Big Loop Circuit

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Day 1: Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge
Depart from your hotel by 4×4 in early 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 2: Dades Gorge – Todgha Gorge
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 3: Todgha Gorge – 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 – 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 5: Zagora –Erg Chigaga
Early morning departure from your hotel in Zagora to M’Hamid, stopping in the village of Tamegroute to visit the Koranic library, the manufacturing location of the unique green pottery of Tamegroute and the underground streets of the village. Visit the oasis and enjoy a lunch with locals through our local lifestyle program in M’Hamid, then by 4×4 to the big dunes of Erg Chigaga. Arrive at the bivouac in time for sunset on the dunes Followed by a traditional nomad dinner and a night under the stars or in nomad tents.

Day 6: 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.

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