Day 1: Fes / Erfoud / Merzouga (287 miles)
After an early breakfast, departure to Erfoud through the scenic, wooded Middle Atlas Mountains region. Stop in Azrou to visit a Berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Lunch will be in Midelt (an important mining center) and the Ziz River through a series of fortified villages characterized by fascinating southern architecture. Arrival in Merzouga. Dinner and overnight under the tents.
Day 2: Merzouga / Erfoud / Ouarzazate (227 miles)
Early morning wake-up to view the awe inspiring sunrise off the Merzouga dunes followed by an 1 hour camel ride. After breakfast, you will travel to Ouarzazate via the Todra gorges. Lunch in Todra at a local restaurant. Possible visit (if there is no production event) to the movie studio where scenes from Bertulucci's "The Sheltering Sky", Spielberg's "Gladiators", "The Last temptation of Christ", and "Lawrence of Arabia" were filmed in and around the area renowned for its Berber ceramic work and fine carpet making. If time permits, you will see the Tifoultout and Taourirt Kasbahs. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Ouarzazate / Marrakesh (126 miles)
After breakfast, departure to the Ait Ben Haddou village where you will visit the ruins of this ancient Kasbah. Lunch at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou before we continue via the Tiz-In-Tichka pass (7,415 ft / 2,260 m) and Taddert to Marrakesh.