MOROCCO AND DESERT
Visit Marrakesh, Merzouga, Zagora, Ouarzazate...
One of the top highlights of a sahara desert tour in Morocco is seeing the sunset and sunrise on the sand dunes and spending the night in a Bedouin Tent or under the shooting stars. In Morocco, you have the choice between two broad areas where you can visit real sahara dunes; Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga or the Erg Chegaga dunes close to M’hamid. Both sets of dunes offer a true once in a lifetime experience and both takes betweeen 8 – 10 hours in the car from Marrakech. We will stay in Merzouga. There is nothing quite like watching the sunset in the peace of the desert.
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DAY BY DAY
Marrakech / Marrrakech:
Arrival at Menara airport of Marrakech. Welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Marrakech / Marrrakech:
Afternoon, visit of Marrakech, the tourisme capital of Morocco the Koutoubia mosque (12th cent.), El Mansour mosque, the Saadians tombs (16th cent.) , the ruins of el Badia palace (16th cent.) … with its storks on the towers, the Mellah Jewish quarter, the Bahia palace (19th) the famous Djemaa el Fna – a public space unlike any found in any city in Morocco, or the world for that matter. In the evenings, as dusk approaches, the square with the sweet smoke of food venders and buzzes with the sounds of musicians, mystic storytellers, snake charmers, the curious and the odd. The spirit in the square is one of charm, magic and efervescence . Dinner & accommodation the hotel.
Marrakech / ait Ben hadou kasbah / Ouarzazat:
We will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:30a.m., depart Marrakech, and transport over the High Atlas mountains Tizi nTichka pass. We will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes, and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. We spend the afternoon visiting the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou. This village of clustered kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. after our visit to Ouarzazat end of the day and diner and overnight in Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazat / Zagora:
After breakfast we will drive youl to the south and cross the second pass which is Tizi N’Tnift at 1710m and Ait Saoun village, the former route of caravans for Sahara traders coming from “Tombouktou”, you will reach the first administrative centre called “Agdez Village” that marks the source of Draa Valley, with it’s 6 successive palm groves stating (Mezguita palmary, Fezouata…) and Kasbahs stating the famous Tamnougalt Kasbah. You will continue through the lunar landscapes and the Pre-Sahara routes until you get to Zagora which is a small town, the native region of Saadian dynasty (Saadian tombs in Marrakech) who used to rule Morocco in the XVII century. You will take a camel trek , ride the camels by the sunset and get to the camp and enjoy a dinner and overnight in the tents.
Zagora / Daraa valley / Merzougua:
Today we retreat along the Valley Draa and turn east of the stark Saghro Massif. This route is peppered with isolated villages and towns, rocky mesas and acacia trees. We will have lunch near Rissani before departing for the Erg Chebbi dunes. Our late-afternoon destination is the auberge (small inn) 29km from Merzouga, where you meet your camel guide to ride into the dunes at sunset to the bivouac (camp). Upon arrival you will be served a traditional tagine dinner (vegetarians welcome), prepared under the evening stars shining brilliantly in the above. Climb the big dune and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in a nomad wool tent. Or you have a choice (with extra cost) of a sunset camel trek into the dunes, staying in the desert auberge with relaxing dinner, and breakfast early the next morning.
Merzougua / todra gorges: Return by camel at sunrise to the auberge for breakfast and shower or swim before going to Tinehir. Along the way we pass through folded exposed rock slabs of fossils and we can stop and visit a fossil workshop for a closer look at Sahara’s wonderful varieties of ancient life. We’ll have a visit to Todra Gorge, where sheer limestone walls rise to 300 m in its narrowest part. After lunch you can wander with a guide through palmeries, villages, gardens, and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life.Visit the market in Tinehir and old kasbah quarter. Kasbah Moroccan dinner by the pool.
Todra gorges / Dades valley and gorges:
Our next destination is Dades valley of a thousand Kasbahs. You will drive off road through barren red hillsides clustered with Kasbahs, (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock), many Berber villages, and vist Nomads for tea. Stay in upper Dades valley auberge with dinner on the terrace, overlooking the valley gorge and gardens.
Dades gorges / ait ben hadou kasbah / Marrakech:
From Dades after breakfast we’ll head to Ouarzazate for lunch, passing through Valley of the Rose and Skoura oasis. After lunch, the World Heritage Site, Ait Benhaddou is our next stop. This village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 Films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Descending the High Atlas mountains Tizi nTichka pass to Marrakech, we will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes, with coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice breaks. contunue to Marrakech for dinner and overnight.
Marrakech/ airport: After breakfast, transfer to Menara airport for your departure flight.End of the trip…
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1.095 EUR/person for 2 people
855 EUR/person for 4 people
680 EUR/person for 6 people
Transport in a wheelchair accesible vehicle (transfers are included – airport/train station)
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