3 Days Tour from Marrakech

Day 1: Dades – Ait benhaddou – Ouarzazatte

This desert tour connects two big cities. The tour can start from Fez to Marrakech, or the other way around. The driver is going to pick you up from your Riad in Marrakech and take you in a dramatic car driving tour into to the verdant oasis of Dades Gorge via Tizi-n-Tichka chain. In your way, you will pass by the World Heritage Site of Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, one of the most spectacular ksour (dwellings) in Morocco that used to guard the economic caravan route through the Atlas Mountains. Your desert tour in Morocco will take you via Ouarzaztte, the valley of roses and flowers( the KeLaa of Magouna), and among the valleys, gorges of the River Dades, and past damaged hilltop Kasbahs, the strange rock formations of the Tamnalt Hills. Your dinner and night stay will take place at a hotel in Dades valley.

Day 2: Dades valley – Todra gorge – Merzouga

At the morning, we will start discovering the high cliffs of odd shapes of erosions rock, the gorge of Dades valley are dramatically amazing for the sight. Later on, we will travel toward Todra Gorge, the rising 300m rocky hues offer you different charming appearances with the brown and honey colored sheer face that changes with every movement of the sun. In other words, the views of the Todra Gorge in the morning will not be the same as the ones of the afternoon; as a result, you will have several panoramic plots for making memorial pictures. Marzouga is a beautiful area coved with golden sands, within Marzouga there is a vast sea sand, which, extends as far as you can see.

You will discover all the amazingly stunning places on your own when you reach Merzouga. During our day trip in Marzouga, we will explore the area a little bit in the morning. So that we will visit the ancient city of Risani, which flourished between the 8th century and the 14th century. Moreover, we will visit the small village of Alkhamila in order to watch and listen to the descendants of the black slaves playing the typical local music of the region “Gnawa”.

Later on, we will visit a very beloved place for photographers called Erg chebbi. The panoramic views that you will find there, will explain to you whey Erg chebbi is a touristic direction. The trip and walking among the sandy dunes will be better on camel’s back. You will spend your night in either a desert camp or a hotel.

Day 3: Erg chebbi – Merzouga – Midelt – Fez

At the morning, we will return to Merzouga after having our breakfast under a stunning sunrise over the golden sandy dunes, the return will be on camel rides. Before our departure toward Fez, you will have a relaxing shower at your hotel at Merzouga. The driver will take you directly through the Ziz Valley Gorge and via Azrou and the cedar forests into Fez city, the cultural capital, one of the iconic oldest medieval Islamic cities around the world. As you are passing by the historical walls and the gates of the city, you will go back in time with your memory and travel beyond years and years of historical achievements of kings and sultans, from different dynasties, who used to rule over Morocco.

The 8th century streets have not changed, they still perfectly strong and designed as they used to be before. The high walls protecting the courtyard from the midday hot sun are also a sign of the unique system of designing that Moroccans used to develop. Al the theosophical colleges, beautiful mosques and the captivating souks revealing their goods onto the pavement are all part of the scene. Your walking tour will cover the most interesting places, like ENEJJARINE workshops.

You can also visit the oldest university in the world, AL Qarawiyyin University was built in 859 AD, and it is considered the first scientific institution that established specialized scientific chairs and scientific degrees in the world. As you are walking around the city, you will pass by the merchant’s shop belonging to the 14th century. Finally yet importantly, you will have the chance to have a close look at the Tanneries, where they stain leather in vast striking colored dyes.

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