Morocco Explored private 7 day tours include two days exploring Marrakech where you'll stay in the heart of the old city. Then you'll meet your driver and head for the great Sahara, travelling over the High Atlas mountains to Ait Benhaddou World Heritage Site. You'll also visit Dades valley and Todra gorge where you can walk through desert palmeries, local Berber markets and villages. Next the Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara desert await for your overnight camel trek. Upon your return to Marrakech, a day trip to the Atlantic seaside town of Essaouira ends your tour.
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If there are special places you wish to visit or do on your route, you're more than welcome to take the time to stop. It's your tour and you will discuss with your driver what's possible to do each day.
This one week tour is a very nice overview of Morocco but we highly recommend adding one more night in the desert region to customize this tour for 8 days. What a difference one day makes. You can enjoy off roading to visit Nomads and historic Berber villages, take a long walk in in Todra gorge or Dades valley, and arrive early in Erg Chebbi to enjoy swimming and explore in the dunes.
Arrive and / or depart from Rabat or Casablanca or Fes.
Arrive Marrakech. Evening drums will draw you to the Djemaa El Fna (main city square) where a festival atmosphere awaits. Plunge past the snake charmers and have your fortune told, listen to Berber and Gnoua musicians, or storytellers, or watch the "exotic" dancers illuminated by lamplight and wreathed in smoke. Food stall meals range from a bevy of fresh salads, harrira (lentil and bean soups) fried fish and chips (Moroccan style) to kebabs and even sheep's head (a specialty that has its own dedicated stalls). Stay Marrakech ancient medina. Your riad (old house) has a central, tiled, courtyard, with breakfast served on a rooftop terrace.
Depart early morning and head for the High Atlas passes where the Ait Benhaddou World Heritage Site of Kasbahs (used as a backdrop for more than 20 films), sits perched on the edge of the Sahara Salt caravan road. After lunch transport (2 hours) to Dades, a small valley with stunning rock formations. You will pass through many Berber villages and see riverside oasis and barren hillsides clustered with ksours (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). Stay in old kasbah with dinner beside the pool.
Morning departure after breakfast (1 hour) to visit Todra gorge, a massive fault dividing the Atlas mountains, rising to 300 m. Walk among Tinehir palmeries, gardens, Berber villages and old kasbahs. After lunch transport (2 hours) further into a desert auberge near the tiny village of Merzouga, and take your camels at sunset into the glowing Erg Chebbi dunes for a traditional nomad tajine dinner under the stars. You will sleep in traditional nomad tents, with modern comforts, mattress and sheets. Auberge overnight is optional with sunset camel trek into the dunes.
Return by camel at sunrise the next morning back to the desert hotel for breakfast and shower, then transport 7 hours back to Marrakech (we recommend adding another day to break this day in two and allow more time to stop and enjoy this very special part of Morocco). Stay Marrakech medina riad tonight.
Explore Marrakech. Visit Majorelle gardens, Ben Youssef Medersa and the Marrakech Museum. Afternoon explore the Jemma El Fna and the vast Souk. The Souk is comprised of many specialist areas e.g. metalwork, where crafters ply their trade; dyers workshops are strung with colourful skeins of wool; carpets, and carpet sellers entice you into their shops with a cup of mint tea; search tiny shops selling Berber jewellery, old silver, and African beads; or spices, olives, fresh herbs; or traditional apothecaries where you can buy all manner of potions to heal or cast spells of love or revenge. Stay Marrakech medina riad.
Day trip to Essaouira (3 hours one way), a relaxing town set on the Atlantic coast with an expansive golden beach popular with surfers; famous for its seafood, thuja wood crafts and artists colony. Old Portuguese ramparts guard the walled city where you can watch silver craftsmen and wood carvers at work in one of the most charming medinas in all of Morocco. Visit a traditional pharmacy and learn about natural medicines and cures, and a Women’s cooperative where Argan nuts are processed by hand into one of the rarest oils in the world. Stay Marrakech medina riad.
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PRAISE FOR OUR TOURS
We only had a week in Morocco but because of the Morocco Explored tour we saw and experienced so much, a lot that we never would have had the time or resources to organise ourselves. Although there is a lot of time in the car, there are plenty of stops and always astounding views to take in. There are just the right amount of sights to see spread out over the 8 days.
Our driver Hammou was fantastic! Aggressive enough on the roads to get us along in good time, but never took unnecessary risks. He was welcoming and always checking how we were doing and if we needed anything. As we got to know him, we also appreciated his sense of humour, and willingness to talk to us about any aspect of Moroccan culture we asked about.
The camel trek and camping in the Sahara desert was an experience we will never forget. In particular the opportunity to sit down and converse with desert nomads over a meal was a major highlight of our 4-week overseas trip. There were several other unique experiences along the way which made the whole tour a complete package and we have many stories to tell our friends and family since returning home!
The vehicles were excellent. Although Hammou's car had some trouble with a battery, which we were very glad did not occur while we were in the middle of the desert.
Accommodation was very good. Clean, good food, hot water in all.