Depart at 08:30 from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate via the High Atlas mountains Tizi n'Tichka pass throughout the high Atlas Mountains we will have time to stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and Berber hamlets, and break for coffee and mint tea. In the afternoon we will get the chance the visit the universal Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by UNESCO in 1987. This Berber Kasbahs which has been used as a very important destination for international filmmakers for more than 20 films was also one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory, salt and silk from sub-Saharan countries to Marrakech and beyond. We'll pass through Ouarzazate, or what we call Hollywood of africa since it's has been as well a very famous destination for filmmakers. Here you will get the chance to visit many filmmaking studios and spend the night here in Ouarzazate.
After breakfast, we leave Ouarzazate and drive south east Morocco along the Valley of Roses (April& May), here you can get the chance to visit a rose factory to see how those locals make different products from the Persian rose. We go on towards Todgha Gorges, one of the most beautiful and impressive canyons in Morocco. This is what make them a serious place for half and full day trekking trips and interesting canyons for serious climbers. From Todgha gorges we head towards Merzouga through arid landscapes and along many oases of palm grooves. We pass Erfoud or what we call the capital of fossils as it's very known with it's fossil's factories where they make beautiful shapes and pieces from rock of mountains. Then we'll head for the Erg Chebbi sand sea. We continue deeper into the desert landscape, until dunes appear in the middle of nowhere .When we arrive to our auberge (Inn) you meet your camel guide and ride into the bivouac (camp).under the evening stars shining brilliantly in the clear night sky. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in a nomad tent. You will have incredible new year under bright stars and happy moon with nice music.
After enjoying the amazing New Year & sunrise among the sand dunes, you ride back your camels back to the auberge (Inn). After having breakfast and shower we drive along a different road, we drive towards Fez. We stop on the road to enjoy having tea with a nomadic family before we passing through the High Atlas mountains again. We stop by a town called Midelt where we'll have lunch. This town is a very impressive mountain city at 1488 meters of altitude, well situated lower down the Jbel Ayachi (3737 m). In the afternoon we'll continue to the legendary city of Fes. Arrival to Fes which is the end of the trip.
Pick up from your Fes riad/Hotel at 8:00 a.m by your driver, departure to Merzouga where the sand see dunes of Erg Chebbi are located. An 8 hours journey that takes you across the Atlas Mountains to the southern Morocco’s largest oasis; Tafilalet; composed of many villages, palmeries and 2 main Saharan towns, Erfoud and Rissani. We will make many stops along the road at the alpine town of Ifrane, Azrou cedar forest where are the monkeys, Midelt for lunch and Ziz valley at the panoramic and impressive views over the palm trees, the green valley in the middle of the Sahara. Then we'll head for the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. We continue deeper into the desert landscape, until the dunes appear in the middle of nowhere, Overnight Camel Trek in a Berber tented camp. You will have Funny new year under bright stars and happy moon with berber music.
After catch the sunrise over the dunes, you will make your way back to Merzouga on your camels. After breakfast, as you start traveling to Erfoud, you set out behind the High Atlas Mountains on route to the Todra Gorge, passing by nomad people along the way. You will take a walk up in the towering Todra Gorges (985 feet high). The picturesque river valleys make for a beautiful journey towards the southeast of Morocco. Then continue your journey towards another impressive gorge Dades passing by strange rock creations of Tamnalt Hills. Overnight in the heart of Dades Gorge.
After breakfast, we can enjoy a visit of cinema sets & studios located in Ouarzazate which is known as Hollywood of Africa. Afterwards we will visit the universal Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou Kasbah as it has been named by UNESCO in 1987. Ait Benhaddou is the World Heritage site that has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films including “Gladiator” “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Enjoy a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan style of architecture in which the Kasbahs are built. We continue our way to Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n'Tichka pass. Break for lunch in the middle of the Atlas Mountains. Drop off at your Marrakech Riad/Hotel,her we finich our trip.
You will be greeted at the airport by your guide. Start making your way to Marrakech, expecting to arrive in the afternoon. You will explore the city’s beautiful garden Jardin Majorelle and Koutobia Mosque before are transferred to your riad/hotel in the evening. After a rest, you can take a walk into the vibrant Djemaa el Fna Square to soak up the sights, sounds, smell and taste of all that Marrakech has to offer.
Pick up at 8:30am from your Riad. we will set off for the Dades Gorges. Passing through Tizi-n-Tishka in the high Atlas Mountains we will then visit the UNESCO World heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou which has also been the backdrop for many films including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Alexander. After lunch we’ll enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes and historical monuments of Taourirt Kasbah in Ourzazate and the Valley of the Roses, famous for its annual Festival of Roses. We’ll also pass through the Berber villages of El Kelaa des M'Gouna and Boumalene du Dades where we will spend the night.
Transfer from Boumalne Dades to Merzouga via Todra Gorge, the highest oasis valley gorge in Morocco. Arrive in the desert where your guide and camels will be waiting to carry you across the sandy dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. Camel trek as the sun sets across a desert landscape, for approximately 2 hours to reach your desert camp and home for the night: a traditional nomad tent. At your desert shelter, you will be served mint tea, whilst a delectable meal of tagine and fresh Moroccan salad is freshly prepared for you by your guide, with an entertainment of Berber music throughout the night.
Waking early, you will have a chance to watch a spectacular sunrise over the swelling dunes of the desert before returning to Merzouga to shower and depart. We visit the ancient city of Rissani, the place from which Arab dynasties first came to Morocco. You will see men wearing the indigo blue robes distinctive of the Saharan people. Then you head towards the volcanic mountains of Sarhro, a region of dramatic rock formations and gorges with superb views. We meet with the largest oasis of Morocco, Draa valley which is lined up by many palm groves. Arrive to ouarzazate by evening.
In the morning, you will be picked up to visit one of Ourzazate’s main attractions, Taourirt Kasbah, the former palace of Thami El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech in the 19th century. It is a wonderful construction consisting of high smooth earth walls, decorated with geometric patterns. You will also visit Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, another one of the most spectacular sights in the south of Morocco, and is one of the most well preserved and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986 for it’s typical architecture. The ksar was served as a natural decoration for several movies including “Laurence of Arabia” and “Jesus of Nazareth”. Recently, the government announced a plan to rehabilitate Ait Benhaddou ksar in order to conserve the cultural heritage. After lunch, you will make your back to Marrakech.
Transfer to airport.
Travel towards the High Atlas Mountains, crossing the mountain ranges via the highest road pass in Morocco Tizi-n-Tichka (altitude 2,260m) offering one-of-a-kind scenery of mountains, valleys and Berber villages. Visit the extraordinary sight of the Atlas Mountains before taking a minor road to Kasbah of Telouet. The crumbling Kasbah belonged to the powerful Glaoui tribe remembered as the “vulture” sultan and his son who lived there until the 1950's. Once a beautiful Kasbah, it is still worth the visit today as the history and drama will unfold itself. Then you have the choice to take the main road or travel off road via the Ounila Valley, a route that offers unparalleled views of green valleys, river and remarkable colored slopes and hillsides. Visit the amazing UNESCO protected 16th century site of Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.
This morning you will travel towards the city of Ouarzazate, a peaceful provincial town with wide streets, hotels and municipal gardens. Continue your journey via the road of A Thousand Kasbahs to Skoura Oasis lined by many palm groves, and the Rose Valley known for production of Moroccan roses. At Boumalne Dades, you can take the smaller route that will lead to Dades Gorge. We will pass by strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills, a bizarre rock resembling monkey feet. We will travel to the top of the Dades Gorge, a deep gorge of red and mauve rocks towering above the road. Then we return back to Boumalne Dades and travel to another very spectacular gorge, Todra Gorge. desert morocco
This morning, depart from Todra Gorge towards Tinejdad then Touroug Erfoud. Visit the fossils center and the ancient city of Rissani that thrived from the 8th to the 14th centuries thanks to the caravan routes of the kingdom of Sijilmassa. It was also the home of the Alaouite people, the early conquerors of all Morocco. You will see men wearing the indigo blue robes distinctive of the Saharan people. Then later in the afternoon, saddle on your camels for journey across the desert during a beautiful sunset for about 2 hours to reach your camp for the night by the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Overnight in the Nomad tent, under a night sky full of stars.
Returning from the bivouac, you will travel to the village of Khamlia, where you have the opportunity to listen the Gnaoua music. A short stop over for mint tea, travel to Taouz (the last village in the south) and Oued Ziz through the track of Paris-Dakar, passing by small villages lost in the desert Ouzina (lunch spot) and Ramlia. After crossing Ramlia, you will approach a very sandy Wadi Rheris and a track which follows the mountain Jusq’a M’harch.
Depart to Zagora right after breakfast through the tracks of Paris-Dakar while crossing the plain desert plateau of acacia trees and Calotropis, hamadas and meeting with the nomadic tent. Dinner and overnight at the hotel including breakfast. camel trekking in morocco
You are will travel in a 4×4 through a beautiful desert landscape by visiting the old Koranic school in Tamegroute to the Village of M’hamid for lunch break. This Oasis consists of a small group of palm trees around a source in the midst of the desert, which has running water throughout the whole year. It is deemed as a source of life to the nomads. About 45kms south of M’hamid, you will reach the dunes of Chigaga (Chegaga). This largest group of dunes of the region reaches a height of 300 m on a length of 40 km. Dinner and night in nomad tent or under the star-filled sky with entertainment.
After breakfast in Erg Chigaga (Chegaga), depart with the 4×4 via the old Paris-Dakar race road to Foum-Zguid crossing Iriqui lake. Lunch break at a berber village named Tazenakht. trip to marrakech
After breakfast departure to visit the town of Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of Taourirt, kasbah Tifoltout, and Studio Cinema. Then pass through the village Merzgane Ighrem where you will stop for lunch, before continuing by road to Marrakech via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass.