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Marrakech, Sahara & Surf - 11 Day - Hotel Trip

1 ½ weeks: Marrakech to Marrakech (MSS11)

Your senses will come alive as you arrive in exotic Marrakech, just a few hours in travel time from Europe, but a culture and many worlds away. This hotel tour, includes Gorge du Dades, Todra Gorge with it\'s 300m high gorge walls, camel trekking and overnight in a Berber camp in the Sahara, we finish with a visit to Ait Benhaddou\'s famous Kasbah and a tour of Marrakech.


2 / 3* hotels / Berber camp / Surf house

Kitty Notes

Food (3 meals a day), hotel accommodation, local guides


Days 1-11

Day 1: Marrakech

Welcome to Morocco ! Arrive Marrakech, included transfer to hotel. Be sure to arrive in time for your pre-departure meeting at 6:00pm. Your first night will be spent at our pre-expedition hotel in the centre of town. (Dinner & overnight – Marrakech)

Day 2: Gorge du dades
Marrakech – Gorge Du Dades - breakfast. Leaving Marrakech, we drive through the striking Dades Valley , which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south, to reach the Gorge Du Dades. With towering red cliffs, winding streams and ancient Kasbahs, the Gorge Du Dades is incredibly beautiful.
(Lunch, dinner & overnight - Gorge du Dades)

Day 3: Todra Gorge
Gorge Du Dades – Todra Gorge - breakfast. Today is spent exploring the magnificent Todra Gorge. This dusty red canyon is just 10m wide at its narrowest point, with its cliff walls towering 300m above and a small glacier stream flowing through it. Enjoy a trek through the gorge, or for the more adventurous, try rock climbing! (payable locally). (Lunch, dinner & overnight - Todra Gorge)

Day 4: Berber Camp
Todra Gorge – Berber Camp - breakfast. Today we drive to Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which signify the commencement of the mighty Sahara Desert . Transferring to camels, we trek into the vast and silent Sahara desert, to a Berber camp. This evening we are enjoy local food in the camp and spend an amazing night, sleeping out, under the Saharan stars! (Lunch, dinner & overnight - Berber camp)

Day 5: Ouarzazate
Berber Camp – Ouarzazate - breakfast. Leaving the desert, we travel through the verdant Draa valley, along the route of 1000 Kasbahs, a beautiful landscape. We continue on to Ouarzazate, which African traders once used as a resting point, on their journeys up to Europe . Ouarzazate has been used as a setting for several films including, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights.
(Lunch, dinner & overnight – Ouarzazate)

Day 6: Aït Benhaddou
Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech - breakfast. This morning we visit the remarkable Aït Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Sitting on a hill along the Ouarzazate River , Ait Benhaddou is one of the best preserved ancient Kasbahs in the Atlas region. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, some Kasbahs date back to the 16th Century and the site has been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. This afternoon we travel back over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Marrakech)

Day 7: Djemâa-el-fna
Marrakech - breakfast. Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech this morning, with free time in the afternoon to explore independently. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina, is a reality that is not that far removed from an exotic film set – a tangle of winding streets that open onto verdant gardens and dark alleyways that lead to bustling souks. The focal point is the central square, the Djemâa-el- Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders, it is best seen in the evening, when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Marrakech)

Day 8: Taghazoute
Marrakech – Taghazoute - breakfast. This morning we drive south for approximately 4 hours to the Souss Valley and the Agadir coast, stopping en route for lunch. Your base for the next two nights will be the small fishing village of Taghazoute. The laid back atmosphere, beautiful beach and traditional charm of Taghazoute, has made it popular with hippies since the 60’s and surfers soon discovered its world class point breaks, making it the surfing Mecca it is today. After checking into our surf accommodation, spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps head to the beach or explore Taghazoute. (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Taghazoute)

Day 9: Surfs Up!
Taghazoute - breakfast. This morning it\'s time to put on our wetsuits and head to the beach for a morning of surf coaching and riding the waves! Enjoy a free afternoon relaxing on the beach and topping up your tan, or choose from our exciting optional activities (payable locally); Perhaps continue perfecting your surfing skills with more coaching, horse trek along the beautiful Moroccan coastline or try Quad biking, to get your adrenaline really pumping! (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Taghazoute)

Day 10: Marrakech
Taghazoute – Marrakech - breakfast. This morning is free for you to spend at leisure or the final opportunity to try one of the optional activities. We have lunch in Taghazoute before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, stopping en route for dinner. (Lunch, dinner & overnight – Marrakech)

Day 11: Marrakech
Marrakech - breakfast. The tour finishes after breakfast.


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