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MOROCCAN MAGIC

 
Morocco is often described as the grand gateway to Africa, a hidden jewel of diverse sights from incredible mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts - and best of all, the warm hospitality of the people.
Price per person sharing from £1030.00
Travel Dates: 1 - 31 October 2017
 
 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Marrakech

Welcome to  Morocco ! Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Marrakech for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. Overnight  Marrakesh - Riad Anya or similar

 

Day 2: Marrakech city tour

Today's tour of Marrakech begins with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We then visit the Mausoleum and Bahia Palace  which both host intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. Then we head to the lively souks and bazaars in Marrakech's famous medina. Home to many different types of traders these narrow and winding streets are bustling with activity and full of sights sounds and smells uniquely Moroccan. Today's tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square (B)

Overnight  Marrakesh  - Riad Anya or similar

 

Day 3: Atlas Mountains, Tizi N'tichka pass, Dades Canyon

After breakfast this morning we enjoy a spectacular drive across the Tizi N'tichka pass. We then descend and pass Ouarzazate, or 'place of no noise' - an incredibly dramatic landscape. Our final highlight today is a drive through the  Dades Canyon. We finish today in Tinghir where we spend the night. (B D)  Overnight Tinghir - Hotel Tomboctou or similar

 

Day 4: Todra Gorge, Berber desert camp, sunset camel ride

Our next taste of dramatic Moroccan scenery comes at the Todra Gorge close to Tinghir, where we'll stop for a short hike along the valley floor with rocky cliffs towering above us on both sides. We then continue along the 'road of a thousand Kasbahs' to Erfoud before switching into 4WD vehicles to travel to Merzouga and through the Erg Chebbi sand desert to a traditional Berber camp amidst the dunes. Here a sunset camel ride is included plus a walk to the top of some of the dunes for spectacular views as the sun sinks below the horizon. You'll enjoy a hearty Bedouin meal and a campfire this evening, often with local musicians helping enhance the atmosphere, before sleeping in comfortable Berber camel-hair tents. (B D) Overnight Merzouga - Desert camp via Ksar Merozuga or Palais des Dunes or similar

 

Day 5: Draa Valley, Ouarzazate, Ait Benhaddou

After breakfast with our Berber hosts we head out of the dunes and drive back to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouita Dynasty. We leave our 4WD vehicles here and drive to Erfoud. We continue back along the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs through the  Draa Valley  to Ouarzazate where we spend the night. While in Ouarzazate we include a tour of the movie studios that have taken advantage of the amazing scenery in the area. Our final visit today is to  Morocco's most well known Kasbah the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. (B D) Overnight Ouarzazate - Le Jardins de Ouarzazate or similar.

 

Day 6: Taliouine Kasbah, Taroudant walled market town

Our drive today skirts the foothills of the Atlas mountains with some great views to our right hand side, stopping for a break en-route to see the Kasbah at Taliouine and to learn about the production of saffron, the world's most expensive spice, which takes place in only this area in  Morocco . We continue onto Taroudant, a large walled Berber market town, and its souks are reputed to be the best in the south with some excellent local crafts on sale. The town walls are some of the longest and best preserved in  Morocco, with their mud construction changing colour dramatically as the day progresses - they're best seen in the early evening. You'll have some free time here in Taroudant to explore the souks, and walk along the walls. (B) Overnight Taroudant - Riad Taroudant or similar.

 

Day 7: Agadir, coastal drive to Essaouira

We head to the coast today with our first stop at  Morocco's main resort town of  Agadir . We'll take a short tour of the harbour and the famous High Kasbah before continuing along the coast towards the North Atlantic coastal town of  Essaouira . Well regarded as one of  Morocco 's most beautiful areas, Essaouira has always attracted and inspired artists, drawn by its good light and tranquil, relaxed way of life. (B) Overnight Essaouira - Riad Zahra or similar

 

Day 8: Essaouira, free time, drive to Marrakech

The first half of the day is free today to explore Essaouira further. You could visit the working port with its busy fish auction market and traditional wooden boat builders; explore the craft stalls and shops in the walled Medina which is UNESCO World Heritage listed; take a boat trip to the nearby island of Mogador which is a nature reserve popular with birdwatchers; try a windsurfing or kite-surfing lesson from the beach; or just explore randomly at your leisure. While you're here it's also well worth having a meal at one of Essaouira's well known fish stalls, where a wide range of local freshly caught fish and seafood are displayed, ready to be cooked in front of you and served with bread and salad. After lunch we drive back to Marrakech for a final evening in this busy city. Overnight  Marrakesh - Riad Anya or similar.

 

Day 9: Marrakech - Imlil - Tinerhourhine

This morning you are transferred out to Imlil.  We then walk from Imlil (1740m) towards Tinerhourhine, climbing through the small village of Tamatert before pausing to take lunch on the pass at Tizi n'Tamatert (2279m).

 

In the afternoon, we descend to the traditional village of Tinerhourhine (1600m), spread across both banks of the Imenane Valley, where we spend the night in a local gite. (B L D) 4 hours walking, approximately.

 

Day 10-: Ait Aissa

We depart from Tinerhourhine, following the Imenane Valley gently downriver until, passing close by the village of Ikkiss (1700m), we turn away and rise to reach Tizi n'Aguersioual (2050m). Descending on the far side of the pass, we cross the Ait Mizane Valley and immediately rise again towards Tizi Oudite (2219m), first taking our lunch at Matate (2000m).  We finally descend into the Assif n'Ouissadene Valley and spend the night in a local gite in the small village of Ait Aissa (1800m). (B L D) 6 to 7 hours walking, approximately.

 

Day 11: Imlil - Marakesh

We depart from Ait Aissa and walk up the valley towards the village of Tizi Oussem (1900m). We then rise further to cross Tizi Mzik (2400m) and descend through the village of Mzik itself on the far side before dropping once more into the Ait Mizane Valley and arriving back in Imlil.  4 hours walking, approximately. (B L)

 

Day 12: Departure

Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)



End of the services

Prices are quoted in GBP Dollars per person sharing and are subject to change until paid in full.
 

Price per person sharing for 2-3 people: £1030.00

Price per person sharing for 4 people    : £ 980.00



 

The above prices includes:

Transport: transfers to and from Marrakech airport plus transport throughout the itinerary in a comfortable, modern, private, air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking professional driver/guide

Meals: in Marrakech, Taroudant and Essaouira - breakfast only

          : outside Marrakech, Taroudant and Essaouira - breakfast and evening meal

City tour - 1.5 hrs - in Marrakech led by an official city guide

City tour in Essaouira led by an official city guide

Camel trip as described in your poster

• Accommodation in selected hotels with breakfast daily
• 4 Nights in Marrakesh

• 1 Night Tinghir
• 1 Night Merzouga
Berber Tent

• 1 Night Ouarzazate

• 1 Night Taroudant

• 1 Night Essaouira 

• Return airport transfers Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)
City tour - 1.5 hrs - in Marrakech led by an official city guide

City tour in Essaouira led by an official city guide

• 4WD Desert Safari
• Sunset camel ride to Berber Camp

• Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle

 

Trek portion

3 days of moderate trekking, maximum altitude - 2279m

Full escort: our treks are fully escorted by a local official mountain guide, muleteers and a cook

Accommodation: two nights camping or in village houses in the High Atlas 

All Meals: lunch and dinner on Day 1, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 2, breakfast and lunch on Day 3

Transport: minibus or 4x4 for transfers to and from the High Atlas.

 

Price excludes:

• Entrance fees indicated in the program

Mausoleum £1

Bahia Palace £1

Movie studios £4

• International Airfares
• Visa Fees
• Compulsory Insurance (about R350)
• Tips & personal items
• Any unmentioned services

• Mineral water

CONDITIONS:

Tour must be paid in full at time of booking 

Price applies to a minimum of two people per person sharing and excludes single supplements where they may apply.

Price applies to tours taken between  1 - 31 October 2017, subject to availability

 

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