5 Days Excursion Marrakech to Merzouga Desert
5 Days Excursion Marrakech to Merzouga
“People travel to know each other, their history and customs, because when they discover the different, they learn more about themselves.”5 Days Excursion Marrakech to Merzouga
Day 1: Marrakech – Telouat – Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – Ounila Valley – Ouarzazate
Pick up at 08:30 at the hotel where you will be staying in Marrakech, with private vehicle in the direction of Ouarzazate crossing the High Atlas mountains through the port of Tizi Ntichka, 2,260m altitude, is the highest point in the country, where we will enjoy incredible landscapes and where we will make several stops to take pictures of the Berber villages. Then we will turn down a small road enjoying the beautiful landscapes that surround it until we reach the Kasbah of Telouat, we visit the Kasbah we will take advantage of a typical village meal. In the afternoon we will continue through the Ounila Valley between Berber villages where families live in adobe houses lost in the mountains until we reach the fortified town of Ait Ben Haddou, where we will visit its famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986) . In this spectacular setting several famous films have been filmed such as Gladiator, Obelix, Sahara with Penelope Cruz … etc., After visiting the Kasbah we will leave for Ouarzazate considered the great gate of the desert. Dinner and hotel accommodation.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Draa Valley – Merzouga Desert – Night at Tents Nomads
After breakfast we will depart to the famous Draa Valley, where we will see one of the longest rivers in Morocco. We will make several stops to contemplate the beautiful adobe kasbahs and Berber villages that dot the route and the wonders of the Draa Valley. After lunch in Nkob or Alnif, we will follow a 2-hour route until we reach the impressive dunes of Merzouga “ Desert of fine sand dunes ” where we will change the car for others of animal traction “ Dromedaries ” to enter the Heart of the dunes and contemplate an unforgettable sunset. We will arrive with the dromedaries to the camp where we will stay in Haimas Tiendas ’Tents made with dromedary hair como’ like those used by desert nomads. Dinner and night in Haimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
Day 3: Merzouga Desert – Nomadic Families – Village of Khamlia – Return of Erg Chebbi
Today will be a day of Total Desert. We will wake up before dawn to watch the sunrise from the Great Dune. Return in dromedaries to the town of Merzouga. After a copious and rich breakfast, we will surround the Erg Chebbi, an expanse of sand desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is located, more than 250 meters high, and connect by track with part of the route followed by the old Paris-Dakar and with the mountains that border Algeria in the background. Stop at the Tissardmin oasis where we can find a Fossil race that is still in this region and we will continue the route to a nomadic settlement where we will know some of the secrets of his life and customs. Later stop at a panoramic point where we can see the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will arrive at the village of Khamlia, originally from Mali, where we will relax with tea while enjoying a small concert of spiritual music from Gnawa. Return to the Hotel and free afternoon to walk around the town or climb the nearby dunes to take advantage of the sunset. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Merzouga Desert – Rissani Market – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
After a rich breakfast, we have to say goodbye to the desert and we will leave for Rissani where we will visit your market (if we are lucky and it is one of the Market days: Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday) we will follow the road to Erfoud where there is also possibility to visit the fossilized marble factory before continuing to the palm groves of Touroug and Tinjdad. 1 hour later we will arrive at one of the strongest points of the High Atlas: The Todra Gorges. The Todra riverbed has formed a gorge of vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty; It is the paradise of climbers and a unique place. Lunch on site and a half-hour walk would be advisable to see and enjoy the Gorges in detail. In the afternoon we will continue to the Dades Valley, also known as the Fig Valley, passing through Boumalne Dades we will stop at the ‘’ monkey feet ‘’ Dinner and night at the Dades Gorges.
Day 5: Dades Valley – Rose Valley – Skoura Palm Grove – High Atlas – Marrakech
After breakfast, we can enjoy one of the best views of the Dades Valley. We will do it from one of the most strategic places that the mountains offer us. From there we can observe the amount of kasbah there is and the picturesqueness of each of them, then departure to a road dotted with various Kasbah of great interest t. After several stops to enjoy the route of the Thousand Kasbah, the Valley of the Roses and the great palm grove of Skoura, we will arrive at Ouarzazate and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of the Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakech, Film Studies and Museum of the Cinema if you are interested. Lunch in the village and in the afternoon we will leave again for Marrakech crossing the mountain pass of Tizi Ntichka with photo stops. Here we will leave behind the lunar landscape that will give way to the predominant green, ocher colors … etc. Arrival in Marrakech about 18h or so, transfer to the hotel and end of our services.
– Private vehicle with AC.
– Driver and guide at your disposal during every day of the trip.
– Accommodation with dinner and breakfast in Ouarzazate, Merzouga and Dades.
– Dromedary excursion.
– Night in typical Berber Haimas with dinner and breakfast.
-Accommodation with breakfast in Marrakech.
– Plane tickets
– Lunch lunch and drinks during meals
– Entrance fees to unspecified museums or monuments.