Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on On The Go Tours 10 Day Rock the Kasbah. Spend Christmas and New Year in Morocco with it's impressive Kasbahs, the stunning Sahara and fascinating imperial cities!
Seasons Greetings and welcome to Morocco. Arrival transfer from the airport to our hotel. This evening (at 19:00) our welcome meeting takes place where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
Marrakech - Dades Gorge. Leaving Marrakech we drive through the Dades Gorge, an awe inspiring valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south. The Atlas Mountains span some 2,090km covering vast regions of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The mountain chain comprise of a series of parallel ranges running west to east including the Anti- Atlas, High Atlas and Middle Atlas. With an average elevation of 3350 metres, the Atlas claims the highest peak of North Africa. The Berbers (original inhabitants of North Africa) built many impressive kasbahs on the mountain steep and in the valley gorges for defence purposes.
En route to Dades Gorge we pass many of these medieval kasbahs and stop at one of the highest vantage points to enjoy a cup of sweet minted tea and take in panoramic views of the impressive snow capped mountain vista. (B/L/D)
Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge. Merry Christmas! The morning is spent at Dades Gorge where you can choose to partake in a leisurely walk/hike through the simple local villages and foothills of the gorge or spend the morning at leisure. After a hearty lunch we drive onward to Todra Gorge.
Arriving at Todra Gorge we spend the remains of the day exploring the spectacular site, from its plunging depths to its awesome heights. Witness its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. For those feeling active, there is the option to rock climb (subject to weather conditions, payable locally). (B/L/D)
Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi. Crossing Jebel Sarhro, we enjoy lunch and a swim before travelling down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the start point of the mighty Sahara Desert. The Erg Chebbi dunes located near the remote frontier town of Merzouga are renowned for their incredible height and size. In parts the vast sand pile reaches skyward to heights of 150 metres!
The desert winds ensure this astonishing landscape is forever changing and no two days offer the same panorama. Mounting our camels, we trek across the vast rolling dunes of the Sahara and take in the breath-taking scenery. Arriving at our simple Berber camp, we enjoy dinner, music and a night under the Saharan stars, before retiring to our tents for the evening. Wrap up warm!
If you would prefer the comfort of a hotel with en-suite facilities this evening, opt for our Sahara Hotel Upgrade . (B/L/D)
Berber Camp - Ouarzazate. Leaving the desert, we travel along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, continuing on to Ouarzazate, (pronounced as wazzazat). Sitting at an altitude of 1160 metres in the middle of a barren plateau, Ouarzazate lies at the cross roads of all routes going north, south, east, and west. Its geographical position has made it a key trading post in both ancient and modern times. Capital of a large province, the town's northern limits run along the southern aspect of the High Atlas and its southern boundary disappears back into the vast Sahara desert. Today, the area is still essentially populated by Berber people, who were constructors of the numerous fortified kasbahs and dwellings for which the region is famous. (B/L/D)
Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech . This morning there is the option to visit the film studio or go quad biking (payable locally). This afternoon we head to Ait Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city', situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech . It is located on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and boasts some beautiful examples of ancient kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site had been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Late this afternoon we travel back to Marrakech . (B)
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech and the afternoon is free to independently explore. The focal point of Marrakech is the central square - Djemaa el Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders, Djemaa el Fna is best seen in the evening, illuminated against a backdrop of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains, when it's overflowing with food stalls, snake charmers, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. Towering over all this is the Koutoubia mosque, the tallest building in the city. (B/D)
Two days of free time to explore Marrakech independently. Perhaps try a hammam and practice your bargaining skills in the souks. On New Years Eve there is the option to get together for dinner (and a few drinks) in a local restaurant to celebrate the coming of the New Year. (Bx2)
Our tour concludes after breakfast and hotel check out. Happy New Year! (B)
Marrakech - UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna,(medina, souks and market place)
Bahia Palace - 19th Century palacial residence of the grand vizier Sidi Moussa & Koutoubia Mosque
High Atlas Mountains and views of Mt Toubkal - North Africa's highest peak
Dades Gorge - ‘Valley of the Roses and Jebel Sarhro
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - reaching some 150m high
Merzouga - Berber village and start point for our camel trek into the great Sahara
Todra Gorge - towering red canyon
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah city
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
Todra Gorge walk
Camel trek into the great Sahara
Guided sightseeing of Merzouga, Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge, Ait Benhaddou and Marrakech
Escorted by a licensed English speaking Moroccan tour guide
Specialist local guides at some sites
All road taxes and tolls
9 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including a traditional Berber meal at our Sahara camp
8 nights 3 - 4 star accommodation
1 night Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert. (Hotel Upgrade available)
Dellarosa Hotel Suites & Spa (Marrakech )
Adam Park Hotel & Spa (Marrakech )
Kasbah Tizzaouirine (Dades Gorge)
Hotel Saghro (Todra Gorge)
Desert Camp (Merzouga)
La Perle Du Sud (Ouarzazate)
Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis (Marrakech )
Excludes International flights and visa
Excludes Gratuity for your tour guide & driver. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.
Excludes Note: On some road journeys, the tour leader may not be in your particular vehicle
Excludes Entrance Fees: USD$25-30, paid in USD or local currency
Definite Departure. Minimum numbers reached for this departure to operate.
Available Departure. Minimum numbers not yet reached, so while this departure is expected to operate, it’s not yet a Definite Departure.
Not Available. Places on this departure are unavailable.
Exclusive Global Journeys Savings. Available for a limited time or until sold out.
Note Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.
Note Tour & cruises prices are per person. Prices shown have savings applied, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices and trip information are correct at the time at this point in time, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking and are subject to change by On The Go Tours.