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
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 18.00 where you will meet your fellow travellers. Overnight Marrakech (D)
Day 2: Gorges du Dades.
Leaving Marrakech, we venture through the Gorges du Dades, a stunning valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sahro range in the south. Berbers built many Kasbahs in the vicinity of gorges for defence purposes and these, combined with its natural beauty make this area a fitting backdrop to the start of your adventure! Overnight Gorges du Dades (B, L, D)
Day 3: Todra Gorge.
After breakfast we head east and discover the stunning Todra Gorge with its 300m high cliffs towering above us. We will have an early lunch at the village co-operative where you can see and buy authentic, Berber, handmade rugs, kilims and carpets. The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, walking through the Palmerie or trying our optional activity of Rock Climbing. Overnight Todra Gorge (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sahara Desert.
We leave Todra and make our way across the Jebel Sahro towards Erg Chebbi where magnificent sand dunes signal the start of the Sahara Desert. En route, we stop for a swim and some lunch before arriving at Merzouga where we leave our vehicle and take a camel trek into the desert to a Berber camp. Savour the quiet majesty of the desert and enjoy every moment of this highlight of your Moroccan adventure. This evening, enjoy local food and a night under the Saharan stars. To seal this as an experience of a life time, surf the Sahara Desert and try Dune Boarding! Overnight Berber camp (B, L, D)
Day 5: Ouarzazate.
We leave the Sahara Desert and continue our adventure through the Dadès Valley along the route of 1000 Kasbahs. This area boasts a beautiful landscape dotted with untouched villages that preserve that sense of times past where you can witness villagers going about their daily routine. We venture on to Ouarzazate, which African traders once used as a resting place on their journeys up to Europe which makes sense as it is an intersection, triangulated by the Atlas, Draa and Dades Valleys. This areas appeal is best conveyed through its use as a film set for many great films - The Last Temptation of Christ, The Living Daylights and, more recently, Gladiator. We make it in time for a swim which leaves you refreshed and ready to explore the centre. Overnight Ouarzazate ( B, L, D )
Day 6: Ait Benhaddou.
This morning, the adventure continues as we head for Aït Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city', situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakech. En route, choose from optional quad biking or a visit to the film studio. We then travel over the High Atlas mountains on our way to Marrakech. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Aït Benhaddou. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. Overnight Marrakech (B,L)
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. We will enjoy our last group meal in the square. Overnight Marrakech (B, D)
Day 8: Marrakech.
The adventure holiday ends after breakfast. (B)
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