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Today you will be picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech or pick up from airport (early flight) and transfer over the High Atlas and visit the Palace of the Glaoui at Telouet before descending to Ouarzazate. Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town during the French period. The wide Avenue Muhammed V is the main street, from which everything is easily accessible. Ouarzazate Kasbah is well maintained and the best view of it is from the other side of the river, fringed by palm trees. The Palace of Glaoui was never inhabited by the ruling family Glaoui that had it built.
Today you will drive along the foothills of the High Atlas, along the valley of the Roses and will get a chance to visit the Gorges du Dades and the Todra Gorges . Todra Gorge is situated on the remote east side of the High Atlas Mountains in. The gorge has carved out cliff-sided canyons on the final 40 km through the mountains. The final 600 m of the Todra gorge are the most spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 m high on each side. The rock face changes colour during the day, ranging from a rosy red to a dull tan.
Today take an early morning or evening camel ride into the desert (too hot during most of the day) and relax during the day.
Today travel back to Ouarzazate via the Saghro mountains and past Nkob to the valley of the Draa.
Travel to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and over the high Atlas to Marrakech-transfer to the airport. Aït Benhaddou is a ‘fortified city’ situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, used to carry salt across the Sahara and bring back gold, ivory and slaves. It is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and boasts some beautiful examples of kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing in 1987, the site had been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Mummy and Alexander.
Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...