Atlas & Greater Southern Morocco

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Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou
Depart early morning from Marrakech by 4×4 to Ait Ben Haddou, 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 Ait Ben Haddou for dinner and the night.

Day 2: Ait Ben Haddou – Gorges Dades
Depart from your hotel by 4×4 early in the morning for the multicolored rock walls of Dades 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 with its colorful rocks and ancient kasbahs. Arrive at your hotel in Dades Gorge in late afternoon for dinner and the night.

Day 3: Dades Gorges – Todgha Gorges
After the breakfast, enjoy an hour hiking to reach the canyons of Dades Gorge and the stunning scenery of the area. Have lunch and continue to the Todgha Gorge via the village of Tinghir. Arrive at your hotel after a stroll through the impressive gorges for dinner and night at your hotel.

Day 4: 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 5: Merzouga – Zagora
After watching the sunrise over the dunes, and a traditional nomad breakfast, depart for Zagora 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 Tansikht through the Draa Valley oasis to Zagora. Arrive at your hotel in Zagora in the late afternoon. Dinner and night in Zagora.

Day 6: Zagora – M’Hamid
Early morning departure to M’Hamid, enjoy a visit to Tamgroute to visit the Koranic library, the manufacturing location of the unique green pottery of Tamgroute, and the underground streets of the village. Continue by Foum Takat and the vast oasis of Ktaoua to walk in the palm oasis and have tea with the locals. Pass through the villages of Nsrat and Bnisbih and lunch on the road. Continue to M’Hamid and arrive at the bivouac in time for the sunset over the dunes. Traditional nomad dinner and night under the stars or in nomad tents.

Day 7: M’Hamid – Erg Chigaga
Departure In the early morning to the big dunes of Chigaga. Take a picnic lunch in the desert then continue to Chigaga to arrive on site in the late afternoon. Take a walk on foot or by camel in the dunes. Installation in your tent at the bivouac before attending the sunset on the dunes. Dinner and night.

Day 8: Erg Chigaga – Ouarzazate
After sunrise over the dunes and a traditional nomad breakfast, departure for Ouarzazate along the track between Erg Chigaga and the old riverbed of the Draa River to Lake Iriqui near Iriqui National Park, then to the village Foum Zguid. Stop for lunch at Taznakht, well known for its handmade Berber carpets. Arrive at your hotel in Ouarzazate in late afternoon.

Day 9: 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.

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