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Rock the Kasbah - 10 Days

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!

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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 - 4 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
Escorted by a licensed 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$80, 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

Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech

23 December 2019. 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

Ouarzazate

Marrakech - Ouarzazate. Leaving Marrakech, we travel over the High Atlas Mountains and onwards to Morocco’s film capital – Ouarzazate, which has been the film location to many Hollywood blockbusters including James Bond, The Mummy and Game of Thrones. On arrival we have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the centre, perhaps venture to the edge of the city to explore the maze of rooms and passageways at Taourirt Kasbah.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Xmas in Todra Gorge

Ouarzazate - Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge. Merry Christmas! The morning is spent at Dades Gorge where you can choose to trek or relax. After lunch we visit to a traditional Berber home where the semi nomadic family have set up a co-operative for the trade of carpets, kilims and handicrafts for all the rural communities across the Atlas. The remainder of the afternoon is spent taking in the remarkable and sheer brilliance of Todra Gorge, opt to go rock climbing (subject to weather conditions, book and pay locally) or just relax and enjoy the day with a great Xmas dinner in the beautiful surroundings.
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

Agdz

Erg Chebbi - Agdz. Today we travel through Mercissi and Nkob in the Saghro Moutain region, passing the incredible rock formations and wells that have been dug over centuries by the nomads to get access to water, along the way. Onwards to the small town of Agdz, with its Palmeries, ancient Kasbahs and incredible views of Jebel Kissane Mountain. This evening we enjoy a group meal together.
Overnight: Agdz  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Ait Benhaddou

Agdz - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. This morning we drive onwards to the legendary Ait Benhaddou.

Ait Benhaddou - a ‘fortified city’ situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, boasts some beautiful examples of ancient kasbahs. Only a handful of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, this incredible site had been the setting for many films including Gladiator. After exploring Ait Benhaddou we travel back to Marrakech.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

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 January 2020. 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 New Year's in Morocco 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 New Year's in Morocco tour with New Year's Eve arrangements in coastal Essaouira!

Prices & Dates

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

Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
New Years Tour
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2019
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23 Dec - 01 Jan 15% offXmas departure, book early!
Xmas departure, book early!
New Years Tour
New Years Tour
USD $1,195
USD $1,016

USD $440
2020
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23 Dec - 01 Jan Xmas departure, book early!
Xmas departure, book early!
New Years Tour
New Years Tour
USD $1,195
USD $440

Extra Prices

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Pre Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $120
USD $50
Post Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $120
USD $50

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.

Dellarosa Hotel Suites & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a short walk from the medina, Dellarosa Hotel Suites & Spa tastefully blends modern architecture with Moroccan authenticity. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with comfortable beds and excellent en suite facilities. The hotel also has a restaurant Organza serving up a delicious array of Moroccan and International dishes as well as a bar for a tasty beverage or two. Those looking for some pampering should head to the onsite spa and wellness centre.

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.

Adam Park Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Guests can expect a very comfortable stay at the Adam Park Hotel & Spa. Each of the elegant rooms feature a patio or balcony with views of the surrounding area. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Several restaurants offer a variety of options including Italian specialities, Moroccan favourites and international cuisine. There are also plenty of ways to unwind after a day exploring Marrakech, with an outdoor pool, fitness centre and a spa offering rejuvenating massage treatments.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4 out of 5 based on 2 recent reviews

A great experience, first group tour I have done in years and it was surprisingly good. Loved Marrakech and would recommend it as a travel destination for sure. Right from booking to the tour guide, everything was professional and everyone was friendly and helpful. Food was average but that was not an issue for me personally. Great shopping destination and on your free days definitely visit the Yves St Laurent Museum and Gardens.

• Submitted 12 Jan 2019
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This was an amazing tour. My first time in Africa, I was unsure what to expect. My entire trip went smoothly with with On the Go. The country is beautiful, the tour guide and group were amazing. I would not hesitate to go back to this country or book another tour with this company.

• Submitted 20 Jan 2017
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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 • 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

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
23 Dec 2019
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
Our guide to visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco
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2nd January 2018

A great experience, first group tour I have done in years and it was surprisingly good. Loved Marrakech and would recommend it as a travel destination for sure. Right from booking to the tour guide, everything was professional and everyone was friendly and helpful. Food was average but that was not an issue for me personally. Great shopping destination and on your free days definitely visit the Yves St Laurent Museum and Gardens.

Kim Macquet
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