The Southern Oases of Morocco

The Southern Oases of Morocco :
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Discover this fascinating region which begins at the southern edge of the High Atlas, where desert and mountains meet. The stony desert is broken by green oases where shade-giving date palms grow in profusion. Cut in by steep canyons and studded with arid hills it is criss-crossed by small streams or wadis right up to the edge of the great Sahara desert.
Here the light is intensely bright and the colors sumptuously rich.

DAY 1 – Arrival in Marrakech:
Arrival at the Marrakech Menara airport or arrival in another city (program available / on request)
Welcome by your tour guide.
Transfer in to the hotel of your choice.

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DAY 2 – Marrakech / M’Gouna / Boumalne:
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for Ouarzazate in your minibus.
Upon arrival visit of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah one of the most exotic and best preserved in the entire Atlas region. Although towered red pisé is a feature of much of the south of Morocco, Ait Benhaddou has a definite edge over the competition. It comes as no surprise that among all other crenulated offerings, Ait Benhaddou became the favorite filming location of many Hollywood directors. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodom and Gomorrah and for the epic Jesus of Nazareth.

 

Your guide will lead you on a private tour through this Berber village of towered and crenulated Kasbahs that once guarded the lucrative caravan route through the Atlas Mountains. Explore this fortified city composed of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty houses.

Lunch on a terrace overlooking the Kasbah.

Continue to Boumalen via Kelaat M’Gouna that takes its name from the nearby M’Goun Mountain, the small town of Kelaa M’Gouna is famous for roses. You can tell you’re approaching town some 50 km from Skoura when you see pink roses peeking through dense roadside hedgerows.

Visit of a rose distillery – if in the right season.

Continue to the hotel of your choice.

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DAY 3 – Boumalen / Tineghir / Todga Canyons / Erfoud /Merzouga:
Breakfast at the hotel

Depart on the road known as the 1001 Kasbah trail…

Today’s target point is arriving to Merzouga which is known for the highest sand dunes in North Africa. THE DESERT! It is called Erg Chebbi and it is about 20 kms long and 5 kms wide and is a unique, multifaced environment.

Arrive to Tineghir where we will have lunch in the heart of the canyons.

We will continue our way enjoying the green oasis of palm trees of Ziz –Tafilalet and the black Hamada before arriving to Merzouga.

 

After our arrival to Merzouga we will be stopped by a caravan of camels that will take us to the luxury Nomad camp for dinner & night in nomad tents at the foot of the sand dunes.

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DAY 4 – Merzouga / Skoura / Ouarzazate:
Early wake-up call for those who wish to witness an amazing sunrise over the golden sand.

Buffet breakfast at the camp

Return to Ouarzazate via the Kasbah trail.

 

On this leg of our trip we will have a chance to stop at a local village in the heart of the Dades Gorges to share a mint tea with the locals and take time for a discover, on foot, of these oases & palmgroves.

Lunch break.

Possibility to visit other Kasbahs on the way.

Arrive to the hotel of your choice in Ouarzazate.

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DAY 5 – Ouarzazate / Marrakech
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for Marrakech via the Tichka pass.

Arrive to Marrakech around 12h30.

Lunch in the Jamaa El Fna square, classified as world historical heritage by the UNESCO.

The afternoon is dedicated to a guided visit of Marrakech… Nestled on a plain at the foot of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is one of the most alluring cities in Morocco, still surrounded by its original fortifications. The heart of the old town is the Jamaa el Fna square, the huge main square where everything happens: from morning to night it throngs with life, orange and date sellers ply their trade from stalls, traditional water sellers wander around, snake charmers, musicians, acrobats and storytellers come and go to please the crowds. And, as night falls, food stalls appear as if by magic, and you can sit down and feast on freshly cooked local dishes. Yet Marrakech has many faces and you will explore the historic Medina of the Almohads, the majesty of the Bahia Palace along with the more modern boulevards and cafes of the French new town.

This visit begins with a guided tour of the Bahia palace one of the city’s architectural jewels…

We will then proceed to discover the Koutoubia mosque and square, symbol of the city of Marrakech…

After that we will meander through the souks and medina with our tour guides…to take a first-hand look at the real face of life inside the old medina which has not changed much since the middle ages; the neighborhoods still inhabited by locals, the souks where people of the medina still do their daily shopping and the various and very skilled craftsmen …the materials they use, their shops, tools and much more…

Then continuation through Marrakech’s narrow labyrinth streets to one of the Jamaa el Fnaa square’s terraces with an amazing view, taste a mint tea and discover this meeting point of different artists such as musicians, storytellers, and snake charmers.

Some free time to discover the square, do some shopping, or simply recall this amazing trip through Southern Morocco.

Return to the hotel of your choice for the night.

DAY 6 – Departure from Marrakech:

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

Depart for the airport.

Assistance with check-in formalities.

Departure.