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$504.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tour from Marrakech to Merzouga Sahara including camel ride & kasbahs in 4 days

ItineraryDay 1: Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate – Skoura – Rose Valley – Dades Gorges – Todra GorgesStop At: Gorges du Dades, Boumalne Dades, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionMorning departure from your hotel / riad in Marrakech, 8:00 and direction through the High Atlas Mountains. There will be opportunities to stop and take photos.Continuons panoramic views across the valley and Oumila drove along the beautiful road to arrive at the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, classified as World Heritage by UNISCO and the seat of the powerful Glaouitribe . Here you will stop for lunch. Arrival at Ouarzazate and visit film studios and Kasbah Taourirte residence of the Pasha of Marrakech is a symbol of the time lords of the Atlas. Then, the day continues to Dades Gorge via the oasis of Skoura and the Valley of Roses, Overnight in dades gorgesDuration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Todra Gorges – Tinjdad – Erfoud – MerzougaStop At: Merzouga Desert, Merzouga, Meknes-Tafilalet RegionMorning departure for TodraGorge , after visiting the gorges, we headed to the village of Merzouga via Tinjdad . Stop for lunch and continue through the town of Erfoud and Rissani . In the afternoon you can take a ride on a camel for two hours in the Sahara.Vous Enjoy the sunset on the backs of camels at the top of the dunes is spectacular (250m ) Erg Chebbi arrival at your camp camp / Berber tent , dinner and night with a show at the foot of the dunes in nomad tent Duration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Merzouga - Rissani - Alnif - Draa valley - OuarzazateStop At: Draa Valley, Zagora, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionTake full advantage of the time spent in the desert, take an early morning walk on the dunes to enjoy the sunrise. After breakfast, get back on the camel to return to Merzouga and meet your driver. There, you can board the minibus and head for the town of Rissani, the former capital of the Tafilalt region and the birthplace of the royal family ruling Morocco, the Alawide dynasty. Since the Middle Ages, this was the traditional starting point for the camel caravans that crossed the Sahara desert towards Timbuktu. AfterThe visit of the old markets of Rissani, we will head to Draa valley through the anti-atlas mountains via the villages of Tazzatine, nkon and the village of Agdz, where we will stop for lunch and visit the old 15th century kasbah "Tamnouggalte", after lunch we will continue to reach Ouarzazate, where we will stop in to explore the city and visit the world heritage kasbah Taourirte and cinema musuem (optional). Overnight in OuarzazateDuration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Ouarzazate - High atlas - MarrakechStop At: Tizi n Tichka, Ouarzazate, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionA sublime landscape flows: fortified clay villages, kasbahs, ksours ... Have lunch and visit the most famous kasba in the region: the kasbah Taourirt and Ait Ben Haddou, decorations that go through many film productions and the UNESCO world heritage. Return to Marrakesh from Tizin Tichka at the end of the afternoonDuration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$513.78 Cultural & Theme Tours

4 days desert tour from marrakech through Draa valley and camel ride in Merzouga

ItineraryDay 1: Marrakech - Atlas Mountains - Ouarzazate - Agdez Draa valleyStop At: Draa Valley, Zagora, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionFollowing a morning pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, head out of the city in your air-conditioned minivan through the fertile Haouz Plains toward the High Atlas Mountains. Pass through rural Berber villages where local farmers tend their goats, and take the high Tizi-n-Tichka pass through the mountains. Enjoy free time to visit the site of taourirte in ouarzazate at your leisure and soak up a little of . After lunch, your tour will take you to the Oasis of Agdz to enjoy the view of Kasbah Tamnougalt, then continue through the oases and palm groves of the Drâa Valley to Zagora. Meet your camel caravan before setting off on your 1-hour camel trekking adventure into the Zagora Desert. Enjoy breathtaking views of the setting sun on route to your desert camp, then sit down to a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars as locals play traditional folk songs for your entertainmentDuration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Zagora - Anti atlas Mountains - Rissani - Merzouga camel rideStop At: Merzouga Desert, Merzouga, Meknes-Tafilalet RegionFollowing an early stroll to admire the sunrise among the sand dunes (optional), enjoy breakfast at the camp then ride your camel back to Zagora. Meet your driver for the onward journey through the Anti-Atlas Mountains and the lunar landscape towards the town of Alnif, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch (own expense), continue to Merzouga — a small village on the edge of the mighty Sahara Desert. Meet your camel caravan and, as the golden sun begins its slow descent over the dunes, set off toward Erg Chebbi where your secluded camp in the heart of the desert awaits. With the rhythms of traditional tamtam drumming from local nomads to entertain you, enjoy dinner and an evening under the stars before retiring to bed.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Merzouga desert - Erfoud - Todra gorges - Dades valleyStop At: Gorges du Dades, Boumalne Dades, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionPerhaps make the most of your time in the desert with an early-morning walk over the dunes to enjoy the sunrise. After breakfast, ride your camel back to Merzouga and meet your driver. There, hop back aboard your minibus and head on to the town of Rissani — the ancient capital of the Tafilalt region and the birthplace of Morocco’s ruling royal family; the Alaouite dynasty. Since the Middle Ages, this has been the traditional starting point for camel caravans crossing the Sahara Desert to Timbuktu. Next, take the famous ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’ to nearby Tinghir. On route, admire the many ancient earthen citadels lining the way and listen as your guide explains their usage in Berber culture. Stroll along the river in Tinghir, then move on to the nearby Todgha Gorges and enjoy lunch in one of the local cafés (own expense). After lunch, continue on through the Dadès Valley. Enjoy a little free time to relax at the summit of the Dadès Gorge and enjoy panoramic views over the Moroccan countryside. Afterward, continue on to your hotel in Boumalne du Dadès for dinner and an overnight stay.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Dades valley - Rose valley - Skoura oasis - Ait ben haddou kasbah - MarrakechStop At: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou, Souss-Massa-Draa RegionAfter breakfast, your journey will take you through the picturesque Valley of Roses to the oasis of Skoura, one of the largest in Morocco, and on to Ouarzazate. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou, where locals have traded and socialized for thousands of years. Enjoy free time to visit the site at your leisure and soak up a little of the atmosphere, then head onward to Ouarzazate for lunch (own expense).After lunch (own expense) in Ouarzazate, head onward crossing the High Atlas Mountains to your accommodation in Marrakech where your 4-day Sahara Desert tour will come to an end.Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$61.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

MARRAKECH BIKE GUIDED CITY TOUR

Tour itinerary : Your private tour of Marrakech begins with a visit of the Koutubia Mosque. Built in the 12th century, the very impressive Koutoubia minaret served as inspiration for the architects of the Giralda in Seville and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Continue on to the Maison Tiskiwin, which features the highly educational and beautifully presented private art collection of Dutch anthropologist Bert Flint. Take an imaginary journey throughout Morocco and southward to Timbuktu, learning about the clothing, art, jewelry, carpets, leatherwork and other artifacts of Berber and Touareg tribes in each region..Other highlights will include the Saddian Tombs and the Bahia Palace, with its lush green courtyards, incredible painted woodwork ceilings and exquisite gypsum zellij carvings. After the visit of the two palaces Bahia and Badia, we will continue to visit the stunningly beautiful Ben Youssef Medersa, a former Koranic boarding school where 900 students also studying coranic rules, law and astronomy. Originally founded in the 14th century by the Merenids, this medersa was once the largest in North Africa and remains one of the most beautiful. The exquisite zellij patterns and cedar carvings exemplify the Islamic emphasis on decorative arts, not representational art, to inspire reflection.You’ll then continue through the old medina and labyrinth of souks. This maze of colorful alleys and small squares is home to a bewildering number of stalls and workshops devoted to specific crafts. Emerging, you find yourself in the famous Djemaa el Fna, the city’s main square. No one is really certain how it came into being, but over the last 1,000 years the square has become the heartbeat of Marrakech, where, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.

$884.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sahara and High Atlas

ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL MARRAKECHPass By: Marrakesh Menara AirportAfter clearing customs at Marrakech airport, our team will be waiting outside the airport, in front of the Arrivals exit, to welcome you holding a sign with your name on it. After the meet & greet, they’ll transfer you to your hotel. Please do not leave the pick-up area without having met the agent/driver first. After checking in, the rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure, be that hitting the streets and starting to explore Marrakech by your own foot or simply relaxing at the hotel and making the most of the services available.Overnight in MarrakechMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Zalag Kasbah & Spa or similar 4*Day 2: MARRAKECH – OUARZAZATE (200 Km – 4 Hrs)Pass By: Hôtel le FintAfter breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver at your hotel’s reception to begin your drive toward Ouarzazate by driving up into the High Atlas Mountains and crossing the stunning Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass, which stands at 2,260 metres of altitude. You can visit the Telouet Kasbah along the way, this being the former residence of the powerful Glaoui family. After enjoying some free time for lunch, continue to the Ait Benhadour Kasbah. This Kasbah has served as the setting for many famous films and is now listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One last drive then takes you to Ouarzazate, where you’ll check in and have dinner at the hotel.Overnight in OuarzazateMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Le Fint or similar 4*Day 3: OUARZAZATE – TINFOU DUNES (195 Km – 3.5 Hrs)Pass By: Palais AsmaaBreakfast in the hotel is followed by your departure to the village of Agdz, which is located on the old caravan route between Marrakech and Timbuktu. Then visit the Draa Valley, wherein you’ll find exotic oases, Berber villages and many 17th- and 18th-century Kasbahs made from mud and straw. The landscape also boasts many green palm groves and great views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Continue then to Zagora, where you can have an optional lunch. The next village on your list is Tamegroute, famous for its pottery, Koranic library and religious school. From here it is not far to the dunes of Tinfou, where you can walk on the sand to the top of a dune and contemplate the endless expanse of the Sahara Desert. Check in and enjoy dinner. Overnight in Tinfou Dunes BivouacMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Bivouac Palais Asmaa or similar (Desert Camp)Day 4: TINFOU DUNES – OULAD BERHIL (385 Km – 5.5 Hrs)Pass By: Riad HidaToday you will be woken up early in the morning – and for good reason! Climb to the top of a sand dune in the pre-dawn dark and wait to contemplate the glorious sunrise, a truly unforgettable experience. After that, enjoy breakfast at the camp. Then continue your journey by driving to Oulad Berhil via Tazenakhet, a well-known village for its production of Berber carpets. Your next stop is the village of Taliouine, the first producer in Africa of its most famous golden spice: saffron. Wrap the day off with a visit to a cooperative to learn more about this plant. After that, one last drive will drop you off in Oulad Berhil, where you’ll check in to a hotel and spend the night. Dinner included.Overnight in Oulad BerhilMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Riad Hida or similar 4*Day 5: OULAD BERHIL – MARRAKECH (320 Km – 4 Hrs)Pass By: Zalagh Kasbah Hotel & SpaWake up to breakfast at the hotel followed by a tour of Ouled Berhil, which will take you to see its ancient Kasbah, Main Street and vibrant souks. After that, drive back to Marrakech by crossing the Tini-n-Test mountain pass and seeing the many Berber village that dot the Atlas Mountain. Arrive at you selected hotel in Marrakech in the evening, where a delightful dinner is waiting for you.Overnight in Marrakech.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Zalag Kasbah & Spa or similar 4*Day 6: DEPARTURE MARRAKECHPass By: Marrakesh Menara AirportEnjoy one last breakfast at the hotel before bidding farewell to Morocco and taking your transfer to Marrakech Airport, depending on the time your departure flight is scheduled to leave.Breakfast included.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$2540 Multi-day & Extended Tours

NORTHERN ESCAPE & ANCIENT CASTLES EMANCIPATION

Day 1 :    ACCRA, GHANA INArrival in Accra (Ghana) and transfer to the hotel. Free time to relax.Day 2:  KUMASI | ASHANTI ARTS & CRAFTSWe depart for Kumasi in the morning where we will spend the first day of this tour visiting the Cultural Centre, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and Okomfo Anokye Sword Site. Day 3: FIEMA MONKEYS SANCTUARY |  THE MOLE GAME PARKWe depart from your hotel early in the morning for the Buabeng/Fiema Monkey Sanctuary for game viewing. We will stop over at Techiman for breakfast before continuing to Mole Game Park via the Larabanga Mosque, the oldest Mosque in Ghana.Day 4: MOLE GAME PARK | AFRICAN SAFARIOn foot from the motel, we will proceed on an early morning game viewing trip in Mole game park. En route, we will use paths that expose us to the ancestral art of tracking and approaching animals silently. Wildlife to be encountered in Mole game park includes antelopes, warthogs, baboons, blue and black columbus, elephants etc.Day 5: TAMALE   |  ADOBE MOSQUES | LARABANGA ANCIENT MOSQUE | We start our journey Northwards, Our dusty road follows the tracks of the former caravan road that used to connect the main trading centres of the Sudanese kingdoms such as Djenné or Timbuktu.Day 6: BOLGATANGA  | SCARED CROCODILE POND After breakfast, we leave for the Paga crocodile pond located at the north-eastern border between Ghana and Burkina Faso, to visit this sacred sanctuary for crocodiles.Day 7: BOLGATANGA | NORTHEN ARTS & CRAFTSWe will visit the African arts & crafts market of Bolgatanga, famous for straw baskets, fan, hats, local northern attries, leather goods, metal jewellery and other African crafts. Day 8: GURUNSI TRIBES |  AFRICAN FRESCOESDrive and in the afternoon we meet with the Gurunsi tribe living in adobe fortified buildings decorated with black, red and white African frescoes. Day 9: NORTHERN GHANA | FORTIFIED VILLAGESThe Lobi live in the surroundings of Wa, isolated in clay houses protected by a high wall without access and made of a rectangular granary surrounded by the different rooms and a cowshed.Day 10 : TALENSI TRIBE  |   ORACLE Inside a deep crack on the higher side of the mountain there is the oracle’s cave, an important place of pilgrimage. People however are allowed inside only if accompanied by adepts.Day 11 : CAPE COAST  | HISTORIC SLAVES' CASTLESElmina Castle is the oldest European building in Africa. At different times the castle has been used as a warehouse to trade gold, ivory, and eventually slaves. Day 12 : ACCRA | AFRICAN METROPOLISWe will visit the area of the coffin makers, with their elaborately shaped coffins representing fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes…. and the only limit is the intended occupant’s imagination.

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