Marrakesh and the Kasbah Trail Itinerary

Day 1: Marrakech – Ouarzazate

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Ouarzazate through the famous Tizi Ntichka pass (2260m), over the High Atlas Mountains with its snow peaks for most of the year and Berber villages nestled in the valleys.  Thereafter we’ll arrive at Ait Ben Haddou village, the location of Morocco’s most famous kasabah, built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Ethami in the 19th century. The Kasbah is recognised as a UNESCO matrimonial historical site and still houses many Glaoui family members. Lunch is by the Kasbah before we continue to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”, where you can visit one of the studios and see many props used in movies made there such as Gladiator, Kondon and Alexander the Great.

Day 2: Dades Gorge and Rose Valley

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll leave to explore the fascinating Dades and Rose Valleys. Our first stop will be at Skoura to walk in ‘Birds Valley’ and visit the beautiful and well preserved Kasbah of Ameridil. Then we’ll continue to the famous village of Kalaa M’gouna, famous for its roses and rose products. A rose festival is held here every May, when the roses are harvested. Since this is the road of the thousands Kasbahs you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some beautiful pictures. Lunch will be in a restaurant overlooking the valley, after which we’ll drive for another hour to get to our hotel at the heart of the gorge.

Day 3: Dades Gorge -Todra Gorge – Merzouga

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll take a short drive to see the amazing rock formation referred to as “the monkey toes” and the standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait yul. Leaving the Dades valley towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley you’ll witness great panoramic views of the old mud berber villages overlooking the valley. Lunch will be in a magnificent location 200m down in the basin of the gorge.  After lunch your trip continues onto Erfoud and Rissani then through the open black desert to the village Merzouga – the home of your guide Brahim and where your camel will be awaiting you. You’ll be welcomed with a mint tea and guided by an experienced camelman to start your safari exploring the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your first night under the stars in a traditional Berber nomad tent.

Day 5: Merzouga and its Wonders

After breakfast with the Bedouin family you’ll peacefully camel-trek back to the village of Merzouga. En-route feast on the unique beauty of the spectacular Erg Chebbi dunes – changing with the light as the day progresses. Arriving late morning back in Merzouga, you’ll have the chance to freshen-up before exploring the area. You’ll visit the Gnawa people, originally slaves brought from Sudan, to experience their music, performances and lifestyle.

Day 6: Merzouga – Zagora

After breakfast we’ll leave for Rissani. If it is a Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday this is an opportunity to explore the souk, once a meeting place for many caravans coming from Timbuctou in Mali. Rissani – once Sijilmassa – is the foundation of the Alaouite Aynasty, the current ruling family. With most of the woman veiled, and men hooded, this is a very traditional Moroccan town. We’ll continue driving towards Zagora, via Alnif and Tazarine, before arriving at the fascinating Draa Valley at the edge of the Atlas Mountains, alongside which lay hundreds of Berber Kasbahs. Overnight you’ll stay in a luxurious Riad in Zagora.

Day 7: Tamegrout and the Draa Valley

After breakfast at the Riad we’ll head southwards to Tamegrout where you’ll visit the Islamic-book shop, the oldest in the area, which served as a school and the source of Islamic education as well as the hand-made pottery works where you will see men baking the clay to make different pots and dishes. Driving back to the Riad, in the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to walk in the valley or relax and enjoy the beauty of the building.

Day 8: Draa Valley – Ouarzazate

After a luxurious breakfast at the Riad, we’ll return to Ouarzazate through the Draa Valley. Before Agdez there’s a panoramic view of the palm grove and the scenic moon-like landscape with the beautiful contrast of the Berber villages and the Saghro mountains. Continuing on to our hotel near the Kasbah Tifoultout you’ll pass through an area that has been a popular location for Hollywood films, including The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile and the Mummy.

Day 9: Tifoultout -Taroudant

After breakfast and visiting Tifoultout Kasbah, we’ll head to Taroudant via Taznakht, stopping at Taliouine to visit the Safran co-operative. If your visit coincides with the Safran harvest, you will have the opportunity to meet the Berber women with their families picking the safran leaves in their fields. We should arrive at Taroudant in the afternoon, where you’ll be accommodated overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 10: Taroudant

After breakfast we’ll explore Taroudant “ little Marrakech” and its monuments starting with a visit to the Kasbah and the ramparts; the alleys of the medina; the Berber Souk and the Arab Souk and then to the tanneries. After lunch near the main square, you can experience a horse-drawn carriage ride around the impressive medina walls. Overnight accommodation is once again at the guest house.

Day 11: Return to Marrakesh

You’ll arrive in Marrakech in the late morning to check-in to your riad before lunch at a restaurant by the main square. In the afternoon you’ll visit the fascinating Bahia palace, the historical Saadian Tombs and the famous Coranic Ben Youssef School. After evening dinner enjoy a walk in the square filled with magicians, story-tellers, tooth-pullers and snake-charmers.



Day 12: Departure to airport

We’ll drive you to the airport for your departure flight.

The tour includes all en-suite accommodation, breakfast and evening dinner.

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