Day 1 : Marrakech – Tizi-n-Tichka – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura – kelaa Mgouna – Boumalne – Dades Gorges :
Welcome at Marrakesh city airport. On this Erg Chebbi Desert Merzouga Tours, we will drive to Ouarzazate which is a former caravan city on salt and silk route in the eastern foothills side of the Atlas Mountains. Ouarzazate is also the Gateway to the Sahara desert. First of all, journey through the dramatic and spectacular landscape of the High Atlas Mountains. Also pass through the Adobe berber town of Taddert and over the 2260 meters high Tizi-in-Tichka pass. Then we stop at the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, 30 kilometers away from Ouarzazate. In fact this kasbah is a most intriguing red earth castle dwelling in the ancient road of the Kasbahs, also it’s a UNESCO world heritage site. Your lunch will be by the Kasbah and then continue to Dades Gorge passing first by Ouarzazate. “the Hollywood of Africa”, then through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs”. It is a fascinating “path full of beautiful sand castles”. Afterward continue on the journey and stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “the rose’s city” which is famous for its roses and the annual festival during the harvest time in May. Finally we continue to our accommodation in the heart of the Dades Gorge.
Day 2 : Dades Gorges– Boumlane – Tinghir – Toudra Gorges – Tinjdad – Touroug – Erfoud – Merzouga :
Today after breakfast and on this Erg Chebbi Desert Merzouga Tours, start your day through the valley to immerse the spectacular rock formation “the monkey toes”, besides the presently-standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul. After exploring the Dades valley area we’ll head towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley. In this latter immerse in the panoramic views of the ancient mud Berber villages that overlook the valley. Get deep inside the Gorge and walk under 300m high red cliff, in this place Rock-climbers come to enjoy their adorable sport. Our trip continues to Erfoud and Rissani where our lunch will be taken. Then leave towards the village of Merzouga the camel caravan will be awaiting you. The camel trek is guided by an experienced Camel man to discover the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Furthermore in the heart of the desert you will spend your first night beneath the stars, or in a traditional Berber nomad tent as you prefer. (an unforgettable night).
Day 3 : Merzouga -Erg Chebbi – Merzouga :
Wake up early morning by our camel man to admire what is the best sunrise of your life. Then get back to the village of Merzouga while trekking (to have breakfast) and appreciate the unique beauty of the Erg Chebbi dunes, a beautiful view of changing the light as the day progresses. After breakfast drive to the holy city of Rissani which is the Alauite Dynasty town and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Sheriff. Start exploring the area and visit the ruins of Ksar named Abbar. In fact this kasbah dates from the 17th century. Furthermore Rissani town is surrounded by 360 ksars which are fortified castles with many towers and one big souk (open market) held three times a week. So tour in Rissani’s famed Palmera and immerse in a glimpse of life lived on the fringe of the Desert. Your overnight will be at the village of Merzouga in Hotel or riad.
Day 4 : Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Tazarine – Nkoub – Draa Valley – Agdez – Ouarzazate:
After breakfast, we will leave for Rissani which was in the past Sijilmassa and the foundation of the dynasty of Alaouite, the current ruling family. You’ll see most of the men hooded and woman veiled, which makes it a very traditional Moroccan town. Then we drive towards Agdez, via Alnif and Tazarine, and we get to the picturesque Draa Valley situated on the edge of the Atlas Mountains, and in which you’ll find hundreds of Berber Kasbahs. Finally pass through Agdez and finish your journey in Ouarzazate.
Day 5 : Ouarzazate – Fint Oasis – Tifoultoute – Marrakech:
After breakfast start your last day by a drive to the Fint Oasis which is on the top of a rocky peak. You’ll discover this lovely nestled in the wadi and surrounded by the incredible mountains. Then cross the unique Tizi –in-Tichka pass over the High Atlas Mountains. This breathtaking range has snow on its peaks most of the year, and you’ll appreciate the beauty of the endless landscapes on the curving roads through the Berber villages. Then to Marrakech where the tour ends.
Included on the Erg Chebbi Desert Merzouga Tours:
Transportation in 4×4 vehicles with A/C.
Driver/Guide available every day of the trip. ( English Speaking )
Accommodation on half board (dinner and breakfast) in hotels.
Camel ride through the desert and sleep in tent
Tent in an Oasis with the Berbers.
Not Included :
Noon meals. (Possibility of picnic or restaurants)
Drinks at meals.
Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
NOTE : If the itineraries of this Erg Chebbi Desert Merzouga Tours, that we offer does not match what you’re looking for, contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements.