Day 01 : Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – The valley of Roses – Dades Gorges
We pick you up from your Riad/Hotel at 08:00 and leave Marrakech to begin our tour in the Dades Valley. We pass through Tizi-n-Tichka in the high Atlas Mountains where we pause to appreciate the mountain views. We visit the Ait Ben Haddou village which is recognized by UNESCO as a world patrimony. It is famous as a backdrop for many films, including 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Gladiator' and 'Alexander'. We take lunch here before continuing on our way enjoying the natural beauty of the landscapes and historical monuments such as Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and Roses Valley, which is renowned for the Festival of Roses. We also pass through the little Berber villages of Skoura and "El Kelaa des M'Gouna" and "Boumalne Dades". The latter is our final stop for the day. We shall stay overnight in a hotel which includes dinner and breakfast.
Day 02 : Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga (Camel ride & Night in the Desert)
From Boumalne Dades we head to Merzouga in one of the largest wind blown dunes in Morocco, Erg Chebbi. Through the Berber village Tinghir we visit Todra Gorge where the cliffs are as high as 600m and only 10m apart. We leave Todra passing through many Berber villages to pass through Tinjdad where we can stop for lunch or if you preferrable continue to Rissani where you could have the local speciality, Berber Pizza for lunch if we get there by Midday. After lunch we make our way to Merzouga to meet the camels joining us on our trek. The camels take us to a Berber camp in the middle of an oasis amidst the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. 20 km long and 5 km wide it is also reputed as the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is a unique and diverse environment. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min from the hotel to the camp where we continue the spirit of the nomadic Berber lifestyle. There we setup 3 Berber tents with additional restaurant and kitchen with the dunes naturally providing basic facilities. The tents are well equipped and we provide mattresses, blankets, and cushions. After dinner we gather round the fire and enjoy the desert night perhaps with traditional Berber drums.
Day 03 : Merzouga – Khamlia – Nomad Family – Merzouga
Wake up early morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dunes in the sahara desert, then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat hair tent and learn about the desert life, afterwards you visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, here you will have the opportunity to listen to their music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may have a visit to the lake of Merzouga and its bird population such as the “Flamingos”. Free afternoon and night in the hotel.
Day 04 : Merzouga – Market of Rissani – Merzouga
After breakfast. We go to Rissani, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday are market days to buy spices, herbs, meats, vegetables and fruits. To park the donkey, tie it on one leg and enter the souk. It's time to walk the corridors of the Rissani market, mystics with the sun's rays entering between the roofs. The colors stand out from the brown. Women who go unnoticed, is the daily life of Rissani. It smells like cumin. It smells of freshly tanned leather. It seems that many adidas are used here, in addition to slippers. It is boisterous, how many species of variety of color. Some sellers try to pull you to see what they offer, others expect a show of interest before approaching. You go walking and you do it among donkeys, bicycles, small carts, men holding hands, discreet and elusive women. This town centuries ago, was the first imperial city of Morocco. At its best it was an important caravan center linking Sudan, the Gao salt mines and the towns of southern Mauritania. In fact, the current dynasty was born on this earth. Return to the hotel to rest and free afternoon, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Draa Valley – Agdez – Ouarzazate
After the breakfast. We’ll continue driving towards Agdz via Alnif and Tazarine, before we get to the fascinating Draa Valley at the edge of the Atlas Mountains, along which lay hundreds of Berber Kasbahs.we will pass through Agdz to end our journey in Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight stay in the riad.
Day 06 : Ouarzazate – Telouet – High Atlas – Marrakech
After breakfast, we will set off for Marrakech, in our way we visit the Kasbah of Pacha Glaoui in Telouet. Then stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the middle of the high atlas. Then we continue through the spectacular views of the high Atlas mountains and we will then drop you off at your riad/hotel and end of our services.
- Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
- Pick you up & drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
- Berber tent accommodation in desert with enough blankets. No need to bring your sleeping bag.
- Experienced driver/guide English speaking.
- Fuel, tolls and all associated expenses.
- Dinners and breakfasts (Vegetarians are welcome).
- It is possible to take a backpack with you on the camel.
- Camel warden.
- Camel ride
- If you are not interested to ride the camels for 1 hour. It is possible to ride the camel for short time and take the 4x4 to the camp.
Not Included :
- Noon meal. (Possibility of picnic or restaurants).
- Drinks at meal.
- Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
- Entry fees to Monuments / Museums / Kasbahs
- Anything not mentioned in the program
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
- Note that due to the long distances, approximately 8 hours will be spent driving each day.
- Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
- Departure point : Your hotel or a designated central location in Marrakech.
- Departure time : 08am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
- Duration : 6 days
- Return details : Returns to original departure point.