3 Days

Marrakech Merzouga desert


Day 1 : arrival to Marrakech

Arrival at Marrakech airport, transfer and installation in a charming Riad. Dinner and overnight in Marrakech.

Day 2: Marrakech - Telouet - Ait Ben Haddou - The Gorges of Dades

Departure in the morning from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech towards the Gorges de Dades, pass by the highest road pass of Morocco (2260 m), the Tizin tichka pass (literally the ‘pasture ‘ in Tamazight) . Stop en route to take pictures. Continuation to Telouet, visit of the Glaoui Kasbah (sometimes also known as the Glaoui Palace), a kasbah built between the 19th century and the 20th century, the most famous of which is probably Thami El Glaoui. Then pass through the valley of Ounila to Ait Ben Haddou. This valley was the obligatory passage of the caravans between Marrakech and Ouarzazate, and constitutes an extraordinary environment. Throughout this valley, a striking contrast between the ocher of the earth and the rocks and the verdure of the plantations is offered to the walkers who take the time to observe it. Visit of Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most famous of the Moroccan South, now classified World Heritage by Unesco. This ksar was built a few hundred years ago on a promontory in order to escape the invasions of foreign tribes. You have to go up to the ruined granary to admire the view over the ksar, the palm grove and the surrounding stones desert. This fortified town looks deserted. In fact only a few families still live there). After lunch in a typical restoration on the spot, departure towards the gorges of Dades crossing the Valley of the Roses. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Gorges of Dadès

Day 3 : The Gorges of Dadès - The Goges of Todra - Dunes of Erg Chebbi

After breakfast, departure to the dunes of erg Chebbi, pass by the palm grove of Tinghir then the gorges of Todra. Walking on foot, then we continue towards Arfoud. Visit of a geological site of fossils (Amonite …) and lunch en route and Continuation by a track which extends the dunes of erg chebbi to the village of Khamlia (possibility to have tea with a gnaoua family) Around 5 pm you Climb the dromedaries to reach your bivouac in the middle of the dunes, with a stop to watch the sunset. Dinner and night under Berber tent with evening around fire, music in Tam Tam with the nomads.

Day 4: Dunes of Erg Chebbi - Rissani - Ouarzazate - Marrakech

After breakfast in tent, return to Marrakech via Rissani then Alnif, lunch in the village of N’gob. Continuation by Ouarzazate, It is one of the Moroccan sites most appreciated by filmmakers from all over the world. In the 1960s, Ouarzazate began to become a highly sought-after location for filmmakers and established its popularity with the creation of Lawrence d. ‘Arabia in 1962, filmed in particular on the site of Aït-Ben-Haddou), after the visit of cinema studio in Ouarzazate back to Marrakech.
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