Desert Adventure in Morocco

Trip code: DCMD

Trip Highlights

  • Get lost in the winding maze of Medinas and Kasbahs surrounding them.
  • Tales of the Bedouin around a campfire- best Desert Camp ever!
  • Gaze at the horizon and stretches of sands on Camelback in the Sahara Desert.
  • Explore the Hollywood favorite mudbrick Ksar at the edge of Hgh Atlas Mountains- Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Feel alive in the colorful chaos of Marrakech.
  • Learn the secrets of making drool-dripping Tagine.
  • Get your tan on in the funky coastal town of Essaouira.

Tour Details

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Relive your fairy-tale Aladdin dreams in the heart of the Sahara Desert and lose yourself in the exotic overdose of Morocco! From the winding ancient Medinas to the Grand Route of 1000 Kasbahs, from a hump-back ride under the Moroccan sun to the desert camp in the middle of world’s largest desert- if Epic has a benchmark, then this trip defines it! The tranquility of Essaouira set in stark contrast against the lively chaos of Marrakech city paint a picture of Morocco right out of the vivid dreams of travelers. Treat your taste buds to the exotic flavors of Morocco and get enchanted by the lores of bedouin abounding myths and legends. Let Morocco surprise you!
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kickoff from Marrakech

Arrive in Marrakech at any time and head out on your own to explore this imperial city of Morocco! The adventure begins tonight with a Big Night Out with the entire group. Later, the group might even head out for an authentic meal in a nearby local restaurant!
 

Day 2 - Onward to Nkob

Start your day traveling West into the desert and make your way to Nkob and take a deep look into the Berber life of South Morocco!
 

Day 3 - Off to Merzouga

Tie a turban and get ready for a camelback journey late into the Afternoon under the amazing Moroccan sun. Make your way to the desert camp deep into the dunes, your haven for the night and watch the breath-taking sunset atop sand dunes. 

Get lost in the tales of Bedouin while sipping on mint tea and gorging on a sumptuous traditional meal prepared by your generous hosts. 

Notes for Sahara Desert Tent Camp Stay

  • There will be a chance to repack and take only overnight bags out to the desert.
  • Accommodation will be four people per tent and bathroom facilities will be basic and shared.
  • Mattresses with sheet and blanket will be provided. For winter months (Nov-April) we recommend bringing sleeping bags.
  • You will get a chance to shower upon arrival in Merzouga the next morning. 
     

Day 4 - Head out to Todra Gorge

Rise and shine and get ready for another day of camel riding. Make your first stop at Tinghir and take a walk through its Palm Groves. Keep moving and make your next stop at the beautiful Todra Gorge Canyon- an amazing spot for hiking, sampling local Berber delicacies or just relaxing by the river. Spend the night between sheer cliffs amidst Palm trees and the rhythmic sounds of the River nearby. 
 

Day 5 - Explore the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou

Embark on a journey along the Route of 1000 Kasbahs and make your way to the Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. After a hearty lunch, continue on towards the fascinating Ait Benhaddou. Opt for a Moroccan cooking class and learn all about the excellent dishes of the region!

Day 6 - Next stop- Essaouira

Travel to the laid-back coastal city of Essaouira and get ready for some beach fun! Later, join the group for an orientation walk with your coordinator through the coastal town.
 

Day 7 - Fun day out in Essaouira

Get your funky vibe on and gear up for a fun day of exploring and chillaxing in Essaouira! Take a stroll along the sandy beach or hop around the local shops and art galleries or opt to go for surfing/ windsurfing! The entire day is yours. Try the seafood delicacies in the local cafes and check out some amazing live performances in the city!
 

Day 8 - Depart from Marrakech or embark on another adventure

Continue on to Marrakech where the tour ends upon arrival

Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead! 

For those who are leaving, Bon Voyage, we’ll miss you!
 

Dates & Cost

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Price Includes
  • Meals included are 7 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Accommodation in Hotels and 1 night in Tented desert camp
  • Big Night Out in Marrakech
  • Overnight at Berber Desert Camp, Sahara Bedouin Camp
  • Visit Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
  • Orientation walk in Essaouira
  • Local village farmland walk-in Todra
     
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
  • Cost of Vaccinations.
  • Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
  • Arrival transfer (can be arranged for an additional cost)
     

Living

Accommodation

Accommodation - Simple hotels (5 nts), mountain gîte (1nt, multi-share)

On this trip you can expect to stay in local hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. Where a town has both an ancient medina and a "ville nouvelle" we generally stay in the ville nouvelle, both because the standard of hotels is higher, and because travellers (especially women) often find the medinas at night a little confronting. Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the odd cold shower!

Meals

Meals Included - 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Breakfasts on tour Many breakfasts are included as part of your tour. Moroccan breakfasts tend to be different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare – most will be very simple - a croissant or sweet roll with jam and instant coffee and some hotels will have buffets where you will have more variety. While you are experiencing what a Moroccan family would eat, some travellers do find the provided breakfasts a bit “bread heavy” and enjoy buying fruit the day before to supplement their breakfast. Lunches and dinners Moroccan cuisine is world famous and your CEO will be taking the chance to show you the best of it. Staples include cous cous, a type of grain topped with stew, tagine which is actually the name of the pot this tasty dish is cooked in, and brochette, bbq skewers of meat. These meals will generally cost between 45- 70 MAD depending on the type of restaurant and which part of the country you are in. Other tastes not to be missed include pastilla, a sweet pasty with a savoury filling which is traditionally pigeon and harira, a delicious soup based on chick peas and filling enough when teamed with fresh bread to be a whole lunch. If you are heading to the coast the fresh seafood cooked at one of the local markets is a must eat! Snacks Morocco's fresh orange juice is highly recommended and you should not leave without trying a glass. The brave can try the tiny snails which are perhaps the local's favourite snack but you might prefer a cone of piping hot bite-size fried cake donuts. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to Go Discover Abroad group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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