Each program can be modified according to your needs and deadlines.
1st day: Marrakech
Breakfast. Airport reception and private transfer to the Riad in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech. Free time and dinner. Overnight stay in the Riad.
Half board. Early departure for the Ourika valley, 68km from Marrakech, and stop in Asni, where an interesting red Kasbah can be found. The valley allows a pleasant excursion to discover the first slopes of the Atlas. Here the Ourika river flows and along its run it meets villages with clay houses. This valley hosts the famous Jabel Toubkal which constitutes the more highest peak of the Atlas and of the North of Africa with its 4167 meters. Free lunch in Ourigane, famous thermal place and for its still active salt mines. Pursuance for Taroudant, passing through the Tizi’n’Test col (2093m) and Tin Mal, once Holy city with its Mosque (UNESCO World heritage), accessible also to non-Muslims. Arrival in Taroudant, fascinating city surrounded by ocher bastions, vegetable gardens, orange groves and olive trees. It is also called the ‘little Marrakech’. Dinner and overnight stay in a Riad near the city in a typical Douar (little village).
Half board. Promenade in the center of Taroudannt. Departure to visit the Kasbah and palm grove of Tioute and Freja, distant from the tourist circuits, set of the movie “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves”. Between Taroudannt and Ighrem, the argan fields are alternated with dry stone villages. Igrehm, 94Km southeast of Taroudannt, is a big mountain village, 1800mt high. It is the base of the Oukensous tribe, famous for its production of ancient daggers; here the houses are pink and the women dressed in black with colored veils bring ancient pitches of water on their head. Passage in Tagmoute for the visit of the ancient Messalite caves. Arrival in the Tata Valley, described by the writer Charles de Foucauld. Between Ighrem and Tata, the road crosses a plain desert with yellow and violet mountains. Here you’ll meet the great Tata palm grove and the ancient Zaouia of Agadir Lhena and the water clock is still used every day to give water to the gardens of the oasis. Last passage of the day in direction of the natural Falls of salty water of Tissint. Dinner and overnight stay in a typical maison/riad; possibility of overnight stay in a typical tent in the heart of the valley.
Half-board. Departure for the Sahara desert, called Erg Chegaga. This Erg is the tallest and is considered the "true desert" of the Country for the ampleness and for the accessibility that is possible only by 4x4 or dromedaries. Picnic lunch in phase of excursion and arrival to the tent to stare at the sunset through the high dunes. Dinner and overnight in the field in typical nomad style with traditional curtains, the kaima. Possibility of staying in a desert lux camp for a once in a lifetime experience.
Departure for M'hamid crossing the Draa Valley and along the 200 km palm grove. This valley was inhabited by prehistoric warriors and contains a big number of Ksours and Kasbahs. 6 km away from Zagora there is a famous Koranic school that preserves over 4,000 ancient religious texts and scientific essays, some of which written in gold on skins of gazelle. The library can be found in a sanctuary particularly worshipped. Visit of the city of Zagora, through the panoramic road of the Anti Atlas. The city was founded during the French protectorate. Famous for its historic poster "Timbuctoo, 52 days by camel" that recalls the great gold period of the caravans of the Sahara. Stop for the visit of an interesting Kasbah, Tamnougalt, which once controlled the access of the caravans. Inside you’ll found intact frescos and paintings and a mellah (Jewish district) with a Synagogue. We recommend doing a picnic on the Draa banks to taste this city’s soul. Arrival in the late afternoon in Ouarzazate, the ‘city of silence’. Dinner and overnight in a riad.
Breakfast. Morning visit of Ouarzazate and its national monument: Pacha Glaoui’s Kasbah. Many families still live in a part of it. The trip continues toward Ait Ben Haddou (with a deviation of 20km from the principal road), Unesco world heritage site; here a lot of international movies where shot, for example “the Gladiator”. Pursuance for the "salt" track, to visit a Kasbah externally a bit abandoned, but which contains Italian marbles and natural intact frescos. The Pasha served first the sultan and then the French colonizers in 1912. All his treasures were ransacked from 1952, when the descendants were exiled. The whole area is rich of agriculture and of unforgettable landscapes: palms, fig trees, olive trees, and almond trees all irrigated by the Wadi Ounila create a relaxing and unforgettable landscape. Arrival in Marrakech crossing the Tizi’n’Tichka, 2260m high. Late afternoon arrival in Marrakech. Free dinner and overnight in a riad in the hearth of the Medina.
Breakfast. Half day visit on foot of the city of Marrakech. The Médina, the Bahia Palais, which means “of the beautiful'' nickname given to the favorite lady of the court, rich habitation of the visir Ba Ahmed, built around the 1880. You’ll also see the Dar Si-Said, residence of the visir’s brother, the Mosque El-Mansour, also called the Kasbah mosque, easily recognizable thanks to its minaret with turquois arabesques; then the Saadiane graves, whose garden belonged to the El-Mansour mosque, where the sepulchers of the sovereigns and relatives of this dynasty can be found. Promenade in Jameel el Fna plaza, Unesco world heritage site, and near the Koutoubia, symbol of the city. Free time and free supper; overnight stay in riad.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport
TOUR STANDARD STYLE
Maroc-Experience selection on traditional structures and simple furnishings and services, respecting the right level of cleanliness and good and typical traditional cuisine (Guest House - Maison Traditionelle). Some of these structures have no heating in winter - Require specifically this feature during travel confirmation (in winter)
TOUR SUPERIOR STYLE
Maroc-Experience selection of charming structures. The superior label is not due to the stars category, but the authenticity of the places, often far away from mass tourism, particularly in a context of nature and relax. The structures can be riad / Kasbah / Desert Camp / Hotel / Maison Traditionelle; never standardized hotel chains, which support tourism that comes close to the customs of the country, or they may be structures Eco-Lodge, or the Maison Traditionelle to get in close contact with the families of the place and visited the various villages.
Their position is often "isolated" and particularly fascinating (for fans of the genre).
DESERT LUXURY CAMP
Within our circuits and "experience" give you the opportunity to choose, during a tour in the desert, between desert basic camp (WC / shower in common - with traditional Moroccan tents equipped with beds, blankets and sheets) and luxury desert camp, where the comforts and services in the desert are at high level. Large traditional tents with beds and blankets prestigious, toilet and hot shower inside your tent. Often luxury desert camp are in extraordinary locations where the silence of the desert reigns master.
Some of them do not serve alcohol with meals.