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New Years Desert Party

This is a journey through the most interesting part of Morocco to welcome the coming year. The desert culture is a unique experience, and colorful landscapes are classically scenic with snowy High Atlas mountains contrasting with palm oasis and desert kasbahs.

New Years Desert Party

Celebrate New Years Eve with live music, dancing and a Moroccan feast under brilliant desert stars. You will depart Marrakech for the desert camp in the roadless Erg Chebbi where crystal clear nights are other worldly. On tour you will travel the old Salt Road to Ait Benhaddou and Telouet, plus visit Dades valley and Todra Gorge and much more. New Years tours can also end back in Marrakech on a four day trip.

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Sample Itineraries

New Years Eve in the Desert

3 Days Marrakech to Fez

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3 days may not be available due to winter weather delays in the High Atlas mountain passes.

Three days is a quick tour that involves one very long driving day!

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Day 1

Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel to depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas mountains. Stop and enjoy impressive Tichka pass, and stop for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Pass through Ouarzazate for lunch, then drive to the Skoura oasis and Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil. Pass through many Berber villages and green riverside oasis and barren hillsides clustered with ksars (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). From here you’ll drive off road (weather permitting), through mountain valleys and visit nomads in the area, then head for Dades gorge. Along the way you can visit the Tamnalt hills. Stay in small Dades valley hotel this night or you may continue to Tinehir and stay in an historic kasbah. Includes dinner and breakfast. 

Yasmina New Years

Day 2

After breakfast you’ll have a short drive to walk through a massive fault dividing the High Atlas mountains. Todra gorge rock walls tower 300 m above in the narrowest part. Back in the car drive further into the desert and stop to visit any local Berber markets along the way. After lunch in Rissani, continue until the Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the desert camp beyond the town of Merzouga, far from the many hotels lining the dunes. Have tea or a drink by the pool in the desert inn before meeting your camel guides to ride to the camp. New Years party in the camp includes a multi course dinner (vegetarians welcome), and live music around the fire by local musicians. Please note that due to the early sunset this time of year it’s very time dependent that you arrive early at the desert hotel. 

Luxury camp options are available. 

Desert Camp

Day 3

This morning you’ll wake to have tea and get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a big breakfast and hot shower. Depart for long days drive (8 hours with stops) to Fez, traveling from the desert through Midelt and the Ziz gorges of the Atlas mountains. The Ziz valley is a date palm oasis that stretches all the way to Erfoud, containing hundreds of kasbahs and ksar (a group of kasbahs). In Erfoud you’ll have time to resupply for anything you need at the local super market. Onward to your destination, the bustling desert town of Midelt has an interesting shop that sells carpets made with striking abstract designs, and has a regional market on Sundays. The alpine Swiss styled town of Ifrane is a nice contrast from the desert. Stop here to visit the Barbary apes in the cedar forests of Azrou before descending into hilly lowlands where the ancient city of Fez is situated. You’ll need to book your own hotel in Fez.

Desert New Years Party

4 Days Marrakech to Fez

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Four days is highly recommended over three for the reason that you will spend far less time in the vehicle driving, and more time exploring. Theres a lot to see!

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Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel to depart Marrakech and transport over the High Atlas mountains. Stop and enjoy impressive Tichka pass, and stop for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. At the height of the pass you will turn off the main road toward Telouet to visit the Glaoui kasbah. This kasbah that was intrinsically linked to the formation of Morocco as a country, now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember “the vulture” who lived here until the 1950’s. Back in the car you’ll follow the Salt Road caravan route to Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site. Spend the night in an auberge with views of Ait Benhaddou. Includes dinner and breakfast.

Day 2

This morning you can take time to explore the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou before the crowds from Marrakech arrive. The village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for countless adventure films. In its prime it was one of the most powerful fortresses on the Salt Road camel caravan route that was plagued by thieves and raiders from the High Atlas. After you’ll head to the busy town of Ouarzazate. You’ll pass through Skoura oasis and the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil. Berber villages and green riverside oasis and barren red hillsides are clustered with ksars (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). From here you’ll drive off road (weather permitting), through the mountain valleys and visit nomads in the area, then head for Dades gorge. Along the way you’ll visit the red Tamnalt hills called locally the monkey fingers. Continue to Tinehir. Stay in an historic kasbah. Includes dinner and breakfast.

Sahara Stars

Day 3

After breakfast drive up to Todra Gorge for a walk. The gorge sheer rock walls rise to 300 m in the narrowest part. Back in the car drive further into the desert and stop to visit any local Berber markets along the way. After lunch in Rissani, continue further into the desert until the Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the desert camp beyond the town of Merzouga, far from the many hotels lining the dunes. Have tea or a drink by the pool in the desert inn before meeting your camel guides to ride to the camp. New Years party in the camp includes a multi course dinner (vegetarians welcome), and live music around the fire by local musicians. 

Please note that due to the early sunset this time of year it’s very time dependent that you arrive early at the desert hotel. 

Luxury camp options are available.

Camel Trek

Day 4

This morning you’ll wake to have tea and get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Depart for the drive (8 hours with lots of stops) to Fez, travelling from the desert through Midelt and the Ziz gorges of the Atlas mountains. The Ziz valley is a date palm oasis that stretches all the way to Erfoud, containing hundreds of kasbahs and ksar (a group of kasbahs). In Erfoud you’ll have time to resupply for anything you need at the local super market. Onward to your destination, the bustling desert town of Midelt has an interesting shop that sells carpets made with striking abstract designs, and a regional market on Sundays. The alpine Swiss styled town of Ifrane is a striking contrast from the desert. Stop here and visit the Barbary apes in the cedar forests of Azrou before descending into hilly lowlands where the ancient city of Fez is situated. You’ll need to book your own hotel in Fez.

Happy New Year

What’s Included

  • all taxes
  • private transport and fuel
  • door to door service
  • driver/guide
  • overnight camel trek to the Erg Chebbi camp
  • camel guides
  • hotel nights in Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site, Dades Valley, Todra gorge
  • ensuite private rooms
  • breakfast and dinner (vegetarians welcome)
  • desert party with live music and buffet feast

What’s Not included

  • lunches – you can eat anytime, anywhere while on the road
  • tips
  • personal purchases
  • alcoholic beverages