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Morocco: New Year’s Eve – Sunrise in the Sahara

Join us in gorgeous Morocco for a very special experience: the chance to celebrate and welcome a new year, as the first light of the new year hits the golden sands of the Sahara Desert.

Set your intentions for a prosperous future, write your goals into the eternal sands, and return home feeling restored and excited about the year ahead. There are very few experiences quite like camping in the Sahara, and we bring it to you on this very special New Year’s Eve with luxury and style!

This journey begins and ends in Marrakesh.

This experience is extremely limited to 6 guests for the 2023 New Year. Save your spot now!

Check dates and availability
Trip Dates Availability Price Payment
December 29, 2022 - January 5, 2023 $4499 USD
December 29, 2023 - Jan 5, 2024 $4499 USD
Reserve this trip with a non-refundable deposit, or pay in full. The balance of your tour is due 60 days before departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Ride a camel through the Sahara at sunset
  • Watch the year's first light touch the golden sands of the Sahara
  • Shop the souks of Marrakech
  • Support local women at Moroccan cooperatives
  • Sleep in a luxury desert tent in the Sahara
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech December 29th

It’s arrival day! We will meet you today at the Marrakech airport after your arrival. We know you’re probably pretty tired, so we’ll transfer you to your riad, where you can relax.

Today, our gals are arriving at different times, so if you have an early flight you will have much of the day to yourself to relax.

Meals: D

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Day 2: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Dades Valley December 30th

Today after breakfast, we will start your journey southward to Dades valley via Tizi n’Tichka pass. Along the way, we’ll visit the Berber village of Ait Benhaddou, established in the 11th century, its position on the main Marrakech to the Sahara route, meant it was an ideal stop off for traders taking salt across the desert and returning with goods such as gold and ivory. After lunch you will continue to Dades valley through the rose valley. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Dades valley - Todra gorges - Sahara Desert December 31st

After breakfast, we’ll depart in the morning to the Sahara desert via the Todra Gorge, where you will take a walk to explore these magnificent and narrow gorges.

After lunch, continue to Erfoud city for a visit to a local fossil craft workshop. Continuing to the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Where you will ride camels attending the sunset and spend the evening in a desert camp, we will celebrate the New Year’s Eve party in the Sahara desert with a Moroccan dinner then we will have a party, you can join by drumming and dancing, it will be an unforgettable experience to start the new year in the desert. Overnight in a private tent.

Note: Sleeping in the Sahara is a magical experience. Our camp will have facilities for using the bathroom, but you won’t have a full shower until we return. It also gets cold at night, so pack warmly!

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 4: Merzouga – Khamlia – Rissani - Merzouga January 1st

It’s a new year! 

After enjoying the sunrise and having breakfast, you will start an amazing trip alongside the dunes while passing by the oasis and stop to see an old system of irrigation that local people still use to irrigate their fields in the oasis.

We’ll continue to Khamlia village to listen to Gnaoua musicians, then take a short drive to Rissani for a visit to the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif; the founder of the Alaouite dynasty, and experience the authentic local market.

Lunch in Rissani and return to the hotel where you will spend the night.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 5: Rissani – Ouerzazate January 2nd

After breakfast, we’ll start our return journey back to Marrakesh. Our drive today will take us through Agdez and Draa valley junction where we’ll head north to Ouarzazate via the Atlas Mountains. We will spend the night in Ouarzazate, where you’ll have dinner, and spend the night in Riad.

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 6: Querzazate to Marrakesh January 3rd

After breakfast today, you’ll have time to explore Ouarzazate which is known as Africa’s Hollywood. We’ll be passing by Ait Ben Haddou once again, so if you didn’t get the photos or souvenirs you wanted, now is your chance!

Finally, we’ll take the Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the Atlas Mountains to return back to Marrakech with a stop in the mountains for lunch. Dinner and overnight stay will be in our hotel in Marrakesh, which we will reach by 6 p.m.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Marrakesh Tour January 4th

Today you will have a guided tour of Marrakech Medina including Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Minaret, The Medina, Souks, and Majorelle garden. In the afternoon we will visit the dynamic Djemaa el Fna square where you will get to see the famous snake charmers, singers, acrobats, dancers, and storytellers that frequent the area. Overnight at the same riad.

Day 8: Departures January 5th

It’s departure day, and we’re bummed. But we saw and did so much! After breakfast at the riad/hotel, we will transfer you to the airport, depending on your flight departure.

After our trip, we will set up a group chat to keep in touch, share photos, and continue to grow these awesome friendships we formed.

Meals: B

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Cost includes:

  • Shared Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Airport Transfers
  • Private Driver and Van
  • English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • All entrance fees to attractions
  • Overnight in Sahara Desert Berber Camp

Does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Alcohol or Shopping

What to pack:

  • Linens for breathable wear
  • Scarf for modesty
  • Comfortable clothes for long car rides
  • Close toed shoes
  • Camera

Additional Info:

Lodging Where do we stay?

We will stay in a variety of 4-star riads throughout Morocco. Tours are priced for shared accommodation, meaning you will share your room with one of our other gals (or a friend, if you’re traveling together).

Flights Where do I fly into?

You’ll fly into Marrakech airport (RAK). Arrive anytime on the arrival day, and depart anytime on the departure day (afternoon departures are always the best idea).

Don’t want to deal with flights? Email us and we can book them for you: info@damesly.com

Meals What's included?

Every meal is included in the price of this tour. Alcohol and desserts are not included.

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