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Welcome to magical Morocco! Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport to our hotel in the centre of town.
Driving through the striking Dades Valley, which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south, we reach the Dades Gorge - an area with beautiful towering red cliffs, winding streams and ancient kasbahs.
Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge. The morning is spent at Dades Gorge where you can choose to go on a trek or relax. Next head to the spectacular Todra Gorge. This rugged red canyon is just 10m wide at its narrowest point, with its cliff walls towering above at 300m high and a small glacier stream flowing through it. Relax a while or opt to scale the cliffs with a spot of rock climbing, or if its summer go horse riding.
Crossing Jebel Sarhro, we drive to the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which signify the start of the mighty Sahara Desert. On camel-back, we trek into the vast and silent Sahara, to a Berber camp. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Berber meal and sleep under the Saharan stars!
Leaving the desert, we travel through the verdant Draa valley, along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, a beautiful landscape. We continue on to Ouarzazate, which African traders once used on their journeys up to Europe. It has also been used as a film set, for Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights
In the morning we can opt to go quad biking or visit the film studio that produced Lawrence of Arabia (payable locally). We then head to Ait Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and boasts some beautiful examples of kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site had been the setting for many films including Gladiator. After exploring the area we travel onward Marrakech.
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina lies a reality that is not that far removed from an exotic film set. 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.
This morning we head for the coast. Made famous by Jimi Hendrix with a laid-back feel Essaouira is Morocco’s hippest coastal town. The windswept fishing port, broad beaches and ancient walled medina with ramparts built into the cliff have long been a favourite refuge for artists, sculptors, food lovers, surfers and backpackers.
Enjoy a few free days relaxing on the beach, topping up your tan, shopping in the quaint village souk or choose from a number of exciting optional activities such as quad biking, horse riding, surfing or wind surfing available about town.
Today is the end of your Moroccan adventure. Early morning we head back to Marrakech for your onward flight home.
Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town ...