Three days / Two nights
The golden dunes rise up over this tiny little village like mountains.The dirt road that runs through the main street of town is lined with cafes. The Algerian border in the distance. Camel caravans are a common sight.
The sound of the Gnaoa music fills the area. And watching the sun set over the dunes rounds out the magical day.
We’ll leave Marrakech early morning and pass through the Atlas Mountains. We’ll stop along the way for breakfast and photo stops. As we make our way into the desert, we’ll stop at Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO-protected Kasbah featured in many movies including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Jewel of the Nile. We’ll enjoy lunch in the Hollywood of Morocco, Ouarzazate, before heading to Boumaine Dadès where we will sleep.
After breakfast we head to Tinerhir to explore the Todra Gorge where we’ll walk between the sheer walls of this stunning gorge. We’ll stop for lunch in the small village of Tinjdad and then pass through Arfoud, Rissani and our final destination for the day, Merzouga. We’ll have time to relax by the pool of Kasbah Palais before we begin our camel ride. We make our 1.5-hour breath taking and tranquil journey as the sun is setting across the desert. Once at the camp, we’ll enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine while the nomads entertain us with their music by the fire.
We’ll awake early to see the sun rise over the Sahara Desert before climbing back onto the camels and making our way back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we’ll head back to Marrakech passing through Nkoub, Tazarin, the Drâa Valley and Ouarzazate.