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Marrakech & Beyond

8 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,399  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Experience Morocco - a magical and exotic land, on this captivating 8 day tour. Lap up atmospheric Marrakech and its colourful medina. Witness striking Todra Gorge, camp in the Sahara and explore amazing Ait Benhaddou - the legendary fortified kasbah.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Morocco! A country steeped in history and culture. Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport to our hotel. Be sure to arrive in time for our welcome meeting at 18:00. The rest of the day is free, if time permits explore the rambling souk, local sights and Djemaa el Fna (the main square).
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Dinner

    Marrakech
Day 2

Marrakech - Dades Gorge. Leaving Marrakech we drive through the Dades Gorge, an awe-inspiring valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south.

The Atlas Mountains span some 2,090km covering vast regions of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The mountain chain comprise of a series of parallel ranges running west to east including the Anti-Atlas, High Atlas and Middle Atlas. With an average elevation of 3350 metres, the Atlas claims the highest peak of North Africa. The Berbers (original inhabitants of North Africa) built many impressive kasbahs on the mountain steep and in the valley gorges for defence purposes. En route to Dades Gorge we pass many of these medieval kasbahs and stop at one of the highest vantage points to enjoy a cup of sweet minted tea and take in panoramic views of the impressive snow capped mountain vista.
Overnight: Dades Gorge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge. After breakfast we head east and discover the stunning Todra Gorge with its 300m high cliffs towering above us. Created millions of years ago, the striking gorge snakes its way through the rugged mountain range. The final 600m of the Todra Gorge are spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160m high on each side. We will have an early lunch at a village co-operative where hundreds of hand made Berber rugs, kilims and carpets are displayed and offered for sale. Then the afternoon is free to explore the gorge, walk through the Palmerie or if you're feel active, try your hand at rock climbing (dependent upon weather conditions, book/pay locally).
Overnight: Todra Gorge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Todra Gorge
Day 4

Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Crossing Jebel Sarhro, we enjoy lunch and a swim before travelling down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the start point of the mighty Sahara Desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes located near the remote frontier town of Merzouga are renowned for their incredible height and size. In parts the vast sand pile reaches skyward to heights of 150 metres!.

The desert winds ensure this astonishing landscape is forever changing and no two days offer the same panorama. We camel trek across the vast desert dunes taking in the breathtaking scenery. Arriving at our simple Berber camp, we enjoy dinner and an incredible night under the Saharan stars.
Overnight: Berber Camp  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Erg Chebbi - Ouarzazate. After a stunning sunrise and a tranquil and ambient ride back to our frontier post (camel HQ) there is time to freshen up before driving to the verdant Draa valley. Besides the natural, historical and architectural wonders that the Draa Valley offers, there are also small villages along the valley where time seems to stand still, so little is the effect of modernity on them. Here, women are dressed very conservatively and fully vieled and the local men seem aloof, unaccustomed to foreign visitors. These people, besides speaking Arabic also speak their own dialect of the Berber vernacular, called Tashelhiyt.

Along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, we continue on to Ouarzazate, (pronounced as wazza-zat). Sitting at an altitude of 1160 metres in the middle of a barren plateau, Ouarzazate lies at the cross roads of all routes going north, south, east, and west. Its geographical position has made it a key trading post in both ancient and modern times. Capital of a large province, the towns' northern limits run along the southern aspect of the High Atlas and its southern boundary disappears back into the ever present and mysterious Saharan Desert. Today, the area is still essentially populated by Berber people, who were constructors of the numerous fortified kasbahs and dwellings for which the region is famous. After hotel check in, consider a late afternoon swim.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech.This morning you can opt to go quad bike riding or visit the film studio that produced Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights.

Arriving at nearby fortified city of Ait Benhaddou - built for defence purposes high on a hill with a bubbling steam within it shadows, the stunningly well preserved medieval city is a true highlight of our tour. Famously used as a backdrop in the film 'Gladiator', its beauty is unequal to any other fortified village in south Morocco.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Ait Benhaddou
Day 7
Djemaa el Fna

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of old Marrakech. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina and a tangle of winding streets lead to bustling souks, the focal point is the central square, the Djemaa el Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders it is best seen in the evening when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. Towering over all this is the Koutoubia mosque, the tallest building in the city and a reminder of the importance of Islam to the lives of the city’s residents.

Spend the afternoon at leisure, pamper yourself at the local hammam or further explore the city your own way.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Saturday. Breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing or picking up a few last minute souvenirs. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at 12 noon.
Breakfast

Extend your stay and visit Morocco's Atlantic Coast

After your tour of Morocco consider extending your stay and heading to the coast. Learn to ride the waves in laid-back Tagazoute - a surfing Mecca on our 11 day Marrakech Sahara & Surf tour or relax by the beach in Essaouira, Morocco's most charming coastal town on our 11 day Kasbahs & Coast tour.

Trip Highlights

Marrakech - UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna,(medina, souks and market place)
High Atlas Mountains and views of Mt Toubkal - North Africa's highest peak
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - reaching some 250m high
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palatial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa
Dades Gorge - imposing valley & stream cut within the mountain range
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio

Included

Full board – 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners including Berber camp dinner
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Guided tour of Marrakech
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance fees to all included sites
6 nights 3 star hotel and 1 night camping - Berber desert camp in the Sahara
Camel trek into the great Sahara
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
All transportation and transfers in private 4x4 or mini van/touring vehicle
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

Gratuity for your tour guide. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Note: On some road journeys, the tour leader may not be in your particular vehicle
Tipping Kitty: USD$50
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: included

The tour was really great. Mustapha was a really informative, happy and personable guide. He is a tribute to your company. Our driver was fabulous. I felt completely safe the whole time and comfortable. I really enjoyed this tour and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Thank for such a great experience.

Roxanne Godfrey

Overall the tour was fantastic. I felt very safe on road with Hassan (driver), tour guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions asked, good information, tips and recommendations given.

Jacqui Barrett

The driver Brahim on this tour was really excellent, most considerate, very helpful and always gave 200% to the people /customers that were under his care.

Muriel Kennedy

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, our guide Younes was so knowledgeable and helped us with every request, thank you so much for the lovely tour.

Veena Dhulipala

Our guide and driver were fantastic making the tour relaxed,easy + enjoyable. I appreciated the variety of food we got over the course of the week.

Pip Prescott

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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FAMILY DEPARTURES: This itinerary is also offered to families with teenagers, aged 12 and above. Our tour is called 'Morocco with Teens' and is offered on the dates marked with the 'Family' icon below. To book your family on this holiday to Morocco, head to our Morocco with Teens tour page for more information.

Tour Details
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 6

The tour was really great. Mustapha was a really informative, happy and personable guide. He is a tribute to your company. Our driver was fabulous. I felt completely safe the whole time and comfortable. I really enjoyed this tour and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Thank for such a great experience.

Roxanne Godfrey
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