YOUR ITINERARY :
This tour lets you experience wonderful scenery, magnificent Kasbahs and a camel trek into the desert. You will travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle with a private experienced English speaking driver/guide during the whole road tour. Half-board accommodation is included throughout the whole trip and the camel trek will lead to an overnight camp in the desert. For your convenience, the camp is equipped with western bathrooms. We offer a choice of three itineraries, which cater for different combinations of start and end locations – Marrakech or Fes.
Day 1: Marrakech – n’Tichka Pass – Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah – Dades Valley:
We will meet you at your accommodation in Marrakech and start travelling to the Dades Valley via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass and over the High Atlas Mountains. Today you will enjoy travelling through the dramatic pass and the fascinating views of the Berber villages and the amazing landscape changing as the day progresses. Your first stop will be at the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Et-Hami in the late 19th century, it is now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site, which today still houses many Glaoui family members. Lunch by the Kasbah and continue to the Dades Gorge through the road of “the Thousand Kasbahs”, which offers many fine photo opportunities of nature and people. Your first stop will be at Skoura in the birds valley to see the standing 18th century Kasbah of Ameridhil, we’ll get to Kalaat Mgouna – famous for roses and its annual festival during the roses harvest in May . On to the Dades Valley where you will enjoy seeing the amazing rock formation famous as “the monkey toes”. Overnight at Hotel Xalucadades or similar. Half Board (HB).
Day 2: Dades Valley – Todra Gorge – Rissani – Merzouga::
After breakfast in the hotel, leave the Dades valley towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley. Watch the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Get to the Gorge and walk under the 300m high red cliff, where many Rock-climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport. You will enjoy a 2 hours hike within the valley; meet locals in their fields and learn about the local culture and geography. After lunch, your journey continues to Merzouga via Erfoud through the oasis of Tafilalet, the largest date palm grove in Morocco. You will have the opportunity to walk the authentic souk of Rissani, and learn about the trading caravans travelling as far as Timbuctu in Mali. Get to Merzouga in the afternoon and check in to your riad. Overnight at riad Moha yut . (HB).
Day 3: Merzouga area and the Camel trek::
After breakfast in your riad, you will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat hair tent and learn about the desert life, afterwards you visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan; here you will have the opportunity to listen to their music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may have a visit to the lake of Merzouga and its bird population such as the “Flamingos”. After lunch, you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. You will enjoy the beauty of the Sahara desert and the sunset over the golden dunes. After the sunset you will enjoy your dinner in front of the camp where you will spend your first night under canvas – or if you prefer, under the stars. For your convenience, our camp is equipped with western bathrooms. (HB).
Day 4: Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Midlet – Azrou – Fes:
Early in the morning, your camel man will wake you up to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. Over the dunes, you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Fes via the Ziz Valley and Azrou. You will enjoy the fascinating landscape along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock, and through the Tizi n’ Talghamt Pass to Midelt. After lunch, you will continue through the Midlle Atlas Mountains and the Cedar Forest , where you will see the Barbarian apes in the wild. Continue to Fes, where the tour ends at your accommodation.