Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Dades Gorges
Heading south through the mountainous Tizi NTichka at an altitude of 2,260 meters, we will experience stunning and breathtaking scenery. About 40 kilometers from Ouarzazate, we will arrive at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou that is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fortified city or ksar is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat that exhibits the amazing architecture of Morocco still used today. Ait Benhaddou is also used in media as a backdrop to movies and series such as Game of Thrones, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel and so forth.
Continuing south, we will arrive at Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco where will visit the Kasbah of Taourirt which was controlled by the Glaoui for the Saharan Caravan Route to West Africa. Marked by intricate ceilings, this renovated Kasbah will give you a chance to embrace the historical monument giving tribute to the pashas of Marrakech.
After this visit, we will head east to the Dades Gorges driving through breathtaking roads and villages such as Skoura, K’laat M’Gouna, and Boulmane Dades. Skoura has one of the largest oasis’ giving it the name of the ‘Oasis of 1000 Palms.’ In K’laat M’Gouna we will have a chance to explore the home of the roses whose petals are used for perfumes, lotions, and oils. Our next stop will be the Dades Gorge in Boumalne Dades which follows a windy road and limestone cliff with shaped erosions and superb scenery.
Dades Gorges – Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Merzouga
With its savage grandeur, Todra Gorge is known to be the Moroccan Grand Canyon with its naturally pink-grey gigantic rock walls that change colors depending on the time of the day. At Erfoud, the City of Fossils, we will take a tour at a local cooperative that exhibits to process to fossils into beautiful furniture, home décor, and personal items such as bracelets, key chains and necklaces. Continuing our trek to the Saharan desert we will have the opportunity to ride dromedary camels through the dunes for two hours before the watching of the sunset. After dinner we will spend the night under the starry sky listening to local music and dance until we reside into our tents for the night.
Merzouga – Rissani – Alnif – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate
After breakfast overlooking the beautiful sunrise, we will pass through villages making several stops showing the making of local artisanal crafts. These include the making of marble from fossils which provides an authentic opportunity to see how Moroccans use their natural resources to make exquisite masterpieces. Next, we will pass through the Draa Valley which is home to one of the most beautiful and longest palm grove and river in Morocco. It is also said to known that the best dates come from this area. After this mouth dropping drive, we will arrive in Ouarzazate where we will take refuge for the night.
Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech
Before heading back to Marrakech, we will take some time to visit what is known to be the ‘Hollywood’ of Morocco. With this, we will visit three important sites, all of whom have actually been filmed in popular movies. The first stop will be to Kasbah Taourirt, once controlled by the pasha and his wives. This amazing castle shot screens from Rules of Engagement. While most movies have since been stopped shooting here, you can still enjoy beautiful ceilings with their original artwork. If you’re a movie buff, the next place will definitely be your favorite. The Atlas Film Studies gives you an opportunity to see sets from past movies, casting selections and who knows; maybe you can run into Brad Pitt filming a new movie. Lastly, the infamous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is our last stop before heading back to Marrakech. Known as a gateway stop to Timbuktu, this castle provides an incredible look into Morocco’s southern architecture and lifestyle. To finish off the day, you will enjoy a stroll through shoppers’ paradise at Jamaa el Fna.
Atlas and Sahara desert trips