Active Days, Rustic Nights

Marrakech, Beach & Beyond

8 days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,349  |   Guaranteed Departures 

Spend 8 days exploring Morocco. From Marrakech explore Ouarzazate, take a camel ride into the Sahara, camp under the stars and discover fascinating Ait Benhaddou. Finish off with two nigths of beach side bliss in coastal Essaouira before returning to Marrakech.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

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

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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, 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

Day 4

Todra Gorge & Ait Benhaddou

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

Day 5

Essaouira

Today we leave Ait Benhaddou as we pass over the beautiful and dramatic Atlas Mountains as we head to our next destination - Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast.
Overnight: Essaouira  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Essaouira

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

Day 7

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

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.

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

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2017
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Marakech, Beach & Beyond: private Tour Supplment
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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.

Hotel Miramar, Essaouira

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

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
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio or go quad biking
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palatial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - reaching some 250m high
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city

Included

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including Berber camp dinner
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Guided tour of Marrakech & Ait Benhaddou
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance fees to all included sites
6 nights 3 star hotel and 1 night camping - Berber desert camp in the Sahara
Camel trek into the great Sahara
Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
All transportation and transfers in private 4x4 or mini van/touring vehicle
All road taxes and tolls

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
Tour Details
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: 4, Dinner: 4
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