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Brief description of the holiday
The ingredients of this experience are landscapes, adventures, laughter and comfort. A selected itinerary among hidden corners and wonderful views to discover in a group, with new friends and an expert local guide in Italian. You travel by minivan, you sleep in the Moroccan "Riad" (typical hotel from the characteristic architecture that recalls the Arab house) or in the 4stars Hotel. The treatment is half board, with breakfast and dinner.
The greatest surprise that this experience will offer you will be the variety of the places we will cross, the Imperial city of Marrakech with its colorful souks, the magical Djemaa El Fna square, among acrobats, snake charmers and storytellers.
We will pass through the Atlante chain for the panoramic pass of Tizi-n-Tickha. We will cross the Erg Chebbi Desert, with a bivouac in a Berber tent among the fantastic sand dunes, sleeping in a tented camp, skirting the borders of Algeria to Rissani, the historic Moroccan desert gate for caravans arriving from Timbuktu. We will meet, eat and live with nomadic families Berbere and Tuareg.
An experience of superb landscapes outside the common tourist routes.
1st day: arrival in Marrakech or Casablanca
Arrival in Marrakech or Casablanca according to the available flight times. Transfer to the hotel-Riad, check-in and free time in the city.
2nd Day: Marrakech
Breakfast and visit of the old city (3 hours in the morning with an Italian-speaking guide, included): the great Koutoubia mosque , the Bahia palace , or the '' bella '', nickname of the favorite, rich residence of the vizier Ba Ahmed, built around to 1880, and from there to the palace Dar Si-Said, also splendid residence of the brother of the vizier. Near these two palaces you can see the exterior of the El-Mansour mosque, also called the Kasbah mosque, easily recognizable thanks to its minaret with turquoise arabesques. Then we visit the Saadian tombs, whose garden belonged to the El-Mansour mosque, which houses the sepulchres of the rulers and family members of this dynasty. If interested there is the possibility to do a Hammam in the afternoon and / or a massage with Argan oil . After dinner we walk to the large Jemaa el-Fna square where we will find the typical street vendors, who guarantee a continuous show: fortune-tellers, snake charmers, musical groups, water carriers, tattoo artists will meet.
Dinner and overnight stay in Riad. www.samirariads.com (or similar category).
3rd Day: Ait Benhaddou / Ouarzazate
After breakfast, departure by minivan to the High Atlas, crossing the Tizi-n-Tichka pass going up a road that climbs from the plain up to 2260 meters above sea level, meeting small villages, landscapes and mountain colors that vary greatly impressive. It is possible to make a stop on the pass for a glass of refreshing mint tea and admire the landscape before taking the road to the kasbah of Auit Ben Haddou , the most scenic, UNESCO world heritage, scenery of films like The Gladiator, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, the Legionary, tea in the desert and many others (local guide authorized in Italian, available, not included) ..
In the late afternoon we reach the kasbah of Taourirt, near the town of Ouarzazate for dinner and overnight stay in Riad www.darchamaa.com/ (or similar category).
IV Day: valley of the Draa / Rissani / Merzouga
In the morning, stop for a cup of tea and a visit to Agdez from which we arrive at the scenic Draa valley , through a route really off the main tourist routes. We pass through the village of Nkoub and arrive at the beautiful kasbah of Rissani , once the economic capital of Morocco and center of the caravans leaving for the Sahara desert and the mythical Timbuktu. We arrive in Merzouga before sunset. We are in the great South of Morocco!
Overnight at hotel http://www.xaluca.com/en/hotel/tombouctou/ (or similar category).
5th Day: Merzouga, desert on a camel's back
Breakfast and visit to the village of Kamlia, famous for its inhabitants from black Africa and for the music and dance festival that takes place there every year during the first week of August. We will then visit the fossil site in the desert, crossing the small and ancient village of Tissrdmin, taking the road where the Paris Dakar rally also passes and we reach the black desert of volcanic stones. Tea with a Tuareg family. If the season is right, Lake Dayet Srji will open before us with pink flamingos. Lunch at a Tuareg family to eat the 44 spices Berber pizza, where we will learn about traditions, customs, and we will be shown the objects that come here with caravans. Walk through the Kasbahs of this town and return to the hotel in the afternoon.
It's not over, in fact it's off! We enter the dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert for an excursion on a camel back . These are equipped with food, blankets and everything else that will be needed. The excursion starts from the desert, which is truly incredible. The camel driver will accompany us to a small oasis in the middle of the dunes in time to watch the sunset while we prepare a typical dinner. We will spend an unforgettable evening to the beat of the drums and Berber songs, Tuareg and the populations of southern Morocco. Anyone who wants can reach the large dune of 300 meters. Only then will he enjoy the silence of the desert and the endless sky, broken only by the flashes of falling stars and the Milky Way. Unique show! Overnight in Berber tented camp. Water supplies for each person. Nomadic tent equipped with mattresses, sheets and blankets.
Every day there is a walk from 90 minutes to 2 hours on a camel back or on foot.
Day 6: Gorges of the Todra / Boulmane Dades
The following day the camel driver will wake you up in time to admire the sunrise and the different colors of the dunes compared to those of the sunset, before returning to the base camp, always on the back of a camel, for a relaxing shower and a rich breakfast. We continue our minivan towards Erfoud and Rissani, then turning towards the village of Tineghir we enter the majestic Gorges of Todra , one of the most scenic in southern Morocco, where the film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Quisi will stop for a free lunch before arriving in Boumalne Dadès , where the 25 km long valley of the same name begins and reaches the Dades Gorges; walk in the midst of the luxuriant and verdant vegetation in contrast with the surrounding red rock, where the pisé constructions take on the same color as the rocks. Along this valley is a succession of ksour, in the heart of cultivated fields and orchards.
We will spend the night in a cozy hotel, dinner and overnight at the hotel www.xaluca.com (or similar category).
VIIth Day The way of roses and kasbahs / Marrakech
After breakfast, through the famous valley of roses , a stop will be made in the main town of this valley, El-Kalaa M'Gouna , famous precisely for the flowering and processing of roses, from which beauty products and essenizali oils are obtained for the body care (visit to a women's cooperative). We continue towards Skoura along the road of the kasbahs , typical buildings of southern Morocco. Stop for lunch in the town of Ouarzazate, the kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studios film studios , among the largest and most famous theaters where films such as the Gladiator were filmed (possibility of visiting theaters). We continue towards the High Atlas and the mountain pass of the Tizi-n-Tichka stopping for a stop in a small mountain village. You will arrive in Marrakech before dinner.
Overnight in riad. www.samirariads.com (or similar category).
Day 8: Marrakech
Transfer to the airport according to the flight schedule, assistance with boarding formalities, return to Italy.
Note: Both the itinerary and the proposed facilities are indicative, both aspects may change depending on the arrival and departure times of the flights (program) and according to availability (accommodation); the latter will be replaced with others of the same category.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Local Travel Driver / Coordinator in Italian.
- All transfers (airport / hotel) and itinerary by program in mini van (air conditioning).
- Overnight in hotel / riad, with half board.
- Visit of Marrakech in Italian, excursions and local taxes as per program.
- Equipment for the night in the desert (Berber tents, mattresses, blankets, sheets), water supplies.
- Membership fee, Solidarity Fund Onlus (5%)? Travel RCT insurance (Europe Assistance).
THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Flight from Italy (available second offer from Milan / Rome).
- Lunches, drinks, tips, anything not mentioned in "the price includes".
- Entrance fees and visits not included in the program.
- EuropeAssistance medical-baggage policy and / or trip cancellation.
From Bologna, Turin, Milan, Bologna and Naples operates Air Arabia Maroc duration 4h 10min
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Our trip starts here
Friday 27 December from 8:00 until Friday 27 December at 24:00
Our trip ends here
Friday 3 January from 0:00 until Friday 3 January at 18:00
Other important information
Check-in can be done from 7:00 am on Saturday 27th
on request it is possible to cancel EuropAssistance travel, 5% of the total amount of the trip to be requested in context or maximum in 24h from the booking of the trip.
Local public transport is not used, but only private vehicles dedicated to the group and included in the fee.
Overnight stays: They are all in the Riad or in a 4-star hotel, except for the night in the desert that is in the Berber tent as indicated in the program
Mite 15/25 ° except for particular atmospheric events
Mandatory vaccines are not required
Payment and cancellations
This Experience undergoes Sailsquare reservation and cancellation policies.
- Book this Experience paying directly online via credit card, or via wire transfer by contacting our Customer Support.
- If this Experience starts in more than 45 days and the share is higher than 500 Euros, you can pay a deposit of 30% and then pay the balance within 30 days before the departure date. Contact our Customer Support to benefit from this payment scheme.
- If the Experience is not Confirmed yet, you may cancel your reservation anytime and you will be entitled to a full refund of the paid shares.
- Policy update - Covid19
Are you obliged to cancel a reservation of a Confirmed Experience? Contact our Customer Support within 30 days before the departure date and you will be entitled to a full refund of the paid shares.
Knowing what expenses are included and excluded from your booking fee will enable you to have a good idea of the total cost of your chosen experience.
Included in the price.
- Half board
- Activities as stated in the programme
- Tour Leader
- Insurance coverages as stated in the programme
- Local transport as stated in the programme
- Meals as stated in the programme
- Local Guide
Not included in the price.
- Flights and transfers from/to the destination
- Meals not listed in the programme
- Personal extras
- All services not mentioned in the programme
- Optional cancellation insurance
To be paid onboard.
The estimated expenses for the rest of the holiday are approximately 50-150€ per person.