6 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Meditation and Yoga Retreat Morocco
THIS IS THE ITINERARY OF THE 6 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Meditation and Yoga Retreat Morocco:
DAY1: FROM MARRAKESH TO DADES VALLEY VAI AITBENHADOU
Our 6-day YOGA tour to the Sahara desert of Merzouga, we will start in the red city of Marrakesh, we will pick up you at the airport/your riad/ train/ HOTEL anywhere in Marrakesh. Afterward, we will leave Marrakesh and go through the high Atlas Mountains linking the southeast of Marrakesh to the Hollywood city of Ouarzazate via Ait Ben Haddou (heritage site by UNESCO and setting for many Hollywood movies).
Before arriving at Ait Ben Haddou, you will take a stop to shoot stunning pictures under the monument starting across “Tizi Ntichka” pass and enjoy the lovely scenery of the highest major mountain pass in north Africa, it reaches elevation (2.260) meters above the sea level.
Afterward, we will reach Ait Ben Haddou (a heritage site by UNESCO and a setting for many Hollywood movies). Then we will go to explore the historic Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou, it’s a traditional administrative building made from mud and straw. The KSAR of Ait Ben Haddou owes its name to the tribe that settled in these lands, and that began its construction back in the 17th century.
After that. We will back to the restaurant near Kasbah AIT BEN HADDOU to enjoy lunch and relax while watching the stunning landscape of the ksar ait ben haddou. And after lunch, we will head to Ouarzazate, its city palm trees, sandy streets, and blocky, fort-like building, which also has stood at the edge of the sahara desert for hundreds of years, this is the morocco seen in a hundred movies, also there is the GLOWING NOOR solar is located 20km from Ouarzazate.we will take a stop to visit the Atlas studios of Ouarzazate, you will have the chance to see for yourself the sets where so many successful films and series have been shot, including “Gladiator”, “Prince of Persia” or “GAME Thrones”.
Then we will head to Kasbah of TAOURIRT. Originally built In the 19th century, the Taourirt Kasbah was owned by the el Glaoui clan. a family that had a powerful stronghold of one of morocco’s most significant southern caravan routes to West Africa This power and wealth made the clan one of the country’s most influential families.
We will then drive to SKORA, you will visit an oasis lined with immense palm groves and you will explore Roses Valley known for its apricots. but especially for its ROSES. this valley of its traditions and its Berber culture, its splendid landscapes, and its inhabitants.
Then we will cross through DADES river on the tiny road passing by different fortified kasbahs located on the side of the road to Dades canyons. After that, you will take a rest to enjoyable the sunset in the Dades canyons.
At the end of the day, you will reach your hotel in the afternoon, dinner and breakfast at your DADES hotel.
DAY2: DADES GORGE / TODRA GORGE/ERFOUD / SAHARA DESERT
Our 6 day yoga tour from Marrakesh to sahara desert, we will start in the morning after finish enjoying your breakfast at a hotel on “Dades Valley”, we will take a drive via the line with ancient (1001) kasbahs and many Berber villages at the Dades.
You will explore the “dades gorge” is a series of rugged Wadi Gogre carved out by the Dades river in morocco, The river originates in the high Atlas range of the Atlas mountains, following some (350) km southwest before joining the “Draa” river at the edge of the sahara, where we will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to “Toudra”where you will stop for a walk in the oasis under the shade of palm trees and continue to toudra gogres,
After that.we will trek in some Berber villages, we can cease to try some traditional Berber culture such as wearing traditional Berber clothes and you can experiment with the Berber nature tattoos “henna”, it’s a tradition often associated with wedding rituals and other important celebrations, “henna” can also be used to color the hair and nails, many tourists to the kingdom enjoy having fantastic designs skilfully applied to other parts of their bodies.
Then, we will proceed to “tinjdad” where you will enjoy lunch and rest. after lunch we intend to move to the fossils city of “ARFOUD”, We will stop in “ARFOUD” to visit the fossils Kasbah is a manufacturer of artworks with fossils located in Erfoud. also, you will discover fossils dating back hundreds of hundreds of thousands of years.
Subsequently, we will travel to the Sahara desert of erg Chabbi, later we arrive at the “Merzouga” desert and we will stay this night in a desert hotel simply in front of the dunes, your dinner and breakfast at your hotel.
DAY3: YOGA PRACTICE IN MERZOUGA DESERT and 4×4 DESERT TOUR
On the first day of our yoga practice in the Moroccan desert. We will rise early at the hotel, dedicate the first day to the practice of yoga near the pool or on the roof while taking in the breathtaking, magical sunrise, and engage in other leisure activities.
A professional will oversee the yoga internship, and you will decide on the daily timetable with them. The Moroccan desert yoga training holiday is led by qualified yoga instructors. Participants are allowed to attend one yoga class each day, two in the morning and one in the evening. The level of the course will be changed, according to the students.
Yoga offers a chance to have more control over handling day-to-day concerns and health problems as well as a technique to bring body, spirit, and soul into harmony. Traditional physical activity, breathing exercises, and other relaxation and meditation approaches all provide some life energy.
Your body and soul expand as you develop proper breathing techniques, making you more flexible. You can become aware of your limitations and discover how to overcome them.
After finishing practicing yoga, we will have free time to enjoy breakfast and relax and talk.
After breakfast, We’ll get ready to go explore the desert area and the wonder that is the Erg Chabbi dunes. the location where you can observe the nomads’ way of life and the fantastically shifting contrasts of the desert.
We will head towards to visit the land nomadic stage in the village of “Khamlia”. which was originally settled by people from Mali, Sinegal, and Nagier, nearby this village you will be able to see the lake of Merzouga (dayetsrji) is a seasonal salt lake that is usually dry in the summer season When full it attracts a wide range of migratory and desert birds and flamingos.
Later, we’ll drive to the “MIFIS” mines close to the popular tourist destination of Erg Chebbi, which is well known for its minerals and fossils. The “Mifis” mines are located on an enormous hill with a beautiful overview of the sand and desert. They are located at one end of Erg Chebbi, not far from a small military settlement. The mines are open-cast and still in operation, and the Berber workforce must regularly travel to work in holes that are more than 30 meters deep.
Following that, we’ll head to a nomad berber family. Upon arrival, you’ll have the chance to visit a nomadic Berber family who is still living in their Berber tent in the middle of the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi. Here, we’ll be welcomed by our host with small glasses of a special kind of mint tea and learn about nomadic life in the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi.
After some time, we’ll head back to the village and drop you off at your accommodation. After checking into your hotel, we’ll enjoy a delectable meal, and you’ll have time to relax and swim in the pool until the afternoon.
We will get ready to leave in the late afternoon to go to the well-known erg Chebbi dunes, where we will spend the night in a camp in the desert. Erg Chebbi is a wonderful place in the center of the desert, where we will arrive at our camel ride and go through the dune system of Erg Chebbi, and you will enjoy viewing the magnificent sunset in style while traveling to the oasis where a camp is situated,
At the Merzouga Sahara desert bivouac, guests can choose between sleeping outside, in nomadic tents, or a luxurious camp while taking in the starry night sky. If you like, a seasoned camel guide and you can spend the evening playing the drums. Your native nomad hosts’ drumming will keep you amused. Breakfast and dinner are served in the camp in a traditional Moroccan fashion.
DAY4: PRACTICE YOGA & EXPLORE THE CITY OF RISSANI & QUAD BIKING TOUR
On our second YOGA practice in the desert in morocco. We’ll get up early at the camp and move to some of the high Sahara dunes in Erg Chebbi to practice yoga while enjoying seeing a breathtaking sunrise. After that, we’ll head back to the camp where you will enjoy eating your morning meal.
Following breakfast, we’ll return to your accommodation and head into the city of Rissani. We will proceed through the palm groves to the major market in the city of Rissani, which is close to the Erg Chebbi desert. There are many various types of clothing, sweets, dates, species, meat, and animals in the market, which is a pretty sizable addition. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, the market is open.
The city, which was formerly the capital of Tafilalet and a significant caravan hub on the route to Timbuktu, is now primarily a potential entry point to the Merzouga dune system farther south. You may also find the city’s palm grove and many ksour by taking a circuit around the edges of the city.
We will also visit the park of donkeys in Rissani, which is unquestionably a popular tourist destination. You might probably still find these parking lots in much of the country today, but since automobiles and motorcycles have replaced the donkeys’ historical role, you can park there without any issues. However, you must be extremely careful when you pass close to the donkeys’ back legs.
Next, we’ll go see the Molay Ali Chrif Museum. The Moulay Ali Cherif mausoleum has undergone numerous restorations. Moulay Ali Cherif was one of the founding members of the Alaouite family, which ruled over Tafilalet in the second part of the 17th century. In 1997, Meknes carpenters restored the doors to their former glory while the floors, mosaics, and ceilings were repaired by Fassi artisans. Now a pilgrimage site, the Zaouia provides lodging for travelers.
After seeing the mausoleum,
We’ll head back to Rissani to enjoy some traditional lunch with Berber pizza(Medfouna) baked by the city’s residents and served with hot mint tea, which is a popular food item there. You may find medfuna in several villages between Erfoud and Merzouga, although its original birthplace is Rissani. It is best described as a stuffed pizza without the cheese.
Following that, we’ll leave towards back to your hotel, where you can rest and swim till late in the day. Later, We will prepare to ride quads and travel over the Sahara dunes of Erg Chebbi in the afternoon. You will have the chance to locate the Erg Chebbi dunes, embark on adventures to explore the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, reach the top of the highest dune, a little oasis, and be able to snap photographs of the amazing panorama and stunning surroundings. While taking in the magnificent sunset there. Many historical locations will be discovered and taught to you by our pleasant and skilled safety guides.
After a while, we will ride back to our hotel on motorcycles, We will spend the night in a hotel in the desert just in front of the dunes. Your traditional dinner and breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
If you are available after supper at the hotel, we can take a walk out towards the massive golden red dunes and savor the beauty of the shining stars and Milky Way, as well as the tranquillity of Erg Chebbi.
DAY 5 PRACTICE YOGA &DISCOVER THE VILLAGE OF HASSILABIED & TREKKING IN THE SAHARA AND SANDBOARDING & A SMALL PARTY
Today, our final day of yoga session, we will do yoga in the late evening while watching the sunset, followed by a little celebration at Berber camp and free activities.
After breakfast at the hotel. We’ll stroll toward Hassi Labied’s garden and explore the village on foot. You will make a halt at the garden in Hassi Labied to examine the canal irrigation system. removing water from the ground. It’s a pleasant location to stroll through and discover how residents raise goods. You will discover how numerous families have plots in the garden and how they grow various types of crops on their plots. It fed water from the desert sahara of Erg Chebbi.
After that. We’re going to walk through Hassi Labied village. It’s a village in Morocco’s Sahara desert. 5 km north of Merzouga village. The majority of visitors come here to enjoy a camel safari into the dunes of Erg Chebbi and to see distant Berber life. not too far from the Algerian border, it’s known as the door to Erg Chebbi.
Later on, we will head back to your hotel. and, we will prepare to have an experience of the
cooking lesson in Merzouga desert at your hotel or you can try that in the
family Berber kitchen at the desert house. Since we are of Berber heritage and reside in the merzouga desert, we will expose you to the cooking class of our tribe.
The Merzouga desert is an ideal place for regional specialties. Restaurant restaurants, hotels, and Berber family residences provide cooking lessons in tagine, as well as a variety of other specialties. Chefs and cooking specialists are available to show you how to prepare genuine Moroccan delicacies like as tagine and couscous. This unique encounter will offer you a sense of the fashionable Moroccan food.
Following the completion of your cookery course. You will have time to relax and swim in the pool, and, your traditional lunch will be ready to eat after some time. You will enjoy your traditional meal that you prepared for yourself.
In the later part of the day. We’ll be prepared to ride camels up to the high dunes of Erg Chebbi, where you’ll complete your last yoga course and enjoy some sandboarding in the late afternoon while taking in the spectacular sunset in the summit of the
After enjoying the afternoon in the desert experience, we will head towards to sahara desert camp. you will spend the night in the camp and you will celebrate by enjoying a small party for the final day in sahara desert around the campfire with traditional Berber saharan music under the starry night sky. Your dinner and breakfast are served in the camp in a traditional Moroccan fashion.
DAY 6: MERZOUGA – ALNIF – TAZARINE – AGDZ – MARRAKECH.
On the last day of my yoga trip from Marrakesh to the Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi. We will aim to get up early to see the final gorgeous sunrise over the high dune, and we will also have fun playing sandboarding there. After that, we’ll ride a camel back to the hotel, where you may freshen up and have breakfast. after eating breakfast and getting ready.
We’ll take a long trip to “Marrakech” through “Alnif.” which is situated in the center of the Environment rich in meteorites and fossils. Amateur or professional geologists will be thrilled to find, among other things, trilobites, the marine animals that lived in the primary oceans (from 500 to 250 million years ago), or to find rock carvings in its rocky arid plains.
After that, we’ll proceed via Tazrine, the Draa Valley, and Agdiz. We will pause for a short while in Agdiz to enjoy the panoramic views there. Agdiz, which means “resting place,” is located on a historic trade route that connects Marrakesh and Timbuktu. Agdz has traditionally played a vital economic role.
Thereafter, we will travel towards Ouarzazate, at the point of arrival, We will have free time for lunch and a photo break in front of the popular tourist attraction. The Kasbah is an exotic spot for this region of Morocco and an example of (MUD) local architecture that is created to be chilly in the summer and warm in the winter.
The ancient spirit of the past is all around, go near and marvel how the people of that period designed and built the Kasbah. A community of individuals who trade with the outside world, it is also a popular filming location.
After that, we’ll continue traveling back to Marrakesh across the high Atlas Mountains, where our 6-day Yoga vacation from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert will come to an end. and, Drop you off in Marrakesh at the airport, your hotel, or your riad.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is risk of taking a solo yoga retreat?
Safety: Physical injury or harmful situations may exist depending on the location of the retreat. It is critical to conduct research, read reviews, and take the required safeguards.
Loneliness: While attending a yoga retreat by yourself can be a beautiful and powerful experience, it can also be lonely or isolating. It is critical to be aware of your mental health and to take steps, such as connecting with other participants in activities, to alleviate feelings of loneliness or isolation.
Finances: Attending a retreat alone may be expensive, so plan appropriately.
Health: Intense physical exercises such as yoga might be risky for people who have underlying health problems. Before going on a yoga retreat, check with your doctor.
What time of year is best for retreats in morocco?
Morocco is one of the most diversified nations in the world, encompassing the Atlantic Coast, the High Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert.
This implies that there are numerous weather and seasonal variations throughout the year. What time of year is ideal for yoga practice in the Sahara Desert and in Morocco?
Despite the fact that spring (March to May) and fall (September to October) are often regarded as the finest seasons for practicing because of the nice weather, each one has its own benefits.
Read our guide to the weather and the top events each month to help you determine when is the ideal time to visit Morocco and the Sahara Desert.
Is it safe to do yoga during pregnancy?
Yoga is really safe and healthy during pregnancy. It assists in adjusting to the physical demands of pregnancy, labor, parenthood, and delivery.
It not only twists and turns the body, but it also soothes both the mind and the body, offering the physical and mental stress relief your body need throughout pregnancy.
What are the benefits of attending a yoga retreat?
- Relax and unwind from your hectic life.
- Switch off from technology
- Purify and detoxify your body and mind.
- Spend time in and with nature.
- Give yourself enough time to think.
- Improve your yoga and meditation routines
- Establish contacts and new friendships
Is it worth joining a yoga retreat?
Joining a yoga retreat may be a rewarding experience for a variety of reasons. It provides an opportunity to fully immerse oneself in yoga and mindfulness practice, away from the distractions of daily life.
Retreats sometimes involve an organized program that includes yoga lessons, meditation sessions, and nutritious meals, which can assist to enhance one’s practice and promote physical and mental well-being.
Attending a retreat can also provide opportunity to engage with like-minded people and create significant connections. However, it is critical to conduct thorough research and select a respected retreat that corresponds with your interests and goals, as well as to consider the expense and difficulties of going.
How long should I do a yoga and meditation retreat?
If this is your first time, go slowly and gradually. It might be tempting to jump in if you have little experience and are learning about tuning into your body and emotions.
There might be an anticipatory eagerness that wants to dig in and absorb as much as possible, to feel everything and expand. Understand that there is a degree of flexibility to the level of transition and absorption that the system can process and maintain.
It can need familiarity, practice, strengthening, and expansion, just like any other practice. Be gentle to yourself and you will benefit more quickly than attempting to drink from a fire hydrant, as the adage says.
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