Merzouga is ideally situated at 40km from Erfoud & 40km from Rissani, known by its magical & highest dunes in Moroccan Sahara desert, on the last few years, it became one of the most visited places in the southern Morocco combined with tours around the high Atlas Mountains or the imperial cities, it allow travellers to see the sun shine & sun set, we let you discover it yourselves on your own way.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate Dades Gorge.
After breakfast, pick up by our English speaking guide / driver, drive through Tizi n’Tichka pass (the limit between Western & Central High Atlas Mountains, stunning view over the Imouzzar & Taddart Berber villages as well as the zigzagging road of Tichka, continue via Telouet valley with a short visit of the Pach Glaoui’s Abandoned Kasbah, continue along Ounila valley to arrive to ait Benhadou, lunch and then visit the magical Ksars of this place, a real Moroccan & UNESCO world heritage, the place is known as a picture & movies spot, several international films have been shot in this place including the Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabie, the Mummy, Kundun & Alexander…(there are about 43 films in total which has used the place), enjoy the architecture of the building aged about 4 centuries, the place has been used as a trade center for the caravans coming from Toubouktou & heading to Marrakech the whole north of Morocco.After the visit continue via Ouazazate, optional visit to the movie studio (Moroccan Hollywood), drive along the way of 1000 Kasbah & pass through, Skoura & Kelaa Mgoun & Boumalen dades, arrival to Dades gorges.Overnight at the guest house.
After breakfast and a short drive to Todra Gorge, hug rocks for climbers, passing via the magnicent palm oasis and visit inside of the gores, way back to the main road and drive through Tinghir, Tinjdade & Erfoud, optiona visit of the Marble factory, continue to Merzouga via Rissani the ancient capital of Tafilalte region, it was a former major caravan center, visit of the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif the founder of Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco in 1631, continue to the town of Merzouga, welcome mint tea and then meet the camel leader to start 1.30hr camel ride to Erg chebbi dunes, enjoy the sunset on the way, overnight at the nomadic camp.
Wake up early to enjoy the views of sunrise in the desert, after breakfast, join the Camels again to ride back by a different way over the dunes to return to our waiting vehicle at Merzouga, way through Alnif, Tazzarine & a part of the long Draa valley before arriving to Agdez and then continue to Marrakech via Ouarzazate & Tizi n’Tichka pass (2260m). arrival to Marrakech around 8pm.