Morocco holiday, deserts and valleys

“This week-long tour takes you from the narrow streets and markets of Marrakech to the dramatic desert landscapes of the Sahara, with plenty of mind-blowing scenery along the way.”

Highlights

Marrakech | Ouarzazate | Tamegrout | Zagora | Erfoud | Merzouga | Todra Gorges | Dades

Description of Morocco holiday, deserts and valleys

Pack your bag for the most incredible nights of explorations, spectacular views and experiences. Take in Todra Gorges & Dades Valley, as well Erfoud, one of the largest oases in all of Morocco. The dramatic sunset from dunes of Merzouga will be a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime!

Your holiday includes:
* Private round trip transfers Airport/Hotel/Airport
* Tours as stated with private/shared transport and guides
* Entrance fees to monuments
* Accommodation based on twin/double room inclusive tax and service charges
* Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
* Services of our local agents in Morocco

Your holiday excludes:
* International flights & taxes
* Any meals not specified
* Beverages
* Travel Insurance
* Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
* Porterage at airport
* Personal expenses

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Depart on your outbound UK flight to Marrakech. Upon arrival you will be met and depart towards Ouarzazate via the Tizin ‘Tichka pass. Check in at your hotel for dinner and the rest of the day at leisure. (D)
Day 2:Today head to the oasis of Ouarzazate, a former outpost of the French Foreign legion. Continue along the scenic Draa Valley to Zagora along the “Road of One Thousand kasbahs”. Stop to visit these earthen fortified structures with their indigenous Berber bas-relief decoration. Visit the village of Tamegrout famous for centuries for its rich green pottery. Zagora, the door to the saharan desert, was a large commercial centre where goods and wealths of Africa, salt, ivory, slaves, gold, were traded for the marvels of Moroccan crafts, leather, carved woods. Zagora, the door to the saharan desert, was a large commercial centre where goods and wealths of Africa, salt, ivory, slaves, gold, were traded for the marvels of Moroccan crafts, leather, carved woods. Continue to your hotel for check-in, dinner an overnight. (B,D)
Day 3:Depart to Erfoud, in the Tafilalet Oasis. Drive through the scenic Todra Gorges and the Dades Valley. Continue down the route of kasbahs past acres of roses and stop for a walk a date oasis, one of the largest, most decorated kasbahs in Morocco. Enjoy lunch at leisure en route. Arrive at Erfoud, one of the largest oasis in all of Morocco. This region is famous for its almost one million date palm trees. Your 4x4 will drop you at Auberge Kasbah Tombouctou. Here you can refresh and relax during your afternoon at leisure. (B,D)
Day 4:After breakfast, visit the souk of Rissani- the largest in the region. Explore the crumbling ruins of once-grand Kasbahs, now half buried by sand. Especially notable is Sijlimassa, although the crumbling ruins of this legendary destination reveal nothing of its glorious past, it is hard to overestimate the role of Sijlimassa in Saharian trade. The legendary route across the desert to the secret gold-mines was full of danger, intrigue and great risk. Lunch is at leisure en route. Transfer to the dunes of Merzouga, one of the truly great sights of Morocco, in time to admire the sunset. Dinner and overnight under the stars in a private encampment. (B,D)
Day 5:After breakfast depart to Ouarzazate via Todra Gorges and Dades enjoying the spectacular scenery en route. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure in Ouarzazate with dinner and overnight once again at the Kenzi Azghor hotel. (B,D)
Day 6:Depart towards Marrakech (roughly 4 hours driving distance, 250 kms). On arrival, check-in at your hotel and in the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Marrakech. Visit El Bahia Palace, explore Souks, a riot of colour, noise and activity, watch the craftsmen at work. Continue to Djemâa El Fna square, in the past a centre for public meetings and even riots. Today it provides constant ever-changing entertainment, where a real image and the charm of Moroccan folklore is operating: story tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, folkloric bands. Dinner and overnight accommodation at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 7:Return to Marrakech airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Responsible tourism

Morocco holiday, deserts and valleys

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Our ground agent in Morocco is committed to the sustainable development of the local tourism industry and they push their suppliers to preserve the nature and planet by identifying new methods for waste disposal, recycling, energy saving and other environmental initiatives. For example, the Bio Aromatic garden situated about 22 miles from Marrakech city centre in the region of Tnine Ourika contains about 40 different species of medicinal and aromatic plants from the region. The production of these plants is strictly biological (no chemicals).

Our ground agent also aims to make a positive impact upon the environment and the local community in the area of the Atlas Mountains with the partnership of local associations. These associations have a non lucrative goal, and their objectives are:
• Promotion of schooling in the area
• Participation in the improvement of the infrastructure
• Participation in the development of agriculture in the area
• Sensitising and mobilisation of the inhabitants, especially young people and the rural woman
• Sensitising with the safeguarding of the natural resources.
• To come to assistance of the rural woman (to fight tale illiteracy, to improve its way of life).
• To level establishments of pre-school.

Their aim is to assist clients to actively participate in one of these associations local projects that will be of help to local people. Projects are numerous and could be integrated into an excursion day to the Atlas Mountains, this is very rewarding to each one of the participants.

As a company their policy is to use local suppliers, they will never ask a caterer from Marrakech or elsewhere to work in a village up in the mountain - they give this part of the business to locals that are trained to fulfil our standard of service.

Examples of CSR projects that they have already achieved:
- Sponsor of school building in the village of Agergour in the region of Asni (1 hour drive from Marrakech). The official opening of the school was done with clients and the local community.
- Sponsor of 2 incinerator buildings, to destroy garbage that is collected from the mountains by the locals in the village of Imlil. The day when the incinerators started functioning the participants built adobe walls to protect the structure. They had lunch in the village with local dignitaries.
- Charity: every year they manage to sponsor the buying of school bags (+/- 200 pieces) that are sent to local association for distribution.
- Olive tree planting

More project ideas which clients can participate in are:
• The building of a community hamman (bath house)
• The clearing and marking of paths for the mules to help villagers bring water or carry a burden.
• To equip the local schools for adult illiterates: tables, chairs….
• Building benches with cement and stones in the local schoolyard.
• Strengthening the local irrigation canal.

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