Your journey begins in Marrakech. You depart the Red City and drive through the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way there are plenty of vistas at which to stop for photographs. You will cross the famous Tichka Pass (2,260 m / 7,414 ft), the highest paved pass in North Africa. The road from there continues to snake in and out through canyons and valleys. As the road begins to level out, you will find the famous Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, an UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the slopes of the High Atlas. After freely exploring the kasbah, you will continue on your journey. Not long after you’ll enter the city of Ouarzazate, known as the Moroccan Hollywood for the numerous movies filmed in the city.
Lunch is in Ouarzazate. Shortly thereafter, you will drive through Skoura, a fertile oasis lined with palm groves, olive trees, and the ruins of kasbahs that date back to the 12th century. As you leave the Skoura Valley behind, you’ll drive through the Valley of the Roses. If it happens to be the first weekend of May, you will encounter the annual Rose Festival. In the early evening hours, you will reach your destination for the night in the spectacular Dades Valley and Gorges.