Morocco Secret Adventures & Small Groups Tours
Experience a magical journey by combining nature and culture in one amazing trip. Explore the endless dunes of the Sahara desert and discover the vibrant city of Marrakech. The road from Marrakech to the desert leads you through valleys of green palm trees, Berber mud-houses and Kasbahs that fade into the red brown landscape. As soon as you reach the desert you will be stunned by the endless sea of sand with dunes that reach beyond the horizon. The feeling of space, total silence and solitude is amazing. Witness a caravan of camels passing by, sleep under the clear star-spangled sky and enjoy the rising sun that makes the scenery glow and colours the orange sand red. This journey has all the ingredients for a breathtaking unforgettable adventure! The journey begins and ends in Marrakech.
Highlights Of Morocco
Day 1 – Marrakech – Marrakech
Choose Your Own Dates – Start Any Day – Year Round Welcome to Morocco! Morning arrival at Marrakech Airport. Special welcome at the airport.
Transfer by private vehicle and Welcome Tea, lodging in Luxury Riad or similar in Marrakech and visit of the Medina Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Ouarzazate
Marrakech – Ouarzazate. Leaving Marrakech, we drive over the stunning High Atlas mountains on the way to Ouarzazate, which used to be the crossing point for African traders heading to the northern cities in Morocco, or travelling up into Europe.
Ouarzazate is now the film capital of Morocco and we have the opportunity to visit the famous film studios which have been used for films such as Kingdom of Heaven, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. Overnight – In Kasbah Hotel at Ouarzazate.
Day 3: Todra Gorge
Ouarzazate – Todra Gorge. We continue our journey this morning, driving on to the stunning Todra Gorge, a narrow rose red canyon with towering 300m high walls. Discover the charm of Todra today as you witness it’s ever changing colours on a light walk.
There is the opportunity to partake in an afternoon session of rock climbing or (in summer) horse riding (book/pay locally). Alternatively, you could choose just to relax by the pool and soak up the atmosphere. Overnight – Kasbah Hotel at Todra Gorge.
Day 4: Sahara camel trek & camp
Todra Gorge – Erg Chebbi. Crossing the Jebel Sarhro, we head down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes this morning, which signify the commencement of the mighty Sahara Desert. Transferring to trusty camels, we trek sedately across the vast rolling sand dunes of the Sahara to our remote Berber camp – an experience that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on travellers young and old!
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening in the desert; scale the towering dunes and watch a breathtaking sunset, before listening to Berber music and enjoying some tasty local food. Camp out tonight under the glittering Saharan stars. Overnight – Merzouga
Day 5: Dades Gorge
Erg Chebbi – Dades Gorge. We leave the Sahara this morning, trekking back on our camels to the frontier point (camel HQ). We stop off at a hotel in Merzouga, to wash away the desert sand with a shower and a chance to cool off in the pool before lunch. br>
Feeling refreshed, we travel to the beautiful Dades Gorge this afternoon, a stunning valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south, with a picturesque river meandering through the middle and kasbahs dotted on the ranges. Admire the views along the serpentine roads, stopping at several scenic spots en route for photo opportunities and perhaps a cup of mint tea as we head to our hotel. Overnight – Dades Gorge.
Day 6: Ait Benhaddou
Dades Gorge – Ait Benhaddou. This morning we head to legendary Ait Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site had been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Enjoy a guided tour of this remarkable site, exploring the ancient winding alleys, towers and kasbahs – a handful of which remain inhabited today. Explore the winding valleys and admire the wonderful views overlooking a fertile river valley and the surrounding Atlas mountains. Overnight – Ait Benhaddou.
Day 7: Djemaa el Fna
Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech – breakfast. We enjoy some free time again this morning at the hotel near Ait Benhaddou, before heading on our way for an incredible journey over the Atlas mountains. Arriving late afternoon in Marrakech. This evening consider heading for dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking Djemaa el Fna, the exuberant market place which literally springs to life in the evenings. Filled with spicy aromas, exotic music, market stalls, snake charmers, magicians, storytellers and more, it is undoubtedly the liveliest and most captivating attraction in Morocco! Overnight – Marrakech.
Day 8: Bahia Palace & the ancient medina
Marrakech. This morning we take a guided tour around the city, exploring the winding streets and bustling souks, visiting Bahia Palace and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque – the landmark of Marrakech, which towers over the ancient medina. The afternoon is free for a spot of souvenir shopping in the souks, or a final opportunity to soak up the sunshine by the pool. Overnight – Marrakech.
Day 9: Marrakech |Return Flight Home
After breakfast. Transfer by private vehicle assistance at the Airport and return flight.
Tours: Starts/ends in Marrakech