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Marrakesh and the deep south of morocco

Enjoy the most impressive of all the Imperial cities‚ and then explore the marvellous Deep South of Morocco in the comfort of a private‚ air-conditioned

vehicle‚ escorted at all times by a professional guide.

Eight-day tour‚ full board in five star hotels‚ riads or guest houses.

Arrival/departure Marrakesh.

Day 1: Arrival at Marrakesh Menara airport.

Personal welcome and complimentary roses for the ladies‚ transfer to the riad for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 2 Marrakech

 After breakfast‚ the day is spent exploring the Red City‚ or Pearl of the Desert as it is also known. In the morning‚ there is a visit to the Bahia and Dar Si Said‚ some of the most sumptuous palaces in the kingdom and the splendid Menara and Agdal gardens renowned for their ancient irrigation systems. Lunch is at a Moorish Palace in the heart of the old city. Then a taste of Moroccan history by visiting the Merdersa ben Youssef or the Museum of Marrakesh‚ with stroll through the bazaars for a complete change of scene. The late afternoon is the best time to see Jemaa El Fna Square‚ a UNESCO World Heritage Site since May 2001. Magical moments when we discover the heart and soul of Marrakesh alive with acrobats‚ snake charmers and musicians beneath the rays of the setting sun. Evening meal and overnight accommodation at the hotel.

Day 3 Marrakesh - Ouarzazate (200 km)

This is the beginning of a voyage of discovery to the immense emptiness of the Moroccan Deep South‚ a land of stark contrasts‚ such as the cool shady oases and palm groves set in the endless wastes of the stony desert.  A trip through the Valley of One Thousand Casabas is to enter another world and a chance to sample the warm hospitality of the Berber inhabitants. After crossing the High Atlas Mountains through the one of the most beautiful mountains passes in Morocco‚ the Tichka Pass‚ at an altitude of 2260m. we arrive at the Ksar Ait ben Haddou in time for lunch. Ait ben Haddou is a tangle of labyrinthine alleys at the heart of the fortified village built of mud bricks and a UNESCO World Heritage site‚ familiar to many cinema buffs as the backdrop to numerous films. In the afternoon we visit the casabas for which Ouarzazate is famous‚ Taourirt‚  for instance‚ a group of impressive ochre mud-walled crenellated buildings in the beautifully restored former home of the Pasha Glaoui. The Tifoultoute casaba perched on an outcrop above a ksar also belonged to the Glaoui family and is now home to flocks of storks. Then check-in at the guest house followed by dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 4 Ouarzazate - Zagora (180 km)

After breakfast‚ we travel along the Draa Valley towards Ouarzazate. One of the most beautiful palm groves in the whole of Morocco stretches along the banks of the Draa river‚ studded with superb ksours‚ or fortified villages - the remains of past glory that recall the ancient splendour of this part of the caravan trail. We stop to take a photo in front of the sign pointing to Timbuktu - 52 days away by dromedary. We really are on the heels of the ’hommes bleus’. We press on to Tamegroute‚ a village of potters and also a religious centre‚ where we visit the Koranic library to see manuscripts written on gazelle skin. Evening meal and overnight accommodation at a charming guest house in Zagora

Day 5 Zagora - Erfoud - Merzouga (350 km)

After breakfast we set off on a rocky‚ deserted and unimaginably dry road that takes us through Tazzarine‚ to Rissani‚ right on the edge of the desert. We stop here for lunch. Then we continue to Erfoud and the ruins of the mythical Sijilmassa‚ or crossroads of the silk and spice routes. Here there is a choice of accommodation: either an enchanting hotel for dinner and the night‚ or a short drive in an off-road vehicle to the foot of the dunes‚ for dinner under the stars and a night’s camping.


Day 6 Merzouga - Erfoud - Ouarzazate (400 km)

Visitors who have spent the night in the dunes will experience the often breath-taking sight of sunrise over the desert‚ and will have the option of taking a ride on a dromedary. Breakfast is served as we contemplate the rising sun at the edge of the desert before returning to the coach in Erfoud and on to Tineghir‚ a former military outpost overlooking a beautiful palm grove. We visit the Todgha Gorges‚ marvelling at the sheer cliff faces and have lunch in Boumalne on the fresh green Dades valley. We continue on to Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad. 


Day 7 Ouarzazate - Marrakesh (200km)

After breakfast‚ we set off to cross the majestic Atlas Mountains‚ via the Tichka Pass. Lunch is in Marrakesh‚ followed by a sightseeing tour of Marrakesh‚ the bazaars and Jemaa El Fna Square where we experience the mysterious Orient - aromas‚ colours‚ music and rhythm mingle to bewitch the senses. Dinner and overnight accommodation in a riad.


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