Day 1: Ifrane, Middle Atlas, Midelt, Ziz Valley, Rissini, Merouzga
Pass through Ifrane, the “Switzerland of Morocco” and a popular ski resort, (right? A ski resort?), then on through the cedar forest of the Middle Atlas to visit with the barbary apes.
Stop for a lunch break in Midelt and learn about the fossils there. Did you know the Sahara Desert was once at the bottom of the ocean?
Passing through the stunning Ziz Valley with its broad sweeping valley filled with date palms, and onto Rissini you will end the day on a camel, trekking off to your desert camp for the night. Enjoy the sunset over the dunes and a fabulous dinner made for you in camp.
Day 2: Arfoud, Tinjedad, Tinghir, Todgha Gorge
First you will want to watch the sunrise on this bright new day over the dunes of the Sahara Desert before heading back to your vehicle for the start of your day.
The next stop is Arfoud, home to some of the world’s oldest fossils but more importantly the date capital of Morocco. Dates of all varieties are here and make fantastic road trip snacks for the car.
Then its on through Tinejedad and Tinghir, two very important points in the south before stopping for the day in Todghra Gorge.
Cut through the mountain by a river over thousands of years of persistence, you will walk along the gorge basin, and hopefully spot some rock climbers. The rock face jutts out of the basin at a 300m vertical!
Spend the night here.
Day 3: Dades Valley, Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech
After breakfast you will travel along the wide and sweeping Dades Valley, home to all the roses that you see in Morocco. Mostly in bloom in April, this valley is lush and beautiful all year. (As long as there is a little rain in the forecast once in awhile.)
Stop into Ouarzazate to see this important southern city and the movie capital of Morocco before getting to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah.
Next you will enjoy one of the most spectacular driving routes in the world, up and over the highest mountain pass in North Africa – Tizi n’ Tichka. Stop at the top of Tichka pass for photos before descending into the foothills and on to Marrakech.
Once in Marrakech we will deliver you to your stated address there in time for dinner.