Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...
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This morning, we pick you up from your hotel in Fes (booked independently to this trip) journey over the Middle Atlas to stop at Midelt. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquil mountain setting, this is a great spot to cool down and relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes. We will enjoy a small hike in the afternoon. We spend the night in this mountain location.
Drive to Merzouga after a drive over the High Atlas. After we head out to towards the the Erg Chebbi dunes located near the remote frontier town of Merzouga. The dunes are renowned for their incredible height and size. In parts the vast sand pile reaches skyward to heights of 150 metres! Transferring to our camels we trek into the Sahara for a night at our Berber Camp. Tonight enjoy a local meal and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars.
Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. There’s time to explore the gorge, from its plunging depths to dizzying heights. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west.If you're feeling adventurous, there is the option to rock climb.
Leaving the impressive Todra Gorge we make the short journey to Gorge du Dades in the Dades valley, a green and fertile valley by the Dades River that flows through it giving life to a huge variety of colourful fruit and nut trees and extraordinary red rock formations. After lunch we tour the famous Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed.
Travelling along the foothills of the Siroua mountains from Ouarzazate, we pass the saffon village of Tallioune, where crocus is grown for harvesting the staffron stamens and onwards over the famous Tizi N test pass and the Tin mel Mosque before arriving in Ourigane. Overnight Ourigane - Ksar Les Sel D’ailleurs
A morning to explore the lake and berber villages around Ourigane before descending to the plain of Haouz and onwards to your hotel in Marrakech (booked independently to this trip). Tour ends.