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Enjoy 7 days full of excitement and adventure. This package includes the best mixture of Imperial cities, history, mountains, desert, and beaches.
We kick start our 7 days tour heading toward the south-eastern region where we end up in a nomad night in the desert of Merzouga. Then we move south-west to Daraa Valley and explore Zagora, the great palm oasis, and Chegagat great desert. Finally we move north for the historical city of Taroudant, and from there to the Atlantic coastal part where we visit and spend a night and a day in the beutiful coastal city of Essaouira. We end our trip back in Marrakech.
We pack up in the morning for a south-west drive towards Skoura. On the way, we climb and descend the the High Atlas of Tiz nTichka moutains with their beautiful narrow valleys and splendid sights. You have several stops to enjoy the panorama and take pictures. Along the mountanious roadn there scattered many Berber villages of traditional farmers; a golden opportunity to take a close look at the life of the Moroccan Amazigh traditions and culture of the mountain inhabitants. Right before Ouarzazate city, we take a few kilomerts turn to visit the UNESCO World Heritage of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, where we have lunch. Then we head towards Ouarzazate to visit the Cinema Studio, where many movies were made. Late in the afternoon, you will be in Skoura, a town once inhabited by Morocco Jewish people and served as a trade post for caravanes coming from and heading to the sub-Saharan countries.
Night in Skoura
Our destination for today will be the desert of Merzouga. We leave Skoura in the morning. Before arriving at Merzouga, we pass by many villages and towns. We visit Kalaat M’Gouna, a small town known for roses growing and roses-related cosmetic products. It is a beautiful town that is situated along the bank of the Valley of Roses. From there we continue driving to Tinghir, another eye-catching town of Amazigh culture and traditional Berber crafts, mainly the Berber carpets. We visit the great Gorges of Todgha, adjacent hills with a river running inbetween; we have a stop at the Gorges to enjoy a moment full of peace and beauty. In the afternoon, we head on our way towards Merzouga, passing by Erfoud, Rissani, as well as other villages.
Right at the arrival at Merzouga, you will be welcomed with a majestic tour on camels’ back. Your camel trekking will take you deep in the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi to enjoy the sunset of the sandy dunes.
The night will be in nomad tents with Nomad music and dancing. We set fire, sing together and have Sahraoui tea. Don’t forget to fift your eyes and watch the stars in the desert; there is no place where you can watch the stars and enjoy how bright and clear they are like the desert!
Accommodation: Nomad tent
We alyaws advice our guests to wake up early in the morning in order not to miss the sunrise view on the desert; beleive us, it is worth your sleep hours!
After a typical desert breakfast, we take the way to Zagora, the capital of Daraa Valley and the palm oasis. We take the road through the Berber villages and small towns of Anif and Tazarine to reach the palm groves. See the different touch and materils used to build traditional houses and kasbahs in this area; mud is almost prevailing in all traditional houses the reason for which is beleived to be the hot weather.
In the morning, we drive to a visit to Tamegroute, a small town famous for traditional pottery and ceramics as well as the spiritual and religious center of Nasiriyya Zawiya. We continue our way passing by Tagounite, to arrive at Mhamid, where we have lunch. In the afternoon we drive to Chegagat dunes.
On arrival at the great sandy dunes of Chegagat, a unique experience of camel riding over the dunes is awaiting. Try camel riding and live like a nomad for a while, while you are on your way to enjoy the sunset over the biggest dunes in Morocco.
Spend unforgettable night in nomad camp full of joy; have nomad music and dancing party around a fire, and have lunch. Enjoy watching the sky and the stars at night in as clear and shiny as you have never seen them before.
We drive toward Foum Zgid, a small town that is called the Gate to the Desert. We then continue the road to Taznakht, the heart of the Moroccan traditional Berber carpet. We have lunch there in one the traditional restaurants where you can have the chance also to see the traditional process of carpet production. Then we go on our way to Taliouine, the town of Sefran, and finally Taroudant, where we spend the night.
We use the first hour of the morning to pay a visit to the city of Taroudant. It is called the Mother of Marrakech, as it is, indeed, a small version of Marrakech. It was built by Almoravids back in the 11th century, and is famous with its markets, still standing ramparts, and the fortifying wall that stretches about 6 km long with for gates.
After the visit of the main historical places of the city, we embark on our way, this time toward the Atlantic side of Morocco, to Essaouira city. Along the way, we drive mainly alongside the Atlantic ocean. We pass by Argan trees, traditional farms, and herders. You feel the shift in nature and landscape from the desert to the coastal side.
Make use of the afternoon and the evening to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco.
We spend the night in Essaouira.
We spend the morning exploring the city; we visit the historical monuments, Jewish Quarter, the Ramparts, and the Meuseum and Gallery. You have the time to enjoy the beach as well, and you can have lunch beside the beach, a delicious seafood meal if you like.
In the afternoon we take the road to Marrakech, where we end our tour.