Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Gorge Dades
We will welcome you at Marrakesh, in order to drive to Ouarzazate, a former caravan town on the silk and salt route in the eastern foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Ouarzazate is known as the Gateway to the Sahara. First of all, we will travel through the dramatic landscape of the High Atlas Mountains passing through the berber town of Taddert and over the 2260 meters high Tizi-in-Tichka pass. We will stop at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, 30 kilometers from Ouarzazate. The kasbah is one of the most intriguing red earth castles lining the ancient road of the Kasbahs, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Lunch by the Kasbah and continue on our way to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate, “The Hollywood of Africa”. Through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”- the fascinating “sand castles”. We will continue in our journey to stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “The roses city” known for roses and its annual festival during the roses harvest in May, and then continue to our hotel in the heart of the Dades Gorge.
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Sahara Merzouga (camel ride)
After breakfast in the hotel, drive back through the valley to see the amazing rock formation “The monkey toes”, and the still-standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul. Leave the Dades valley towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley. Watch the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Get to the Gorge and walk under the 300m high red cliff, where many Rock-climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport. Continue our trip to Erfoud and Rissani where we have lunch; afterwards, we leave for the village of Merzouga, where your camel will be awaiting you. Before you mount your camel, guided by an experienced Camel man, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. This trip begins in evening, we organise the camel ride for the night in desert from Merzouga village. The trek will start right into the desert for 1:30min. We will spend the night in an equipped camp in the middle of the Sahara, this is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. When we arrive at the camp we walk to the high dunes to see the sunset. It will be a magical night when the sky is clear of cover and stars sparkle and shine with intensity, there will be a wonderful dinner around a campfire, Here you will spend your night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent.
Day 3: Merzouga – Valley Ziz – Medilt – Ifran – Fes
After you have regained your strength at breakfast, we will start the return journey. The trip will lead us from M’hamid to Tagounite, where we will take a detour to a dirt road that leads us across a picturesque countryside with oases gardens and palms. In Tamegroute, a small town right outside of Zagora, it is worth visiting an old Koran library and/or a pottery workshop. Once more, enjoy the exotic countryside on the way back across the Draa village. After a stop in Ouarzazate we will drive to Marrakech via the High Atlas.