Itinerary 9 days from Marrakech to Caost Atlantic
Day 1: Arrival at Marrakech
Pick up from the airport at your arrival time and transfer to the Riad that´s in the medina, the Historical center of the city of Marrakech, two minutes walk from the famous square Jamaa El Fna. In the evening you can explore the medina on your own, approaching the square that in the evenings full of narrators, jugglers, diviners. Snakes charmers, dancers, too thre movers and soon. Overnight in Riad.
Day 2: Marrakech – Dades Gorges
Depart Marrakech and travel over the Tizin'Tichka Pass while enjoying superb views of the High Atlas Mountains and of the Berber villages. Stop for lunch and tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Ben haddou that is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River. This beautiful example of southern Moroccan architecture has been used as a back drop forover 20 films including Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, and Gladiator. You will continue towards the El KelaaM'gouna (Valley ofthe Roses), and the Dadès Valley (Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs). Stay overnight in a hotel and enjoy the evening with a Moroccan dinner.
Day 3: Dades vallez-Todra Gorges-Merzouga
After having breakfast at your hotel we’ll head to a lookout point and enjoy a wonderful view of the Valley of Dades. Because these sceneries are so spectacular we'll make a couple more stops to take some pictures until we reach the Todra Gorges. You’ll have some time to walk by yourself and interact with the local people before we head to Touroug for lunch. After lunch we head on the road to Merzouga. There you'll feel like a real nomad when you enter the amazing Merzouga Dunes, where the camels are waiting to take you to the Erg Chebbi Dunes. These are the highest sand dunes in North Africa. The camel trek to the camp takes about 90 minutes. Here, in the middle of the desert, we spent the night in a Berber tent. The tents are equipped with mattresses, blankets, and cushions. You will see one of the most beautiful sunsets in your lifetime and after that you'll see thousands of stars in the sky. You will spend the night in a camp (Berber nomad tents) where you have dinner and life music in the middle of the Sahara.
Day 4: Merzouga-Khamlia-Nomade Families-Merzouga
We wake up early for to see the Sunrise over the dunes. We return by camels to the hotel. Here you'll have a lovely breakfast and you can take a shower. After this we get on the road to discover the region of Merzouga. We start in Khamlia. Here we visit the Gnaoua people, originally slaves brought from Mali. You'll get the opportunity to listen to their Gnawa music and learn about their culture and lifestyle. With the 4x4 car we will discover the nomad's lifestyle. We will visit local nomad families who live in tents around the Erg Chebbi dunes. You’ll have lunch with locales in Berber village. After this we bring you to your accommodation where you can spend the free afternoon on your own. You can explore the town or the dunes next to the hotel to see the sunset. Dinner and the night are in the hotel.
Day 5: Merzouga - Rissani - Issani- Alnif - Tazarine - Valle de Draa - Agdz - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou
After breakfast we will drive to Errisani. This silent town was the ancient capital of Tafilalet and its location as a cross roads between north and south brought the city to an important status of a former major caravan center. Up to now Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively today on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday. It was noted for its leather and goat skin trading in ancient ages. Then we drive through different areas and different Berber villages (Alnif, Tazarine, N’kob) until Ouarzazate whem we will visit the Kasbah Taouirirt , after that we wil take same road to Ait Ben Haddou .We arrive in the evening/night and take you to your hotel.
Day 6: Ait Ben Haddou _ Agadir
This morning after breakfast you may visit the Atlas films Studios before we head to the town Taliouine, is famous with with best quality of Zafran, after that we will continue our journey to Taroudant where you will enjoy your lunch. Enjoying the views of Argan trees on the plain of Souss – you may see goats climbing the trees. Later on drive to Agadir city and drop you off in your hotel..
Day 7 : Agadir -Essaouirra
After breakfast we will drive you to Essaouirra and you have a free time to explore the Medina of Essaouira, formerly named Mogador (name originating from the Phoenician word Migdol meaning a « small fortress »), is an outstanding example of a fortified town of the mid-eighteenth century, surrounded by a wall influenced by the Vauban model. Constructed according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture, in a North African context, in perfect harmony with the precepts of Arabo-Muslim architecture and town-planning, it has played a major role over the centuries as an international trading seaport, linking Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa with Europe and the rest of the world. The town is also an example of a multicultural centre as proven by the coexistence, since its foundation, of diverse ethnic groups, such as the Amazighs, Arabs, Africans, and Europeans as well as multiconfessional (Muslim, Christian and Jewish). Indissociable from the Medina, the Mogador archipelago comprises a large number of cultural and natural sites, too you can visit the souk which is located inside the Medina. And make a tour of the ramparts of the Kasbah and Scala, where you will explore the ramparts of the Scala, the port of Essaouira, the municipal market, the neighborhood jewelers and craft complex. Stores are along the streets sell a massive variety of beautiful handcrafted items, such as Thuya wood products, clothes and carpets...
After your free time to enjoy the city, we take our roed to Marrakech.
Day 8: Marrakech city tour
This day you can explore the city by the guide will meet you at your hotel and give you a half day tour to discover Marrakesh which is known as the Red City; You will stop at the:
• the Koutoubia Mosque, which is an old monument built under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199). This monument inspired other buildings such as the Giralda in Seville in Spain and the Hassan Tower in Rabat.
• the Bahia Palace. This Palace was built in the late 19th century and was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style.
• Madrasa Ben Youssef. This Coranic school is named after the Almoravid Sultan Ali Ibn Yusuf (reigned 1106–1142). Madrasa Ben Youssef is the largest in all of Morocco.
• the Saadian tombs, which is a site that dates back to the time of the Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. If thereis time left you can visit:
• the world famous Jema El Fna Square where you will enjoy amazing performance of traditional activity by story tellers, snake charmers, peddler soft raditional medicines and themarkets.
Day 9:Aireport of Marrakech
You will have day to yourself. You can visit the markets, shop and visit Jardin Majorelle. A beautiful garden created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle and then taking care off by Yves Saint Laurent until his death. Our services end we will bring you to the airport for your onward flight.