Day 1/2 - Marrakech - one of the most vibrant and hectic cities in the world. In at the deep end here so keep your wits about you or we'll lose you to the never ending market souks where you can buy anything from a Magic carpet to a talking chameleon. Staying in a Riad nestled in the back streets close to the famous Jemma Fna Square. Cascades D`Ouzoud - a winding 2-3 hour drive north of Marrakech and we arrive at the biggest waterfalls in Morocco. These are really spectacular. Over 100 ft high and surrounded by campsites and restaurants you can even take a tiny boat and get rowed into the falls themselves - as long as you don't mind getting wet! Over 650 steps to get down there mind you.
Day 3/4 - Toubkal trek - Toubkal is North Africa's highest mountain and at half the height of Everest this is no picnic. It takes 2 days and nights to summit but for those of you that make it it's worth every enduring step! There's no experience or equipment needed here, it's a simple case of mind over matter as you head past tiny Berber villages and up the slopes of the High Atlas mountains before sleeping at base camp and making your final push for the summit through the odd pile of snow left over from the winter. (£55 includes all accommodation, food and professional guides & mules) For those not up for the whole trek you can chill out in the beautiful village of Imlil and spend time walking around and exploring the foothills of the Atlas.
Day 5 - Marrakech
Day 6 - Ait Benhadou - A stunning drive over the infamous Tich n Tichka pass takes us over the high Atlas mountains and into the 'Hollywood of Morocco'. This is the setting of numerous movies and TV including 'Gladiator', 'Babel' 'Kingdom of Heaven' and more recently 'Game of Thrones'. One night here in a hotel looking over the oldest Kasbah in Morocco before heading towards the desert.
Day 7 - Merzouga and the Sahara - Arriving in the desert kingdom of Merzouga we'll have lunch and a look around this interesting 'gateway to the desert'. As evening draws in it's off road into the desert by camel for a 2 hour trek into the dunes. Sleeping under the stars or in a bed - the choice is yours - you'll dine in the dunes before sleeping then waking up to the sun creeping over the sand. Leaving before it gets too hot out here we head back with our camels for our next adventure. (£25 includes camel trek plus dinner and breakfast in the dunes)
DAY 8 - Heading back the way we came from the desert towards Marrakech and a couple of hours from the desert and we're in a completely different setting but just as stunning. The Todra Gorge, A huge gorge in the rocks here opens up to offer spectacular views and some great climbing opportunities. Ropes, helmets and harnesses supplied for those of you wanting to scale the cliffs. For the rest of you just chill out by the pool washing the sand off yourselves from the desert or walk through the beautiful palmery that covers the river bed below.
Day 9 - Marrakech - final day trip can be organised to the magical Ourika Valley just 60 minutes from the city for those still hungry for more. Or simply chill out at the Riad and relax before heading for home tomorrow.
Day 10 - Home
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Dates - 1st - 10th October (Exact dates) option to fly in later if need be.
Cost - £595 inc return flights from Edinburgh, travel & accommodation.
Toubkal trek (optional) - £50 (inc guides, mules, food and accommodation)
*Deadline for sign ups at this price is Feb 28th. Those signing up after this date may pay a surcharge for flights - if places are still available.
Please note price DOES NOT include checked in baggage. Contact me for luggage options.
Please note- This is a rough itinerary only and can be changed to suit the group either beforehand or as we go along.
Please go to Homepage and click on the Paypal link to sign up for this one (or contact me to pay direct if you prefer) then message me with your full name as it appears on your passport. Barney@theoverlanders.net or let me know if you have any queries. Thanks. Barney