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5 Days Tour From Ouarzazate To Merzouga

5 Days Tour From Ouarzazate To Merzouga

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 and hospitality of Moroccan desert people. As we travel to our destination, you will get immersed in the mountains and deserts and you will discover a completely different country. Starting our trip from Ouarzazate, the” Hollywood of Morocco”, we will visit the Ait Ben Haddou village and thereinafter we will explore Roses Valley, the little Berber villages of Skoura and ‘El Kelaa des MGouna’ and ‘Boumalne Dades’. Passing through Tinghir, 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, the village of the Gnaoua people, a nomad family in their tent, Agdz, Alnif, Tazarine, and the fascinating Draa Valley, with its hundreds of Berber Kasbahs. We will spend the night in Ouarzazate and the next day we will take you to the airport, where the tour ends.

Itinerary:

Day 01 : Airport – Ouarzazate

Upon arrival at Ouarzazate airport, our driver/guide picks you up and drives you to visit the Ait Ben Haddou village which is recognized by UNESCO as a world patrimony; it’s the place where one feels like time is standing still. It is famous as a backdrop for many films, including ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Alexander’. Back to Ouarzazate, where we spend the night in the hotel.

 Day 02 : Ouarzazate – Skoura Oasis – Roses Valley – Dades Valley – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga

We will start around 08:00 AM from Ouarzazate to Merzouga Desert, crossing the Skoura Oasis 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 M’Gouna’ and ‘Boumalne Dades’. We head to Merzouga in one of the largest wind-blown dunes in Morocco, Erg Chebbi. 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.

Through the Berber village Tinghir we visit Todra Gorge where the cliffs are as high as 600m and only 10m apart. We leave Todra passing through many Berber villages and 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. The camels 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 visit – Merzouga

Your camel man will wake you up early in the morning to watch, what may well be the best sunrise of your life. Afterward, you will trek back to the village of Merzouga.  En route, you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. You will arrive late in the morning back to Merzouga, where you will visit the nomads in their goat hair tent and learn about the desert life. After that we will head to Khamlia to meet the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle. You will have your lunch in a traditional family restaurant. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house, where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. Free afternoon and overnight stay in the hotel.

 Day 04 : Merzouga – Alnif – Tazarine – Draa Valley – Agdz – Ouarzazate

After breakfast in the hotel, we leave for the Draa valley, the longest river in Morocco full of small villages and hidden kasbahs. You will be amazed from the diversity of the incredible landscapes, from the seductive atmosphere of the infinite desert to the picturesque green valleys and traditional villages. Stops to admire the fabulous landscape and original geological forms. We will cross the Anti Atlas to arrive in Ouarzazate in the afternoon. Overnight stay in the hotel.

 Day 05 : Ouarzazate – Departure

After breakfast, you will travel to the airport according to your departure flight. The tour ends.

Included

  • Private tour & Transportation with A/C and seat-belt.
  • Pick you up & drop you off at Ouarzazate airport.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Ouarzazate.
  • 1 night accommodation in desert camp.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Merzouga.
  • 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 the meals.
    Tips and personal miscellaneous expenses.
  • Entry fees to Monuments / Museums / Kasbahs
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

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