You will journey on the Three Day Merzouga Sahara Desert Tour & Discover The Erg Chebbi Dunes, the town of Rissani, an ancient Berber Village, Ait Ouzzine, Ouarzazate and the hidden jewels of the culture in Southern Morocco.
DAY 1: OUARZAZATE - OLD ROAD OF CARAVANS - KASBAH TAMNOUGALT - OLD KSARS - ZAGORA
- Pick up at your riad in Ouarzazate. En route to Zagora, visit the old road of the Caravans and the Draa Valley.
- Continue the road towards the Draa Valley. The Draa is Morocco’s longest river and is formed by the confluence of the Dades and Imini Rivers. It flows from the High Atlas Mountains south-eastward to Tagounit, and from Tagounit mostly westwards to the Atlantic Ocean north of Tan-Tan. The water from the Draa is used to irrigate palme groves and small-scale agriculture along the river. The inhabitants of the Draa are called Drawi.
- Pass through Agdz. Agdz is the Door to the Draa Valley and famous for its market of dates and the palmerie. Enjoy the landscape and view of the Draa Valley Palmerie.
- Next, visit Kasbah Tamnougalt. Kasbah Tamnougalt is a landmark with its soaring spaces built of red pise (mud), tunnels, and Kasbahs. Kasbah Tamnougalt also has a large Jewish quarter, or mellah.
- Spend the night in Zagora in a kasbah hotel in the middle of the Zagora Palmerie.
DAY 2: ZAGORA - AMAZRAOU - TAMAGROUTE - M’HAMID SAHARA DESERT - ERG CHIGAGA SAHARA DESERT
- Breakfast in Zagora at your kasbah hotel. Begin your morning with a walk in the Zagora palmerie. Walk the palm groves and hamlet set amid lemon, almond and olive trees, and gardens of the village of Amazraou. Visit the former Jewish Mellah in Amazraou.
- Arrive and visit Amazraou. Walk the palmerie and hamlet set amid lemon, almond, and olive trees. Then wander the gardens of the village. Visit the former Mellah (Jewish quarter), where a mosque now stands. Amazraou is inhabited by Arabs, Haratines, and Berbers who continue the Jewish tradition of silver making. Amazraou, also home to the old Jewish Kasbah, was once the center of life for a community of talented jewelers. Most of the Jewish people are no longer there, however Berber craftsmen have taken over the jewelry tradition and their workshops are open to the public.
- Amzrou was once known for its craftsmanship of money. The molten silver was poured into a clay mold and etched deep in water. The jewelry is then worked by hand to add the finishing touches. Visit the intimate manufacturing workshops in the main entrance of Ksar of Amzrou where silver jewelry is still made.
- Visit the Ksar Kedim in Amazraou which is a mosque dating from the fifteenth century made entirely of adobe earth.
DAY 2: ZAGORA - AMAZRAOU - TAMAGROUTE - M’HAMID SAHARA DESERT - ERG CHIGAGA SAHARA DESERT CONTINUED
- Continue the road to M’hamid and the Erg Chigaga Sahara Dunes. M’hamid is a two hour journey from Zagora. Erg Chigaga is another two hours from M’hamid in the Southern most point of Morocco’s Sahara Desert.
- Tak a one hour sunset camel trek into the Erg Chigaga Dunes. Your Tuareg guide will share the secrets of the Sahara Desert.
- Arabian night dinner feast of harira, tajine, and desert at a luxury bivouac in the Erg Chigaga Dunes. Participate in Moroccan drumming and dancing. Revel in the starlit night and music of the Sahara Erg Chigaga Desert. Overnight in a luxury bivouac tent.
Day 3: ERG CHIGAGA - ZAGORA - TAMEGROUTE - DRAA - VALLEY - MARRAKESH
- Sunrise camel trek, breakfast, and then take the road back to Marrakesh.
- Visit Zagora’s unique, beautifully glazed, forest green pottery at the local cooperative in the desert town of Tamegroute and pass by the Koranic library. The holy village of Tamegroute is known for the beautiful pottery created with a glaze made from henna.
- Lunch in a Berber Village located in Morocco’s High Atlas, then return to Ouarzazate in the early evening.