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Our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary usually starts and ends in Marrakech. In general, our 5 days tour offers a unique chance to discover the main attraction of the country. Firstly, we will pass by the Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou, and Ouarzazate to spend the night in Gorges Dades. Secondly, we will go on a visit to the desert to explore it and spend a night there. On the third day, you will be experiencing another atmosphere with the desert tour. However, on the fourth day, we will take you back to spend the night in Ouarzazate. Finally, on the last day, we will travel back to Marrakech where the tour ends.
Itinerary for 5 days Marrakech desert tours to Merzouga:
Day 1: Marrakech to Boumalne Dades :
The first day of our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary starts with picking you from your Accommodation in the red city. First of all, we will drive through the pass of Tizi Ntichka(About 200 km), where we would stop at a certain point to visit the cooperative argan oil. On the way driving on the High Atlas Mountains, we will stop by a famous panoramic view which considered the highest point of the pass 2260m. Our journey continues, this time we will pass by the Kasbah of Telouet arriving at Ait Benhaddou.
We will take a break to have lunch and discover the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou. In general, it is seen as one of the best sites in Africa for producing movies. As a result, it is protected by the Unesco World Heritage. Many movies and series have been shot in this small village, taking the examples of Gladiator, Lawrence Of Arabia, and the Kingdom Of Heaven. Finally, we will head to Boumalne Dades and exactly in Dades Gorges, where we will spend the night and relax.
Day 2: Dades Gorges to Merzouga desert:
Today, after having breakfast in Dades Gorges, we will start the second day of our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary. Firstly, we will begin by visiting Todra Gorges which is a famous place for climbing. However, we would spend some time walking and discover its canyons that are about 300m. If you get the chance, you will see some Berber Nomads that bring their goats to drink water from the spring. Further, we could visit some workshops that make carpets if it is needed. The next destinations will Tinghir and Tinjedad where we would stop and have lunch.
Finally, we will arrive at the desert passing by Erfoud and its Fossil workshops. Definitely, the charming views of the golden dunes will amaze you with their beauty. We will take the camels and drive through the dunes of Erg Echabbi. On the way, we will stop for the sunset. By the time, we will have arrived at our last destination, the Berber camp. Our wonderful desert night will start by having a delicious traditional Moroccan meal. After that will be experiencing another atmosphere under the stars with Berber Music while sitting around the campfire.
Day 3: Merzouga Desert-The desert tour:
The Third of our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary will be all spent in exploring the desert areas. In general, the desert tour usually begins with visiting the Berber Nomads, the indigenous people of Morocco. These people are still living a simple life under the tents with a number of goats, sheep, and donkeys. Thereafter, we will go on a visit to a famous mine of kohl in the area of M’Ifiss that in the past was settled by the French administration. In a while, we will drive to discover the main panoramic sites in the desert to allow you to enjoy the desert views.
Further on the tour, we will take you to visit another lifestyle. Gnawa people are originally from Mali, and Gabon, they settled in some parts of Morocco such as, Khamlia, the next place that we will visit. The Gnaoua people are known for their hospitality and they will play music and show you their unique dancing movies. Finally, we will go on a visit to discover some of the famous Oases in the desert before dropping you to your accommodation.
Day 4: Merzouga Desert to Ouarzazate:
After having breakfast in the hotel, we will continue our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary. However, this time we will be heading back to Ouarzazate taking a different way. Firstly, we will drive to Rissani passing through its thousands of palm trees. We will stop by this city and explore one of the biggest traditional Souks (Market) in the Southeast of Morocco. Right after, we will be traveling along with many different beautiful Berber villages.
About midday we will arrive in Nkob where we will stop to have lunch. Last but not least, we will take to visit the biggest valley and river in Morocco, Daraa valley. After exploring the area, we leave directly to Ouarzazate and spend the night there.
Day 5: Ouarzazate to Marrakech:
The last day of our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary will begin by visiting Ouarzazate. Undoubtedly, the Ouallywood of Morocco worths the visit. As a result, we will have to spend most of the time discovering it. Definitely, Atlas Studios are the best attraction in the area. Ouarzazate is famous worldwide for being a perfect site to shoot movies and series. Yet, series such as Game Of Thrones and Prison Break were shot in this city. Finally, when our visit to Ouarzazate ends, we will drive again through the 1000 thousand kasbahs heading to Marrakech. With dropoff in your accommodation our Marrakech tour and our service ends.
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During our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary, we will take you to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and Erg Chebbi panoramic views. Also, the panoramic views of the valleys at Todgha gorges.
Our driver/guide will come to pick you up from the hotel you are staying at Marrakech. Also, at the end of the tour, you will be taken to the airport or Marrakech’s chosen hotel.
We believe that we have the best local Berber guides of Morocco. That is to say, they will explain to you about the attractions you will visit during our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary.
This tour is suitable for photographers. There are many stunning locations for pictures. For instance, we will take you up the view of Ait Benhaddou and on the Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
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5 days Marrakech desert tours itinerary to Merzouga destinations' overview:
The Atlas Mountains
The first destination that our desert tour passes by is the beautiful Atlas mountains. These famous ranges cover three countries in a row, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. In fact, the Atlas mountains are not continuous chains of mountains but they are separated by large distances. In general, they can be divided into three main parts in all three countries. Firstly, there is the Middle Atlas mountains and it is that lies in central Morocco. This latter is known for being the coldest and experiences more rain seasons that the other parts which makes it an important source of water in the country. Its highest peak is Bou Nasser that is about 3,340m. Northwest and parallel to the High lies the Anti Atlas mountains. Undoubtedly, it offers picturesque views and valley along with the Berber villages.
Finally, there are the High Atlas mountains that are the largest and the longest. They are a range that crosses the previous countries in North Africa. As they are the longest, they are home to many beautiful landmarks and landscapes. Even more, they are where the highest peak of all the ranges lay, Toubkal 4,167m.
In general, when driving along these mountains we take a special pass that is called Tizi Ntichka and it means “the col of getting lost”. it is the only road that connects Marrakech to the Southeast. This curved road offers many beautiful panoramas to stop by, taking the example of its highest point that is about 2260m.
Merzouga Sahara desert
There is no doubt that the Merzouga desert is the best place to have a desert experience in all over Morocco. The best camel rides, camping(glamping), and desert tours are there. Also, you can rent a buggy or quad and go crossing the dunes.
Merzouga is located in the deepest Southeast of Morocco and only about 50 km to the country of Algeria. If you are looking for the biggest and highest golden dunes, you should visit Merzouga. They say that the highest peak is around 150 m and the dunes are about 30km long. However, if you go deeper to the Southeast you will find other deserts can be another good destination.
You might hear of Hassi Labied, Tanamoust, Khamlia, or other small villages that are all considered Merzouga as wherever the desert of Erg Chebbi reach is part of this latter. However, there is the main small city and it has about 5000 population. The desert is not only a destination for outsiders but also for many Moroccans that come to have sandbaths. Rheumatism is the main sickness that most of these people suffer from and the hot sand is the best cure.
In general, what makes Merzouga a beloved destination is firstly for camel rides and the glamping in its dunes. Yet, there are other activities that you can do such as the desert tour, which allows you to do a discovery trip to the dunes’ surroundings. You can go and visit the Berber Nomads, the Gnawa people and many more. Besides, you can rent a quad or buggy and go to watch the sunset or the sunrise.
Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary is a good chance to visit some of the best valleys in Morocco. Before the construction of the road between Marrakech and Merzouga desert, these valleys were the only way for camel caravans. Firstly, there is the biggest and longest valley in the country, Draa valley that is about 1,100 kilometers. Along this river lies many villages that have a population of about 225,000 people living only with what this valley offers them. As mentioned, this valley was one of the main ways that the camel caravans used to drive by.
Secondly, you will be visiting the Ounila valley. On the way when reaching the Telouet village, we pass by this river that kind of hidden. Yet, you will cross it when visiting the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. It runs in between the origin Kasbahs and where the Most of the families live, near to the kasbah. Clearly, it gives the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou more beauty and adds a special touch to it.
Secondly, there are both the valleys of Dades and Toudra. Located next to the cities if Boumalne Dades and Todra Gorges, they offer one of the best and picturesque views in the country.
Above all, these valleys are very important for the people that live along its rivers. Besides offering beautiful views, they offer a huge amount of food such as dates and olives.
Rissani and Erfoud
When Booking our Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary you will be visiting the two main desert cities. they are where the majority of people head to buy their necessities from food to clothes. Firstly, there is the city of Erfoud. Located in between Errachidia and Merzouga desert, Erfoud is the biggest city that is near to Erg Chebbi dunes.
Clearly, it is one of the important cities in the country for producing dates. Ziz valley provides Erfoud with huge amounts of dates every year as it is the biggest source of dates in Morocco. For this, every year Erfoud organizes a festival of dates that are known outside of the country. Here, you will see all the different kinds of dates. Lmjhoul or Medjool the best and sweetest kind of dates. Furthermore, Erfoud is the capital of Fossils in the Southeast. It has a number of small workshops that produce different kinds of fossils to seek them to locals, tourists, or even export them outside of the country.
Secondly, there is the city of Rissani, the capital of Tafilalt. Throughout history, this city was the main stop station for traders that used to have long drives with camels. Moreover, it offers one of the biggest traditional Souks in the country. People, there are still using traditional ways to transfer their goods and sell them. The main mean of transportation are the donkeys. As a result, there is a specific place for donkeys in Rissani that is popular in the country.
Toudra Gorges and Rose valley.
Probably, Toudgha canyons are the best destination for climbers offering them around 300 meters of high rocks. It is located on the tip of the High Atlas mountains, Toudgha or Todra offers ones of the best and picturesque views of all time. Definitely, what makes it more beautiful is that river that runs in between the grand canyons. Next to this spot lies many small Berber villages that live from what Toudra offers them. Most of them have small shops in the canyons and sell different products fro leather stuff to carpets. Many others have only herds of goats and sheep that mainly drink from the spring in the canyons. The kind of rocks that is dominant in the area is called limestone which makes it a good place for climbers.
On the other hand, there is the Rose valley. We choose to separate it from the other valley for its importance. Kalaat Mgouna is a famous city that benefits from this valley. It offers them many different kinds of roses that help them produce cosmetic products and become the first in the country to do that. Like Erfoud, this city also organizes a yearly festival to celebrate the roses. in 2015 about 500000 people attended this festival, which reflects the importance of this valley and the city of Qalaat Mgouna.
Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou
Marrakech desert tours 5 days itinerary to Merzouga is your chance to discover the two beautiful destinations of Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou. Firstly, there is the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou that is located in the tip of the High Atlas mountains. It is the first destination that is considered the main stop station for the unique views that it offers. In general, Ait Benhaddou is in the shape of a Ksar, yet it is appropriate to call it a kasbah. Firstly, because the Ksbahs as a word means something that is made of Kasab, bamboo in English, and Ait Benhaddou is mainly constructed with bamboo. Back in the history of Morocco, Ait Benhaddou was a station for traders that used to sell their stuff in it. Besides, they used to make it a stop station to rest and relax to continue their long drives towards Europe or Marrakech.
El Glaoui family is the owner of this place and the first to find it. They were one of the richest families in the history of Morocco as they used to get their income from Taxes that traders give them.
On the other hand, there is the beautiful Ouarzazate, the Ouallywood of Morocco. The Atlas Studios is what makes this destination unique and worth the visit. Besides to the maze of Touarirt Kasbah and the biggest station of solar energy in the world.
In general, these two are considered good sites for shooting Movies and series. Taking the example of Game of Thrones, The Gladiator, Prison Break, and the kingdom of Heaven.
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