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- Experience a fabulous 5 nights / 6 days tour of the Great South
- Members will enjoy a variety of fantastic accommodation on a Half Board Basis
- Entrance to all attractions and excursions listed in itinerary are included - plus members will benefit from guided visits to Souks and Medina!
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Your Destination —
Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic centre and home to mosques, palaces and gardens.
The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. Food vendors line Djemaa el-Fna, a broad square where storytellers and musicians perform.
For centuries, people from the Atlas, Drâa and Dadès Valleys converged to do business at Ouarzazate’s sprawling Taourirt Kasbah, and a modern garrison town was established here in the 1920s to oversee France’s colonial interests. The movie business gradually took off in Ouarzazate after the French protectorate left in the 1950s, and ‘Ouallywood’ movie studios have built quite a résumé providing convincingly exotic backdrops for movies supposedly set in Tibet, ancient Rome, Somalia and Egypt.
Unlike other Glaoui kasbahs, Taourirt escaped ruin by moonlighting as a Hollywood backdrop (Sheltering Sky, Gladiator, Prince of Persia ) and attracting the attention of Unesco, which has carefully restored small sections of the inner sanctum. Follow the maze of stairwells to the top floor, where you’ll find a prayer room through keyhole archways, traces of stucco and an original tataoui ceiling. Wander through the village inside the kasbah walls, and you might also find deals on local crafts in backstreet shops.
One of the absolute highlights of a trip to Morocco is seeing the vast Saharan sand dunes and camping under the stars. In Morocco, you have the choice between two broad areas where you can visit proper dunes; the Erg Chebbi dunes near to Merzouga and the Erg Chegaga dunes close to M'hamid. Both sets of dunes offer a fantastic experience.
Erg Chegaga is a much younger destination, as owing to border disputes with Algeria, tourists have only been visitng since the 1990's. That said, it is becoming more popular and there are more camps than there used to be. As far as solitude is concerned, however, it still has the upper hand over Erg Chebbi.
The journey down to Erg Chegaga is fascinating. You can add a visit to Ait Ben Haddou along the way and then follow the Draa Valley and the many oases & crumbling Kasbahs dotted along the way. Once you reach the small town of Mhamid, you can continue on to one of the camps on the dunes, or you can trek by camel direct from there.
The Ounila is the verdant, narrow-sided river valley that runs between Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet, just south of the High Atlas mountains. There is plenty to discover in this beautiful Valley.
The route of the Ounila Valley was part of the main caravan trade route to Marrakech, from sub-Saharan Africa, and the High Atlas were crossed at the Telouet Pass, beyond Telouet (centuries before the French constructed the road used today, across the Tichka Pass). Due to its pivotal location, it is unsurprising that a melting pot of cultures co-existed there centuries ago – Berber, Haratin, Jewish.
The Valley is hemmed in by imposing sandstone cliffs and barren hillsides, and is peppered with typical pise-constructed dwellings and crumbling kasbahs (ksar). Aside from Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet, the Kasbah Tamdaght is worth a visit.
Your Itinerary —
Day 1: Marrakech
Arrival and transfer to Opera Plaza Hotel, Marrakech.
Dinner (buffet) and overnight (Double / Twin Room with Opera or Pool View)
Day 2: Marrakech – Tichka – Ouarzazate – Skoura (approx. 250km / 5h)
Breakfast in hotel and meet your driver at the reception.
Departure towards the village of Tighdouine and the Zat Valley.
Visit the Tighdouine sources.
Refreshment stop in the Toufliht natural park with a marvellous view of the tiny douars (houses) of village of Touama, surrounded by apple orchards and water streams.
Continue through the Berber villages of Zerkten and Taddart.
Photo stop on the Tichka pass (2200M)
Lunch stop in Aguelmous – in a small café.
On to Ouarzazate and visit the Taourirt Kasbah.
Arrival in Skoura – and a short walk through the oasis
Visit Kasbah Armidil
Check in to the L’Ma Lodge.
Dinner and overnight (Double/Twin Room)
Day 3: Skoura – Agdz – Zagora – Erg Chegaga (approx. 305km / 5h)
After breakfast – join your driver and drive towards the Sahara desert and Chegaga, the biggest sand dunes in Morocco.
First stop will be in Ait Saoun, a small village at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, where part of the movie Babel was filmed.
Continue to Tiznitfnan, and a panoramic view of the volcanic mountains.
On arrival in Agdz, stop for refreshment in a café terrace with a superb view of the Draa Valley.
The drive continues along the Draa River (Oued), to the village of Tanssikht and discover the henna plantations.
Lunch stop will be in Zagora during free time.
Visit the ancient Tamegroute Ksar, an example of collective habitation in the ksours of this South-eastern region.
Visit the Zaouia Naciria’s famous library, boasting ancient manuscripts and works of scribes from North Africa and Andalousia.
The road leads you to Erg Chegaga passing via Tagounite and the Ouled Driss oasis.
Around 16H00 – plunge into the desert with a sea of sand until meeting the horizon.
Camel ride to the camp and see the sun set over the Sahara.
Check in to your bivouac and dinner under the desert stars.
Dinner and overnight at Erg Chegaga Torza camp (in a ‘Luxury’ tent with en-suite)
Day 4: Erg Chegaga – Iriki – Foum Zguid – Taznakht – Ait Benhaddou (approx. 300km / 4h30)
Early wake up call to see the sun rise over the Sahara.
08H00 desert drive in the direction of Ait Benhaddou – through the famous Paris - Dakar tracks in Chegaga, Iriki, Zaouyat Sidab Denbi
Discover oases, fossils, sand dunes along the way.
Lunch stop before arriving in Foum Zguid and continue to the carpet town of Taznakht.
Refreshment stop in a village house by the Ouarzazate Lake, then on to Ait Benhaddou.
Check in to the Ksar Ighnda.
Dinner and overnight (Superior Room)
Day 5: Ait Benhadou – Telouet – Marrakech (approx. 200km / 3h30)
After breakfast, join the driver to visit the Ksar Ait-Ben-Haddou (UNESCO)
Continue through the beautiful Ounila Valley and visit the village of Tizgui and its fortified granaries.
Visit the village of Anmiter and the Talouet Glaoui Kasbah.
Lunch will be in a villager’s home in Taddert.
Continue towards Marrakech via Ait Ourir.
Arrive in Marrakech and check in at Opera Plaza Hotel.
Dinner and overnight (Double Room Pool or Opera view)
Customers can extend their stay at Opera Plaza Hotel for up to 2 to 4 more nights.
Members can add daily lunch during their tour (3 course menu: starter, main, dessert) for an additional fee at the next stage of the booking process.
Please note: Ramadan is forecast to commence at the beginning of June (date not specified) and will continue for 30 days. During this time, facilities/services may be limited and the consumption/purchase of alcohol may not be permitted.
Your Accomodation —
Please note: this offer only applies to 1 child between 4-12 years old.
Just for you: VIP welcome in the room (Moroccan pastries), welcome tea and 30min relaxing hammam session.
Designed in a Moorish Arabic style, the Opera Plaza Hotel is strategically located in the center of Marrakech in front of the Royal Theatre and The Railway Station, and five minutes walk away from the Convention Center, allowing you flexibility in your travels in the city and near the important points.
The hotel offers 115 superior rooms including 9 suites. All rooms are well decorated; equipped with air conditioned, direct telephone, satellite TV, LCD screen, safe deposit box, minibar, hairdryer.
Just for you: fruit basket in room and welcome tea.
A traditionally built adobe house, located in the heart of the palm groves of Skoura - the Lodge has a large garden with hundreds of palm and fruit trees and a free form pool. The natural look of the house perfectly blends with its surroundings - appealing to travellers looking for charm and authenticity in a green setting 40 km from Ouarzazate.
The Lodge consists of the Maison (the house), common living areas with lounges, an open fireplace and a terrace; and further away, peacefully, the Riad which hosts 4 bedrooms and 3 comfortable and spacious suites with tadelakt bathroom and views of the garden and the palm groves.
Just for you: welcome tea, bottle of wine for dinner in the tent or in the dunes and camel ride.
The desert is a magical place. Tranquillity, clear skies, bright stars, shimmering vistas, intense colours, huge dunes and magical experiences. This can all be enjoyed in the stunning Erg Chegaga Desert camp.
Cameleers will be on time to welcome you, and your experience will start here with a short ride over a massive sea of sand dunes before arriving to the Torza desert camp in Erg Chegaga, where you will enjoy refreshments in the tent lounge.
This tent is beautifully decorated with traditional Moroccan furniture. In these exclusive cosy surroundings, the camp consists of 7 fully equipped tents, with comfortable king-size beds, private bathroom with toilet and hot showers. Electricity provide by solar panels. Each tent has a private terrace with a fantastic view over the big sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.
Just for you: guaranteed upgrade to a Superior Room, VIP welcome in the room (Moroccan pastries & fruits) and 30min scrub hammam session.
On the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate where the stunning light shines on a setting of natural beauty, Hotel Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains: a rendez-vous for discerning lovers of luxurious sensations and relaxation.
In an authentic yet modern setting, the hotel blends in with the environment. In the village, you will come across Berbers, local artisans and discover typical local crafts (bread cooked in the traditional way..)
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Private transfers are included.