Mesmerising Morocco Travels

Morocco Private Travel Adventures

Day 1: Airport – Marrakech .

Arrival at Marrakech,Menara airport, reception, assistance and transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades valley

Depart Marrakech at 8am and travel over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass while enjoying superb views of the High Atlas Mountains and of the Berber villages. Stop for lunch and tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou that is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. This beautiful example of southern Moroccan architecture has been used as a backdrop for over 20 films including Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, and Gladiator. You will continue towards the El Kelaa M’gouna (Valley of the Roses), and the Dadès Valley (Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs). Stay overnight in a hotel right by the Dadès Gorges and enjoy the evening with a Moroccan dinner.

Day 3: Dades valley –  Todra  Gorges – Merzouga

After breakfast you will depart for Todra Gorges. Its 20 m/66 ft wide entrance, bubbling clear stream and its 304 m/1000 ft high rock walls stretch 99 m/325 ft back on either side and is the most stunning part of the canyon. The narrow valley is lined with palmery and up on the rocks you may see the Nomad families tending sheep and goats. Perhaps, you will spot the eagles that nest in the Todra and other amazing birds. You will have lunch in the Gorge, travel further into the desert to the tiny village of Merzouga, where you will camel trek into the beautiful Erg Chebbi Dunes. You will spend the evening in a bivouac (camp), enjoy a Moroccan dinner, and sleep in traditional Nomad camel hair tent.

Day 4 :Merzouga – Sahara Desert – Erg Chebbi

After breakfast with the nomad family you‚will peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Erg chebbi Merzouga. Enroute you couldn’t fail to appreciate the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. Arriving late morning back in Merzouga, freshen-up and start an explorative journey of the area. You will visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music and lifestyle.Not far away there‚is the lake of Merzouga, with its bird populations. You may also visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than in the big cities. That evening you‚will be entertained by Berber and Gnaoua musicians and will be accommodated overnight in a local Hotel.

Day 5: Erg Chebbi – Merzouga -Rissani-Erfoud- Midelt – Fes

After breakfast in the hotel, leave for Rissani. If it is a Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday this is an opportunity to explore the souk , once a meeting place for many caravans coming from Timbuctou in Mali. Rissani – once Sijilmassa – is the foundation of the Alaouite Aynasty, the current ruling family. With most of the woman veiled, and men hooded, this is a very traditional Moroccan town.We‚will continue driving towards Efroud where you will see the sudden change in the scenery. The desert, dry land will change into the green valley of Ziz, date palms and green gorges. Then continue onto the Middle Atlas Mountains passing Ifrane and Azrou. A forested cedar hillsides where colony of monkeys will keep you amused .