Day 1: Marrakesh – Boumalne Dades
You will be collected from your hotel at 7:30 am and will drive through the High Atlas Mountains ( Tizin’t tichka ) where you’ll have a short break.
The next stop will be at Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, located at 30 km from Ouarzazate. This castle is made of mud and surrounded by a defensive fence and towers. It is a perfect model of a traditional Moroccan house in the south. The Kasbah was recorded as World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1987 and attracts people from all over the world. It has even made appearance on the silver screen with Gladiator, The Mummy, and Lawrence of Arabia.
You will then continue through Ouarzazate, onto the Valley of Roses (Kalaat Mgouna) where you will have another stop. for picture before going to Boumalne Dades where you will spend your first night. You will arrive around 6:00 pm.
Day 2: Boumalne Dades – Merzouga
Our journey will start with a drive through Dades Gorges and the famous Toudgha Gorges. After some time for pictures of cliffs and lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue to Rissani, known for its dates market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou.
Upon arrival at Merzouga, we will meet our camel caravan, and ride through the amazing sand dunes of ‘Erg Chebbi’ with the sunset in the horizon.
We reach our camp in three options :
- Basic one, localited next to the village with toilet outside.
- Medium one, in the middle of the dunes, also with toilet outside and shower in the next morning in the hotel.
- Luxury one, in the middle of the dunes with toilet and shower inside the tent.
A great view to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to the camp fire and a live local music show.
Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakesh
Wake up early to catch the sunrise in the desert. You will ride a camel back to our hotel next the village where you’ll take your breakfast. and after continue back to Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah Taourirte and the museum of cinema, before arriving in your hotel in Marrakesh around 7:30 pm.