FROM: USD $945

Marrakech & Beyond - 8 Days

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 Todra gorge, 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.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

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

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

Itinerary

If looking to travel in 2018, please see our Marrakech, Beach and Beyond tour.

Day 1

Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Marrakech International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Why not relax by the pool before the pre-departure meeting at 18.00 where you will meet your fellow travellers.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Dinner

Day 2

Ouarzazate

After breakfast we head south to the film capital of North Africa - Ouarzazate. After a local lunch we have the chance to take an optional tour of the film studios - famous for many blockbusters including Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ and James Bond's - The Living Daylights! We can also opt to go quad biking and further explore the town.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Into the Sahara

This morning we take a stunning drive towards Erg Chebbi. Later we stop for a relaxing swim. Afterwards we head to Merzouga before transfering to our camels for a trek into the Sahara. We spend the night at our traditional Berber Camp. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars.
Overnight: Erg Chebbi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Todra Gorge

After a tasty breakfast in the Sahara we climb back on board our trusty camels and head out of the Sahara. Once out of the sand we get back on the road, stopping to explore ancient irrigation wells run which have been created from an intricate network of underground canals, dating back to the 14th century they run for more than 300km all the way from the Atlas mountains to the Sahara. We arrive into Todra Gorge this afternoon, where we will enjoy lunch at our hotel. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon.

Later this afternoon we'll have the opportunity to explore the the gorge or even take part in some optional Rock Climbing. We'll then continue to Tizgui, this beautiful old village is home to a local carpet cooperative, where you'll be able to see how traditional Berber rugs are made.
Overnight: Todra Gorge  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Ait Benhaddou

Enjoy a leisurely morning before we depart Todra for Ait Benhaddou. Making our way through the stunning landscape along the route that is often labeled 'the road of a thousand Kasbahs' we will first stop at Kasbah Amridil. This is one the best preserved Kasbahs in Morocco and at one time featured on the 50 Dirham note.

Arriving at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou this afternoon we enjoy lunch before taking a guided tour of the Ksar. This traditional pre saharan habitat is a a maze of tightly packed houses offering defence from the outside with adding reinforcement coming from the 4 large corner towers. This evening we will enjoy dinner together, soaking in the atmosphere and enchantment of this incredible place.
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Crossing the High Atlas Mountains

This morning we traverse the towering High Atlas Mountains en route to Marrakech. Arriving into Marrakech this afternoon you can enjoy an optional guided tour of Marrakech with a local payment of 100 Dirhams per person, alternatively you can explore the city yourself or relax by the pool. Marrakech has some amazing places to explore, the winding streets and bustling souks, visiting Bahia Palace, the Jewish Quarter and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque - the landmark of Marrakech, which towers over the ancient Medina. This evening is free for you to explore the lively hustle and bustle of Djemaa El Fna square or simply relax at the hotel.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Marrakech

Early this morning there is the option to start the day with an awe-inspiring hot air balloon ride. Alternatively you can have a relaxing morning before enjoying some free time to further explore Marrakech.

This evening we come together as a group for a sumptuous group meal in the exciting and exotic Djemaa El Fna square.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Marrakech

Our tour ends after breakfast with check out at the hotel.
Breakfast

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.

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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!

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.

Desert Camp, Erg Chebbi

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Free Camp

Camping out in the Sahara Desert is an incredible experience, enabling you to sit on top of a dune to watch the setting sun, sit around a camp fire for dinner and lie back and see the stars. No alcohol.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
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: 3, Dinner: 6
Visiting
Countries

Extra Tour Info

Visiting the Sahara
Our guide to visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco
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