The Sahara desert has many contrasting terrains. Some stark; some surprisingly fertile; all dramatic. Spend time in Merzouga at the camps and the majestic dunes of Erg Chebbi with this 4 day, 3 night visit to the Sahara desert sandwiched between your Marrakech base.
Pick up at 08:30 at the hotel where you will be staying in Marrakech, with private vehicle in the direction of Ouarzazate crossing the High Atlas mountains through the port of Tizi Ntichka, 2,260m altitude, is the highest point in the country, where we will enjoy incredible landscapes and where we will make several stops to take pictures of the Berber villages.
Then we will turn down a small road enjoying the beautiful landscapes that surround it until we reach the Kasbah of Telouat, we visit the Kasbah we will take advantage of a typical village meal. In the afternoon we will continue through the Ounila Valley between Berber villages where families live in adobe houses lost in the mountains until we reach the fortified town of Ait Ben Haddou, where we will visit its famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986).
In this spectacular setting several famous films have been filmed as Gladiator, Obelix, Sahara with Penelope Cruz ... etc, After visiting the Kasbah we will leave for Ouarzazate considered the great gate of the desert. Dinner and hotel accommodation
After breakfast we will depart to the famous Dra Valley, where we will see one of the longest rivers in Morocco. We will make several stops to contemplate the beautiful adobe kasbahs and Berber villages that dot the route and the wonders of the Draa Valley. After lunch in Nkob or Alnif, we will follow a 2-hour route until we reach the impressive dunes of Merzouga 'Desert Dunes of fine sand' where we will change the car for other animal traction 'Dromedaries' to enter the heart of the dunes and contemplate an unforgettable sunset. We will arrive with the dromedaries to the camp where we will stay in Haimas Tiendas ’Tents made with dromedary hair‘ ’like those used by desert nomads. Dinner and night in Haimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
Appointment with the Dawn since they are in the desert it is advisable to get up early to walk to the highest dune that is around to enjoy the sunrise and this relaxing landscape that nature offers us, we will return in dromedaries to the town of Merzouga After a rich breakfast, we have to say goodbye to the desert and we will leave for Rissani where we will visit your market (if we are lucky and it is one of the Market days: Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday) we will follow the road to Erfoud where there is also possibility to visit the fossilized marble factory before continuing to the palm groves of Touroug and Tinjdad. 1 hour later we will arrive at one of the strongest points of the High Atlas: The Todra Gorges. The channel of the Todra River has formed a gorge of vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty; It is the paradise of climbers and a unique place. Lunch on site and a half-hour walk would be advisable to see and enjoy the Gorges in detail. In the afternoon we will continue to the Dades Valley, also known as the Fig Valley, passing through Boumalne Dades, we will stop at the 'monkey legs' Dinner and night at the Dades Gorges.
After breakfast, we can enjoy one of the best views of the Dades Valley. We will do it from one of the most strategic places that the mountains offer us. From there we can observe the amount of kasbah there is and the picturesqueness of each of them, then departure to a road dotted with various Kasbah of great interest.
After several stops to enjoy the route of the Thousand Kasbah, the Valley of the Roses and the great palm grove of Skoura, we will arrive in Ouarzazate and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of the Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakech, Cinema Studies and Museum of the Cinema if you are interested. Lunch in the village and in the afternoon we will leave again for Marrakech crossing the mountain pass of Tizi Ntichka with photo stops. Here we will leave behind the lunar landscape that will give way to the predominant green, ocher colors ... etc. Arrival in Marrakech about 6pm or so, transfer to the hotel where and end of our services.
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