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Kasbahs, Oases & Deserts

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,160

Travel back in time and experience the unique Moroccan way of life in the oases and fortified Kasbahs that dot the dramatic landscapes of vast desert, gorges and the Atlas Mountains.


Be invigorated by exotic Morocco on this 8 day private touring experience off the tourist trail. Stay in boutique Riads (traditional houses) and First class hotels.

Weave through the High Atlas mountains to the rose festival city of El Kella M’Gouna, and the spectacular valley of Dadess. At Tinghir, roam the markets, sampling the many fruits available from this large oasis in the desert. To the north, the view of 300m high Toudra Gorges will astonish you. You’ll even have the chance to take an optional sunset camel ride.

The colours of the desert come alive at Merzouga, where the spectacular Saharan dunes – particularly Erg Chebbi, which rises 150 metres above the desert – are a photographer’s haven. Stop in at fascinating Berber villages on your way to Tamgroute library, home to 12th century Coranic scripts. Go on to see a different side of Morocco at Ouarzazate, centre of the country’s film industry. Tour the many Kasbahs here, along with Ait Ben Haddou. A film star in its own right, this fortified village has appeared in Lawrence of ArabiaGladiatorThe Living Daylights and Alexander.

Your journey ends with a full day tour of Marrakesh. This is Morocco at its most romantic. A visit to Jemaa El Fna Square offers a stunning array of food and performers, including musicians, snake charmers and fortune tellers. You’ll also visit the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and the Menara Gardens.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,160

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Day 1

Arrive in Marrakech

On arrival you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Riad Slitine

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    Riad Slitine



    Riad Slitine is just a 2-minute walk from Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh's old quarter. The hotel features a secluded swimming pool surrounded by an arched courtyard. The guest rooms feature white stone walls and intricate carved woodwork. Each has access to a patio ...

    Riad Slitine is just a 2-minute walk from Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh's old quarter. The hotel features a secluded swimming pool surrounded by an arched courtyard.

    The guest rooms feature white stone walls and intricate carved woodwork. Each has access to a patio or terrace and is equipped with a minibar.

    Facilities

    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 2

Marrakech

Unearth the secrets of Marrakech, 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 exemplary specimen of privileged life in the 19th century. Your next stop is at 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 Marrakech 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 Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech'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 a dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your hotel and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

Marrakech to Skoura to Dades

As you leave Marrakech, the distant haze begins to resolve itself into a jagged mountain range - the High Atlas Mountains, jutting abruptly from the plain. Our route follows the same one caravans used centuries ago, to bring into Marrakech gold and precious wood from the other side of the ocean of sand, the Sahara. Beautiful scenery and small villages built in tiers succeed among oak trees, walnut groves and snow patches before arriving at the Tizi n Tichka pass, at 2260 meters high. Once over the pass a totally different picture is unveiled: the lunar landscape of the Anti-Atlas. Later, skirt past Ouarzazate and stop for a lunch (own expense). Past Ouarzazate, our trip tour reaches yet another lush area, nested 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 days celebration usually held in May, a local girl is crowned 'Rose Queen'. The most looked after product is eau-de-rose and two factories in the area distil and export the product. The process uses approximately three thousand kilograms of rose petals to extract a liter of rose oil. 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 and overnight at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Xaluca Dades

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Day 4

Dades to Tinghir to 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 travelling 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 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 1800's. Before it, the caravan trade and the most important city in Morocco was Sijilmassa, the ruins of which lie opposite Rissani. From its gates, Ibn Battuta and Leo Africanus left Morocco to embark on their illustrious journeys across the Sahara into African countries. Soon after we reach Merzouga and in the distance you glimpse the first leviathans of sand forming the Sahara: the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Serf the sandy sea on a powerful 4 WD Land Rover to the desert camp. Dinner and overnight under tent.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Madu Camp

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    Madu Camp



    The bivouac has 8 typical Berber tents all with en-suite bathroom with hot water, a separate tent which is the restaurant and a lovely corner covered with Moroccan carpets where you can relax and admire the milky way...

    The bivouac has 8 typical Berber tents all with en-suite bathroom with hot water, a separate tent which is the restaurant and a lovely corner covered with Moroccan carpets where you can relax and admire the milky way...

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Day 5

Merzouga to Alnif to Tazarine to Zagora

Enjoy a 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. Famous for its largest palm valley in Morocco. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Riad Lamane

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Day 6

Zagora to Agdez to Ouarzazate

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Zagora and 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 Tamegroute then transfer to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley. There is an optional lunch stop at Agdez. Your journey continues to Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Dar Chamaa

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    Dar Chamaa



    Dar Chamaa is situated in the Ouarzazate Palm Grove with views of the Atlas Mountains. It has an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace area that is surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees. The hotel is 15 minutes from Ouarzazate Airport and 3 km ...

    Dar Chamaa is situated in the Ouarzazate Palm Grove with views of the Atlas Mountains. It has an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace area that is surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees. The hotel is 15 minutes from Ouarzazate Airport and 3 km to the city center. For guests arriving by car, free private parking is available on site.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Ouarzazate to Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech

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 crenellated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. On the way, optional 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 Marrakech. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Riad Slitine

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    Riad Slitine



    Riad Slitine is just a 2-minute walk from Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh's old quarter. The hotel features a secluded swimming pool surrounded by an arched courtyard. The guest rooms feature white stone walls and intricate carved woodwork. Each has access to a patio ...

    Riad Slitine is just a 2-minute walk from Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh's old quarter. The hotel features a secluded swimming pool surrounded by an arched courtyard.

    The guest rooms feature white stone walls and intricate carved woodwork. Each has access to a patio or terrace and is equipped with a minibar.

    Facilities

    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 8

Depart Marrakech

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip Airport transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation by air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver
  • Guided City Tour
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • All local taxes.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

The choice of hotels used on this itinerary are Riads which are traditional homes that have been transformed into boutique style hotels or hotels that have been built in the traditional style.

We recommend that you upgrade and add a national guide for the ultimate experience. Your English speaking driver is not a qualified guide and will give you minimal general information. There is, however, a local guide included in Marrakech.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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