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Marrakech & Sahara New Year - 10 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Morocco  
Specialty Categories: Christmas/New Year Tours   Desert Expeditions  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 549 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 549 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Highlights:
- Marrakech - Koutoubia Mosque, UNESCO listed site; Djemâa el-Fna, souks
- High Atlas mountains
- Gorge du Dades - “Valley of Roses”
- Todra Gorge
- Erg Chebbi sand dunes - beginning of the Sahara
- Merzouga - camel trek, Berber style camp
- Ouarzazate
- Aït Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed ancient fortified Kasbah city.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Marrakech. 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 6:00pm.

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 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.

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 colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. Feeling lazy? No problem - just chill out for the day!

Day 4: Sahara Desert. 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!

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.

Day 6: Ait 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 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.

Day 7: Marrakech. Days 7 - 9: 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.

Day 10: Marrakech. Your adventure holiday ends after breakfast in Marrakech.

Visa Information: Visas are not required for British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and other EU nationals for a stay of up to 3 months. Please ensure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and that you get your passport stamped upon entry into Morocco. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy for details. Visas are your responsibility. Don’t forget to check!

Optional Activities:
- Rock climbing in Todra Gorge (1 hour = 250 DH, 2 hours = 390 DH)
- Hammam spa in Marrakech (prices from 150DH)
- Quadbiking in Ouarzazate (2 hours = 590DH, 2 hours for 2 pax = 690DH)
- Movie studio visit in Ouarzazate ( 30 minutes = 50 DH)
- Hot air balloon ride over the High Atlas mountains (2000 DH)
- Ourika Valley activities in Marrakech (dependent on local river conditions):
Canyoning – All year round (half day = 660 DH)
Tubing – Approx. Nov-Dec & Apr-May (half day = 660 DH)
Rafting – Approx. Jan-Mar (half day = 660 DH).

(DH = MOROCCAN DIRHAM)

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- December 2011:
* 23/12/2011-01/01/2012: £549.

Price Includes:
- Arrival transfer
- 2 crew
- 3 meals per day
- Transport
- All accommodation
- Guided tour Marrakech
- Local tips
- Camel trek
- Entrance fees & local guides.

Price Excludes:
- Tipping kitty (£25)
- Flights
- Drinks
- Nomadic crew tips.

Supplier Information
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Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2010
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M20009 was set up in 1997 to offer overland, adventure and activity based tours to our customers. We pride ourselves on providing excellent tours at great value. We offer a variety of tours, including, trekking, cultural, adventure, overland, ski and surf to Morocco. Whether you want to go on an overland truck safari,...

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