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Merzouga DunesMorocco by Car and Camel

If you are a first timer who wants to try Morocco but thinks it might be a little overwhelming, the answer could be to hire a car and a driver for your trip. While your chauffer will not be an official guide, you'll certainly get great local insight and tips. Experience the kasbahs, beauty of the Atlas Mountains together with the splendour and peace of the dunes, oases, of south east Morocco, before returning for a stay in Marrakech with its historic sites, bustling medina, overflowing souks, street entertainers and foodsellers.On this trip, as well as staying in riads and small, quality hotels you will also drive 11 hours south east of Marrakech to stay near the 160 metre dunes at Erg Chebbi. riding camels and sprending a night under canvas in the desert.

Length: 10 nights.

Flights: To Marrakech from London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Edinburgh, Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester


Prices from £684 per person (10 nights)self- drive, excluding flights*

Day Nights' Stay  
1 1 Taxi transfer Marrakech airport to the City. Afternoon exploring the souk area and the Place Jemma de Fna.
2 2 Transfer** to Ait Benhaddou (4hrs) over Tizi n'Tichka pass in the High Atlas Mountains, view kasbahs and take in Ounile valley.
3   Visit the World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou whose ancient kasbahs date back to the 16th century and are some of the best conserved in Morocco. Its location is on the former salt, gold and ivory carrying caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech.
3 1 Transfer** to the Todra Gorge (3.5hrs) along fringes of the Atlas Mountains through the Oases of Skoura and the Valley of the Roses. Todra is a narrow and spectacular gorge with a thrilling approach as the walls of the gorge close in around you.
4 1 Transfer** to Merzouga (2.5hrs) on the edge of the Sahara Desert and the the Erg Chebbi, the most accessible large (160 metres high) sand dunes in the country,
5 1 Relax in your accommodation before 2 hr camel trek (leaving the kasbah late afternoon), watch sunset, enjoy the night sky and have dinner. Sleep in your own tents (single twin or double) sharing toilet. Wake to see sunrise & return to hotel for breakfast, where you can also take a shower.
6 2 Transfer** to Skoura (6hrs). Free time to enjoy the facilities of Sawadi a walled kasbah-style hamlet
7   The Skoura area has superb kasbahs on its doorstep, including the ruins of the magical Kasbah Amerhidil.
8 2 Transfer** to Marrakech (5 hrs), afternoon visit to the souks and evening visit to the main Place Jemma de Fna.
9   Visit the historic sites Saadian Tombs, Badii Palace, Bahia Palace and museums Maison Tiskiwine and Musee de Marrakech, take lunch in the main square (a guide can be arranged).
11   Depending on flight times visit Yves St Laurents Majorelle Gardens and shop for Moroccan handicrafts at one of the Centre Artisanal's (a guide can be arranged) and taxi transfer to airport.

Pricing: *Based on 2 persons sharing (B&B in Marrakech, half board elsewhere), excl. flights, staying at Dar Eliane, (Marrakech), Kasbah Ellouze(Ait Benhaddou), Auberge Le Festival, (Todra Gorge), Kasbah Mohayut, Merzouga and Sawadi Lodge, (Skoura); Naturally Morocco can offer a range of alternatives if required. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Transport options: ** Car (self-drive with driver); taxi option also available. All travel times are approximate.

Extension options: Through the Middle Atlas Mountains and Ziz Gorges, via Midelt, to Fez, (or M’hamid dunes and Draa valley, instead of or in addition to) dunes of Merzouga and Dades Valley.

Activity options: Camel treks, 7 day horse trek or climbing in the Dades Gorge.

Request a Quotation or Tel: UK: 0845 345 7195 (local rate) or 01239 710 814