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Morocco Deserts & Beaches

You'll gain a whole new appreciation for Moroccan culture and the Berber way of life after embarking on this 11-day tour through the country. Guided by your trusted Chief Experience Officer (CEO), you'll visit incredible sites like the Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, stay overnight in unique accommodations like a traditional mountain gîte, and hit the coast with surf lessons of the beaches of Taghazout.

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: DCKM/241201
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Finishes: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Marrakech
  • Todra Gorge
  • Merzouga
  • Ait Benhaddou
  • Aroumd
  • Taghazout
  • Essaouira

Itinerary

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Day 1: Marrakech

Arrive at any time. Meet your group for the welcome meeting. Afterwards, head out for a night on the town.

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Day 2: Marrakech/Todra Gorge

Head towards the stunning Todra Gorge.
Make the first stop of the day at Tineghir to visit the town and go for a walk through the palm groves. Then head to the breathtaking Todra Gorge to spend the night nestled between the sheer cliff walls among the palm trees and gurgling river. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

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Day 3: Todra Gorge/Merzouga

Travel towards the desert and embark on a camel ride into the dunes to watch the sunset. Head back to the hotel and enjoy an evening of dinner and entertainment under the stars.
Settle into your hotel at the edge of the dunes and enjoy a warm welcome with mint tea. In the late afternoon, take a camel ride deep into the dunes to watch the sunset. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to photos.

In the evening, gather around a campfire near to your hotel to indulge in a traditional dinner under the stars. Listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums.

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Day 4: Merzouga/Ait Benhaddou

Leave the desert behind and get lost exploring the famous kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
Rise early to watch the sunrise. Depart early and travel along the Route of 1000 Kasbahs to Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most fascinating and beautiful kasbahs renowned UNESCO world heritage site.

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Day 5: Ait Benhaddou/Aroumd

Head towards the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy a hike to the village of Aroumd, at the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Let a mule carry the bags up to this mountain hideaway and hike alongside. Enjoy views of the Mt Toubkal from the mountain gite before a home-cooked dinner.
Travel through the magnificent High Atlas Mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2260m. Head into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads, arriving at the village of Imlil.

With our main luggage transported by mule, embark on the hike from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd (1 hr), arriving at our simple mountain gîte for the night.

Enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Settle in and enjoy the tranquility, fantastic views, and clean mountain air of this magical region.

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Day 6: Aroumd/Marrakech

Hike back to Imlil and transfer to Marrakech.
Journey to Marrakech. After arriving in the "Red City,"opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot. Opt to visit Musée de Marrakech, explore the ruins of El Badi Palace or wander through Jardins Majorelle.

End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna.

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Day 7: Marrakech

Enjoy a free day to explore all that Marrakech has to offer. In the evening, welcome new friends to the group and join your CEO for a night on the town.
A great place to start is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. Do some souvenir shopping or wander the new part of the city for a taste of the modern.

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Day 8: Marrakech/Taghazout

Head to Paradise valley to swim in rock pools and explore waterfalls. Opt for a guided hike or visit to the village of Izourki Oufella, a region that is known for its refined honey and argan oil. Continue to Taghazout.

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Day 9: Taghazout

In the morning enjoy a surf lesson before hitting the waves. Free afternoon to continue surfing, or opt for some stand up paddle boarding, hiking or yoga. In the evening, join the the group for a sunset bonfire on the beach.

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Day 10: Taghazout/Essaouira

Head to Essaouira and enjoy an orientation walk followed by free time to explore this coastal city. Want to soothe aching muscles? Pre-book the Traditional Hammam Experience when booking your tour.

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Day 11: Essaouira/Marrakech

Leave the coast behind and return to Marrakech. Trip ends on arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Local Living Moment: Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal, Aroumd Your Discover Moment: Marrakech Your Big Night Out Moment: Marrakech
    • Local village farmland walk in Todra Gorge
    • Camel ride in the Desert
    • Traditional dinner and drums under the stars
    • Visit to Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah
    • Hike in the Atlas Mountains
    • Home cooked meal in a Mountain gîte
    • Swimming in rock pools and exploring waterfalls in Paradise Valley
    • Surf lesson in Taghazout
    • Sunset beach bonfire
    • Essaouira orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), mountain gîte (1 nt, multi-share), surf house (2 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, public bus
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Stay overnight between cliff walls of Todra Gorge
  • Venture on a camel ride through sand dunes
  • Explore the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Hike around the magnificent High Atlas Mountain
  • Go surfing in Taghazout
  • Wander around the coastal city of Essaouira