Morocco, Sahara & Beach

What's Included Trip Notes Introduction

Dossier Last Updated: 05-10-2017

Tour Code: RMOMS

Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Joining City: Marrakech

Departure City: Marrakech

Nearest Joining International Airport: Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)

Price From: US$619

Please check this document just before departing in case of last minute changes to your tour.

About this tour

  • Type of Travel: Minivan
  • Group Size: Average 10-14. Maximum 16.
  • Recommended Age: 18-65
  • Country: Morocco

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.

Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Marrakech

Marrakech, one of Morocco's favourite cities, is known as the country's ‘pearl of the south' and is surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Take a step back in time and lose yourself in the maze of souks and spice markets in the ancient medina. Wander the labyrinthine of stalls with colourful skeins of wool drying above your head against bright blue skies. Pick your way through alleys lined with elaborately decorated brass lamps while dodging donkeys as well as locals on scooters as you go. Watch artisans making their wares right where they sell them. Enjoy some banter and barter with a friendly seller, then indulge in a traditional mint tea or thick Moroccan coffee to recover.

There is non-stop action at the Djemaa el-Fna, the huge, open UNESCO-listed public square in the medina. See jugglers, henna tattoo-artists, potion-sellers, musicians, snake-charmers and acrobats by day and buy a freshly-squeezed orange juice from any one of a myriad of vendors. At night, witness musicians, Gnaoua musicians, storytellers, belly dancers and a massive alfresco restaurant complete with friendly maitre d’s calling for your custom in five different languages. The call to prayer from the iconic Koutoubia Minaret adds to the exotic atmosphere.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel El Andalous or similar

Meals

1 Dinner(s)

Day 2 to 2 - Ouarzazate

Today we head to Ouarzazate, a resting point traditionally used by African traders. Today it has been used as the set of many great films like Alexander the Great and The Last Temptation of Christ. We can enjoy an afternoon swim here before exploring the rest of the centre.

Optional Excursions

Quad biking in Ourzazate- From 450DH • Movie Studio- 50DH

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Les Jardins de Ouarzazate or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 3 to 3 - Sahara Desert

Today we can enjoy a scenic drive heading towards the great Sahara Desert. We stop for a delicious Moroccan lunch and an afternoon of swimming and relaxing.

Once we are fully refreshed we travel to Merzouga, where we board our desert transport- camels! Ride through the sand, reaching the Berber Camp where we will stay the night.

Enjoy local food, music and an incredible night star-gazing under the desert sky.

Included Excursions

Camel Trek/Berber Camp

Accommodation

1 night(s) in Berber camp

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 4 to 4 - AÏt Benhaddou

Today we say goodbye to Todra Gorge and head to the Ait Benhaddou.

On the way, we stop off at Ouarzazate, a resting point traditionally used by African traders. Today it has been used as the set of many great films like Alexander the Great and The Last Temptation of Christ.

Arriving at Ait Benhaddou we can enjoy a guided tour of the city known for its ancient and well preserved Kasbahs that are still occupied by a handful of families today. The city sits between the Sahara and Marrakech and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a number of years.

Included Excursions

Guided tour of Aït Benhaddou

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at La Rose du Sable or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 5 to 6 - Essaouira

Located on the South Atlantic Coast, Essaouira (pronounced esa-wera) is a peaceful seaside town with a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina. Previously known as Mogador, the city is a beautiful example of an 18th century fortified maritime citadel and is a popular artists’ town with many cultural influences including Arab, Berber, Jewish, African and European.

The mild climate invites you to rest and relax, however, with its narrow streets lined by workshops and art galleries this pretty blue and white washed city has plenty to keep you busy during your stay. Essaouira also has a long, wild ribbon of beach which is a great place to watch windsurfers, kitesurfers and sand-yachters show off their talents in the brisk sea breeze. In the evening you can enjoy a fresh fish dinner at the harbour or take a sunset stroll along the ramparts, a popular local activity.

Optional Excursions

Horse riding- From 250DH • Quadbiking- From 450DH • Windsurfing – From 600DH •Kitesurfing- From 700DH • Surfing- From 350DH

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Miramar or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 7 - Marrakech

We return to Marrakech where you can enjoy a tour of the city. This is also your time to haggle in the markets for any last minute gifts.

Optional Excursions

Hammam – 150DH • Hot Air Balloon in front of High Atlas Mountains- 2000 DH

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel El Andalous or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 8 to 8 - Depart Marrakech

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Included Excursions

City tour of Marrakech

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Camel Trek/Berber Camp
  • Guided tour of Aït Benhaddou
  • City tour of Marrakech

Accommodation

6 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in Berber camp

Transportation

Private Vehicle, 4WD, Camel, Public Bus

Meals

5 Dinner(s), 7 Breakfast(s), 2 Lunch(es)

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • A Tipping Kitty of US$50.00 which is payable at the start of your tour, administered by your Tour Leader.

Joining hotel details

Your joining location is:

Hotel El Andalous
Président Kennedy Avenue
Hivernage
Marrakesh 40020

Tel: +212(0) 524 44 82 26

Emergency Contact Details

In case of an emergency, please call Brahim in Morocco on 00212 (0) 661252381 or Mustapha on 00212 (0) 662 175 808Arrival in Marrakech

Arriving in Marrakech

When arriving at Marrakech International Airport we recommend that you obtain some local currency, Moroccan dirham, as soon as you arrive. There is an international ATM inside the airport, as well as money exchange offices offering a good rate. The rate will always vary slightly depending on where you go. It may be worth changing a small amount of money at the airport for your transport, and then finding a bank or money exchange within the town centre. Previous experience has shown that some of the hotels offer a better rate than the banks but you must be careful about counterfeit notes.

It is advisable not to wear chains or expensive looking watches or jewellery while in major cities. You should also keep your camera concealed when not in use and carry daypacks on your front for extra safety. Crime in the Morocco is not as bad as its reputation but you must be sensible and alert.

Airport Transfers

Arrival transfers are included in the price of your tour. If you do not see your name or Tucan Travel immediately in the arrivals hall, please wait by the large Nomadic Expeditions banners on the left hand side of the hall. Please supply your Reservations Consultant with your flight details.

Making your own way

If you would prefer to make your own way to and from your hotel, an official taxi to our hotel in Marrakech will cost approximately 100 dirhams (US$7-$15). The taxis should work on a metered system - please make sure they set the meter when you first enter. If they refuse or do not have one, you must set the price before you begin your journey and you will have to bargain.

Pre departure meeting

The pre departure meeting takes place at 6PM on the departure date given for your tour so make sure you are at the hotel in time.Please do not forget to bring your tipping kitty to the pre-departure meeting.