Holidays and Mohamed during our trip.
Mr Said provided us with a very pleasant and safe driver (Mustafa) as well as a new van, so we had a very enjoyable round trip Casablanca-Rabat-Fes- Marrakech-Casablanca. Local guides accompanied us in Fes and Marrakech, and we could have had other tours but we opted to spend more time walking around the towns. The Riads selected for us were very satisfactory and service all round was great. No hesitation at all in recommending Morocco Discovery.
Said arranged an excellent holiday for us. We began with one of the standard trips as our starting point and adapted it to better suit our needs with an added night here and there and starting in Marrakesh rather than Casablanca. Everything went very smoothly from start to finish.The choice of the Riads in which we stayed was great, as were the guides that were arranged for us. Abdoul proved to be a first rate driver - safe, dependable, friendly and very professional. We felt very comfortable being driven by him and we enjoyed his company.