Sahara Drive Experience 5 Days

Day 1:

Morning pick up from your Hotel/Raid in Marrakech and journey through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka pass (2260m), the highest road in Morocco. Offering panoramic views of the snow capped High Atlas Mountains and the magnificent landscapes. Visit the extraordinary sight of the Atlas Mountains Kasbah Telouet, a rustic town that was a principal stop of the caravan route. Here visit an amazing relic of Moroccan history, the crumbling Kasbah that was once a palatial residence of extremely powerful Glaouid tribe. Then continue with a visit to another impressive Kasbah AIt Ben Haddou. A UNESCO protected, built on a hilltop and featured in many movies such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. The views from the upper heights are awe inspiring and worth the required climb through the winding, narrow streets. Night by Ait Ben Haddou, breakfast & dinner

Day 2 :

this morning we head to the city of Ouarzazate, modern city where Kasbah Taourirt stand in the center. Today we will be exploring the amazing scenery of very deep gorges. Following the route of 1000 Kasbahs we view the Skoura Oasis and Rose Valley, Kellaa Mgouna to Dades Gorge. Carved by the Dades river is a photographic challenge for anyone. Capture the red and mauve road along the zig zagging road that leads us on top of the george. Then our next destination will be another very impressive Gorge and the highest oasis valley in Morocco, the Todra Gorge. The gorge cuts into the ocher-colored cliffs of the High Atlas. Its walls are 300 meters high and at their most narrow part are mere 20 meters apart. Then we start heading towards the Sarhro volcanic mountains quite different to the Atlas Mountains. It is a beautiful jumble of volcanic peaks punctuated by gorges, ruined Kasbahs. Eventually the road will slowly change along the Draa Valley. The longest rivet valley of Morocco lined by many palm groves, Sub Sahara Berber villages. Overnight in Todra Gorge, dinner and breakfast

Day 3:

Today feel inspired as we cross the Sarhro volcanic mountains very different to the High Atlas. It is a beautiful jumble of volcanic peaks punctuated by gorges, ruined Kasbahs. Then the scenery will change as we start approaching the Draa Valley, the longest river valley in Morocco. At first we view few of the date palms but approaching Zagora, we see one of the most beautiful stretches of the valley lined by many palms and small villages. Overnight in Zagora.

Day 4 :

Short drive to Tamengroute, to view the underground Kasbah and Koran library that features books from the 13th century, Then it will not be too long drive to M’hamid, last city of any civilization before the road disappears into nothing. We enjoy a nice lunch, before resuming our journey through the wild desert scenery. Travel across the desert landscape with a stop at Oasis Sacre, water source of the desert, Then late afternoon arrival to Erg Chigaga. Here your camels in the company of a guide to take you across those sand dunes during an amazing sun set. Ride approximately for 2 hours – a unique experience. Then time to settle at our camp where we stay for overnight.

Day 5:

After breakfast and stunning sunrise start heading back towards Marrakech. Travel through the sand dunes in your 4×4 wheel drive. Your driver’s skill will carry you across the sand dunes, the old rally Paris – Dakarroad. Pass the imaginary lake of Iriqui to Forum Zquid. There get back onto the main route. Make a lunch stop in Taznakcht – known for handmade Berber carpets, Expected arrival to Marrakech at 7pm.

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Fes & Marrakech via Desert 4 Days

Day 1 : Fes -Merzouga

Starting in Fes we’ll drive south to Ifrane and Azrou in the Middle Atlas mountains, stopping in a cedar forest to see the Barbarian Apes in their natural habitat. We’ll then continue on through the Tizi Ntalghamt pass to Midelt and along the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved through volcanic rock, taking in views of the Middle-Atlas plateau noticing how the scenery changes to reveal hints of the desert as you approach the city Errachidia. After lunch there we’ll continue our journey through the Ziz valley to Arfoud. Overnight at the Hotel. Approx 7 hrs driving
> Day 2: Merzouga area and the Camel trek

Day 2 : Merzouga Area camel Ride

After breakfast we’ll start exploring the area, firstly visiting the Gnawa people – originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s also the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. Afterwards you’ll leave for Rissani – once called Sijilmassa and the meeting place for the salt caravans, coming from Timbuktu in Mali. Here you’ll walk through the souk, smelling the spices, vegetables and cloths all for local sale. After a pizza lunch in Rissani, we’ll travel back to your Riad where your camel awaits you. After a glass of mint tea, and guided by an experienced camel man, you’ll begin your camel safari exploring within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your night under the stars in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3 : Merzouga – Dades

Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what well may be the best sunrise of your life. Afterwards, you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to your Riad. Appreciating the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast in the Riad, we’ll leave for Tinghir and Todra gorges – the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. Here you will have the opportunity to hike along the valley and after lunch in the heart of the gorge we’ll drive through the Dades Valley, where you’ll see the majestic sand castles and the amazing rock formations known as “monkey toes”. Overnight accommodation is in a hotel in the heart of the gorge. Approx 5 hrs driving

Day 4 : Dades -Marrakech

After breakfast in the hotel we’ll drive through the Dades Valley towards Kalaat Mgouna and Ouarzazate. The route through Dades Valley is the way of the thousand Kasbahs – providing numerous opportunities to take some of your best photographic shots of the trip. We’ll stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose city”, to purchase the rosewater, which will make your linen smell good a long time after your trip is over. Continuing to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa” we’ll stop for lunch at the famous Ait Ben Haddou kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. After the visit of this UNESCO matrimonial historical site, now a house of the Glaoui family members – our journey will continue through the majestic Tizi n’tichka Pass (2260m) over the High Atlas Mountains, before arriving at your accommodation in Marrakech, where the tour ends. Approx 6 hrs driving

Desert Escape 3 Days

Day 1 :Marrakech -Tizi-n-Tichka Pass -Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah- Rose valley –  Dades Valley:

Pick up from your Raid/Hotel towards Ouarzazate, through the Tizi- N-Tichka pass (2260m) in the High Atlas Mountains. You will enjoy beautiful landscapes with different colors’ and the Berber villages along the way between Marrakech and Ouarzazate, the doorway to the Sahara desert. You will visit the UNESCO world heritage site Ait Benhaddou. Kasbah is one of many locations served as a natural decoration for many movies which were shot in the area such as “Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth” Take a walk and cross the dried river to discover Enesco Heritage Ait benhaddou and dominate the Kasbahs once you get to the top of the hill. Afterwards, you will head directly to Ouarzazate, You will Continue to Skoura palm grove, then Valley of the Roses the centre of Moroccan roses and rose products. Continue via the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills to Dades gorge, carved over centuries by the Dades River. Overnight right in the Dades Gorge lined by the red and mauve rock overnight in heart of dades Gorge. 7hrs of journey

Day 2 : Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Merzouga sand dunes :

Taking the road to second Gorge, via Berber villages of the Dades valley, Todra Gorge free time for a short visit along the canyons of about 300 m high, a preferred place by mountain climbers, Afterwards you will leave to Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Sahara desert and you will have time for lunch on the way before you arrive to Erfoud. Once you arrive to the hotel near by the dunes having a cup of meant tea, and then you will take a camel ride for 1h at the sunset to get to the oasis where the camp is located and see the sunset. Spend the night in nomadic tent under shooting stars. With Berber music sometimes, Have diner in the camp. 6/7hrs of journey

Day 3 : Merzouga – Daraa valley – Ouarzazat – Marrakech:

Early weak up to injoy the sunrise then take the Camels back to the Hotel, have  breakfast and a quickly shower, then Return back a different way  to Ouarzazat the Moroccan Hollywood city through an arid landscape, Lunch in Ouarzazat before driving back over the high Atlas Mountains, Arrival in Marrakech evening about 8 pm, (approximately). 10 hrs of journey.

Dunes & Kasbahs of Morocco 5 Days

Visit kasbahs & Ksours in addition to high dunes of Morocco in 5 days Trip 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Dadès Gorges

Our journey starts from Marrakech to Dadès Gorges. We travel across the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas pass (2260m), with far-reaching views across the mountains, to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and take a guided tour of the Kasbah of El Glaoui, former War Lord and Pasha of Marrakech. We continue and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, a spectacular fortified village (ksour). We have our lunch at Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate and continue to Dadès Valley where we well spend the night in a riad/hotel.

Day 2: from Dadès Gorges to Merzouga

After breakfast, we go from Dadès Gorges to the Sahara desert of Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way. We’ll pass through Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan Oasis of Tafilalt and then continue to Merzouga. Dinner is served in the hotel near Erg Chebbi where we will spend the night and listen to Berber music.

Day 3: 4×4 Desert Tour

In the morning, we start our tour around the dunes of Erg Chebbi. We will visit a berber house and listen to some Gnawa music; originally from Ghana, and Sudan. We will visit some deserted mines, Berber nomads and oasis of palm trees. For lunch we will head back to Merzouga. After relaxing for a time we will go for the camels that are waiting to take us on an adventure in the sand dunes. We will spend the night in an equipped camp with drums music in the middle of the Sahara, which is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. When we arrive to the camp, we climb the high dunes to see the sunset and spend the night in nomad tents.

Day 4: Merzouga – Ouarzazate

After watching the sunrise we go back to Merzouga. We will have an opportunity to take a shower and have a lovely breakfast. Then we start our journey back to Ouarzazate. On our way, we visit the Berber shops where you may purchase souvenirs like fossils, carpets, lamps, leather… We arrive Ouarzazate in the afternoon and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 5: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

Leaving Ouarzazate in the morning we will have another chance to visit Ait Benhaddou for lunch and tour in this world heritage site. This famous 11th century kasbah was used as a backdrop for more than 20 films including famous Gladiator. After lunch we will start our journey back to Marrakech through Tizi-n- Tichka and reach Marrakech in the evening

Desert Escape 3 Days

Overview :

Timeless symbols of the Sahara, camel treks are an integral part of Morocco’s history and culture, and no trip to Morocco is complete without experiencing this traditional method of travel in the seductive dunes of the Sahara Desert. Spending nights under the myriad stars of the inky desert sky, our Camel Treks are specially designed to give you this once in a life time adventure with the complete peace of mind you will be travelling with drivers, guides and cooks who know the area intimately, are carefully chosen and fully licensed to work with tourists.

A unique, remote desert region, ancient home of the Ait Atta Berber nomads who have lived and traveled this area for centuries, the dunes near M’hamid give you the best opportunity to see, breathe and feel the beauty of the golden sands as they are protected wilderness, and modern development is not allowed to encroach; accommodation is only in traditional nomad type tents.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Dadès Gorges

Our journey starts from Marrakech to Dadès Gorges. We travel across the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas pass (2260m), with far-reaching views across the mountains, to the traditional High Atlas Berber village of Telouet and take a guided tour of the Kasbah of El Glaoui, former War Lord and Pasha of Marrakech. We continue and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of c, a spectacular fortified village (ksour). We have our lunch at Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate and continue to Dadès Gorges where we well spend the night in a riad/hotel.

Day 2: From Dadès Gorges to Merzouga

After breakfast, we go from Dadès Gorges to the Sahara desert of Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way. We’ll pass through Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud in which we’ll feel the beginning of the Saharan Oasis of Tafilalt and then continue to Merzouga. After relaxing for a time, we go for the camels that are waiting to take us on an adventure in the sand dunes. We will spend the night in an equipped camp with drums music in the middle of the Sahara, which is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. When we arrive to the camp, we climb the high dunes to see the sunset and spend the night in nomad tents

Day 3: Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After watching the sunrise we go back to Merzouga. We will have an opportunity to take a shower and have a lovely breakfast. Then we start our journey back to Ouarzazate. On our way, we visit the Berber shops where you may purchase souvenirs like fossils, carpets, lamps, leather… We arrive Ouarzazate in the afternoon and from there head back to Marrakech.