A varied itinerary, with a variety of different transport means … in Van and 4X4 across theAtlas Mountains, riding the mountain bike on dirt tracks and right on the Sahara dunes; finally, to fully enjoy the charm of these places we will cross the desert by dromedaries, staying in tent camps in the heart of the Moroccan erg.This trip offers the opportunity to experience a real emotion, a mix of culture and adventure: riding on roads and dirt tracks we will experience the culture and architecture of the Imperial cities where you find Maghrebian, Saharan and African Influences.We will dive in the streets of Marrakech with its lively souks, cross the Tizi n’Tichka, a mountain pass that connects the south-east Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate, visit the village of Telouet and its kasbah; we reach the heart of the sandy Sahara desert, discovering the Berber villages perched on the mountains.
We will visit mosques, riads ,Kasbahs and troglodyte villages, surrounded by rocky landscapes and valleys cultivated by the local populations. During the tour we will have the opportunity to come into contact with the Berber people, understand them history of this ancient people, listening directly from their own voices anecdotes, culture and history tales. As part of the cultural context also Moroccan cuisine will be a constant of our tour: we will taste the local food prepared for us by the families that are hand down gestures and rituals of from generation to generation. The approach to this trip is that of a real life experience that will allow us to breathe the true atmosphere as the travelers of the past; freeing the mind to totally immerse ourselves in these suggestions we live the moment and its essence.
Day 1: Marrakech
Meeting at Menara airport and transfer by private transportation to Marrakech. Short overview of
our tour which begins with a visit to the historic city of Marrakech. Walking to “Jamaa El Fna” square, the Medina, the Kotoubia Mosque.
Day 2: Marrakech- Ait Ben haddou
We leave with our Van, the romantic red city of Marrakech, and between hairpins and some remote villages perched on the slopes we reach the top of the Tizin ‘Tichka pass, to begin our adventure by bike. A picturesque route spread on isolated roads where we will meet majestic rocks molded by time. The mostly downhill road leads us down to the village of Telouet located in a valley surrounded by the Great Atlas mountains. This site is famous for its ancient and beautiful Kasbah, residence of el Glaoui Pasha. Nearby the village there are salt mines, which we could visit. We continue downhill until Ait Benhaddou where we will visit the lovely Kasbah, which owes its fame to the many international movies shots inside.
Van ride: about 120 km
Bike ride: 60 km
Day 3: Ait Ben haddou – Boumalne Dades
After breakfast with our van we proceed to Ouarzazate, which is located at the intersection of the Draa and Dades valleys entering, in fact, the foothills of the Sahara desert. We continue along the Dades valley, reaching the fortified village of El-Kelaa M’Gouna,
small town famous for the cultivation of Rosa Damaskina and the production of rose petals based cosmetics. From Kelaât M’Gouna we climb the M’Goun valley, also called the valley of the roses, reaching Bou Thrarar. From here begins our cycling, down the beautiful valley we return to El-Klaa M’Gouna, ending our day in Boumalne Dades.
Van ride: about 140 km
By bike ride: 53 km easy
Day 4: Boumalne Dades – N’kob
Departure to Todghain the morning, we cross Anif and Tazarine, where we will retake the road for the Draa Valleyin Anif. Waiting for lunch, we can visit the ancient Kasbah, with its cellar and beautiful palm trees. Night in N’Kob
Van ride: about 180 km
Bike ride: 55 km easy
Day 5: N’kob – Tagounite
After Breakfast we will take the road that runs for kilometers along the wonderful Draa Valley. We will stop at sightseeing points from where we can admire its beauty. We will leave the city of Zagora to discover a lost treasure in the village of Tamgroute where we will visit the ancient Koranic library. Night in Tagounite
Van ride: about 180 km
Bike ride: 50 km easy
Day 6-7: Tagounite – Dune of ‘Erg Chigaga
After breakfast departure to Mhamid (the door of the desert) where we will have lunch. Then,from Ouled Driss to reach the dunes of Erg-Chigaga. In the late afternoon we will enjoy the dunes of Erg Chigaga and the marvel of the sunset with the dromedaries and feeling the thrill of camping in the heart of the sandy desert. The next morning, after breakfast, departure for a walking trek for the whole day, with a stop for lunch under the tamarisk (they can reach 15 meters in height). In the late afternoon head back to Erg-Chigaga for dinner and overnight in Moroccan tent camp.
Van ride: 0 km
Bike ride: 25 km easy
Day 8: Erg Chigaga-Marrakech
After breakfast depart with our Van towards Ouarzazate. We will cross the Red Saghro mountain To get in the Draà Valley, surrounded by a large palm oasis. We will visit the Agdez village and the pretty Kasbah of Tamnoughalt. Then we will move to Marrakech for the final dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Van ride: about 420 km
Day 9: Marrakech
Airport transfer to Marrakech according to flight schedules. With the hope that you enjoyed a journey full of emotions and unforgettable memories we say goodbye thank you for the confidence you accorded us.
Ait benhadou: Larosedusable Hotel
Erg-chigaga: tenda berbera
- TRANSFERS AND ASSISTANCE TO / FROM AIRPORT.
- ACCOMMODATION IN DOUBLE ROOM WITH HALF BOARD.
- TOUR IN VANs / 4×4 LAND CRUISER WITH A / C + MOUNTAIN BIKE VTT (29 “)
- PICNIC LUNCH ES
- GUIDED TOURS IN VILAGGES
- GUIDED TOURS IN THE DESERT
- HOTELS / DESERT TENT CAMP
- DRIVER / GUIDE ENGLISH SPEAKING DURING THE ENTIRE TRIP
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- AIR FARES
- TRAVEL INSURANCE (compulsory)
- LUNCHES IN MARRAKECH,
- EXCURSIONS WHICH ARE NOT INCLUDED
- DRINKS AT MEALS AND TIPS
- ENTRANCE TO SITES AND MONUMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
- DINNER IN MARRAKECH
- ANYTHING NOT MENTIONED IN “WHAT’S INCLUDED”
- PERSINAL EXTRAS
Notes: The program and routes may change according to weather conditions and at staff sole discretion
8nights notti, 9days medium level guided tour