3 days to discover the deep south from Marrakech
MARRAKECH – OUARZAZATE – SKOURA –TODRA GORGES – DADES VALLEY – MERZOUGA –
DRAA VALLEY – AGDZ – AIT BENHADDOU – MARRAKECH
DAY 1 – Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Skoura
KM = 238 – TIME = 4H15
Start from your hotel around 9 :00 am, we take the road of Ouarzazate facing the Atlas Mountains.
We will go through Tichka Mountain pass (2 260 m) around 11 :30 am.
Short stop for a mint or absinthe Moroccan tea on the road.
Lunch in l’Etoile restaurant in before enjoying a full afternoon of visits with the Movie Museum, Tiffeltout and Taourirt Kasbah (built in XVII century by the powerful Glaoui tribe), or the famous cinema studios.
We will leave Ouarzazate to reach the huge palmgrove of Skoura before sunset (about 40 mn drive). Dinner and night at a charming guesthouse in the palmgrove.
DAY 2 – Skoura – Roses Valley – Boulemane Dades –Todra Gorges – Erfoud – Rissani – Merzouga
KM = 323 – TIME = 4H30
Nice homemade breakfast before leaving at 9 :00 am.
Skoura palm grove (25 km2) is a fertile oasis lined with immense palm groves houses tiny villages made of clay and bound by small paths on the side of cultures shadowed by palm and fruit trees.
Pise kasbahs melt into the landscape along the way to the Roses Valley. This narrow luxurious valley with steeps sides, ocher couloured offers a majestic view and is amoung Morocco major tourisitic sites.
Stop for lunch at Anissa auberge (just before entering the Todra Gorges).
Arrive in Merzouga at the end of the day, the ‘desert door’. Here, you swap your car for a camel and start your camel trek through the red dunes of Erg Chebbi. An opportunity to enjoy serenity and peace of desert before arriving to your camp for the sunset.
Dinner and night at the camp.
DAY 3 – Erg Chebbi – Drâa Valley – Agdz – Aït Benhaddou – Marrakech
KM = 562 – TIME = 8H30
Start at 8 :00 am. On the way back we will choose the south road towards Alnif. Landscape surrounded by Anti Atlas mountains reminds bushes of Africa. N’Kob – Village of « 45 kasbahs », links Drâa Valley with Ziz Valley.
With Agdz the Drâa Valley starts, 69 km south to Ouarzazate. Located on the former caravan road joining Marrakech to Tombouctoo. Lunch At Yacob, old kasbah in Tamnougalt village, which has on a nice terrace overlooking the palmgrove.
We continue through the Drâa Valley until Anti Atlas heart. This old and pleated mountain range dates from 300 millions years. As the road starts to climb, we gradually enter a starkly beautiful landscape up to Tizi ait Saoun pass (1900 m). there is no more vegetation.
Reaching Ouarzazate, we will go directly to Aït Benhaddou (30 km). UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars is a great example of earthen clay architecture of South Morocco. Many films have been shot there.
Departure to Marrakech (through the Tichka pass). You have 4 hours drive left.
Price : 804 €
Based on 2 participants (minimum)
- Private Transportation car with driver for 3 days
- 2 nights in in our luxury camp Half Board
- Camel Ride For sunset & Sunrise
- All taxes
- Personal fees and tips