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7 Days Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Via Zagora

7 Days Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Via Zagora

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Overview

7 Days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora, immersing yourself in a captivating desert adventure. Experience the enchantment of slumbering in a traditional desert camp, witness the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset atop a camel, and delight in breathtaking vistas of Berber villages, enthralling historical sites, and iconic Kasbahs.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Marrakech - Ouarzazate

Travel on our 7-day adventure from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora, commencing with an early morning journey across the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n'Ticka pass, reaching an altitude of approximately 2260 meters. Traverse through traditional Berber villages, setting our course for the village of Ait Benhaddou.

Here, we'll explore the splendid Kasbah, a fortress recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987 and renowned for its role as a backdrop in iconic films like Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Your knowledgeable guide will unravel the rich history of this enchanting locale and lead you to the hilltop, offering panoramic views of the entire village. Subsequently, we'll proceed to Ouarzazate, our final destination, where a delightful dinner and accommodation await in a charming riad.

Day 2: Ouarzazate - Agdaz - Zagora

On the second day of our 7-day expedition from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora, we'll set out after a hearty breakfast. Departing from the riad in Ouarzazate, our journey unfolds towards the Kasbah of the Gypsies, pausing to savor unbeatable views over the lake. Progressing through the Anti Atlas and Tizi n'Tinififft, with an elevation of 1,660 meters, we'll venture onward to Agdz.

The route then leads us to the Kasbah of Alkaid Ali in Tamnougalt, where we'll explore its cultural richness. In the afternoon, we'll traverse the scenic Draa Valley, weaving through palm groves and Kasbahs, culminating our day's adventure in Zagora. Here, a charming Kasbah welcomes us for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3: Zagora - Tafrawt - Ramlia - Merzouga Desert

On the third day of this week-long journey from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora, immerse yourself in an authentic Sahara desert experience. Following a hearty breakfast, we'll depart early from the Zagora kasbah, embarking on a 280 km adventure along the tracks once traversed by the legendary Paris-Dakar Rally.

Prepare to traverse the vast expanse of the desert, encountering rivers of sand, dry lakes, and seemingly endless plains. This leg of the tour offers a unique glimpse into the genuine nomadic way of life, providing insights into the challenges and beauty of desert living.

Our route will run parallel to the Algerian border, and we'll pause for a satisfying meal at a shelter nestled in the Ramlia surroundings. Continuing along this scenic track, we will eventually arrive at the awe-inspiring sand dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga.

As the day concludes, relish a delightful dinner and settle in for the night at a Kasbah or a charming hostel, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay amid the desert's enchanting landscapes.

Day 4 : Discovering Merzouga Desert

Following breakfast, our journey continues along yet another track once traversed by the historic Paris-Dakar Rally. Along the way, we'll have the unique opportunity to visit desert nomads, engaging in tea sessions and gaining valuable insights into their way of life. Our exploration extends to an oasis, a scenic backdrop for films such as "Sahara," featuring Penélope Cruz. Additionally, we'll visit the town of Khamlia, home to inhabitants originally from Mali, treating us to a special concert of enchanting Gnawa music.

Returning to the hostel, an exciting adventure awaits as a caravan of camels will be ready to transport us to the heart of the desert. Arriving just in time to witness a breathtaking sunset, we'll marvel at the ever-changing hues of the sand dunes in Erg Chebbi. Your overnight stay will be in a desert camp, offering a true taste of Berber life. Settle into a nomad tent and be greeted with a traditional Moroccan mint tea and a delightful Berber dinner.

As the night unfolds, your nomad hosts will invite you to experience the rhythm of Berber drumming, singing, and dancing around the campfire. The fourth day of this exceptional 7-day tour from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora concludes with a tranquil night's sleep under the sparkling stars of the Sahara Desert.

Day 5 : Merzouga - Boumalne Dades

Traveling on an unforgettable day, we'll rise early to witness a mesmerizing sunrise in the desert, an experience not to be missed. Climb atop one of the highest dunes in Erg Chebbi for a breathtaking view. Following this, a camel ride will lead us back to the hostel for a quick shower and a delightful breakfast.

Our journey continues to the town of Rissani, the birthplace of Morocco's ruling royal family and the ancient capital of the Tafilalt region. Renowned for its traditional Souk and the vibrant dates market, Rissani offers a glimpse into Morocco's rich heritage. From there, we'll set forth towards the awe-inspiring Todra Gorges. The Todra river has sculpted a gorge with towering vertical walls, a paradise for climbers, and a spectacle of great beauty. We'll take a pause to explore the canyons and indulge in a leisurely lunch.

Post-lunch, our adventure carries us to the captivating Dades Gorges, where we'll conclude our day. The evening will unfold with dinner and accommodation in a charming riad, providing a serene retreat to reflect on the day's enchanting experiences.

Day 6 : Boumalne Dades - Roses Valley - Ouarzazate

As is customary for this particular day on our 7-day journey from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora, we'll start with a hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to the riad in Dades Gorges. Our route takes us towards the High Atlas, offering a glimpse into the Berber mountain way of life and highlighting the distinctions between the lifestyles of the mountain dwellers and those in the non-mountainous regions of the Atlas.

Venturing into the mountains, we'll encounter caves that serve as homes for the locals. Taking a moment to connect, we'll share tea with them, gaining insights into the genuine nomadic way of life. Continuing our journey, we'll traverse the landscapes to witness the Berber people engaging in traditional practices. This includes a visit to the places where they craft creams, soaps, and the renowned rose water, employing natural processes with locally harvested roses.

Following a satisfying lunch, our exploration continues on the 7-day tour, leading us to Merzouga and Ouarzazate. In Ouarzazate, we'll relish a delightful dinner and find accommodation for the night in a charming riad, ensuring a peaceful and culturally rich end to the day.

Day 7 : Ouarzazte - Marrakech

On the final day of our week-long excursion from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora, following a delightful breakfast, we will bid farewell to the riad in Ouarzazate and embark on a visit to the enchanting Kasbah of Taourirt. This historic site, once the residence of the former caïd and currently owned by T'hami El Glaoui, has been a hub for trade and social interaction among people from the Atlas, Draa, and Dades Valleys for centuries. As we trace our route back to Marrakech, our journey will take us through the majestic High Atlas Mountains and the Tizi n' Tichka pass, with pauses for a leisurely lunch. Anticipate a late afternoon arrival in Marrakech.

As we find ourselves on the concluding day of what we believe has been the finest 7-day expedition from Marrakech to Merzouga and Zagora, we extend our sincere gratitude for placing your trust in our company and team. We genuinely hope that your experience in Morocco with us has been memorable, and we look forward to the possibility of welcoming you again in the future!

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