Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Dades Valley
Our Desert Trip from Marrakech to Dades valley begins with our driver picking you up at 08:00 am from your hotel or riad in our air conditioned 4X4s or minivans (depends on group size). Our journey starts by crossing the high Atlas Mountain to Ouarzazate through the Tizi n’Tichka pass 2260 meters above sea level, giving an awe inspiring view of colorful landscape and the Berber villages along the way. In Ouarzazate, we will stop to visit the famous Taourirt Kasbah and have lunch beside this famous castle of 300 rooms! Afterwards we continue our travels through the palm roads of Skoura palmeraie to Dades valley & the city of roses for dinner & our overnight stay.
Day 2: Dades – Todra Gorges – Merzouga Dunes (Erg Chebbi)
Day 2 begins with breakfast then a drive to Todra Gorges passing by Tineghir. Todra is popular for its canyons and its panoramic palm plantations by the river, all of which will be covered & visited. Later on, we continue our trip to Tinjedad for a lunch at a local restaurant, then we proceed to Erfoud ot visit the local fossil crafts workshop. Eventually we will reach the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi (Merzouga Dunes). After checking into the hotel, you will have an hour & a half long camel trek prepared for you at sunset. The trek ends when we reach the nomad camps by nightfall for an animated dinner by the campfire before spending the night in a bivouac under the starry skies of the dunes.
Day 3: Merzouga – Tazarine – Agdz – Ouarzazate
Well wake up before sunrise to catch the first glimpses of the sun as it casts its rays of the dunes of Erg Chebbi, followed by a breakfast in the camp and a camel trek back to the hotel for a quick shower. Afterwards, we drive to Rissani, a small Saharan town in southeast of Morocco to visit another fossil workshop before continuing to the Agdez & Draa valley junction where we head north to Ouarzazate after crossing the volcanic Atlas Mountains. We will spend the night in Ouarzazate.
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech
The final day will also begin with breakfast, then a visit to Ouarzazate’s famous cinema studio known as Africa’s Hollywood. Afterwards we head to the UNISCO Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah where some of the modern classics like gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia & Indiana jones were shot. We will also get the chance to visit the Kasbahs to learn about Moroccan architecture. Finally we will be taking the Tizi n’Tichka pass through the Atlas Mountains to return to Marrakech with a stop at the mountains for launch.