Desert Trek

 

11 day / 10 nights tour - Itinerary

Day 1 •
Marrakech

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Welcome to Marrakech and Morocco!

Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where you can settle in.

Rest of your day would be free in Marrakech. Perhaps you can visit the Jamna El Fnaa which is the hub of the old medina or medieval part of the city. At night time the square is lit up with food stalls, street entertainers and story tellers. Alternatively you can take a wander in the new town of Gueliz, along the rose gardens of the Mohamed VI Boulevard, or amongst the upmarket cafes in the Hivernage next to the medina.

Night in the Riad Imilchil, Marrakech or similar.

Day 2 •
Marrakech

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After breakfast a morning guided tour of Marrakech - with a chance to see the different souks, madrassa and palaces of the old city. The souks tend to be divided into areas selling the same things, so making it easier to haggle! There are the gold and silver souks, magic souks, spice souks and iron-monger souks, in fact you can just about buy anything somewhere. Start by buying some dried fruit at the entrance to the souks to nibble on while walking…

Outside the souks the medina has beautiful Islamic and Berber architecture in the Bahia palace and the madrassas. We recommend a visit to the tanneries if you have time.

In the afternoon perhaps you could visit the Jardins Majorelle, a vibrant oasis of plants and pools near the medina. A 12 acre botanic garden designed in the 1920’s by the French painter, Majorelle has many different plants including a bamboo and cactus garden which is set off by the bright colours and the water features and pools.

Overnight in your Marrakech hotel.

Optional extra:- for those interested in Moroccan cuisine - we can offer a one day cookery course – start by meeting up in the souks at 10am to buy your ingredients and then go back to the kitchens for a lesson on how to prepare a traditional Moroccan dish or two which you can then try out for dinner! (extra charge)

Day 3 •
Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate

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Breakfast in your hotel.

Travel over the high Atlas, via the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, to see the famous Kasbah and the villages nearby. The Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is a Kasbah dating from at least the 16 th century and has been an important stop on the salt route between Marrakech and the deep south. It is the centre for many films and is worth a walk around to see the narrow alleyways and Kasbah life.

The road goes of the Tizi n Tichka pass at over 3000m high, and descends down the mountains towards the Sahara./p>

Carry onto the town of Ouarzazate which is the base of many Hollywood films and several huge film sets are around the area. Places to visit in Ouarzazate include the Kasbah Taorirt, palace of the Glaoui and the Atlas film studios.

Overnight in Ouarzazate at Le Petit Riad or similar. (BB)

Day 4 •
Ouarzazate – Zagore - M’Hamid El Rhozlane - Camp

After breakfast at the hotel we drive onwards to Zagora, M’hamid.

Camping (mattresses, cooked meals and all porterage and guide supplied)

Arrival at M'Hamid.

There we load up the camels and start the trek through fields and palm trees.

After 1 hour of the trek we camp at M'Hamid El Rhozlane. (FB)

Day 5 •
M’Hamid El Rhozlane - Southern Draa – Sidi Naggi - Camp

Progressing at the speed of our camels, we pass the cliffs of the southern Drâa in the direction of the first Dunes of Sidi Naggi.

Tamarisk trees give us some shade for our camp.

6 hours of trek.

Camp overnight. (FB)

Day 6 •
Sidi Naggi – L’Erg Zaher - Camp

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Another day on the camels.

Keeping to the left side of the Drâa, we come to the high dunes of l'erg Zaher.

We camp at the foot of the dunes.

5.30 hours of trek.

Camp overnight. (FB)

Day 7 •
L’Erg Zaher – Bougam - Camp

AHeading north, we cross the river bed of the Drâa and have lunch in the shade of the dunes of Bougarn.

5 hours of trek.

Camp overnight. (FB)

Day 8 •
Bougam – Oued Nam - Camp

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The contours of the Bougarn become blurred in the heat waves.

We trek towards Oued Nam.

5.30 hours of trek.

Camp overnight. (FB)

Day 9 •
Oued Nam – Zagora - Ouarzazate

After breakfast return to the transport and drive along the valley of the Draa, with a chance to visit the Quranic library in Zagora.

Lunch in the Palmeries of the Draa.

Overnight in Ouarzazate. (BL)

Day 10 •
Ouarzazate - Marrakech

Breakfast at your hotel.

Depart for Marrakech, arriving in the afternoon.

Overnight in your Marrakech hotel. (B&B)

Day 11 •
Marrakech

Breakfast at your hotel.

Depart to the airport.

Tour Rates (prices per person – sharing twin/double standard room – in £ sterling)
Number of People
Oct 2018 – Apr 2019 / Oct 2019 - Apr 2020
2 people
£1030.00
3 - 4 people
£930.00
5 - 6 people
£815.00
Single Supplement
£200.00

 

For the rate for a solo traveller please contact us directly

Tour available every day from October until April

> Hotels quoted– subject to availability
Hotels in
# of Nights
Hotels
Marrakech
3
Riad Imilchil or similar.
Ouarzazate
2
Le Petit Riad or similar.
Desert Campsites
5
Various Campsites
> Services included in this tour:
  • All hotel accommodation (3 nights in Marrakech, 2 nights in Ouarzazate) on Bed & Breakfast basis including all government taxes and service charges.
  • Additional lunch on Day 9 included.
  • Trek safari - Camping (mattresses, cooked meals and all porterage and guide supplied) for 5 nights on a Full Board basis.
  • Camel Hire for kit. (not personal riding)
  • Mineral water – 3L per person per day.
  • All transfers by deluxe a/c private vehicle.
  • Local English-speaking tour guide in Marrakech for morning tour.
> Services excluded in this tour:
  • Visa Entry for Morocco (if required).
  • Tipping.
  • Travellers insurance.
  • Other meals and drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Any Optional tours.
  • Flight tickets.
  • Extra camel hire.
  • Extras and entry fees.
  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bags (can be hired from depot in Marrakech).
  • Anything not mentioned in the (Included in this tour section)
> Remarks & abbreviation:
  • Single supplement applies for a single person staying in a single room and is in addition to the total amount per person (when travelling with other people).
  • Special rates apply for a single person travelling alone – please ask for a quote.
  • This tour can easily be extended if required.
  • A private tour guide can be arranged for each tour for an additional fee. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements and to obtain costs.
  • BB (bed/breakfast) HB (bed/dinner/breakfast) FB (full-board).

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