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Desert, Mountains and Cities of Morocco

Desert, Mountains and Cities of Morocco

Trip Highlights

  • Three treks in the valleys and mountains of the High Atlas
  • Exciting and unique two day camel trek through the dunes of the Sahara
  • Discover the gorges, rivers, mountains and ravines of the High Atlas mountains
  • Explore buzzing Marrakech on a full walking tour of the city
  • Stay overnight in a traditional berber camp like true nomads of the desert
  • Learn about the contrast between people's lifestyles in the desert and the mountains
  • Discover the delights of Moroccan cuisine

Trip Summary

Between the Sahara and the Atlantic ocean, Morocco has a rugged, unique landscape with snow-capped mountains and a long windswept coastline. This exciting geography-based trip will explore these wild landscapes, as well as get under the skin of the various historic cultures that live there. Beginning in Ouarzazte in the south we will explore the beautiful desert dunes by traditional camel, and explore this special landscape like the locals have done for generations. After staying overnight under the stars and between the dunes we will continue, via the ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, to the High Atlas mountains of Morocco's rugged spine. We will enjoy three treks through gorges and valleys, taking high passes up and down into quiet valleys where the proud Berber people go about their lives amongst these impressive landscapes. After three days of fresh mountain air we will drive to the vibrant city of Marrakech to explore the palaces, markets and squares of this special city. This is an exciting geography based adventure to show your students the varied wonders of Morocco.

Sample Itinerary

THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY AND CAN BE AMENDED TO SUIT THE GOALS, BUDGET AND DATES OF YOUR GROUP. Arriving into Ouarzazte airport, you will be warmly greeted by our friendly local team. They will drive you to the hotel for an orientation and welcome briefing. You will then venture out to a local restaurant to enjoy some typical Moroccan food, and to discuss the upcoming itinerary. Our guides are passionate and knowledgeable about their country and will be happy to answer any of your questions about history, culture, politics and geography. Morocco is a fascinating country if you dig a little deeper under the surface of society, and you are sure to learn a lot on this trip.

Meals:  D

We will drive out of the town this morning and into the wild and beautiful Dra Valley, via the ancient settlement of Zagora. After around a three hour drive to get out into the true desert, we will rendezvous with our camel caravan and begin our journey out into the desert, nomad-style! You can walk by foot or on a camel, and will travel for about three hours. The wild dunes will rise and fall around us as we travel in this traditional way, and we will stop to consider the formation of the landscape around us and discuss life in the desert for both people and the animals that also inhabit here. We will camp tonight in a nomad tent and enjoy some delicious traditional food with our guides.

Meals:  B,L,D

Continuing our desert adventure today we will pack up the camels and trek off through the dunes. There are many stories of survival and exploration in the desert and many stories of heroism have endured through the ages from ancient times right up into the Second World War campaigns and the Twentieth Century. After three or four hours of travelling in this unique environment that few people get to see, we will arrive at the road head to meet our vehicle. Later on we will drive straight to the ancient Kasbah settlement of Ait BenHaddou, home to just a handful of families who live in this extraordinary clay citadel. We will explore the winding, historical streets before enjoying some dinner and a night in a local hotel.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will leave southern Morocco this morning and drive northwards. After several hours we will begin to ascend as the mighty Atlas mountains rise around us. We will pass through the Tizi n'Tichka pass and up into the High Atlas towards the village of Imlil. We will check into our mountain gite, and don our hiking boots for a three hour walk up onto a ridge line to consider the outstanding views of the region. The culture is quite different here from the lowland deserts of the south. We will discuss how the environment has shaped the existence of the people who live in this cooler environment, as well as what the climate and also tourism has done to alter their way of life today.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will have a dramatic hike along the Imlil valley to the shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Passing goat herds, orchards and local Berber people, we will trek though the terrain and stop for a picnic lunch in a scenic spot. Continuing onwards we will round the valley and return to our gite guesthouse to rest and relax. This morning we can discuss the local culture and geographical topics of your choice with our guides whilst enjoying some delicious local food.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have another glorious hike in the mountains, enjoying the fresh air and silent peaks all around us. We will take on the high pass of Tizi n'Mzeken and descend into an adjoining valley. We will consider the erosion over time caused by the weather and the flowing rivers at the bottom of each valley, before returning back through a small woodland to Imlil. We will transfer this afternoon to the exciting city of Marrakech. After an orientation walk around the centre of the city we will enjoy some dinner close to the buzzing central square of Jemaa al Fna.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning our expert guide will take us on a fascinating walking tour of the city to learn about the palaces, gardens, markets and colonial history of Marrakech. After lunch you will have free time to explore the city and souqs, with their winding streets and numerous souvenir stands. There is also lots to see and appreciate in the French Colonial area too, and of course the snake charmers, acrobats and orange juice sellers of the wailing Jemaa al Fna! We will meet up later in the afternoon to enjoy a special celebratory meal together to discuss the trip and our favourite experiences, and to sample our last authentic Moroccan food.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our adventure comes to an end this morning as we say goodbye to our guides at the airport and fly back home.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • All accommoation in hotels, refuges and gites
  • All domestic transport by private vehicle
  • All meals (full board)
  • Expert local guides
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Walking tours of Marrakech

What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Travel Insurance

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Morocco
Activities:Trekking
Educational sightseeing
Camping
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3651