Day 01: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Dades Gorge
We will start this 3 day tour at 07.00 am, leaving Marrakech for the High Atlas Mountains, which we will cross at 2260 metres of altitude over the Tizi n´Tichka pass. On the way down the other side, passing quite a lot of traditional Berber villages that line the riversides, we will take one of the side roads that leads to a hidden treasure; Kasbah Telouet. This building may not look much more than a ruin, until you see the incredible internal rooms, this was one of the residences of the governor or “Pacha” of Marrakech and has very beautiful and intricate work in its tiles, plaster and cedar wood. We continue along the valley to another Kasbah, this one is better known as a film set location and is on the world heritage list for UNESCO since 1987. Ait Benhaddou, is a fortified ksar on the banks of a river, this is also on the original trade route to the Sahara and Timbuktu with salt laden camels. After lunch in a nearby restaurant, we will drive to Ouarzazate and on to the magnificent palm grove of Skoura with its hidden kasbahs. You will also enjoy the drive along Valley of Roses on the way to Dades where we will spend the night.
Day 02: Dades Gorge - Tinghir - Todra Gorge - Merzouga Camel Trekking and night in the desert camp
After a nice breakfast, we will stop to visit the unique gorge with its crazy rock formations before we take the highway to Tinghir and its hidden canyon. Todra Gorge is a huge fault in the mountain some 300 metres high of vertical rock with a crystal clear river running through it. On the way you can see adobe villages and kasbahs in the valley; we will stop in some prominent places for you to take photos. Our journey continues south in the direction of Erfoud and finally to Merzouga with its golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. After a welcome glass of mint tea, you will be shown to the waiting camels that will take you off into the dunes to enjoy the sunset and to your camp for dinner and music with the Nomads round the fire. If the sky is clear, you will have the added wonder of the stars and Milky Way to gaze at.
Day 03: Merzouga - Tazzarine - Agdz - Ouarzazate - Marrakech
The early morning sunrise is something not to be missed, so you will get a wakeup call. This is a magical time as the dawn breaks and the sun chases away the night, the colours changing as it moves across the golden dunes and the silence and peace all make it very special and memorable. For some it can be a life changing experience. You return by camel to the hotel for breakfast and to freshen up. Our journey to Marrakech takes across vast lunar landscapes, desert mountains and villages with adobe kasbahs; from Merzouga to Alnif and Tazzarine, across to the Draa Valley and the oasis town of Agdz; famous for its dates. Following the oases we cross the mountains and take a lunch break in Ouarzazate before crossing the High Atlas and descend to the plains of Marrakech.