Marrakech - Essaouira - Taroudant - Icht -Taroudant - Tata - Chegaga Desert - Zagora - Marrakech:
Day 1: Marrakech - Essaouira 177 Km (2 Hours Of Road)
Departure to Essaouira, which stretches over a narrow and low peninsula, whose coasts are exposed to strong winter tides. The climate is mild thanks to trade winds. The picturesque and lively port houses fishing boats that unload the fish for an immediate auction but also for grilling and consumption in the fresh. The houses are painted white limestone and the windows are blue, and the color effect is particularly pleasant. Essaouira means "well designed", and the name is due to the fact that the city is unique in ancient Morocco, it was expressly designed and built in 1764 in a strategic position for surveillance of the south coast. The 'Sqala' or the strong fortified strongholds, where cannons which served to protect the Spaniards and which are now not usable. Half pension. Meeting point for artists and musicians. The medina is full of naive art galleries, and the June Festival devoted to Gnaoua music (typical of Morocco) attracts international artists! Dinner and overnight in a traditional riad.
Day 2: Essaouira - Taroudant 260 Km (4 Hours Of Road)
Half pension. Walk along the beautiful sinuous coastal road of Agadir. The fossilized region of the argan tree is full of foliage with a beautiful dark green dominant and generous. The gnarled, tortuous and fairly short trunk is so well adapted that the goats climb to eat the leaves. Argan oil is widely used both in the kitchen and in cosmetics. We go inland to reach Taroudant, "the little Marrakech", its walls reddish and elevated, with crenellated ramparts of big size of 10 meters with five doors, surrounded by a vegetation of giant trees, palm trees and 'eucalyptus. The lively market and full of craft products. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Taroudant - Tafraoute 140 Km (Car 2:30 Morning)
Half pension. Continue to Tafraout, a mountain village in the middle of a valley surrounded by granite mountains that turn pink at sunset. His white houses painted with limestone with decorated terraces seem scattered among the brown rocks. The landscapes are softened by the presence of palm trees, almond trees and olive trees. Collective barns and small rural dwellings are attached to strangely shaped rocks. They inspired the Belgian artist Jean Veran in a remote region that gave free rein to his imagination. The stone here is colored and smooth. There are enormous rocks blue and purple that the weather has faded a little and alleviate the vivacity which make them even more fantastic to see. Night.
Day 4: Tafroute - Tata 185 Km (3h of Road)
Half pension. Departure to the highlands. In this area you will enjoy an old copper mine in Tazalahrt. The bottom of the valley, crossed by dried rivers inhabited and cultivated almond, fig and palms creating a green cord, where the road sometimes seems to pour into a tunnel of vegetation. It is part of the Land Before Time, a winding narrow gorge on the road to the villages, stones perched on the slopes to make way for small oasis crops in the river delta. Night.
Day 5: Tata-Chegaga Desert 180 Km (4 Hours Of Road)
Half pension. The landscape becomes more arid. It advances between dunes and rocks one finds rock sites with engravings of cattle, fauna and people, testify of a possible life for two thousand years. Sometimes you encounter the beds of ancient rivers, which check a sparse vegetation. At Foum Z'guid take the trail that leads to the dunes of Chegaga, and passing by the bottom of an ancient lake, Lake Iriki, bordered to the north by the wall of Jebel Bani. The region is among the most deserted of the South, frequented only by nomads who graze their camels and goats. Wells are the rare privileged meeting point of nomads and are almost the only chance of survival for some animals. But the desert that everyone loves is confused with the erg, a sequence of dunes that overlap to form sinuous lines. Dinner and overnight at BASIC camp in the desert, nomadic style.
Day 6: Chegaga Desert - Zagora 170 Km (3h of Road)
Half pension. We walk away from the dunes to walk along the Draa River, the "Nile" of the south, which has a strange natural phenomenon: the course becomes "invisible" and disappears underground to reappear a few miles from the mouth. This is done in Mhamid, the "finis terrae" of the valley of the Draa, a village that fights against the invasion of sand and last oasis of the famous valley. After the rocks of sand and tamarisk Here is the luxuriant palm grove of Zagora, "the gate of the desert". A hand-painted panel showing a Tuareg and an arrow to nowhere: the direction of the caravans to reach Timbuktu. A short trip through the oasis of Zagora allows us to understand the complex and complicated system of the oasis and the culture of the three layers: above all palm trees, fruit trees and vegetables underground. The main function of the palm is to provide shade, and therefore an acceptable temperature, to other plants. From the mountain Zagora, where the remains of a twelfth-century Almoravid fortress stand, the view of the gigantic palm trees and the clear break with the surrounding drought are worth more than any explanation. overnight
Day 7: Zagora - Ouarzazate 162 Km (3h Of Road)
Half pension. Heading north along the Draa route. Arrival in the afternoon in the city which in Berber means silence. Visit of the Kasbah of Tifiltoute, former fortification outside the city. In recent years Ouarzazate has developed an interesting film industry that takes advantage of the beauty of the landscapes and also beautiful buildings of the region for shoots focused on the theme of the Sahara. Walking in the center. Overnight.
Day 8: Ouarzazate - Valley of the Dadès 165 Km (2h of Road)
Half pension. Ouarzazate you can not spend an unpleasant day in the beautiful valley of Dadès! Beginning of the descent of the river Dadès, clutch giving rise to beautiful and famous gorges of the same name, between laces engraved on the steep side of the mountain view and austere. After returning to 'Msemrir' small oasis, the valley widens and the rock formations form unusual shapes. It is the region of the culture of the "rose of Damascus", and where they found a vast garden perfumed with roses from which you extract the essences. Night in a traditional house.
Day 9: Dades Valley - 250 Km From Marrakech (5 Hours Of Road)
Half pension. Visit the village of Ait Ben Haddou, a former Kasbah, perhaps the most famous, a fortification classified as UNESCO's heritage. Today, about twenty families still live on this site. Then we climb through the mountains to reach the Tiz-in-Tichka, the highest pass in the whole country 2260 m. Arrival at the end of the afternoon in Marrakech. End of services.