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
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.
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.