This 9-day family tour has been designed around the needs of the younger members of the family, with shorter drive times and more opportunities to explore or just relax by the pool...
Marrakech - Koutoubia Mosque, UNESCO listed site; Djemâa el-Fna, souks
High Atlas Mountains
Gorge du Dades - “Valley of Roses”
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - beginning of the Sahara
Merzouga - camel trek, Berber style camp
Aït Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed ancient fortified Kasbah city
Day 1: Marrakech.
Welcome to Morocco! Be sure to arrive in time for your pre-departure meeting at 6:00pm. Your first night will be spent at our pre-expedition hotel in the centre of town. Overnight Marrakech (D)
Day 2: Ouarzazate.
Marrakech-Ouarzazate. Leaving Marrakech, we drive over the stunning High Atlas mountains on the Way to Ouarzazate (The Hollywood of North Africa), which African traders once used on their journeys up to Europe. We can make an optional visit to the famous film studios which have been used for films such as The Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. Overnight in Ouarzazate. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Sahara Desert.
Today we are driving through the Anti Atlas ranges to cross The Draa Valley which is one of the most famous places in Morocco for Dates, we can stop and try some fresh ones if you like. It is on for a big lunch lunch and an afternoon to relax and cool down with a swim in Rissani. Finally it’s time to head towards the Sahara Desert at Merzouga, where we transfer to our camels for a trek in to the desert for a night at our Berber Camp. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. (Camel trek included) Overnight Berber camp (B, L, D)
Day 4: Todra Gorge.
Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. From its plunging depths to dizzying heights. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west, Lunch will be at our Todra hotel and after lunch will be a free afternoon to relax by the pool, go for a swim or a stroll. Overnight Todra Gorge (B,L,D)
Day 5: Gorges du Dades.
We will have time this Morning to explore the gorge with lunch today at a very traditional Berber cooperative for Berber carpets owned by local people. We will learn how the Berbers make their carpets, you will have chance to try your bargaining skills if you are interested in buying one. After Lunch we will Leave the impressive Todra Gorge and make the short journey to Gorge du Dades in the Dades valley. We will drive on the road of 1000 kasbahs, a green and fertile valley by the Dades River that flows through it giving life to a huge variety of colourful fruit, walnut trees and extraordinary red rock formations. We will have some free time in the gorge. Overnight in Dades Gorges.(B,L,D)
Day 6: Ait Benhaddou.
Straight after breakfast we head off through the road of The Roses Valley, famous in Morocco for roses. We will have a stop if you want to see a variety of different rose products. On arrival in Ait Benhaddou we travel back through history as we have a guided tour of the village. Ait Benhaddo is one of the oldest villages in the south of Morocco and used as a back drop for many international movies like Gladiator. Probably most famous of all are its old and splendid Kasbas. Overnight in Ait Benhaddou. (B,L,D).
Day 7: Marrakech.
Today we will drive back to Marrakech crossing the High Atlas mountains and enjoying it’s magnificent views en-route. After check in at our Marrakech hotel and a refreshing shower it is off to enjoy the exotic ambience of dinner in the famous square of Djamaa El Fna . Overnight in Marrakech (B, L, D)
Day 8: Marrakech.
We enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech this morning which includes the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia palace, and the jewish quarter. In the afternoon there will be time to explore the city independently. Within the rose-coloured walls of the medina you find a reality that is not that far removed from a film set and ancient history: winding streets that open onto lush gardens and dark alley-ways 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. Overnight Marrakech (B).
Day 9: Marrakech.
The tour ends after breakfast, you can spend the last few hours soaking up the rich Marrakech culture before your hotel checkout at 12 noon. (B)
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