Start the New Year with a truly unique adventure and unforgettable celebration in the world’s biggest desert.
Visit the most spectacular landscapes of Morocco and welcome the New Year in the magical surroundings of the Great Sahara Desert.
Explore the astonishing, winding roads of the High Atlas Mountains, ancient caravan routes, multi-coloured canyons, palm oasis, and the majestic dunes of the Great Sahara. Visit the most iconic places, indigenous nomadic trails, and major historical locations listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Transfer yourself to another world, say goodbye to the old year, and welcome the new one in an entirely different way. This trip is one of a kind, packed with charming landscapes, locally made food, traditional celebrations, and ancient rituals under the shimmering starry skies of the world’s greatest desert.
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∴ Start your journey in the morning driving towards the High Atlas Mountains.
∴ After passing the picturesque views, the first stop will be at a viewpoint Tizi N Tichka (2260m high) the highest point of the Atlas Mountains accessible by car, with panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape with Amazigh villages.
∴ At midday, you’ll arrive at the famous fortified city of Ait Benhaddou – the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Travel back in time with your local official guide taking you around the kasbah.
∴ The Ksar of Aït-Benhaddou is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also been the backdrop for many Hollywood productions. Films and TV series that have used the services of the studio include The Mummy, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, Game of Thrones, Vikings and many more.
∴ The journey then continues through the beautiful southern landscape of black canyons and cliffs, home to the Amazigh tribes of Ait Atta. The palm groves and henna fields are stretching along the horizon as we drive through multiply mudbrick ksars (fortified villages) surrounded by charming palm oasis.
∴ The area has its ancestral importance and its key role in the caravan trade route with Timbuktu. In the evening our journey will end in the charming Kasbah town of Nkob. One of Morocco’s best-kept secrets, this oasis is where you can still find traditional craftsmen at work. Enjoy a traditional locally made dinner and an evening of traditional Amazigh music at your accommodation overlooking astonishing palm grooves.
∴ The adventure continues throughout the day driving through the mesmerising palm oasis and mountains stretching along the horizon. Upon arrival at the hotel in the Sahara, you’ll explore beautiful local surroundings and prepare for a camel trek to view the Saharan sunset.
∴ Guided by the local herders you will ride through the majestic dunes of the world’s biggest desert. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of this place and chase the light and colour of the sand when climbing dunes.
∴ Before welcoming the new year on the great Sahara desert you will be served a delicious dinner followed by traditional Amazigh music around the campfire. At midnight we will walk to the high dunes and raise a glass for the coming year under a shimmering starlit sky of the world’s largest desert. Our first night of the new year will be spent in traditional nomad tents with a touch of eco-luxury charm.
∴ In the early hours of the morning, your day will start with a camel ride to witness the sun rising over the Great Sahara.
∴ After locally-made breakfast, the journey continues to Todgha canyons. A scenic drive through the multi-coloured walls of the gorges and historic kasbahs. Todgha Gorge is one of the most impressive canyons in the world. These rocks formations range up to 500 meters and stretch 160 km (100 miles) from Ouarzazate to the east of Tinghir. After locally made lunch in the beautiful huge rocky cliffs continue your journey passing centuries-old Amazigh villages and stop at the major viewpoints to inhale the majestic landscapes.
∴ Your journey then continues to Dades Valley, through an astonishing landscape of palm oasis, along the ancient caravan trading route. The landscapes of red coloured canyons formed by the Dades River include astonishing gorges and spectacular winding roads.
∴ The most famous canyon road – Tisdrin, which means stairs in Amazigh, is located on the mountain range of the Anti-Atlas between the oasis of Boumalne Dades and Msemrir, a mountainous small village. Stop and enjoy the view of one of the most winding roads in the world, while having Moroccan mint tea at the beautiful café-restaurant overlooking the canyons. Charming Dades Valley will be our overnight accommodation, with locally made dinner and evening of traditional Berber music.
∴ After a locally-made breakfast in the charming surroundings of Dades Valley, continue your journey north to the ancient town of Ouarzazate. Our local official guide will take you to discover the most impressive Kasbah – Taourirt. Originally built in the 19th century, it was owned by the el Glaoui clan, a family that had a powerful stronghold on one of Morocco’s most significant southern caravan routes to West Africa.
∴ After locally-made lunch, you’ll be taken on tour to the famous Atlas Film Studio in Ouarzazate – the world’s largest film studio. Films and TV series that have used the services of the studio include The Mummy, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, Game of Thrones, Vikings and many more.
∴ The journey back to Marrakech will continue through the astonishing landscape along the way. You will be stopping at various points to truly immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. Locally made lunch will be prepared in the spectacular Roses Valley with views of the colourful landscape. Before reaching Marrakech, you’ll, yet again, have a chance to admire the stunning views of the High Atlas Mountains’ magnificent colourful landscape.
∴ Estimated arrival time in Marrakech 8pm.
Your Accommodation in Marrakech
• 4x Lunch
• 3x Dinner
• New Year's Welcome Drink
• Traditional Local Accommodation & Eco-Luxury Desert Tents
• Entries & Admissions
• Camel Ride
• Staff Gratitude
• Personal Expenses
Q1.Can I extend my stay on the Sahara Desert or Marrakech?
Yes! We do offer a wide range of accommodation in the Sahara Desert and Marrakech for a longer stay. Contact us for New Year's holiday offers and packages.
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