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  • Itinerario culturale
    Culture tour
  • Montagna
  • Oasi
  • Architettura e monumenti
    Monuments and architecture
  • Circuiti a cavallo
    Horse-riding tours
  • Gastronomia e tipicità locali
    Food and local products

General description

A three-day culture tour across the central High Atlas, at the doors of the valley of One Thousand Kasbahs, straight at the heart of the traditions of the Great South of Morocco.

Beyond the Tizi n' Tichka pass, the valley of One Thousand Kasbahs stretches out towards the eastern  border between Morocco and Algeria like a secret corridor at the foothills of the Atlas mountains. A magical place where it's still possible to plung into the charm and traditions of ancient berber cultures, travelling along majestic red earth fortresses, steep canyons, lush oasis and endless rocky and desert plateaus shaped ages ago by the force of the ocean. This journey will give us the opportunity to get a first taste of these unique landscapes and explore the most famous and best preserved sites of the Great South of Morocco: the magnificent Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, the oasis of Skoura, one of the last still inhabited and cultivated and finally the silent city Ouarzazate, gateway of the desert, with its traditional souks and the unique elegance of its monuments, like the kasbahs of Taorirte, finely restored.

Other details

Included services:

Reception and accompaniment - Transport by 4x4 or minibus – 2 nights in hotel / riad / guest house with accommodation on full board basis - Gnawa music night – Hikes and walking tours - Entrance fees to monuments and architectural sites - 1 professional guide throughout the duration of the trip - 24h24 Assistance

Extra services not included:

Airplane tickets - Drinks - Tips for staff – Optional activities – Travel health and cancellation insurance (upon request, Direction Sud will help you identify the most suitable for your needs). Direction Sud guarantees no hidden costs or other extra fees.

Stages of the trip

3 days / 2 nights

Ait Ben Haddou
We’ll cross the central High Atlas at the Tizi n 'Tichka pass heading south towards the village of Telouet, in a vast windswept valley surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks. After a guided visit of the ruins of the Glaoui palace (XIX century), we’ll cross the red canyons of the Ounila valley to explore the life and traditions of these remote regions. At sunset, guided visit of the beautiful Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, followed by local food tastings and traditional music sessions. Upon request, mountain biking trails in the Ounila valley and camel treks around the ancient ksar. Night in a traditional guesthouse in the ksar by candlelight.

Duration: 04:00

Oasis of Skoura
Perfect example of traditional berber architecture, the oasis of Skoura is the ideal place to plung into the history and culture of southern Morocco. We’ll spend a day exploring this magical place and the superb kasbah of Amridil, dating back to the eighteenth century and beautifully decorated with the typical geometric ornaments of the Berber culture. Upon request, horse riding and mountain biking trails and dinner with a local host family.

Duration: 01:30

Our three-day trip will end with a guided visit to the quiet city of Ouarzazate, crossroads of ancient histories and traditions on the way to the Sahara desert. We’ll explore the magnificent Taorirte palace, standing out as a fortress upon the narrow alleys of the old medina and the beautiful handicraft souks. Upon request, guided visit to the museum of cinema and the Cla film studios. Short refreshing break at the oasis of Fint before starting our return trip to Marrakech.

Duration: 04:00