Schedule Pickup point: accommodation in MarrakechTime of departure: 7:30 AMDuration: 3 days 2 nightsHighlights of the 3 days trip from Marrakech to Merzouga Desert: • Drive across the High Atlas Mountains • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou • Discover the city of Ouarzazate, considered the gate of the Sahara Desert • Enjoy beautiful scenery of the gorges Dades and Todra • Drive along the Valley of the Roses and the road of 1001 Kasbahs • Camel trek across the dunes of Erg Chebbi • Spend the night in a Berber camp • Enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner and sleep under the stars in Sahara desert
Itinerary: Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge: The trip will begin with an early pick-up from your accommodation in Marrakech. The journey will take you over the High Atlas Mountains, where we will cross the Tizi N’Tichka pass (2260 m in altitude). After several stops along the way, you will arrive to an important point of your trip where you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, which is the location of numerous Hollywood successful movies (Gladiator, Price of Persia, Game of Thrones, etc.). After lunch, we will be heading to Ouarzazate, known as “The Gate of the Sahara” and due to the presence of a big movie-making set here, it is also known as the Moroccan version of Hollywood. We continue our trip to the most prominent of the oasis valleys that dominate southern Morocco, Dades Valley or “The Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs”, via the Valley of the Roses and the city of Skoura with its immense palm groves, arriving at our destination, the Dades gorge, where we will spend our night in the hotel. Day 2: Dades gorge – Todra gorge - Merzouga Desert After having breakfast at the hotel, we will be heading to Tinghir and Todra gorge, at a 45 km distance from Dades gorge, where we will stop so you can enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the oasis, with beautiful palm groves and amazing images with the Ksar Tinghir, also called the “Jewish Quarter”. We will continue our road by admiring one of the most spectacular canyons in the world, where we will enjoy a coffee break and a short walk. Afterwards, we continue our road towards the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi, which are a part of the Merzouga desert. After we arrive at the hotel in Merzouga, you will prepare for a 90 minutes camel trek across the sand dunes, just in time to see how the color of the dunes tends towards a mystical aspect under the beauty of the sunset over the Sahara. After arriving to the camp, where you will spend the night in nomadic tents, you will enjoy delicious traditional Moroccan food, such as tajine, next to a fire camp, while being entertained by local Berbers playing their drums. You can also climb the dunes while admiring one of the most beautiful night skies, under the magical light of the stars. Day 3: Erg Chebbi – Tazarine – Agdz – Marrakech After an early wake up so you can watch the sunrise while riding the camels, you will have breakfast at the hotel and we will drive back to Marrakech via Tazarine and the Draa Valley, Agdz and Ouarzazate. We will be crossing again the highest pass in Morocco, the Tizi N'Tichka pass and the Berber villages between Ouarzazate and Marrakech.