4 day tour: Marrakech > Merzouga > Marrakech
DAY 1: MARRAKECH – AIT AOURIR – TADART – OURAZAZATE – DADES GORGES
We leave Marrakech in the morning after breakfast and head to the high Atlas mountains where we drive over the Tizi-Ntichka pass (2260 m altitude). We’ll stop in the town of Ouarzazate, where you can visit Kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakech. In the afternoon we continue to your hotel / riad passing the Valley of Roses and Dades Gorges.
DAY 2: DADES GORGES > TENGHIR > TODRA GORGES > TINJDAD > ERFOUD > MERZOUGA DESERT CAMEL TREK > DESERT CAMP (1 NIGHT)
After breakfast, we’ll drive a few minutes and enjoy one of the best views of the Dades Gorges. From there we can see the impressive mountains with a few picturesque Kasbah’s and Berber villages.
We’ll continue toward Tinghir, the Todra Gorges. Here you have free time to walk around to enjoy the idyllic gorge river. After we head to Tinjdad for lunch. After lunch we head to Erfoud, the Moroccan fossil capital. We arrive in Merzouga around 16:00 o’clock.
At the end of the drive in Merzouga, you switch from car to dromedary. In caravan you enter the heart of the Erg Chebbi dunes and enjoy an unforgettable sunset. We spend the night at the desert camp in traditional desert nomad Haim’s, “homes made with dromedary wool”. And if you want, you can sleep under the spectacular sky of stars. We end the day with a cup of traditional tea (Moroccan or Berber Whisky), a delicious Berber tajine and with local Berber nomad musicians playing traditional drums.
DAY 3: MERZOUGA – RISSANI – ALNIF – ANKOUB – DRAA VALLEY – OUARZAZATE
”Date with the Dawn”! A recommended Sahara custom. Wake up early, walk up to the highest dune around and enjoy the magnificent sunrise.
After a relaxing start we go back to Merzouga by dromedary. After a delicious breakfast we leave the desert and drive to Ouarzazate via the Tafilalet Palmgrove, Rissani and the Draa valley. In Ouarzazate you can visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakech, the movie studio’s or the Cine Museum (all optional).
DAY 4: OURAZAZATE – AÏT BEN HADDOU – AGDAL – MARRAKECH
We depart the hotel / riad after breakfast. We continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient fortified village in typical Moroccan fashion. This spectacular fortified village has been used as film set for more films than any other location in Morocco. After lunch we head back to Marrakech via the Tizi Ntichka pass (2260 m) in the High Atlas.
Here we leave the mountain landscape, which give way to the prevailing green and ochre colours. And finally finish in the red city Marrakech. We’ll drop you off at your Riad or the airport.
- Accommodation in hotel or riad
- Dinners and breakfasts
- Experienced driver and local guide(s)
- Private transport with AC
- Sight seeing
INCLUDED FOR DESERT TOURS
- Camel ride in the desert (one dromedary each)
- Overnight in desert camp (in traditional tents)
- Sandboard (optional)
- Personal travel insurance