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Ouarzazate

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Ait Benhaddou Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF MOROCCO 648

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Day 1: Marrakech

Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2: Marrakech - Ouarzazate

Marrakech – Ouarzazate. Leaving Marrakech, we drive over the stunning High Atlas mountains on the way to Ouarzazate, which used to be the crossing point for African traders heading to the northern cities in Morocco, or travelling up into Europe. Ouarzazate is now the film capital of Morocco and we have the opportunity to visit the famous film studios which have been used for films such as Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights.Overnight - Hotel Oscar Ouarzazate

Day 3: Ouarzazate - Todra Gorge

Ouarzazate – Todra Gorge. We continue our journey this morning, driving on to the stunning Todra Gorge, a narrow rose red canyon with towering 300m high walls. Discover the charm of Todra today as you witness it’s ever changing colours on a light walk. There is the opportunity to partake in an afternoon session of rock climbing or (in summer) horse riding (book/pay locally). Alternatively, you could choose just to relax by the pool and soak up the atmosphere. Overnight - Todra Gorge

Day 4: Todra Gorge - Merzouga

Todra Gorge – Erg Chebbi. Crossing the Jebel Sarhro, we head down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes this morning, which signify the commencement of the mighty Sahara Desert. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening in the desert; scale the towering dunes and watch a breathtaking sunset, Before night in the auberge at the base of the dunes. Overnight -Merzouga

Day 5: Merzouga - Dades Gorge

Erg Chebbi – Dades Gorge. We leave the Sahara this morning, trekking back on our camels to the frontier point (camel HQ). We stop off at a hotel in Merzouga, to wash away the desert sand with a shower and a chance to cool off in the pool before lunch. Feeling refreshed, we travel to the beautiful Dades Gorge this afternoon, a stunning valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south, with a picturesque river meandering through the middle and kasbahs dotted on the ranges. Admire the views along the serpentine roads, stopping at several scenic spots en route for photo opportunities and perhaps a cup of mint tea as we head to our hotel. Overnight - Kasbah Tizzaouine, Dades Gorge

Day 6: Dades Gorge - Ait Benhaddou

Dades Gorge – Ait Benhaddou. This morning we head to legendary Ait Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site had been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Enjoy a guided tour of this remarkable site, exploring the ancient winding alleys, towers and kasbahs - a handful of which remain inhabited today. Explore the winding alleys and admire the wonderful views overlooking a fertile river valley and the surrounding Atlas mountains. Overnight - Ait Benhaddou

Day 7: Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech

Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. We enjoy some free time again this morning at the hotel near Ait Benhaddou, before heading on our way for an incredible journey over the Atlas mountains. Arriving late afternoon in Marrakech. This evening consider heading for dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking Djemaa el Fna, the exuberant market place which literally springs to life in the evenings. Filled with spicy aromas, exotic music, market stalls, snake charmers, magicians, storytellers and more, it is undoubtedly the liveliest and most captivating attraction in Morocco! Overnight - Marrakech

Day 8: Marrakech

Marrakech. This morning we take a guided tour around the city, exploring the winding streets and bustling souks, visiting Bahia Palace and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque - the landmark of Marrakech, which towers over the ancient medina. The afternoon is free for a spot of souvenir shopping in the souks, or a final opportunity to soak up the sunshine by the pool. Overnight - Marrakech

Day 9: Marrakech - Taghazoute

After breakfast at the hotel in Marrakech, the transport comes to take you to Sidi kakoui on the coast , where there are lovely beaches, surfing and other activities available Overnight - Riad Rebali, Taghazoute

Day 10: Taghazoute

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the Riad terrace before an action packed day of surfing! Head out to catch the early morning surf, then be rewarded with a packed lunch on the beach. Once revitalised, it’s time for another surf lesson with the team. A well-earned dinner will be served at the lodge this evening, so relax and absorb the breathtaking views. Overnight Riad Rebali

Day 11: Taghazoute - Marrakech

How you spend this morning is up to you! After breakfast at the Riad, choose from one of our optional activities or just chill out on the beach. If you just can’t get enough of surfing, why not take an optional surfing session in the morning? Or if you’d rather stay on land, you can choose to go horse riding down the Atlantic coast! Head back to the Marrakech in the private transport Overnight - Marrakech

Day 12: Marrakech

Tour arrangements finish after breakfast and hotel checkout