5 Days Marrakech To Marrakech Via Merzouga Desert
Day 1 : Marrakesh- Tizi N’Tichka – Ait Ben Haddou- Ouarzazate- Rose Valley- Dades Gorge:
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your riad/hotel, and depart toward the Dades Gorge, driving through the High Atlas Mountains and through a pass called Tizi-n-Tichka, which stand at an altitude of 2260m, stopping for the panoramic views and enjoying the beautiful houses of the Berbere villages, the lush river beds where farming still flourishes , castles still in ruins and those which are being restored. We will stop in Ait Ben Haddou for lunch in a local restaurant and then visit the UNISCO World Heritage site with its popular Kasbah. We continue driving to Kalaa M’Gouna, known for its “Festival of Roses”, which takes place each May. We’ll stop to take in the panoramic views before heading to your hotel in the Dades Valley.
Day 2: Dades Valley- Tinjdad – Erfoud -Erg Chebbi Dunes (Merzouga):
After breakfast, we’ll explore the Dades Gorge. We’ll see the rock formations and then drive along the road to Tinghir, known as the Grand Canyon of Morocco, enjoying the amazing scenery along the Todra Gorge, observing the fortified villages. Eventually, we reach a famous rock climbing spot. We’ll stop for a walk to enjoy the beautiful rocky mountains, stretch our legs and then continue our drive to Tiinjdad for lunch in a local restaurant. Next, we drive to Erfoud where we’ll visit a marble factory. You’ll see the artisans work and have time to purchase beautiful native marble decorations.
We continue on to Erg CHebbi, the largest sand dunes in Morocco. Your camel caravan will be waiting to walk you to your camp. You can stop on the way to enjoy the sunset.
Day 3 : Hassi Labyad -Merzouga -Khamlia –Tamradanite:
Today, we have an exciting adventure, driving across the dunes, very close to the Algerian-Morocco border. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Berbere families living in tents and you’ll have the chance to meet them and to learn about their culture. We visit the small Berbere villages of Tamrdanite and M’fis, to see a still functioning mineral mine. Continuing our trip, we will reach Khamlia, a remote village, home for merely 32 families. Khamlia is famous for Gnawa music, which is played on ancient instruments, giving you a chance to see (and hear) yet another aspect of Moroccan culture , that of the Khamlia people. For lunch, we dine in a local restaurant known around the world for its delicious Berbere pizza. Later on we take you to your hotel .
Day 4: Erg Chebbi -Rissani- Alnif – Ouarzazate.
After your breakfast, we drive to Rissani, the oldest imperial city in a valley surrounded by palm trees. we’ll visit the mausoleum of Moulay ali Cherif, the great grandfather of Moulay Cherif, who founded the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco. Next, we go to Alnif, a small Berbere village, in the Anti Atlas Mountains, known for Trilobite extractions to see a museum about the fossils of Morocco. We’ll stop for lunch and then drive along side the beautiful Draa River, stopping for pictures of the amazing views toward Agdez ,then through the Anti Atlas Mountains to your Hotel in Ouarzazate .
Day 5 : Ouarzazate –High Atlas- Telouat – Marrakech
After breakfast we will begin the last day exploring Ouarzazate. We begin with a visit to Taourirt Kasbah, the Glaoui palace, a 19th century Kasbah. Taourirt is a remarkably preserved construction with its tangle of courtyard ,stairs and rooms all of sizes.
We’ll stop to visit the Atlas Studios, where many Hollywood movies were filmed. The Mummy, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, just to name a few. We dine at a local restaurant in the High Atlas Mountains, looking over lush riverbeds, now in ruins, as well as restored castles and castle ruins. After lunch, we will take you to your Riad in Marrakesh.