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9 day Moroccan Mosaics small group tour

This tour gives a deep insight into the incredible history and culture of Morocco. This 9-day trip starts with a full day tour of the magical city of Marrakech, we visit mosques and minarets and bustling bazaars. The next day we leave and head through Berber villages as we travel over the highest mountain pass in Africa and visit the UNESCO site of Ait Benhaddou before reaching Ouarzazate. We then head on to the town of Tinghir, visiting Dades Canyon and Todra Gorge. The next highlight is a 4WD desert safari near Merzouga and an night in the desert at a comfortable Berber camp. We continue through the desert to Zagora before heading back via Ouarzazate to Marrakech. Accommodation is in 4-star hotels, plus the desert camp. 
Note: From 2014 the tour will include 8 breakfasts and 2 dinners (on Days 4 & 5). On other days you will eat your evening meals at local restaurants instead of in the hotels.

9 day Moroccan Mosaics small group tour

 

DAY 1 Arrive into Marrakech
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel near the centre of Marrakech for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and you can spend the evening either in the hotel or starting to explore this fascinating city.

 

OVERNIGHT Marrakech Hotel  EXTRAS Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour

 

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. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks around Jemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan. Today’s tour ends at the lively Djemaa El Fna Square.

 

OVERNIGHT Marrakech Hotel  MEALS Breakfast

 

DAY 3 Drive to Ouarzazate via Ait Benhaddou
After breakfast this morning we have a spectacular drive across the Tizi N'tichka col which at 2260m is the highest pass in Northern Africa. We then drive to Morocco's most well known Kasbah at the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou. After lunch we head on to Ouarzazate or 'place of no noise'. An incredibly dramatic landscape, this area has played host to countless well known films.

 

OVERNIGHT Ouarzazate Hotel  MEALS Breakfast

 

DAY 4 Drive to Tinghir via Boulmane
Departing this morning along the road of a thousand Kasbahs we visit the beautiful Kasbah found at Amerhidel and then arrive into Boulmane from where we visit the impressive Dades Canyon offering great views of the surrounding desert landscape. Later we drive on to Tinghir where we stay overnight.

 

OVERNIGHT Tinghir hotel  MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 5 Todra Gorge, then 4WD safari and camping at Merzouga
We start this morning with a visit to the nearby Todra Gorge, before continuing our drive through the Atlas Mountains and transferring into 4WD vehicles to travel through the dunes to Merzouga. Here we will watch the sunset over the desert before sleeping under the stars in a traditional Berber camp.

 

OVERNIGHT Berber desert camp  MEALS Breakfast, Dinner  EXTRAS Sunset desert camel ride

 

DAY 6 Merzouga. Drive to Zagora
After breakfast with our Berber hosts we then continue our drive through the dunes to Rissani and the birthplace of the Alaouita Dynasty. We leave our 4WD vehicles here and drive to Erfoud. Lodged in an idyllic setting between the Atlas mountains to the north and the Sahara desert to the south, Erfoud is the administrative capital of the region. Our final stop is at the town of Zagora.

 

OVERNIGHT Zagora Hotel  MEALS Breakfast

 

DAY 7 Drive to Marrakech via Ouarzazate
After breakfast this morning we depart for Ouarzazate by crossing the imposing Draa Valley. Bordered by palm groves this sparsely populated town is close to the village of Tamegroute - an important site for Sufi Muslims which we will visit. We then travel back over the Tizi N'tichka col and on through local Berber villages back to Marrakech.

 

OVERNIGHT Marrakech Hotel  MEALS Breakfast

 

DAY 8 Marrakech. Free Day (various day trip options)
Your day is free today to explore Marrakech further, and perhaps do some final souvenir shopping and sightseeing. Alternatively, we offer a range of day trips and excursions, including a spectacular hot air balloon flight.

 

OVERNIGHT Marrakech Hotel  MEALS Breakfast  EXTRAS Marrakech Quad-biking, Imlil day trip

 

DAY 9 Marrakech. Departure transfer to the airport
Your time is free today until we transfer to the airport for departure flight. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to arrange some futher options this morning. 

 

OVERNIGHT None  MEALS Breakfast  EXTRAS Extra night - post-tour

 

Included:

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Local English speaking guide during the sightseeing
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to monuments as stated

Excluded:

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above