Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge:
After leaving the city of Marrakech behind, we head south over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m) while enjoying superb views of the mountains and of the Berber Villages on the way. We stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant and visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is a World Heritage site. This famous kasbah has been used as the backdrop for more than 20 films.
After lunch we continue through Ouarzazate, which is the gateway to southern Morocco, and continue towards the Skoura oasis, which is a fertile area lined with immense palm groves. Following on from Skoura we arrive at the Valley of Roses.
Roses are a very important crop booster to the local population. The rose season, begins around 10 April and ends around 20 May, depending on climate conditions. The Rose Festival or Moussem of Roses takes place on the second weekend in May and lasts for two days. Many festivities take place, including performances by folk groups and the Miss Roses contest, whose winner then takes part in a procession on a decorated float. Traders from all over the region come to sell their specialities and handicraft products.
Finally on this day we arrive at the spectacular Dades Gorge and this is where you will have dinner and spend the night in your hotel.
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorges – Merzouga:
After breakfast at the hotel we depart Dades Gorge and head towards Todra Gorges: a massive fault, rising to 200m in a narrow valley, thickly dotted with palm groves and Berber Villages. After lunch in the gorge, we go further into the Sahara to Merzouga which has the largest natural underground body of water in all Morocco and stands on the edge of the great sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Dinner and overnight in hotel in Merzouga.
Day 3: Merzouga – Merzouga Dunes:
After a leisurely breakfast, you drive to the village of the Negroes, Khamlia. These people came from Sudan and were originally brought north as slaves. You will meet some families and enjoy mint tea with them and listen to traditional gnaoua music.
Our next stop will be at Mfis, a small village to the south-east of the dunes, close to the coal and copper mines where most of the people in Merzouga used to make their livings.
Then, after a further stop in Merdane village we carry on to meet Berber families before driving back to Merzouga to check-in at your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will mount your camel to cross the dunes and discover one of the secrets of the ‘sea of sand’. Our stop will be in a virgin oasis. Enjoy the silence of the desert, appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you and watch the majestic sunset.
Spend the evening under a canopy of stars, twinkling with an intensity you may never have seen before. Sleep in traditional Berber tents, jaimas.
Day 4: Merzouga – Ziz Valley – Fez:
After breakfast in the desert, we depart to Rissani where we visit the traditional Berber suq and the ruined Kasbah of Sijilmassa Leaving Rissani we travel through the Ziz Valley and Errachidia. We will stop en route for lunch before reaching Azrou where there is a cedar forest which is home to a troupe of Barbary apes then heading to Ifrane which locals call the Switzerland of Morocco, we may have stop or continue to Fes and drop you off in your Riad/Hotel.