We will make an early morning departure from Essaouira to Marrakech then to cross the High Atlas the highest mountain in all over Morocco. At panoramic viewpoints, there will opportunities to take million pictures. The first scheduled stop is at the famous old Kasbah of Telouet, which served as a palatial residence and the headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe. Here when we will have a leisurely lunch. Then the route crosses the Ounila Valley and leads to the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, the oldest and most famous Ksar in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After visiting the ksar there is another 30 km of road as far as ouarzazate, where you spend the night in a traditional riad.
After breakfast, you set out towards the Dades Gorge, passing the Skoura Oasis, where numerous ancient kasbahs, some sadly in ruins, stand amongst the palm trees. From here, our route takes us through Kela’a M’gouna, the Valley of Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May,. Here we stop to see the cosmetic articles which are made locally from the valley’s abundant flowers. These products are well-known throughout Morocco and are highly valued. From here, you take an off-road route to have a better impression of the landscape. Along the way, you will stop at caves, used by whichever Berber nomads happen to pass and claim residence there. We will have a glass of tea with them beofre continuing to the Dades Gorge for lunch. The trip continues a short distance to Tinghir and the very different Toudgha gorges, where you spend the night in a hotel or Kasbah.
After breakfast, there are opportunities to walk, either along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorges. Lunch will either be here or later at the bivouac at the Erg Chebbi dunes. You drive there via the Oasis of Tafilalet near Erfoud, famous for its Date Festival, and Rissani, which is the seat of the Alaouite family of the present king of Morocco. At the bivouac you are welcomed with a glass of tea before taking a camel ride to watch the sunset from the top of the dunes. Later there is dinner and the night in a nomad tent at the foot of the dunes.
We will rise early to see the spectacle of the sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara before making our way back to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. then and departure to Errachidia via Erfoud and the Ziz valley. Continuation to Midelt. Lunch in the Place, and departure to the Nourth across the Middle Atlas Mountains through the 1,120 m altitude mountain, We will drive through the cedar forests of Azrou and stop to hand feed the monkeys. We will continue via Ifrane, the ‘Switzerland of Morocco’ to arrive early evening to Fes, dropping you off in your Hotel or Riad, End of our service.