Pick up from your accommodation in Marrakech at 8.30 in the morning in a comfortable 4×4 car. We depart to Ouarzazate going through the High Atlas mountains. On our way, we’ll cross the Tizi Ntichka pass, of 2.260 m. We’ll enjoy beautiful landscapes from the different viewpoints on our way and make some stops to take pictures.
Then we’ll take a small side road that leads us to the kasbah Telouat. After visiting the kasbah you have free time to enjoy a typical moroccan lunch in town.
In the afternoon we’ll continue through the Ounila valley, where berber families live in adobe houses lost in the mountains. After a while we reach the famous fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986).
Many 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 continue our way 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, named after the river with the same name. On the way we make some stops to take pictures and enjoy the view of the spectacular kasbahs and berber villages along the road as well as the beauties of the Draa valley.
You’ll have some free time for lunch in Nkob or Alnif. After two hours driving we´ll reach the wonderful Merzouga dunes. Here we’ll change our motorized transportation for one of animal traction to go inside the heart of the desert. When we reach the tented-camp we will serve you a delicious dinner under a beautiful starry sky.
This is a complete Desert day. We will have a “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.
After sunrise we return to Merzouga on the camels where a hearty breakfast is waiting for us. We continue by a road that was formerly used for the “Paris – Dakar” and ends in the mountains that limit with Agelia. 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 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 Dadès valley, also known as the figs valley going through Boumalne Dadés we`ll stop at the “monkey legs”. Dinner and night at the Dadès gorges.
After breakfast we can enjoy one of the better views of the Dadès valley from one strategic lookout in the mountains. From there we can appreciate a great number of kasbahs and the scenic characteristics of each one.
After some stops to enjoy the “One thousand kasbahs road”, the Roses Valley and the big Skoura palm grove, we’ll get to Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, old residence of the Glaoui pasha. And if you are interested we can visit the cinema studios and the 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 Ntichka with some stops to take pictures.
Here we leave the moon landscape to reach another view full of colors. We`ll get to Marrakech about 6 pm, transfer to the hotel and end of our services.