Day 1: Marrakech.
23.12 - Welcome to Morocco! You arrive in Marrakech and, after a short transfer from the airport, spend the first night in a hotel in the centre of town and meet your fellow travellers at a pre-departure meeting at 6:00 pm. Overnight Marrakech (D)
Day 2: Gorges du Dades.
24.12 - Leaving Marrakech, 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 defence purposes and these, combined with the area’s natural beauty, make this a fitting start to your adventure. Overnight Gorges du Dades (B, L, D)
Day 3: Todra Gorge.
Christmas Day - Discover the charm of Todra as you explore the Gorge, from its plunging depths to its 1000 foot high cliffs. Witness its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. Feeling lazy? No problem - just chill out for the day! We will have a special Christmas dinner and add a few decorations too. Overnight Todra Gorge (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sahara Desert.
Boxing Day - 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 of entertainment 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 (B, L, D)
Day 5: Ouarzazate.
27.12 - 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 (B, L, D)
Day 6: Ait Benhaddou.
28.12 - 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 Marrakech. 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 Marrakech. Overnight Marrakech (B)
Day 7: Marrakech.
29.12 - 30.12 - Days 7 - 8: We reach the final stage of your adventure. Glowing red, like a welcoming campfire, against the snow capped High Atlas Mountains, the very name Marrakech 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-coloured 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 Marrakech its charm. The focal point is the central square, the Djemâa-el-Fna. It’s 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 – 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 Hammam, a steam bath followed by an exfoliating massage – it’s the ideal end to the day. Overnight Marrakech x2 (2 B,1 D)
Day 9: Marrakech.
New Year's Eve - We will be based at our hotel in Marrakech, El Andalous. You can explore or relax at your leisure during the day. Time to reflect on the year past. You will see in the New Year with an evening of music & entertainment, including magicians, fire eaters, belly dancers, singers and an orchestra. This will be a very unique and enjoyable experience to go along side our special new year's eve dinner. Wine and drinks from the bar will also be available. We wish you all a very happy New Year!! Overnight - Marrakech (B, D)
Day 10: Marrakech.
New Year's Day - Your adventure holiday ends after breakfast in Marrakech. (B)
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