Marrakesh is possibly the most important of Morocco’s four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062, by Abu Bakr ibn Umar, chieftain and cousin of Almoravid king Yusuf ibn Tashfin. In the 12th century, the Almoravids built many madrasas (Koranic schools) and mosques in Marrakesh that bear Andalusian influences. The red walls of the city, built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122–1123, and various buildings constructed in red sandstone during this period, have given the city the nickname of the “Red City” or “Ochre City”. Marrakesh grew rapidly and established itself as a cultural, religious, and trading centre for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa; Jemaa el-Fnaa is the busiest square in Africa.
Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Todra Gorge – Draa Valley – Zagora – Erg Chegaga Dunes
Program for 5 Days:
Day 1: Marrakech- High Atlas – Ait Ben Haddou – Valley of the Million Kasbahs – Rosevalley – Todra gorge
Day 2 : Dades Gorges – Todra gorge – Draávalley – Zagora
Day 3 : Zagora – Tamegroute – Mhamid – Oasis of Iriki – dunes of Erg Chigaga (sandboarding)
Day 4 : Trekking with dromedaries to the dunes of Erg Chigaga
Day 5 : Lake of Iriki –fossil mountain– Tazenakht – Marrakesh
Detailed program Tour from Marrakech for 5 days:
DAY 1: MARRAKECH – HIGH ATLAS – AIT BEN HADDOU – VALLEY OF THE MILLION KASBAHS – ROSEVALLEY – TOFRA GORGE
We set out in the morning from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh. We’ll be crossing the mountains of the High Atlas range and the pass of Tizi-n-Tichka (2,260 m), where the views are breathtaking. The scenic road runs through oak woods and walnut groves, Berber villages with stone and mud brick houses, and pastures where goats and sheep graze. After crossing the pass, we come down into the lunar landscape of the Lesser Atlas and reach Ait Benhaddou, a mud brick kasbah protected by UNESCO and known as the finest and most famous in Morocco, which has featured in a number of films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and The Gladiator. After the tour we stop for lunch. Our journey resumes and takes us on to the Dades gorges, travelling through magnificent oases of palm trees and spectacular kasbahs which have given this region the name of The Valley of the Million Kasbahs. We then pass through Skoura and Kelaa M’Gouna, famous for its roses and daggers, and finally stop for the day in the Dades gorges. We have dinner here and spend the night in a hotel or traditional local riad.
DAY 2: DADES GORGES – TODRA GORGE – DRAÁVALLEY – ZAGORA
In the morning, we will enjoy views of the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorge cut out from the valley into the High Atlas. From here we will travel to the Gorge of Todra. This whole area is spotted by ruined Kasbahs, green oasis, and typical villages, which creates a paradise for any photographer. The Todra Gorge is a classic gorge with narrow high rock walls that rises 300 meters high. , we resume our journey to the Draa Valley, we head up to the Sarhro volcanic mountains winding through dramatic rock formations and gorges via the spectacular, which offers breathtaking views. The trip continues through the lined-up palms of Draa valley and its many Berber villages onto Zagora, where you’ll enjoy dinner and spend the night at riad.
DAY 3: ZAGORA – TAMEGROUTE – MHAMID – OASIS OF IRIKI – DUNES OF ERG CHIGAGA (SANDBOARDING)
After breakfast on the terrace of the riad, we go for a walk in the oasis before leaving for the desert. We pass Tamegroute, famous for its craft pottery production, and reach M’Hamid, the desert outpost. From M’Hamid, we continue our journey into the desert. An adventurous journey through the Sahara by jeep awaits us. After covering 50 km of track, we reach the oasis of Iriki, where we have lunch before continuing towards the dunes of Erg Chigaga – an amazing series of golden desert dunes stretching for 40 km and reaching a maximum height of 300 metres. Here, you can admire the sunset amid the dunes. The typical nomad hospitality awaits us here in our tented camp, surrounded by the dunes of the Sahara, with the ritual welcome with mint tea, a traditional nomad dinner with music and a bonfire and overnight accommodation in a nomad tent.
DAY 4: TREKKING WITH DROMEDARIES TO THE DUNES OF ERG CHIGAGA
If you sleep in the desert, make sure you get up early to admire the golden light of dawn as it illuminates the sand dunes. After breakfast, we set out on our trek with the dromedaries to the dunes of Erg Chigaga. After 2 – 3 hours of travelling, we reach a famous tamarind tree, under whose shade the guides cook a lunch of kebabs and fresh bread baked in the sand in the traditional nomad style. We go back to our camp, where you can admire a breathtaking sunset among the dunes while awaiting dinner. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a Berber tent.
DAY 5: LAKE OF IRIKI – FOSSIL MOUNTAIN – TAZENAKHT – MARRAKECHAfter breakfast, we continue on our journey by jeep along the old track of the Paris-Dakar rally, reaching the dried up salt lake of Iriki. We pass below the fossil mountain and finally leave the desert behind and reach Tazenakht, a famous carpet manufacturing centre. We stop in Tazenakht for lunch and return to Marrakesh towards evening.
Click button below to book this tour!Book Now