DAY 1: MARRAKECH – TELOUET – AIT BENHADDOU – OUARZAZATE
This Morocco Holiday Marrakech Merzouga Fes 4 days start: we will pick you up at your hotel/riad, We leave Marrakech and drive towards the High Atlas Mountains and the road for Ouarzazate through the Tizi´ N´Tichka pass (2260m).
You will enjoy beautiful landscapes with different colours and the Berber villages. We will visit Kasbah Telouet which was occupied by the Glaoui Pacha during his reign and is frequented by Moroccan travellers. The Kasbah is in the village of Telouet nestled outside the Ounila Valley.
The Harem and reception hall areas give one a good idea of the former luxury in which El Glaoui lived, as well as a look at the Andalusian-style of decorating. However, the older parts of the Kasbah are in complete ruins, making it difficult to see properly. Walking through the crumbling passageways is like walking through a maze and some people have got lost exploring the dilapidated Kasbah.
We continue to the second Kasbah, Aït Benhaddou, UNESCO placed it under its auspices as a World Heritage Site and then the Moroccan Government itself jumped on the bandwagon in 1994 to rehabilitate the Kasbah in order to preserve the cultural and national heritage. The Kasbahs were a major stop for camel caravans carrying salt through the Sahara and returning with gold, silver and slaves. Overnight in Ouarzazate.
DAY 2: OUARZAZATE – SKOURA OASIS – DADES GORGE – TODRA GORGE
After your breakfast we depart towards the city of Ouarzazate known as the doorway to the Sahara Desert. Visit Kasbah Taourirt. Then we start travelling via the Road of Thousand Kasbahs to the Skoura Oasis lined by many palm groves and on to the Rose Valley known for its production of Damascus roses. At Boumalne Dades we can take the smaller route that will lead us to the Dades Gorge. We will pass the strange rock creation of Tamnalt Hills, a bizarre rock resembling monkey feet. We will travel to the top of the Dades Gorge, a deep gorge of red and mauve rock towering above the road. Then we return back to Boumalne Dades and travel to another very spectacular location, Todra Gorge.
DAY 3: TODRA GORGE – MERZOUGA – ERG CHEBBI
After your breakfast our travels take us towards Tinjdad, then Touroug and after to Erfoud. We visit the fossil centre and the ancient city of Rissani that thrived from the 8th to the 14th centuries thanks to the caravan routes of the kingdom of Sijilmassa the Alawite dynasty as they took power, as well as Moulay er Rachid. It is a cultural destination in Morocco boasting beautiful examples of early Moroccan architectural styles and noteworthy palaces and temples. Then later in the afternoon you will take your camels to cross the desert during a beautiful sunset for about 2 hours to reach your camp for the night by the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Overnight in the Nomad tent under a night sky full of stars.
DAY 4: MERZOUGA – MIDELT – IFRANE – FES
You will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes of Erg Chebbi, possibly the best moment of Merzouga desert, drive to Fes along the Ziz Valley Gorge and via Azrou and the cedar forests where colonies of the indigenous Barbary monkeys will keep you amused. We will drop you off at your Riad/Hotel in Fes. the end tour: Morocco Holiday Marrakech Merzouga Fes 4 days