Active Days, Rustic Nights

Marrakech & Beyond

8 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,349  |   Guaranteed Departures  11 reviews

Experience Morocco through the expertise and passion of your local guide on this captivating 8 day group tour. From Marrakech, marvel at the beauty of Dades and Todra gorges, bed down for the night in the Sahara desert, explore medieval Ait Benhaddou and so much more. After a day of seeing the sites enjoy the comfort and amenities of your hotels, each carefully hand-selected by us for their convenience and facilities, and many meals included.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech

Saturday. Welcome to Morocco! A country steeped in history and culture. Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport to our hotel. Be sure to arrive in time for our welcome meeting at 18:00. The rest of the day is free, if time permits explore the rambling souk, local sights and Djemaa el Fna (the main square).
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Dinner

    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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Todra Gorge

Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge. After breakfast we head east and discover the stunning Todra Gorge with its 300m high cliffs towering above us. Created millions of years ago, the striking gorge snakes its way through the rugged mountain range. The final 600m of the Todra Gorge are spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160m high on each side. We will have an early lunch at a village co-operative where hundreds of handmade Berber rugs, kilims and carpets are displayed and offered for sale. Then the afternoon is free to explore the gorge, walk through the Palmerie or if you're feel active, try your hand at rock climbing (dependent upon weather conditions, book/pay locally).
Overnight: Todra Gorge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Todra Gorge
Day 4

Sahara camel trek

Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi sand dunes. 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. We camel trek across the vast desert dunes taking in the breathtaking scenery. Arriving at our simple Berber camp, we enjoy dinner and an incredible night under the Saharan stars.
Overnight: Berber Camp  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Ouarzazate

Erg Chebbi - Ouarzazate. After a stunning sunrise and a tranquil and ambient ride back to our frontier post (camel HQ) there is time to freshen up before driving to the verdant Draa valley. Besides the natural, historical and architectural wonders that the Draa Valley offers, there are also small villages along the valley where time seems to stand still, so little is the effect of modernity on them. Here, women are dressed very conservatively and fully veiled and the local men seem aloof, unaccustomed to foreign visitors. These people, besides speaking Arabic also speak their own dialect of the Berber vernacular, called Tashelhiyt.

Along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, we continue on to Ouarzazate, (pronounced as wazza-zat). 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 towns' northern limits run along the southern aspect of the High Atlas and its southern boundary disappears back into the ever present and mysterious Saharan 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. After hotel check in, consider a late afternoon swim.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Ait Benhaddou

Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. This morning you can opt to go quad bike riding or visit the film studio that produced Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights.

Arriving at nearby fortified city of Ait Benhaddou - built for defence purposes high on a hill with a bubbling steam within it shadows, the stunningly well preserved medieval city is a true highlight of our tour. Famously used as a backdrop in the film 'Gladiator', its beauty is unequal to any other fortified village in south Morocco.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Ait Benhaddou
Day 7

Djemaa el Fna

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of old Marrakech. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina and a tangle of winding streets lead to bustling souks, the focal point is the central square, 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. Towering over all this is the Koutoubia mosque, the tallest building in the city and a reminder of the importance of Islam to the lives of the city’s residents.

Spend the afternoon at leisure, pamper yourself at the local hammam or further explore the city your own way.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Marrakech

Saturday. Breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing or picking up a few last minute souvenirs. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at 12 noon.
Breakfast

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Prices & Dates

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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $590
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Pre accom Marrakech
USD $89
USD $30
Post accom Marrakech
USD $89
USD $30

FAMILY DEPARTURES: This itinerary is also offered to families with teenagers, aged 12 and above. Our tour is called 'Morocco with Teens' and is offered on the dates marked with the 'Family' icon below. To book your family on this holiday to Morocco, head to our Morocco with Teens tour page for more information.

Hotels

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.

El Andalous Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 10 minutes from the airport, the El Andalous Hotel and Spa offers a welcome respite from the hubub of the city. Evoking the golden age of Arab-Andalusian culture; exotic and romantically rich. Guest rooms are well furnished with excellent en suite facilites as well as private balconies. The hotel pool is great place to relax by and enjoy a tasty beverage or two. The medina is just a 20 minute walk from here or a cab can get you there in a few minutes!

Kasbah de la Vallee, Dades Gorge

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

Kasbah de la Vallee is decorated according to the Moroccan tradition, with patterns and colours typical of the south. The rooms are comfortable, with private bathrooms. Homemade Moroccan delicacies are served at the restaurant and created using local produce. Situated at the entrance of Dades gorge, the hotel has a fantastic view over the river Dades that runs between the high cliffs. The hotel is in front of a small stony creek where the nomads regularly come to water their herds.

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 a Moroccan kasbah, with spacious rooms. The hotel is set in exquisitely manicured gardens, which provide guests with a much needed breath of fresh air. The experience is complete with a pool and restaurant, where visitors can while away the hours in the warm, starry evenings. The hotel is on the outskirts of Ouzarzate and has numerous restaurants and shops nearby.

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 250m high
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palatial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa
Dades Gorge - imposing valley & stream cut within the mountain range
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio

Included

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners including Berber camp dinner
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Guided tour of Marrakech
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance fees to all included sites
6 nights 3 star hotel and 1 night camping - Berber desert camp in the Sahara
Camel trek into the great Sahara
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
All transportation and transfers in private 4x4 or mini van/touring vehicle
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

Gratuity for your tour guide. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Note: On some road journeys, the tour leader may not be in your particular vehicle
Tipping Kitty: USD$50, paid in USD or local currency
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: Included

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.82 out of 5 based on 11 recent reviews

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I hope I have spelt his name correctly as I saw it only once,this guy bent over backwards to help our group with anything we asked for,no task to big and with such enthusiasm and always a smile and a joke he certainly made me feel at home in Morocco,also a great big thanks to our driver,Moroccan roads and there drivers need a second sense about them to navigate the busy bustling roads and he did it incredibly. A big THANKS to all at On The Go. .

• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
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The tour was awesome! We got to see places and meet people that you just can't see with the larger tour operators. We had a nice small group of 8 people which was perfect. Our guide Brahim was brilliant. His knowledge and professionalism was second to none. Everything went smoothly and we saw some amazing sites, met some awesome people and had some incredible experiences! Also our driver Mohamed was fantastic too! Everything was perfect and can't recommend it enough! Thank you!

• Submitted 07 Mar 2016
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Thank you so much for all the work and bookings you did for my holiday in Morocco.

We had an absolutely amazing time and I would definitely recommend On The Go Tours. Our guide in Morocco, Ibrahim was fantastic - his passion and knowledge about Morocco was amazing and he really went out of his way to ensure we all have a great time.

Magdaleen Van Wyk • Submitted 21 Dec 2015

Excellent, action packed tour - whole family thoroughly enjoyed the trip - Mustapha our guide was great and coped well with dealing with missing luggage and an injury sustained by one of our fellow travellers as well as keeping us entertained and ensuring we all kept to our schedule. Very well organised tour with good accommodation and plentiful food - in fact 2 x 3 course meals a day (as well as breakfast) could be deemed as a bit too much!

• Submitted 12 Aug 2015
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The tour was amazing. I always choose On-the Go tours because they always provide a good standard of hotel, meals included and most importantly good quality guides who know the land, the history, culture and people well. I have had bad tour guides and good tours guides and Ibrihim was amazing!

• Submitted 12 May 2015
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Ibrahim has taken good care of all of us, a group of 15 people with different cultural background. He has proven knowledgeable about the Morocco sites we visited and was able to provide a good mix of activities ranging from sports, to leisure to cultural. What I liked the most was his passion for his country and the attention to the group safety and needs. We experinced the "real Morocco" by visiting local markets and real vilages. Th ehighlight was the guided tour of the desert on camels and the hotair baloon extra activity. All details were taken care of and we always felt he was in charge and did it with kindness and fun. I woudl recommend him as a tour guide anytime.

I woudl rate Ibrahim at the top of the score as well as the tour that he designed. We had atrue feel of what Morocco is like in Marrakech.

• Submitted 18 Mar 2015
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This was the most fantastic holiday we`ve ever had and we`ve had a lot. It was packed with all kinds of activities, some of which were very pleasant surprises, others we knew were happening and we were not disappointed.....a ramble through the fields to the hotel, visits to underground wells and Berber tents for mint tea, seeing how argan oil is made, a carpet weaving co-operative as well as all the great activities described on the itenary. The group, a mixture of young and old, gelled well and Ibrahim was a most excellent guide. He was well-informed, full of historical facts, pleasant to get to know and he looked after all of us in a very caring manner always aware of our safety. It was obvious that he has a great love of his country which we were privileged to witness. He most certainly enhanced our enjoyment of this holiday and was able to answer my most obscure questions in an informative way.

May I also say that the quad biking was a great experience and the people who looked after us there, were very efficient and caring of our health and safety. I loved it.

The meals were also fantastic and varied.......oh I could go on......

• Submitted 05 Mar 2015
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The tour was fantastic, it exceeded all my hopes, and Mustapha our guide was absolutely brilliant, he was warm, personable, friendly and gave us his full support and attention.

• Submitted 24 Nov 2014
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We just loved the tour. Beautiful scenery. Loved the Sahara Desert visit.

Having a small group is excellent.

Both guide and driver were wonderful.

• Submitted 22 Nov 2014
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This fulfilled all our hopes and more. Our travel in an air conditioned minibus was with an excellent driver (Ammad), who made us all feel safe despite the hairpin bends. Mustapha was patient with our endless questions, helpful and had a good sense of humour. He kept everything on schedule, and was flexible to the needs of the group eg arranging an extra shower for us after the desert. He was able to transition between languages and cultures with ease, one minute talking in French or English, and the next, joining the other Berber musicians in the desert. The extra guides were informative, fun and helpful too. We learned and saw so much, eating great food at every meal time. This was a safe way to access Morrocan culture, and Mustapha was a reassuring presence who made this possible.

• Submitted 19 Nov 2014
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Tour Details
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 6
Extra Tour Info
Visiting the Sahara
Our guide to visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco

I hope I have spelt his name correctly as I saw it only once,this guy bent over backwards to help our group with anything we asked for,no task to big and with such enthusiasm and always a smile and a joke he certainly made me feel at home in Morocco,also a great big thanks to our driver,Moroccan roads and there drivers need a second sense about them to navigate the busy bustling roads and he did it incredibly. A big THANKS to all at On The Go. .

Adrian Simm
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