Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Agdez – Zagora
Today, your “4 days Marrakech Zagora Merzouga desert tour” will start around 8 am. You will cross the mountains of the atlas to Ouarzazate through the famous Tizi N’tichka pass (2260m above sea level). You will explore the Berber villages and the scenic beauty of the panoramic views. We arrive at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where stands the famous village which is built in the 19th century by the last Berber chief El Glaoui Ethami. It is a historic site declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Today, it is a neighborhood where many movies were shot as Gladiator, Kondon, Alexander the Great, the Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia.. .etc.
Lunch will be at the Kasbah a local restaurant. The guided tour will allow you to discover many accessories used in the films and the historical and architectural secrets of the Kasbah. After the visit, Hooly-wood continues to travel to Africa “Ouarzazate” where you will visit the Taourirt movie and Kasbah studios, and the spice souk. Then, the trip continues to Zagora via the Daraa Valley, an opportunity to explore the Kasbah and Berber villages along the valley. Stopped will be programmed, to take pictures with panoramic views. The arrival in Zagora will be at the end of the afternoon. The night will be in a typical Riad.
Day 2: Zagora – Tazzarine – Alnif – Rissani – Merzouga (Erg Chebbi dunes)
Before leaving for Merzouga, we will visit the underground village “Tamagroute” known for its workshops of traditional pottery and its famous Islamic library created in the seventeenth century where preserved manuscripts of the Koran illuminated are, written on gazelle skin and books of history and medicine. After the visit, we head towards Merzouga via Tazarine and Alnif crossing the mountains of the anti-Atlas. On this journey, we will meet local nomads and get an idea of their daily lifestyle.
After lunch in Alnif, travel continues to the ancient imperial city of Rissani the economic center of the region. A local guide will give you a tour of his souk of spices and crafts. After, we continue to Merzouga where we will meet your caravan of camels to spend the night in a luxury bivouac under the stars. An opportunity to witness the sunset on the hills of the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Day 3: Merzouga – Erfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Gorge
The awakening will be so early to witness the sunrise and enjoy the silence of the desert. After a shower and breakfast at the hotel, your tour continues to the Todra Gorge in Tinghir. You will discover the paths of the High Atlas and the Berber villages and you will enjoy panoramic views.
You will go for a walk in one of the most beautiful palm groves of Morocco sheltering villages of adobe and kasbahs uninhabited. Lunch will be under the majestic Canyons of Todra. In the afternoon, we will continue our trip to the Dades Gorges at the Valley of Figs. Dinner and overnight will be at a local guesthouse.
Day 4: Gorges Dadès – Kalaat M’gouna – Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After a tour along the gorge, we will make the departure to Marrakech via the road of the thousand kasbahs taking advantage of the panoramic views of the valley. We stop at the city of roses “Kalaat M’gouna”. This city is famous for planting roses and its annual rose festival in May.
We will then reach the Oasis of Sekoura to discover the architecture of the fortifications and especially the Kasbah Amredil. An opportunity to get an idea about the lifestyle of Berbers living in oases. Lunch will be in Ouarzazate, and then we continue to Marrakech via the Tizi N’tichka pass. The arrival will be at the end of the afternoon. the 4 days Marrakech Zagora Merzouga desert tour finish here.
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