Try something a little different for Christmas this year. Your senses come alive as you arrive in exotic Marrakesh, just a few hours in travel time from Europe, but a culture and many worlds away. This hotel tour, includes Gorge du Dades, Todra Gorge with it's 300 m high gorge walls, camel trekking and overnight in a Berber camp in the Sahara, we finish with a visit to Ait Benhaddou's famous Kasbah and a tour of Marrakesh.
Day 1: Marrakesh. Welcome to Morocco! You arrive in Marrakesh and, after a short transfer from the airport, spend the first night in a hotel in the center of town and meet your fellow travelers at a pre-departure meeting at 6:00pm. Overnight - Marrakesh.
Day 2: Gorge du dades. Leaving Leaving Marrakesh, we venture through the Gorges du Dades, a stunning valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Saghrou range in the south. Berbers built many kasbahs in the vicinity of gorges for defense purposes and these, combined with the area’s natural beauty make this a fitting start to your adventure. Overnight - Gorge du Dades.
Day 3: Todra Gorge. Discover the charm of Todra as you explore the Gorge, from its plunging depths to its 1000 foot high cliffs. Witness its changing colors as the sun slowly moves from east to west. Feeling lazy? No problem - just chill out for the day! Overnight - Todra Gorge.
Day 4: Sahara Desert - Berber Camp. Crossing the Jebel Saghrou, we head down to Erg Chebbi where sand dunes signify the start of the mighty Sahara Desert. We leave our vehicle and take a camel trek into the desert to a Berber camp, enjoying local food and a night under the Saharan stars. To seal this as an experience of a life time, why not surf the Sahara Desert and try Dune Boarding. Overnight - Berber camp.
Day 5: Ouarzazate. We leave the Sahara Desert and continue the adventure through the 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. Its appeal is best conveyed by the fact that it has been used as a film set so many times - Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. Overnight - Ouarzazate. Includes:
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.
Days 7-9: Marrakesh. We reach the final stage of your adventure. Glowing red, like a welcoming campfire, against the snow capped High Atlas Mountains, the very name Marrakesh conjures up images of a mysterious, distant city where magic carpets and snake charmers welcome frankincense and myrrh brought in by camel trains. Set within the rose-colored walls of the medina lays a reality that is not far removed from that of a film set. A tangle of winding streets that open onto verdant gardens and dark alleyways that lead to bustling souks lend Marrakesh its charm.
The focal point is the central square, the Djemâa-el-Fna. It’s an extraordinary gathering and market place, full of color, spicy aromas and traders. It is best seen in the evening when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists – a great place to practice your bargaining skills! Towering over all this is the Koutoubia mosque, the tallest building in the city, and a reminder of the importance of Islam to the lives of the city's residents. Try a traditional hamman, a steam bath followed by an exfoliating massage – it’s the ideal end to the day. Overnight - Marrakesh.
Day 10: Your adventure holiday ends after breakfast in Marrakesh.
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