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Marrakech Sahara and Beach (11 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Morocco  
Specialty Categories: Desert Expeditions   Camel Riding  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 749 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 749 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Tour Dates for this year :
- March 26/April 05
- April, 09/19, 16/26
- April 23/May 05
- April 30/May 10
- May, 14/24
- May 28/June 07
- June, 04/14, 18/28
- July, 02/12, 16/26
- July 30/August 09
- August, 06/16, 13/23, 20/30
- August 28/September 06
- September, 03/13, 17/27
- October, 01/11, 15/25
- October 22/November 01
- October 29/November 08
- November, 12/22
- November 26/December 06
- December, 10/20
- December 23/January 02, 2012.

Tour Dates for next year:
- January: 07-17, 21-31
- February: 04-14, 18-28
- March: 03-13, 17-27, 31-10
- April: 07-17, 14-24, 21-01
- May: 05-15, 19-29
- June: 02-12, 16-26, 30-10
- July: 14-24, 28-07
- August: 04-14, 11-21, 18-28, 25-04
- September: 08-18, 22-02
- October: 06-16, 13-23, 20-30, 27-06
- November: 10-20, 24-04
- December: 08-18

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakesh. Welcome to Morocco! Following your transfer from the airport to our joining hotel in the heart of Marrakech, make the most of your first day and explore the souks and Djemaa El Fna (the legendary main square). Be sure to be at the hotel for the pre-departure meeting at 6.00pm where you will meet your fellow travellers. Overnight: Marrakesh.

Day 2: Gorge du dades. Leaving Marrakech, we drive through the striking Dades Valley, which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south, to reach the Gorge Du Dades. With towering red cliffs, winding streams and ancient Kasbahs, the Gorge Du Dades is incredibly beautiful and a fitting start to your adventure. Overnight: Gorge du Dades.

Day 3: Todra Gorge. Explore the magnificent Todra Gorge. This dusty red canyon is just 10m wide at its narrowest point, with its cliff walls towering 300m above and a small glacier stream flowing through it. Enjoy a trek through the gorge, or for the more adventurous, try rock climbing! Overnight: Todra Gorge.

Day 4: Sahara Desert. Today we drive to Erg Chebbi where sand dunes signal the start of the awe inspiring Sahara Desert. Leaving our vehicle, we take a camel trek into the vast and silent Sahara desert to a Berber camp. This evening we enjoy local food in the camp and spend an amazing night sleeping under the Saharan stars – an experience of a lifetime. Overnight: Berber camp.

Day 5: Sahara Desert - Ouarzazate. Leaving the desert, we travel through the verdant Draa valley, along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, a beautiful landscape. We continue on to Ouarzazate, which African traders once used on their journeys up to Europe. It has also been used as a film set, for Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. Overnight: Ouarzazate.

Day 6: Aït Benhaddou. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Aït Benhaddou, a "fortified city", situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakesh. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it boasts great examples of kasbahs some of which remain inhabited. This site too has been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. We then travel over the High Atlas mountains on our way to Marrakesh. Overnight: Marrakesh.

Day 7: Marrakech. Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech this morning with free time in the afternoon to explore independently. Within the rose-coloured walls of the medina you find a reality that is not that far removed from a film set: winding streets that open onto lush gardens and dark alleyways that lead to bustling souks. The focal point is the central square, the Djemâa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering point and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders, it is best seen in the evening when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists.

Days 8 and 9: Marrakech - Essaouira. This morning we take a leisurely drive to Essaouira; a colourful fishing town situated within 15th century Portuguese fortifications, where great beaches and surf beckon. Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours.

Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets, an antidote to the bustle of the Imperial cities. There is the opportunity to do some optional activities, such as quad biking, surfing, horse trekking and wind surfing or you can just simply sit on the beach and relax!

Day 10: Essaouira - Marrakech. After a relaxing morning in Essaouira, we head back to Marrakech for the final night. We all go out for a group meal and celebrate the end of a successful tour!

Day 11: Marrakech - Final departure. The tour ends after breakfast, and you can spend the last few hours soaking up the rich Marrakech culture before hotel checkout at 12 noon.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price:
- Tour cost: £749 p/p.

Price Includes:
- Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport
- Full Board: 10 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners inc. A Berber camp dinner
- 9 nights 3* hotel
- Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Mini Van
- Guided tour of Marrakech
- Gorge du Dades walk
- Services of 1 or 2 person crew (leader and driver)
- Berber camp
- Sahara camel trek
- All road taxes and tolls.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Travel insurance
- Visas
- Tipping kitty (£30)
- Optional activities
- Drinks
- Lunch x 2, Dinner x 4
- Spending money.
- Tips for Nomadic crew (this is completely at your discretion).

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