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Rock the Kasbah

10 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,599  |   Guaranteed Departure 

A Christmas of changing colours at Todra Gorge, impressive Kasbahs at Aït Benhaddou, camping under Saharan stars and ringing in the New Year in enchanting Marrakech, Guaranteed to be a festive season to remember!

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Day 1

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

    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. Merry Christmas! The morning is spent at Dades Gorge where you can choose to partake in a leisurely walk/hike through the simple local villages and foothills of the gorge or spend the morning at leisure. After a hearty lunch we drive onward to Todra Gorge.

Arriving at Todra Gorge we spend the remains of the day exploring the spectacular site, from its plunging depths to its awesome heights. Witness its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. For those feeling active, there is the option to rock climb (subject to weather conditions, payable locally).
Overnight: Todra Gorge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi. 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. Mounting our camels, we trek across the vast rolling dunes of the Sahara and take in the breath-taking 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: Sahara Desert Camp  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Berber Camp - Ouarzazate. Leaving the desert, we travel along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, continuing on to Ouarzazate, (pronounced as wazzazat). 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 town's northern limits run along the southern aspect of the High Atlas and its southern boundary disappears back into the vast Sahara 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.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. This morning there is the option to visit the film studio or go quad biking (payable locally). This afternoon we head to Ait Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is located on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and boasts some beautiful examples of ancient kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site had been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Late this afternoon we travel back to Marrakech.
Overnight: High Atlas  |  Breakfast

    Ait Benhaddou
Day 7
Djemaa el Fna

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech and the afternoon is free to independently explore. The focal point of Marrakech is the central square - Djemaa el Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders, Djemaa el Fna is best seen in the evening, illuminated against a backdrop of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains, when it's overflowing with food stalls, snake charmers, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. Towering over all this is the Koutoubia mosque, the tallest building in the city.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 8-9

Two days of free time to explore Marrakech independently. Perhaps try a hammam and practice your bargaining skills in the souks. On New Years Eve there is the option to get together for dinner (and a few drinks) in a local restaurant to celebrate the coming of the New Year.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 10

1st Jan 2016. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out. Happy New Year!
Breakfast

New Year's Eve - beach side!

If bringing or singing in the New Year beachside is more your style, try our Surf the New Year tour. Trek the foothills of the Atlas, snap up some bargains in the souks of Marrakech and lap up the sunshine, surf and sea breeze this new year at Essaouira - the hippest beachside hideaway in all of Morocco! Check out our Surf the New Year tour with New Year's Eve arrangments in coastal Essaouira!

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.

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

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

Superior
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
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
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

The hotel El Andalous is with a Moorish decor and sumptuous gardens and it evokes the golden age of Arab-Andalusian culture; exotic and romantically rich. This distinguished hotel opens onto a landscaped garden which is a haven of scents and colors.

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.

Desert Camp, Merzouga
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Camping out in the desert is a wonderful experience, seeing the myriad of stars in the sky.

Les Jardins , Ouarzazate
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A fairly new hotel in Ouarzazate, the Hotel les Jardins is in the traditional style of Kasbah, with spacious rooms. The hotel is set in manicured gardens.

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 150m high
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palacial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa & Koutoubia Mosque
Dades Gorge - ‘Valley of the Roses and Jebel Sarhro
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio

Included

[NEW INCLUSION]
8 nights 3 star accommodation, 1 night camping
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned mini van/touring vehicle
Camel trek into the great Sahara
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
All road taxes and tolls
9 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including a traditional Berber meal at our Sahara camp
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Todra Gorge walk
Guided tour of Marrakech
Specialist local guides at some sites

Not Included

International flights and visa
Note: On some road journeys, the tour leader may not be in your particular vehicle
Tipping Kitty: $50 USD
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.
Entrance Fees: $20-30 USD

The camel trek into the Sahara & Berber Camp were excellent. New Years at Djama el Fna in Marrakech was the best!

Lauren Guy

This is my 4th On the Go trip. The meals were great and by far the best experience was the camel trek into the Sahara. Our guide made us all feel like part of one big Moroccan family!

Esra Poyraz

I did Egypt with you previously and really loved it. The highlight of this trip was certainly the camel trek and the sand dunes. I'll definitely be travelling again!

Phillip Pienaar

A great trip! I loved the camel trek into the Sahara and the overnight camp. Our guide Bubkah was helpful, ever so kind and gave just the right amount of information. Thanks for a great New Year!

Karina Botrel

Fantastic tour, spending xmas in todra gorge was surreal & beautiful and certainly makes a change! The guides were great and the group was an excellent mix. Thanks to all! :o)

Aliya Castelman

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.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $1599
USD $499
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $1599
USD $499
Tour Details
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
23 Dec 2015
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 5

The camel trek into the Sahara & Berber Camp were excellent. New Years at Djama el Fna in Marrakech was the best!

Lauren Guy
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