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Camel riding in Sahara desert in morocco

Group Size: Max. 22

Trip code: MOLA

Duration: 11 days

Amazing accommodation
Lots of included activities
Marrakesh to Marrakesh

There’s nowhere quite like Morocco. From its ancient cities and sweeping deserts to its lively bazaars, and friendly locals, it ticks all the dream destination boxes. This 11- day group tour takes you to the highlights of this fascinating country, from the legendary Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and Marrakesh’s Jemaa el Fna Square to the Atlas Movie Studios, and Essaouira’s big surf beaches. We’ll get right off the beaten track as well, meeting nomadic families, staying in a traditional homestay in the High Atlas, and spending a magical night under the desert stars in a traditional Berber camp. The accommodation is a really special feature of this trip with everything from historic riads and cosy auberges to authentic family homes, and we’ve included loads of activities! It’s an incredible journey through one of the most culturally rich countries on Earth. 

Trip Highlights

  • Take a sunset camel ride through the desert and spend the night in a Berber camp in the dunes
  • Explore Marrakesh’s colourful souks, majestic mosques, and iconic square
  • Learn to ride the waves with a surf lesson in the pretty coastal town of Essaouira
  • Tour the sets of your favourite Game of Thrones episodes at the Atlas Mountain studios
  • Spend two nights in a homestay in the High Atlas, and take a traditional Moroccan cooking class with a local family
  • Discover the soaring, rugged beauty of the Todra Gorge
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What's included
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 10 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • Airport pick-up
  • Marrakesh tour
  • Historic souks
  • Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Sunset over the Dades Valley
  • Valley of the Roses and Todra Gorge
  • Visit Monkey Toes rock formation
  • Camel ride through the Sahara
  • Overnight desert camp
  • Traditional Berber music by the campfire
  • 4WD desert adventure
  • Fossil location
  • Visit desert nomads
  • Ghost town at the Mifiss Mines
  • Desert sandboarding
  • Rissani Market
  • Draa Valley & High Atlas drive
  • Atlas Movie Studios tour
  • Imlil Waterfalls trek
  • Essaouira surf lesson
  • Skala de la Ville
  • Tagine cooking class
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Return airport transfer
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Welcome to Morocco. Touchdown in magical Morocco and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! We’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to our stunning riad in the heart of the old city. Make sure you arrive before 5pm as you do not want to miss out on this evening, meet your group and head to the legendary Jemaa el Fna for dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Day 2: Marrakesh Medina. Today starts with a visit to Jemaa El Fna Square with its snake-charmers, storytellers, and fruit stalls, followed by the stunning Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, and Ben Youssef Madrassa. As well as the big attractions we’ll stop at some hidden gems, including a local bakery, a traditional furnace, and a caravanserai. Enjoy lunch in an amazing not-for-profit restaurant before exploring at your own pace.

Day 3: Kasbahs & Mountains. Head into the High Atlas Mountains today. Our first stop is Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a spectacular fortified village dating back to the 17th Century. Wander through the ancient Kasbah, checking out its Game of Thrones film sets, snapping some selfies and enjoying some lunch before hopping back on the bus to Dades Valley. Drinks anybody?

Day 4: Gorges & desert camp. We’re heading into the Sahara today with a few stops along the way, including the quirky ‘Monkey Toes’ rock formation and the Todra Valley, and its famous gorge. Then get ready for a seriously special experience as we take a sunset camel ride to our desert camp. Spend the evening round the campfire dining to the soundtrack of live Berber music.

Day 5: Desert day. Rise early for sunrise over the dunes and a meditation session. Then we’re heading deeper into the desert on a 4WD adventure. We’ll check out a fascinating fossil area, meet some nomadic families, and visit the ghostly Mifiss Mines. This afternoon we’ll hit the dunes on an epic sunset sandboarding sesh.

Day 6: Markets & picnics. After breakfast head to Rissani Market, one of the most vibrant souks in the region. Check out the colourful stalls and get your haggle on for some unique souvenirs. We’ll share a picnic lunch in the shade of some acacia trees, before travelling to historic Ouarzazate, where we’ll stay the night.

Day 7: Movie tour & Imlil homestay. We’re taking a tour of Atlas Studios today, filming location for many famous films, such as the Mummy, Gladiator, and The Hills Have Eyes! Then we’ll head to the peaceful mountain village of Imlil in the High Atlas, where we’ll spend the night in a traditional homestay with incredible views of Mt. Toubkal.

Day 8: Waterfall hike & cooking class. We’ll begin today with a scenic trek to the Imlil waterfalls before heading back to the village to explore. We’ll wander through the local market and then get stuck into a cooking class with a local family who’ll show us how to make a delicious tagine and couscous before another night in our amazing homestay.

Day 9: Essaouira. Head to the coastal town of Essaouira today. Our first stop is the old town where we’ll check out the fishing port and the medina. Pick up some souvenirs and treat yourself to a seafood lunch before a surf lesson in one of the best surf spots in the country. Freshen up back at our lovely riad before a group dinner at one of the town’s famed rooftop restaurants.

Day 10: Back to Marrakesh. We’ve got the morning to enjoy a last bit of seaside fun in Essaouira before travelling back to Marrakesh, where the adventure began. There’s one last magical night on the cards in Morocco’s most famous city, including dinner with the gang.

Day 11: Trip end. Say your goodbyes before taking your arranged transfer to the airport. Safe travels and see you next time!

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Arrival information

Fly into Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) for day 1 of the trip where our driver will be waiting to whisk you off to our starting accommodation. There are no activities planned today until a welcome dinner this evening so arrive before 5pm. We’ll part ways in Marrakesh again on day 11. Return airport transfers are not included but we can help you book these.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation
The accommodation is a really special feature of this trip. We’ve included 10 nights in everything from magical riads and desert camps to cosy family guesthouses and traditional auberges. Our special stays have been chosen for their unique locations and authenticity, giving you a real flavour of both modern and traditional Morocco.

Rooms are on a twin or triple basis. If you would like to guarantee a room together or book a single room, upgrades may be available on request. Let us know if you’re travelling with a partner or friend and we can make sure you’re placed together. 

Meals
10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners are included on this trip. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. 

Minimum age & eligibility

This trip is recommended for those aged 18-45.

British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months on your date of entry to Morocco. 

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. You should check with the relevant embassies before travelling. 

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