Dra'a Valley, Agdez, Erg Chebbi, Dades Gorges - 5 days
1st day: Agadir – Taroudant – Taliouine – Agdez
Departure from Agadir at 8 o’clock by 4WD to Taroudant, known as “the little Marrakesh”. It is spectacular for its massive ramparts and beautiful medina. We continue to Taliouine, the heart of the saffron growing area of Morocco and on to Kourkouda and then Taznakht. This small town is famous for its Berber gelims and carpets. From here the road continues to Agdez via Bouazzer to spend the first night in Kasbah Tamnougalte, the oldest Kasbah in the Dra’a Valley.
2nd day: Agdez – Merzouga
After breakfast there will be a visit to the Kasbah itself before continuing south and then east at Tansikht towards Merzouga. We stop for lunch at a riad in N’Qob overlooking the mountains. Later we pass through Tazzarine, featured in the film “Babel” and reach the bivouac in Merzouga, where you will be greeted with a glass of tea. After you have settled a little, you take a camel ride to watch the sun go down over the dunes, followed by dinner and the night a nomad tent.
3rd day: Merzouga – Tinghir/Toudgha – Dades Gorges
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. After breakfast you can walk in the dunes before leaving for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges for lunch. The road passes through Tinjdad and the Toudgha Valley. Here there are plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorges. Later the itinerary continues to the Dades Valley and the Dades Gorges for the night in a hotel.
4th day: Dades Gorges – Marrakesh
After breakfast a walk in the Dades Gorges is scheduled. Back at the car, the trip to Ouarzazate continues, going off-road along the Boutaghar piste to visit Berber nomads in their caves and partake of a glass of tea with them. From here we continue through the Valley of the Roses, famous for its Rose Festival in May, and past the kasbahs of Skoura. The route goes on to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage site and the backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. It is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco. From there the road continues to Telouet, along the new asphalted road. Telouet is set right in the midst of the mountains and was once the seat of the last Pasha of Marrakesh, El Glaoui, from where the highest pass in Africa, Tizi-n-Tichka was controlled. At the end of the afternoon we arrive in Marrakesh.
5th day: Marrakesh – Agadir
After breakfast the morning is spent with a guide visiting the sights of your choice before returning to Agadir after lunch. Recommended sights are the Madressah ben Youssef, the Saadian tombs, the soukhs, the Badia Place the Bahia Palace, the Majorelle Gardens which used to belong to Yves St Laurent. There is a famous special Majorelle shade of blue, which is used for the walls and the plants pots all over the gardens. Not all of these are possible in one short morning but you could always add a sixth day!
Prices per person
- There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old whilst we do not charge for children under 5.The price for trips includes the transport in a private air-conditioned 4x4;Toyota Prado or Mitsubishi Pajero,and fuel. Experienced English-, French-, Spanish- and Italian-speaking driver / guide, all accommodation and meals as well as the camel ride on the relevant tours. Drinks and tips are not included.These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate.