Kasbahs and dunes

KASBAHS AND DUNES

Tour of the Thousand Kasbahs and Dunes

 

Day 1: Marrakech

 

Arrival at the Menara Airport of Marrakech and transfer to your Riad. Check-in and sightseeing tour around the city, the souk, the Jemaa el Fna Square, the Saadian Tombs and Majorelle Gardens. Back to the hotel. Free time in the afternoon and evening. Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 2: Marrakech - Kasbah Telouet- Kasbah Ait Benhaddou- Ouarzazate

 

Breakfast. We leave Marrakech and go south. We cross the High Atlas through the Tizi-n-Tichka port with its wonderful views of the mountain range. We can make stops along the way to enjoy a refreshing cup of mint tea before we continue to Telouet, where we will have lunch. There you can relax and enjoy the views of the Kasbah. Then, we take the “tracks” (open road where we can only drive cross-country vehicles) to Ait Benhaddou, passing by a valley and a little Berber village. If time allows, we can visit it, go sightseeing. Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

 

Day 3: Ouarzazate -Toundoute- Boutaghrar- Dades Valley

 

After a delicious breakfast, we head for the route of the 1000 kasbahs, the town of Skoura (42 km), located in the heart of the palm tree valley. We discover the oasis and its exuberant vegetation and secret kasbahs. Across the mountains, there are the nomads’ caves. From here, we make a tour to Klaa de M'gouna, the Rose Valley and the Bota Ghrar track. Finally, we arrive at the Dades Gorge. Overnight in a hotel.

 

Day 4: Dades- Todra Gorge - Erfoud- Erg Chebbi Oasis

 

We leave Boumalne, on the banks of the Dades River, and we follow a road marked by kasbahs and ksour, which give ochre, red and mauve look to the scenery. A rocky surface where dromedaries graze (1,350 metres high) and surrounded by palm trees. Visit to the Todra Gorge, with its 300 metre-high walls. We continue to the village of Tinejdad and we arrive at the Touroug ksar, surrounded by beautiful oasis. Then, we discover the Jorf palm grove, which extends to Erfoud. It produces the best dates of the country. After that, the desert appears with its amazing dunes of fine and golden sand- the Merzouga Desert. Accommodation in Berber Haimas in the middle of the desert.

 

Day 5: Erg Chebbi Oasis - Khamlia- Ouzina Desert

 

We go to Rissani, in the Tafilalet palm grove, which extends up to the Ziz River and Ghris. It produces the best dates of the country. Visit to the souk, the famous donkey parking and the ksours of the Alaouite Dynasty. Then, we continue to Ouzina, through the tracks of the Dakar Rally and there is the desert again, the dunes of Ouzina. Arrival in Ouzina. Accommodation in a hotel.

 

Day 6: Ouzina Desert

 

Relaxing day to discover the pure desert sand of the Ouzina Desert. We can also rent a quad with a guide and explore the dunes and visit the nomads. At sunset, we go for an exciting camel ride. Accommodation in a hotel

 

Day 7: Ouzina- Ramlia-lac el maider- Zagora

 

In this itinerary we follow the second stage of the Dakar Rally. We cross the Ramlia River, Hamadas desert and Berber villages in the middle of a deserted landscape. Then, we arrive in Tafraoute, a little village lost in the heart of the desert. Then, Remlia, and after that, the palm grove of Foum Jrane – a genuine jewel. Precious little villages surround the Oasis. We continue to the Draa Valley, an immense green snake winding across the desert along 250 km that will take us to Zagora. Accommodation in a hotel.

 

Day 8: Zagora – Draa Valley - Kasbah Tamnougalt - Agdez –Marrakech

 

From Zagora to Marrakech via the Draa Valley, passing by Tamnougalte and discovering different people, villages and oasis along the way. After Agdz, we head for Djebel Saghro, with its incredible heart-shaped dunes. Lunch stop on the road. Then, we continue to Marrakech. Accommodation in a Riad

 

Day 9: Marrakech- Airport

 

End of our trip