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. After arriving in late afternoon in Ait Ben Haddou, visit the stunning Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a photo. Continue to your guesthouse in Ouarzazate for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, depart 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 guesthouse in Dades Gorge in late afternoon for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 3: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, enjoy an hour of hiking to reach the canyons of Dades Gorge and the stunning scenery of the area. Stop for lunch and continue to Todra Gorge via the village of Tinghir. Arrive at your guesthouse after a stroll through the impressive gorges for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 4: Todra Gorge – Zagora
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, depart to Zagora via the village of Alnif, crossing the Jebel Saghro via the mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tazazert and the village of Tazarine. After lunch in Tazarine, continue to Zagora via the village of Taghbalt and the mountain pass of Tizi -n- Tafilalet. Arrive late afternoon at your guesthouse for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 5: Zagora – M’Hamid el Ghizlane
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, early morning departure for M’Hamid, and a visit to Tamegroute to visit the Koranic library, the manufacturing location of the unique green pottery of Tamegroute, and the underground streets of the village. Continue to Foum Takat, and the vast oasis of Ktaoua, hike in the oasis and enjoy tea with locals. Visit the oasis of Ktaoua, Ksar Nesrat and Beni Sbih, the former home of the largest Jewish population in Morocco in the early 20th century. Have lunch in M’Hamid and trek by foot through the last palm grove of the Draa Valley. Arrive at the desert camp in time for sunset on the dunes, followed by a traditional nomad dinner and night under the stars or in nomad tents.
Day 6: M’Hamid el Ghizlane
A day to relax and enjoy the serenity of the desert. Read, meditate, sandboard, yoga or walk through the dunes. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a village family as part of our local lifestyle program and discover local life in the last oasis of the Draa Valley. In late afternoon, return to the desert camp by camel to watch the sunset followed by a traditional nomad dinner and night under the stars or in nomad tents.
Day 7: M’Hamid el Ghizlane – Ait Ben Haddou
After watching sunrise over the dunes and a traditional nomad breakfast, enjoy a visit to the ancient village of M’Hamid. Continue to Ait Ben Haddou through the Draa Valley oasis of Zagora and through Tansikht. Stop for lunch in Agdz and continue to Ait Ben Haddou and stop at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a photo. Continue to your guesthouse in Ait Ben Haddou arriving in late afternoon for a traditional dinner and the night.
Day 8: Ait Ben Haddou – Marrakech
After a traditional Moroccan breakfast, depart to Marrakech through the High Atlas mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tichka. Stop for lunch on the way and arrive late afternoon in Marrakech.