Day 1 : Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Dades Valley
After breakfast, we pick you up at the hotel in Marrakech, departure via Ouarzazate over Tizi-n-Tichka passing by the col 2260m while enjoying some attractive views of the High Atlas Mountains .Then visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the exotic Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou then have lunch.
In the entrance to Ouarzazate you can see the site of the Atlas studios which host the largest movie studios in the world such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy and The Man Who Would Be King, passing by Kasbah of Taourirt, then continue the road to El Kelaa M’gouna (the valley of roses) and the Dadès Valley . We will have Dinner and spend the night in local hotel.
Day 2 : Dades Valley – Merzouga Via Todra Gorge
From Boumalene Dades we will head to Merzouga passing through the Berber village of Tinghir and the Todra Gorge where the cliffs are as high as 600m and only 10m wide. We will then pass through several Berber villages, stopping for lunch at either Tinjdad or Rissani where you can sample the local speciality, Berber pizza. After lunch we will make our way to Merzouga to start our camel trek. All unnecessary luggage can be left in safe rooms at the hotel.
The 90 minute camel trek will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the highest in North Africa. The camp consists of several comfortable Berber tents equipped with mattresses and linen, a restaurant, a kitchen and a ‘natural’ toilet. The evening will consist of dinner followed by entertainment provided by Berber drums around the camp fire.
Day 3 : Merzouga – Ouarzazate
Before sunrise, you will be woken up to climb the sand dunes for fantastic photo opportunities. We will then make our way back to the hotel for showers and breakfast before we continue our journey to Ouarzazate, passing through Alnif, Tazzarine, Nkob, and the Draa Valley. We will spend the night in a guest house in Ouarzazate.
Day 4 : Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, we will set off for Marrakech, passing through the spectacular High Atlas mountains and we will then drop you off at your riad/hotel.