Marrakech, Sahara Desert Camel Trek, Essaouira
Morocco's most essential parts. Enjoy the hustle & bustle of Marrakech, camel trek into the Sahara desert, and relax on the beach.
- Services of 1 or 2 person crew (leader and driver)
- Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport
- Transport in 4x4 land cruiser or mini van
- 4 breakfasts 2 dinners (incl. a Berber camp dinner)
- 3 nights accommodation (3/4* hotel), 1 night Berber Camp
- Guided tour of Marrakech
- Sahara camel trek
- Hit the Surf at Essaouira's Golden Sand Beaches
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Marrakech
Welcome to Morocco! We'll transfer you from the airport to our hotel where you can relax by the pool before the pre-departure meeting at 18.00. (D)
Day 2: Marrakech to Sahara Desert (Berber Camp)
Today we enjoy a stunning drive over the High Atlas en-route to Zagora. We pass through the Draa Valley, a green and lush land of palmeries and amazing vistas. It is then time to head towards the great desert, where we transfer to 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, D)
H: Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, the start of the Sahara Deserts
H: Sahara Camel Trek
H: Experience a Traditional Berber Camp
Day 3: Sahara Desert to Marrakech
Leaving the desert we travel back to Marrakech stopping for Lunch en-route. We arrive back in Marrakech were we have dinner in Djemaa El Fna (the legendary Main Square). (B)
H: Discover the UNESCO listed Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech
F: Hamman Spa in Marrakech
Day 4: Marrakech to Essaouira
After breakfast we take a leisurely drive to Essaouira; a colourful fishing town situated within 15th century Portuguese fortifications (as seen in Game of Thrones), where great beaches and surf beckon. You have the day to relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina (more recently famous as the set of Game Of Throne's "Astapor") with its various souks and wood carving 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. Buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets. There's the opportunity to do some optional activities, such as quad biking, surfing, horse trekking and wind surfing. Enjoy a great night out in Essaouira.(B)
H: Explore "Game of Thrones" Location Astapor
H: Hit the Surf or try Horse Riding by the beach
Day 5: Essaouira/Marrakech
One Way Essaouira
Your adventure tour ends after breakfast in Essaouira. Maybe book some extra nights to relax on the beach. (B)
We will have breakfast over-looking the Atlantic this morning then head back to Marrakech where the tour finishes on arrival. Please base any ongoing travel around a 1pm arrival (B)
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 5 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 4-nights accommodation (3 nights 3-4* 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 30USD (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.
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