Morning departure at 8am from your hotel in Agadir to Ouarzazate passing by Taroudant, known as “the little Marrakesh”, Taliouine (the heart of the saffron growing area of Morocco) and Taznakht. From here the road continues to the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This is the most famous kasbah in Morocco and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which we visit after lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to the Atlas Film Studios (where scores of these films were shot and the sets are still intact: Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Asterix and Obelix, Game of Thrones….) is scheduled, before continuing to Ouarzazate where you spend the night in a riad.
The morning departure takes us from Ouarzazate to the Todra gorges via the oasis of Skoura where we stop to visit the kasbah of Amridil. The main road passes through the valley of the roses and the Dades valley to the Todra gorges where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, our trip continues to the dunes of Merzouga for an hour camel ride to reach the dunes of Erg Chebbi (250m). From the top of the dunes the sunset is spectacular. Here, at Erg Chebbi, we will have dinner and spend the night in a luxury desert camp.
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise. After breakfast, the itinerary continues from Merzouga to the Draa valley via the villages of Rissani, Alnif, Tazarine and N’Qob for lunch. In the afternoon the journey takes us to Tanasikht, to drive along the ancient caravan route and the Draa valley, with its huge palm trees and ancient villages. At the end of the afternoon, Agdez offers dinner and a night’s rest.
After breakfast, we visit the kasbah of Tamnougalt (one of the oldest kasbahs in the Draa valley) before leaving to Marrakech via the Anti-Atlas and the mountain pass of Tizi-n-Tinfifte (1660m). Once in Ouarzazate, we visit the kasbah of Tifoultoute, originally the residence of the Pasha of Marrakech and a symbol of the feudal period of the lords of Atlas. Afterwards, an unpaved track to the oasis of Fint nestling among the mountains, which once served as the crossroads of caravans, provides a hidden delight. Later, we drive to Marrakech along the High-Atlas. Alternatively lunch will be in the mountains. We reach Marrakech by the end of the afternoon.