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FROM: £1,475 pp

PRIVATE TOUR: Soak up the atmosphere of Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna, explore Ait Benhaddou and the legendary fortified Kasbah, star gaze in the vast and silent Sahara Desert and step back in time exploring the world's oldest medieval city, Fes.

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Trip Highlights

Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Marrakech - UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna, souks and ancient medina
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - The beginning of the Sahara
Rabat - The Capital of Morocco
Ouarzazate - Home to Morocco's film industry
Aït Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Dades Gorge - The "Valley of Roses"
Fes - The world's oldest medieval city
High Atlas Mountains

Included

Breakfast daily
Guided tours of Fes and Marrakech
Services of a licensed English speaking tour guide at all included sites
Driver, all transfers and transportation in private modern A/C tourism vehicle
8 nights SUPERIOR hotels and riads, 1 night Auberge on the edge of the Sahara. STANDARD and DELUXE hotel options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Entrance fees to all included sightseeing
An airport arrival transfer day 1 and a departure transfer day 10 (Marrakech Airport)
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Vibrant Marrakesh

Arrival in Marrakech Airport, where you will be met by your On The Go representative and transferred to your hotel or riad in the centre of town. Meet your guide for a tour briefing and then spend the rest of the day at leisure. Opt to independently explore the vibrant Djemaa el Fna Square this evening and enjoy the snake charmers, story tellers, food stalls and souks all in full swing.
Overnight: Marrakech

Day 2

The Old Medina of Marrakech

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, taking in all of the highlights of the Medina (old city centre), the Koutoubia Mosque, palaces, souks and the old Mellah (Jewish Quarter). This afternoon, perhaps take a visit to the peaceful Jardins de Majorelle or simply relax at your hotel.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Aït Benhaddou & Ouarzazate

Marrakech - Aït Benhaddou - Ouarzazate. It's an early start today when the transportation and your mountain guide arrives at your hotel to take you to the desert! From the flat plain of Haouz, the route climbs southwards and up to the passes of the High Atlas Mountains. Along twisty roads with marvellous views and over the high point before descending to the rocky red foothills near Ouarzazate.

En route to Ouarzazate we’ll explore Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified city boasting beautiful examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited today. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Listing, the site has been the setting for many films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Spend the night in Ouarzazate, the film capital of Morocco.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Discover the Sahara

Ouarzazate - Erg Chebbi sand dunes. The journey continues along the valley of the Roses and the Skoura Oasis, passing Amerdhil Kasbah. Stop for lunch at the scenic Gorge du Dades before continuing towards the Sarhro Mountains and watch for the first signs of the Sahara. Along the route there are Khettara, the ancient wells dug by the nomads to find water, now dry. Finally we reach Merzouga at the foot of the great sand dune Erg Chebbi. Time to take in the mesmerising the sun set and watch the sand change colour as night falls.
Overnight: Merzouga  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Opt for a Saharan camel trek

Erg Chebbi - Merzouga. Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure. Perhaps climb up Erg Chebbi before dawn to see the sunrise over the dunes, or enjoy a lie in and take a camel trek across the rolling sand dunes later in the afternoon.
Overnight: Merzouga  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Scenic drive to Fes

Merzouga - Fes. Today we take a long but very scenic drive, heading north from the desert and up into the High Atlas, past Ziz Gorge. Passing Midelt, the route crosses a grassy plain (in winter) where Nomads of the tribe Ait Atta Tafoukht can be seen pitching their tents and finding grazing grounds for their camels and goats. The road carries on over the next set of mountains, the Middle Atlas and another facet of Morocco is seen, the Cedar Forests. These ancient forests cloak the hills and are inhabited by monkeys, wild boar and deer. Finally we descend into Ifrane (a swiss style town and ski resort) and continue onward to Fes.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Medieval Fes

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world and a bustling hive of activity. This morning, we take a guided tour around the incredible, old medina - a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights from the tanneries, spice tubs, pottery and donkeys! Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore independently – a photographers delight…
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Roman city of Volubilis

Fes - Volubilis - Rabat. Today we leave Fes to see the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, past the fields of lentils and chickpeas, into the hills around this well preserved city where it’s possible to explore the mosaics and forum. After lunch, we will pass Moulay Idriss and set off for Rabat. Spend the night in the capital of Morocco.
Overnight: Rabat  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Djemaa el Fna by night

Rabat - Marrakech. We will have free time this morning to explore Rabat before heading back past Casablanca to Marrakech. Arriving into Marrakech early evening, there will be time for you to do some last minute souvenir shopping!
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Marrakech

All good things must come to an end and it's time to head home. Transfer to airport included.

Should you wish to further explore Marrakech or any of Morocco's other cities or sights, please enquire so we can arrange the perfect holiday for you.

For information about visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.
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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the per person price where single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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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.

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 Oscar, Ouarzazate

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the town of Ouarzazate, famously known is the Atlas Film Studio which is located next door. This hotel has been decorated with film studio in mind and features images and stories of the films produced. The hotel offers gardens and a pool to relax by, billiard tables, organic vegetable garden, restaurant and bar. The rooms include air-conditioning, free WiFi and private bathroom. There are many activities to enjoy, and just 30 minutes away is the must see World Heritage Listed, Ait Benhaddou.

Riad Azawad, Merzouga

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Uniquely located for easy access to experience camel trekking and the sand dunes of the vast Sahara Desert, hiking scenic trails or bird watching (including flamingo's) at Lake Dayet Srij. Riad Azawad offers a comfortable respite with its wonderful views, swimming pool, bar and restaurant. The bespoke spacious rooms include WiFi, private bathroom, air conditioning and heating. The friendly staff look forward to welcoming you to experience their hospitability and the beautiful surrounds.

Riad Al Bartal, Fes

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Riad al Bartal, which means the house of Fez, is a beautiful, tranquil riad inspired by the architecture of Arabia and Andalusia. The stunning courtyard and the striking, spacious rooms decorated in typical Moroccan style all provide guests with the ultimate sense of calm. Materials such as marble, mosaic and cedar wood add to the charm of the property. In keeping with its appearance, guests can enjoy fine Moroccan cuisine prepared with seasonal produce on the flower-filled terrace. The riad is just one block from the main entrance of the medina.

Riad Dar el Kebira, Rabat

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Dar El Kebira is a splendid Riad beautifully designed around two courtyards with fountains. It offers the charm of a guest house and the comfort of a luxury hotel. The restaurant is decorated with Moroccan divans and a monumental fireplace with ancient Moroccan pottery.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Superior
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 9
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoBeautiful sky over the famous Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech
Click to play videoSand coloured kasbah in Ait Benhaddou
Click to play videoCamel walking through the Erg Chebbi sand dunes
Click to play videoMulti-coloured tanneries in Fes
Fishing boats in a line outside of Rabat, Morocco's capital
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