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The Road to Marrakech

11 days from £2835 per person

Following the ancient trades routes of Morocco, this itinerary offers a different perspective and scenic journey through this atmospheric land. Starting in Marrakech, drive through the spectacular Atlas Mountains and Berber villages, past deserted Kasbahs where desert nomads go about their daily chores. This journey will take you to parts of the old caravan route where camel trains trod centuries before, finishing with extra time in bustling Marrakech where you can explore the maze of souks and enjoy bartering for some last minute shopping.

Route: Marrakech – Skoura – Zagora – Merzouga – Boumalne – Dades – Skoura – Marrakech

Itinerary Highlights

Alive with colourful tilework, sensational smells, beautiful wares and intricate crafts, soak up the culture as you explore the bustling souks in Marrakech’s vibrant medina.

Merzouga is known for its proximity to the Erg Chebbi, huge Saharahan sand dunes. Visitors enjoy trips into the dunes by jeep or camel to experience the true desert.

Skoura is a classic desert fertile oasis surrounded by immense palm groves. Kasbah Amridil is an impressive fortress from the 17th century where ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was filmed.

Itinerary: The Road to Marrakech

This morning fly from London to Marrakech via Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc. (N)
Accommodation in Marrakech: Hotel Jardins de la Koutoubia (or similar)
Upgrade option: Villas des Orangers (or similar)
Marrakech is one of the world's great cities with the High Atlas Mountains, normally snow-capped until late spring, forming a dramatic backdrop to the magnificent ochre walls that surround the vibrant and colourful Medina. Today, tour the city with your guide visiting the 12th Century Koutoubia Minaret, the beautiful carvings of the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which is noted for its fine architecture. Walk through the souks teeming with shops and craftsmen to the famous Jemaa el Fna Square which comes alive at sunset with its vibrant mix of entertainers. (B)
Accommodation in Marrakech: Hotel Jardins de la Koutoubia (or similar)
Upgrade option: Villas des Orangers (or similar)
The drive this morning will be along one of the most beautiful roads in Morocco across the High Atlas Mountains via the pass of Tizi n'Tichka. Enjoy breathtaking views of small local villages along green valleys all the way to the pre Saharan region. (B/D)
Accommodation in Skoura: Jardins de la Skoura (or similar)
Today cross the city of Ouarzazate and head south towards the Saharan mountain ranges of the Anti-Atlas. Here the scenery will differ as it gets more desert like with interesting geological formation and canyons. In Agdez you will start the drive along the Draa valley inhabited by a blend of Berber, Arab and African population. (B/D)
Accommodation in Skoura: Riad Lamane (or similar)
Leave Zagora across the huge and beautiful oasis of the Draa valley and start a long journey across the Reg Desert of Jebel Saghro. Along the way you will discover some of the nomadic Berber tribes as well as sedentary people living next to their oases in finely built Kasbahs. Stop for lunch in Alnif before heading to the legendary Saharan town of Rissani from where camel caravans used to start their long journeys across the Sahara desert. Stop to visit some of the historical sites before you continue to the edge of the Reg desert, in Merzouga where the Saharan sand dunes begin. Here start your adventure riding camels across the sand dunes to view the tremendous sunset and then have dinner and sleep overnight in an authentic Bedouin Tented Camp located amongst the towering sand dunes. (B/D)
Accommodation in Merzouga: Bedouin Tented Camp in the Desert
After breakfast, drive across the Saharan plains where the nomads herd their camels to the marvellous valley of Todgha, considered as one of the most beautiful in the South of Morocco. This is a lush green oasis running along a beautiful deep valley inhabited all along by a Berber population in Kasbahs and nicely designed villages. Take a walk along the spectacular gorges and stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to the valley of the Dades and the town of Boumalne. (B/D)
Accommodation in Boumalne Dades: Xaluca Dades Hotel (or similar)
Today start by enjoying the morning light over the valley of Dades and its amazing rock formations. Drive through some of the finest scenery in Morocco and follow the ‘Kasbah Route’ back to Skoura. (B/D)
Accommodation in Skoura: Les Jardins De Skoura (or similar)
A day to relax and enjoy Skoura or to explore the surrounding area with your driver. (B/D)
Accommodation in Skoura: Les Jardins De Skoura (or similar)
This morning visit the magnificent Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou, the best preserved, and most famous, of the entire Atlas region, which has been used as a set for many films. Afterwards continue to Marrakech via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass which at 2,260 metres this is the highest pass in Morocco. (B)
Accommodation in Marrakech: Hotel Jardins de la Koutoubia (or similar)
Upgrade option: Villas des Orangers (or similar)
At leisure to relax and further explore the city on your own. (B)
Accommodation in Marrakech: Hotel Jardins de la Koutoubia (or similar)
Today transfer to Marrakech Airport in good time for your flight back to London via Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

Morocco Holiday Review

“You may be interested in our impressions of a marvellous trip. The programme was well balanced and and gave a good overview of the interesting country. By alternating town and countryside we got a good idea of ancient and modern Morocco.

The local organisation had obviously done its job and accomplished it smoothly. A lot of praise goes to our driver, Mr Hassan, who was always cheerful and helpful, but above all an excellent driver.”

A & MG - Morocco - April 2015

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