Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Dades Gorge
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 Gorge - Todra Gorge - 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 - Khamlia - - Merzouga
We will wake up early to see the spectacle of the sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara before making our way back to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. We will make a tour of the desert dunes (rally Paris –Dakar path) where you will have the opportunity to see the amazing changing contrasts of the of the desert. We will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians before having a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the same village. After lunch you can visit the traditional markets and/or drink coffee at one of the many cafes while watching the day to day life of the city.
Merzouga – Erfoud - Midelt - Ifrane – Fes
After having two nights in the gorgeous desert we will head Fes crossing several city such Erfoud the city of Fossils before arriving to the Ziz valley and its throats and cities like Midelt the city known by its good Apples where we will have lunch. After lunch break we will continue our road to Ifrane surnamed (the Switzerland of Morocco) and ski resort in the Middle atlas region as we as Animals to be found in the vicinity include the threatened Barbary Macaque. Among the local tree species are the native Atlas cedar, Scrub oak and the introduced London plane. We will enjoy a coffee break in Ifrane and drive afterwards to Fes.