Sahara Family Holiday
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Sahara Family Holiday
Cross the swirling sands of the Sahara, watch dawn break across the dunes and rock the Kasbahs of Morocco’s fascinating past on a family adventure to remember. Recreating the simple nomadic lifestyle, the dramatic desert backdrop covered by a dreamy blanket of stars, spend three nights camping out under the crystal clear desert skies. Come and see the main square of Marrakech a real feast for the senses. Know why Marrakech’s bustling medina and lively bazaars ensure the city is regularly featured in people’s ultimate bucket lists of must-see places to visit.
Welcome to Morocco! Ouarzazate situated at the confluence of three valleys and on the threshold of the Sahara Desert. Upon arrival settle into your hotel and perhaps take a stroll to acquaint yourself with the town. This place was originally a staging point for trans-Saharan caravans and later became garrison for the French Foreign Legion. If you arrive early and have time, perhaps pay a visit to Atlas Studios, a major Hollywood outpost in Morocco, located just a few kilometres from town.
Meet your tour leader in the hotel reception at 9 am. This morning explore the town of Ouarzazate and visit the hundred-year-old Taourirt Kasbah. A potent symbol of the Glaoui clan's power, the kasbah gives a glimpse of how these feudal lords lived. Continue your drive across the Tizi-n-Tiniffift pass and through the Draa Valley, following the southern slopes of the Djebel Sahro to Nkob and on to the Oasis of Tazzarine (approx 3 hours).
Meal: Breakfast & Dinner
In the morning, take a taxi to Iferd (approx 30 min). Here you will meet your camel caravan and the camelteers who will journey with you into the desert. Then ride your camel all the way to camp (approx 2 hours). The gait of the camels soon lulls you into a strange rhythm – one that's been the same for centuries. Time seems to dissolve as you are surrounded by the soft haze of the desert. Arrive at your Bedouin camp, set up, and no doubt enjoy a glass of sweet mint tea. Watch as the scenery around you changes colour with the setting sun. After dinner, if you are lucky, your camel drivers may decide to play drums and invite you to join them for an evening of traditional songs.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Early risers will be treated to another amazing view of changing colour and light. Cross your fingers for clear weather! After breakfast you will have a short walk through the dunes to make the most of the views on offer. Remounting your camel, make your way slowly out of the desert, back towards the hills and valleys of the Atlas (approx 2 hours). Bid farewell to your travel companions and camels and rejoin the vehicle for the return trip to Tazzarine (approx 1.5 hours).
Meal: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Head towards Agdz, through the Draa Valley, and eventually to Ait Benhaddou (approx 4 hours). The Draa Valley area is very fertile and its terraced farmlands are fed by an intricate system of irrigation channels. Continuing via Ouarzazate, you will reach Ait Benhaddou, one of the best-preserved fortified kasbahs in the country. The surrounding villages are well worth exploring too. Not far away there are the film studios of Ouarzazate which have been used for many epic films, from classics such as 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Jewel of the Nile' to the more recent 'Hidalgo' and 'Alexander'. Consider an optional visit to these studios.
In the morning, cross the riverbed to visit Ait Benhaddou. Take the opportunity to explore some of the ruined buildings. Climb to the top of the hill where the agadir (grain store) offers spectacular views down over the village and the surrounding countryside. In the afternoon, drive north across the High Atlas mountains en route to Marrakech (approx 4 hours). The road, completed by the Foreign Legion in 1936, winds up over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2,260 m) and offers stunning views of the mountains before descending past Berber villages to the plain surrounding Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech and settle in.
Enjoy a walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling souq and main square. The souq is a great place to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display. The adjacent main square has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. Snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening, wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies. If you'd like to take a traditional bath, ask you leader where the nearest hamman is.
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
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Cost per person on twin sharing basis. Rates valid till 24th December 2017.Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travelers. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.