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Morocco’s Cultural Contrasts: Fez, Marrakesh and the Desert in betweenMorocco

From £1,409 per person for 5 nights
Mix Morocco’s most magnificent cities with time in the wilderness on this trip through the country’s cultural highs…

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Link two of Morocco’s most culturally rich cities with an authentic slice of desert life on this experience, which includes time in Fes, Marrakech and the Sahara.


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Uncover the secrets of Yves Saint Laurent’s brocade maker
  • Camp and camel ride under the Saharan star-filled sky
  • Criss-cross the Atlas Mountains by dramatic mountain passes in your 4X4
  • Explore the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
  • Carriage-ride through the Medina to a fantastic Riad restaurant


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Combining some of Morocco’s most exciting cities and serene desert landscapes, this Awesome Experience starts with an access-all-areas tour of Fes’ fantastic artisan workshops. Meet joiners, slipper-makers and even Yves Saint Laurent’s favoured brocade maker, before heading to a local house for an authentic tea ceremony. Leave the city the next day, bound for a Saharan desert camp via the dramatic scenery of the Atlas Mountains – you’ll get to explore the dunes by camel before a night under canvas below an unpolluted sky crowded with stars. 


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On Day Three, take in the sights of Ouarzazate – known as the Hollywood of Morocco thanks to its starring role in a host of movies – before spending the night in the magical, UNESCO-listed Ait Benhaddou, an 11th-century trading post built from earth. You’re Marrakech-bound on your final full day in Morocco, to see famous sights including the Majorelle Garden and Koutoubia Mosque and go off-the-beaten track in its souks. Round off your break with a carriage ride to one of our favourite restaurants, for dinner in an authentic riad.


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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


For inside info on this experience, have a look at our blogs.


For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Welcome to Morocco

Your private driver will be waiting at the Fez airport, ready to take to you to your Fez hotel for the next two nights.

Overnight in Fez

For hotel details, click on the hotel name below. 

Premium Hotel - Les Merinides

Meals included: Dinner

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Day Two: City of Culture

Immerse yourself in Fes’ fascinating workshops as you visit its best artisans and craftsmen with your private guide. See the exquisite craftsmanship of a wood turner in his joinery, learn the art of hand-painting babouche slippers with the talented Fassi, and find out more about the traditional, intricate tiling technique of Fes Le Zellige. Meet bakers and chandelier-makers, and help out at a tea ceremony in a private house. Then explore the fondouks in the medina, their vast courtyards bordered on the ground floor with workshops, stables for donkeys, horses and bedrooms for merchants. During the course of this day of discovery, you also have the rare chance to meet Mr Ouazzani at his brocade workshop. Called the ‘Last Master of Brocade’, he has worked as a skilled craftsman for 55 years, even providing garments for Yves Saint Laurent. His beautiful kaftans take at least a week to produce.

Overnight in Fez

Premium Hotel - Les Merinides

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

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Day Three: Towards the desert

Leave Fes early, on a stunning drive to the Middle Atlas, where the mountains reach above 2,000 metres and dramatic rock formations emerge from dense cedar forest. On the way, you’ll pass the ski resort of Ilfrane, which looks almost surreally alpine, before stopping for lunch in the little mountain town of Midelt where your guide can help you with restaurant recommendations. After lunch, you’ll transfer to a 4X4 to drive through the incredible landscapes of the Sahara desert at Merzouga, ready to spend the night in the authentic Aladdin Desert Camp.   There, as part of your Saharan experience, you can bask in the sunset on a camel-backed promenade.

Overnight at desert camp

Premium Hotel - Azawad Riad & Desert Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

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Day Four: Movie-worthy scenery

After breakfast, you’ll visit the soaring river canyons of the Todra Gorge, where you’ll have free time to explore. Next, take a quick visit to the dream-like town of Boulmalne Dades, which perches at the edge of a desert plateau. From here, you’ll make for Ouarzazate, the dusty desert town famous for its starring role in TV and movies including Game of Thrones, Gladiator and The Living Daylights. You’ll round up your day amongst the earthen buildings of Ait Benhaddou, where people still live in pre-Saharan dwellings which rise mystically out of the Saharan mountains. Overnight nearby.

Overnight in Ait Benhaddou

Premium Hotel - Ksar Ighnda

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

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Day Five: Onwards to Marrakech

After breakfast, you’ll leave Ait Benhaddou on an epic drive to Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains. Cross the Tizi-N-Tichka pass, the highest in Morocco as you take in empty mountain scenery from on high, and arrive in the city for lunch. Then it’s time to explore with your private guide, taking in its must-do sights including the Majorelle Garden, Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and Secret Garden. Let your guide take you on a stroll off-the-tourist trail, as you see lesser-visited parks of the labyrinthine souks. End you time in Morocco with a very special dinner: take a traditional horse and carriage through the alleys of the medina to Dar Marjana, set in an authentic riad at the heart of old Marrakech. 

Overnight in Marrakech

Premium Hotel - 2ciels Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

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Day Six: Goodbye Morocco

After breakfast, your private driver will take you to the Marrakech airport, ready for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Overall meals included: 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners


What's included:

  • Private English speaking guides
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience:
    call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for Families with kids of all ages. 


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 432 0885


GETTING THERE 

Typical economy flights from London to Fez and from Marrakech to London cost around £150 per person.

Experience start point: Fez (FEZ)

End point: Marrakech (RAK)

Prices for departures to 30th October include a 20% Pioneers Club discount and are subject to Pioneers Club terms & conditions. Click here for more information.


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