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Our journey starts early in the morning starting from Agadir, the journey will not be rushed. Drive through the Argan tree biosphere south of Agadir to reach the medieval walled town of Taroudant on the broad Souss River plain, after gaining height gradually as you wind your way through the Anti-Atlas mountains. Arrival to Oueld Berhil for the night with dinner.
Today we drive south crossing the beautiful landscape via the town of Taliouine known as the Saffran Capital. Then, arrival to Taznkhat for lunch break before we get into the off-road to the camp of Erg Chegaga dunes. We drive through some magnificent remote scenery, via Acacia tree groves, across fossil beds, and the dried salt lake of Iriqui, and then through deeper sand as we join the dune field. Take a camel-trek to explore part of the great dunes, and then walk across the sands to admire sunset from a vantage point. In the evening, the staff at camp play music drums and sing at the fire-place once dinner service finishes. Complete the evening with some star-gazing from the dunes. We offer a choice of desert camping at Erg Chegaga great dunes; either in rustic Berber tents or in Deluxe, fully-furnished tents.
Leaving the great dunes to the east, after breakfast, enjoy a further two hours off-road journey to join the next road at the village of M’hamid, on the Draa Valley. Follow the course of the Draa northwards, admiring the vast palm oasis and crumbling kasbah ruins which are flanked on either side by the Anti-Atlas mountains. Gaining height after the town of Agdz, cross the outer reaches of the Anti-Atlas range before descending to Ouarzazate. Dinner and night in a hotel.
After breakfast, you will have time to visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhadou, a UNESCO site before setting off for Marrakech. Follow the single-track road northwards, gaining altitude before stopping at Telouet to visit the kasbah ruin. From Telouet join the main road crossing the High Atlas Mountains and the winding route passes via typical villages and lush valleys on its descent to the Marrakech plain. Night with dinner at the hotel.
Today you will have a guided tour of Marrakech and its medina accompanied with an English speaking guide. You will visit the Bahia palace, the Saadian Tombs, and many other hidden sites such as the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, one of the center attractions of Marrakech. The tour will conclude with an exploration of the souks lined with fresh fruit, mounds of spices, intricately woven fabrics and many other handicrafts of Morocco. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, start a fresh day to the High Atlas Mountains with nice stops to enjoy the amazing scenery and visit the Berber village of Asni. Then, drive into Taroudante for lunch. Arrival to Agadir in late afternoon.
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