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5 Days Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Desert

5 Days Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Desert

Overview:

In this 5 days tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many cultural sites and traditional villages, where you will experience the life of Moroccan desert people. Starting our trip from Marrakech we will drive through Tizi-n-Tichka in the high Atlas Mountains. We will visit the Ait Ben Haddou village, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ouarzazate, Roses Valley, the little Berber villages of Skoura and ‘El Kelaa des MGouna’ and ‘Boumalne Dades’. The next day passing through Todra Gorges and Erfoud we will arrive at Merzouga. Your camels will take you to a Berber camp, where you will spend the night, reviving the nomadic Berber lifestyle. In the following days, you will have the chance to visit Khamlia, a nomad family in their tent, Rissani, Alnif, Agdz, Tazarine, and the fascinating Draa Valley, with its hundreds of Berber Kasbahs. On the next day, we will take our return route to Marrakech, where the tour ends.

Itinerary:

 Day 01 : Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – The valley of Roses – Dades Gorges

We will pick you up from your Riad/Hotel at 08:00 am, and we will leave Marrakech to begin our tour in the Dades Valley. We will pass through Tizi-n-Tichka in the high Atlas Mountains where we will stop to admire the mountain view. The journey reveals a diversity of incredible landscapes, from breath-taking mountains to green valleys and palm trees, until we reach the vastness of the desert. We will visit the Ait Ben Haddou village which is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage. It is famous as a backdrop for many films, including ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Alexander’. We will take lunch here. Continuing our journey we will enjoy the natural beauty of the landscapes and historical monuments such as Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and Roses Valley, which is renowned for the Festival of Roses. We also pass through the little Berber villages of Skoura and ‘El Kelaa des MGouna’ and ‘Boumalne Dades’. The latter is our final stop for the day. We will stay overnight in a hotel which includes dinner and breakfast.

 Day 02 : Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga (Camel ride & Night in the Desert)

From Boumalne Dades we will head to Merzouga and to one of the largest wind-blown dunes in Morocco, Erg Chebbi. Through the Berber village Tinghir, we will visit Todra Gorge where the cliffs are as high as 600m and only 10m apart. We will leave Todra passing through many Berber villages to arrive in Tinjdad, where we can either stop for lunch or we can continue to Erfoud, the capital of fossils and dates, where you can taste the traditional food and visit the museum of fossils. After lunch, we will drive to Merzouga, where the camels will join us on our trek. Merzouga is an enchanting small village and is considered to be one of the gates of the Sahara Desert. The camels will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of an oasis amidst the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, 20 km long and 5 km wide; it is also reputed as the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is a unique and diverse environment. The camel trek takes about 1hr 30 min to the camp, where we will set up in the Berbers’ tents for our magic night in the desert. The camp and the tents are well equipped with all facilities, making you feel at home. In the middle of the desert, as the sun is hiding behind the dunes, you will enjoy your nomadic Berber dinner. After dinner, we will gather around the fire and enjoy the sound of traditional Berber drums under the stars. It will be a night hard to forget.

 Day 03 : Merzouga – Khamlia – Nomad Family – Merzouga

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the dunes in the Sahara Desert, then have your breakfast. After these beautiful moments, you will start an explorative journey of the area; you will visit the nomads in their goat hair tent and learn about desert life. Afterward, you will visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, where you will have the opportunity to listen to their music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Depending on what time of year you visit, you may have a visit to the lake of Merzouga and its bird population such as the “Flamingos”. Free afternoon and night in the hotel.

 Day 04 : Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Draa Valley – Agdez – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, before continuing our journey to Ouarzazate, we will leave for Rissani – once Sijilmassa – which is the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling family. With most of the women veiled, and men hooded, this is a very traditional Moroccan town. We will continue driving towards Agdz, via Alnif and Tazarine, before we get to the fascinating Draa Valley at the edge of the Atlas Mountains, along which lay hundreds of Berber Kasbahs. You will be amazed by the diversity of the incredible landscapes, from the seductive atmosphere of the infinite desert to the picturesque green valleys and traditional villages.  We will pass through Agdz to end our journey in Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight stay in the riad.

 Day 05 : Ouarzazate – Telouet – High Atlas – Marrakech

After breakfast, we will set off for Marrakech, in our way we will visit the Kasbah of Pacha Glaoui in Telouet. Then we will stop for lunch in a local restaurant in the middle of the high atlas. We will continue through the spectacular landscape of the high Atlas mountains arriving in Marrakech late in the afternoon when the tour ends.

Included

  • Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
  • Pick you up & drop off at your accommodation in Marrakech.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Dades Valley.
  • 1 night accommodation in desert camp.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Merzouga.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Ouarzazate.
  • Experienced driver/guide English speaking.
  • Fuel, tolls and all associated expenses.
  • Dinners and breakfasts (Vegetarians are welcome).
  • Camel warden.
  • Camel ride for 1 hour. (If you are not interested to ride the camels, it is possible to drive you to the camp with the 4×4).
  • Sand boards ( available in the camp without charge).

Not Included

  • Airfare (Flight Ticket)
    Noon meal. (Possibility of picnic or restaurants).
  • Drinks at meal.
    Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
  • Entry fees to Monuments / Museums / Kasbahs
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

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