Day 01: Fez – Ifrane – Azrou – Ziz Valley – Erg Chebbi Merzouga:
Pick up at the hotel or Riad where you are staying at 8am and head south to cross the Middle Atlas Mountains to Ifrane, called ” the little Moroccan Switzerland ” for its great resemblance to that country. One of the animals that used to live here was the lion of the Atlas, so it has become a symbol of the city and dedicated a stone statue in the center of it. We will take some photos. We will cross the famous forests of cedars. We can admire the Gran Cedro Gouraud, the biggest cedar millenarian of the region and also to feed the hundreds of monkeys of Gibraltar that live in the zone. Lunch in Midélt and in the afternoon we will pass through the Valley of Ziz. More than 20km of palm grove and 10 million palm trees makes it one of the largest in the world. Arrival to Merzouga and hospitality tea at our hotel, then enjoy our first contact with the desert, climbing to the nearest dunes and relax with a spectacular sunset. Dinner and accommodation in hotel very close to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Day 02: Merzouga – Visiting the Nomads – Khamlia – Haimas Berbers:
Today will be a day of Total Desert. After a rich and rich breakfast, we will encircle the Erg Chebbi, an extension of sand desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is located, of more than 250 meters of altitude, and we will connect by track with part of the route followed by the old Paris-Dakar And with mountains bordering Algeria in the background. Stop in the oasis of Tissardmin where we can find race of Fossiles that still is in this region and we will follow towards a nomadic settlement where we will know some of the secrets of its life and customs. Later stop at a panoramic point where we can contemplate the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will arrive at the village of Khamlia, originally from Mali, where we will relax with a tea while we enjoy a small concert of spiritual music of Gnawa. Return to the Hotel to go out in a caravan of dromedaries to enter the heart of the dunes and contemplate an unforgettable sunset. We will arrive with the dromedaries to the camp where we will stay in Haimas ” Shops made with dromedary hair ” as the nomads of the desert use. Dinner and overnight in Haimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
Day 03: Merzouga – Rissani – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorges:
” Cite with the Dawn ” as they are in the desert it is advisable to get up early to walk to the highest dune that is around the camp to enjoy the sunrise and this relaxing landscape that nature offers us, we will return in Dromedaries to the town of Merzouga. After a rich breakfast, we have to say goodbye to the desert and we will leave for Rissani where we will visit its market (if we are lucky and it is one of the Market days: Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday) we will continue the road to Erfoud where there is also possibility to visit the Fossilized marble factory before continuing to the palm groves of Touroug and Tinjdad. 1 hour later we will arrive at one of the strongest points of the High Atlas: The Gorges of Todra. The channel of the river Todra has formed a gorge of vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty; Is the climbers’ paradise and a unique place. Lunch on site and a half-hour walk would be advisable to see and enjoy the Gorges in detail. In the afternoon we will continue to the Valley of the Dadès, also known by the Valley of figs, passing through Boumalne Dadés we will stop in the “feet of monkey” Dinner and night in the Gorges of the Dades.
Day 04: The Dades Gorges – Valley of roses – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – High Atlas – Marrakech:
After breakfast, we can enjoy one of the best views of the Dadés Valley. We will do it from one of the most strategic places that the mountains offer us. From there we can observe the amount of kasbah that there is and the picturesque of each one of them, then exit towards a road dotted with diverse Kasbah of great interest. After several stops to enjoy the route of the Thousand Kasbah, the Valley of the Roses and the great palm grove of Skoura, we will arrive in Ouarzazate and visit the kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of the Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakesh, Film Studios and Museum of Cinema if you are interested. We will also go to the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, where we will visit its famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986). In this spectacular frame have been filmed several famous films as Gladiator, Obelix, Sahara with Penélope Cruz… Lunch in the village and in the afternoon we will leave for Marrakech crossing the mountain port of Tizi Ntichka with stops to take photos. Here we will leave behind the lunar landscape that will give way to the predominant green colors, ocher … etc. Arrival in Marrakech about 18h or later, transfer to the hotel or airport and end of our services.
– English speaking driver
– 4×4 with A & C
– Berber Camp
– Camel trekking