Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Benhaddou – Dades Gorge
You will be met in Marrakech and driven to Ouarzazate through the dramatic Tizi-N-Tichka pass (2260m) in the High Atlas Mountains, taking in the scenery as you wind your way through Berber villages. Arrive at the famous Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, Morocco’s largest Kasbah and a UNESCO matrimonial historical site where many Glaoui family members now reside. We’ll have lunch at the Kasbah before continuing to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate, dubbed “Africa’s Hollywood,” and the Thousand Kasbahs Lane, which features fascinating sandcastles, and Kalaat Mgouna, known for its annual rose harvest festival in May, and then continue to our hotel in the heart of the Dades Gorge.
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga
We’ll drive back through the valley after breakfast to see the incredible rock formation “the monkey toes” and the still-standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul. We leave the Dades valley for Tinghir and the Todra valley, taking in the panoramic views of the valley’s old mud Berber villages. When we arrive at the Gorge, we’ll take a walk under the 300-meter-high red cliff, where many rock-climbers come to practice their favorite sport. We carry on our journey to Erfoud and Rissani for lunch. After that, we’ll go to Merzouga, where you’ll be greeted with a glass of mint tea before checking into your hotel.
Day 3 : Merzouga – Fes
We’ll get up early in the morning to go on our camel trek to see what could be the most beautiful sunrise you’ve ever seen. After that, you’ll return to your riad for breakfast on a quiet camel trek. Along the way, you can’t help but notice how the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes change with the light as the day progresses, before going on to Fes through Errachidia and the magnificent Ziz Gorges carved out of volcanic rock, as well as the Tizi Ntalghamt Pass to Midelt. Arrival in Zaida for a barbecue and a relaxing glass of mint tea, then on to Azrou, a berber village in the Middle Atlas Mountains, for the rest of our journey, before visiting the popular Cedar Forest to see the Barbarian apes. We pause for a photo or a drink on the way to Ifrane, “the French village,” and then drive to your hotel in Fes, where the tour concludes.