Morocco, Sahara & Beach
Marrakech to Marrakech
Take a step back in time and explore medieval medinas, colonial French architecture, Middle Eastern history and African atmosphere on this tour of Morocco. Delve into the souqs of Marrakech, try some ‘Berber whisky’ on an overnight camel safari into the Sahara, and hold the fort of Ait Benhaddou.
- Camel Trek/Berber Camp
- Guided tour of Aït Benhaddou
- City tour of Marrakech
6 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in Berber camp
7 breakfast, 2 lunch, 5 dinner
What's Not Included
- 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 - Please see the optional excursions on the Tour Notes for a comprehensive list of optional activities and excursions available on this tour.
- A small Tipping kitty is payable at the start of your tour. This is used for hotel porters, waiters, local guides, airport drivers, Berber camel herders or restaurant tips etc.
Maximum 16. Average 8-12
Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Marrakech
The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.
Welcome to Marrakech, one of Morocco's favourite cities. It 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 on a guided city tour. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 7 to 7 - Marrakech
We return to Marrakech where you can enjoy a tour of the city. 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.
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.
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