Marrakech-Kasbah and Desert Exploration

Marrakech-Kasbah and Desert Exploration

Starting and arrival in Marrakech, with two nights in Merzouga

You will have a short impression but this region of Morocco, with its mountains, gorges, valleys, rivers, Kasbah, Oasis and sand dunes is one of the most impressive. Not to mention the splendor of the night sky, sunset, dawn and hospitality of the people of the South.

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Sakoura – Kelaa Magouna

Our driver will meet you at your riad or hotel where you will be picked up. Then depart for Marrakech and transport across the High Atlas mountains via Tiz´N´Tichka pass, taking time to stop and enjoy beautiful landscapes, and coffee and fresh orange juice. We visit the old Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah has appeared in over 20 films, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia who was the first movie to be shot here. After lunch, we will head to movie studios, home to the largest film studio in the world, before continuing the Valley of Roses and visiting the Kasbah Amerhidil in Skoura. This incredible Kasbah is located next to the river Amerhidil, is one of the largest in Morocco. Dinner and overnight in Kelaa Magouna.

Day 2 : Kelaa Magouna – Boumalne Dades – Tinghir – Arfoud – Merzouga

After breakfast, we depart for the Dades Gorges through the valley and stop to enjoy the spectacular scenery, and then continue Tinghir and 20 km after, its fabulous canyons, the canyons of the Todra Gorges. Free time to walk a little bit in the “gorges”, enjoy the river and the beautiful view. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we leave for Tinjedad, with his old underground irrigation system, and Touroug palm plantations reaching Erfoud town for a visit of a local fossil craft workshop. Continuing to the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, also known as Dunes of Merzouga. Dinner and overnight in Merzouga.

Day 3 : Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – Merzouga

After breakfast, you will start a fantastic journey around the dunes of Merzouga and visit the village of Khamlia (village of Gnaoua), the Mifiss mines, and return to the hotel. In the later afternoon, prepare for the camel trekking into the sunset and spend the night in a Berber tent in the dunes. Dinner and overnight stay in a bivouac (camp).

Day 4: Merzouga – Alnif Nkoub – Zagora

After a quiet and memorable night in the dunes of Erg Chebbi sand, you can watch the sunrise over the dunes, then a typical breakfast is served and we go back with the camels to the hotel to meet the guide and have shower, then we leave for Rissani. You can explore the tourist area including the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif and the palm grove as a part of your exploration. Lunch in Nkoub, then continue to Zagora through the Draa Valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Zagora.

Day 5 : Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakech

After breakfast, you will leave Zagora, Draa Valley through Agdez.You and follow the path to explore the Draa River as one of the longest rivers in the High Atlas Morocco, originating in the mountains. Enjoy its green palm goves (Date, olives, and almonds.), green foliage is an indication of good irrigation of the valley in this area. After this we will continue to Ouarzazate, where you can visit the Kasbah Taourirt (incredible example of various buildings that are uniquely constructed with earth materials). After lunch you will continue to return to Marrakech.

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