DESERT DUNES AND CULTURE - From 6 Days, 5 Nights - HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION

DESERT DUNES AND CULTURE - From 6 Days, 5 Nights - HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION

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A city break in Marrakech and a trip to the Sahara Desert - travel the original nomadic route to experience the serenity and awesome dune landscapes of Merzouga and immerse yourself in the organised chaos of the Marrakech Medina on our Desert Dunes and Culture package.

INCLUDED:

FROM 3 nights' hostel accommodation in Marrakech

- A traditional Moroccan Cooking Class. 

- Quad Biking in the Marrakech Palmaerie

-A 3 day, 2 night trip to Merzouga, Sahara Desert in STANDARD SHARED ACCOMMODATION

NOT INCLUDED:

-Airport transfers

-Lunches throughout the package

-personal purchases and entrance into historical monuments

-cooking class ingredients

-local guides en route to the Sahara Desert

-discretionary tips

You can add nights if you would like to stay longer and also add some other amazing activities!

BE AWARE

- Many ‘faux’ (false) guides operate in the Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou region of the Sahara where you will visit on the first day of your trip. A ‘false guide’ is someone who will offer to show you an area that you are unfamiliar with and then ask for money. Sometimes, they can be very helpful and informative, sometimes not at all. They are not affiliated in anyway whatsoever with Rouge Travel. In places where gainful employment is very low, this is the only form of work and embedded within Morocco infrastructure - as such - out of the control of Rouge Travel. You can explore these areas independently if you wish.

- The Sahara Desert is isolated and wild and for this very reason, you are probably looking to book this trip - it is an amazing adventure. Please do understand however, distances are far and minibus journeys long (and incredibly beautiful along the way). Facilities in the desert are not the same as in the cities and perhaps this trip is the perfect time to go off-grid - revel in the calm, the unstable wifi and enjoy being part of this majestic part of the natural world. If you really can’t do without your creature comforts or strong, stable wifi - this may not be the trip for you - get in touch with us and we can offer more luxury options which will include great wifi and ensuite hot showers

- Throughout the Summer months it is incredibly hot in the desert. Sounds obvious right? Whilst our minibuses are air-conditioned, there may be periods when the driver turns off the air-conditioning to avoid the engine overheating. This is standard throughout all desert trips throughout the world.

DAILY DEPARTURES

 

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Arrival in Marrakech

Welcome to Marrakech! You will check into your hostel in the Marrakech medina. Enjoy relaxing on our terrace or exploring the medina at your leisure.

DAY 2 - Cultural Experience in the Medina - Moroccan Cooking Class in the morning ; Quad Biking in the Palmaerie of Marrakech in the Afternoon

-Starting at 10am, you will be collected from your hostel to start a tour of the markets to buy the ingredients for your cooking class. Take the class with our wonderful chef Hannane and enjoy a huge lunch, made by your own fair hands.

-After the class, you will be collected to go to the beautiful Marrakech Palmaerie, full of (as the name suggests), Palm trees in an arid desert landscape, yet only 25 minutes from the Marrakech City Centre! You will be met here by your quad biking hosts and take a route off the beaten track to discover some of the Marrakech hinterland.

Return to your accommodation in the medina for a free evening to discover more of the medina - we recommend the spontaneously theatrical Place D’Jeema el Fna by night!

DAY 3 - Departure for Sahara Desert - OUARZAZATE; AIT BENHADDOU; DADES GORGES

Departing early from Marrakech you will descend South and right through the length of the Atlas Mountains at a height of 2260m on the winding Tishka Pass. The views are breathtaking - not only in terms of the physical natural beauty, but you will also see the Berber villages of the Atlas, and the traditional houses and daily lives of the Berber people.

Your first stop is the ancient Kasbah Ait Benhaddou bridging the mountains with the Sahara, before moving on to Ouarzazate - the gateway to the Sahara - where you will stop for lunch. From here, you will make your way to your first night's stop in Dades Gorges where you can relax in the tranquility of the nature that surrounds you.

DAY 4 - Arrival in Merzouga - TODRA GORGES; MERZOUGA

Onwards to another Gorge - this time the mighty Todra - where you will spend some time, before heading down to the Sahara that you may only have seen in films. Erg Chebbi are the giant sand dunes that surround the town of Merzouga - a Berber town where you will spend your second night. You will take the traditional method of transport - camel - to the Berber camp in time for sunset, and enjoy an evening of Berber hospitality under the stars of the Sahara.

DAY 5 - RETURN TO MARRAKECH

Feel free to spend the early morning climbing the sand dunes to watch the sunrise before breakfast and then making your journey up North and once again through the Atlas mountains - arriving in the bright lights of Marrakech in the evening.

DAY 6 - YOUR FINAL DAY AND CHECK OUT!

Maybe you have booked to stay further nights to enjoy the city, or maybe it is time to say bye-bye. Come back someday!


DAY TRIPS

DAY TRIP TO OURIKA VALLEY

DAY TRIP TO OURIKA VALLEY

DAY TRIP TO CASCADES D”OUZOUD

DAY TRIP TO CASCADES D”OUZOUD

DAY TRIP TO ESSAOUIRA

DAY TRIP TO ESSAOUIRA

DAY TRIP TO IMLIL - 2 PERSON MINIMUM

DAY TRIP TO IMLIL - 2 PERSON MINIMUM

GUIDED TOUR OF THE MARRAKECH MEDINA

GUIDED TOUR OF THE MARRAKECH MEDINA