Across the Atlas Mountains, down south, lies another Morocco. Lush oases and dry river beds, ochre Kasbahs and green orchards, topped by blue skies turning sometimes to indigo at sunset, soft waves of sand dunes and dark rocky ergs, here is the country of Silence. Dare to take a few days for a different experience and go and listen to your heart beats.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
  • Day 1: Marrakech

    Upon you arrival in Marrakech Ménara airport, you will be welcomed by your Unitours Maroc Representative and by your driver then transferred to your hotel.

    Time at leisure till dinner and overnight.

  • Day 2: Marrakech

    Once the capital of southern Morocco, the imperial city of Marrakech is an alluring oasis with a temperate climate, distinct charm, and fascinating sights.

    Our day-long tour includes the beautifully proportioned Koutoubia Mosque with its distinctive 282-foot minaret visible from miles away; the beautiful Andalusian-style El Bahia Palace (part of which is still used by the royal family); and the Palace of Dar Si Said, a museum housing Moroccan art and artifacts.

    Mid-afternoon we embark on a walking tour of the medina, ending at Djemaa el Fna Square, a UNESCO site and the heart of Marrakech, crowded with snake charmers, entertainers, storytellers, musicians, barbers, and sellers of fruit, water, and spices.

    Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

  • Day 3: Marrakech – Ouarzazate

    After breakfast, departure to Ouarzazate, crossing many Berber villages through the beautiful landscapes of the Atlas mountains range.

    Cross the Tizi N’Tichka pass over 2000 m high (lots of snow there in winter !), and start the descent towards the very different pre saharian scenery of the Southern slopes.

    20 kms before Ouarzazate, turn left and stop for the visit of the Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, a Unesco preserved site, huge fortified village that served as natural « décor » to the shooting of numerous Hollywood productions, like « Lawrence of Arabia », « Romancing the Stone with Mike Douglas or more recently « the Mummy ».

    Time at leisure for lunch on site, then drive on to Ouarzazate, check in at your hotel and rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

  • Day 4: Ouarzazate – Zagora

    Morning departure for Zagora, following – just after the rocky area leading to Agdz – the banks of the Draa River, where six palm forests form a long ribbon of greenery.

    Thanks to the proximity of the river; cereals, henna, vegetables, fruit and date palms are cultivated, either on the floor of the valley or on stepped terraces. Then the scenery becomes drier and sand gets more and more appearing… and here is Zagora, only 80 days – by camel – from Timbuktu!

    Check in at your hotel and lunch at leisure. In the afternoon visit the potters village of Tamegrout and the old library & Coranic school.

    Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

  • Day 5: Zagora – Merzouga

    Early morning departure for the first day of real Morocco desert safari. You will head for Erfoud by crossing the « regs » landscapes, typical of pre Sahara landscapes, alternating sand dunes and rocky tables, crossing small berber villages (stop for light lunch).

    Upon arrival in Rissani, cradle of the present reigning dynasty in Morocco, the Alaouits, see the outside of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif and, time allowing, go inside the Abu Aam Ksar (fortified village).

    Then on to Merzouga, in the dunes of Erg Chebi, for your first experience of a Bedouin bivouac overnight under the traditional tents, including dinner.

  • Day 6: Merzouga – Erfoud

    After breakfast, back to Rissani to complete the visit if necessary (Market on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), then on to Erfoud, a beautiful oasis, centre of the dates trading. Market on Sunday.

    Lunch at leisure on the way. Check in at your hotel, and afternoon at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your hotel, or pursue your visit of Erfoud.

    Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

  • Day 7: Erfoud – Todgha – Dadès – Ouarzazate

    Today you will drive along one of the most beautiful itinerary of the whole Morocco, called “ The 1000 Kasbahs Valley”.

    Up to Tinejdad, the landscape is still very dry and punctured by the mounds of the old irrigation system of the “khettaras”. Then after Tinerhir, a former military outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove, and gateway to the awesome Todra Gorge with its 300 m high cliffs, the desert and palm trees turn to flowers and orchards, first at El Kelaa des Mgouna where the speciality is the growing of the Damascus roses. The perfume PARIS, by Yves Saint Laurent, is made from the extract of these roses.

    Stop for rose products such as rose water, body milk and dried petals…

    Then to Boumalne du Dades, a large town and local administration centre at the foot of the Dades Wadi gorge. The entire road is scattered with the remnants of huge kasbahs, these fortified households built in adobe on several floors.

    Diner and overnight in Ouarzazate.

  • Day 8: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

    Drive back to Marrakech. Arrival at lunch time (on own) and afternoon at leisure.

    Dinner and overnight in Marrakech.

  • Day 9: Marrakech

    Morning transfer to Marrakech Menara airport in time for your scheduled flight.

MAP OF ITINERARY

Please note that all timings and mileage are given for a return trip, based on Google Maps data and itinerary availabilities. Trek itineraries are also not displayed as exactly as planned by us, because Google Map does not provide this type of information yet; you should then refer to the “day by day” program for accurate details.