Our tour starts in the morning from Fes, we will head the 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 cross the Ziz valley and its throats and cross some cities like Midelt the city known by its good Apples and we cross Erfoud the city of Fossils before arriving to Merzouga where we will stay in a hotel near the dunes.
After breakfast we will drive our Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 car to do the tour around the dunes and to explore the area. First, we will visit the village of Tiserdmine and we will see some Fossils in rocks, after that we will continue to visit a nomadic family and drink tea with them, after that we will cross Khamlia a village of people originally from Mali making a living through local artisanal crafts; their better gift is the concert of gnawa music they perform. After 10 min driving we will set up at the hotel in Merzouga, we will ride a caravan of dromedaries to the foot of the great dunes where you can witness the beautiful desert sunset, local music and dance and later one, a spectacular blanket of stars.
After seeing the sunrise we will head back to the civilization, driving our 4×4 jeep to continue our tour, we will cross Rissani which used to be the first imperial city in Morocco and the origin of the dynasty Alaoui, where one of king’s family is bared there his name is Moulay Ali Cherif. The city of Rissani has inhabitants who speak Arabic and who have a popular souk where all the villages around the city come to buy their needs there such as vegetables, clothes… and spices that specialize this city too. Heading to the other city called Erfoud the place of Fossils that are processed into beautiful furniture, home décor, and personal items such as bracelets, key chains and necklaces. Continue driving till we arrive to Tinghir, the place where Todra Gorges are we will visit the mountains there which are the main place for climbers and trekking lovers. We will continue till we arrive to Boumalne Dades after one hour we will set on the hotel.
After visiting the Dades gorges we will cross an unpaved road near the atlas to head to Boutghrar where we will see nomadic people in caves, like this we will combine between the nomads of the desert and the nomads of the Atlas. We will have lunch in traditional restaurant in the village of Boutghrar before heading to see the valley of roses in K’laat M’Gouna where we will have a chance to explore the home of the roses whose petals are used for perfumes, lotions, and oils. By then we will head to Ouarzazate where the solar energy project will provide up to 1.1 million Moroccans with a source of clean renewable energy by 2018.
After breakfast in the hotel or the riad in Ouarzazate, we will head back to Marrakech crossing the high Atlas Mountains again, in this day we will stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou where inhabitants still live within these walls and well as in surrounding berbere villages. In this Ksar. They filmed a lot of Movies like Gladiator, Game of Throne, and Prince of Arabia…. After this we will head our road to Marrakech giving you free time to enjoy the city and its beauty.
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