DESERT OF MERZOUGA SAHARA
26-30 May 2021
Group & Solo
MARRAKESH TO DANES VALLEYS
CAMELS AND SANDBOARDING
Prepare for your senses to be slapped. Marrakesh’s heady sights and sounds will dazzle, frazzle and enchant. Put on your babouches (leather slippers) and dive right in. Explore enchanting Marrakech, with its historic architecture, vibrant markets and colourful souks, before taking in the stunning landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains, known for their unique beauty.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Morocco is known for its bold and flavorful cuisine. Take an evening tour with an English or French-speaking guide to discover the rich local food culture. Enjoy delicious tastings as you wander through the city’s main square.
DAY 2: MARRAKESH TO DANES VALLEYS
This morning, after breakfast, you will depart from Marrakech and head over the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka pass reaching altitudes of 7400 feet above sea level before descending to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. If this ksar looks familiar, it might be because it has starred (or at least made an appearance) in several movies and TV shows including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and Game of Thrones. You’ll have an opportunity to explore this area climbing to the very top for an amazing view of the ksar and the surrounding area.
DAY 3: CAMELS AND SANDBOARDING
After breakfast, you’ll make your way to the giant sand dunes of the Sahara, but first you’ll visit Todgha Gorge where you will have a chance to walk through the most impressive part of this canyon. After this, you’ll have a guided walk in the palmeraie and Mellah (old Jewish neighborhood) of Tinghir. After this, you’ll drive to the edge of the big dunes where you will meet your camels that will take you into the heart of the dunes to your desert camp for the night.
DAY 4: QUAD BIKES
This morning, you’ll want to get up early to watch the sunrise over the dunes before once again taking your camels to the hotel where you’ll have an opportunity to shower and have some breakfast, before taking the road back to Marrakech.
DAY 5: YOURISM EATS
Learn to eat like a local on a 3-hour tasting tour in the famous main square of Marrakech. Visit Jemaa el Fnaa in the evening to discover traditional Moroccan cuisine and taste the city’s most famous dishes. Explore the best of Marrakech’s food scene. Start with hotel pickup and head to Jemaa el Fnaa to begin your foodie walking tour. Wander through the square and stop to taste the famous flavors of Moroccan cuisine. Learn about the connection between food, community, religion, and hospitality, as you taste delicious local dishes.
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