The city of a thousand and one nights, walled Berber villages surrounded by palm groves and gardens in the desert.
DayTourMealsAccommodation
1Provenance - Marrakech DinnerHotel
2Marrakech Breakfast, DinnerHotel
3Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazat Breakfast, DinnerRiad
4Ouarzazat – Valley of the Roses - Dades Gorges Breakfast, DinnerHotel
5The Dades Gorges - Desert DinnerNo
6Desert - Desert Breakfast, DinnerHotel
7Desert - Todra Gorges - Imichil Breakfast, DinnerHotel
8Imichil – Ouzoud Waterfalls- Marrakech Breakfast, DinnerHotel
9Marrakech - Destination BreakfastNo

Included

  • Transfer Marrakech
  • 4×4 vehicle on private tour
  • Chauffeur
  • Fuel
  • Guided tour with local guide for the visit of Marrakech
  • Dromedary (1 per person)
  • Meals and lodging indicated in the table.

 

Not included

  • Flight
  • Tickets
  • Beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, and everything not included in the program
  • Any service not mentioned in the section includes.

 

Trip planning

Day 1
City of origin – Marrakech

At the appointed time, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel, located near Jamaa el Fna Square.

Day 2
Marrakech

After breakfast, visit to the Medina and the famous Jamaa el Fna Square, near the entrance to the Medina.

Marrakech is, together with Meknes, Fez and Rabat, one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. Marrakech was founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, the first emir of the Berber Almoravid dynasty and was the capital of the Islamic Empire.

Marrakech is one of the most important cities of Morocco, and is in the south of the country, at the foot of the Atlas. It has numerous World Heritage monuments, making it the country’s main tourist attraction.

Marrakech, is known for the red city because of the color of its buildings. In 2001 UNESCO declared Djemaa Square the Oral Heritage of Humanity, being one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world. Everything in Marrakech revolves around DJamaa the Fna, multitude of people gather in this public space filling it with color and culture; musicians, storytellers, snake charmers, dancers, dentists, fruit juice sellers, acrobats, letter writers, water carriers, sellers of medicinal herbs. . .

At dusk the plaza fills with food stalls lit by hundreds of lights, and as night falls, an infinite number of people gather to eat. In the distance, observing the scene of the square, is the oldest Almohad monument in the city, the Katubia mosque, famous above all for its square base minaret, which Yacoub built the Mansour at the end of the twelfth century, and which represented the reference model for the Giralda of Seville, and for the Hasan Tower in Rabat. The Katubia Tower is the tallest building in Marrakech and, with its 77 metres in height, dominates the Medina and can be seen from a distance when you reach the city.

To the north of Djemaa el Fna square is the souk, where each sector bears the name of the main type of goods it offers (clothing, spices, furs, babouches, carpets, wool, wood, ceramics, etc.), or the workshops of the craftsmen (dyers, carpenters, blacksmiths, etc.). The souk of carpets occupies the area of the old slave market. To the northeast of the souk is the tanners’ quarter, which stretches along Bab Debbagh Street, so called because of the door bearing the same name.

The Medina, the old city, is protected by a cordon of bastions made of red earth enclosing a labyrinth of alleys full of palaces, markets, mosques, domes and minarets. The Medina of Marrakech was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, and is now a must-see. Its heart and starting point is the large square Djemaa el Fna. Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 3
Marrakech – Ait Ben Hoddou – Ouarzazat

After breakfast, we will leave with 4×4 vehicles on the road that goes from Marrakech to Ouarzazate crossing the High Atlas by the port of Tichka Tizin, the highest point of the mountain range, the road runs through Amazigh territory (Berber) with breathtaking views, we will follow the route to reach the fortified city, or kasbah Ait-Ben-Haddou, which was founded at the time of the caravan route between the Sahara desert and the current city of Marrakech. The kasbahs were formerly large walled Berber villages designed to defend the harvest and the palm groves that grow along their beds. Ait-Ben-Haddou has been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1987. Due to the beauty of its environment with breathtaking natural landscapes, numerous films are shot here. After the visit kasbah take the road to reach the city of Ouarzazat, there we will stay.
“silence, one rolls”

Ouarzazat in the Berber language means “without noise”.

Ouarzazat has an exceptional luminosity, in the city there are several film studios among which are one of the largest in the world, the Atlas Studios.

Day 4
Ouarzazate – Valley of the Roses – Dades Gorges

After breakfast, we will take the route that takes us through the palm grove of Skoura, from here a beautiful road full of kasbah of adobe will take us to Kelaat M’Gouna, in the valley of roses, whose name is given by the cultivation of damascene roses, Legend has it that the first plant arrived in some caravan of pilgrims returning from Mecca there in the tenth century. Today the whole valley smells of a delicate perfume, and the cultivation is oriented to the consumption of rose water and export. In Kelaat M’Gouna every May there are celebrations during 3 days for the end of the harvest of the roses, with live Berber music. After a brief stop, we will rebuke our way to the Dades Gorges.

The valley of the river Dades rises in the high Atlas and narrows until forming the gorges of the same name that according to the locals, hide up to a thousand kasbahs. The Dades Gorge is a deep gorge of the Dades River, between Boumalne Dades and Msemrir. The area is populated mainly by members of different tribes imazighen (Berbers).

To the north of Boumalne, the rock formations combined with the traditional architecture of kasbahs and adobe ksars seem to emerge from the same rock and are of particular beauty. Before reaching Boumalne, in the Tamlat gorge, the rocks take on curious geometric shapes due to wind erosion, popularly known as “monkey fingers”. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in the gorges.

Day 5
Gorges of the Dades – Ramlia

After breakfast, we will head towards the desert to reach the oasis of Ramlia, a beautiful oasis of palm trees of the Tafilalt region, located in the southeast of the Erg Chebbi (Sahara desert), next to the border of Algeria and Morocco.

Ramlia is in the middle of nowhere. The inhabitants of the Ramlia oasis are ancient nomads, they all belong to the tribe of Aït Khebbach, which is part of the great Amazigh group of Ait Atta of the south-east Sahara Desert of Morocco and are characterized by their great hospitality. To get to Ramlia we are forced to follow the route of the Paris-Dakar rally, through beautiful desolate landscapes. We will spend the night in a hotel in the most authentic heart of the desert. and enjoy a traditional dinner accompanied by the sound of the tam-tam (drum).

Day 6
Ramlia – Merzouga

We will get up early to see the sunrise on the dunes, and after a good breakfast we head to Merzouga, a small village in southeastern Morocco situated at the foot of the Great Erg Chebi, Sahara desert. The Erg Chebbi has a length of 22 km (from north to south) and 5 km wide, and its dunes have a maximum height of 150 m. We will leave the 4×4 and ride the camels that will take us to the heart of the desert to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Merzouga is also known as “The door of the Dunes”.

Climbing the dunes and watching the sunset and sunrise are some experiences that certainly do not leave us indifferent. Overnight in hotel.

Day 7
Merzouga – The Gorges of Todra – Imichil

After breakfast, we will take the direction of Alnif, city of the Anti Atlas at the foot of the basalt mountain range of Jbel Saghro, cradle of the Berbers, also known as the mountains of the desert to reach the city of Tinerhir, located in a wide valley bathed by the river Todra that brings irrigation water to the many plots cultivated in the shade of the palm grove. The Tinerhir palm grove, more than thirty kilometres long, extends to the south of the Todra river gorges, one of the natural gates that connect the Atlas with the Sahara. It is one of the most beautiful oases in the region. The Todra River Gorges are located at the northern end of the Tinerhir palm grove, at the foot of the Eastern High Atlas mountain range. Little by little this palm grove narrows, and the limestone rock walls that delimit it rise up to three hundred meters high and separated in some stretch by just a score of meters, being its narrowest point about ten meters wide. From here we go to Tamtatouchte and go up the gorges through the spectacular Tizi-n-Tirherhoucine pass, 2,650 metres high, until we reach the plateau of the Assif Melloul valley, “white river” in the Central High Atlas, a grazing and transhumance area. A journey back in time in the heart of the Atlas, far from the tourist routes. There they live with adobe and stone houses scattered throughout the valley, one of the most ancestral Berber communities in the country. They are semi-nomadic shepherds who preserve their centuries-old traditions. We will arrive at Imichil, a village located in the same valley, at an altitude of more than 2200 meters. In its surroundings all the mountains of the zone surpass the 3000 meters. The area is rich in pastures. We will visit the famous lake of Tizlit, the lake of the bride that next to the lake of the groom Isli, something more distant, a beautiful legend of love has been created.

The legend tells that two young lovers, could not get married because of the opposition of their respective families, that caused that both separately went to the mountains with their flocks, there were so many tears that came from their eyes that they formed the two lakes that are in the vicinity of Imilchil, the Tisli and the Isli.

In Imichil it is celebrated during the month of September the “Moussem”, a multitudinous wedding, in an esplanade near Imichil, there, a series of khaimas are mounted, where the pacts between tribes of the Atlas are made, all the young married women are concentrated with their family and a series of codes precede the ceremonies, the young married men, walk between the khaimas, as if it were a fair, looking for the one that will be his wife, then the ceremony of all the couples is celebrated. Clothes, jewels and customs. It is a true spectacle of color.

Dinner and overnight in a traditional mountain hotel.

Day 8
Imichil – Ouzoud Waterfalls National Park – Marrakech

Breakfast and en route to Marrakech, on the way we will visit the Ouzoud waterfalls, located in the small village of Tanaghmeilt in the Middle Atlas, considered the highest and most beautiful in the country. Three waterfalls drop the water of the river Ouzoud from a height of more than 100 meters, creating an impressive natural landscape. Ouzoud is a Berber word meaning “olive” and refers to the nearby olive trees that shade the path leading to the bottom of the waterfalls. At the top of the waterfalls there are a dozen old small mills that are still in use. At night we will arrive in Marrakech and stay at the hotel.

Day 9
Marrakech – City of Destination

At the established time, transfer to the airport and end of our services.

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