Stepping into the past at the ancient kasbah village of Aït Benhaddou (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Exploring the Sahara Desert by 4x4 then spending the night in a luxury tented camp, Visiting mountain villages to learn the secrets of Moroccan cooking, Strolling through ancient medinas and markets to watching artisans demonstrate their age-old skills.
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The winding streets of Morocco’s ancient medinas are bursting with so many colours and flavours that you’ll be planning a return visit soon after arrival. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech, head to a luxury desert camp on an overnight 4x4 excursion, explore Atlas Mountains' villages and unwind on the coast in Essaouira. Travel is comfortable and well-paced and our expert guide will be on hand to offer context and reveal its hidden gems. By focusing on the energy of the people, you'll discover the true treasures of Morocco.
Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel is included.
Explore Marrakech with a local expert guide including the historical sites of Koutoubia Minaret, Palais Bahia, Palais Badi and Medresa Ben Youssef, the medina (old quarter), the alleys of the bustling souks and the famous Djemaa el Fna Square.
Travel to Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient kasbah village.
Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora, where we embark on 4x4s into the desert. Stop at Tamegroute and visit the famous library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery studios. From here, travel off-road to the great dunes of Erg Cheggaga and our deluxe desert camp. Take a camel ride into the dunes for sunset or climb to the top for views across the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner, under the stars, with a roaring camp fire.
Enjoy the sunrise before returning across the desert to Zagora. Afternoon talk of the history of the Draa region and visit local historical sites.
Continue up the Draa Valley then cross towards the Anti-Atlas to the carpet town of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the leather tanneries and local markets.
Travel into the Anti-Atlas region to Tafraoute where the landscape changes and we view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, visit the town centre and its local markets. On Day 8, continue exploring the region, including Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks and the Chapeau du Napoleon. We walk through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house, then visit a local women's cooperative where beautiful handicrafts are created and argan oil is produced.
Travel north and to the Atlantic Coast to the walled port town of Essaouira. Head down to the port to see the fishing fleet unload their catch and discover the local artisans, including the wood workers. Option to take a camel ride on the beach, go sailing or visit a hammam (traditional spa and steam baths).
Return to Marrakech and visit Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Enjoy our farewell dinner at a palace-style restaurant with local folklore entertainment.
Depart at any time.
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