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Morocco & Sahara tour

Morocco & Sahara

Tucan Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 899 $ 112 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Arrival Transfer
  • Camel Trek/Berber Camp
  • Guided tour of UNESCO Site Aït Benhaddou

Short Description

Take a step back in time and explore medieval medinas, colonial French architecture, Middle Eastern history and African atmosphere on this tour of Morocco. Delve into the souks of Marrakech, try some ‘Berber whisky’ on an overnight camel safari into the Sahara, and hold the fort of Ait Benhaddou.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Marrakech
End City Marrakech

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Morocco

Cities & Attractions

Marrakech

Activities

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Trip Includes

  • 6 Dinner(s), 7 Breakfast(s), 2 Lunch(es)
  • Private Vehicle, 4WD, Camel

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Day 1 to 1 Arrive Marrakech

Marrakech, one of Morocco's favourite cities, is known as the country's ‘pearl of the south' and is surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Take a step back in time and lose yourself in the maze of souks and spice markets in the ancient medina. Wander the labyrinthine of stalls with colourful skeins of wool drying above your head against bright blue skies. Pick your way through alleys lined with elaborately decorated brass lamps while dodging donkeys as well as locals on scooters as you go. Watch artisans making their wares right where they sell them. Enjoy some banter and barter with a friendly seller, then indulge in a traditional mint tea or thick Moroccan coffee to recover.

There is non-stop action at the Djemaa el-Fna, the huge, open UNESCO-listed public square in the medina. See jugglers, henna tattoo-artists, potion-sellers, musicians, snake-charmers and acrobats by day and buy a freshly-squeezed orange juice from any one of a myriad of vendors. At night, witness musicians, Gnaoua musicians, storytellers, belly dancers and a massive alfresco restaurant complete with friendly maitre d’s calling for your custom in five different languages. The call to prayer from the iconic Koutoubia Minaret adds to the exotic atmosphere.

Day 2 to 2 Ouarzazate

Today we head to Ouarzazate, a resting point traditionally used by African traders. Today it has been used as the set of many great films like Alexander the Great and The Last Temptation of Christ. There is the chance to enjoy an optional tour of the film studios here or explore Ouarzazate on a quad bike.

Day 3 to 3 Sahara Desert & Camel Trek

Today we can enjoy a scenic drive heading towards the great Sahara Desert. We stop for a delicious Moroccan lunch (optional) before continuing to the desert. During the summer months we may also have time for a relaxing swim.

Once we are fully refreshed we travel to Merzouga, where we board our desert transport- camels! Ride through the sand, reaching the Berber Camp where we will stay the night.

Enjoy local food, music and an incredible night star-gazing under the desert sky.

Day 4 to 4 Todra Gorge

After a delicious breakfast in the desert, we visit an ancient irrigation well where you can learn about the ancient systems used to create this amazing network of underground canals. Dating back to the 14th century, they reach around an impressive 300km in length.

We then travel towards Todra Gorge - Morocco’s answer to the Grand Canyon. A spectacular series of limestone river canyons, the rugged landscape gives a contrasting image to the colour and lanterns that you find in the cities. With lush greenery in the surroundings, the area is tranquil and less touristy than many places in the country.

After enjoying a local lunch in our hotel, there is time to explore the gorge and even go for some optional rock climbing. We will also visit the quaint local town of Tizgui, one of the oldest villages in Todra and where we will learn how to make traditional Moroccan tea and berber rugs.

Day 5 to 5 Aït Benhaddou

After a leisurely departure we first stop off at Kasbah Amridil, one of the best examples of Kasbah in Morocco. Dating back to the 17th century, it even appears on the Morocco 50 dirham note. This now living museum displays what traditional kasbah life was like over the centuries and gives great insight into the history of Morocco.

We then continue onto the beautiful pre-Saharan habitat of Ait Benhaddou. These dusty earthen buildings are surrounded by high walls and four corner towers, making it a striking example of Southern Moroccan architecture. Once settled in we enjoy a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with free time to further discover the charming streets.

Day 6 to 6 Marrakech

Today we depart for Marrakech. On route, we will traverse the striking High Atlas mountains where we can stop for some fantastic photo opportunities.

This afternoon you have the option to go on a guided tour of Marrakech, visiting many incredible sites such as the Bahia Palace, The Medina and a walk around the Katoubia Mosque. Or perhaps get lost in the colourful markets and try your hand at haggling, finding treasures from all over the country.

Day 7 to 7 Marrakech

Today is free to further explore this bustling city. A unique activitity and great option for today is to take a hot air balloon ride at the crack of dawn, giving you some of the most magical views from above as you witness the contract of colours between the dry, orange scenery to the vibrant clothes and markets.

Tonight enjoy a final group dinner in the famous main square - Djemaa El Fna. Complete with acrobats and snake charmers, this open air venue provides a fantastic evening experience in Marrakesh.

Day 8 to 8 Depart Marrakech

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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Clamping or what

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Clamping or what, couldn't fault the accommodation, highly recommend small group tours and the tour director always on hand.

A great trip covering a lot of ground

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A great trip which covers a lot of ground allowing you to see a lot of the country. There were plenty of optional activities to choose from, which allowed people to tailor their holidays, with their budget and their interests. We had a great tour leader who went out of her way to help make and change arrangements for anyone in the group as they needed. The only let down for me was that a couple travelling legs of the tour were by public bus, rather than a private bus for the group, in particular the last leg of 5hrs (or more) back to San Jose.
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We have travelled with Tucan twice now

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We have travelled with Tucan twice now. They are well organised and have great itineraries. The guides are very knowledgeable and easy to get along with which makes for a wonderful experience
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Everything was what I asked for and what was planned. It was great. Highly recommend.

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Everything went very smoothly on our tour. We had a fabulous tour guide, who was fun, knowledgeable and organised. We got to visit a lot of places that tourists don’t always get to go. Most accommodation was good. It was interesting and I got to know so much about Cuba.
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Accomodations

6 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in Berber camp

Trip ID#:

tucan-RMOMS

Trip Excludes

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
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  • A Tipping Kitty of US$55.00 which is payable at the start of your tour, administered by your Tour Leader.

Meals Included:

6 Dinner(s), 7 Breakfast(s), 2 Lunch(es)

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