Rock the Kasbah - 10 Days

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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!

Day 1: Marrakech
23rd Dec 2014. 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
Day 2: Dades Gorge
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 (B, L, D)
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The beautiful scenery of Gorge Du Dades
Day 3: Xmas in Todra Gorge
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 (B, L, D)
Camel riding in the Sahara near the Erg Chebbi sand dunes
Day 4: Camel trek & Sahara
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 (B, L, D)
Day 5: Route of 1000 Kasbahs
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 (B, L, D)
The famous and beautiful kasbah Ait Benhaddou
Day 6: Ait Benhaddou
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 (B)
The fruit sellers in Djemaa el Fna
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 (B, D)
The exciting Djemma el Fna at night time
Days 8 - 9: Free time in Marrakech
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 (B:2)
Day 10: Marrakech
1st Jan 2015. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out. Happy New Year! (B)

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!
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Marrakech / Ends in: Marrakech
  • Departs: 23 December 2014
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 5
  • Hotel Rating: 3 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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