Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate -Dades Valley
This Tour starts from Marrakech when we pick you up from your hotel and travel along the Tizi n’Tichka Pass.TheTizi n’Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, at an elevation of2260m (6,867 ft.) above sea level, linking the southeast of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas Mountains. It lies between the great Marrakech Plains and the Gateway of the Sahara Desert. This long winding road offers many breathtaking views and the scenery promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The natural backdrop of the enormous rocks reflects colors in every shade of orange, red and brown imaginable while still visible in the deep valleys is the contrasting green from different types of cultivation of the local villagers.
Aït Benhaddou:Along the route you will stop to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou, a spectacular fortified village (Ksar). While in Aït Benhaddou you will have time for lunch, which will be in a traditional restaurant, before traveling on to Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate: In Ouarzazate you will visit the cinema studios of Atlas & CLA Studios where many movies were produced thus being called “The Hollywood of Africa.” Atlas Studio & CLA Studios is home to many prestigious movies filmed from Lawrence of Arabia, Tea in Sahara, Black Hawk Down, Moses, Gladiator, Cleopatra, The Mummy 1 & 2, Alexander the Great, Kingdom of Heaven, Sahara, Troy, Hidalgo, Patton, The Hills has Eyes, The Way Back, Babel,Treasure Island, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator, Ben HerandThe Passions of Christand even more.
Ouarzazate: You will visit the Kasbah TAOUIRIRT, originally built in the 17th century, one of Morocco’s most iconic living museums. It has withstood the test of time, making it the ideal setting for an insight into the ancient traditions of Kasbah life. Here, you will be able to take a look at some tools that were used in the area generations ago, and some that are still used today in southern Morocco. After you’ve taken in the traditional ways of the Kasbah, make your way up the stairs to the top of the fortification to get a stunning view of the surrounding Skoura palm groves.
KelaatM’Gouna: At the southernmost gorges is the AsifM’Goun River, which runs alongside of a small town referred to as Valley of the Roses. The Valley of the Roses is known for the extensive harvest of roses, used in the production of perfume, rose water, oil, and cosmetic products. Among the foliage you will also find groves of palm and almond trees.
Boumalne Dades: The traditional adobe houses of southeast Morocco in general and theVillage of Boumalne Dades in particular are just amazing. They become warm in the summer and cold in the winter, which contributes to the good health of the people. This type of building solidifies Boumalne Dades as being distinct from the rest of the country. All the materials used to build a Kasbah or a castle is taken from local sources such as water, rocks, soil, wood, reed, and so on. However, for the last two decades, the state started encouraging people to build with cement, which had a negative impact on the traditional way of building. Those people who have cement houses are considered rich and superior among the other villagers.
Your accommodations and dinner will in a hotel at Dades Valley.
Day 2: Dades Gorges – Todgha Gorges – Tinejdad – Jorf – Erfoud – Merzouga (Dessert Camp & Camel Ride)
After an early breakfast, you will leave your hotel to travel towards the Sahara Desert, Merzouga. You will see many Berber villages scattered along the way.
Dadès Gorges: The Dadès Gorges is a scenically beautiful section of the Dades River Valley in between the Atlas Mountains and the Anti Atlas. The Gorge is best known for mesmerizing scenery and the Kasbahs set precariously along the roadside, overlooking the river below.
Tinghir:One of the most spectacular Gorges in the world, Todgha Gorges is a series of limestone river canyons in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, nearTinghir. Both the Todgha and Dades Rivers are responsible for cutting out these deep cliff-sided canyons. The heights of the canyon walls vary, but in some places can be up to 400m (1,312 ft.) high.
Tinejdad:Stop to visit a Berber village famous for its’ palms.
Jorf:Here you will stop to visit the old Canal of Irrigation. This area dates back to the 14th century and has provided water for towns and villages for several centuries. The underground aqueducts were designed to transport water slopes without active pumping. In the 1970’s diesel pumps were put in to usecausing some of the aqueducts in this region to go dry. Recent studies concluded that the depth of the water table has dropped 50% over the past 40 years, which has affected the amount of date palm grown in the region.
Erfoud:Erfoud is a town in southern Morocco, in the Tafilalet-region. The towns’main districts are Hay Salam, Hay Jdid, Hay Ziz, Hay el Bathaa, Hay Annahda, Hay el Hamri. Erfoud has been given the name of “The Gate of Sahara Desert” as it is near the Erg Chebbi Dunes since you can actually take direct off-road route to the dunes.
While traveling through Erfoud, which is known for its precious and unique fossils, we will stop to visit the workers of fossils and the Erfoud Market of Dates.
Merzouga: When you arrive to Merzouga we will go to a hotel, drink a mint tea and secure any luggage that you may not need for the next leg of the tour. From here we will go to Erg Chebbi where you will embark upon a camel and journey into the Sarah Desert. The camels will be packed with food and blankets, as well as the other necessities needed for this one night stay in the desert. We will trek our way through the sand to a small Oasis in the middle of the dunes. Here is where you will be spending your evening, where the sky is clear and stars sparkle and shine with intensity. Your accommodations this evening will be camping in a Nomad Berber Tent.
Once settled in at camp, a campfire will be lit and our staff will play music with drums in order to share our culture with you. Afterwards you will be severed your dinner under the Saharan skies ‘blanket of stars’ at the campfire or in the restaurant tent at the camp.
Day 3: Khamlia – Camp in Erg Chebbi
After your breakfast you will tour the area of Erg Chebbi.
Khamila: Khamlia is a little village in the desert bythe biggest dunes in Erg Chebbi; all together there are 32 houses with about 150 people. In Khamlia are three small shops, a coffee house and a school. There is also electricity and water.You will visit a Berber residence and listen to the indigenousGnawa music, which had originated in West Africa. After, you will visit some deserted mines and the Oasis of the Palm Trees.
Rissani: You will visit the small oasis town of Rissani which les near the northwest edge of the Sahara. This picturesque city has gained popularity, not only as the Tafilalet capital, but also as a destination where visitors can still experience the true mystique of Morocco. Rissani is best known as a producer of high quality of leather. This diverse Moroccan destination is also well known for its market, or souk. You will visit the visit the famous Market of Rissani where you can find jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, spices, art and crafts.
While in Rissani your lunch will be a traditional Moroccan pizza called “Medfouna”. After you will comeback to the hotel in Merzouga and prepare for your journey to Erg Chebbi to take a camel ride back to the desert camp where you will enjoy a second night under the stars.
Day 4: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todgha Gorges – Ouarzazate
WIn the morning, after having a sunrise breakfast, we will break camp and ride our camels out of the desert and back to our original point of departure. You will then travel back to the hotel so that you can shower, have breakfast and collect your luggage before starting on your way back towards Ouarzazate. You will arrive to Ouarzazate in afternoon.
Your accommodations and dinner will in a hotel at Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
After your morning breakfast you will travel to Marrakech by way of the Atlas Mountains. You will stop for lunch in Taddart to have lunch at a Berber village in a panoramic restaurant. After you complete your lunch you will continue your travel to Marrakech. Once you arrive to Marrakech,
You will be dropped off at your hotel and this will complete your5 day Tour From Marrakech to Merzouga and end our services.
Tour includes :
- A Tour in 4×4 vehicle or Minibus (with A/C), Fuel
- An English speaking driver/guide
- Hotel overnight stays (breakfast & dinner)
- A camel ride and 1 night in desert camp
Tour does not include:
- Flights, Lunches or Beverages
- All what is not mentioned above
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