Highest passes, majestic dunes - 7 days
7 Days 6 Nights
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Live tour guide
1st day : Marrakesh – Taroudant
After breakfast we leave the hotel or riad and go into the High Atlas Mountains, across the famous Tizi-n-Test pass, stopping at the Tinmal mosque, non-Moslems can visit. We will have Lunch in a mountain restaurant with spectacular views. After lunch we travel to the other side to Taroudant, known as “the little Marrakesh”. It known for its massive ramparts and beautiful medina. We spend the night in a riad set in a large garden with olive and orange trees.
2nd day : Taroudant – Chagaga
After breakfast, we continue to Taliouine, it is the heart of the saffron growing area in Morocco where you can visit the government run saffron museum. We cross the two passes of Tizi-n-Tighatine and Tizi-n-Ikhsane before reaching Kourkouda and Taznakht. This small town is famous for its Berber gelims and carpets. We continue south and drive into the Sahara across the stony desert, “reg” and “hammada” and across the now dried-up Lake Iriqui, we can search for fossils. Lunch will be in Chagaga, far away from villages and ‘civilisation’. Here you take a camel ride and you can climb to the top of the high dunes to watch the gorgeous sunset. In the evening there is dinner and spend the night in a bivouac of nomad tents.
3rd day : Chagaga – Zagora
In the morning we head to the sacred Oasis and arrive in M’hamid. We visit Abdelhadi’s ancestral house in an old village. It’s across from the Dra’a River. Outside the village, at a riad we can take a refreshing shower and have lunch. We take time to relax and rest before we take the road to Zagora. We can take a camel ride if we chose. This is where we spend the night in a bivouac of nmand tents.
4th day : Zagora – Merzouga
Once we have breakfast we follow the ancient route of the caravans. We continue along the Dra’a River, travelling between the river and the mountains past all the Kasbahs and local gardens to get an idea of how life is lived here in the area of Morocco. Leaving the Dra’a behind, we turn east in Tansikht and start the next step of the journey towards Merzouga and the Erg Chebbi dunes. We stop for lunch at a riad in N’Qob overlooking the mountains. Later we pass through Tazzarine, featured in the film “Babel” and reach the bivouac in Merzouga, you can have a refreshing glass of tea and you can take anothr camel ride and watch the sunset over the dunes. Later dinner is served and we spend the night a nomad tent.
5th day : Merzouga – Tinghir/Toudgha – Dades Gorges
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacular sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the shadow play together. After breakfast we can walk in the dunes before leaving for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinjdad and the Toudgha Valley. Here there are plenty of opportunities to walk along the river and through the gardens. Later we continue to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges for the night in a riad.
6th day : Dades Gorges – Ouarzazate
After we have breakfast, a walk in the Dades Gorges is scheduled then onto Ouarzazate. We travel off-road along the Boutarar piste to visit Berber nomads in their caves and have tea together. From here we continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the kasbahs of Skoura. In Ouarzazate, you stay the night in a riad.
7th day : Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakesh
After we have breakfast, the route goes on to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site and the background for many Hollywood blockbusters movies. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco. The road continues to Telouet, along the newly asphalted road. This kasbah is set right in the midst of the mountains and was once the seat of the last Pasha of Marrakesh, El Glaoui, from where the highest pass in Africa, Tizi-n-Tichka was controlled. At the end of the afternoon we arrive in Marrakesh.
Hotel/Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
Transport By air-conditioned car
6 nights Accomodation
6 Dinners and 6 breakfast
Bookings can be cancelled whenever without any fees.