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Making Memories 1 Week Tour

 Day 1 – Marrakech – Ait Ben Haddou
We will collect you from your Marrakech riad after breakfast and head into the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n Tichka pass, the highest in North Africa, stopping on the way to visit the Salt Mines and the extraordinary Telouet Kasbah. This is a stunning though incomplete Kasbah with a rich history and much to see inside From here we will drive on to Ait Ben Haddou, with its striking Southern Moroccan Ksar architecture.

The areas include a Mosque, caravanserai and Muslim and Jewish cemeteries amongst others. We will walk around the site before arriving at our accommodation for the night. Tonight we will stay at a local village house, a unique opportunity to enjoy life in the heart of a traditional village whilst also enjoying the hospitality and comfort of this locally owned family business.

Highlights – Tizi n Tichka Pass, Salt Mines, Telouet Kasbah, Ait Ben Haddou Ksar, Henna Painting, Traditional Cookery Lesson, Village House Experience.

 Day 2 Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorge
 Today we will visit the Ouarzazate Movie Studios, one of the largest in the world. Footage from Lawrence of Arabia to Game of Thrones (and dozens in between) shot here. The Skoura Oasis a few miles east of Ouarzazate, is an amazing sight.It’s a huge, dense palm tree oasis filled with a confusing network of winding trails. With the help of a guide you can explore it by Quad Bike or bicycles. We will make the most of our spectacular journey on The Road of 1000 Kasbahs, by visiting Ameridil Kasbah.

This iconic and photogenic 17th century Kasbah, features in books and brochures around the world as well as on the fifty dirham note. You can really explore its labyrinth of rooms and ancient contents. The wild Dades Valley (Morocco’s Grand Canyon) is absolutely stunning with rocks in all shades of orange and red and is known as The Country of Figs.

Overnight in Dades Gorge in a hotel set in a landscape of mountain peaks, fields and canyons.

Highlights – Movie Studios, Quad Biking, Cycling the Oasis, Road of 1000 Kasbahs, Dades Gorge.

 Day 3 – Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge
 Hold on tight and let’s have some fun by getting off road for the educational and life changing experience of meeting Nomads in their caves. Morocco’s nomadic tribes are rare and illusive these days but with our local knowledge and skilled driving we will do our best to find them.We will stop on the way to buy ourselves a picnic and some essentials for the nomads (such as oil and sugar.) Then continue on through this wild landscape of snow-capped mountains and semi desert, driving off road in search of these ancient people.

This area reveals many hidden treasure invisible from the road. If we are lucky we will find the nomads successful in our search, they will hospitably invite us to take tea with them and with the help of your driver / guide translating, you can ask all the questions you like about their hard but fascinating way of life. Returning before sunset to our very own caves where we will sleep tonight. The Eco- Auberge is cut into Todra Gorge.

If you are a traveller with a yearning for adventure, a sense of fun, a heart for an eco-treat and a wish to escape the humdrum of mainstream tourism, then this very comfortable accommodation will delight you.

Highlights – Picnic, Off Road Driving, Visiting Nomads, Sleeping in a cave.

 Day 4 Todra Gorge to Sahara Desert
 Today we set off towards the desert. We will travel to the city of Erfoud which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Morocco, then Khamlia, in time for a traditional Berber Pizza lunch. Khamlia is the home of the Gnaoua People who came from West Africa to Morocco as slaves. Gnaoua music is much loved by Moroccans and Gnaoua ‘Maalems’ are highly respected, and enjoy an aura of musical stardom.Finally we arrive at Erg Chebbi, with its beautiful apricot-coloured sand stretching as far as the eye can see. You will be introduced to your camel which you will ride into the dunes to your nomad camp, in plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular sunset.

The Berber team will entertain you with music and drumming around the camp fire and a wonderful dinner.

Sleep in your private tent or under the blanket of stars. Upgrade available to Luxury Desert Camp – full details available.

 Day 5 – Sahara Desert
 We recommend waking early, at least one of these two mornings, to watch the stunning sunrise over the swelling dunes of the desert, waking up and lighting the landscape. We will return to the hotel on the duneline with time for a shower and breakfast before we discover Rissani.We will drive across the dunes to this ancient Saharan town where we will see men wearing the indigo blue robes distinctive of the Saharan people. Rissani has the most famous and largest souk in the south.

Here you will watch wandering traders and desert dwellers that come to sell their wares. You can see what wild plants people gather and use as medicine and watch the trading of fresh made produce, animals and other products. The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world and at 3.6million square miles it is almost the size of the United States.

With 2 nights here we will really be able to make the most of this fascinating area.

Highlights include – Camel Ride, Desert Camping, Sandboarding, camp-fire drumming, Gnauwa Musicains, Rissani Souk.

 Day 6 Sahara – Adgz
Leaving the desert by camel or exhilarating 4×4 journey across the dunes, today’s journey takes us across the volcanic mountains of Sarhro and the Draa Valley to Agdz.

The scenery will change as we see the first palm trees of the Draa Valley, the longest river valley in Morocco lined by many palm groves and small Sub Saharan Berber villages where the tradition and culture are passed for centuries between families.

This is Morocco’s largest Oasis and we will enjoy a guided walk and relaxing time in the sleepy village of Agdz where you will discover handcraft traditions include carving, pottery and basket-weaving. Tonight stay in a traditional, restored Kasbah. Rustic, authentic and full of charm.

Highlights include – Desert Dunes by 4×4, Traditional Berber Villages, Walking in the Oasis, Stay in a Kasbah.

 Day 7 – Transfer to Marrakech
In order to enjoy all that Marrakech has to offer we suggest staying an extra night or 2.

At your riad in the heart of the medina, you can relax and enjoy the spa / hammam facilities. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the medina or magical Majorelle Gardens, lovingly restored by Yves Saint Laurent, the gardens are a kaleidoscope of tropical colour.

In the evening venture out to visit the atmospheric Jemaa el Fna square full of acrobats, storytellers and snake charmers.

PRICES

Guide price based on a family of 4 = £499 per person. The price will be dependent on a number of factors, please contact us for a quote.

Price Includes 6 nights accomodation
Breakfast and dinner
Door to door private transport inc. fuel & tolls
Experienced, English speaking Driver / Guide
Airport Transfers
All activities & entrance fees
Price Excludes Lunch
Drinks & snacks
Tips & gratuities
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Making Memories 2 Week Tour

Our 2 week tour includes everything on the 1 week tour with the added benefit of time to discover Marrakech, one of the world’s most exotic cities. In addition this tour takes you to the beautiful Atlantic coast where you can enjoy dramatic sunsets, have a go at surfing and ride horses on the sandy beaches.

 

Day 1 – Marrakech
 We will collect you from Marrakech airport and take you to your comfortable and welcoming riad in the heart of the medina where you will stay for three nights. Tonight you can enjoy people watching in Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech’s main square and open air theatre.Storytellers, acrobats, snake-charmers, magicians and musicians – world class open air street food stalls – an experience not to be missed.

Highlights – The world famous Jemaa El Fna Square- Unesco declared the Djemaa el-Fna a ‘Masterpiece of World Heritage’ in 2001.

 Day 2 – Marrakech
Today you will be able to absorb the exotic and vibrant atmosphere of Marrakech. A guide will be available for your use all day. He will accompany you and your family as you wander around the lively souks, shopping in the endless maze of markets, able to offer insights into the culture and introduce you to the magic that is Marrakech. Children adore this fairy-tale city but should the feet grow weary your riad will offer you the option of a traditional hammam and some relaxation Morocco style.

For a tranquil diversion enjoy the magical Majorelle Gardens, lovingly restored by Yves Saint Laurent; the gardens are a kaleidoscope of tropical colour.

Highlights – A guided tour of Marrakech- surely the worlds most intoxicating city. Beautiful, ancient, modern, foreign, entertaining, colourful and very welcoming.

 Day 3 – Marrakech Day Trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls
 After breakfast today we will enjoy a day trip and take a drive to Cascades D’Ouzoud in the Atlas Mountains. The drive will take us through orchards of olives and pomegranates and local farmers working their fields. Invisible until the very last minute these spectacular waterfalls are over 100metres in height and are often frequented by Morocco’s Barbary Apes.The backdrop of rainbows which form in the mist help to make this one of the prettiest falls in North Africa. You can swim in the pools or let boatman row you to the main pool. 1000 steps lead you down to the bottom where the views are stunning and the photographic opportunities at their best or alternatively you can take the path down through the olive valley.

This site is not over commercialised but there are a choice of places to take a welcome break for lunch before climbing back up again. We will also stop to visit Imi n Ifri the “Natural Bridge” formed by the collapse of an underground cave.

Highlights – North Africa’s most picturesque waterfalls and wild Barbary Apes

 Day 4 – Marrakech – Imlil
 Having had time to absorb Marrakech we will begin the adventure tour today and head up into the Atlas Mountains via the infamous Tizi n Tichka Pass, the highest road pass is North Africa and an utterly spectacular drive. Imlil is a picturesque village full of charm in the High Atlas Mountains, well known as a base for trekking and climbing holidays.Mt Toubkal is the highest North African mountain at over 4ooo metres and Imlil sits at its base. These huge mountains offer outstanding trails and amazing photo opportunities. There are treks for all standards and plenty of mules available to ease your journey.

Young and old can climb aboard should they need to and the guide will be happy to go at your pace. Whilst you do not need to be particularly fit you do need to be fairly steady on your feet to enjoy this breathtakingly beautiful area scented with the walnut and apple trees the economy used to rely on.

Highlights – Tizi n Tichka Pass, Mountain trekking in the High Atlas, mule riding.

 Day 5 – Imlil – Ait Ben Haddou
 We will collect you after breakfast and continue crossing the High Atlas Mountains, stopping on the way to visit the Salt Mines and the extraordinary Telouet Kasbah. This is a stunning though incomplete Kasbah with a rich history and much to see inside From here we will drive on to Ait Ben Haddou, with its striking Southern Moroccan Ksar architecture.The areas include a Mosque, caravanserai and Muslim and Jewish cemeteries amongst others.

We will walk around the site before arriving at our accommodation for the night. Tonight we will stay at a local village house, a unique opportunity to enjoy life in the heart of a traditional village whilst also enjoying the hospitality and comfort of this locally owned family business.

Highlights – Salt Mines, Telouet Kasbah, Ait Ben Haddou Ksar (castle), Henna Painting, Traditional Cookery Lesson, Village House Experience.

 Day 6 – Ait Ben Haddou – Dades Gorge
 Today we will visit the Ouarzazate Movie Studios, one of the largest in the world. Footage from Lawrence of Arabia to Game of Thrones (and dozens in between) shot here. The Skoura Oasis a few miles east of Ouarzazate, is an amazing sight. It’s a huge, dense palm tree oasis filled with a confusing network of winding trails. With the help of a guide you can explore it by Quad Bike or bicycles. We will make the most of our spectacular journey on The Road of 1000 Kasbahs, by visiting Ameridil Kasbah.This iconic and photogenic 17th century Kasbah, features in books and brochures around the world as well as on the fifty dirham note. You can really explore its labyrinth of rooms and ancient contents. The wild Dades Valley (Morocco’s Grand Canyon) is absolutely stunning with rocks in all shades of orange and red and is known as The Country of Figs.

Overnight in Dades Gorge in a hotel set in a landscape of mountain peaks, fields and canyons.

Highlights – Movie Studios, Quad Biking, Cycling the Oasis, Road of 1000 Kasbahs, Dades Gorge.

 Day 7 – Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge
 Hold on tight and let’s have some fun by getting off road for the educational and life changing experience of meeting Nomads in their caves. Morocco’s nomadic tribes are rare and illusive these days but with our local knowledge and skilled driving we will do our best to find them. We will stop on the way to buy ourselves a picnic and some essentials for the nomads (such as oil and sugar.) Then continue on through this wild landscape of snow-capped mountains and semi desert, driving off road in search of these ancient people.This area reveals many hidden treasure invisible from the road. If we are lucky we will be successful in our search and find the nomads, they will hospitably invite us to take tea with them and with the help of your driver / guide translating, you can ask all the questions you like about their hard but fascinating way of life. Returning before sunset to our very own caves where we will sleep tonight.

The Eco- Auberge is cut into Todra Gorge. If you are a traveller with a yearning for adventure, a sense of fun, a heart for an eco-treat and a wish to escape the humdrum of mainstream tourism, then this very comfortable accommodation will delight you.

Highlights – Picnic, Off Road Driving, Visiting Nomads, Sleeping in a cave.

 Day 8 – Todra Gorge to Sahara Desert
Today we set off towards the desert. We will travel to the city of Erfoud which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Morocco, then Khamlia, in time for a traditional Berber Pizza lunch. Khamlia is the home of the Gnaoua People who came from West Africa to Morocco as slaves. Gnaoua music is much loved by Moroccans and Gnaoua ‘Maalems’ are highly respected, and enjoy an aura of musical stardom.

Finally we arrive at Erg Chebbi, with its beautiful apricot-coloured sand stretching as far as the eye can see. You will be introduced to your camel which you will ride into the dunes to your nomad camp, in plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular sunset.

The Berber team will entertain you with music and drumming around the camp fire and a wonderful dinner.

Sleep in your private tent or under the blanket of stars. Upgrade available to Luxury Desert Camp – full details available.

 Day 9 – Sahara Desert
We recommend waking early, at least one of these two mornings, to watch the stunning sunrise over the swelling dunes of the desert, waking up and lighting the landscape. We will return to our hotel on the dune-line with time for a shower and breakfast before we discover Rissani. We will drive across the dunes to this ancient Saharan town where we will see men wearing the indigo blue robes distinctive of the Saharan people.

Rissani has the most famous and largest souk in the south. Here you will watch wandering traders and desert dwellers that come to sell their wares. You can see what wild plants people gather and use as medicine and watch the trading of fresh made produce, animals and other products. The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world and at 3.6million square miles it is almost the size of the United States.

With 2 nights here we will really be able to make the most of this fascinating area.

Highlights include – Camel Ride, Desert Camping, Sand-boarding, camp-fire drumming, Gnaoua Musicians, Rissani Souk.

 Day 10 – Sahara – Zagora
 Leaving the desert by camel or exhilarating 4×4 journey across the dunes, today’s journey takes us to Zagora. The route is an unpaved road and is part of the world famous “Dakar Rally”.Tonight you can enjoy a guided stargazing evening at the unique Sahara Sky Hotel. . No telescope experience necessary as the proficient staff will gladly assist your star trek through sections of the clear sky above with countless stars, galaxies, nebula, and of course the solar system objects.

Highlights include – Desert Dunes by 4×4, Stargazing at SaharaSky®, the first private observatory in North Africa, equipped with state-of-the-art GPS telescopes.

 Day 11 – Zagora – Taroudant
After the opportunity to walk in the oasis, today we will drive from Zagora to Taroudant otherwise known as mini Marrakech. It’s a long journey today but a fascinating one with plenty of stops, as we drive through Taznacht, the Land of Carpets and Taliouine, a centre for Saffron, the worlds most expensive spice .Taroudant is well off the beaten track and has few tourists and a lovely warm winter climate. You will get a truly authentic experience and relaxed atmosphere with diverse scenery. The two souks are hassle free and full of interesting products and low prices.

Particular good buys are jewellery and carpets.

Highlights include – Oasis walk, driving “Real Morocco”

 Day 12 – Taroudant – Taghazout
The Berber market town of Taroudant has town with excellently preserved town walls and the ramparts of the town, adorned with square towers, are a delight to discover. A 7km horse-drawn carriage tour around it reveals five intact gates, Bab El-Kasba being the main one and the most majestic. A carriage ride is the best way to see this.The drivers are friendly and happy to stop for you to take photos at various points. Then onto Taghazout, which has been established as a surfing destination since the 90’s.

The small and very charming, fishing village has a handful of cafes and restaurants, shops and surf supplies.

Highlights include – Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

 Day 13 – Taghazout – Essaouira
Wake up to sunshine on the beach and breakfast before you enjoy surfing lessons for all the family and of course they cater to all levels from absolute beginner or even those who would rather play on the sand and watch.After lunch we will move to Essaouira which is a couple of hours up the coastline. Essaouira sits on a sandy bay, cooled by Atlantic breezes. Popular for its shallow, clean waters it is a favourite surfing location with a hippy feel. This captivating and tranquil whitewashed town with its blue shuttered houses has hosted many films and still has a flourishing fishing industry.

Highlights include – Atlantic Surfing, Beach Camel Rides.

 Day 14 – Essaouira
Today you can enjoy the resort at your leisure. Choose from a variety of cheap fresh fish and seafood dishes on the seafront and wait while they are barbequed for you. Renowned also for its rich and varied handicrafts, there are zocos (markets) all over the city filled with textiles, jewellery, ceramics, musical instruments and handmade wooden items.Essaouira’s coastline is beautiful and a great way to see it is on horseback. From absolute beginner to experienced rider, this experience will thrill. Full tutorials are provided and the instructors will ensure you are confident before you set off at your speed.

Highlights include – Beach Horse Riding

 Day 15 – Transfer to Marrakech
 Transfer back to Marrakech in time for your flight home today.
PRICES

Guide price based on a family of 4 = £899 per person. The price will be dependent on a number of factors, please contact us for a quote.

Price Includes 14 nights accomodation
Breakfast and dinner (dinner only in Marrakech & Essaouira)
Door to door private transport inc. fuel & tolls
Experienced, English speaking Driver / Guide
Airport Transfers
All activities & entrance fees
Price Excludes Lunch
Drinks & snacks
Tips & gratuities

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