Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Ziz Gorges – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga (Camel ride into Erg Chebbi desert)
After breakfast we will embark on a picturesque journey towards Ifrane, through hills covered in forests of cork oak and giant cedar, home of a few Barbary apes. Crossing beautiful and tranquil passes over both the Middle and High Atlas ranges we will catch a first glimpse of the south’s incredible architecture. Lunch in Midelt, approached through a bleak plain of scrub and desert. The dramatic peaks of the High Atlas, rising behind the town, provide a spectacular background. Crossing Tizi-n-Talremt (Pass of the She-Camel), we will descend into a desert plain along the Ziz valley. We will then head south to Erfoud and Rissani, a huge oasis containing over six million palm trees, edged by many ksours (fortified villages). Continuing along a striking route that marks the transition to desert, when we reach Merzouga we will be greeted with a glass of tea. We have time to relax, then we get ready to ride camels into the pink sands of Morocco’s highest dunes. We will have time to wander the dunes before sunset. Dinner is served, followed by traditional music and the night in a nomad tent. (HB)
Day 2: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades valley & gorge
If we wake up early enough, we can watch the spectacle of sunrise, when the colour of the dunes combine with the play of shadows to make an awesome sight. After breakfast we ride the camels for a couple of hours (or less; it is up to you) before leaving for Tinghir and Todra Gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinejdad and the Todra Valley. This stunning area affords plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorge. Later, we will continue to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges before spending the night in a hotel. (HB)
Day 3: Dades Valley – Boutarar – Rose Valley – Skoura – Ouarzazate
After breakfast there is some time to relax on the hotel terrace, with wonderful views across the fertile Dades Valley. Alternatively, we offer an optional 1-2 hour trek through the villages of this charming area, passing fields cultivated by the Berber women, with the peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. Our journey will then continue toward Ouarzazate, going off-road along the Boutarar piste to visit Berber nomads in their caves and partake in a glass of tea with them. From here, we will continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the kasbahs of Skoura. We will stay in a riad in Ouarzazate. (HB)
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Atlas mountains – Marrakech
After breakfast, our route continues to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a World Heritage site and the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters. This is the most famous kasbah in Morocco. From here, a newly asphalted road continues to Telouet. Telouet is set right in the midst of the mountains, and was once the seat of the last Pasha of Marrakech, El Glaoui, from where the highest pass in Africa, Tizi n’Tichka, was controlled. At the end of the afternoon we will arrive in Marrakech.
• Transportation / Fuel / Driver : 4 days Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle(s), mini bus or motorcoach.
• Guidance: Services of a qualified fluent multi-language guide.
• Comprehensive sightseeing including guidance.
• 2 night Accommodation in well recommended hotels / Kasbahs / Riads (HB)
• One night in a Traditional Berber Tents (HB).
• Camel Ride (Camel per each individual)
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Sand boarding (Free & Optional)
• Traditional Music live show
• Drinks and personal items
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