Description

Your 9-day Moroccan travel adventure Great South and Kasbahs commences with time to explore the magic of Marrakech. Your guided tour of Marrakech will take you to visit the Bahia Palace, the royal necropolis of Saadian Tombs, the Jemaa El-Fna Square, and the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, whose silhouette inspired the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Then discover the open air markets or "souks" where you can shop for gems from tradesmen and craftsmen including copper work, jewelry, leather goods, and much more. From Marrakech travel through the High Atlas Mountains, and then take the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass into the town of Ouarzazate. Continue through Skoura to the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, an intriguing trading route lined with Berber settlements that stand like life-size sandcastles along its edges. Tinghir awaits for your exploration with its craggy canyons in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains known as Todra Gorges. You will travel to Erfoud by way of Rissani, the birthplace of the Alaouite Dynasty, from where the current Moroccan royal family originates. Your next overnight stop is Merzouga where you can delve into the desert on an optional excursion or explore at your leisure. Travel along the nomad's road through Berber villages on your way to Zagora then along to Agdz on the banks of the Draa River in the Draa Valley. Visit the famous Kasr Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location of acclaimed movies and television programs including: Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. More time for you to explore Marrakech on at your own pace offers the ideal culmination to the adventure of a lifetime!


Itinerary

Day 1 - Sat Casablanca/Marrakech

Arrive at the Casablanca Airport, then connect to your own domestic flight to Marrakech. Transfer from the Marrakech Airport to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Marrakech. (D)

Day 2 - Sun Marrakech

Spend your day exploring exotic Marrakech. A guided tour will introduce you to the old city, its foundation, and almost thousand year history. Visit historical landmarks including the Bahia Palace and the royal necropolis of Saadian Tombs. After lunch tour the Jemaa El- Fna Square in the heart of the city where bursts of incredible spontaneous entertainment are commonplace. Finish your tour at the foot of the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, whose silhouette inspired the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. Then discover the souks, or open air markets, and trades of carpenters, babouchiers, and dyers. Dinner and overnight in Marrakech. (B,D)

Day 3 - Mon Marrakech/Ouarzazate/Dades

Drive from Marrakech into the High Atlas Mountains. At an altitude of 7,414 feet, take the Tizin'Tichka mountain pass into the town of Ouarzazate. Continue through Skoura to the Road of a Thousand Kasbahs, a dusty caravan trading route lined with Berber settlements that stand like life-size sand castles along its edges. Enter Dades and check in at your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Boumalne Dades. (B,D)

Day 4 - Tue Dades/Tinghir/Rissani/Erfoud/Merzouga

From Dades, depart for Tinghir and visit the craggy canyons in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains known as Todra Gorges. Pass through Erfoud via Rissani, the birthplace of the Alaouite Dynasty whose ancestors are the current Moroccan royal family. Upon arrival in Merzouga, you will be transferred by 4x4 to your Desert Camp. After you settle in, you may enjoy an optional Camel ride. Dinner and overnight in Desert Camp in Merzouga. (B, D)

Day 5 - Wed Merzouga/Zagora

Wake-up early to admire the splendid sunrise before leaving for Zagora through the Berber villages along the nomad?s road. Enjoy dinner at a Riad in Zagora. The interior garden and water feature in this traditional Moroccan home moderate the air temperature and calm the mind with privacy and symmetry. Dinner and overnight in Zagora. (B,D)

Day 6 - Thu Zagora/Ouarzazate

Travel to Agdz on the banks of the Draa River in the Draa Valley. Visit the famous Kasr Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location in famous shows and movies like Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator. Arrive in Ouarzazate in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Ouarzazate. (B,D)

Day 7 - Fri Ouarzazate/Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon and spend the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Marrakech. (B,D)

Day 8 - Sat Marrakech

Spend this full day at leisure to relax, explore Marrakech on your own, or join an assortment of optional excursions. Dinner and overnight in Marrakech. (B,D)

Day 9 - Sun Marrakech/Casablanca to USA (or extend your stay)

Transfer to the Marrakech Airport for your departure flight. (B)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights 
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • 16 included meals consisting of: 
  • - 8 buffet breakfasts 
    - 8 dinners 
  • Transportation in Sedan car or minibus, according to the number of participants 
  • Assistance of English-speaking driver and local guides during the tour in Marrakech, Dades, Todgha, Merzouga, Zagora, Ouarzazate 
  • Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: 
  • - Excursions to Jama El fna, Saadians Necropolis and the Bahia Palace 
    - Half day tour of Todra Gorges in Dades 
    - Visit a riad in Zagora 
    - Travel by camel into the desert to spend the night in a desert camp 
    - Visit Ouarzazate movie?s studio and famous kasbahs 
    - See the High Atlas Mountains and Berber villages 
    - Berber villages, Berber Ksour?s, Merzouga Dune?s, nomad?s route and palm groves along the Draa 
  • Hotel and tourist taxes 
  • Document holder and luggage tags

Hotels

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Zagora

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Riad Lamane| hotels in Zagora Morocco

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Ouarzazate

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Dades

Xaluca Hotel| hotels in Dades Morocco

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Merzouga

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Excludes

      • Airfare is not included: Call for Rates
      • Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
      • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) 
      • Tips and Personal items 
      • Travel Insurance 
      • Listed optional Tours are not included in the program prices

Notes

    Minimum of two passengers required to operate the tour.
    Prices are per person, land only based on double occupancy and Saturday arrivals.
    Please call for both international and domestic airfares.
    Additional cost for a private guide throughout.

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