The desert is another dimension, a world apart from what we know and expect. In the expanse of the dunes there are no distractions to appreciating man’s greatest treasure – his own soul. Nothing exists but the undulating sand, the expansive sky, the moon, the stars and silence. Here, there is room for meditation; reflection on the essence of life and the magic within it.
“The essence of life is unpredictable. The greatest joys are experienced at the moment they are the least expected. These golden moments leave . . . deep longings in the heart . . . ”
8 days / 7 nights – Marrakech ● Ait Benhaddou ● Boumalne ● Tineghir ● Erfoud ● Zagora ● Ouarzazate
- Marrakech – is a major city in the northwest African nation of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country after Casablanca, Fes and Rabat, and is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz;
- Ait Benhaddou – is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco
- Boumalne – Located at the edge of a desert plateau, at the outlet of the upper valley of Dades over 1500 meters, Boumalne originated on an ancient passage transhumance 2 , controlled by the Ait Atta of Jbel Saghro and also used by neighboring tribes Mgouna , Aït Sedrate , Aït Hdiddou and Aït Marghad between summer pastures High Atlas and those Winter Saghro .
- Tineghir – is a city in the region of Tinghir, south of the High Atlas and north of the Little Atlas in southeastern Morocco. Its name originally referred to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, but its area has expanded to encompass surrounding villages and refers to the entire oasis.
- Erfoud – is an oasis town in the Sahara Desert, in the Meknès-Tafilalet of the Maghreb region in eastern Morocco
- Alnif – is a town in Errachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco
- Zagora – is a town in the valley of the Draa River in Souss-Massa-Drâa, southeastern Morocco
- Ouarzazate – Situated at the intersection of the valleys of the wadi wadi Ouarzazate and Dades (from the High Atlas ), which form the Wadi Draa downstream of their confluence, is the nerve center of a vast region of southern Morocco . Ouarzazate evokes both the southern foothills of the High Atlas and the nearby desert .
Day 2 : The day will be devoted to the visit of Marrakesh; the second oldest imperial city known as the «Pearl of the South » with the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia, the Bahia palace and the Menara Garden. Independent lunch. In the afternoon, exploration of the souks and the Djemaâ El Fna place with its various entertainment. Dinner and overnight. Optional : Diffa Fantasia dinner «Chez Ali».
Day 3 : After breakfast, departure by 4X4 vehicle to Ouarzazate via Taddert and the Tiz-in-Tichka pass (2260m). Continuation to Kasbah Telouat by the tarred road and visit of Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. Independent lunch (1). In the afternoon, continuation to Boumalne, check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 : After breakfast, departure to the Dades gorges and the Todra gorges known with their impressive bare of escarpements. Independent lunch. In the afternoon, continuation via Tinejdad road to Erfoud. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight. Optional : Bivouac at dunes of Merzouga.
Day 5 : After breakfast, departure to Zagora via Alnif et Tazzarine through the Saghro mountain. Independent lunch and continuation sur Zagora. Arrival to Zagora and check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 : After breakfast, visit of Zagora with the sandy dunes of Tinfou and the famous library of Tamegroute. Independent lunch . In the afternoon, departure to Ouarzazate via Draa valley and Agdz. Arrival to Ouarzazate, check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 7 : Breakfast at the hotel and morning devoted to visit Ouarzazate with Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs. Independent lunc and departure to Marrakech via the tarred road. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Morocco the very word conjures up the sights and sounds of an exciting, exotic, mystical country where Arab traditions meet the vibrant customs of Africa and the influence of Europe.
Inhabited mainly by the descendants of the Berber tribes, the country has been inspired by colonial influences, making Morocco a melting pot of fascinating and colourful cultures. From the vast emptiness of the Sahara Desert to the teeming bustle of colourful souks and markets, Morocco is a land of contrasts. It has a timeless quality that no longer exists in the modern world, a sense that the past with all its glory still lives on.
A country steeped in history, where Berber tribes created mountain shangri-las in the High Atlas and kings built immense palaces in the heart of their Medinas, creating what are known today as the Imperial Cities.
On arrival you are plunged into a culture, a religion and a lifestyle utterly unlike anything that you have ever experienced before; a mystery tour of a land of endless surprises, enchantment and enduring fascination. Morocco with its own exotic aromas, bustling souks, towering mountain peaks and hot deserts, Kasbahs and oases, jewel-like ‘riads’ and ancient Medinas; everywhere the rich colours of such amazing intensity and a warmth of welcome are hard to beat.
Moroccans are friendly, polite, competitive and intensely curious people. Islam is a thriving faith but Morocco’s version is also extremely moderate, open minded and tolerant. You can go a long way into the heart of their culture just by feeling independent enough to accept their hospitality which pours forth from rich and poor alike whether in the city or the countryside