Overview:

Here at Major Trips, we designed this 2-day trip from Marrakech to Dades Gorges for travelers who wish to discover the south of Morocco and learn about life in the oasis.

Start your tour from Marrakech with a beautiful drive over the admirably high Atlas Mountains and via the fascinating Tizi-n-Tichka pass. Along the way, stop at panoramic viewpoints to photograph the beautiful Berber villages, the fertile valleys, and the snow-topped mountains peaks.

Tour the Kasbah Telouet and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait ben Haddou. Wander Skoura Oasis palm trees and discover the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil and tour its small museum.

Drive through the beautiful Valley of the Roses, visit the women cooperative in Kel’aa M’gouna producing cosmetic products from abundant flowers. Explore the Dades Gorges, travel along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, visit Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate and discover the hidden gem, Fint Oasis. Cross the Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech.


Major highlights:

  • Travel over the admirably towering Atlas Mountains and via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka
  • Stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire the beautiful Berber villages and the fertile valleys, full of olive trees, roses, and herds of goats
  • Visit the fortified kasbah Telouet and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
  • Wander Skoura Oasis palm trees groves and tour the beautifully restored Kasbah Amredhil
  • Drive through the colorful Valley of the Roses and visit the women cooperatives making cosmetic products in Kel’aa M’gouna
  • Explore Dades Gorges and stay in a beautiful guest-house overlooking the Dades Valley
  • Go off-road through the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, visit Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, and discover the hidden gem, Fint Oasis
  • Cross the Atlas Mountains and arrive back at Marrakech

What is included:

  • Private transportation in a 4×4 air-conditioned Toyota Prado Tx or Deluxe minivan and Fuel
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your accommodation in Marrakech
  • Experienced local Berber/ Nomad Multilingual-speaking driver/ guide
  • Overnight in air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms and toilets
  • All meals, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Optional camel ride in Kasbah Ait ben Haddou
  • The opportunity to ask the driver to stop for breaks whenever you wish
  • Entrance fees and local guides in the relevant places

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Good to know :

  • This trip from Marrakech can be tailor-made to fit your individual areas of interest
  • This Marrakech desert trip is free of hidden costs, cheap tourists’ traps, or forced shopping

Prices Table

Number of Participants 2 Participants 3 Participants 4 Participants 5 Participants 6 Participants
Price Per Participant 220 € 195 € 175 € 160 € 150 €
Total Price 440 € 585 € 700 € 800 € 900 €

Itinerary:

1st day: Marrakech – Dades Gorges

Begin your tour from Marrakech by a departure in the morning from your riad or hotel to the Dades Gorges in southern Morocco. Travel across the often snow-topped Atlas Mountains and via the fascinating pass of Tizi-n-Tichka.

All along the road, there will be stops at panoramic viewpoints to take photos, to admire the beautiful Berber villages perched on the side of the mountains and the fertile valleys, full of roses, olive trees, and goats searching for grass and herbs.

After the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m), you leave the main road and take a side road to the Kasbah Telouet, some parts of it are in ruins, while others are still intact and represent Moroccan tiling art and wood craftsmanship in the feudal period of the lords of Atlas.

Just before Ouarzazate, drive to Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is also well-known as being the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters; including “Gladiator”, “Prince of Persia” and some scenes of the famous Tv show “Game of Thrones”.

After lunch, you will visit the kasbah with a local guide who will provide great insights into the history of this fascinating site and points out interesting locations that were used as a film set.

After crossing Ouarzazate, you arrive at Skoura Oasis, where you can wander the plantation fields, visit the beautifully repaired Kasbah Amredhil and tour its small museum. From here, the itinerary goes through the Beautiful Valley of the Roses and arrive at Kel’aa M’gouna, where you can visit the cosmetic cooperatives.

You stop in the Dades Gorges in a beautiful guest-house overlooking the fertile and green valley for dinner and night.

2nd day: Dades gorges – Marrakech

After breakfast, there will be time to wander the forges some more, before you travel from the Dades Gorges to Marrakech via the fascinating Boumalne Dades Valley. Driving further west, you drive through the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, where many fortified kasbahs stand tall among the palm trees.

Once in Ouarzazate, a visit is scheduled to the kasbah Taourirt, a symbol of the town and formerly a palatial residence of the last Pasha of Marrakech and the powerful Glaoui Family.

Afterward, you go off-road as far as the hidden gem of Fint Oasis, nestling among the mountains, which once served as the crossroads of caravans between Mali and Marrakech, and is a beauty of nature.

Here, savor lunch in a terrace overlooking the green valley and the small village to get an idea of life in the south of Morocco.  You cross the Atlas Mountains and arrive at Marrakech to complete the trip at the end of the afternoon.