Marrakech, Atlas & Desert

8 Days from £660 Per person

This trip includes a few nights in the medieval city of Marrakech, soaking up its vibrant African-Arab-European culture. Once drunk with the heady atmosphere of city life, head out towards the mountains and desert to experience a much simpler and rural way of life. Immerse yourself in Berber culture amongst some fantastic scenery and enjoy a camel trek in the Sahara dunes and a night under the stars. Finish with a couple of nights relaxing in luxury tents just outside Marrakech

Day 1 - Arrive Marrakech

Arrive at Marrakech airport where your driver will meet you and take you straight to your riad. After checking in and enjoying a mint tea, take a horse and cart trip around the city or a guided tour of the souks as  a fun way to help you get your bearings. We have loads of fantastic riads, a firm favourite is Les Trois Mages.

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Day 2 - Exploring the Souks

Spend the day enjoying everything Marrakech has to offer. Take an early morning visit to the Majorelle gardens before it gets too hot and all the bus loads of tourists arrive. Spend afternoons visiting the various mosques and historical sites, not forgetting to indulge yourself with a traditional Moroccan exfoliation and massage in a local hammam.

Lastly, and not to be missed is the main square at night where you can wander amongst the snake charmers, storytellers and henna tattooists before sitting atop a rooftop bar with a chilled glass of wine watching the action unfold beneath you.

Moroccan Rock village

Day 3 - Over the Atlas

After an early Moroccan breakfast in your riad, your driver will meet you at your Riad in Marrakech and then drive you over the Tizi n’Tichka pass at more than 2200m and on to the famous world heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou for lunch. From there it is a couple more hours drive south to Agdz where you will stop for the night at Dar Qamar

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Day 4 - Into the Desert

From Agdz, you travel along the Draa valley, famous for its oases and pottery until you reach the end of the road at M’hamid. From here it is 4×4’s (and camels only) and you have an hour or so to reach the desert camp in the massive dunes of Chiggaga. Here you will be assigned sleeping quarters, maybe climb a dune to watch the sunset and then settle to watch your nomad hosts prepare dinner and entertain you while you eat. Then bed under the stars.  We also offer an upgrade to a luxury desert camp

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Day 5 - Crossing Desert

The next morning it is worth waking early for a short camel trek to watch the sunrise and then a leisurely breakfast. Once packed up it is a gentle day travelling across the desert and the Iriqi dry lake bed to exit the desert at Foum’sguid where you pick up the road again. You will stay in Bab Rimal and so have a chance for a swim and a relax

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Days 6 & 7 - Marrakech to Relax

Day 6 is the longest drive (around 6 hours) so start early and you first pass Tazenacht, the centre of the Berber rug making industry and a great place to pick up a bargain, luggage allowance permitting. From there it is back over the Atlas and finish off at Jardin d’Issil staying in one of their luxury tents. Day 7 is just for relaxing and Jardin d’Issil is a perfect place to unwind after the days of travelling.

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Day 8 - Home

Your driver will collect you for the short trip back to the airport and the journey home. You will have seen more of Morocco in a week than most people fit into multiple trips, met some great people and also had a chance to relax.

Details

Total cost for this trip based on 2 people sharing is £660 per person including accommodation on B&B(4 nights) or half board (3 nights) basis. Also included are all transfers in a private vehicle with English-speaking driver who will do his utmost to ensure you get the most out of your trip.  The Luxury Desert Camp costs an extra £150pp.

You can get flights from as little as £100 per person return and do ask us for advice.  Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

 

INCLUDED:

  • Prices start from £660 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis (3 nights half board)
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered