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DURATION 9days
Highlights Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech,
Todra Gorge, Dades Canyon, Berber
Desert Camp, Dramatic Ouarzazate,
Ait Benhaddou, Taroudant and Essaouira
COUNTRIES: Morocco
Moroccan Mosaics small group tour
Moroccan Mosaics
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This tour gives a great insight into the incredible history and culture of Morocco as well as its beautiful scenery, taking in the Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and Atlantic Coast. We start with a full day tour of the magical city of Marrakech, visiting  mosques and minarets and bustling bazars. The next day we leave and head through Berber villages as we travel through the Atlas Mountains over the highest mountain pass in Africa to the spectacular rocky gorges at Todra and the Dades Canyon. Our next highlight is a jeep safari, sunset camel ride and comfortable overnight Berber Camp amidst the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi sand desert. Then we drive through the scenic Draa Valley to Ouarzazate, where numerous movies have been filmed. The UNESCO World heritate site of Ait Benhaddou is next before we head towards the coast, stopping at the walled market town of Taroudant on the way. We'll hope to see herds of camels and some of the regions famous tree climbing goats along the way. Finally we enjoy some free time at the lovely seaside town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast before heading back to Marrakech to finish the tour.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive into Marrakech, transfer to hotel
 
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in central Marrakech for the start of your trip. They’ll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. If you arrive early enough, you can head into Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna Square for a first taste of Moroccan food at one of the main street stalls, while watching the many street performers and salesmen offering their wares.
OvernightMarrakech 4-star hotelExtrasSingle Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour
 
Day 2 Marrakech, city tour
 
Today’s tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Mausoleum and Bahia Palace which both host intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. Then we head to the lively souks and bazaars in Marrakech's famous medina. Home to many different types of traders these narrow and winding streets are bustling with activity and full of sights sounds and smells uniquely Moroccan. Today’s tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.
OvernightMarrakech 4-star hotelMealsBreakfast
 
Day 3 Atlas Mountains, Tizi N'Tichka Col, Dades Canyon
 
After breakfast this morning we enjoy a spectacular drive across the Tizi N'tichka col which at 2260m is the highest pass in Northern Africa. You'll get great views of the Atlas mountains, with many of the tops covered with snow for much of the year. We then descend and pass Ouarzazate, or 'place of no noise'. An incredibly dramatic landscape, this area has played host to countless well known films. Our final highlight today is a drive through the Dades Canyon with its steep winding access road with numerous switchbacks providing great views of the steep cliffs and the river below which rushes dramatically through the gorge, especially in the spring when the mountain snows are melting. We finish today in Tinghir where we spend the night.
OvernightTinghir 4-star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
 
Day 4 Todra Gorge, Berber desert camp, sunset camel ride.
 
Our next taste of dramatic Moroccan scenery comes at the Todra Gorge close to Tinghir, where we'll stop for a short hike along the valley floor with rocky cliffs towering above us on both sides. We then continue along the 'road of a thousand Kasbahs' to Erfoud before switching into 4WD vehicles to travel to Merzouga and through the Erg Chebbi sand desert to a traditional Berber camp amidst the dunes. Here a sunset camel ride is included plus a walk to the top of some of the dunes for spectacular views as the sun sinks below the horizon. You'll enjoy a hearty Bedouin meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere, before sleeping in comfortable Berber camel-hair tents.
OvernightBerber Desert CampMealsBreakfast, Dinner
 
Day 5 Draa Valley, Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou
 
After breakfast with our Berber hosts we head out of the dunes and drive back to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouita Dynasty. We leave our 4WD vehicles here and drive to Erfoud. Lodged in an idyllic setting between the Atlas mountains to the north and the Sahara desert to the south, Erfoud is the administrative capital of the region. We continue back along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs through the Draa Valley to Ouarzazate where we spend the night. While in Ouarzazate we include a tour of the movie studios that have taken advantage of the amazing scenery in the area. Some of the most famous films that have been shot from the Atlas Studios here include Lawrence of Arabi, The Living Daylights, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Man who would be King, The Mummy, Gladiator, Asterix & Obelisk, Kingdom of Heaven, Kundun, Legionnaire, Hanna, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), as well as part of the TV series Game of Thrones. Our final visit today is to Morocco's most well known Kasbah at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. This is a huge fortified city (ksar - a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls), with houses and kasbahs crowding together inside the defensive walls, an excellent example of traditional Moroccan earthen clay architecture.
OvernightOuarzazate 4-star hotelMealsBreakfastExtrasSunset desert camel ride
 
Day 6 Taliouine Kasbah, Taroudant walled market town
 
Our drive today skirts the foothills of the Atlas mountains with some great views to our right hand side, stopping for a break en-route to see the Kasbah at Taliouine and to learn about the production of saffron, the world's most expensive spice, which takes place in only this area in Morocco. If we're lucky we'll see some of Morocco's famous tree climbing goats before we arrive in Taroudant this evening. These goats have learned to climb the local Argan trees in search of the fruit and nuts inside. Taroudant is a large walled Berber market town, and its souqs are reputed to be the best in the south with some excellent local crafts on sale. As you are off the main tourist trail here, you'll get a much more authentic glimpse of everyday life, as well as finding better value in the markets than in Marrakech. The town walls are some of the longest and best preserved in Morocco, with their mud construction changing colour atmospherically as the day progresses - they're best seen in the early evening. You'll have some free time here in Taroudant to explore the souqs, and walk along the walls.
OvernightTaroudant 3-star hotelMealsBreakfast
 
Day 7 Agadir, coastal drive, Essaouira.
 
We head to the coast today with our first stop at Morocco's main resort town of Agadir. We'll take a short tour of the harbour and the famous High Kasbah, destroyed by the earthquake of 1960, before continuing along the coast towards the North Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira. Well regarded as one of Morocco’s most beautiful areas, Essaouira has always attracted and inspired artists, drawn by its good light and tranquil, relaxed way of life. Wandering around the old Medina and its fascinating streets dotted with art galleries it’s not hard to imagine why the city drew visitors such as Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix throughout the years. Essaouira has a wide sandy beach, though the prevailing winds and currents mean this is more of a mecca for kite surfers than for swimming or sunbathing.
OvernightEssaouira 4-star hotelMealsBreakfast
 
Day 8 Essaouira free time. Drive to Marrakech.
 
The first half of the day is free today to explore Essaouira further. You could visit the working port with its busy fish auction market and traditional wooden boat builders; explore the craft stalls and shops in the walled Medina which is UNESCO World Heritage listed and a great example of late 18th century European fortifications in Africa; take a boat trip to the nearby island of Mogador which is a nature reserve popular with birdwatchers; try a windsurfing or kitesurfing lesson from the beach; or just explore randomly at your leisure. While you're here it's also well worth having a meal at one of Essaouira's well known fish stalls, where a wide range of local freshly caught fish and seafood are displayed, ready to be cooked in front of you and served with bread and salad. After lunch we drive back to Marrakech (approx. 2 1/2 hours) for a final evening in this chaotic and busy city.
OvernightMarrakech 4-star hotelMealsBreakfastExtrasMarrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking
 
Day 9 Marrakech. Free time. Transfer to the airport
 
Your day is free today to explore Marrakech further, and perhaps do some final souvenir shopping and sightseeing before we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Subject to your flight time, we can also offer a range of day trips and excursions, including a spectacular hot air balloon flight.
OvernightN/AMealsBreakfastExtrasExtra night - post-tour, Marrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking, Imlil day trip
 
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Included:
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels as per the itinerary
  • Overnight Berber desert camp
  • Jeep safari and sunset camel ride
  • All transport and transfers in AC vehicles
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Professional local English speaking tour guide throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to sites visited in the itinerary
Excludes:
  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (not required for most nationalities)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above