GREAT SOUTH Marrakech to Marrakech 7 days / 6 nights

1st day: Marakech - Telouat - Ait Benhaddo - Ouarzazate

After breakfast, we will pick you up at your riad in Marrakech and depart for Ouarzazate via the Tizi-n-Tichka, passing at an elevation of 2260 meters while enjoying the attractive views of the High Atlas Mountains and some picturesque Berber villages. We will stop for lunch at the oasis at Telouat. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the Telouat Kasbah, established by the Glaoui family dynasty, and we will then go on to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the exotic Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou. Before our arrival at Ouarzazate, we will stop at Atlas Studios, the largest movie studio in the world and host to such famous films and television shows as Lawrence of Arabia, The Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Gladiator, The Man Who Would Be King, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Aladdin and several James Bond movies. Dinner, bed and breakfast is included at your authentic Moroccan riad.

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2nd day: Ouarzazte - Ait Saoun - Tizi N’Tnifift - Draa Valley - Zagora

After breakfast in the riad, we will travel south and cross the second pass, Tizi N’Tnifift at an elevation of 1710 meters. We will pass the Ait Saoun village, the former route of caravans for Sahara traders coming from “Tombouktou,” and see the first administrative centre called Agdez Village that marks the source of Draa Valley. The Valley has six successive palm groves, each with a kasbah, the most famous being the Tamnougalt Kasbah. We will continue through the lunar landscapes of the pre-Sahara routes until we reach Zagora, a small town from which originated the Saadian dynasty (of the Saadian tombs in Marrakech) who ruled Morocco in the XVII century. Eighteen kilometers further, we will arrive to Tamgroute, a small village where most of locals are pottery artists. Tamgroute was once an historical hub of learning and religion because of its large and influential Sufi order​. ​Today it is known for its lovely pottery, antique Koranic school and fantastic library containing one of the largest exhibits of ancient manuscripts in the world. We will return you to Zagora where you spent the first night.​ Overnight at your authentic Moroccan riad includes dinner and breakfast.

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3rd day: Zagora - Tansikht - Tazarine - Rissani – Merzouga

After breakfast, we depart from Zagora towards the famous dunes of Erg Chebbi, also known as the Merzouga Sahara. Our adventure continues along the valley of Draa, passing the villages of Benizoli, Tazarine, and Ait Atta along the Anti Atlas. You will have free time for lunch in Alnif, a Berber village known for its ancient trilobite fossils. We will visit an amazing fossil factory and learn how they excavate, polish and shape trilobites, orthoceras, ammonites, and other fossils, into beautiful objects. After lunch, we will continue to Rissani city, the former capital of the Alawite Sultans. Rissani was once an important market for caravans traveling the sub-Saharan region, and it is still an impressive market to visit today. We will also see the ruins of Sijilmassa, the Moulay Ali Cherif Gate, and visit the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, where the father of the founder of the Alawite Dynasty is buried. This is a wonderful destination for those who wish to learn some of the history of the country, as well as visiting the Gate itself. Afterwards, we will cross the Erg Chebbi to arrive at Dunes Luxury Camp at the foot of Merzouga Sahara desert dunes. Each tent is beautifully appointed and the entire camp is the ultimate in “glamping.” You will enjoy dinner and breakfast here, and sleep under the stars of the romantic Sahara.

4th day: Merzouga - Erg Chebbi dunes - Tamrdanite-Khamlia Hassi el-bied-Erg Chebbi

In the morning after breakfast your excursion will start from the tents taking you through the sand-sea dunes near the Algerian border where you will have a chance to take photos and see the black volcanic rock. We will also have the opportunity to meet a nomad family and learn about their nomadic lifestyle. We will pass close to tiny Berber villages, like Tamrdanite, before we reach Khamlia. In the tiny desert village of Khamlia we will be treated to a performance of Gnawa music, a spiritual and hypnotic form of music that has been played for centuries by the black people who live here. Gnawa music is internationally recognized and is said to have healing properties. Along our short drive today, you will be enchanted with the view of the lake at Ait Sareji, especially In springtime, when it attracts pink flamingos and many other birds. We will return to the Camp for a rest and to get ready for your next adventure; camel trekking! You will ride these Ships of the Desert into the heart of the Sahara, witnessing a spectacular sunset through the dunes. Back at the Dunes Luxury Camp you will enjoy Berber food, listen to the drums under a starry night sky, and sleep in your gorgeous tent in peace and tranquility.

5th day: Merzouga - Erfoud - Todra Gorges - Dades Gorges

Set your alarm to wake up early this morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the dunes! It is a moment not to be missed. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious breakfast before we continue our adventure by car. We will travel through Erfoud, another city known for fossils, cross the Tafilalt oasis, taking a short break to see the ancient system of irrigation, before you arrive in Tinejdad. We will continue to the spectacular Todgha Gorge where you can take a walk along the gorge floor and will have free time for lunch at any of the local restaurants located between the canyons in the gorge. In the afternoon, we will visit the former Jewish district in Tineghir city and continue on the road towards the Dades Valley and go up to the Dades Gorges, one of the most beautiful sites in southern Morocco. You will spend the night in an authentic Moroccan riad, with dinner and breakfast included.

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6th day: Dades valley – Boutghrar - El Kelaa M'gouna – Skoura – Ourzazate

After breakfast, we will begin our journey through the valley of Dades, exploring the marvelous sights of the valley. Next, we will take you for a drive over the wonderful Pist Mil Kasbah, accessible only by 4x4, passing by amazing Berber villages, such as Boutghrar. You will have the opportunity to meet some Berber nomads who are living there in caves. We then continue to El Kelaa M’gouna (the Valley of Roses) where you will have a break for lunch. We will head to Ourzazate by crossing the beautiful palm grove oasis in Skoura, where you will see many exotic Kasbahs, such as the Amerhidil Kasbah. When we reach Ourzazate, you will stay overnight in an authentic Moroccan riad, including dinner and breakfast.

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7th day: Ourzazate - Tizi N'tichka - Marrakech

After your breakfast, we will depart for Marrakech. We will drive through the Tizi N’ Tichka Pass while enjoying superb views of the High Atlas Mountains and Berber villages. We will stop along the way to have lunch, and then drop you in Marrakech.


WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

• 7 Days Transportation in private Toyota Prado Land-Cruiser with A/C Or New Mini-Vans with A/C

• 6 Nights Accommodation in a Moroccan Authentic Riads

• English, French, Or Italian - speaking driver / guide for the entire trip

• English - speaking city guides in Marrakech and Fes

• Camel trekking to spend the night in a "Berber Tents" in the middle of Sahara desert of Erg Chebbi Dunes

• All Other Taxes

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

• Lunches

• Airfare (Flight Ticket)

• Beverages (Drinks)

• Tips for guide, drivers

• Travel insurance

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS:
An experience of a lifetime!
Our fantastic adventure with Trips to Morocco, a small family business, left us with memories that will last forever! Doing our intensive research we decided that this was the best Tour Group for us. The Head of the company, Mohammed was very flexible, helpful and accommodating to any changes as we went along on the15 day agenda that we wanted. Any problems were quickly dealt with. The diverse landscape left us in awe. Morocco is not only a photographer’s dream that beauty can be found in so many ways but, a glimpse into the amazing and interesting, friendly people and their vast culture. My wife and I travelled with two single friends and were so fortunate to have, in our view, the two best - Driver, Ali and Hmad the Tour Guide. Our wonderful experiences lay at their feet. We felt safe with Ali’s excellent driving skills, especially through the mountains and busy cities. Hamid was a wealth of knowledge and didn’t hesitate to give information and answer our many questions. These two made our journey into this magical land with their care and attention to details. They steered us to the source of places where we wanted to buy dates, figs, walnuts, rugs, ceramic and to the restaurants they thought we would enjoy. We also found good restaurants on our own. They were good sports as they listened to our terrible singing and joined in. So much laughter filled the car along with interesting stops that made the long distance between some destinations seem like a flash. We were able to see and do things that only in a small group and an A.C. SUV gave us. A big “THANKS” to you two! We started in Casablanca then to Rabat, Meknes, Chefchaouen then Voloublis, Fes, Merzouga staying at Dunes Luxury Camp, before heading to Dades Fossil Valley, Tondra Gorge, Ouarzazate, Essaouira, then staying 3 nights in Marrakech. The Markets, Souks and Medinas were quite interesting. The Atlas Mtns and Gorges were spectacular! We went off road to experience another way of Berber and Nomad life that are still being practiced. We visited some living in a tent and a cave and were generously offered fresh bread and mint tea. Both very humbling experiences making us turn our eyeballs into what we take for granted back in our country. As much as we thoroughly enjoyed the Medinas and Souks we were also aware and respectful of the difference in the economic conditions of the land. Yet, we felt safe and welcomed everywhere. In Fes we were handed off to a great local Guide, Hamad, who gave us the history and an interesting walking tour of the city. In Voloublis a local Guide, who took us around a Roman Ruins. In Marrakesh we did a walking tour with Amhad. All excellent Guides, which were specially chosen by Mohammed. We stayed mostly in Riads and as some one said, “they were different in styles, some quirky, some with problems but it all added to the charm”. We spent two days at the Dunes Luxury Camp riding camels into the magnificent golden sands of the Sahara desert for sunset viewing (opted out of early sunrise). After eating delicious breakfasts and tagines for supper made by Mohammed, then evenings spent around the fire and under the beautiful bright stars listening and joining in to the Berber music and playing on the bongos, clappers and other instruments. Enjoyed Mohammed playing his guitar. He and the others there at the camp provided a very happy, friendly atmosphere and even tied on our headscarves for us! The tents were truly luxurious! We definitely would come back and use TRIPS TO MOROCCO with our two same special guides, as we trust Mohammed heading up this Fantastic Company and crew. So many highlights e.g. The Desert experience and visiting the Nomads and their life styles. A word of suggestion for Mohammed (Tour owner) is to be more involved consistently with administration and correspondence. He is great when we phoned from Canada or using WhatsApp BUT, slow on the use of email, which has the details on the actual tour itinerary by day, invoicing, and just answers to our questions before the trip. This did cause an issue while on the tour, but the issue was quickly resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. By using email these issues would never of occurred. Maybe he needs a secretary? Trip Advisor Reviews convinced us to use this company, even with these issues. The four of us left this beautiful, part of the world with sad hearts and at leaving our two new best friends, Ali and Hamid who made our time in Morocco better than being with close family members and not like tourists. Will truly miss them! We strongly recommend this Tour Company if you want to experience wonderful lifetime, memories.

Hoshi1 - Tripadvisor User From London Ontario Canada

October 2019

5/5
A journey across Morocco to remember!
TripsToMorocco was recommended to us by close friends. So I did not hesitate to contact TTM to work out an itinerary that suited our timeline and our comfort level. We had 12 days across the country visiting some extraordinarily beautiful places. The unforgettable 2 nights in the sand dunes in the desert near Erfoud were one of the highlights of the trip. Accommodation in riads was always great and often engaged us in insightful conversations with our hosts. Youssef, our driver, was always cheerful and funny and very attentive to our road comfort and our luggage - also kind enough to invite us to his home for a fabulous home made couscous! But most of all our exploration of this beautiful country was made very special by our absolutely dedicated and lovely guide Mbarek (not Youssef’s son!) who was very caring and informative on the local culture and always attentive to our needs along the way. We feel grateful, privileged and delighted to have acquired a good understanding of this fascinating country through him and thank everyone else who contributed to our experience. F, P and I.

Frenchware - Tripadvisor User

October 2019

5/5