DESERT TOURS

Marrakech to Fez 

03 nights / 04 Days 

Day 01: Marrakech – Agdez – Zagora 

Start you trip along one of the most beautiful roads in Morocco across the high Atlas Mountains via the pass of Tizi N Tichka. Enjoy breath sceneries of the small local villages along green valley’s all the way to the pre Sahara region where you will stop to explore the beautiful U.N.E.S.C.O. protected Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou used as a set for many films. Cross the city of Ouarzazate and head south towards the Saharan mountain ranges of the Anti Atlas. Here the scenery will be different as it is getting more deserts looking with interesting geological formation and canyons. In Agdez and after lunch visit the Ksar of Tamnougalt, you continue your drive along the Draa Valley inhabited by a Blend of Berber, Arab and African population. (Dinner & accommodation in Zagora)

Day 02: Zagora – Alnif – Merzouga 

Leave Zagora across the huge and beautiful Oasis of the Draa Valley and start a long journey across the Reg Desert of Jbel Saghro. Along the way you will discover some of the nomadic Berber tribes as well as sedentary people living next to their Oasis in finely built Kasbahs. Stop for lunch in Alnif. Before you head towards the legendary Saharan town of Rissani from where camel caravans used to start their long journeys across the Sahara desert. Stop to visit some of the historical sites before you continue to the edge of the reg desert, in Merzouga where the Saharan sand begin. Here you will start an adventure riding camels across the sand dunes enjoying the emptiness and the quietness of these spaces as well as tremendous sunset. (Dinner & overnight in Bedouin camp under Canvas)

Day 03: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Ouarzazate 

Wake up early to watch the sunrise in the surrounding dunes, and then head ‘’ Walking distance ‘’ to your Camp for breakfast.  Around 09.00 drive a short trail to join the main road to the town of Rissani. 10.00 – Rissani, This town is a former trading caravan post and the birthplace of the Alaouites dynasty, the current ruling dynasty. Visit My Ali Cherif Mausoleum and one of the surviving Ksours of medieval times and the amazing souks … Continue through a succession of Berber villages. 13.00 – Tinghir Here you go for a detour to the impressive canyons of Todghra Gorges in Atlas Mountains Afternoon, you will be driving along the Dades valley, Roses valley and Skoura oasis back to 18.00 – arrival to Ouarzazate (Dinner & Overnight in the hotel).

Day 04:  Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech

Leave Ouarzazate, which has become a major base for many film shots in this fascinating area of snowy peaks, palm groves in verdant oases, walled villages and magnificent Kasbahs. This morning, visit the sumptuous kasbahs of Taourirt & Ouazazate. Continue you drive to the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, the backdrop for famous films such as “Lawrence of Arabia”. This impressive kasbah is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Stop for a walk through the fortified village and explore these superb dramatic structures.  Afterwards, cross the Atlas Mountains along a twisting road with wonderful views as you descend to Marrakech. The drive along the river Imini shows off Morocco’s picturesque farmland, Berber villages and ruins of ancient Kasbahs. Climb to the breathtaking Tizi-N-Tichka Pass at 7500 ft. before descending to Marrakech and arrive by the late afternoon. (End of the tour).

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Marrakech to Zagora Dunes

1 night / 2 days 

Day 1: Marrakech – Tamnougalt – Zagora (7 Hours drive)

 

Early morning, you leave Marrakech for Zagora. The drive will be along one of the most beautiful roads in Morocco across the High Atlas Mountains via the pass of Tizi-N-Tichka. Enjoy breath-taking sceneries of the small local villages along green valley’s all the way to the pre Saharan regions. Continue through the moon landscape through Tinifift pass to join Draa valley. Lunch in Tamnougalt, and then explore the old Ksar of Tamnougalt, a former trading caravans post in the medieval times. In the afternoon carry on your drive along the spectacular Draa palm grove crossing remote Berber villages, Ksours and Kasbahs to Zagora and get ready for the Camel ride towards the Dunes to admire the sunset and spend the night in a Sahara desert Camp. (Overnight in the Bedouin Camp).

Day 2: Zagora – Draa Valley – Ouarzazate – Marrakech (7 Hours drive).

Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes, after breakfast leave the Camp to reach Zagora city, then continue through the Draa valley and Agdez towards Ouarzazate where you visit the Taourirt Kasbah. Leave Ouarzazate for Marrakech and stop en-route to explore the beautiful N.E.S.C.O. protected Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou used as a set for many films. Stop for lunch in Oasis d’Or restaurant. In the afternoon continue your drive to Marrakech via Tizi-N-Tichka Pass (End of the Tour).