Marrakech . Roses Valley
You’ll depart from your accommodations in Marrakech at 8 am and travel to the Roses Valley today.
On the way from Marrakech to the Sahara you will be crossing over the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi N’Ticha pass. This highest pass in Morocco at 2260m. Watch as the landscape changes and unfolds with every turn. Each part of the road will reveal new sites. Sometimes a shepherd minding his flock by the side of the road. Maybe a field, seemingly in the middle of “nowhere” where local Berber boys are playing a game of football. Pass a group biking in the mountains and wonder at their strength and endurance.
You will pass through the city of Ouarzazate, the movie capital of Morocco and home to the new solar farm recently opened in 2016.
Tonight you will spend the night at a hotel tucked into the side of a mountain slope in the Valley of Roses and awaken to a stunning view. Here traditional Berber life is thriving.
Roses Valley Berber Experience
Today starts with a choice of two options. You can enjoy a demonstration of Moroccan bread baking in a traditional kitchen and after breakfast of freshly baked bread and local olive oil, head out to the fields with the women to select the locally grown vegetables and perhaps a few roses if they are in season. Upon returning from the fields, you will help the women to prepare and cook a traditional tagine lunch with mint tea.
If you choose, you could spend the morning with a local guide on a 4 hour hike in the area where you explore the fields, the river valley and enjoy the local wildlife.
After tea with a Berber family you will encounter the valleys’ oldest kasbah for your exploration.
You may also choose to enjoy the hike in the afternoon, or to explore the local village on your own at a relaxing pace, and return to the hotel for tea when you are finished.
Dinner will be at the hotel. All the food you will see today is organic, locally grown, freshly picked and prepared using traditional methods.
Roses Valley . Sahara Desert
You will have an 8:30 departure following breakfast, and drive along the Valley of 1,000 Kasbahs, to the impressive Todra Gorge. (The highest gorge in Morocco at 300 m). You’ll have an opportunity to explore the gorge on your own as you follow the river that forged the gorge and marvel at its height and shape.
Then continue driving through the arid plateau crossing another oasis and then to Erfoud, the fossil town where millions of fossils have been discovered and are mined and refined for use and sale. This is also the date capital of Morocco where you can find many varieties of this wonderful fruit. If you join us in October for the date festival and enjoy the markets filled to capacity with locals and their wares as they celebrate their bounty.
After Erfoud you will arrive at Erg Chebbi where the beautiful golden Sahara awaits. You will have tea and join your camels for a 1h ride through the desert in a caravan to get to your camp.
Relaxing in camp for the evening, your food will be prepared for you by nomads who work there. Preparing a traditional meal is their specialty and sure to be one of the highlights of your journey.
Sahara Desert . N’kob Oasis
Wake up to see the sunrise if you wish, then take your camel back to the hotel where you can shower and enjoy breakfast. When you are ready your group will drive to N’kob Oasis along the black volcanic rocky mountains, stopping in the village of Alnife Village for a rest stop.
You’ll continue on the way to N’kob Oasis where you can enjoy the beautiful and lush oasis and the Berber village for another encounter with a Berber family for tea.
You will spend the night in the kasbah in the N’kob Oasis.
N’kob Oasis . Marrakech
In the morning, you’ll be on your way back to Marrakech. Drive along the Draa Valley filled with date palms and traditional Berber settlements and on to Ourzazate, the movie capital of Morocco. You will stop in Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah to explore the ancient village where 5 families still actively live. Follow the winding alleys to discover this ancient stronghold and reach the peak for an uninterrupted view of the valley that extends as far as the eye can see.
Trip Pricing Includes:
- 4 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Dinners
- Airport Transfers
- Air Conditioned Vehicle
- Professional Driver
- English Speaking Guide
- Camel Trek
Does Not Include:
- Mandatory travel insurance
- All lunches
- Extended stays before and after the tour dates
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