Pick up from your accommodation in Marrakech, and depart to the High Atlas mountains, going through Tizi N´Tichka pass (2260m ALT) with stops for panoramic views and taking pictures of the Berber small villages that camouflage in the landscape. Then we continue south to the Kasbah (fortified village) of Ait Ben Haddou where we will visit the famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987). Famous films have been shot on this spectacular stage, including Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penélope Cruz…etc. After lunch, we continue to Ouarzazate also known as “The gate of the desert” which in the Berber language means “noiseless or without confusion”. Here we´ll see the Taourirt kasbah, one of the most spectacular ksars in Morocco. The next site to visit is the Rose Valley going through the big Skoura palm grove; a beautiful place to contemplate more than 700.000 palms and numerous kasbahs that are built in the surrounding area. In this Valley damascenes, roses are raised for cosmetic use such as the valued rosewater. The Rose Festival is held here annually in May, it is an important museum for Moroccan culture. Arriving at Dades Valley where your night will be in a Hotel with Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast.
Day 2: Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Merzouga – Camel Trek and overnight in Berber Camp
After breakfast we´ll enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Dades Valley from one strategic lookout in the mountains, from there we can appreciate the great number of kasbahs and the scenic characteristics of each one. A very good asphalt road leads up the valley from the city of Tinghir to the gorge and then to the desert. After some stops on the way, we´ll reach the Todra Gorges. The scenery is spectacular. Local people live in the area and can be seen in their adobe villages. Thanks to its rock sides with many uneven surfaces, these gorges are popular among rock climbers. After a short walk in the Todra gorges you’ll have free time for lunch in Tinejdad or Touroug and then we continue our way to the desert to reach the spectacular dunes of Merzouga. You will ride your camels guided by an experienced camel-man for one hour to our nomad camp located in the middle of a sea of dunes (Erg Chebbi). Enjoy the Sunset and dinner will be served in front of your tent in the camp.
Day 3 : Merzouga Dunes – Draa Valley – Anti Atlas Mountains – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
You will wack up in the early morning to take what will be the best sunrise photo you may ever take, then you ride your camels back to a hotel out of the sand dunes where a delicious breakfast is waiting for you. Having regained strength we start our last trip day going through the arid pre-desertic area where we´ll meet the “acacia”, a typical tree of this landscape. On the way to the Draa valley, we´ll make some stops to enjoy the beautiful views of the river that gives name to the valley. It’s the longest river in Morocco, going through the whole country reaching the ocean.
Our trip continues towards Ouarzazate going through the Anti Atlas. We´ll have some free time for lunch in town and in the afternoon we start off our road again to Marrakech reaching about 7 pm. A drop off at your Riad/hotel.
– 4×4 vehicle with AC
– English speaking driver/guide
– Overnight in Desert camp
– Camel trekking “1 Camel P/P”
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