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Arrival in Marrakech airport where you will be met by the guide and transferred to your hotel or Riad in the centre of town. Explore the vibrant Djemaa el-Fna square in the evening with the snake charmers, story tellers, food stalls and souks all in full swing.
This morning explore Marrakech, taking in all of the highlights of the Medina (old city centre) - the Koutoubia Mosque, palaces, souks and the old mellah (Jewish quartier). In the afternoon perhaps a visit to the peaceful Jardins de Majorelle to relax.
An early start today with a pick up from the mountain guide at your hotel to take you towards the desert. From the flat plain of Haouz, the route climbs southwards and up to the passes of the High Atlas mountains. Along twisty roads with marvellous views before descending to the rocky red foothills near Ouarzazate. En route to Ouarzazate we visit Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified city.
The journey continues along the valley of the Roses and the Skoura oasis, passing Amerdhil Kasbah. Stop for lunch in the scenic gorge du Dades before continuing towards the Sarhro mountains and the first signs of the Sahara. Along the route there are Khettara , the ancient wells dug by the nomads to find water, now dry. Finally we reach Merzouga at the foot of the great sand dune Erg Chebbi. Time to watch the sun set and the sand change colour as night falls.
Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure. Perhaps climb up Erg Chebbi before dawn to see the sunrise over the dunes, or a lie in and take a camel trek across the rolling sand dunes, in the afternoon.
Take a long but very scenic drive today, heading north from the desert and up into the High Atlas past the Gorge du Ziz. Past Midelt, the route crosses a plain where Nomads of the tribe Ait Atta Tafoukht can be seen pitching their tents and finding grazing for their camels and goats. The road carries on over the next set of mountains – the Middle Atlas and another facet of morocco is seen, the Cedar forests. Finally we descend into Ifrane and carry onto Fes.
From Fes, take the road up along the foothills of the high Atlas to beni mellal, then a spectacular road to the valley of Ait Bougamez in the middle of the High Atlas.
Day to trek to Rbat over a small ridge and to Iskattaffen. The trek will include a mule to carry picnic lunch and luggage.
A chance to trek down through the orchards and valleys of Bougamez through berber villages to the Apple orchard centre of Agouti. Back to the Kasbah for the night.
Today we travel from Ait Bougamez to Azilal and down to the plain of haouz to Marrakech for the night.
From Marrakech, a bus trip across the plains to the coastal town of Essaouira, and a chance to see the medina, harbour and beach.
Free day in Essaouira.
A morning in Essaouira and then return to Marrakech by bus in the afternoon.
Departure to the airport.
Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...