Day 1 Marrakesh – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorge:
We’ll leave Marrakech early in the morning to cross the Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains, stopping for coffee and a visit to an argan oil cooperative along the way. We’ll have lunch at Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco’s most popular Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll proceed through the Skoura Oasis after lunch, where there are numerous ancient Kasbahs nestled among the palm trees. The path then continues through Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, with a stop to see local cosmetics made from the valley’s plentiful roses. We’ll carry on to the Dades Gorge, where we’ll spend the night in a riverside hotel.
Day 2 Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga:
We’ll take a quick drive to Todra Gorge after breakfast. Before going on to Merzouga, we will take a walk to see the sheer rock walls, which rise to 300 meters in the narrowest areas. We’ll arrive at our Erg Chebbi hotel late in the afternoon and prepare for our camel ride. Before arriving at the desert camp, we will take a 90-minute camel ride to see the sunset on top of the dunes. While watching the stars and the rising moon in the amazing Sahara desert, we will eat a traditional tagine, drink delicious mint tea, and listen to traditional berber music. We’ll spend the night in a nomad tent, as is customary.
Day 3 Merzouga – Khamlia – Rissani – Merzouga:
We’ll get up early to catch a glimpse of the sunrise over the Saharan dunes before returning to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. We’ll take you on a circuit of the sand dunes, where you’ll be able to see the incredible shifting contrasts of the desert. We’ll go to Khamlia’s “black village” to see the Gnawa musicians before getting typical Berber pizza for lunch in Rissani, the ancient capital. After lunch, stroll through the popular markets and/or relax with a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes while watching the city go by.
Day 4 Merzouga – Midelt – Ifrane – Fes:
As we leave the desert area and fly to Fes, we will pass through the Ziz Valley and the Middle Atlas Mountains. We’ll drive through Azrou’s cedar forests and stop to feed the monkeys by hand. We’ll travel via Ifrane, Morocco’s “Switzerland,” and arrive in Fes early in the evening.