Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate
Depart early morning from Marrakech by 4×4 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 visit the nearby salt mines and 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. After arriving in late afternoon in Ait Ben Haddou, visit the stunning Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to your hotel in Ouarzazate for dinner and the night.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Todra Gorge
Depart from your hotel by 4×4 in early morning for the sheer rock walls of Todgha 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 by 4×4 to the Kasbah of Ait Youl Glaoui in the Dades Valley. Back to Boumalne toward Tinghir and walk through the impressive Todgha Gorge. Arrive at your hotel in Todra Gorge in late afternoon for dinner and the night.
Day 3: Todra Gorges – Merzouga
After 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 bivouac and sunset over the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Traditional nomad dinner and night in nomad tents.
Day 4: Merzouga – Ouarzazate
After watching the sunrise over the dunes, and a traditional nomad breakfast, depart for Ouarzazate via the village of Rissani, crossing the Tafilalet and vast mineral Massif Bougafer to reach Alnif. Lunch in Tazzarine or N’kob, as you desire. On to Ouarzazate through the Draa Valley oasis, and through Tansikht and Agdz. Arrive at your hotel in Ouarzazate in the late afternoon. Dinner and night in Ouarzazate.
Day 5: Ouarzazate – Marrakech
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, depart from your hotel to Marrakech back through the High Atlas mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tichka. Lunch on the way and arrival late afternoon at your hotel in Marrakech.