Day 01: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Gorge
Leaving the red plains of Al Haouz and the medina of Marrakech behind us, we climb up in the High Atlas Mountains to reach the highest pass of Tizi n´Tichka at 2260 metres. Along the journey you can observe the Amazigh life as we pass adobe villages, terraced fields and beautiful countryside. From the pass, we will stop for a photo break before descending to visit the ksar of Ait Benhaddou; a fortified stronghold on the old salt caravan road to Timbuktu. This is also a favourite filming location and many movies have been made here. After a lunch break we continue to Ouarzazate; the Hollywood of Africa, a name well-earned for the numerous movies shot in this location. We then drive through the Skoura Palm Groves, and on to Kelaat M´gouna: the Valley of the Roses and the road of a Thousand Kasbahs to reach the Dades Gorge. This is a journey full of breath-taking scenery, kasbahs at every turn and valleys full of fruits, roses and crops. Accommodation with half board in a traditional guesthouse.
Day 02: Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga
After breakfast, we leave this amazing gorge to visit another one further along the valley. In Tinghir, we take the road up to the Todra Gorge; a favourite place for international rock climbers as it boasts a 300 metre vertical fault with a crystalline glacial river running through it. This pink tinted canyon is only 10 metres wide at its narrowest point and was formed by glacial activity. Nomads can be seen with their donkey filling up water containers. After a lunch break here, we continue south passing through palm groves and Berber villages with adobe kasbahs until the landscape changes and the Sahara sands welcome us to the Erg Chebbi dunes and Merzouga. Here after a welcome mint tea, we will enjoy the sun setting on a camel ride across the dunes to our nomadic style camp where dinner and local music are served up under a star filled sky. Day Day 03: Merzouga - Ziz Valley - Midelt - Ifrane - Fes
One of the most peaceful times of the day is just before sunrise. Your camel guide will wake you up early in the morning and you will have the opportunity to witness perhaps the most memorable dawn of your life. The way the light changes as the sun comes up can be really amazing. You will then ride your camel back to the hotel for a well-earned breakfast and shower if you wish. Our journey then continues as we will travel to Fes via Erfoud, Aoufous and Errachidia along the magnificent Ziz Valley which has been carved through the volcanic rock and through the Tizi n’Talghemt pass to Midelt where we stopto enjoy lunch and refresh with a glass of mint tea. From there we are in the Middle Atlas, home to the great cedar forests and the indigenous Barbary monkeys that can be seen in Azrou. They are fun to watch and often steal food from passing cars. Then we drive to Ifrane; known as little Switzerland, because of its alpine style architecture, where will stop for a picture and coffee before we arrive in the Imperial city and ancient medina of Fes. Accommodation will be in a typical riad with half board.
Day 04: Fes - Volubilis - Chefchaouen
After breakfast, there will be a half day guided tour in the spiritual and cultural mediaeval city, after lunch we take the road for the Roman ruins of Volubilis for another cultural tour of ancient lifestyles with huge columns and intricate mosaics. Heading north, we drive across the picturesque countryside full of wildflowers and rolling fields to reach the rugged mountains of the Rif and the hidden medina of Chefchaouen. Overnight in a riad with breakfast. We recommend a visit to the atmospheric square for dinner.
Day 05: Chefchaouen - Tangier
In the morning, you can take a wander around this charming blue city and discover its hidden streets and blue doors. It has many interesting artisan shops ideal for those last minute gifts as well as taking those amazing photos. After lunch, we take the road north for Tanger where the tour finishes.