Do the desert, Marrakech and the mountains – (5 days)

Do the desert and more!

Take a camel ride into the Sahara.  Count the stars until you fall asleep. Visit Ait Benhaddou (also know as Yunkay in Games of Thrones) and imagine yourself in the old days of caravanne travelling. Visit the mountains and enjoy the impressive views and the fresh air. Experience Moroccan history, food and hospitality.

And all this in just 5 days! Starting from Marrakech.

Do the desert

Highlights

  • 5 day last minute that will take you to a totally different world
  • Stay in the desert, including camel ride
  • Visit Unesco World Heritage Ait Benhaddou
  • Hike through the majestic High Atlas
  • Visit buzzling Marrakech

Departure date

Details

  • Small group: 4 – 20 persons per group
  • Group will be accompagnied by certified, English-speaking guide Hassan Hisse
  • Breakfast are included (except in Marrakech)
  • stays in hotels, riads, or a gite (rural Moroccan home) and a Sahara camp
  • Option to book extra days in Marrakech (or anywhere else) before or after this trip

€ 500,- per person (excl. flight)

$ 600,- USD per person (excl. flight)

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Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait BenhaddouDo the desert

Welcome in Morocco! If you fly to Marrakech Menara Airport we’ll pick you up from the airport. We will take our comforable airconditioned mini-van to Ait Benhaddou. Centuries ago, this was an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara. Today its grand kasbah, a fine example of clay architecture, has been listed as a World Heritage site. And you can also recognize Ait Benhaddou is a location for Game of Thrones (Astapor) and movies like ‘the Gladiator’.

Day 2 – Ait Benhaddou – MarzougaDo the desert

From historical Ait Banhaddou we will continue our journey to travel to the desert. The end of the >road today is at the small Saharan settlement of Merzouga. We will mount a camel for a one-hour sunset ride into the desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes are the most stunning in the country and an essential part of any visit to Morocco. Located at the end of a sealed road and just 20 kilometres from the Algerian border, this really feels like frontier country. Spend the night in a desert camp under the stars. Our guides will prepare a hearty feast, so all you need to do is sit back and relax.

Day 3 – Marzouga – Todra GorgesDo the desert

Return from your night and the beautiful sunset in the desert and begin the drive to the beautiful Todra Valley. The road follows the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is dotted with mud-brick villages perched on hillsides. The remarkable scenery – sprawling green valleys and rocks sculpted into stunning formations by the wind – will be your home for the next night. Once we arrived we will make a walk to discover the surroundings. On the walk you’ll pass Berber villages, meeting local Berbers along the way and perhaps having a chance to share a cup of mint tea with some of them. The surrounding mountains and the famous Rose Valley in the distance make a sensational setting.

Day 4 – Todra Gorge – Tugzha ValleyDo the desert

We will journey over the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Telouet Kasbah, photographing snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower along the way.Telouet Kasbah is an abandonned fort, once home of the Glaiou family; the Lord of the Atlas. He and his 4 wives and concubines lived here until around 1950. History revives while roaming around the impressive, deserted fort.

At the end of the road, store your main luggage and load a daypack onto a pack mule. We will walk into traditional mountain village life with a one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Tugzha, far from the reach of the modern world. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Tugzha offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains. Spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Tugzha. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but cosy, comfortable and definitely a unique experience.

Day 5 – Tugzha Valley – MarrakechDo the desert

Today we will leave the quiet rural mountains to return to buzzling Marrakech. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colours of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. Perhaps join the thronging crowds for dinner at the famous Djemaa el Fna square. When night falls on this square it transforms in to a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup!

Your adventure comes to an end today. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. Speak to your leader about the wealth of extra activities to do around Marrakech.


What’s included:

  • Full Escort: Fully escorted by Hassan (your local English-speaking tour- guide)
  • Meals: breakfast
  • Transport: Minibus or 4×4 transfers from and to the Airport and around, camel ride
  • Stays in hotels, riads, gites and the desert camp

What is not included:

  • Meals except breakfast
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
  • Additional stays before or after the trip, although these can be purchased

How to get there

Direct flights are available from cities across Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and North America to Casablanca Mohammed V Airport and Marrakech Menara Airport and other airports throughout Morocco. Upon request we can arrange the flight for you.

Passport and visas

Travellers are responsible for their own valid travelling documents.

All people travelling to Morocco need to have a passport that is valid until at least 6 months after leaving Morocco.

EU and British citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans do not require a visa to visit Morocco for stays up to 90 days. All other nationalities should check with the Moroccan Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.

Money

The currency of Morocco is the dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Changing money is easy and you will find banks and exchange bureaux in Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech, however, please note Australian dollars are not always accepted.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not obliged by the Moroccan government. Check you local physician and bring along the travel route to check if vaccinations are required for you.

Packing

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps.

Clothing

Because the climate in Morocco can vary, especially in the mountains; where the nights can be cold and it will be warm during daytime, we recommend to wear different layers of clothes.

Morocco is an islamic country, and although Moroccans in the big cities can be very liberal, it is highly appreciated -especially in the rural areas -if you cover your shoulders and your knees. This is applicable for both men and women.

The summers can be very hot. Don’t forget to bring a hat or something to cover your head. Or buy a scarf in the souks of Marrakech.

Tips

Normal tipping fees are about 200 dh per day for the driver. And about 300 dh per day for the guide. Note that tips are NOT obligatory, but only given when wanted.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.


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