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Morocco High Atlas & Sahara Tour

Morocco High Atlas & Sahara Tour

The limitless Sea of Sand that dissolves into mystery and imagination. It is one of the world's greatest wonders.... a land of extreme and unearthly beauty...Private Tour
Operator rating 9.3/10 from 6 trip reviews
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Price: USD $2,450 per person
Type: Tour
Duration: 11 days
Customise: This Tour can be customised
Country: Morocco
Persons: minimum (2)  
Accommodation: Mixed
Activities: Camel Riding, Craft Tours, Cultural Tours, Desert Tours, Hiking, Historical Tours
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Morocco High Atlas & Sahara Tour

1st Day - Marrakech
Upon early morning arrival, you will be escorted to four-star Hotel.
Explore Marrakech, former capital of the Almohad empire, is Morocco’s second oldest imperial city and retains the majestic splendor of its ancient past. Buildings are blushed in hues of rosy earth, and horse-drawn carriages clip along broad avenues lined with palm, lime and orange trees. Donkeys carrying carts trawl past fragrant gardens of roses, honeysuckle and jasmine. Dining and lodging at the four stars hotel Tichka.

2nd Day - Ouarzazate
Tour scenic Ouarzazate, near the majestic snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, we’ll head to the four-star Hotel Hanan Club. After a traditional Moroccan meal by the pool, we’ll explore Ouarzazate. Ruled by the French in the 1920s, it has since been a popular location for film shoots. We’ll visit one of the many famous kasbahs of Morocco, Tifoultoute, used as a hotel for the cast of Lawrence of Arabia in the 1960s. Although the Kasbah Tifoultoute was once protected by a powerful dynasty, now its only guards are a sentry of large storks nesting atop its towers. Kasbahs are essentially fortified villages traditionally inhabited by specific Berber tribes and some of the small kasbahs may belong to a single extended family. Overnight stay in the four-star Hotel Hanan Club.

3rd Day - Ouarzazate – Zagora
We’ll begin our day with a visit to the kasbahs of Ait Ben Houd. Kasbahs built with mud-clay from the banks of the Draa River are often beautifully decorated. Ait Ben Houd is one of the most impressive in the country and was given a World Heritage status by UNESCO.

After lunch we’ll drive to Zagora, a lush, inhabited oasis known for its delectable dates that grow on palm trees. The weekly market on Sunday in Zagora offers an opportunity to mingle amid the tribes selling a plethora of goods, and to also watch the local action of the donkey market. We’ll travel through the magnificent mountainside of the High Atlas, a spectacular vista dotted with colorful Berber villages, sparkling lakes, and fragrant cedar forests that come alive with the chatter of the Barbary apes.

As we approach Agdiz, through the Draa Valley — a 200-kilometer long oasis— the forests give way and the approaching desert emerges like a mirage. Palm-groves fringe an occasional river nestled along sandy banks, and ksour or fortified, turreted villages spring up like sand castles. This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films, including The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky. We’ll spend a full day experiencing the unhurried pace of rural life in Zagora’s oasis. We’ll enjoy a traditional meal during a sensational music and dance performance by the camel-driving desert nomads, the Tuaregs or "Blue People" named for the indigo-dyed garments that sometimes tinge their skin blue.

Accommodation at your luxury hotel Kasbah Asma in Zagora.

4th Day - Merzouga
Explore the mystical Saharan landscape as you ride by camel over the stunning sugar-fine sands of Merzouga as the red sun sinks. As night falls, watch traditional folkloric dance and listen to the heady intoxicating beat of Berber drum music and song during the traditional pouring of mint tea. Watch bread being baked in the sand, and delight in a Moroccan feast of harira soup, a savory tagine (stew with meat and vegetables), couscous, fresh fruit and exquisite Moroccan pastries.

At nightfall, we’ll sleep under a nomad tarp beneath flickering stars in the clear desert sky. Experience a sense of timelessness in the still, silent desert unchanged since caravans loaded with spices, gold and indigo crossed long ago. (Lodging is also available at Todra’s local auberge at the edge of the dunes.) Good walking shoes are recommended.

5th Day - Merzouga – Tinghir-Boumalne du Dades – Kelaa M’Gouna – Ourzazate
After a special Berber breakfast, we’ll depart for Ouarzazate , traveling the rugged Road of a Thousand Kasbahs that rise up like turreted sand castles along this ancient caravan trading route.This area has long been a popular location for Hollywood films such as The Last Temptation of Christ, Jewel of the Nile, and most recently Hideous Kinky.

The central region is one of the most exciting and romantic destinations of Morocco nestled along rich river valleys, palmeries and burnished mud-brick homes ablaze in vibrant color under the shelter of the blue desert sky.We’ll travel through the Dadès Valley past dramatic escarpments and plunging gorges via Tinerhir. We’ll stop for a barbecue lunch at a local village and after a refreshing swim at the four-star Hotel Hanan Club where you'll be lodging, there will be a free afternoon to bike, explore the village, or simply relax by the pool under the cool palms and the warm North African sun.

6th Day - Ouarzazate – Ait Ourir – Ourika
After breakfast, we’ll travel past a pageantry of fragrant, dense pine and cedar forests, terraced farms and sienna mud-brick Berber villages en route to Ourika (High Atlas Mountains), to visit the Berber village on Anrar and to have a taste of the the Berber life style by having a cup of tea within a Berber family.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury Kasbah Omar at Anrar Mountain of Ourika.

7th Day - Ourika
You will explore one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys of the High Atlas Valley of Ourika rises gently up to the preliminary hills of the High Atlas where small typical villages have nested. It is a pure and magnificent place where silence is only " disturbed" by birds singing, water streams and wagtails. Ourika is famous for its pottery, minerals and crystal.

If it is Monday, Thursday or Friday, you will visit the bustling weekly souk of at the Valley.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury Berber Kasbah Omar at the village of Anrar.

8th Day - Marrakech
Travel from Ourika leads us to one of Morocco’s jeweled Imperial Cities, mystical Marrakech. An enchanting palm oasis set against the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains. Explore the ancient Bahia Palace from the days of the harem, now populated by a sentry of nesting storks, enter the ancient royal Saadian Tombs, explore the vibrant and historic Jewish mellah where some of the best jewelry of Morocco is sold, and see the majestic Koutoubia Mosque before entry into the 9th century walled medina.

Dinner and overnight at your luxury four stars hotel Tichka.

9th Day - Marrakech
In Marrakesh, we’ll spend a full day exploring this majestic Imperial City. Thrill in the bewitchery of the night that beats in the heart of the famed square, Djemaa el-Fna, where delectable fare is grilled over coals in bustling torch-lit open-air markets. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers and mischievous monkeys are part of the nightly drama that unfolds, as Berber acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and engaging storytellers seduce rapt crowds. Then wind your way through the serpentine labyrinth of the spice-filled air of the bustling souk, unchanged for over 1000 years, where you’ll discover the best of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.

Dinner at our Moroccan Expert and founder Akim's house to have a taste of the Arab life style.

Accommodaion at your luxury four stars hotel or riad in Marrakech.

10th Day - Marrakech – Essaouira
The 60’s music legends Jimmy Hendrix and the Rolling Stones were drawn to Essaouira’s idyllic charm, which continues today to lure musicians and artists alike to the sparkling whitewashed fishing village trimmed with the brilliant azure of its skies. A former Portuguese settlement in the 18th century, its stone ramparts overlook an emerald sea where dolphins sometimes frolic near the fringe of silvery beach, and camels ferry passengers across fine sand. Dream on the beach, stroll through serene squares, browse artisan shops or the fish market, bursting with a plethora of fruit of the sea to be grilled to a succulent finish before your eyes. Top it your repast with the national drink of Moroccan mint tea and savor delectable French pastries at one Essaouira’s many charming cafes.......This is where you can take a camel ride or a horse riding at the beach of Morocco.... A full day will be spent at Essaouira before return to Marrakesh,.

You’ll cap off your journey at a spectacular dinner event at the desert of Marrakech, the Fantasia at the desert of Marrakech, where You’ll bear witness to a splendid drama of Arabian Nights filled with belly dancing, folkloric troupes, and stately Arabian steeds charging in dynastic battles as of yore…….. and that would be your final desert of your vacation.

Accommodation at the four stars hotel or riad in Marrakech.

11th Day - Marrakech
Transfer to Marrakech airport for your return home with plenty of tales of Arabian days and nights.

2 people with a private car and English speaking guide

3 people or more with a private luxury van and English speaking guide

$2450.00 per person based on double occupancy

2 years and under are free of charge
2 – 6 years old 75% off
7-11 years old 50% off
12 years old & up full cost

What's Included:
Breakfast and dinner daily
Four-star hotel and riad lodging and all transportation
Transfers to and from airport
Knowledgeable certified guides
Camel ride in the Sahara
Nomad tent in the Sahara
Private car, gas & driver for the entire trip
Museums fee
All taxes

Not included in package price:
International Airfare
Travel Insurance

Tour Operator Reviews (6) about reviews
Client: Naimah - from Malaysia
Trip: Eternal Imperial Cities & High Atlas of Morocco
rating 8/10
Comment: We are now back home after a lovely holiday in Morocco. Morocco is beautiful and the people are very warm and friendly.

With one or two exceptions, we have no major complaints with the tour. Our driver Mohamed was excellent; he was helpful and sorted out our problems in no time at all. He drove at a good pace and was also informative. He also ensured that we were comfortable and were enjoying the trip.

The Riads are beautiful but I think that for the first two at least, they were not quite suitable for the winter. They were too cold and would have been quite lovely if we were there in the summer. All the other riads were not only excellent but their staff and hospitality were impeccable.

The tour itself was just nice, not too long and not too short (I sound like Goldilocks) Hisham, our guide in Fez was good. He was very knowledgeable and very informative.

Other than the cold riads, (and the fact that my son had food poisoning on the second day in Fez) we were very happy with the tour and would recommend this tour and the tour operator highly
Client: Nicola Rethman - from South Africa
Trip: Eternal Imperial Cities & High Atlas of Morocco
rating 9/10
Comment: Morocco is a beautiful country and I thought the most ‘undersold’ parts were the best – Fes & surrounds, Ourika Valley. I found Marrakech a bit disappointing and Casablanca a big bore (but perhaps both were because I ended up travelling alone – not intended – and hence could not enjoy the night life). The amount of construction on the seafront areas of the Atlantic coast was quite a surprise and limits what one can actually see. Next time I would add the Med coast; the Sahara and the Southern part of the country to my itinerary.

Services provided by the operator were generally good, although the itinerary provided was a bit different to the actual one (it almost seemed as though the person writing the itinerary had not been to many of the places as some suggestions were impractical – e.g. a routing from Ourika Valley to Fes via Meknes and Rabat in a single day!).

The driver and guides provided were all well informed and well spoken but somewhat inclined to ‘guide’ me to places where the intent was largely to get me to shop (which, after a credit card challenge in Marrakech, I was disinclined towards). The mountain guide in the Ourika Valley was magnificent, very patient and helpful on the rather strenuous hike.

My planned travel companion had visa problems (she is South African but lives in Nigeria and couldn’t get a visa – which as South Africans is a requirement – due to problems with her Nigerian work permit) and had to cancel at the last minute (after her planned arrival). Obviously, expecting a refund on the travel or accommodation was unrealistic given the late cancellation and the operator offered to give her a 20% discount if she books through them again.

The ‘personalised’ tour (i.e. own car and driver, rather than sharing with a bus load of others) was fantastic and the accommodation was superb throughout. If I return to Morocco, I would plan for something similar.
Client: Silvia Portnoy - from Argentina
Trip: Eternal Imperial Cities & High Atlas of Morocco
rating 10/10
Comment: We have just come back home from our holidays.

Visiting Morocco was an exciting and unforgettable experience: the people, the landscapes, the cities, the food, everything was just wonderful. We absolutely enjoyed it.

As mentioned by the operators advertisements, we are back home “with plenty of tales of Arabian days and nights”; I can still smell the spices, the flowers, the fresh of the Ourika valley. By the way, Mr Karim kindness and hospitality at the Kasbah Omar has to be highlighted. He also helped us in exploring the beautiful valley leading us in two wonderful walks.

The trip went on as planned. Riads and hotels were great, as well as restaurants and foods in our dinners. Guides and visits were very well coordinated. Everything on time and the trip fulfilled every word committed by the tour operator in the package we bought.

Said, the driver that spent with us the whole visit, was perfect; always on time, ready to help us in every question we asked, excellent driver, at all times taking care of our safety and comfort. Meeting Said is part of the nice memories we have from our trip.

Summing up and for the requested feedback, I would qualified my holiday with a 100. Hope to visit Morocco again!!!!
Client: Robert and Karen Grozier - from Australia
Trip: Moroccan Caravan Adventure Tour
rating 10/10
Comment: Thank you for your assistance in passing on our enquiry to such an efficient company. We think the trip was one of the best we have taken.

We had a wonderful time with our driver Mohamed who took very good care of us throughout. It was great that he was always there to pick us up from outings which made for a very stress free trip. His driving, in sometimes very difficult conditions such as heavy snow in the High Atlas was to be commended. We feel we saw much more than was in the itinerary and people we have since spoken to have been amazed at what we actually fitted into the twelve days.

Regarding the dinners, all included, we could not fault them from the Styze club in Marrakech to the homecooked meals in the Riads.

By chance we were invited to a Berber wedding which was being held next to our Riad out of Marrakech which was a real bonus. Stayed with it till midnight. A lot of fun.

Even though we were guided everywhere, we felt we got to experience the local flavour and so believe our trip was wonderful value. Because of the spread of accomodation the operator supplied from very good small riads to the opulent riad in Fez we feel we have certainly seen a wide cross section of Moroccan life.

Finally, thanks to them for organising all this at what was very short notice. It all went very smoothly thanks to Mohamed.
Client: Dr Richard Zapanta & Family - from United States
Trip: Moroccan Caravan Adventure Tour
rating 10/10
Comment: I'd like to inform you that we had the most amazing and out-of-this-world experience while vacationing in Morocco.

Our driver Abdel was not only very careful and cordial but also extremely hospitable and eager to share with us the Moroccan lifestyle. We are most appreciative of him opening up his home for a home-made chicken cous-cous meal with his lovely family. It truly made our trip more than personal now that we have a 'new family' in Morocco!

We will highly recommend this trip with this company to our friends who have seen, from our pictures, the many splendors of Moroc!

We hope to travel back very soon as we know there are many other treasures yet to be seen!

Again, we give our highest marks to your agency and it's tour guides/driver.

Thank you so very much!
Client: Carol Sporleder - from United States
Trip: customised itinerary
rating 9/10
Comment: We returned last Tuesday from Spain and Morocco. I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we all had.

Our driver Abdul was waiting for us when we got off the boat in Tangier with a very nice and comfortable van. Abdul did a wonderful job. He was a great driver and was always punctual and very helpful.

Our stay at the Riad in Fez was wonderful. The staff was so attentive. Our rooms and the courtyard and garden areas were just beautiful. We had a very enjoyable day in Fez with our guide Abdul (another Abdul) and a delicious dinner with entertainment at Maison Blue.

The following day we really enjoyed Meknes, Volubilis, lunch at Moulay Idriss and finally Chefchaoen. What a beautiful town. Our Riad here, although not as luxurious as the one in Fez, was so conveniently located near the main square.

The people of Morocco were very friendly and welcoming to us.

We were all very impressed with the beautiful mosaics in all the buildings we visited but the most pleasant surprise of all was the delicious food. We absolutely loved the Moroccan salads, pastilla, and the tajines, and fresh fruits and most of all the mint tea. When I got home, I bought a Moroccan cookbook immediately.

If there was one complaint, it was that all the interesting presentations in Fez (ceramics, carpet, tannery, cloth ) also included a bit of high pressure sales after the presentation. All three couples bought mosaic tables which we are looking forward to enjoying in our yards here in California.

Thank you to the operator for organizing a trip to Morocco that we will never forget.

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