Highlights

Map • High Atlas Mountains
• Beautiful valley from South of Morocco, Oasis of Skoura, Roses Valley, Dades Valley, Toudra valley, ziz valley.
• Panoramic views of Todra Gorge
• Erg Chebbi sand dunes - The Sahara Experience
• Merzouga – Explore Sahara in a camel trek
• Desert night
• Ouarzazate Aït Benhaddou - UNESCO-listed ancient fortified Kasbah city

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Itinerary

  • Duration: 4 days & 3 nights
  • Countries: (1) Morocco
  • Experiences: 4
  • Ages: 10 - 45+
  • Starting Point: Fes
  • Ending Point: Marrakech
Introduction

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Day

You will be met at your Hotel or Riad by your English speaking Guide with the driver and depart Fes for Merzouga. Experience spectacular views of cedar forests, visit the Barbary Apes at Ifrane and tour through the beautiful and scenic Midelt on route to the Sahara. Travel through the Ziz valley and view the Efous oasis which offers amazing photographic opportunities. Arrive late in the afternoon for your night in Merzouga, the threshold of the Sahara.

  • stay at Nasser palace hotel
  • trip time: 8am - 4.30pm

Erg Chebbi is the large sand-sea which effectively marks the start of the real Sahara and some of the dunes in this area rise to over 245 meters. The colors of the rising and setting sun over these dunes make for a truly magical experience. Enjoy a leisurely morning. Your driver is available for you all day which gives you the opportunity to explore the surrounding desert areas. In the afternoon your driver will introduce you to your nomad guide for your overnight camel excursion. Your guide will take you into the desert, around a 1½ – 2 hour ride by camel. When you reach your bivouac you can relax, climb the dunes or just star gaze while your guide prepares your evening meal and sets up your campfire for you.

  • stay at desert camp
  • trip time: 8am - 4.30pm

Rise early in the morning to see the amazing sunrise over the dunes then head back to your hotel in Merzouga to re-fresh and take breakfast before departing for Tineghir and Todra Gorge. One of the highlights of the South is the massive fault in the plateau that divides the High Atlas from the Jebel Sarhro, called the Todra Gorges. The crystal clear river emerging from the deep ochre and pink rock formations offer a dramatic landscape and great photographic opportunities. A lovely place to relax, enjoy and reflect on the surrounding beauty. Travel through the beautiful Valley of the Roses before reaching La Palmerie Skoura, your destination for the night.

  • stay at kasbah hotel
  • trip time: 8am - 4.30pm

Home of Morocco’s ’Hollywood’ movie Industry you can choose to stop off at the movie studios and see where films such as Gladiator, Lawerence of Arabia and Babel were filmed. Explore the city and make a visit to Kasbah Taourirt, once one of the largest Kasbahs of the area, and once home to members of the Glaoui Dynasty, who ruled the vicinity. Parts of this Kasbah have been carefully restored by UNESCO and it is probably the main sightseeing venue of Ouarzazate. On route to Marrakech is Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most exotic and best preserved Kasbahs in the entire Atlas Region. The Kasbah is now under UNESCO protection and has magnificent views of the surrounding palmeraie and beyond. After exploring the Kasbah drive through the High Atlas Mountains and some amazing scenery you’ll arrive at Marrakech, your final destination where your driver will escort you to your accommodation before bidding you farewell.

  • stay at your Hotel
  • trip time: 8am - 4.30pm

What's included

  • Guide

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  • Meals

    4 breakfast & 3 dinners

  • Transport

    Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet

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  • Other

    Free Wi-fi in all hotels
    All taxes and fees
    Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
    Free Expat Explore tour souvenir

  • Flights

  • Insurance

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Information & FAQ

Useful things to know before you go

Before you go
Visas & permits
Visas are not required for British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and other EU nationals for a stay of up to 3 months. Please ensure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and that you get your passport stamped upon entry into Morocco.
All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy for details. Visas are your responsibilities so please don’t forget to check!

Vaccinations
It is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you haven’t had a booster in the last ten years. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Morocco is not a high risk malaria area but if in any doubt please consult a physician or travel clinic for further information.
What to bring
• Towel
• Torch and batteries
• Camera and spare memory card/film
• Mosquito repellent
• Water bottle (water at meal times provided)
• Personal first aid kit, antiseptic gel and wipes
• Waterproof/wind proof jacket
• A sturdy pair of walking shoes

In Morocco
Currency
GBP£1.00 = MAD12 .5
USD$1.00 = MAD9
EUR1.00 = MAD11
MAD = Moroccan Dirham, rates are subject to fluctuation. Exchange facilities are available at various bureau de changes in major towns and most banks have ATMs. How much spending money is needed, depends largely on the individual. We currently recommend an average of USD $20 - $30 per day. We can’t specify every sundry cost however and you’ll need to allow for expenses such as drinks, snacks and the odd souvenir. Travellers Cheques can be difficult to change en route so we recommend you have cash for convenience and bring a card to use in the ATM’s—most accept Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Cirrus and Maestro. There are ATM’s at Marrakech airport, which you can use upon arrival.

Local prices
Mineral water (local brand, 500ml or 1L) MAD15
Chocolate bar (local brand) MAD5-10

Climate
Temperatures in Morocco are generally high, particularly during the summer months from May to September; October is still warm and bright so take sunscreen. However in the High Atlas and the Sahara it can get very cold and some peaks can remain snow capped from November to June.

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