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Rock the Kasbah

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10 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,529  |   Guaranteed Departures 

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!

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech

23 Dec 2016. 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

    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

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, music and a night under the Saharan stars, before retiring to our tents for the evening. Wrap up warm!

If you would prefer the comfort of a hotel with en-suite facilities this evening, opt for our Sahara Hotel Upgrade .
Overnight: Merzouga  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

    Ait Benhaddou
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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

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  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 10

Marrakech

01 Jan 2017. Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out. Happy New Year!
Breakfast

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!

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.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1529
USD $449
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1529
USD $449
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1529
USD $449

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.

Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set amongst lush gardens, the Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis is a modern establishment just a short drive from the medina. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and all come with a private balcony. The grounds of the hotel also include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and French bowls. Meals are served in a selection of restaurants including the Chellah and Oasis restaurants which specialise in Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine.

Kasbah Tizzaouirine , Dades Gorge

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Overlooking Oued Dades, Kasbah Tizzarouine offers rustic Moroccan accommodation. Guest rooms vary from the quirky cave rooms to the more palatial Berber suites. The hotel also includes an outdoor pool and seating on a beautiful terrace giving great panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valley. Staff at the Kasbah are very helpful and the restaurant comes with great recommendations. Those who are in to local music can enjoy and join in with drumming sessions that take place each night.

Hotel Saghro, Todra Gorge

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just a 10 minute walk from Tinghir Park and Resistance Plaza, Hotel Sagho is a traditional Moroccan hotel. Guest rooms are comfortable with authentic Moroccan decor and private balconies. Some have great views of Todra Gorge. An outdoor pool is a refreshing treat in the Moroccan heat. Complimentary wi-fi is available throughout and an american style breakfast is served on the terrace every morning.

Desert Camp, Merzouga

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Set amongst the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi, the Berber camp is designed with a traditional Moroccan theme. The permanent tents include multiple beds and electricity (after night fall) Camping out in the desert is a wonderful experience, due to the lack of light pollution, the stars come out in abundance and really are a sight to behold.

La Perle Du Sud, Ouarzazate

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A comfortable hotel emanating authenticity from it's show of modern art to traditional features and furniture.

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 150m high
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palacial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa & Koutoubia Mosque
Dades Gorge - ‘Valley of the Roses and Jebel Sarhro
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio

Included

9 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including a traditional Berber meal at our Sahara camp
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Todra Gorge walk
Guided sightseeing of Merzouga, Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge, Ait Benhaddou and Marrakech
Specialist local guides at some sites
8 nights 3 star accommodation, 1 night Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert. (Hotel Upgrade available).
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
Camel trek into the great Sahara and a hike in Midelt
Escorted by a licenced English speaking Moroccan tour guide
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

International flights and visa
Note: On some road journeys, the tour leader may not be in your particular vehicle
Tipping Kitty: USD$55, paid in USD or local currency
Gratuity for your tour guide & driver. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance Fees: USD$25-30, paid in USD or local currency

Reviews

The camel trek into the Sahara & Berber Camp were excellent. New Years at Djama el Fna in Marrakech was the best!

Lauren Guy • Submitted 17 Jan 2012

This is my 4th On the Go trip. The meals were great and by far the best experience was the camel trek into the Sahara. Our guide made us all feel like part of one big Moroccan family!

Esra Poyraz • Submitted 17 Jan 2012

I did Egypt with you previously and really loved it. The highlight of this trip was certainly the camel trek and the sand dunes. I'll definitely be travelling again!

Phillip Pienaar • Submitted 17 Dec 2011

A great trip! I loved the camel trek into the Sahara and the overnight camp. Our guide Bubkah was helpful, ever so kind and gave just the right amount of information. Thanks for a great New Year!

Karina Botrel • Submitted 17 Dec 2011

Fantastic tour, spending xmas in todra gorge was surreal & beautiful and certainly makes a change! The guides were great and the group was an excellent mix. Thanks to all! :o)

Aliya Castelman • Submitted 27 Jan 2010

Thankyou Brahmin & Webrahaim & Lassen! Great trip :o) Sweet as Bro!

Isabel Faulkner • Submitted 12 Jan 2010

Hi Janet,

I just came back from Rock the Kasbah trip in Morocco. One of the best Xmas & NY I've ever had!

Trekking the desert and spending the night at berber camp was such a unique experience.

Will surely recommend on the Go to my friends and i am looking forward to my next tour with you!

Nathan O'Dwyer • Submitted 29 Dec 2008

Tour Details
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
23 Dec 2016
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 5

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Visiting the Sahara
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The camel trek into the Sahara & Berber Camp were excellent. New Years at Djama el Fna in Marrakech was the best!

Lauren Guy
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