Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate
Collection at 8:30h in the morning at the hotel or Riad where you are staying in Marrakech.Departure to the High Atlas through the Tizi N’Tichka passwith stops for panoramic views. Visit the women’s cooperative of Argan oil where you can discover the process in full and listen to an explanation about the many benefits it has for the human body. Continue southward turning off into a 6 km track that will take us to the village of Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, visit its World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In this spectacular setting movies have been shot like Gladiator and the Jewel of the Nile. Lunch in the village and continue to Ouarzazate called “the great desert door”. Dinner and hotel accommodation as in your selected category.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Draa Valley – Alnif – Merzouga dunes
After breakfast we go to the Draa Valley, its highlight being one of the longest rivers in Morocco. Stops to admire the charming adobe kasbahs and Berber villages that dot the route and the wonders of the Draa Valley. After lunch in Alnif, we drive for two hours to reach the impressive dunes of Merzouga, here we take tea and enjoy local hospitality while we rest a bit from travel. We leave our bags at the hostel as we will not use them in the desert, we set off on a camel caravan an hour and a half to take us to the foot of the Great Dune “Erg Chebbi”. On the way we hope to see the beautiful desert sunsetas it descends behind the dune. Dinner at the camp and night in a Haima in the heart of the desert under the spectacular canopy of stars.
Day 3: Merzouga – Khamlia – Visit the nomads – Merzouga
We wake before dawn to watch the sunrise. We ride the camels back to the hostel. Shower and breakfast. Surrounding the Erg Chebbi is an expanse of desert where we will see the Great Dune of Morocco, over 250 meters, connecting by track with part of the route taken by the former Paris-Dakar rally, with the mountains that border Algeria in the background. We make a stop at the oasis of Tissardmine and continue until a nomadic settlement where we will learn some secrets of their life and customs. There is a great place to stop at a viewpoint where you can look back and admire the Erg Chebbi together. You will enjoy a stop in Khamlia, in this villagethe people are descendants of Sudanese slaves, here we relax with tea while enjoying a short concert of Gnawa music. Return to the hostel, lunch and free time to climb the dunes and take advantage of a romantic sunset. After dinner, we expect a show with Berber drums. Dinner and accommodation as inyour selected hotel category.
Day 4: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
We go to Erfoud and Rissani to visit the fossilized marble factory before continuing on to the palm of Touroug and Tinjdad. Our road takes us to one of the highpoints of the South: the Todra Gorges. The channel of the River Todra Gorge has formed a vertical wall of huge proportions, it really is spectacularly beautiful. It is a paradise for climbers and a unique place. Lunch at the site and a leisurely half hour walk to see the Gorges. In the afternoon we continue to the Dades Valley through Boumalne. Arrival in the Dades Gorge.Dinner and accommodation as in your selected hotel category.
Day 5: Dades Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast we depart by a road dotted with Kasbahs, each one different. After several stops we head towards the route of a Thousand Kasbahs, the Valley of the Roses and the Great Skoura palm. Arrival in Ouarzazate, visit the Kasbah of Taourirt which was formerly the residence of Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakech. Lunch at the site. We leave this region by the mountain road and the high pass of Tizi N’Tichka with stops to enjoy the spectacular views offered. Arrive in Marrakech at 17h. Transfer to Hotel and end of our services.
Included in the tour:
- Private Tour, there will be no more people in the group
- Transfer to hotel, riad, airport or wherever you want
- Transportation Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 or Minibus
- English speaking driver
- 3 nights in Riad / Kasbah half board
- 1 night accommodation in nomad camp on half board
- Fuel, tolls and all associated costs
- Camel ride to the camp
Not Included in the Tour:
- Meals half day
- Entrance fees