Morocco | Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains

8-days | 7-nights
TYPOLOGIES

Shared

DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. TRAVELERS

2 Passengers

$ 1459

Amazing Experience

Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality

What's Included

Round trip airport transfers
3 nights in Marrakesh at Kech Boutique Hôtel & Spa or similar
1 night in Dades at Dades Xaluca Hotel or similar
1 night in Merzouga at Riad Madu or similar
1 night in Zagora at Riad Lamane or similar
1 night in Ouarzazate at Dar Chamaa or similar
14 meals: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
Modern transportation with English speaking/driver
Half day guided city tour of Marrakesh
Monuments and historical sites entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
All taxes

Services NOT included

Entrance fee to Hassan II Grand Mosque
Sunset camel ride in Merzouga
Any optional tours or visits
Optional tours
Expenditures of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
Others meals which are not specified in the itinerary
Tipping for guide/driver

Day by Day

Please Note While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.[/vc_column_text]

DAY 1 | Arrival

Upon arrival in Marrakesh, please proceed through customs and immigration formalities.

Collect your baggage and proceed outside where you are met by our representative for transfer to your hotel.

Dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Marrakesh

DAY 2 | Marrakesh - Skoura - Dades

Unearth the secrets of Marrakesh, beginning in the medina, the old walled section of town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This thousand-year-old city was long a political, economic and cultural center. Marvel at its architectural jewels, including the soaring Koutoubia minaret. Continue to the Bahia Palace, an example of privileged life in the 19th century, and the Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin), which houses an impressive collection of North African arts and crafts. The museum, which was founded by a Dutch anthropologist, is organized into geographically themed exhibits, with each room focusing on artifacts from different towns and regions along the ancient trade route from Marrakesh to Timbuktu. The works on display include exquisite hand-woven carpets and textiles, traditional Berber clothing and jewelry, intricate basketwork and tribal handicrafts. Later you visit Djemaael-Fna, Marrakesh’s main square, which is filled with orange juice stalls and vendors, along with fire-eaters, mime artists, snake-charmers and street musicians performing at every turn. You may also take the opportunity to explore the city’s fabled, labyrinthine souks, their bustling alleyways brimming with all manner of wares. Following your visit, return to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure, a perfect opportunity to freshen up and get ready for dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel and overnight.

| Overnight in Marrakesh
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 | Marrakesh - Skoura - Dades

As you leave Marrakesh, ahead into the High Atlas Mountains. Our route follows the same one caravans used centuries ago to bring into Marrakesh gold and precious wood from the other side of the ocean of sand, the Sahara. You will be crossing Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260 meters high. Once over the pass, you will get amazing panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and the houses of its indigenous villages. Later, you take a detour to visit Ait Benhaddou then pass the skirts of Ouarzazate and stop for a lunch (not included, at own expense). Onto yet another lush area nestled between the deserted crest and the desolate plateaus: Skoura palm grove. Then, our trip reaches Kelaa des Mgouna, famous for the nearby Valley of Roses and ‘Rose Festival’, where at the end of a 3-day celebration usually held in May, a local girl is the crowned ‘Rose Queen’. The most demanded product is Eau-de-rose and two factories in the area distill and export the product. Further on, Boulmane Dades follows the starting point to explore the spectacular Dades Gorge, a lush carpet set against the massive rocks and quite popular among those interested to trek. Dinner at the hotel.

| Overnight in Dades
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 | Dades - Tinghit - Merzouga

Back on the road, our first stop is Tinerhir (Tinghir), with its extensive palm grove, the ksours built into the rocky hills above it and its mysterious decaying Jewish quarter. Tinghir has been for generations a stop for nomadic Berber tribes traveling from the mountains north of it towards the desert during the winter months. A rather inconspicuous hidden gem is the 19th-century adobe mosque nested within the old crumbling ksour, a heaven for photography enthusiasts. Todra Gorges, lie only 15 km from Tinghir, presenting an arresting spectacle with its crystal clear river emerging from it, its huge walls changing color to magical effect as the day unfolds. Its 300 meters (1000 feet) high walls are home to more than 150 bolted routes and at any time of day, you can catch a glimpse of someone rock climbing his way up the gigantic walls. Before reaching Merzouga where the tarmac ends, we pass Erfoud and Rissani. In Erfoud, we may stop for a visit at Musee des Oasis (optional) if time allows. Rissani used to serve as last stop on the great caravan routes south and gold and slave auctions were taking place here as late as the 1800s. Soon after we reach Merzouga and in the distance you glimpse the first leviathans of sand forming the Sahara: the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Merzouga
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 | Merzouga - Alnif - Tazarine - Zagora

Enjoy an optional sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Return to your Riad for breakfast before transferring to Zagora via the Amazigh villages of Alnif and Tazarine. The road to Tazzarine sees almost no traffic, providing a scenic link between Tafilalet and Draa Valley. Aside from the landscape, fossils and prehistoric rock carvings are this region’s main attraction. The scenery grows wilder as you approach Tazzarine, set in a grassy oasis surrounded by bare mountains. Continue to Zagora which is famous for its largest palm valley in Morocco. Dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Zagora
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 | Zagora - agdez - Ouarzate

After breakfast, enjoy the tour of Zagora including some of the oldest villages in Morocco. Stop by Tamegroute to visit the village’s famous library, which houses ancient Koranic scripts dating back to the 12th century. Visit the pottery section of Tamgroute then transfer to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley.

| Overnight in Ouarzazate
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 | Ouarzazate - ait Ben Haddou - Marrakesh

Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a regional trade center, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenelated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. On the way, there is an optional (not included) visit to the Film studios.

Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the region’s most exotic kasbahs, where structures all but defy the laws of gravity as they perch upon the steep slope.

Some of these buildings have been featured in films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. You journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating city of Marrakesh. Dinner at the hotel.

| Overnight in Marrakesh
|  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 | Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to either Marrakesh Menara Airport or Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport for your departing flight.

|  Breakfast

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