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  • Escursioni in dromedario
    Camel excursion
  • Itinerario culturale
    Culture tour
  • Montagna
  • Pernottamento presso famiglie locali
    Homestay accommodation
  • Architettura e monumenti
    Monuments and architecture
  • Mountain bike
    Mountain bike

General description

A three-day journey through the history and traditions of the berber tribes of the Atlas mountains, experiencing the pleasure of slow travelling. Ideal for senior travelers and families with children, especially in spring.

An unforgettable slow trip discovering the beautiful landscapes, the amazing colors and the unforgettable flavors of a unique land at the gates of the desert. Starting from Marrakech, we’ll cross the central High Atlas at the Tizi n’ Tichka pass to reach the majestic Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, UNESCO World Heritage since 1987. On the second day, we’ll explore the Ounila Valley traveling along the ruins of the Glaoui Palace in Telouet, the suggestive village of Asaka, carved in to the rocks of a steep canyon, and the beautiful kasbah of Tamdakht. The last day of the trip will be finally dedicated at the discovery of the silent city of Ouarzazate, with its traditional souk, the beautiful Taorirte palace and the lush oasis of Fint, hidden among almond and olive trees in the hearth of an endless and rocky plateau.

Other details

Included services:

Reception and accompaniment - Transport by 4x4 or minibus – 2 nights in a traditional guest house in the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou with accommodation on full board basis - Traditional music nights – 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 reach Ait Ben Haddou by crossing the Central High Atlas at the Tizi n 'Tichka pass (2260 m). Along the way, we’ll stop to admire the amazing profile of the Atlas mountains and visit characteristic local handicraft cooperatives. In the afternoon, guided visit of the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and dinner with local families with traditional music sessions. Upon request, food tastings and cooking demonstrations. Night in a traditional guest house in the ksar.

Duration: 04:00

Ounila Valley
Starting from Ait Ben Haddou, we’ll cross the narrow canyons shaped by the Ounila river to reach the wide valley of Telouet and the picturesque ruins of the kasbah of Glaoui. We'll dive into the life of the Berber populations of the Atlas, by visiting the small villages made of earth and straw where ancient traditions are still vital today. For hiking lovers, Direction Sud proposes accessible trekking trails to the Lake Tamda, at 2200 meters above sea level, surrounded by the scenic landscape of the Atlas mountains.

Duration: 01:30

On the last day of the trip we’ll explore the peaceful town of Ouarzazate (trans. "The place without noise"), with a guided visit of the splendid Taorirte palace, overlooking the narrow lanes of the ancient medina and the nearby handicraft traditional market (souk). Before leaving for Marrakech, we’ll have a refreshing break in the lush oasis of Fint, green jewel at the foothills of the Atlas.

Duration: 04:00