MOROCCAN MAGIC TOURS
7 DAYS: Marrakech-Ourarzazte-Ouzina-Merzouga-Dades-Marrakech
This tour is interchangeable for pickup from Casablanca, Marrakech or Fes
Includes some off road travelling by 4wd
Day 1 - Marrakech - High Atlas Mountains - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate
Departing Marrakech in the morning, we will cross the pass of Tizi n'Tichka (2,200m) driving to Ouarzazate. Visit the Kasbah in Telouet and then travel to the oldest Kasbah in Morocco, the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This site was the natural set for many movies, Ouarzazate has developed the film industry here in the "Hollywood of Africa”. You will visit the Atlas Studios and Kasbah of Taourirt.
Overnight at the hotel in Ouarzazate.
Dinner and entry fees included.
Day 2 - Ouarzazate -Valley Draa - Zagora
After breakfast we will travel to Zagora via the Draa Valley where you will enjoy the panoramic view of green palm groves that surround the old Kasbah built in the valley. Before arriving in Zagora, were we will stop for lunch and then explore the city. We end the day driving to Tamgrout to visit the famous and ancient village library. This library is famous for keeping large volumes on the history of different religions, and view the famous and ancient manuscript of the Koran in animal skin.
Included breakfast and dinner, overnight at the hotel in Zagora.
Day 3 - Zagora - Tafraout - Ouzina
After resting for the night, in the morning we leave Zagora and leave the paved road to discover the beautiful landscapes of the desert to reach Ouzina. On the way we pass through several Berber villages. Visit the village of Tafraout (Hassi Fougani), and then we will continue off-road until you reach the village of Ouzina.
Includes breakfast and dinner and overnight in Riad in Ouzina.
Day 4 - Ouzina - Taouz - Merzouga
After breakfast we will leave Ouzina and travel to Merzouga, crossing the area of Taouz. In Taouz you will be able to view some ancient stone dwellings that still survive. Once you arrive at your destination you can admire the dunes at sunset and enjoy a delicious Tagine.
Includes breakfast, dinner and overnight at the hotel in Merzouga.
Day 5 - Merzouga
The morning will be busy on a tour through the dunes in a 4wd vehicle. During the tour you will have the opportunity to meet Berber nomads who will welcome you with traditional tea. After this we will visit the cave mining of iron and then to the village of Khamlia were you will be entertained with original african music, Gnawa. Gnawa populations originate in West Africa but have arrived in Morocco during the migration of their people. In the afternoon we will meet our camels and ride into the dunes of the Western Sahara and watch the sunset and then on to our Berber camp for dinner. After dinner you will be entertained by our camel men with music and song.
Includes breakfast and dinner and overnight in a traditional Berber tent.
Day 6 - Merzouga - Rissani - Erfoud - Dades Gorges
Rise early in the morning to see the sun peaking over the top of the dunes, the camels will then take us back to our hotel where you can shower and breakfast. Then we make our way to Rissani, where you may visit the old market and buy unique items, traditional artefacts, traditional Moroccan clothes and accessories and mix with the locals. We end the day by visiting the highest gorge in Morocco (Gorges Todgha), crossing the Dades Valley and admiring the beautiful rocky massif called "monkey's paw". Wonderful photo opportunities.
Includes breakfast and dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dades.
Day 7 - Dades - Ouarzazate - Marrakech
After breakfast we travel to Ouarzazate, crossing the oasis of Skoura and visiting its wonderful Kasbah. We return to Ouarzazate where we will have lunch and explore the city, then head to Marrakech crossing the highest road pass in Morocco, the Tizi N'Tichka over the high Atlas. In the afternoon we will be in Marrakech.
Includes breakfast - end of tour
Inclusions in this tour - pick up and drop off at airport if required, 6 breakfast, 6 dinners. All entry fees. All transportation costs.
Bring a warm coat. The desert can be cold at night.
Moroccan Dirham is available at the airport or at any bank ATM in Morocco.
The Bahia Palace, set in extensive gardens, was built in the late 19th century by the Grand Vizier of Marrakesh, Si Ahmed ben Musa (Bou-Ahmed). Bou Ahmed resided here with his four wives, 24 concubines and many children. With a name meaning "brilliance", it was intended to be the greatest palace of its time, designed to capture the essenceof Islamic architectural styles. The palace took seven years to build, with hundreds of craftsmen from Fes working on its wood and carved stuccoThe palace is set in a two-acre (8,000 m²) garden with rooms opening onto courtyards. The palace acquired a reputation as one of the finest in Morocco and was the envy of other wealthy citizens. Upon the death of Bou-Ahmed in 1900,the palace was raided by Sultan Abd al-Aziz.