We leave at 8 in the morning heading for MERZOUGA.
We will cross the Middle Atlas with its mountains and plateaus covered with cedars.
On the way we will pass by IFRANE, it is the rarest “oasis” of Morocco: suddenly, and without warning appears in the middle of the country a place where it is cold, with a perfectly straight line, very clean, with houses with orange roofs Alpine style. There is no hustle in the street, no souks. It’s going to look like we’re not in Morocco.
The village is full of parks and lakes. They call it “the Moroccan Switzerland”
We will find in one of its parks the famous sculpture in the shape of a lion’s head that is the symbol of the locality.
To 17 km to the south, we will find the city of AZROU, a Berber city that is located in the crossing between the routes of Meknes, Fez, Jenifra and Midelt. Due to its location, one of the most important markets of the Middle Atlas is celebrated.
At 13km you will find the amazing monkey forest, where you can observe closely and feed these sociable animals.
We will follow route through MIDELT, place where we will stop for lunch.
Before arriving at this town, we will cross a volcanic plain covered with pumice stone.
Following the road, we will arrive at VALLE DEL ZIZ. Here is the largest oasis not only of Morocco, but of all Africa: the TAFILAT
We will stop in the village of ERFOUD, famous for the museum of fossils and minerals.
At the end of the valley we will find the MERZOUGA dune sea.
At dusk we will route to the interior of the Sahara, mounted on camels or if you prefer in a 4×4 car.
We will contemplate the sunset in the dunes. We will be walking in the ERG CHEBBI, a superb cordon of golden dunes that penetrate in the immensity of the Sahara.
We will spend the night in a Berber tent “haima”, we will dine around the fire with music of drums and contemplating the starry sky.
We will get up early to watch the sunrise in the dunes.
We will arrive at the hotel to have breakfast and a good shower.
Following the route, we will reach the village of RISSANI.
In the Middle Ages was the capital of the region of Tafilat was the mythical city of Siyilmansa (near its ruins today rises the city of Rissani).
It was one of the first cities of Morocco. The city was the starting point of the present dynasty that reigns today in Morocco.
We will visit the fortress of Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Sharif; fortress from where the Alawites departed. Today it is the mausoleum of Moulay Ali ash-Sharif.
RISSANI is today a beautiful and quiet town of adobe.
The market is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in the can see a large animal fair, especially donkeys.
Following the route, we will stop along the way to have lunch at TINERGHIR.
In the afternoon, we will go to the GORGAS DEL TODRA, where about 15 km from Tinerghir, the relief forms a kind of funnel in which between two very high walls of red stone, the river flows meekly.
We will take a tour of this wonderful place.
Following the route you will see a lot of adobe kasbas that combine with the landscape of palm trees and reddish mountains.
We will go parallel to the river Dades, we will see some very curious rocks called “monkey fingers”. Here we will stop so they can walk, take photos, rest from the car ….
We will be in the GORGES OF THE DADES. Here we will dine and spend the night in a hotel.
After a good Berber breakfast, we will continue on the way to VALLE DEL DADES.
It is a really beautiful route, in which the river seems and disappears, within an arid landscape of limestone and volcanic rocks that from time to time becomes a paradise of palm trees and vegetation when you reach an oasis.
We will stop at KELAAT M’GOUNA, it is known as the VALLE DE LAS ROSAS.
In this area, roses grow everywhere.
The village has a distillery where rose water is made, we can visit it and if you want, you can buy, besides rose water, all kinds of derivative products.
Following the route to Ouarzazate, we will pass by the oasis of SKOURA of 12 km of length.
Arriving at OUARZAZATE, we will have lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit the Kasbah of Taourirt. This fascinating adobe kasba was built by the Glaoui tribe in the 18th century as a stop on the golden route that linked Marrakech and Timbuktu.
Following the road to Marrakech, we will visit the “Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah”, a spectacular fortification protected by UNESCO and located in one of the most beautiful and best preserved adobe villages in Morocco.
There have been filmed several famous films like: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, JESUS OF NAZARET, GLADIATOR, THE PRINCE OF PERSIA ….
Following the route we will arrive at the mountain port of Tizi n’Tichka (2200 m altitude) and crossing the Atlas Mountains, we will reach MARRAKECH.
We will take you to the hotel of your choice.
Here we will say goodbye ….
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