Dates 23 Dec '11 to 30 Dec '11
Flexible? No, not really
Est. Cost 579 - 600 GBP (GBP United Kingdom Pounds)
Type Tour Participants Wanted
Name Christmas in Morocco: Departs 23rd December
From the bustling Marrakech markets full of aroma, colour and traders to trekking camels to the Berber camp Morocco plays true host to a Xmas with a difference! If you are looking for something out of the ordinary then I think you've just found it!
DAY 1: MARRAKECH
Welcome to Morocco! Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport to our hotel located in the heart of the old city. This evening (at 19:00) our welcome meeting takes place, where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers and afterward, maybe go for a drink at a bar. Overnight - Marrakech.
DAY 2: DADES GORGE
Breakfast. Marrakech - Dades Gorge. Leaving Marrakech, we drive through the Dades Gorge, an awesome valley which extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Sarhro range in the south. Berbers built many kasbahs in the vicinity of gorges for defence purposes. These many kasbahs, combined with their stunning setting, make this a beautiful region through which to travel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Lunch, dinner & overnight - Dades Gorge.
DAY 3: DADES GORGE - XMAS DAY
Breakfast. Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge. Merry Christmas! The morning is spent at Dades Gorge where you can choose to trek or relax. After lunch we visit to a traditIonal Berber home where the semi nomadic family have set up a co-operative for the trade of carpets, kilIms and handicrafts for all the rural communities across the Atlas. The remaInder of the afternoon is spent taking in the remarkable and sheer brilliance of Todra Gorge, opt to go rock climbing (book and pay locally) or just relax and enjoy the day with a great Xmas dinner in the beautiful surroundings. Lunch, dinner & overnight - Todra Gorge
DAY 4: BERBER CAMP AND CAMEL TREK
Breakfast. Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Crossing the Jebel Sarhro, we head down to Erg Chebbi sand dunes, which signify the start of the mighty Sahara Desert. In parts the vast sand pile reaches skyward to heights of 150 metres!
The desert winds ensure this astonishing landscape is forever changing and no two days offer the same panorama. Mounting our camels, they glide across the desert sands as we happily photograph and take in the breathtaking scenery. Arriving at our simple Berber camp, we enjoy a simple dinner and a night under the Saharan stars. Remember to wrap up warm as it can get a little chilly once the sun sets! Lunch, dinner & overnight - Berber camp DAY 5: OUARZAZATE & DRAA VALLEY
Breakfast. Erg Chebbi - Ouarzazate. After a stunning sunrise and a tranquil and ambient ride back to our frontier post (camel HQ) there is time to freshen up before driving to the verdant Draa valley, along the route of 1000 Kasbahs.
Besides the natural, historical and architectural wonders that the Draa Valley offers, there are also small villages along the valley where time seems to stand still, so little is the effect of modernity on them. We continue on to Ouarzazate, which African traders once used on their journeys up to Europe. It has also been used as a film set, for Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. Lunch, dinner & overnight - Ouarzazate
DAY 6: MARRAKECH
Breakfast. Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. In the morning either visit the film studio that produced Lawrence of Arabia or opt to go Quad Biking (book and pay locally) before driving onward to the legendary Ait Benhaddou.
Ait Benhaddou is a ‘fortified city’ situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, boasts some beautiful examples of ancient kasbahs. Only a handful of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, this incredible site had been the setting for many films including Gladiator. overnight - Marrakech
DAY 7: DJEMAA EL FNA & THE MEDINA
Breakfast. This morning we tour magical Marrakech, an exotic pink city of snake charmers, steamy hammams, bustling souks and hidden palaces. The focal point and highlight of the city is the Koutoubia mosque and Djemaa el Fna - the central square, which is an extraordinary market place full of colour, music, spicy aromas and traders. Best seen in the evening when the square is overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists.
This afternoon and evening is free for you to explore independently, soak up the incredible atmosphere and test your bartering skills in the souks. Perhaps pamper yourself with a steamy hammam! Dinner and overnight Marrakech.
DAY 8: MARRAKECH
Breakfast. Our Moroccan adventure concludes after breakfast. Happy travels!
>> Tour Package Includes:
Airport transfer to Hotel
7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 nights hotels, 1 night Camping- Berber desert camp in the Sahara
Todra Gorge walk
Camel Trek into the great Sahara
All transportation in private mini van air-conditioned vehicles
Guded tour of Marrakech
Escorted by English speaking tour leader
>> Tour Package Excludes:
Optional excursions as listed
Meals other than specified
£20 Tipping Kitty
Christmas in Morocco: Departs 23rd December
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