Day 1: Fes - Ifran – Azrou – Midelt - Er-Rachidia – Ziz Valley - Erfoud - Merzouga
Today early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Fes. We will travel through the middle Atlas via Ifrane “Moroccan Switzerland”and Azrou. You will have a stop at the cedar forest for a visit to Cedre Goraud Tree where you will see Barbary apes. From here we drive further south passing by several towns and you will get the opportunity to view nomads living in tents on the way.
You will also see the volcanic rocks. Our next stop is in Midelt where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, continuing our drive by crossing the Tizi N’Talghomt Pass (1907m) while enjoying the panoramic views. You will also cross Ziz Gorge and the tunnel. Near Errachidia, you will see the Barrage Hassan Al-Dakhil which has turquoise blue water.
Continue our drive to Erfoud, you will have stop for a panoramic view of Aoufous palmeraie along Ziz River. Arriving Erfoud and crossing the off road to reach the hotel situated on the foot of the dunes. Dinner and Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Merzouga » Excursion around the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
After breakfast begin the drive to explore to the tiny villages around Erg Chebbi dunes such as Hassi Labied, Merzouga and Khamlia. In Hassi Labied you will have a stop at the garden where you will view canal irrigation system. From here we continue the trail toward Merzouga. Near Merzouga, you will have the chance to see Dayet Srji Lake that forms in spring time which attracts locks of pink flamingos and wildlife; Bird-watchers will enjoy this peaceful area.
On our way to Kamlia we expect to meet locals showing their desert foxes. You may also encounter desert reptiles and mammals . In Khamlia, known as the village of black people who were slaves coming from Sudan. You will be hospitably welcomed with a cup of tea (Whiskey Berber) while enjoying their spiritual Gnawa music. Leaving Khamlia our next stop is on the panoramic view of golden dunes near the Algerian border.
We may stop for Picnic lunch under the shadow of a tree before continuing to visit a Nomad family, who are living under Berber tent and who are taking care for herd of cattle, goats and camels. You will be introduced to family members and getting to know about their way of life while enjoying the taste of a nice cup of tea. After these you will have the chance to visit the sites of black volcanic rocks. Continuing on, you’ll reach the panorama near Yasmina Auberge where you will be amazed with the scene of the dunes in addition to the nearby lake (springtime).Back to your hotel for lunch and relax. You will experience a camel ride to reach the camp where you will spend the night while viewing the sunset over the dunes.
Enjoying your dinner under millions of stars. You will be entertained with local drum music, dancing around the campfire. Sleep in Berber nomad tent.
Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud - Tinejdad - Tineghir - Todra Gorges - Boumalne Dades.
Waking up by the call of your guide very earlier to watch the sunrise then enjoying breakfast. You will trek back to your hotel where you can have hot shower and get ready for the new journey. We will depart to Rissani, you will have a visit to Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif and you may also investigate the Souk (local market) with the opportunity to see the Fondouks where donkeys gather. Continuing on our drive toward Tineghir passing by Erfoud “the capital of marble fossil” .You will view the Khatarat (Canal irrigation system) on our route.
Our next stop is in Tinejdad or Tineghir where you will have lunch. Later on, we will continue on the road alongside the river to reach the gorges where you will hike/Walk on foot through this stunning place while enjoying the views of high rock walls (up to 300 meters). Afterwards, we head to Boumalne Du Dades then to the gorges where you will have time to explore Dades gorges and see its rock formations “human bodies, fingers of monkeys”. Dinner and overnight stay in a Hotel.
Day 4: Dades Gorges - Boutghrar off road - El-Kelaâ M’Gouna - Skoura - Ouarzazate.
After breakfast, you will start your journey with a short exploration of Dades gorges and see its rock formations “human bodies, fingers of monkeys”. Later on we will cross Boutghrar trail that leads to El-Kelaâ M’Gouna. Stopping to visit one of the Nomad families that live in caves, you will be introduced to family members and getting to know about their way of life while enjoying the taste of a nice cup of tea.
After these we will continue our off road to reach El-Kelaâ M’Gouna where you will enjoy your lunch. Later on, continuing our drive to Ouarzazate while enjoying the views of Valley of Roses, the Valley of one thousand Kasbahs and Skoura palmerie. You will visit the incredible Kasbah of Amerhidil located in Skoura Oasis where you will be mesmerised with the immense Palm Groves and beautiful sights of the Atlas Mountains.
Finally you will arrive to Ouarzazate, you will admire the view of Taourirt Kasbah that was built by the Glaoui dynasty. Dinner and spend the night at the Hotel or Riad.
Day 5: Ouarzazate - Aït Benhaddou - Telouet - Tizi N’Tichka - Marrakech
This morning after breakfast you may want to visit the Atlas films Studios before we head to the village of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will visit this exotic Kasbah. This Kasbah is situated on a hill along the fertile river of Ounila; it becomes famous due to its role in hosting numerous films such as: The Man Who Would Be King, Jewel of the Nile, Jesus of Nazareth, The Message, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, and Gladiator.
Later on, continuing our road drive to Telouet. You will have a break for lunch then visit the incredible Kasbah of Telouet .Afterward we continue across the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2260m). Stopping along the way for photos and enjoying the panoramic views of High Atlas Mountains along with Berber villages located alongside the road.
Arrive to Marrakech and transfer to the hotel of your choice.