Evaneos

MERZOUGA DESERT TOUR

5 DAYS


Day 1

Marrakesh – Tizi n’tichka – Aït benhaddou – Kasbah of skoura – Dadès Gorges

Departure from Marrakesh after breakfast to the High Atlas, you’ll cross the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260 m, along small Berber villages nestled among rugged mountain tops. The winding road leads you on a journey of discovery of breathtaking and varied panoramic views: mountains which according to season may be dusted with snow or bare and arid, majestic and mysterious, steeped in secrets and history; vegetation ranging from palm to pine trees, and infinite plant species; valleys crossed by streams or rivers. Arrival at the fortified town of Aït Benhaddou. Visit and lunch. Visit to the palm tree groves and Kasbah of Skoura, along the road to El Kelaa M’gouna. You’ll then continue towards the Dadès valley, crossing the Valley of Roses. Arrival at hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

Dadès valley – Todra gorge – Erfoud – Erg chebbi merzouga

After breakfast, departure for the Merzouga desert. Visit of palm tree grove and Todra Gorge with its enormous and majestic vertical rock cliffs. Our journey will then take us up to Erfoud (the city of fossils), followed by Merzouga. In the afternoon you’ll trade in your 4×4 for a camel which you’ll ride across the dunes of the desert (an hour and a half) up to the tented camp. Over night stay in typical Berber tents (jaima) in the heart of the desert, where you can admire the sunset, the stars, moon and sunrise like you have never seen them before….Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3

Merzouga – Erg chebbi – Merzouga

An early start to admire the sunrise. Breakfast and departure for Erg Chebbi, location of the Large Dune, Morocco’s biggest, around 250m in height. Departure in 4×4 along part of the route of the Paris/Dakar itinerary, with the mountains along the border of Morocco and Algeria on the horizon. Arrival at the Tissardmin Oasis and a visit to a nomad camp where you can find out more about the daily life of this population. Lastly, trip up to a panoramic point from which you can admire views of the entire Erg Chebbi. Return to camp or hotel for lunch. Free afternoon during which you can visit the dunes. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel or camp.

Day 4

Merzouga – Ouarzazate

Breakfast and then departure for Rissani (Morocco’s first imperial city), where we shall stop to visit the characteristic market, the largest in south Morocco. Then we’ll continue towards the Draa valley for a visit to the Tamnougalt Kasbah, in the heart of the valley….Arrival in Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5

Ouarzazate – Marrakesh

After breakfast, visit to the Cine Atlas film studios, the biggest in Africa. Important films have been shot here like Alexander, Black Hawk Down, Kundun, The Gladiator and many others. We shall then visit the famous Taourirt Kasbah and journey onwards to Marrakesh, where we shall arrive in the evening, after crossing the High Atlas once more. Transfer to hotel/riad and overnight stay.

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