This is the perfect way to explore Morocco's Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert highlights without spending hours organizing transport, accommodation, and an itinerary. Travel with ease from Fez to Marrakech in an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy a 5-day adventure that includes accommodation in two destinations, a camel ride, select meals, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou.
Pick up from your accommodation in Marrakech at 8.30 in the morning in a private 4×4 vehicle, and depart to Ouarzazate going through the High Atlas mountains. In our way, we'll see Tizi Ntichka port, that. with 2.260m is the highest point in our country. We'll enjoy beautiful landscapes from the viewpoints on the way and make some stops to take pictures of the berber villages. Then we'll take a small road that goes to Telouat Kasbah. After visiting the kasbah you'll have free time to enjoy a typical food in town.In the afternoon we'll continue through the Ounila valley, where you can see small berber villages and families that live in adobe houses lost in the mountains, to reach the ksar (fortified village) of Ait Ben Haddou where we will visit the famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). Famous films have been shot in this spectacular stage, including Gladiator, Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penélope Cruz...etc. After visiting the kasbah we'll go to Ouarzazate also known as “The gate of the desert”. Dinner at the hotel where we'll spend the night.
After breakfast we'll depart towards the Draa Valley where you can see one of the longest rivers in Morocco. On the way we make some stops to take pictures and enjoy the view of the spectacular kasbahs and berber villages that dot the road as well as the beauties of the Draa valley.You'll have some free time for lunch in Nkob or Alnif, and then, after two hours driving we'll reach the wonderful Merzouga dunes. “Desert of powdery sand dunes”. We'll change there our motorized transportation for one of animal traction to go inside the heart of the the desert. When we reach the camp, we accommodate in the tents, that are tents made of camel hair, just like the ones used by nomad families. Dinner and night in the berber tent under a beautiful starry sky.
This is a complete Desert day. “Date with the sunrise” If you are In the middle of the desert, it's absolutely worth getting up early to contemplate the most spectacular sunrise you've ever seen at the top of a dune close to the camp and enjoy this landscape that is a gift of nature. After sunrise we return to Merzouga on the camels where a hearty breakfast is waiting for us. Then we'll skirt the Erg Chebbi, great extension of sandy desert where we can find the Big Dune of Morocco. which has more than 250mts high. We continue then by the road that was formerly used for the “Paris - Dakar” and ends in the mountains that limit with Agelia. Stop at Tissardmin oasis where we can find fossil quarries still present in the area, we continue then by a road where we can see nomad settlements and learn their secrets and manners. The next stop will be at a viewpoint to contemplate the hole Erg Chebbi. We'll reach then Kamilia Village, originally from Mali, where we'll take a relaxing cup of tea meanwhile we listen to a concert of the spiritual music of Gnawa. Transfer to your accommodation and free afternoon to enjoy the town or the dunes next to the hotel to see the sunset. Dinner and night in the hotel.
We leave the desert after breakfast to go to Rissani where we'll visit the market place (market days: tuesday, thursday and saturday), we continue then to Erfoud where we can visit the manufactures of fossilized marble before starting our way to Touroug and Tinjdad palm groves. One hour later we'll reach one of the best places of the High Atlas, the Todra Gorges. The course of the river has carved out cliff-sided canyon and it's because of its beauty and the high rock sides that's very popular among climbers. Free time to have lunch in this wonderful place. A short walk through the gorges is very advisable to better appreciate the beauty of the landscape. In the afternoon we continue to the Dades valley, also known as the figs valley going through Boumalne Dades we'll stop at the “monkey legs”. Dinner and night at the Dades gorges.
After breakfast we can enjoy one of the better 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. Then we continue by a road dot with different kasbahs of touristic interest. After some stops to enjoy the “One thousand kasbahs road”. the Roses Valley an the big Skoura palm grove we'll get to Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, old residence of the Glaoui or Marrakech pasha. And if you are interested we can visit the cinema studios and tue cinema museum. Free time for lunch in town.In the afternoon we start our way back to Marrakech going through the mountain port of Tizi N'Tichka with some stops to take pictures. Here we leave back the moon landscape to reach another view full of colors. We'll get to Marrakech about 6pm, transfer to the hotel and end of our services.
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