Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate
Depart early morning from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, through the High Atlas mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tichka and Telouet where you will visit the famous Kasbah Telouet, one of the former residences of Pacha Glaoui. After lunch continue through the Ounila Valley, a part of the main caravan route from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech, and the narrow river valley connecting Telouet and Ait Ben Haddou. Continue to your guesthouse in Ouarzazate for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Todra Gorge
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, depart early morning for the sheer rock walls of Todra Gorge, along Lake Ouarzazate via the road of kasbahs. Pass through Skoura, a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves, to reach the home of Morocco’s Rose Festival, El Kelâa M’Gouna (commonly referred to as the Valley of Roses). Continue through the Rose Valley and Ait Said, Tourbist, and Tamalout to reach the village of Bou-Thahrar. Enjoy a walking tour beside the River M’Goun, then continue to the Kasbah of Ait Youl Glaoui in the Dades Valley. Continue to Boumalne toward Tinghir and walk through the impressive Todgha Gorge. Arrive at your guesthouse in Todra Gorge in late afternoon for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 3: Todra Gorges – Merzouga
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, hike the magnificent palm grove of Tinghir, which stretches 30 miles (48 km). Visit the traditional adobe architecture of the ancient Jewish quarter of Tinghir. Then on to the village of Tinghir and the Tinejdad palm grove and the village of Jorf Erfoud. Arrive in Merzouga late afternoon for a camel ride to the desert camp and sunset over the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Traditional dinner and night under the stars or in nomad tents.
Day 4: Merzouga – Ait Ben Haddou
After watching sunrise over the dunes, and a traditional nomad breakfast, depart for Ait Ben Haddou via the village of Rissani, crossing the Tafilalet and vast mineral Massif Bougafer to reach Alnif. Stop for lunch in Tazzarine or N’Kob, as you desire. On to Ait Ben Haddou through the Draa Valley oasis, and through Tansikht and Agdz. Arrive at your guesthouse in Ait Ben Haddou in the late afternoon for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 5: Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, depart early morning for Marrakech. Visit the stunning Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a photo. Continue through the High Atlas Mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tichka. Stop for lunch on the way and arrive in Marrakech in the late afternoon.