Day 1 :
You will be picked up from your Riad or Hotel and leave Marrakech begin our tour through Dades Valley. Traveling through the Tizi-n-Tishka pass in the high chain of the Atlas Mountains, we will stop at viewpoints and admire the views. I will help point out all of the unique parts of the landscape.
On this trip, we will visit the Ait Ben Haddou village which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's most famously known as the backdropfor several films. The list includes 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Gladiator' and 'Alexander'.
We take lunch in Ait Ben Haddou before continuing on our way. We will enjoy and learn about many unique things about My Morocco. There are breathtaking landscapes and interesting historical monuments like Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate and Roses Valley, which is renowned for the Festival of Roses that is held in Mid-May. The so-called valley of roses, Kelaat-M'Gouna in Morocco hosts an annual rose festival in mid-May (usually, the second weekend) when millions of roses are harvested and special events and competitions held. The roses from the valley are famous for the rose water that is produced from them and then becomes the base for perfume.
On our last part of the day, we will also spend time in some of the Berber Villages of Skoura, 'El Kelaa des M'Gouna' and 'Boumalene Dades'. Our overnight stay will be in a great hotel which includes an authentic Moroccan dinner and breakfast.
Marrakech - Kasbah Ait Benhaddou - Roses Valley - Boumalene Dades
Day 2 :
After breakfast, we will head into the desert to Merzouga for a camel ride. The camp we visit is more secluded and not busy. Merzouga is the location for one of the largest wind-blown dunes in Morrocco, Erg Chebbi.
While we are in Merzouga, we will visit many Berber villages. Through the Berber village Tinghir we will visit Todra Gorges which are a series of picturesque limestone river canyons. We will move along from Todra through many Berber villages to Tinjdad or Rissani. You have your choice of where we will stop for lunch. In Rissani you can experience a local specialty, " Madfoune " or the Berber Pizza.
We will make our thanks to Merzouga where we will leaving our luggage in a safe place for the night. Then, we will head out to the desert riding camels for 1hr 30min which will take us to a Berber camp in the middle of the dunes of Erg Chebbi. The dunes stretch nearly 20 km long and 5-8km wide. These are the highest dunes in North Africa, reaching 2,395' in elevation. We should arrive by sunset and get settled into our Berber tents. These accommodations do include a restroom, kitchen, beds, blankets and cushions for your stay. We can also enjoy a fire under the stars and play traditional Berber drums.
Dades Gorges - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga
Day 3 :
In the early morning, our camel driver will wake you up to enjoy the sunrise over the dunes and return back to camp for breakfast and packing to return to Merzouga.
During the winter season, when the daylight hours are shorter, we will start our day before sunrise, beginning the camel trek to catch sunrise over the desert. Then arriving at the hotel we will have showers, breakfast and get ready for our day.
When we depart Merzouga for Fez, we will pass through many cities and villages: Erfoud, Errachidia, Ziz Valley, Meditlt, Cedar Forests of Azrou, Ifrane, and Fez. On a good day you will be able to see the monkeys that sleep in the forests and when timed just right, you can enjoy one of the many unique festivals to Morocco.
You will have your choice when it is time to stop for lunch along the way. There are numerous tasty restaurants. When we are finished with lunch, we will be sure to take you to your final destination Riad or hotel. This will conclude the 3 Day Trip.