Tour of “5 days and 4 nights”:
Here are the details of the tour:
1st day: Morning departure from your hotel in Marrakech by the 4˟4 car to Ouarzazate, crossing the High Atlas Mountains and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2260m). At panoramic viewpoints, there will opportunities to stop and take photos. Later there is a stop to visit the Kasbah of Telouet, which once served as a palatial residence and as the headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. A side road crossing the Ounila valley leads to the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, where lunch will be served (Ait Ben Haddou is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also well-known as being the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbusters). In the afternoon, a visit to the Kasbah is scheduled, before continuing to Ouarzazate for the night in a hotel.
2nd day: Morning departure by 4˟4 from Ouarzazate to the Dades gorges and Todgha gorges, passing the oasis of Skoura, where numerous ancient Kasbahs, some sadly in ruins, stand amongst the palm trees. From here, our route takes us through Kela’a M’gouna, the valley of roses, where we stop to have berber tea. Later, we drive off-road along the road of thousand Kasbahs to the Dades gorges, where lunch will be served. If anyone would like to, it can gladly be arranged to share lunch with a Berber family. After lunch there is time for a long walk alongside the Dades valley before continuing to the Todgha gorges for the night in a guest house.
3rd day: After breakfast there is time for a leisurely walk in the Todgha gorges and in the Tinghir palm grove, before driving to the dunes of Merzouga via the Ziz valley and the Tafilalet valley, stopping in Erfoud on the way for lunch. Having arrived in Merzouga, in the course of the afternoon there is time to take a camel ride for a couple of hours and ascend Erg Chebbi dunes to watch the sunset from the summit (200m). After sunset, the night will be spent in a nomad tent, which is also the venue for dinner.
4th day: If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise. The return to the hotel for having a shower is on camel back and, after having breakfast, the itinerary continues to the Draa valley via the villages of Rissani, Alnif, Tazarine (featured in the film of ‘Babel’) and N’Qob for lunch. In the afternoon the journey takes us to Tansikht, to drive along the ancient caravan route and the Draa valley, with its huge palm trees and ancient villages. At the end of the afternoon, the Kasbah of Tamnougalte offers dinner and a night’s rest.
-P.S. The Draa valley is a more than 200 kilometers long belt of date palms. It is known as the “Country of the Dates”. Coming from the High Atlas, the River of Draa cuts a deep channel between the Jebel Saghro and the Anti Atlas Mountain ranges, through a series of steep canyons famous for their cliffs of green and black rock.
5th day: After breakfast there will be a visit to the Kasbah itself before returning to Ouarzazate, via the Anti-Atlas and the mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tinifift (1700m). Once in Ouarzazate, we visit the Kasbah of Tifoultoute, originally the residence of the Pasha of Marrakech and a symbol of feudal period of the lords of Atlas. Afterwards, an unpaved track to the oasis of Fint nestling among the mountains, which once served as the crossroads of caravans, provides a hidden delight. Later, we drive to Marrakech along the High-Atlas. Afternatively lunch will be in the mountains. We reach Marrakech by the end of the afternoon.