This trip will take you to some of Morocco’s most impressive landscapes and places. We will start in vibrant Marrakesh, drive through the Atlas Mountains on perhaps the most famous road in Morocco the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass with the most breathtaking landscapes you could imagine. Camp in the desert and count the stars at night. Marvel at the colour changing dunes at Erg Chebbi, whilst watching the sunrise/sunset. Wander through UNESCO world heritage Ait Benhaddou. This will be an adventure to remember!
9 o’clock in the morning
More than a tour, but an invitation into the heart of Morocco and its people. Have your senses enlivened and your soul enriched. Witness the awe inspiring landscapes of The Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Meet with Nomads and Berbers learn of their history and how their way of life has not changed for centuries.
The Sahara desert, nothing can prepare you for the vast and wild beauty of the desert. The ever changing colours, you will never know silence as that of the desert. The beauty of the sky at night.
Upon arrival at Marrakesh Airport you will be driven by private transfer to your luxury hotel and spa. Your suite awaits you at this genuine oasis set in the heart of Marrakesh and just a 10 minute drive to the Jmaa El Fna, and the Medina. You will spend two nights here with time to explore the City, and indulge yourself at this sumptuous palace, with Assyrian lounges with crushed velvet sofas past rose-filled fountains down long, arched corridors to exit into the lush 20-acre garden, with the largest lagoon pool in Marrakesh, plus a spa that houses the only Dior Institute outside of Paris.
Today you are met at your hotel in a car, by your personal English Speaking driver, who will be at your disposal during your tour. He will take you on a journey to some of the gardens and museums of Marrakesh. This excursion combines modern Marrakesh with a visit to the newly opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum, the gardens designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle who took up residence in Marrakesh and turned his garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue building with verdant exotic groves, lily-covered pools, huge and sculptural cactuses. Within the gardens you will find the Berber Museum (Amazigh) Here you will gain an understanding of the Berbers and their history, strong links with their land, sense of community, hospitality, sharing food and a specific relationship with spirituality. A perfect introduction to the many people you will meet on your travels through Morocco.
After breakfast we leave for Ouarzazate with a drive taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery. A drive through the Tizi’n’Tichka (Difficult Path) pass, it is an exciting and memorable journey that climbs twisting up through forests to the treeless summits. Each hairpin turn, and there are many of them, offers spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains. Arrive in time for lunch at your hotel, choose from 3 restaurants providing Moroccan, Italian and southern flavour cuisine. A spa, expansive pool area and luxurious suites you are guaranteed a welcoming stay at the gateway to the desert. In the afternoon a short 30 minute drive takes you to the Ksar of Ait Ben-Haddou a striking example of architecture in Southern Morocco. This is a traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has featured in many films, mostly as a replacement for Jerusalem.
After breakfast a short drive to the Atlas Corporation Film Studios, Some movies that were made here: Jewel of the Nile, King Tut, Hercules, Cleopatra, The English Patient, Games of Thrones, The Red Tent, The Mummy Returns, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and many more. Lunch at hotel and depart for your 3 night desert experience. Arrive early evening and relax in your luxury hotel suite, literally an oasis of comfort on the edge of the desert.
The day is yours to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. The hotel has a Spa with different massage rooms, sauna, Hammam or Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and many beauty services. Alternatively you may opt for take a 4×4 dune ride. Relax by the pool and prepare yourself for your evening adventure. Departing early evening you will travel by camel to your luxury bivouac in the great sea of dunes of Erg Chebbi. The camp restaurant serves delicious Berber dishes, typical of the area. Spending a night under the stars in the desert is an experience you will never forget, then marvelling at the splendour of the sunrise over the dunes, a truly memorable experience.
Breakfast at your desert bivouac, then the short camel ride back to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish.
Depart for Ouarzazate after breakfast. Your journey will include a stop at the Dades Valley for lunch. The drive will take you to gorges Dades and Todra and belongs definitely to one of the most beautiful Moroccan sights to see. Envisage a beautiful green oasis at the bottom of canyons, high arid mountains, picturesque villages and reddish coloured rock formations. Lunch here and continue your drive to overnight in Ouarzazate.
After breakfast drive to Marrakesh with a stop at the Ksar of Ait Ben-Haddou a striking example of architecture in Southern Morocco. This is a traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has featured in many films, mostly as a replacement for Jerusalem. Arrive back to your Hotel and Spa in Marrakesh.
After breakfast a day in the Atlas Mountains with a short trip of 30km will show you that nature is on the doorstep in the Ourika Valley. This valley surges in the high Atlas and lets you discover a little river surrounded with beaches and greenery. You will cross through Asguine, Aghbalou, and Oulmes and finally Setti Fatma (famous for its pottery and minerals) that culminates at 1500 meters and from where you will reach the 7 waterfalls. On your way back the driver can bring you to the restaurant Ramancho which has a terrace facing the mountains.
Transfer to the airport for your return home.