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MERZOUGA DESERT & IMPERIAL CITIES. 5DAYS/4NIGHTS FROM MARRAKECH

Day 1 : Marrakech - Tadart-Telouet - Ait Ben Haddou -Skoura- Dades Valley.
Pickup from Marrakech at 7:00 am. We will drive for approximately 2 hours through the Atlas Mountains via the Tizi 'n Tichka pass, stopping for photos along the way, and stopping to have breakfast. We will stop to visit the town of Telouet and its ancient 17th century kasbah.
Then, we will drive in the direction of Ourzazate where we will visit the UNESCO protected Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. We will have lunch here and then visit the Atlas Film Studios. Afterwards, we will drive to Skoura, a town that overlooks many other beautiful kasbahs, in the direction of Dades Valley. The night will be spent at a hotel in Dades Valley.

Day 2 : Dades Valley - Todhra Gorge - Erfoud - Merzouga - Camel Trek - Desert Camp.
After the breakfast, we will drive to Todgha city to explore Todra Gorge, and then go to Tinjdad village where we will stop for lunch.
After lunch, we will pass through the towns of Arfoud and Rissani In the direction of Merzouga, home of Erg Chebbi, the tallest sand dunes in Morocco. We will arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon/early evening, where you will have some time to relax by the swimming pool and have berber tea. Around 5:30pm, we will ride the camels from the hotel for about one hour and a half through the desert dunes. We will arrive at the berber tents, have some time to relax, drink berber tea with nomads at the camp, and go over to the dunes to watch the sunset. Dinner will be at the camp, followed by music around the campfire. Overnight in the berber tent.

Day 3 : Camel trek - Merzouga Village - Ziz Valley - Medilt - Ifrane - Fes.
Before sunrise, we will wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise and after you will have time in the camp to enjoy the sandboard if you like it, to have breakfast and take a shower (if you choose the shared tour, shower and breakfast will be at the hotel). Then we will ride camels back to Merzouga to the hotel for meeting your driver. In the surroundings of Merzouga you will enjoy 1hour of quad in the desert, visit the villages and discover the nomad culture.
We leave Merzouga en route to Fez, starting by the visit of Rissani market and passing through many places: Arfoud, Errachidia, Ziz Valley, Medilt, Cedar Forests of Azrou, Ifrane and Fez. On a good day you might be able to catch a glimpse of the monkeys that live in the forests. We will stop for lunch along the way in one of the many restaurants. Dinner and night will be in your riad.

Day 4: Fes - Meknes - Volubilis - Rabat.
On the morning, you will have a quick visit of Fes, one of the oldest and most beautiful city in Morocco, then we will drive to Meknes. You will explore Meknes, one of the Imperial cities in Morocco and then we will stay in the region for lunch and during the afternoon we’ll be able to explore the Roman Ruins and the sacred town of Moulay Idriss. A walk around the impressive Roman city site, then you will have some time to see where Morocco’s first Arab conquerors settled, in the small, sacred town of Moulay Idriss. At the end of the day we will drive to Rabat where you will spend the last night. Dinner and night will be in your riad.

Day 5: Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech.
At the beginning of the day you will have a sightseeing tour of the administrative capital of Morocco. You will visit the Royal Palace, The Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Hassan Tower, the minaret of incomplete mosque initiated by The Almohad ruler, Yaacoub al-Mansour.
Then we will continue to Casablanca where you will have lunch and visit the Hassan II mosque. You will have time to walk around in the city before to take the highway and drive back to Marrakech.