south morocco discovery
10 days (ex Marrakech)
Investigate ancient manuscripts in Tamegroute, Learn to master Moroccan couscous, Enjoy the spoils of Essaouira beach, Travel through the Sahara desert in a camel convoy, Trek into the High Atlas Mountains, Experience the colour and chaos of Djemaa el-Fna, Travel through the Sahara desert in a camel convoy, Wander the winding alleyways of the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah
9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
Private Bus, 4×4
Hotel (3 nts), Riad (3 nts), Gite (1 nt), Guesthouse (1 nt), Camp site (1 nt)
Day 1 Marrakech
Marvel in the spectacle of Marrakech, mingle with the performers and fortune-tellers at Djemaa el-Fna or sample Moroccan fares alfresco at the night stalls. Relax while sipping mint tea with locals and pick up last-minute supplies for the South Morocco adventure.
Day 2 Aroumd
Stay in a mountain gite with incredible views while exploring the High Atlas Mountains. Hike to the burial place of a medieval saint.
Day 3 Ait Benhaddou
Explore the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah, Morocco’s internationally acclaimed film set, as featured in Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Day 4 Zagora
Embark on a journey towards the mighty SaharaDesert, through the lush DraaValley and on to Zagora – a small oasis town on the Sahara fringe that is perfect for an overnight stop.
Day 5 Sahara Camp
Travel along rugged mountain ranges, through seas of sand and past the occasional desert oasis of date palms. Investigate an ancient library filled with manuscripts and discover the green-glazed pottery of Tamegroute. Enjoy a camel expedition across the Sahara at dusk and spend the night under the stars.
Day 6 Taroudannt
Climb aboard a 4×4 for an epic trip out to the Erg Chigaga sand dunes. Look out for the incredible sight of goats climbing argan trees on the way to the bustling market town of Taroudannt. Take to the souqs and haggle with local traders for silver jewellery or colourful Moroccan ceramics and mosaics.
Days 7-8 Essaouira
Travel to the seaside gem of Essaouira and discover a variety of active or relaxing things to do. Essaouira’s old medina is a fascinating place to explore with a local guide, or perhaps take the opportunity to relax by the beach or browse the bubbly markets.
Days 9-10 Marrakech
Farewell the beach and head from Essaouira to Marrakech. Once again, get lost in the mayhem of the souqs or seek out MajorelleGardens to relax in a tropical oasis.