Discover Morocco's most spectacular scenery on this 10-day trip! Drive over the highest pass of Morocco, see Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, meet local artisans, and enjoy a delicious meal with locals in Skoura oasis. Trickle the desert sand through your fingers, which contrasts with the snow-capped mountains of the Atlas Mountains, meet with the Berber nomads, cross the Draa Valley with the endless date groves and the magnificent kasbahs. With the mystical Marrakech, a firework of impressions awaits you at the end!
Day by day
You will be welcomed at the airport by your driver who will take you to your riad in the medina. Depending on the arrival time, it is possible to make the first visit.
After breakfast today you will leave Marrakech and make your way to Ksar Ait Benhaddou, along an impressive mountain road. It is particularly winding on the highest road in Morocco, at the summit of Tizi n'Tichka, at an altitude of around 2,260 m. A first stop is at the Kasbah of Glaoui. The clay settlement is located in the middle of a beautiful landscape, characterized by valleys, rivers and rugged mountains. You will continue your way cross the beautiful valley of the Ounila River until you reach Tamdaght. Tamdaght is also known as the "Kasbah of Storks". Arrived in Aid Benhaddou, morocco's largest Ksar, move into your riad for the next two nights. A Ksar refers to a traditional, fortified berber settlement. The city at the foot of the High Atlas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has already served as a backdrop for numerous films. In so-called Moroccan Hollywood, for example, "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977), "The Mummy" (1999), "Gladiator" (2000) and "Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time" (2010) were filmed. Continue to Ouarzazate then the palm grove of Skoura where you spend the next 2 days at the heart of an amazing oasis at the footthills of the Atlas Mountains.
Immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Southern oasis of Morocco, where you'll enjoy an easy walking tour through a vast palm grove while interacting with local families. The Southern regions of Morocco offer a green oasis of vegetation, perfect for quaint towns to thrive. These authentic villages offer a wealth of knowledge about the regional culture, traditions, and way of life.
Your local guide will lead you through the amazing Sidi Felah canyons for an easy 1-hour walk. Along the way, you'll stop in a few villages to meet with locals. Admire the unique architecture, listen to stories about regional history, partake in fun activities, observe traditional farming techniques, enjoy live entertainment, and more. You'll receive a complete lesson on the local people and their lifestyles including a visit to a traditional pottery factory and old Kasbahs.
At lunchtime, you'll join a local family in their traditional house. While enjoying local and Moroccan cuisine, learn more about Moroccan cuisine, and the history of this unique culture. End your meal with an authentic tea ceremony, then drive back to your accommodation.
On your journey today along the "Road of the Kasbahs" you have a lot to look at. Enjoy the fascinating and breathtaking landscape of Morocco and the view of numerous small villages with picturesque clay castles. A first stop will be in Kalaat M'Gouna, the "City of Roses", known for its unmistakable floral splendour. Especially in spring, colors and smells explode in the stone desert, due to the fruit, almond and rose blossoms at this time of year. Continue along the river valley of the Dades. The drive through the valley is an unforgettable experience, between lush green fields, rust-red mountains and clay-colored kasbahs. In Tinghir valley, you can experience this fertile valley up close on a 30 minute hike with a local guide through palm groves and then be rewarded with the sight of the spectacular Todra Gorge (about 9 km; about 2 hours; +150/-50 m ascent). At the foot of the High Atlas, through the Ziz Valley, your journey continues towards the desert. You will reach your destination Merzouga, which is located directly on the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi. There you will move into your accommodation for the coming night. During a walk on one of the highest dunes you can enjoy the spectacular and colorful sunset and end the day.
Today You'll start with a private tour through the dunes in a Jeep, discovering hidden secrets of the landscape with your local guide. As you dip into valleys and conquer hills, you'll learn about the region's history and customs. Your first break will be with a local nomadic family that calls the dunes home. Enjoy a cup of traditional tea and listen to their stories.
Next, head to the village of Khamleya to visit the home of a Gnawa family, an ethnic group living in Morocco. You'll listen to spiritual healing music, which is traditionally practiced throughout the country and originates here in the sub-Saharan region. Gnaoua music is spiritual music at its roots, although popular maâlems (master musicians) have made the music quite mainstream. Watch a maâlem group of musicians and dancers perform their repetitive yet lively beats.
In the afternoon, you'll have free time to pursue another desert adventure. You can rent a sandboard to test your skills on the dunes or join an ATV/Quad tour. These activities are optional and need to be arranged in advance. If you'd rather just relax at camp, you're more than welcome to simply enjoy the scenery.
As the sun starts to set in the late afternoon, you'll climb up the nearest dune to watch the colorful display sweep across the sand. Head back to camp for dinner and relax by the campfire while enjoying traditional Berber music from the locals. Before you head to bed, take a look at the unhindered night sky.
Today you say goodbye to Merzouga and the Sahara. You will head to the magnificent and fertile Draa Valley, which runs like a green belt along the Draa River through the barren desert landscape. The journey continues, along the longest river in Morocco and past a stone desert, a so-called Hammada, where the famous nomadic tribe Ait Atta is at home. Here you start today's hike – you descend into the valley and reach an exciting area through which many former trade routes run and where you can still find numerous markets where local products and specialties are offered. You will cross some villages and meet again and again the Drawis, the inhabitants of the Draa Valley (about 2 km, about 40 Min, +/-50 m ascent). After the hike, you continue your journey to Zagora.
Drive to the small town of Agdz which was once an important resting place for traveling trade caravans. Here you will get an authentic impression of how southern Moroccan markets have looked and taken place for several hundred years. Arrived in Ouarzazate you will visit the Kasbah Taouirit, the former residence of the influential Glaoui family, as well as the film studios of Morocco, which are located in the desert and have already been the scene of many well-known classics. Numerous famous actors such as Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt and many others have been in front of the camera here. In the afternoon you will reach the legendary Ksar of Ait Benhaddou. The clay settlement is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has gained worldwide fame as a backdrop for many Hollywood films such as "Gladiator", "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Game of Thrones".
Stroll through the narrow streets of the old residential castle and experience the atmosphere of this extraordinary settlement of the Berber tribe of the Ben Haddou then leave to Marrakech. Along the imposing Tizi n'Tichka pass road you meander over the High Atlas to the "Pearl of the South" – Marrakech. In the middle of a thousand-year-old date palm garden lies the last of Morocco's four royal cities and exudes an incomparable atmosphere from afar. 2 nights in Marrakech.
The Koutoubia Mosque marks the entrance to the medina (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from afar with the striking silhouette of the minaret. Protected by a 9 km long, ochre-colored wall, the old town offers a cultural diversity that is second to none. Embark on a stroll through the narrow maze of streets of the medina and discover the cultural highlights of Marrakech, such as the magnificent Palais de Bahia and the ornate Saadian tombs. Then the souks are waiting for you. A beguiling scent of cardamom, turmeric or saffron is everywhere in the air. It smells of cedarwood in the small carpentry shops, and the smell of freshly tanned leather rises in the nose of the babouche sellers. During your free afternoon, you can drift to your heart's content through the alleys of the souks and haggle with the traders. Don't miss a trip to the main square Djemaa el-Fna in the late afternoon or evening! On the vibrant Djemaa-el-Fna Square in the heart of the medina, a long-forgotten world comes to light after sunset. Countless food stalls, snake charmers, storytellers, and vendors cavort on the square and transform it into a huge open-air theatre, as it did 1,000 years ago. Discover this unique setting, declared the city's Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, and be enchanted by this fantastic world of 1,001 nights. Countless food stalls, which offer delicious couscous dishes and tagine, also transform the square into a place of experience gastronomy.
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Marrakech international airport for your departure flight.