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.
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
This morning we take a stunning drive towards Erg Chebbi, stopping by a 14th century irrigation well and intricate network of canals on the way where we learn how the wells are made. Later we stop for a fantastic Moroccan lunch and 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, Lunch, Dinner
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 for a lunch stop at Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. In the afternoon we continue to famous Ait Benhaddou. One of Morocco's most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited.
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today is a free day to explore Essaouira, this colourful fishing town dating back to the 15th century when the Portuguese forst fortified it has great beaches and fantastic surfing. You can relax on the beach or if you fancy getting out and about then explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. All of the city gates lead to the medina, so it's unlikely you will get lost.
The beach sits in front of the Medina and there are a plethora of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists’ shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets. There is also the opportunity to do some optional activities, such as quad biking, surfing, horse trekking and wind surfing or you can just simply sit on the beach and relax!
Overnight: Essaouira | Breakfast
Back to Marrakech
After breakfast we return to our hotel in Marrakech for our final night. Once here, we will get some free time to relax at the hotel before we start our guided city tour late this afternoon. We end the day our last group meal in the famous Djemaa El Fna, the legendary main square full of acrobats, snake charmers, juice sellers and various al fresco restaurants.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast, Dinner
Our tour ends after breakfast with check out at the hotel.
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!
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!
Les Jardins , Ouarzazate
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
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.
Hotel Miramar, Essaouira
Enjoying an enviable location just a 15-minute walk from the beach and some of the city’s key sights, Hotel Miramar combines 4-star comfort with local convenience. Each of the 45 guest rooms’ benefit from a separate sitting area, room service and satellite television, there’s also free WiFi throughout the property. After a day of sightseeing guests can unwind in the on-site spa, which offers a variety of treatments, or those that prefer to relax during the day can opt to head to the hotel’s private sand beach.
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.