Depart Dar Zaman at 07h00 in the direction of Ouarzazate by one of the most beautiful routes in Morocco, traversing the High Atlas mountains via the stunning Tizi n’ Tichka pass (2260m). Stop for lunch and tour at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, famous for its ancient Kasbahs and the setting of many films. Pass through Ouarzazate, and continue towards the Valley of Roses, Dades Valley, Skouira Oasis, with its authentic 17th century kasbah, then the "valley of a thousand kasbahs", Dades Gorge, where you will stay overnight in a hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the Todra Gorge, a massive fault, rising to 300m in a narrow valley with palmeries and Berber villages. After lunch in the Gorge, continue further into the desert to Merzouga, stopping along the great sand dunes of Erg Chebbi where you will take a camel ride (about 1 1/2 hours) in order to arrive at the Bivouac Camp (toilet facilities at the camp) in time to see the sun setting over the dunes. Dinner and music around the campfire, followed by a night under the stars or inside the bivouac tent.
Very early morning, witness the spectacular sunrise, followed by breakfast and the return camel trek out of the desert to Merzouga, where you rejoin the transport for the journey to Marrakech via Ouarzazate and the High Atlas Mountains, arriving back in Marrakech around 20h00.
Depart Marrakech: 07h00 day 1
Return Marrakech: 20h00 day 3
We use a reputable excursion company for our Merzouga tour. Tours subject to availabiliy.