9 Days 8 Nights Marrakech To Desert Via imperial Cities
Itinerary of the tour
Day 1: Arrival at Marrakech Airport
Meet and welcome at Marrakech airport then transfer you the hotel accommodation in Marrakech.
Day 2: Marrakech - Telouet – Kasbah Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate
After breakfast in your Riad, you will leave Marrakech travelling towards Ouarzazate via the Tizi n´Tichka pass, along the magnificent hills and mountains of the Atlas. A break for photos, then we will take an offroad track to Telouet to visit its wonderful Kasbah Glaoui. Then we will continue to Ait Benhaddou where we will visit the Kasbah; another Kasbah of the old governor of Ouarzazate; the Kasbah is marked as a world heritage site by UNESCO. After lunch, we will continue our way to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, whose geography and beautiful landscapes has attracted many world class movie producers. Here you may choose to visit the studios, containing props used in movies you may have already seen, such as The Mummy, Gladiator and the Last Temptation of Christ. After our visit to the cinema studios we will visit Kasbah Taourirt then we will overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 3: Ouarzazate – Skoura – Rose Valley – Dades Valley – Todra Gorges
After Breakfast we will travel to Todra Gorges via the palm grove of Skoura. At the Roses valley we will stop for photos and a visit of a Roses production company after which we will continue to visit Dades Gorges. At the gorges we will stop for lunch. Then, we will descend via Dades valley, to reach Tinerhir by the afternoon, overnight and accommodation at the heart of Todra Gorges.
Day 4: Todra Gorge – Rissani – Merzouga
In the morning we take a walk around the Tinerhir Palm Plantations. We will drive to Tinjedad to have lunch and visit Touroug Palm Plantations reaching Erfoud town to visit a local fossil craft workshop. We continue to the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi, the Big Dunes of Merzouga. We now switch from our 4×4 to camels, where you will be taken on a camel ride to enjoy the sunset on the dunes and overnight in an authentic nomad bivouac. Dinner and overnight in a bivouac.
Day 5: Merzouga and its Wonders
Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch what may well be the most memorable sunrise of your life. You’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. En route you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. After breakfast you will start our explorative journey by visiting The Khamlia, the village of blacks, these are the descendants of the black slaves from Sudan with their traditional Gnawa music, then visit the lake of birds, an incredible sight in the Sahara. After lunch, we will continue our journey of discovery to visit nomads in their caves. In the afternoon you can get some great photos as you camel trek to your Berber tent for a dinner under the stars with traditional Berber songs.
Day 6: Merzouga – Errachidia – Midelt
You can get up early if you wish to see another sunrise and then you camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga, enjoying the ever changing colours of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes. After breakfast in the hotel, you’ll leave for Midelt via Rissani and Errachidia, crossing the middle Atlas Mountains and its beautiful views. Stop at Tizi n Talramt for photos then continue to Midelt. Overnight with dinner and breakfast will be at Hotel Taddart.
Day 7: Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fez – Volubilis – Meknes
After breakfast we will head to Fez crossing the cedar forest of Azrou; the largest one in Morocco, stopping for photos with the indigenous Barbary apes. Then, continue on to visit Ifrane referred as “little Switzerland of Morocco”. Here we will stop for lunch, and then continue to visit Fez and its main monuments and historical sites; Medersa Bouaananiya, Karaouiyine University – the oldest Arabic university still in use. After lunch we will continue on to visit Volubilis, the Roman ruins that date back to 25 BC. After this visit we will head to Meknes where will spend the night.
Day 8: Meknes – Rabat – Casablanca – Marrakech
After breakfast we will head to Marrakech via the coastal capital of Rabat and the business city of Casablanca. Early in the evening we arrive to Marrakech where we will spend the night and also you have time to explore the red city.
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport where the tour ends.