5 Days from Marrakech To Marrakech South Morocco through the Mountains of high Atlas
Itinerary of the tour:
Day 1: Marrakech – Kasbah Ait Benhaddou – Skoura Oases – Roses Valley – Boumalne du Dades
Departure in the morning heading east toward Ouarzazate via Tizi n’Tichka Pass up through the High Atlas Mountains stopping to take scenic photos along the way. You will visit the Ait Benhaddou village to see an ancient Kasbah ranked by the UNESCO organization; it is one of the world’s top touristic attractions. Many famous movies were filmed in there. You will continue to Ouarzazate where there are the largest movie studios or the so called the Hollywood of Africa, here you can stop for lunch (optional). Set off through Skoura which is an extensive oasis of palm groves where a beautiful Kasbah is located called Kasbah Amrhydil. Then via Roses Valley where the annual roses festival is held every May, in this town you’ll change the direction as you’ll take an off the beaten track through which you’ll appreciate the tranquillity of the mountains populated by the nomads of the Atlas. On the way you’ll keep your eyes open to see a host of mud and brick constructed Berber villages. Check into your accommodation in the bottom of the gorges. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Dades Gorges – Toudra Gorges – Tinjdad – Touroug – Erfoud – Merzouga
After breakfast at the hotel then we will drive to another amazing Gorges, it is the Todra Canyons (300 m up in the narrowest point), it´s an ideal place for walking and exploring on your own. Then drive further to the desert of Merzouga, where there are the unique dunes of Morocco. Dinner and overnight in a hotel near the dunes.
Day 3: Sahara Erg chebbi-Desert Tour 4×4
After your breakfast in the hotel you will start an adventure (Tour of the dunes), visiting a village where the descendants of sub-Saharan Berbers’ slaves will entertain you with their authentic music. You will then get a chance to have some tea with a nomad family before heading to Rissani. Here you will taste a Berber pizza, a speciality of this town called Medfouna. Subsequently you will return to Merzouga to saddle up the camels and cross the ocean of the dunes. You will then get an opportunity to climb the dunes after sunset, then, view the bright stars above as you fall asleep in your nomad camp between the famous dunes.
Day 4: Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Tazarine – Nkoub – Draa Valley – Agdez – Ouarzazate
You’ll wake up early to see the sunrise over the dunes then ride back on your camel to the hotel where you’ll have breakfast and shower. We then continue the trip towards the vast palm of Tafilalet through the town of Rissani (the root of the Alaouite dynasty and the ancient capital of Sultans Alaouite) Continue to Alnif for lunch. Carry on the road via Tazarine, N’kob and Tansihkt, from here we will go offroad on a track which crosses the Draa Valley, it would be your chance again to see the Ksours and Kasbahs, you’ll cross again another Atlas range which is the Anti Atlas. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Atlas Mountains – Marrakech
After breakfast and before heading back to Marrakech you’ll visit the architectural wonder of Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate. Continue to Marrakech through the high Atlas Mountains as on the first day. Late in the afternoon we arrive Marrakech where the tour ends.