Moroccan Desert Adventure

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Marrakech to Marrakech

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Marrakech — whisper it and instantly your mind goes to a place of seduction and spices. Experience it for yourself. This intense one-week journey reveals the secrets of Morocco and is filled with all the activities and energy you crave. In the company of other young travellers, dance beside a campfire in the Sahara, go rock climbing in Todra, and explore the beauty of the Atlas Mountains. Explore the kasbahs and desert and lose the herd on a trip you’ll never forget.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Overnight at Berber Desert Camp, Sahara Bedouin Camp Local Living: Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal, Aroumd
  • Local village farmland walk in Todra Gorge
  • Camel ride in the Desert
  • Traditional dinner and drums at a Berber Camp
  • Visit to Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Hike in the Atlas Mountains
  • Home cooked meal in a Mountain gîte
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Stand in the shadows of todra gorge
  • Take in the dramatic view at ait ben haddou
  • See history come to life in ancient medinas
  • Ride a camel to a desert camp
  • Explore this land of mystery for yourself.

Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech Arrive at any time. Meet your group for the welcome meeting. Afterwards, head out for a night on the town. Additional Notes: On arrival, check the notice board (or ask reception) for the exact time and location of the group meeting. Afterwards, there will be the possibility to go out for a meal as a group in a nearby local restaurant. If you arrive late, no worries, your leader will leave you a message at the front desk. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Marrakech/Todra Gorge (1B) Make the first stop of the day at Tineghir to visit the town and go for a walk through the palm groves. Then head to the breathtaking Todra Gorge to spend the night nestled between the sheer cliff walls among the palm trees and gurgling river. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 362km)
Day 3 Todra Gorge/Merzouga (1B, 1D) In late afternoon, set off by camel to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to photos. Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea). A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts, awaits. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums. Additional Notes: Notes for the Sahara Desert tented camp stay: There will be a chance to repack and take only overnight bags out to the desert. The accommodations are basic, with four people per tent (though feel free to sleep out under the stars). Bathroom facilities are basic and shared. Mattresses with sheet and blanket are provided. For winter months (Nov- April), we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for additional warmth. There will be the chance to shower upon arrival in Merzouga the following morning. Included Activities: Overnight at Berber Desert Camp Transport: Private Vehicle (2.80 hour(s), 199km) Ride out to the tented camp for the night. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and other handy camel-related safety tips. Camel (1.50 hour(s))
Day 4 Merzouga/Ait Benhaddou (1B) Rise early to get on the trusty camels. Watch the sun rise before returning to Merzouga. Depart early from the camp. and travel along the Route of 1000 Kasbahs to Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most fascinating and beautiful kasbahs renowned UNESCO world heritage site. Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Head back to Merzouga and wave goodbye to your new humpback friend. Camel (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.50 hour(s), 390km)
Day 5 Ait Benhaddou/Aroumd (1B, 1D) Travel through the magnificent High Atlas Mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2260m. Head into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads, arriving at the village of Imlil. With our main luggage transported by mule, embark on the walk from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd (1 hr), arriving at our simple mountain gîte for the night. Enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Settle in and enjoy the tranquility, fantastic views, and clean mountain air of this magical region. Additional Notes: Accommodation is multi-share, up to six beds in each room. Bedding is provided, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth if travelling between November and April. You will also need to bring your own towel. Bathroom facilities are shared. Included Activities: Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 225km) Walking (1.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Aroumd/Marrakech (1B) Journey to Marrakech. After arriving in the "Red City,"opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot. Opt for a guided tour of the Marrakech medina, visiting the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs. End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 70km)
Day 7 Marrakech (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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