Day 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorge.
With a pick-up in Marrakech we’ll drive to Ouarzazate through the dramatic Tizi ntichka pass (2260m), over the High Atlas Mountains, appreciating the beauty of the landscape on twisted roads through the Berber villages. Arriving at the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco, a UNESCO matrimonial historical site, and a house of many Glaoui family members. We’ll have lunch by the Kasbah and will continue to Dades Gorge via Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa”. We’ll continue on through the “Road of the Thousand Kasbahs”- the fascinating “sand castles” – before stopping at Kalaat Mgouna, “the city of Roses,” known for its beautiful roses and annual festival during the rose harvest in May. We’ll continuing to our hotel overlooking the Dades Valley. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. Dinner Bed and Breakfast. DBB.ddgfrg
Day 2: Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga.
After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll drive back through the valley to see the amazing rock formation known as “The Monkey Toes”, and the still-standing 19th century Kasbah of Ait Yul. Leaving the Dades valley towards Tinrghir and the Todra valley you’ll see the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Arriving at the Gorge you’ll walk under the 300m high red cliff, where many rock-climbers come to practice and enjoy their sport. Continuing our trip to Erfoud and Rissani where we’ll have lunch, we’ll leave for the village of Merzouga – the home of your guide Youssef – where your camel will be awaiting you. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mint tea before you check into your accommodation. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. DBB.
Day 3: Merzouga area and the Camel trek.
After breakfast in the hotel you’ll start your explorative journey of the area, visiting the ‘Village of the Blacks’, or original “Gnawa” people from Sudan to experience their music and lifestyle. Not far away there’s the lake of Merzouga, with it houses a diverse bird population, including flamingos. You may also like to visit the nomad wire house where many Berber handicrafts are priced lower than they are in the big cities. In the afternoon you will mount your camel, guided by an experienced Camel man, to explore inside the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you’ll spend your first night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent. Dinner will be served in the tent where you will spend the night. Dinner Bed and Breakfast. DBB.
Day 4: Merzouga – Rissani – Ziz Valley – Errachidia – Midalt : After an early sunrise camel trek through Erg Chebbi dunes, we’ll arrive at the camp operator’s lodge for breakfast, shower and maybe a quick swim at the lodge pool if time permits. Meet your driver and vehicle, and travel to Midalt via the towns of Rissani and Erfoud. In Rissani you will have the opportunity to walk within the authentic Souk, an assortment of vegetables, spices and dates; here you will also hear diverse conversations by hooded men and veiled women. Your journey will continue to Errachidia along the Tizi Ntalghamt road.
Pass to Midelt. Here you’ll stop to enjoy the panoramic view before you get to your hotel. Overnight in our Hotel/Riad. Dinner Bed and Breakfast. DBB.
Day 5: Midalte – Tizi Ntalghamt Pass – Midlet – Azrou – Fes:
After breakfast in your hotel, you will travel to Fes via Ifrane. Your journey will be along the carved-through volcanic rock, and through the Tizi Ntalghamt Pass to Midelt. Stopping in Zaida, you’ll enjoy a barbecue and refresh with a glass of mint tea before continuing your journey to Azrou, a berber village in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Before, we will stop to see the Barbarian apes in the famous Cedar forest.We’ll continue on to Ifrane, “the French village”, to stop for some photos or a drink before heading onto your accommodation in Fes where the tour ends.
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My husband and I spent 5 days traveling Morocco with Isma/Ismail. He is a gem and I can't rave about him enough. The airline lost my husbands luggage.... read more Isma made sure to help us navigate getting his luggage back 5 days later. That's just the beginning. Right away I felt like I knew Isma for years. His positive outlook on life may the trip even better. He drove us from Casablanca to Fez to the Dessert to an area near Quazzaete, Markech and back to Casablanca. The car was so comfortable. Spending so much time with a stranger was a concern. However, Isma made it seem like we were traveling with another friend. He provided us with so much history about Morocco and took us to hidden villages that I would have never seen. He planned the perfect itinerary for us. We are Orthodox Jews. Isma helped us find Kosher places to eat and made sure that we felt at home. I would recommend him to all of my friends. I plan to stay in touch. I know he meets so many people, but we feel like we made a friend in Morroco.
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My wife and I spent two weeks driving with Ismael as our guide throughout Morocco. The trip was originally organized by another guide, however during the time we spent with... read more Ismael we grew close as he helped us navigate the complex social scenery we encountered. Morocco is a must see destination, full of varied culture and ancient history, and we really scored having such an amenable and intelligent guide/driver to care for us along our way. We started our travels in Marrakesh, traveled north to Casablanca and Rabat, then to Chefchaouen, the blue city. In each location we stayed Ismael met us when needed, helped with our bags, gave directions, but what was the most wondrous for me was that he let me find my own way when I desired, within the comfort and security of his watchful eye.
After we left Chefchaouen we saw Volubilis and continued on to Merzouga and the desert dunes. The camel ride was so fun getting to our tent in the desert, with the sun setting behind us the photo op was tremendous, with orange dunes and camel-ride shadows, just amazing After the desert dunes, driven safely by Ismael in a way I am still in awe of, we made our way to Amazigh (Berber) country, where Ismael was born and raised. Suffice it to say that our trip in Morocco was more than could be desired, we visited everything on the plan, and we were able to insert our own desires as each day ensued. We saw so many things off the beaten track, things that exist right next to the normal tourist track. We finished our trip back in Marrakesh and made our flight without a fuss, Ismael safely driving and avoiding any slowdowns we might have encountered.
I highly recommend Ismael. He’s an intelligent, educated man with a sensitivity towards his wayfarers that, in my somewhat extensive experience traveling the globe, is not often seen.
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