The trip starts when we pick you up at your Riad or your hotel in Fes at around 8:00 am. We set of for Midelt through the Mountains and the cedar forests of the breathtaking middle Atlas. We pass by Ifrane, a charming ski resort town and Azrou, an important handicrafts centre specialized in the work of cedar wood. After travelling over the Zad pass (2,178m/7,146ft) we will have lunch in Midelt. In the afternoon we will keep on our way to the small town of Erfoud via Errachidia and the Ziz valley which is dotted with palm trees. Our day will end in the desert area of Merzouga, where you will spend the evening in a hotel on the edge of the amazing dunes of the Sahara desert.
After breakfast, we will make a trip of the local town, including: visiting 2 oasis of Merzouga, passing through the Gnaoua village of Khamlia, looking at the mines of Mifiss, meeting of the Berber nomads in the desert, visiting the oasis of Tissardmine, and then coming back to the hotel at around 3:00 pm. There we will ride camels in the middle of the big Dunes of Erg Chebbi, where you will see the sunset and spend the night in a camp. You will enjoy a Berber delicious dinner, and sleep in a tent. The silence and beauty of the Sahara desert will amaze you.
Sunrise in the Sahara is the favourite time for photographs. We will wake up early and have breakfast outdoors, before going back by camels to the hotel for a shower. Then, we depart to Erfoud, which is known for its fossils and geology. We drive through beautiful palm trees groves before stopping for lunch and a short walk in the beautiful Todra Gorge. A stream runs through the centre of the impressive rocky gorge, and you will walk amongst local vegetable gardens and areas. It is a great respite from the heat of the desert. After a walk we move on to our stopping point Boumalene Dades, where we will have dinner in a hotel and spend the night.
After breakfast, we will travel through the wonderful Dades Valley until we arrive the ancient Kasbah of Ait Youl, before continuing through the Valley of the Roses and the road of a thousand Kasbahs. On this trip you can see incredible rocky landscapes and Kasbahs. We will have lunch near Kalla Mgouna, before keeping on the way through the palm groves of Skoura to the Kasbah of Amridil. We will reach Ouarzazate in the evening and spend the night in a Riad.
After breakfast, the entire day is devoted to visiting Ouarzazate: the Kasbah of Taourirt, Tifoultout and the Cinema Studio. This is a world famous site and you will be able to take many amazing pictures. We will drive to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (under Enesco protection) and visit the surrounding traditional villages. We will then pass through the breathtaking scenery of the Tichka pass to arrive in Marrakech in the evening.