4 Days Desert Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga
4-DAY TOUR: MARRAKECH TO MERZOUGA DESERT
· Day 1 : Marrakech - Ouarzazate - Dades Gorges
We start our tour and depart from Marrakech to Dades valley, through the Tizi- N-Tichka pass (2260m) in the High Atlas Mountains. From Marrakech to Ouarzazate, you will enjoy the scenic road, beautiful landscapes with different colors and the Berber villages along the way. You will have free time here to visit the old Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. The Kasbah was named by UNESCO in 1987 as a World Heritage site and that has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films including “Gladiator” “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Enjoy a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan style of architecture in which the Kasbahs are built, and have lunch. Afterwards, you go further south east to the green Dades valley and the city of roses via the fascinating Skoura palmery. Dinner and overnight in Dades valley.
· Day 2 : Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Merzouga desert
After breakfast, departure from your hotel in Dades valley at 8 a.m., taking the road of 1000 Kasbahs drive around the colorful Berber villages of the Dades valley. 45 km further, we get to Tineghir with its beautiful palm grove and Jewish quarter. We continue to Todra Gorges (Todgha), free time to go on trek along the canyons of about 300m high, a favourite place for rock climbers. Afterwards we will leave to Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga Sahara desert and you will have time for lunch on the way before we arrive to Erfoud. Then we’ll head for the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Once in Merzouga around 4 p.m, we’ll ride the camels who are waiting to take us on an adventure in the Sahara. We’ll observe the stunning sunset. This is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures. When we arrive at the camp dinner served around fire with drums and music in the middle of the Sahara. We will spend the night in nomad tents.
· Day 3 : Merzouga desert – Ouarzazate
Early morning, you will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Followed by breakfast in the camp, we ride the camels back to the hotel at the dune line for a quick shower. We drive to Rissani, a small Saharan town in southeast of Morocco. Here we can stop to visit a fossil workshop before we continue to Agdez and Draa valley junction where we head north to Ouarzazate after crossing small volcanic Atlas Mountains. Dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate.
· Day 4 : Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After breakfast, we can enjoy a visit of the cinema sets & studios located in Ouarzazate which is known as Hollywood of Africa. Afterwards we will visit the world Heritage Site-- the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou as it has been named by UNESCO in 1987. The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou is a site that has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films including “Gladiator”, “Indiana Jones” and “Lawrence of Arabia”. Enjoy a walk to explore the traditional Moroccan style of architecture in which the Kasbahs are built. We continue our way to Marrakesh through the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi n’Tichka pass. Stop for lunch in the middle of the Atlas Mountains. Drop off at your Marrakech Riad/Hotel and this will be end of our private tour. Have a nice trip back home.
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