Explore the souks of Marrakech, walk in the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel through the desert.
Start Marrakech. Meet the group in the evening at your hotel for the trip briefing. *Mogador Opera Hotel or similar* * *
With time to explore Marrakech at the end of our journey, we leave the Red City behind and head into the Atlas Mountains. Our destination for the day is Tighza, and our scenic route takes us over Tizi N Tichka pass, the highest in Morocco at 2260m. The journey time today will be approximately 3.5 hours, with comfort breaks along the way. This is a narrow range of mountains, and after the winding roads, we drop into the gorge on the other side. It is here that we turn off into a wide valley, and get to Anmiter where we will stop for a picnic lunch. After lunch we will enjoy a short walk gently uphill ( 1-2 hours) arriving mid-afternoon at our Riad, where we will meet again with our vehicle. We may then have time for an afternoon walk around the town, and visit to our Responsible Tourism project in the village where Exodus has supported the community in building a traditional hammam. *Riad Kasbah Oliver or similar *
After breakfast this morning, we walk back down to Anmiter to join our vehicle and make our way to the first destination for the day, the well-preserved Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular sights of the Atlas, made famous as the filming location for several Hollywood films including 'Gladiator' and 'Queen of the Desert'. We will explore the maze of paths through this ancient village, and reach the top for a spectacular view. We continue our adventure along the 'Road of a thousand Kasbahs' to Ouarzazate, a 30-minute drive from Ait Ben Haddou and nicknamed as the 'door to the desert' because it used to be a crossing point for African traders on their way to Europe. It is home to the Atlas Film Studios, the setting for many Hollywood films, as well as Game of Thrones and BBC's Atlantis. Making our way through the Draa Valley, we see a little of the agriculture in this area including a huge palmery containing over four million palm trees, edged by many fortified villages. We pass through Skoura and the town of the roses, El Kelaa Des Mgouna where there is an annual Rose Festival. In the later afternoon, we will reach our hotel for the evening, nestled in the rocks at the entrance to the Todra Gorge. *Kasbah Taborihte or similar*
This morning we will take a short walk into the Todra Gorge, following the crystal clear river as it meanders through the steep-walled gorge. After reaching the viewpoint, we turn back to meet our vehicle and carry on with our journey towards Merzouga, which will take us approximately 3 hours, with some short breaks along the way. Merzouga is a tiny village in the Sahara Desert, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50km long and 5km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 350m high in places. This is the gateway to the Sahara and where our real Lawrence of Arabia experience begins and we trek into the desert on a caravan of camels to reach the permanent Bedouin camp where will stay for the evening and enjoy the stars of the night sky. *Note* - you will need to prepare an overnight bag for this evening with your essentials. *Full-service Camping - Yasmina Desert Camp or similar*
We get up early today for an exciting camel trek (riding camels about 50mins each with 1hr walk and some time to rest in the middle) through the desert back to Merzouga. Riding a camel is a fun and truly memorable experience although it can be a bit bumpy! After being reunited with our vehicle we make our way to Ouarzazate passing through several towns along the way. First we pass through Alnif, a small picturesque town that is one of the most renowned places in the World for collecting the prehistoric creatures known as trilobites, and attracts fossil hunters from all over. We then pass the quiet town of Tazzarine, before heading North to N'kob. With its swimming pool, we can enjoy a well-deserved break after our adventure on the 'ships of the desert'. *Hotel Tichka Salam or similar *
In the morning we begin our scenic drive through the winding roads of the Atlas, bound for Marrakech, an ancient and exotic city wrapped in European modernity. There’s no rush as the scenery through the High Atlas Mountain passes is magnificent, and there will surely be calls for several photo stops along the way. It will be approximately a 4-hour journey. On arrival in Marrakech, you will check in to your hotel and this evening, you will be free to make your way to the old town ( inside the medina walls) and explore the great square of Jemaa el Fna, or enjoy dinner on one of the roof terraces with a great view overlooking this bustling square. *Mogador Opera Hotel or similar *
This morning we take a guided tour (on foot) of the 'Red City' of Marrakech where we can soak up the atmosphere of this bustling and vibrant city, with its maze of bazaars, palaces and mosques. The afternoon there is free time to simply potter around the souks, visit the more peaceful Jardin Majorelle, or maybe enjoy a 'caleche' ride (horse-drawn carriage). No visit to Marrakech is complete without a visit to the Djemma el Fna, the open-air central square around which Marrakech revolves. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, juice-sellers, travelling musicians and acrobats, the square is a place of entertainment for both Moroccan and overseas visitors. *Mogador Opera Hotel or similar *
End Marrakech. Our tour ends after breakfast.
* 4 nights hotel; 2 nights camping (in the desert we sleep in traditional Bedouin-style tents), 1 night in mountain gite. * Group normally 8-20, plus leader. Designed for ages 9 to 12, also for ages 13 to 16 * Travel by air-conditioned minibus and camel * Free transfers to meet any flight
All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included. Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine is from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) without drinks. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but expect to pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants each evening. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of couscous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. Plastic waste is an issue in Morrocco. We advise you buy your own purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water in large containers is stored in the bus for you to refill your own bottles.
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