An escape from Marrakech to the surrounding of Zagora, amazing experience to spend a night at the Nomadic camp and ride the camels through the desertic area, a 2 day trip to get away from the noise of Marrakech, explore several must see places along the way including Tizi n’Tichka pass (a aprt of Atlas Mountains range) Ait Benhadou Ksars, Ouarzazate Kasbahs & Atlas movies Studios, the Draa valley & the bigest palm groves in Morocco.
Day 1: Marrakech – Ait benhaddou – Ouarzazate – Zagora
After breakfast in your hotel/riad in Marrakech, pick up around 7h30, start your journey to the southern Morocco, crossing the High Atlas via the Tizi N’ Tichka pass (2260m of altitude) drive along the zigzagging road & enjoy the views over the Berber villages of Imouzzar valley, explore one of the most preserved villages in the south of Morocco, Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village build by Ait Aissa trive on 15th centrury for Caravane traders coming from Tombouktou to Andalousia via Marrakech & Tangier, the village served as a natural decor for several international movies including the Gladiators, Ali Baba, Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia etc…enjoy a guided visit of 1 hour until the top of the hill to dominate the whole ksar and its classified Kasbahs since 1987 (under Unesco world heritage), head afterwards to Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah with a short break at the entrance of the city on a hill to see the cinemas studios & old decorations.Lunch and then continue to Zagora via Agdez and through Draa valley, start the camel ride at 1km from Zagora, enjoy the sunset along the way while riding towards the nomadic camp in Nekhla dunes.Dinner & breakfast are served at the camp.
Day 2: Zagora – Ouarzazate – Marrakech. Early wake up to enjoy the sunrise followed by breakfast, optional camel Trek back to meet your driver and drive along the Draa valley with breaks for photos and lunch on the road before we return to Marrakech via Ouarzazate. (4×4 drive may take you from the camp to with the camel ride).Note: Nekhla dunes is not a full desert like Merzouga but nice to see a part of the desert & enjoy the camel ride experience & the overnight in the nomadic camp in case of a short holiday in Morocco, if you have 3 days it would be better to visit Merzouga dunes instead.