A World of Discovery

Christmas in Morocco

8 days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,389  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Make your way to magical Morocco this Christmas, a short hop from Europe but worlds apart. An exotic land of spices, ancient Kasbahs, rolling Saharan sands, verdant valleys and bustling souks.

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Day 1


23rd Dec 2015. Welcome to Morocco! Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport to our hotel. This evening (at 19:00) our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
Overnight: Marrakech

Day 2

Dades Gorge

Marrakech - Dades Gorge. Leaving Marrakech, we drive through the Dades Gorge, an awesome valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south. Berbers built many kasbahs in the vicinity of gorges for defense purposes. These many kasbahs, combined with their stunning setting, make this a beautiful region through which to travel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Dades Gorge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Xmas Dinner at Todra Gorge

Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge. Merry Christmas! The morning is spent at Dades Gorge where you can choose to trek or relax. After lunch we visit to a traditional Berber home where the semi nomadic family have set up a co-operative for the trade of carpets, kilims and handicrafts for all the rural communities across the Atlas. The remainder of the afternoon is spent taking in the remarkable and sheer brilliance of Todra Gorge, opt to go rock climbing (subject to weather conditions, book and pay locally) or just relax and enjoy the day with a great Xmas dinner in the beautiful surroundings.
Overnight: Todra Gorge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Camel trek into the Sahara

Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Crossing the Jebel Sarhro, we head down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which signify the start of the mighty Sahara Desert. 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. Mounting our camels, we trek across the vast rolling dunes of the Sahara and soak up the breathtaking scenery. Arriving at our simple Berber camp, we enjoy dinner and a night under the Saharan stars. Wrap up warm and remember your winter weight sleeping bag.
Overnight: Berber Camp  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

The picturesque Draa Valley

Erg Chebbi - Ouarzazate. After a stunning sunrise and our camel ride back to the frontier post (camel HQ) there is time to freshen up before driving to the verdant Draa valley, along the route of 1000 Kasbahs.

Besides the natural, historical and architectural wonders that the Draa Valley offers, there are also small villages along the valley where time appears to have stood still. We continue on to Ouarzazate, where African traders once stopped on their journeys up to Europe.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Ait Benhaddou

Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. In the morning either visit the Ouarzazate film studio that produced Lawrence of Arabia or opt to go Quad Biking (book and pay locally) before driving onward to the legendary Ait Benhaddou.

Ait Benhaddou - a ‘fortified city’ situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, boasts some beautiful examples of ancient kasbahs. Only a handful of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, this incredible site had been the setting for many films including Gladiator. After exploring Ait Benhaddou we travel back to Marrakech.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Djemaa el Fna

This morning we tour magical Marrakech, an exotic pink city of snake charmers, steamy hammams, bustling souks and hidden palaces. The focal point and highlight of the city is the Koutoubia mosque and Djemaa el Fna - the central square, which is an extraordinary market place full of colour, music, spicy aromas and traders. Best seen in the evening when the square is overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists.

This afternoon and evening is free for you to explore independently, soak up the incredible atmosphere and test your bartering skills in the souks. Perhaps pamper yourself with a steamy hammam!
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8


30th December 2015. Our Moroccan adventure concludes after breakfast. Happy travels! If you would like to extend your trip and spend New Year's Eve in Marrakech or by the coast in Essaouira, take a look at our Rock the Kasbah or Surf the New Year tour.

Rock the Kasbah

Discover impressive kasbahs, camp under Saharan stars and ring in the New Year in stunning Marrakech - a festive season to remember! Rock the Kasbah this new year, with our 10 day tour departing 23 December 2015.

Prices & Dates

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.

Single Supp.
USD $1389
USD $429
Single Supp.
USD $1389
USD $429


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

El Andalous Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 10 minutes from the airport, the El Andalous Hotel and Spa offers a welcome respite from the hubub of the city. Evoking the golden age of Arab-Andalusian culture; exotic and romantically rich. Guest rooms are well furnished with excellent en suite facilites as well as private balconies. The hotel pool is great place to relax by and enjoy a tasty beverage or two. The medina is just a 20 minute walk from here or a cab can get you there in a few minutes!

Hotel Tomboctou, Todra Gorge

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Formerly the residence of Sheikh Bassou Ou Ali, the Hotel Tomboctou is an authentic Kasbah of soil that was fully refurbished in 1994. The 14 charming rooms are blessed with typical warming Moroccan themes, are fully air conditioned and equipped with excellent en suite facilities. The refreshing outdoor pool is perfect for relaxing by and meals are served in either the tent or earthen hall. Why not try local delicacies like traditional tagine or Berber omelette? Well located close to Tinehir and popular Todra Gorge.

Trip Highlights

Marrakech - UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna (ancient medina, souks and market place)
High Atlas Mountains and views of Mt Toubkal - North Africa's highest peak
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - beginning of the Sahara
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palatial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa & Koutoubia Mosque.
Dades Gorge - valley of the roses
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Ouarzazate - home to Morocco's film industry. Opt for a visit.


7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including a traditional Berber meal in the Sahara
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Guided tour of Marrakech
Specialist local guides at some sites
All road taxes and tolls
6 nights 3 star hotel accommodation 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 mini van/touring vehicle

Not Included

Gratuity for your tour guide & driver. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.
Note: On some road journeys, the tour leader may not be in your particular vehicle
Tipping Kitty: $50 USD
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $20-30 USD


The overall tour was good and Jamal was friendly.

The only concern was the hotel could be better. They were run down and cold. I would be careful with the hotel in Marrakech, there are a couple of inappropriate people at the hotel bar.


The 2 day camel trek and camping was amazing. The best meal we had was at the hotel in Merzouga (although the heat didn't really work in that hotel). Rock climbing was amazing (although our guide forgot about it so we had to wake up really early the next day to fit it in). More local restaurants would be better - the restaurants chosen for us were a little bland. Also - our schedule was never laid out day to day so it was hard to plan what to wear or if we needed to bring toilet paper or snacks. I'd recommend a white board or poster each morning that details the time we need to leave and approximate stops and meals. Also - we didn't get any information about Morocco - we had to ask a LOT of questions to get basic facts about the stops on the tour and the local Moroccan culture. Id recommend giving the guides 5 facts or so per stop so that we can get more information on the country and the places we're visiting - or let us know ahead of time that we should do our own research. The best parts of the trip were the came ride and camp, rock climbing and visiting the souk in Marrakech. Magical.


1. Great people and good mix of nationalities, even nos. on m/f and age mix good.

2. But far to large a group which resulted in different ideas as to what to do at certain times and really restricted where we went on occasion. Jamal dealt with it all very well. Most of the group were saying it was too large. Personally I would not want more than 12 for similar trip in future, so would look for this when booking.

3. Personally I would have chosen breakfast and dinner with a short 'pic nic' style lunch. Most people also seemed to think that the long 3 course lunches took away time which could have been spent walking in various places. There was so much driving that walks were needed. Also to make contact with the landscape and people.

4. Food the most delicious I have ever tasted - bread, vegetables and oranges. All locally grown, all organic and all fed only with fertiliser from own animals. Lacking any protein for vegeatrians (2 of us). Food not so good in Marrakech.

5. Hotels all good. Breakfasts fantastic. One hotel had no heating - a great shock.

6. All additional guides and others very good.

7. Berbers/Tuareg interesting, friendly and polite.

8. Jamal good guide but too many people for him to be given much information.

9.. Extra day booked - fantastic with Jamal and mule owner alone.. En route stopped at large weekly market, etc which couldn't do with large group. Also lunch with family and Jamal enabled me to ask and learn much more. Most informative day of holiday.

10. The Marrakech guide was a nice chap and helpful and friendly when I parted from the group in pointing me in the right direction. Basically he laughed and joked and a lot of us wandered away, learnt nothing at all. Might I suggest a young student with intellectual application. Totally lacking in information even when questions asked.


Hi Charlie,

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising such a fantastic holiday. It was definitely the best trip I have ever been on and I've made some lifelong friends.

Everything was planned perfectly and it was great to sit back and go with the flow. I'll definitely be booking Egypt through On The Go later this year!

Have a great New Year.

The tour was excellent. Aziz, our guide, was marvellous - very helpful, mature, adaptable, knowledgeable and really a pleasure to talk to. Omar - the driver was great and demonstrated good knowledge of the roads. We enjoyed the whole tour.

Tour Details
23 Dec 2015
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 5

The overall tour was good and Jamal was friendly.

The only concern was the hotel could be better. They were run down and cold. I would be careful with the hotel in Marrakech, there are a couple of inappropriate people at the hotel bar.

Novie Sutandhi
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.