Over Land, Under Stars
FROM: USD $1,345

Marrakech, Beach & Beyond - 8 days

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 nights of beach side bliss in coastal Essaouira before returning to Marrakech.

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Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Essaouira - ancient medina, wind swept beaches and current day fishing village
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
Marrakech - UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna, (explored independently from 2018)
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

Included

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 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

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

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.

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USD $89
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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.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.71 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews

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The tour was fantastic, and our guide Mostapha was such a gem. He was resourceful, fun, and knowledgeable. The whole experience was such a pleasure!

• Submitted 03 Apr 2017
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I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend On the Go Tours

• Submitted 25 Mar 2017
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I hope I have spelt his name correctly as I saw it only once,this guy bent over backwards to help our group with anything we asked for,no task to big and with such enthusiasm and always a smile and a joke he certainly made me feel at home in Morocco,also a great big thanks to our driver,Moroccan roads and there drivers need a second sense about them to navigate the busy bustling roads and he did it incredibly. A big THANKS to all at On The Go. .

• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
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The tour was awesome! We got to see places and meet people that you just can't see with the larger tour operators. We had a nice small group of 8 people which was perfect. Our guide Brahim was brilliant. His knowledge and professionalism was second to none. Everything went smoothly and we saw some amazing sites, met some awesome people and had some incredible experiences! Also our driver Mohamed was fantastic too! Everything was perfect and can't recommend it enough! Thank you!

• Submitted 07 Mar 2016
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Thank you so much for all the work and bookings you did for my holiday in Morocco.

We had an absolutely amazing time and I would definitely recommend On The Go Tours. Our guide in Morocco, Ibrahim was fantastic - his passion and knowledge about Morocco was amazing and he really went out of his way to ensure we all have a great time.

Magdaleen Van Wyk • Submitted 21 Dec 2015

Excellent, action packed tour - whole family thoroughly enjoyed the trip - Mustapha our guide was great and coped well with dealing with missing luggage and an injury sustained by one of our fellow travellers as well as keeping us entertained and ensuring we all kept to our schedule. Very well organised tour with good accommodation and plentiful food - in fact 2 x 3 course meals a day (as well as breakfast) could be deemed as a bit too much!

• Submitted 12 Aug 2015
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The tour was amazing. I always choose On-the Go tours because they always provide a good standard of hotel, meals included and most importantly good quality guides who know the land, the history, culture and people well. I have had bad tour guides and good tours guides and Ibrihim was amazing!

• Submitted 12 May 2015
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Ibrahim has taken good care of all of us, a group of 15 people with different cultural background. He has proven knowledgeable about the Morocco sites we visited and was able to provide a good mix of activities ranging from sports, to leisure to cultural. What I liked the most was his passion for his country and the attention to the group safety and needs. We experinced the "real Morocco" by visiting local markets and real vilages. Th ehighlight was the guided tour of the desert on camels and the hotair baloon extra activity. All details were taken care of and we always felt he was in charge and did it with kindness and fun. I woudl recommend him as a tour guide anytime.

I woudl rate Ibrahim at the top of the score as well as the tour that he designed. We had atrue feel of what Morocco is like in Marrakech.

• Submitted 18 Mar 2015
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The tour was really great. Mustapha was a really informative, happy and personable guide. He is a tribute to your company. Our driver was fabulous. I felt completely safe the whole time and comfortable. I really enjoyed this tour and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Thank for such a great experience.

Roxanne Godfrey • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

This trip has been a wonderful experience. Morocco is an amazing country and Brahim has been an excellent tour guide.

Belinda Higgins • Submitted 27 Oct 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
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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1st March 2017

The tour was fantastic, and our guide Mostapha was such a gem. He was resourceful, fun, and knowledgeable. The whole experience was such a pleasure!

Meredith Salisbury