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Morocco tours: Marrakech, mountains, kasbahs and the desert

Marrakech, the mountains, Aït Benhaddou, the desert and Skoura

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Overview:

Explore with us the ancient city of Marrakech and visit Berber villages nestled deep within the High Atlas Mountains. Traverse the highest mountain pass in Morocco, descending to the magnificent Ksar of Aït Benhaddou. Continue to the beautiful sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and experience the pleasure of camping in style, before returning to Marrakech via the oasis town of Skoura.

All transfers during your tour will be in your own private chauffeur-driven car or 4WD in the desert area.

Itinerary: (click ‘view’ for more detail)

DAY 1  Arrive in Marrakech view

On arrival at Marrakech airport, your private car and chauffeur will take you into the city of Marrakech and to the beautiful Riad Slitine, located in the heart of the medina (old quarter), where your en-suite double or twin standard room awaits you. The accommodation is provided on a bed and breakfast basis. Depending on your time of arrival, you are free to explore the medina and the souks at your leisure. Be sure to visit the famous Jemaa el Fna late afternoon to watch the ever-changing spectacle of entertainers and then admire the sunset from one of the many rooftop cafés. You may choose to dine here in the evening at one of the food stalls or alternatively at one of the many excellent restaurants in Marrakech. You can even dine at the riad itself where the food is highly recommended. The cost of dinner is not included.

DAY 2  Explore Marrakech view

After breakfast you will be met by an English-speaking professional guide who will show you around Marrakech and some of its museums and monuments, as well as introduce you to the mysteries of the medina and the wide array of shopping available in the souks. This is a full-day tour and all entrance fees to monuments and museums are included. Lunch is at your leisure and cost. In the evening you are free to dine out in Marrakech and then return to Riad Slitine for the night. The cost of dinner is not included.

DAY 3  Visit Kasbah du Toubkal view

After breakfast, at around 11:00 a.m., you will be met by your chauffeur and taken to Kasbah du Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains, a drive of approximately 90 minutes. On arrival at the village of Imlil, you will be escorted on a 15-minute uphill walk along a trail to the Kasbah, whilst your bags will be transported by mule. Your standard en-suite room will await you. At the Kasbah you can enjoy lunch on the terraces or choose to have lunch in the village of Imlil. The cost of lunch is not included. In the afternoon you are free to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Dinner is provided at the Kasbah.

DAY 4  Visit High Atlas villages view

After breakfast you will be given a 2-hour guided tour of the local area and if you wish to extend your walk, this can also be arranged for you. Alternatively, you may wish to explore some of the local villages on your own and take in the Berber way of life, perhaps meeting some of the very friendly local people. Once again, you can enjoy lunch on the terraces at the Kasbah or choose to have lunch in the village of Imlil. The cost of lunch is not included. Dinner is provided at the Kasbah.

DAY 5  Drive over the High Atlas down to Aït Benhaddou view

After breakfast you will be met by your chauffeur and commence your ongoing journey towards the desert. You will cross the High Atlas Mountains via the highest mountain pass in Morocco, Col du Tichka, at 2260m, travelling through some spectacular scenery and then descending to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou. This 17th century fortified collection of earthen buildings is world-famous and has been used as a backdrop for many films including Gladiator, Jesus of Nazareth and The Mummy, as well as many others. If you wish to stop en route to take photographs, your chauffeur will be happy to oblige. He can also recommend suitable places to stop for lunch. The cost of lunch is not included. With stops, the journey will normally take 6 to 7 hours. On arrival at Aït Benhaddou, you will be taken to the delightful Kasbah Ighnda where your en‑suite bedroom awaits. Dinner is provided.

DAY 6  Continue towards the desert view

After breakfast you will be met by your chauffeur and will continue your journey towards the desert. From Aït Benhaddou you will travel towards Erg Chebbi, where the highest sand dunes in Morocco can be seen, a journey time of approximately 4 to 5 hours. If you wish, you can stop off en route at the Todra Gorge, one of the most spectacular canyons in the world. Your chauffeur can recommend suitable places to stop for lunch. The cost of lunch is not included. On arrival in Erfoud, you will be driven by 4WD to Xaluca Bivouac La Belle Etoile, a deluxe desert camp located in the middle of the Erg Chebbi desert. Here you will spend the night in a comfortable twin-bedded Berber tent with en-suite facilities. Dinner is served under the stars.

DAY 7  Dawn camel trek then on to Skoura view

This morning at dawn you will have the option of taking a camel ride deep into the dunes to watch the sunrise. After breakfast at the camp, you will be met by your chauffeur and head towards the oasis town of Skoura. This town lies next to one of the largest palm groves in Morocco and is part of an ancient trading route. Your chauffeur can recommend suitable places to stop for lunch. The cost of lunch is not included. You will stay overnight at Kasbah Aït Ben Damiette where dinner will be provided.

DAY 8  Over the Atlas and back to Marrakech view

After breakfast you will be met by your chauffeur and you will make the return journey across the dramatic High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Your chauffeur can recommend suitable places to stop for lunch. The cost of lunch is not included. Once again, you will stay at Riad Slitine in the medina. You may wish to enjoy your final evening dining at one of the many excellent restaurants in Marrakech. The cost of dinner is not included.

DAY 9  Depart Marrakech view

After breakfast, depending on your flight time, you may wish to do any last minute sightseeing or shopping in Marrakech before your chauffeur takes you to Marrakech airport for your journey home.

Cost:

8 nights/9 days
from
1587 euro
per person*

Tour reference: MMOD

Land only—flights are not included

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis unless otherwise mentioned.
  • Private transport includes all fuel costs, driver expenses, parking fees and tolls.
  • A professional guide for the day in Marrakech.
  • Entrance fees to all the monuments in Marrakech on day 2.

NOT INCLUDED: Beverages, tips, personal shopping, travel and medical insurances.

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* All prices quoted are per person based on 2 people sharing. Prices do not include flights and are land only.
All accommodations mentioned are subject to availability at the time of booking, however, we have a wide range of excellent alternatives.
All transfers during your tour will be in your own private chauffeur-driven car or 4WD in the desert area.