Original Travels | 2024
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Seasons: Winter, Spring, Autumn | Days: 10 | Level: easy
Discover Morocco's stunning scenery and rich culture on a 10-day trip. Drive over the highest pass, visit the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, meet local artisans, and enjoy a meal with locals in the Skoura oasis. Experience the Sahara desert, meet Berber nomads, cross the Draa Valley, explore Essaouira, and end your journey in mystical Marrakech. Accompanied by experienced guides, you'll discover the most spectacular scenery and unique experiences that Morocco has to offer.
As soon as you land at the airport, your private driver will be waiting to greet you and take you to your riad, located in the heart of Marrakech's bustling medina. If you arrive early in the day, you'll have plenty of time to begin exploring the city's enchanting streets and cultural landmarks.
After breakfast, depart Marrakech and head towards Ksar Ait Benhaddou, driving along a winding mountain road with stunning views. Visit the Kasbah of Glaoui and cross the valley of the Ounila River before reaching Tamdaght, also known as the "Kasbah of Storks". Check into your riad at Ait Benhaddou for the next 2 nights, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest Ksar in Morocco. Continue to Ouarzazate and then to Skoura, where you'll spend the next 2 days in a beautiful oasis at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
Discover the unique culture of Southern Morocco on an easy walking tour through a palm grove, with stops to interact with local families. Learn about regional culture, history, and way of life. Your guide will lead you on a 1-hour walk through the stunning Sidi Felah canyons, stopping at villages for fun activities and live entertainment. Visit a traditional pottery factory and old Kasbahs, and savor local and Moroccan cuisine with a family at lunch. End your meal with an authentic tea ceremony before driving back to your accommodation. Experience the unique culture of Southern Morocco on this unforgettable tour.
Explore the "Road of the Kasbahs" with breathtaking landscapes and picturesque villages. Stop at Kalaat M'Gouna, the "City of Roses," and continue through the unforgettable Dades river valley. Enjoy a 30-minute hike in the Tinghir valley with a local guide and witness the Todra Gorge. Drive through the Ziz Valley to reach your destination, Merzouga, located on the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi. Check into your accommodation and take a walk on the dunes to enjoy the spectacular sunset.
Set out on a Jeep adventure across the dunes of Erg Chebbi, unveiling the enigmatic charm of this wondrous terrain. Engage with local nomads and share a moment over a cup of tea with a welcoming family. Delve into the mystical rhythms at the Gnawa house in Khamleya village, capturing the essence of spiritual healing music. Later, choose between exhilarating sandboarding or an invigorating quad ATV ride. Ascend the closest sand dune to witness a mesmerizing sunset, then return to camp for a delightful dinner, accompanied by authentic Berber melodies by the campfire. Before retiring, lose yourself in the boundless beauty of the starlit sky, making your Moroccan desert escapade truly memorable.
Today, bid farewell to Merzouga and the Sahara and head to the magnificent and fertile Draa Valley, which runs like a green belt along the Draa River, cutting through the barren desert landscape. Your journey continues along the longest river in Morocco, past a stone desert or Hammada, where the famous nomadic tribe Ait Atta calls home. Begin today's hike by descending into the valley, reaching an exciting area where many former trade routes run, and local products and specialties are still offered at numerous markets. Cross some villages and meet the Drawis, the inhabitants of the Draa Valley (about 2 km, about 40 Min, +/-50 m ascent). After the hike, continue your journey to Zagora. Experience the beauty and culture of the Draa Valley on this unforgettable journey.
Journey through the captivating route from Zagora to Agdz, immersed in the breathtaking desert vistas and charming towns sprinkled along the path. Pause to revel in the beauty, capturing photographs of the ancient Ksours and lush palm groves. Delve into the region's storied past as you traverse significant sites and landmarks, while engaging with the amiable local residents. Relish every moment of the drive, truly appreciating the distinct allure of the southern Moroccan tapestry.
Travel from Agdez to Marrakech, meandering through the captivating landscapes of southern Morocco. As you pass through Berber villages, immerse yourself in the region's profound history and cultural heritage. Ascend the Tizi n'Tichka Pass, capturing breathtaking views of the High Atlas Mountains. Pause at viewpoints for photographs and to appreciate the region's natural splendor. Witness the landscape's transformation from arid desert to Marrakech's lush green surroundings. Upon reaching Marrakech, immerse yourself in the city's lively souks, historic landmarks, and the electric ambiance of this enthralling metropolis.
Discover the vibrant city of Marrakech, often referred to as the "Red City" due to its distinct red sandstone architecture. Stroll through the historic medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and be captivated by the bustling souks filled with aromatic spices, handcrafted goods, and traditional treasures. Marvel at the Koutoubia Mosque and its iconic minaret, find tranquility in the Majorel Gardens, and delve into history at the Saadian Tombs. Engage with the local culture at Jemaa el-Fnaa square, a pulsating heart of Marrakech, where you can sip mint tea and immerse yourself amidst street performers, musicians, and enticing food stalls.
On your last day in Morocco, you will transfer from your accommodation in Marrakech to the Marrakech Menara Airport for your departing flight. Take in the sights and sounds of the city one last time as you make your way to the airport. Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you have made during your time in Morocco. As you depart, remember the beautiful landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality of the Moroccan people. Your journey may be ending, but the memories of your time in this enchanting country will stay with you forever.