Days
10
Style
Comfort
From
889AUD

Highlights of Morocco

This tour will expose you to the beauty of the Moroccan beaches and their coasts, including the wonderful small towns and villages that line them. Home to many Berbers, surfers and craftsmen, the Moroccan coast walk will be one that you will never forget. You will walk with your camels through the idyllic towns, with plenty of down time in between each stop to relax and unwind, making this tour not a challenging one, but definitely a rewarding one.

Start
Casablanca
Finish
Marrakech
Ages
Min 16
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Group size
Min 2, Max 12


Highlights

  • • Experience the hustle and bustle of Marrakech
    • Haggle for souvenirs in a traditional bazaar
    • Hike through scenic Berber villages in Atlas Mountains
    • Visit Ait Benhaddou kasbah
    • Play and surf at the beach
    • Meet the friendly Berber tribe
    • Learn to cook a tagine stew

Itinerary

Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colours of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens.
A short drive takes us into the towering High Atlas Mountains to the village of Imlil (approx 2 hrs).
We'll store our main luggage and load daypacks on to pack mules before taking a 1 hour walk up to the peaceful village of Aroumd where we spend the night. If you don't feel you can complete walk, don't worry and take the option of riding a mule up to Aroumd.
Journey along spectacular mountain roads and over Morocco's highest pass, the Tizi n'Tichka (2260 m) to Ait Benhaddou on the barren edges of the Sahara (approx 6 hrs).
Journey south towards the mighty Sahara (approx 5 hrs), stopping en route in Ouarzazate.
The film capital of Morocco, Ouarzazate is the location where productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Sheltering Sky and Black Hawk Down were filmed.
Our route continues along the rugged, jagged and desolate Jbel Tadrart Mountain ranges taking us through seas of sand occasionally punctuated by lush oasis of date palms, to the interesting township of Tamegroute.
Once a famous settlement and home to religious scholars since the 11th century, Tamegroute houses a shrine to its spiritual leader.
Rejoin our minivan and continue towards Taroudant (approx 6 hrs). This drive takes us through more superb desert scenery and along a route that's a reserve for the indigenous argan trees - if we're lucky we might come across the famous image of goats climbing these trees in search of their tasty nuts.

This morning we'll visit Taroudant en route to Essaouira.
Taroudant is a vibrant market town located in the fertile Souss plains. With an energetic, bustling city centre this is a great opportunity to see an untouched traditional Berber lifestyle. The souqs of the medina teem with sights, sound and colour, with terrific bargains to be found.
A true feast for the senses, Marrakech is very famous for its perfumes, spice markets, rich carpets, tastiest of food, perfumed gardens, acrobats, and ear-soothing music.
It has a never-ending maze of souks, and each one of them is dedicated to a different trade, including woodwork, pottery, leather, carpets, and spices.

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking.

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Riad (4 nights), Gite (1 night), Sahara Camp (1 night)

Included activities

• Guided tour of Marrakech
• Camel ride
• Ancient library
• Horizon Association for People With Disabilities visit

Dates
15 Apr 2017 24 Apr 2017

DEPARTURE GUARANTEED

AUD $889

Total price per person twin share.


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About Us

Each of us involved with Balthazar Tours started off in a humble way, working for a major international tourism group that operated in our home country of Morocco for many years. We were tour guides, drivers and planners. We were deeply in love with our country and we loved sharing it with people from across the world. However, we were concerned about lack of