Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Dades Gorge
We will leave the red city of Marrakech at 8am for the Dades Valley. We drive across the High Atlas Mountains crossing the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2260 metres of altitude which gives amazing panoramic views. We will have time to enjoy impressive landscapes and Berber villages; also we will enjoy a break for coffee or mint tea in a picturesque location. In the afternoon we will get the chance to visit the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah which is a UNESCO Heritage site and well known as a film set location. This Berber Kasbah which is very important place for international filmmakers where more than 50 movies have been made. It was also one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt. You can still see the salt pans in the valley. Then we'll pass through the strategic city of Ouarzazate which is also called Hollywood of Africa. After Ouarzazate we will continue to the Dades Valley through Skoura, Kelaat M´gouna and the Berber villages along the valley. We will spend the night in the Dades Valley.
Day 2: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga
After breakfast we will drive through the valley to see the amazing rock formation known as “the monkey fingers” because of the shapes in the eroded landscape. You will also see the 19th century Kasbah of Ait Youl which is still-standing. We will leave the Dades Valley and continue towards Tinghir and the spectacular Todra Valley where you’ll see panoramic views of the old adobe Berber villages overlooking this valley. In the Gorge we will walk between the 300 m high red cliff walls, where many Rock-climbers come to enjoy the challenges it presents.
We’ll continue on to Erfoud and Rissani where we’ll have lunch before we leave for the Sahara Desert village of Merzouga where you will be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before checking into your accommodation.
Day 3: Merzouga - Camel trekking and night in the desert of Erg Chebbi sand dunes
After a traditional local breakfast we will go out to explore the area, meet some of the locals and discover different ways of living. The village of Khamlia is inhabited by descendants of Sudanese slaves and through their Gnaoua music and songs they tell stories of their past. Not far from this village you can see the lake of Merzouga, which is visited by a seasonal flock of flamingos. There will be time to see local Berber handcrafts which are for sale, a good opportunity to buy from locals. After lunch and a rest, you will prepare to leave on the camel ride to discover the sea of sand guided by an experienced camel guide. Erg Chebbi dunes are the largest in this region of Morocco, the silence that can be found as you move across the red golden dunes is very special and the experience of riding a camel to your desert camp, spending the night under the stars in the company of nomads is something you may never forget. After dinner, some music and song, you will spend the night in a traditional Berber nomad tent.
Day 4: Merzouga - Rissani - Ziz Valley - Errachidia
One of the best times of the day is just before sunrise. Your camel guide will wake you up early in the morning and you will have the opportunity to witness perhaps the best sunrise of your life. The way the light changes as the sun comes up can be really amazing. You will then ride your camel back to the hotel for a well-earned breakfast and shower if you wish.
After a tasty breakfast we will travel to Errachidia via Rissani and Erfoud. In Rissani you will have the opportunity to walk in the authentic Souk with its colourful assortment of vegetables, spices and dates. Our journey continues to Errachidia along the magnificent Ziz valley and we’ll stop to enjoy the panoramic view over the Ziz Gorge before reaching our hotel for dinner in Errachidia.
Day 5: Errachidia - Tizi n´Talghemt Pass -Midelt - Azrou - Fes
Our journey then continues as we will travel to Fes along the magnificent Ziz Gorge which has been carved out of the volcanic rock and through the Tizi n’Talghemt pass to Midelt. We will stop in Zaida to enjoy lunch and refresh with a glass of mint tea. From there we drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains; home to the great cedar forests and the indigenous Barbary monkeys that can be seen in Azrou. They are fun to watch and often steal food from parked cars. Then we drive to Ifrane; known as little Switzerland of Africa, because of its alpine style architecture, we will stop for photos and coffee before we drive the last part to Fes where the tour ends.