23 December 2017. Welcome to Morocco! Arrival transfer from
Marrakech airport to our hotel. This evening (at 19:00) our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
Marrakech - Dades Gorge. Leaving Marrakech, we drive through the Dades Gorge, an awesome valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south. Berbers built many kasbahs in the vicinity of gorges for defense purposes. These many kasbahs, combined with their stunning setting, make this a beautiful region through which to travel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Dades Gorge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Crossing the Jebel Sarhro, we head down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which signify the start of the mighty Sahara Desert. 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 soak up the breathtaking 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. If you would prefer the comfort of a hotel with en-suite facilities this evening, opt for our Sahara Hotel Upgrade .
Overnight: Erg Chebbi | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Erg Chebbi - Ouarzazate. After a stunning sunrise and our camel ride back to the frontier post (camel HQ) there is time to freshen up before driving to the verdant Draa valley, along the route of 1000 Kasbahs.
Besides the natural, historical and architectural wonders that the Draa Valley offers, there are also small villages along the valley where time appears to have stood still. We continue on to Ouarzazate, where African traders once stopped on their journeys up to Europe.
Overnight: Ouarzazate | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. In the morning either visit the Ouarzazate film studio that produced Lawrence of Arabia or opt to go Quad Biking (book and pay locally) before driving onward 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
This morning we tour magical Marrakech, an exotic pink city of snake charmers, steamy hammams, bustling souks and hidden palaces. The focal point and highlight of the city is the Koutoubia mosque and Djemaa el Fna - the central square, which is an extraordinary market place full of colour, music, spicy aromas and traders. Best seen in the evening when the square is overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists.
This afternoon and evening is free for you to explore independently, soak up the incredible atmosphere and test your bartering skills in the souks. Perhaps pamper yourself with a steamy hammam!
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast, Dinner
30 December 2017. Our Moroccan adventure concludes after breakfast. Happy travels! If you would like to extend your trip and spend New Year's Eve in Marrakech or by the coast in Essaouira, take a look at our Rock the Kasbah or Surf the New Year tour.
Rock the Kasbah
Discover impressive kasbahs, camp under Saharan stars and ring in the New Year in stunning Marrakech - a festive season to remember! Rock the Kasbah this new year, with our 10 day tour departing 23 December 2015.
Prices & Dates
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis, Marrakech
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
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 Tomboctou, Todra Gorge
Formerly the residence of Sheikh Bassou Ou Ali, the Hotel Tomboctou is an authentic Kasbah of soil that was fully refurbished in 1994. The 14 charming rooms are blessed with typical warming Moroccan themes, are fully air conditioned and equipped with excellent en suite facilities. The refreshing outdoor pool is perfect for relaxing by and meals are served in either the tent or earthen hall. Guests are invited to try some local delicacies like traditional tagine or Berber omelette. The accommodation is well located close to Tinehir and the popular Todra Gorge.
Desert Camp, Erg Chebbi
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.
La Perle Du Sud, Ouarzazate
A comfortable hotel emanating authenticity from it's show of modern art to traditional features and furniture.
El Andalous Hotel & Spa, Marrakech
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!
Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in Morocco, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
The trip was fabulous !! Combination of a wonderful tour group and Jamal's tour leadership. I laughed more in a one week trip than I had the rest of 2016. Highlights were the camel ride, the quad biking, and the dancing at a couple of the hotels.
Jamal was very attuned to the group. He realized we were all tired of tagine so at the next lunch spot he made arrangements for skewers.
He could be silly and joke with us (especially Victor), but was serious when necessary. He is very knowledgeable about his homeland and proud of his Berber heritage.
A little too much time on the bus, but not unexpected given how much territory we covered in a relatively short time. Jamal even made that fun by providing yummy cookies and other treats during the long rides.
Jamal obviously loves his job and brought a lot of positive energy to the group, He was always upbeat (even when it was like "herding cats" and I like one of his sayings that every problem there are many solutions.
Will definitely use On the Go again and am optimistic that every trip has a "Jamal" !!
Great country, great tour and great guide. Really enjoyed it and Jamaal was one of the best guides I have had on a trip like this. ”
I had a fantastic time on the tour, it was exactly what I needed. Jamal the tour guide was fantastic, nothing was too much he made it so much fun but also giving out so much information and cared about each persons needs. Having an authentic Berber doing the tour was essential as he could talk with real passion.
There was a lot of time in the bus but there was no other way to get to each destination, the views were incredible, most of the hotels were great, the swimming pool a little cold!
The night in the Sahara was a highlight and would have been nice to be there a little longer.
The tour around Marrakesh was excellent and again Jamal found an excellent hammam for us to visit.”
The best trip I had so far! Jamal is amazing, he made this trip so special. No task was too small or to big for him and always did everything he could to make sure we where having a good time. ”
Overall the tour was amazing and great value for money. Both our guide and driver were a pleasure to spend time with. Morocco was wonderful - my only wish was that we had not spent quite so much time on the bus and more time exploring. ”
I have had a fantastic time in morocco, many thanks for the great trip! ”
The overall tour was good and Jamal was friendly.
The only concern was the hotel could be better. They were run down and cold. I would be careful with the hotel in Marrakech, there are a couple of inappropriate people at the hotel bar. ”
The 2 day camel trek and camping was amazing. The best meal we had was at the hotel in Merzouga (although the heat didn't really work in that hotel). Rock climbing was amazing (although our guide forgot about it so we had to wake up really early the next day to fit it in). More local restaurants would be better - the restaurants chosen for us were a little bland. Also - our schedule was never laid out day to day so it was hard to plan what to wear or if we needed to bring toilet paper or snacks. I'd recommend a white board or poster each morning that details the time we need to leave and approximate stops and meals. Also - we didn't get any information about Morocco - we had to ask a LOT of questions to get basic facts about the stops on the tour and the local Moroccan culture. Id recommend giving the guides 5 facts or so per stop so that we can get more information on the country and the places we're visiting - or let us know ahead of time that we should do our own research. The best parts of the trip were the came ride and camp, rock climbing and visiting the souk in Marrakech. Magical.”
1. Great people and good mix of nationalities, even nos. on m/f and age mix good.
2. But far to large a group which resulted in different ideas as to what to do at certain times and really restricted where we went on occasion. Jamal dealt with it all very well. Most of the group were saying it was too large. Personally I would not want more than 12 for similar trip in future, so would look for this when booking.
3. Personally I would have chosen breakfast and dinner with a short 'pic nic' style lunch. Most people also seemed to think that the long 3 course lunches took away time which could have been spent walking in various places. There was so much driving that walks were needed. Also to make contact with the landscape and people.
4. Food the most delicious I have ever tasted - bread, vegetables and oranges. All locally grown, all organic and all fed only with fertiliser from own animals. Lacking any protein for vegeatrians (2 of us). Food not so good in Marrakech.
5. Hotels all good. Breakfasts fantastic. One hotel had no heating - a great shock.
6. All additional guides and others very good.
7. Berbers/Tuareg interesting, friendly and polite.
8. Jamal good guide but too many people for him to be given much information.
9.. Extra day booked - fantastic with Jamal and mule owner alone.. En route stopped at large weekly market, etc which couldn't do with large group. Also lunch with family and Jamal enabled me to ask and learn much more. Most informative day of holiday.
10. The Marrakech guide was a nice chap and helpful and friendly when I parted from the group in pointing me in the right direction. Basically he laughed and joked and a lot of us wandered away, learnt nothing at all. Might I suggest a young student with intellectual application. Totally lacking in information even when questions asked. ”
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising such a fantastic holiday. It was definitely the best trip I have ever been on and I've made some lifelong friends.
Everything was planned perfectly and it was great to sit back and go with the flow. I'll definitely be booking Egypt through On The Go later this year!
Have a great New Year. ”
Great country, great tour and great guide. Really enjoyed it and Jamaal was one of the best guides I have had on a trip like this. ”