1st day: Marrakech - Dades Gorges
Your Morocco desert trip starts with a morning departure from your riad in Marrakech towards Dades Gorges crossing the high Atlas Mountains. On the Tizi-n-Tichka peak, the highest in Africa, we stop for a break to take photos and to admire the breath-taking views of the valleys and the Berber Villages on the sides of the mountains. Then we take a side road driving towards the Kashab of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator, Alexander and some parts of the famous TV series the Game of Thrones. After lunch, a visit is scheduled to the Kasbah with a local guide to look around and take pictures. In the afternoon, we drive past Ouarzazate and the Oasis of Skoura where we stop to explore the Kasbah of Amridil, which has been reconstructed to makes a panoramic view situated in the side of the valley and standing among the palm trees. From here, the road takes us through the Road of a Thousand Kasbah and the Valley of the Roses to arrive at Kal'aa Magona, where we pay a visit to a women co-operatives manufacturing local roses cosmetics. Afterward, we stop in Dades Gorges where you have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.
2nd day: Dades Gorges - Merzouga
After breakfast, a walk is scheduled with your guide to explore the Boumalne Dades valley and the surrounding areas before continuing to the Todgha Gorges where lunch is served. Afterward, we continue our trip passing by the Ziz Valley and Tafilalte Valley to reach the Dunes of Erg Chebbi Merzouga where a camel ride is arranged. After watching the sunset from over the dunes of Erg Chebbi Dunes (250 m) where the sand dunes stretch for miles and miles, later at night after dinner, you sit down with your loved ones, other tourists, guides and others to enjoy storytelling and Berber and Nomad music under the dark sly and shiny stars, feeling the cool chill of the Sahara Desert and the warm light of the fire before spending the night in a Nomad tent at the foot of the dune.
3rd day: Merzouga - Marrakech
If you wake up early enough, you will be rewarded by a magical view of a spectacular sunrise rising from the golden dunes to create a wonderful play of the shadow across the shimmering dunes and have a moment of pure peacefulness. After breakfast, we drive back to Marrakech along the length of the Saghro Mountains crossing the villages of Alnif, Tazarine (featured in the film ‘Babel’) and finally N’Qob where we stop for a break. We continue driving towards Marrakech via the Daraa Valley and the ancient Road of the Caravans to reach Ouarzazate where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we cross the high Atlas Mountains to arrive at Marrakech at the end of the afternoon.
Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Telouet, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, Skoura Oasis - Kasbah Amredil - Dades Valley - Todra Gorges - Overnight in Merzouga desert, camel ride, Tazarine, Draa Valley, Tizi n'Tichka Pass, Marrakech