Souks & Sahara

Marrakech and the Desert via the High Atlas

About Souks & Sahara

Summary

A city break & desert adventure combined; let us whisk you away to the Sahara for two nights under the stars (or in luxury Bedouin tents).

Activity code: MOHO03

Duration: 7 Days

START / FINISH - Marrakech.

The Souks and Sahara Adventure is a 'not-to-be-missed' holiday on which you experience the incredible variety of Morocco. This trip combines the fabulous and magical city of Marrakech, the stark beauty of the High Atlas Mountains and the incredible panoramic views and solitude of the real Sahara. This is a quite unique, deluxe holiday - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

This Marrakech and the desert itinerary is a tried and trusted holiday in Morocco for couples and families looking for something a little different in just one week (although extra nights to spend in the mountains or at the coast, e.g. Essaouira, are also popular). We include door-to-door private transfers, two nights in two different, incredible locations in the Sahara (Tellougui Oasis and Erg Ch'Gagga) and some great off the beaten track scenery in between.

Highlights of the Souks & Sahara Holiday

  • MARRAKECH - Nestled on a large plain at the foot of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, it is the perfect city to begin your visit to Morocco. Surrounded by its original fortified city wall Marrakech entices you into its midst to explore the historic and labyrinthine Medina, the majesty of the Bahia Palace, the tranquillity of its many famous gardens and the sophistication of its more modern boulevards, cafes and riads. Today, Marrakech has become a thriving metropolis with chic night spots, top restaurants and a very modern atmosphere in places. All of which emphasises the immense historical context of the Medina and its focal point, the Djemma el Fna.
  • SAHARA ADVENTURE - The Sahara seems such a long way away that it would not seem possible to get there and back in three days from Marrakech but with Rediscover the World a visit to the true desert of Morocco's deep south is a reality. The nearest section of the Sahara is just a little bit south of Zagora at Erg Lihoudi. En route you will visit the famous (from its film appearances and UNESCO status) Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the traditional potteries and the incredible ancient library at Tamegroute. Part of the adventure is a ride through the palmeraies and dunes on the back of a dromedary followed by a night at a Bedouin camp. All told the experience will leave you with incredible and magical memories of the awesome canopy of the starlit heavens and the peacefulness and tranquility of the desert.
  • The JOURNEY - From your riad in Marrakech your journey will begin across the Glaoua Plains and up via the winding road over the High Atlas Mountains through the Tizi n’Tichka (2260m). From this high point you will see a dramatic change in the countryside - from high mountain ranges to semi-desert and oases. This particular excursion also takes you to the incredible dunes of Ch'Gagga (truly off the beaten track) for a second night in a desert camp. The return home is by a different route which includes the desert outpost of Foum Zguid and Tazenacht so that your journey makes a full circuit of the south.
  • RIADS in MARRAKECH - Many treasures, especially the now-famous riads are hidden away in Marrakech and other cities in Morocco, such as Fez and Essaouira. Riads are houses, built around a central courtyard patio, whose outside walls are entirely closed. They are often converted into guesthouses or restaurants and are a symbol of the Moroccan art of fine living. We recommend riads in our programme where the local staff are integral to the experience and all food and drink and many other materials involved with your stay and the building itself are all sourced from the local area.

Why book with Rediscover the World ?

Accommodation: the riads and small hotels in Marrakech in this itinerary are our personal choice in each category, all of which offer quality accommodation. You may prefer a small and friendly option or one of the luxury, boutique properties, (please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).

Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport transfer service. The journey between Marrakech and the desert is done in a comfortable air-conditioned 4WD vehicle with an experienced and friendly English-speaking driver who will, where possible, travel at your pace and allow you to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Extra Information: All our holidays include our own guidebook with your confirmation and we are able, through our local agency, to book activities and additional sightseeing, particularly in Marrakech - such as hiking, cookery classes, golf, quad biking, etc.

What's included in your Morocco Souks & Sahara Adventure ?

  • Private transfers throughout.
  • 4 nts on B&B at a choice of riads in Marrakech.
  • Half day guided city tour of historic Marrakech.
  • Three days, fully-inclusive desert adventure to the dunes of Erg Lihoudi and Ch'Gagga by a/c Land Cruiser with camel trek and overnight at Bedouin camps.
  • Guide book and map of Marrakech.
  • All taxes, full 24hr representative services.

Flights are available to book through us with a wide range of airlines, from various UK airports. If we book your flights this means that your holiday will be fully ATOL protected.

Our recommended hotel choices for this holiday:

  • Marrakech: - Riad Mur Akush, Ksar Anika, Riad el Zohar, Riad Kniza, Hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any dates.

Itinerary

  • Example Itinerary

    • Day 1 - arrive into Marrakech; private transfer to your chosen riad for 2nts B&B
    • Day 2 - private half day guided tour of Marrakech
    • Day 3 - depart on three day Sahara Adventure by 4WD and camel meharee - a full circuit of the south; travelling over the High Atlas via the Tichka Pass, a visit to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and a scenic drive down the Draa Valley to Zagora. Overnight at private oasis of Tellougui.
    • Day 4 - local sightseeing at Tamegroute (ancient library and pottery); lunch at Erg Lihoudi; onward drive to Ch'Gagga desert camp.
    • Day 5 - return to Marrakech via an alternative route; stay at a riad of your choice for 2nts B&B
    • Day 6 - optional sightseeing or activities such as a cookery class, quad bikes, day hike...
    • Day 7 - private transfer to Marrakech airport or on to a new destination

  • Prices & Departure Dates

    Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.

    Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money.

    NB: Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

    Naturally, all transport is included in this holiday and we can round off your special break with a memorable evening at one of Marrakech's finest restaurants (dinner reservations are free of charge and payment is made directly to the restaurant you have chosen).

    City Tours include an English-speaking guide, all transport, entry fees to historic monuments (including the incredible Ben Youssef Medersa, Saadian Tombs & Bahia Palace), an exploration of the souks and focal points of the medina.

Prices

Souks & Sahara

Fully-inclusive holiday price based upon 2 persons travelling. Includes 4nts accommodation, three day Sahara Adventure, city tour, all transport and local taxes.

Prices from £658

All prices are per person

Reviews

"Our holiday was first class, Rediscover the World understood our requirements and delivered. Highly recommended."

M Lillington, UK, May, 2017

"Thank you for your help in organising this holiday, we had a fantastic time! The desert tour and camel trek was a real highlight, and the riad in Marrakech was perfect - beautiful rooms and helpful staff. All the logistics ran smoothly and the local guides were very good (although the stop in Tamagroute was not so interesting). Overall a great experience and I will contact you if we decide to visit any of the other destinations offered by RTW."

T Hall, UK, Sept 2016

"Just to say a huge thank you to you all for arranging such an amazing holiday. The riad was beautiful and the staff all so kind. Our trip to the Sahara was fantastic and we were royally looked after - were the only couple at both camps so had very good care with our own personal team to look after us! The transfers, travel and activities all went seamlessly and we would thoroughly recommend you."

G & S Rawlinson, UK, Oct 2015

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