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Kasbahs and Oasis

Kasbahs and Oasis

Purpose: Discovery, Culture, History
No. of days: 8 days - 7 nights
First & Last Cities: Marrakech
Other cities: Ouarzazate, Dades, Merzouga, Alnif, Tazarine, Zagora, Agdez, Ait Ben Haddou
Starting cost: $1,379
 
Day 1: Marrakech
Meet and greet at Marrakech airport. Buckle up and get ready to get dazzled but yet enchanted by the sights and sounds of Marrakech. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Marrakech. [D]
 
Day 2: Marrakech
Full day guided city tour. Marrakech powder-pink city enveloped within its ochre-dusted ramparts, the medina is Marrakesh's show-stopping sight of crowded souqs. The main artery into this mazy muddle is the vast square of Djemaa El Fna, where it's carnival night every night. Stroll between snail vendors, soothsayers, acrobats and conjurers, musicians and slapstick acting troupes to discover the old city's frenetic pulse. Places to visit: Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said are a riot of tile work and intricate floral painted-wood ceilings, the Saadian Tombs are enriched by an opulent bounty of marble, the Ben Youssef Medersa and the Koutoubia minaret, the old Jewish district of the mellahto visit the Lazama Synagogue and the Miaâra Jewish cemetery to gain a greater understanding of Marrakesh's cosmopolitan past. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Marrakech. [B/D]
 
Day 3: Marrakech, Skoura, Dades
As you leave Marrakech, the distant haze begins to resolve itself into a jagged mountain range - the High Atlas Mountains, jutting abruptly from the plain. Our route follows the same one caravans used centuries ago, to bring into Marrakech gold and precious wood from the other side of the ocean of sand, the Sahara. Beautiful scenery and small villages built in tiers succeed among oak trees, walnut groves and snow patches before arriving at the Tizi n Tichka pass, at 2260 meters high. Once over the pass a totally different picture is unveiled: the lunar landscape of the Anti-Atlas. Later, skirt past Ouarzazate and stop for a lunch (own expense). Past Ouarzazate, our trip tour reaches yet another lush area, nested between the deserted crest and the desolate plateaus: Skoura palm grove. Then, our trip reaches Kelaa des Mgouna, famous for the nearby Valley of Roses and 'Rose Festival', where at the end of a 3 days celebration usually held in May, a local girl is crowned 'Rose Queen'. The most looked after product is eau-de-rose and two factories in the area distil and export the product. The process uses approximately three thousand kilograms of rose petals to extract a liter of rose oil. Further on, Boulmane Dades follows, the starting point to explore the spectacular Dades Gorge, a lush carpet set against the massive rocks and quite popular among those interested to trek. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. [B/D]
 
Day 4: Dades, Tinghir, Merzouga
Back on the road, our first stop is Tinerhir (Tinghir), with its extensive palm grove, the ksours built into the rocky hills above it and its mysterious decaying Jewish quarter. Tinghir has been for generations a stop for nomadic Berber tribes travelling from the mountains north of it towards the desert during the winter months. A rather inconspicuous hidden gem is the 19th century adobe mosque nested within the old crumbling ksour, a heaven for photography enthusiasts. Todra Gorges, lie only 15 km from Tinghir, presenting an arresting spectacle with its crystal-clear river emerging from it, its huge walls changing color to magical effect as the day unfolds. Its 300 meters ( 1000 feet ) high walls are home to more than 150 bolted routes and at any time of day you can catch a glimpse of someone rock climbing his way up the gigantic walls. Before reaching Merzouga where the tarmac ends, we pass Erfoud and Rissani. In Erfoud we may stop for a visit at Musee des Oasis if time allows. Rissani used to serve as last stop on the great caravan routes south and gold and slave auctions were taking place here as late as 1800’s. Before it, the caravan trade and the most important city in Morocco was Sijilmassa, the ruins of which lie opposite Rissani. From its gates, Ibn Battuta and Leo Africanus left Morocco to embark on their illustrious journeys across the Sahara into African countries. Soon after we reach Merzouga and in the distance you glimpse the first leviathans of sand forming the Sahara: the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Serf the sandy sea on a powerful 4 WD Land Rover to the desert camp. Dinner and overnight under Berber tent. [B/D]
 
Day 5: Merzouga, Alnif, Tazarine, Zagora
Enjoy a sunrise camel ride along the golden sand dunes in Merzouga. Return to your Riad for breakfast
before transferring to Zagora via the Amazigh villages of Alnif and Tazarine. The road to Tazzarine sees
almost no traffic, providing a scenic link between Tafilalet and Draa Valley. Aside from the landscape, fossils and prehistoric rock carvings are this region’s main attraction. The scenery grows wilder as you approach Tazzarine, set in a grassy oasis surrounded by bare mountains. Continue to Zagora. Famous for its largest palm valley in Morocco. Dinner and overnight in your hotel. [B/D]
 
Day 6: Zagora (Agdez), Ouarzazate
After breakfast, enjoy the tour of Zagora including some of the oldest villages in Morocco. Stop by Tamegroute to visit the village’s famous library, which houses ancient Koranic scripts dating back to  the 12th century. Visit the pottery section of Tamgroute then transfer to Ouarzazate along the Draa valley. Optional lunch-stop at Agdez then continue the trip to Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight. [B/D]
 
Day 7: Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Marrakech
Begin the day by exploring Ouarzazate, a city originally built as a French garrison in the 1920s. Today, the city is a regional trade center, known for its pottery and carpets. See the Taourirt Kasbah, which now consists of simple clay houses and crenellated towers that are beautifully decorated with geometric motifs. On the way, optional visit to the Film studios. Continue to elaborate Aït Benhaddou, dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of the region's most exotic Kasbahs, where structures all but defy the laws of gravity as they perch upon the steep slope. Some of these buildings have been featured in films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. You journey over the High Atlas Mountains, observing everyday life in remote rural towns, to the fascinating city of Marrakech. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. [B/D]
 
Day 8: Marrakech, USA
After breakfast, we will assist you to Casablanca airport for your return flight. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast | [[D] = Dinner | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner


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Tour includes
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 7 nights at hotel categories of your choice
    • Marrakech 3 nights
    • Dades 1 night
    • Merzouga 1 night
    • Zagora 1 night
    • Ouarzazate 1 nights
  • Meals:
    • Daily breakfast
    • Daily dinner (including farewell dinner)
  • Visits of:
    • Marrakech
    • Route of 1001 Kasbahs
    • Todra Gorge
    • Erfoud
    • Rissani
    • Amazigh villages
    • Tamegroute Library
    • Zagora
    • Draa Valley
    • Ouarzazate
    • Taourirt and Tifoultout Kasbahs
    • Fortress of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Modern A/C vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Guided city tour of Marrakech
  • Entrance fees for sites visited
  • All taxes
Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
First Class
Marrakech Riad Slitine 4.5
Dades Xaluca 4.5
Merzouga Riad Madu 5
Zagora Riad Lamane 4
Ouarzazate Dar Chamaa 5

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking


Tour Pricing

No. of Pax Double Single
2020 Departures
2 Pax $2,145 $2,739
3 Pax $1,779 $2,375
4 Pax $1,595 $2,185
5 Pax $1,689 $2,285
6 Pax $1,659 $2,255
7 Pax $1,569 $2,165
8 Pax $1,505 $2,099
9 Pax $1,449 $2,045
10 Pax $1,409 $2,005
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Minimum 2 pax
 
Tour Code: MA03RAK20CV

Options

Description Price
Atlas Mountains & Valleys
Excursion including lunch with a Berber family $149
Traditional Hammam & Massage (1.5 hour) $09
Camel ride $49
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Excursion rates are based on 2 persons, minimum