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Fascinating Morocco

5 Nights / 6 Days
2 nights in Marrakech
2 nights in Ouarzazate
1 night in the Merzouga Sahara Dunes

This tour has been specially designed to allow you to experience the best that the South of Morocco has to offer through a four-day jeep safari, including a superb night spent camping in the majestic Sahara dunes. This is a remarkable journey – partially off-road, adventurous, stimulating and richly memorable. Witness a kaleidoscope of colour as we travel through the spectacular countryside.

It’s a travel back in the time - the villagers way of life has remained unchanged for centuries and generations and they are friendly and open to visitors, giving you the chance to have a sneak look into a traditional way of living that has long died out in the West. Plunge into the heart of ravishing valleys, oases, mountains and desert, rich with culture and beauty.

We have developed a fascinating programme combining the exoticism of the South of Morocco with Marrakech, known as the “Pearl of the South” and featuring spectacular sites and palaces; stunning vistas and surprising palatial venues.

Day 1 - Arrival in Marrakech (Dinner)

rrival at Marrakech Menara airport. You'll be greeted and provided with assistance for your luggage. We will provide a private transportation for a drive to the your selected hotel or Riad.

Dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 2 - Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate (Breakfast & Dinner)

In the morning set off in the direction of Ouarzazate through the majestic scenery and the beautiful landscapes of the High Atlas mountain range, the Tizi N’Tichka Pass, at 2,260 metres high and then Telouet, which used to be a crossing point for caravans before the opening of the Tizi N’Tichka Pass, and birthplace in 1878 of Haj Thami El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakesh, who also died there in 1953. From Anemiter, you continue with this superb journey on an exciting off-road experience following the delightful Ounila Valley.

In early afternoon arrive at the ancient Kasbah complex of Ait Ben Haddou, a wonderful 11th century Ksar (fortified village) that has been declared an historical treasure by UNESCO and that has also been the location of many Hollywood movies.

It is an area of crumbling Kasbahs grouped among patches of wheat fields, terraced orchards, olives and date palms. It ascends a small mountain and is surmounted by an Agadir (grain storage tower) giving it an epic scale.

Mid-afternoon tour of Ouarzazate including the 17th century Taourirt Kasbah, which served as the home of the Pacha Glaoui.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at your hotel in Ouarzazate

Day 3 - Ouarzazate - Draa Valley - Eerfoud - Rissani - Merzouga (Breakfast & Dinner)

Starting bright and early, we will be driven to Agdz, from which we follow an enchanting part of the stupendous Draa Valley, where six palm forests form a long ribbon of greenery. Cereals, henna, vegetables, fruit and date palms are cultivated on the floor of the valley and on the terraced valley walls. You will also be crossing desert areas as well as fortified villages (Ksours). Continue in the direction of Rissani via N’kob, Tazarine and Alnif.

Arrive at Rissani, the cradle of the presently reigning Alaouite Dynasty. View the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif from outside and take a tour of the Abou Aam Ksar (fortified village) dating back to the 14th century with its maze-like passages and ornate brickwork as well as the Ouled El Hadim Kasbah.

Continue to Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara Dunes for a superb night spent camping in Bedouin tent. After settling in to your tent, you will have the opportunity to explore the area further. Experience Berber life first hand as you pass the night under the vast Saharan sky. You’ll be amazed and you're going to love it!

Dinner overnight accommodation at the foot of Erg Chebbi dunes, offering a magical sight of the sunset and sunrise over the majestic Sahara dunes.

Day 4 - Merzouga - Erfoud - Todra Gorge - Tineghir - Ouarzazate (Breakfast & Dinner)

You can wake up very early in the morning to admire the sunrise over the dunes.

Set out for Erfoud and visit the date market and the Tafilalet Oasis, a 700,000 date palm with oleandours and haunting Ksours, before setting off through beautiful scenery of palm groves and oases to Tinerhir, a former military outpost built on terraces above a magnificent palm grove and the way into the awesome Todra Gorge.

The Todra Gorge is a massive fault in the plateau dividing the High Atlas from the Jebel Sarho with a crystal-clear river running through it. Walking expedition "at the ends of the Earth", in the awesome gorge, between 300 metre cliffs.

Continue on the beautiful Road of a Thousand Kasbahs via Boumalne du Dades, a large town and local administration center at the foot of the gorge, followed by a series of Kasbahs. Depending on timing and your wishes, we can either take a dirt track via Boutgharar or the metalled road. Both lead to El Kelaa M’Gouna (a major center of rose cultivation) and then to the Skoura Palm Grove.

Continue to the film industry center at Ouarzazate.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at your hotel.

Day 5 - Ouarzazate - Marrakech (Breakfast & Dinner)

In the morning you will be driven back to Marrakech on a partially circuitous road across the splendid High Atlas Mountains range.

Late morning arrival in Marrakech and check-in at your chosen hotel.

In mid-afternoon walking discovery tour of the fascinating labyrinthine Souks of Marrakech, which are certainly the most colourful and the most lively in Africa. The different trades are grouped by services they offer: the Dyers, the Blacksmiths, the Babouche and shoe-makers, spices and fabric sellers.

Your journey ends at the renowned Djemaa El Fna square, a popular entertainment area where at the end of the afternoon, storytellers, snake-charmers, tooth-drawers and dancers appear to entertain the crowd in a scene that is pure street theatre.

Tonight, you will dine at the gorgeous Yacut, owned by the Great Britain Honorary Consul and designed by the American architect Bill Willis. Located in the old Medina, down narrow alley-like streets, with high walls and plain facades, its splendour is only revealed once you have gained admittance. This is a palatial property built in a grand style around a central courtyard containing a garden, fountain and pool.

In this harmonious and serene setting, a refined luxury is combined with an opulent comfort: soft colours, stunning fireplaces, walls with antique mirrors, sumptuous textiles and luxurious sofas, zellij (mosaics) with impressive motifs, ancient ceilings, silver and bronze candelabras, traditional furniture and carpets.

You will also enjoy fantastic views as you drink aperitifs on the rooftop terrace, gourmet Moroccan food, local entertainment, and much more.

Pre-dinner drink, 4-course gourmet Moroccan menu, unlimited Moroccan wine & soft drinks during the meal are all included.

Overnight accommodation.

Day 6 - Departure from Marrakech (Breakfast)

Breakfast followed by transfer in time to Marrakech Menara Airport according to your flight home schedule.

This Package rate includes:

• Accommodation in hotels or Riads and included meals, shown on the itinerary.
• Private arrival and departure transfers.
• 4 days of touring in a chauffeured air-conditioned jeep. Mineral water and wet tissues on board.
• Fully licensed English-speaking guide throughout the programme.
• Bedouin tented camp on half-board (dinner & breakfast included) in the Merzouga Sahara Dunes.
• All visits as described above.
• Entrance fees to monuments and sites listed above.
• Taxes and service charge.

It does not include :

• Air tickets.
• Drinks at meals, apart from the Yacut restaurant, where drinks are included – see above).
• Personal expenses.
• Tips and gratuities that are left to the clients’ appreciation/consideration/discretion.
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