Marrakech, Ouarazazate, Sahara Desert, Ait Benhaddou, Essaouira, Essaouira, Marrakech
Blow your mind in enigmatic Morocco with a short trip over to North Africa. Our trips take you across deserts, mountains and plains to traditional Berber camps, minaret-filled skylines, golden sand surf beaches and into the most amazing cities and settlements. Visit Todra Gorge, go camel trekking and experience a Berber camp in the Sahara, visit Ait Benhaddou's famous Kasbah before hitting the golden sand beaches of Morocco’s surf coast at Essaouira.
- Services of 1 or 2 person crew (leader and driver)
- Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport
- Transport in 4x4 land cruiser or mini van
- 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners (incl. a Berber camp dinner)
- 7 nights accommodation
- Berber camp
- Sahara camel trek
Take time out in Morocco to explore solo or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Guide
- Hammam spa in Marrakech
- Surf Lesson - Essaouira
- Horse riding - Essaouira
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Marrakech
Welcome to Morocco! Following your transfer from the airport to our joining hotel you can relax by the hotel pool before the pre-departure meeting at 18.00 where you will meet your Tour guide and fellow travellers. (D)
Day 2: Marrakech to Ouarazazate
After breakfast we travel to Ouarzazate. After lunch there is a chance for an optional tour of the Film studios, famous for films such as Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ and the Living Daylights (B,L,D)
H: Marvel at the Berber Kasbahs
Day 3: Ouarazazate to Sahara Desert
Today we enjoy a stunning drive were we will stop and visit the irrigation wells where you can see how the wells are made up from an intricate network of canals, dating back to the 14th Century and covering more than 300km. We then stop for a fantastic Moroccan lunch and a relaxing swim. It is then time to head towards the great desert dunes of Erg Chebbi, Merzouga, where we transfer to our camels for a trek into the Sahara Desert for a night at our Berber Camp. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. (B,L,D)
H: Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the start of the Sahara Desert
H: Sahara Camel Trek
H: Experience a traditional Berver Camp
Day 4: Sahara Desert to Ait Benhaddou
After a wonderful breakfast in the Dunes we leave the desert, and move on for a lunch stop at Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. In the afternoon we continue to Ait Benhaddou and visit this UNESCO World Heritage site, which boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. (B,L,D)
H: Wander Ait Benhaddou, UNESCO listed ancient fortified Kasbah city
Day 5: Ait Benhaddou to Essaouira
We bid fond farewell to Ait Benhaddou this morning as we move over the Atlas Mountains with its dramatic scenery and on to Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast. (B, L)
Day 6: Essaouira
Today we have the whole day to explore and enjoy the sights and activities of Essaouira; a colourful fishing town situated within 15th century Portuguese fortifications, where great beaches and surf beckon. Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists’ shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets. There is the opportunity to do some optional activities, such as quad biking, surfing, horse trekking and wind surfing or you can just simply sit on the beach and relax! (B)
H: Catch a wave at Essaouira’s surf Beaches
H: Explore Game of Thrones ‘Astapor’ - Essaouira
Day 7: Essaouira to Marrakech
After breakfast we head back to Marrakech for our final night. On arrival in Marrakech, we will have some free time to relax by the hotel pool before we start our guided city tour later in the afternoon. The day ends with our last group meal in the Djemaa El Fna ,the legendary main square full of acrobats, snake charmers, juice sellers and various open air restaurants. (B, D)
Day 8: Marrakech
Tour ends after breakfast in Marrakech (B)(B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner)
Where does this tour begin?
Your tour will meet at the Hotel El Andalous, Marrakech, at 6pm for a pre-departure meeting. Please try to attend this meeting as it is important to meet your guide and group and be given a briefing on the itinerary for the next 8 days.
Hotel El Andalous
Avenue du President Kennedy Hivernage
Phone: +212 (0) 524 44 82 26
Your tour ends after breakfast on the final day in Marrakech.
Busabout will arrange a free airport transfer for those passengers who arrive on the first day of the tour, or who have booked into our official pre-tour accommodation (Hotel El Andalous). All we need are your flight details, and our representative will be waiting with a Busabout Sign at the baggage collection/arrivals area once you pass through customs. If you encounter any problems, please call our local operations team (Brahim) on +212(0)661252381. Please note we need your arrival details at least 7 days prior to your tour departure in order to arrange your transfer. If you are staying in alternative accommodation, or arrive by land, you will need to make your own way to the Hotel El Andalous to start the tour. To arrange your airport transfer, please log into MyTrip, head to ‘My Details’ and scroll to the bottom to fill out your flight details.
Your trip includes 7-nights accommodation (6 nights 3* hotel in twin/triple rooms, 1 night Berber camp). Where possible, we try to place single travelers in same-sex rooms; be advised that there may be situations where a male and female must share a twin room. To upgrade to a private room, please see the 'extras' tab of MyTrip or contact us. All pre and post-tour accommodation can be booked through MyTrip.
Please note that the Tipping Fund is 50USD (or equivalent in local currency) and is payable to your guide at the start of the trip. Tipping and bartering can be a confusing ritual in Morocco for first-time travellers. How much is expected? Will I have enough small change? Travellers without a guide will be inundated with offers to help in the expectation of payment, therefore in order to maintain the smooth running of our trip the local tipping fund is distributed by your guide to those who provide services along the way. Please note this amount does not include a tip for the guide / driver, which is at your own discretion.
What do I need to bring?
We recommend bringing a sleeping bag, as it can get quite chilly in the Berber Camp.
Visas are not required for British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and other EU nationals for a stay of up to 3 months. Please ensure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and that you get your passport stamped upon entry into Morocco. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy for details.
All passengers must be fully insured for travel in Morocco. It is your responsibility to arrange travel insurance and you must bring the policy with you as it is obligatory for joining your tour. Please note that some optional activities may require additional cover.
Religious and cultural awareness
We cannot emphasise enough that we are travellers and therefore guests. Although we ourselves might have different views, ideas, rules or morals, it is our duty to respect and adjust where possible to the people of the region we are visiting. Morocco is predominantly Muslim and, as such, we would ask all of our customers to respect and adhere to (when appropriate) the dress codes of the Islamic faith. This entails the covering of shoulders and knees.
Our Morocco Tours are operated by Nomadic Expeditions. Nomadic donates a portion of every booking to the Ait Ouhem Association for Development, a local organisation in the Atlas Mountains that seeks to improve lives through education, setting up co-operatives and providing basic facilities.
Joining points in Morocco
Meet at the Hotel Le Grand Imilchil, Marrakech, at 6pm for a pre departure get together. Please try to come along as it is important to meet your Guide and group and be given a briefing on the itinerary for your trip.Hotel le Grand IMILCHIL,
Av. Echouhada Hivernage,
Marrakech Gueliz Central.
In order to arrange an arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel, please fill out the passenger data details at the bottom of the 'my details' section of your MyTrip if you are arriving on the departure date of the tour or if arriving before and have pre tour accommodation reserved with us for arrival dates.
Pre/Post Accommodation and Single Supplements
These can be arranged and paid for in one easy click online. Go to the 'Add-on' section on MyTrip by logging in with your client reference to book extra nights in Marrakesh before or after your tour, or upgrade to a single private room throughout the tour (with the exception of the Bedouin Camp).
Morocco is just beautiful - the colours are so vibrant!