|Aktivitets nivå :||Blandede aktiviter - Familieturer - Kultur & Tema reiser (komfort)|
Join your tour in the vibrant city of Marrakech. Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may wish to start exploring the Red City independently or you may prefer to relax by the pool, before meeting the group and the Tour Leader at the hotel.
After breakfast, we meet our local guide and start a morning sightseeing tour by calesh (horse drawn carriage) for a great introduction to the unique city life of Marrakech. We follow the city walls to the tanneries which gives an insight into how the workers produce leather. We then walk along the narrow streets within the Medina, passing through the souk section where we can see several different skilled craftsmen still using traditional methods. Marrakech is a city like no other and we walk through its busting streets filling the senses and firing the imagination. The tour ends at the celebrated main square of Djemaa el Fna. After some time by the pool at our hotel, we walk to a restaurant near the Koutoubia mosque for an Arabic lesson where all will learn every day words that can be useful on the tour. On the way back, we visit Djemma El Fna square which comes to life just before dusk with a scene straight out of 'Arabian Nights' with jugglers, storytellers, musicians, acrobats, snake-charmers and water-carriers all performing to entertain the crowds. Dinner and overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
We leave the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and head south-east winding our way up into the High Atlas mountains and over the Tizi n Tichka, the highest vehicular pass in Morocco and one often snow-covered during the winter months. The hills and deep gorges of the Atlas gradually give way to parched desert as we drop down into Ouarzazate, which translates to 'a place with no worries'. Our hotel is located near the film studios which we visit in the afternoon to see film sets and props from block-buster movies such as 'Gladiator', 'Kingdom Of Heaven' and 'Lawrence of Arabia' which were all filmed here. In the evening we can practice our Arabic with another lesson from our Tour Leader. Dinner and overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
This morning we cycle out from our hotel to Ait Ben Hadou with the impressive High Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. After lunch in a restaurant, we go for a walk into the UNESCO World Heritage site with its Kasbah dramatically located in a bright green cultivated area on a hillside. Once an important strategic location on the caravan route linking Ouarzazate and Marrakech in the 16th century, the old buildings remain in good condition and are intricately decorated. In the late afternoon, we transfer back to the hotel for dinner. Overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
We continue our adventure south through the fertile Draa Valley which was once a prosperous area with many trading routes and market towns. The fortified Kasbahs and Ksours surrounding the palm groves witness the strategic importance of Draa valley. On route we stop in a palm grove to learn some important facts about the date palms, the traditional irrigation system and local product made out there. Finally, we arrive in the large town of Zagora, often referred to as the 'Gate of the Desert' for our lunch stop. Before getting to our last destination, we visit a pottery cooperative in the village of Tamegroute which holds a 17th century Zaouia (a sanctuary built around the holly Si Ahmed Ben Nacer's tomb), one of the most important in the Moroccan Sahara. We'll have the chance to make our own plate in the pottery cooperative after the visit of the underground Kasbah.
The transition to the desert is quite visible as we continue south. The Draa becomes more arid and the sand takes over the fertile fields. In Zaouit Sidi Saleh, another experience awaits us, a camel ride into the desert. With our 'caravan of the desert', we make our way to the nomad camp and discover the wilderness and tranquility of the desert. In the late afternoon, we hike in the dunes and look for animal footprints. Once back at the camp, our camel handlers from the Ait Atta tribe will teach us how to bake Berber bread and in the evening we learn a traditional nomad dance surrounded by the unique atmosphere of a roaring camp fire in the desert. Overnight in a nomad style camp.
We wake up in the desert with the early light then join our vehicles for a scenic drive across the Anti-Atlas. The first section of our journey takes us back to Agdz then along the Tamsift valley to reach the road leading westwards to Tazenakhte, which is the center of the Berber carpets production of the Ait Ouaouzguit tribes. We continue our drive along the high plateau of Taliounie which is well known for Saffron plantations and where we have the opportunity to learn a bit more about this unique flower in one of the women cooperatives before reaching Ouled Berhil. We continue along the Souss Valley which is famous for its orange plantations. Our Tour Leader will explain all about the Argan trees which are endemic within this area and on which goats often climbing on to get its nuts from the spiny branches. We finally reach our retreat in a beautiful Riad hotel surrounded with orange and olive trees after around five hours of driving. Dinner and overnight in our comfortable Riad hotel which has a pool - Riads are ancient and private residences that often previously belonged to noble families, sultan princes and aristocrats of the area and consequently reflect a traditional Moroccan style and artistry. They have usually been transformed from private residences into good standard hotel accommodation.
We journey into the High Atlas mountains and cross over the Tizi n Test pass with spectacular views of the Toubkal massif to the east and the Souss plain to the west. On the way up we can spot tiny villages perched on the hill sides famous for the dark coloured honey from the abundant mountain herbs. Moving into the north side of the Atlas, the vegetation and the many terraces along the Oued Nfis River bring a great contrast to the dry southern slopes. We arrive to the hamlet of Ouirgane in the middle of the afternoon which allows the opportunity to relax around the swimming pool before trying our luck with a cooking class on how to make a traditional Berber meal for that evening. Dinner and overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
Ouirgane presents the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery of this superb part of North Africa. Today we go for a hike to discover some Berber villages and get a full insight into the way of life of its hospitable people. We will be invited to a family's house for a deserved lunch with our Tour Leader translating our questions on how mountain people live. The children get the opportunity to ride mules and practice their local language skills with the muleteers. Dinner and overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
A full day packed with fun activities at the adventure park of Terre d'Amanar. Just out of Moulay Ibrahim gorges, Terres d'Amanar is located on a flat plateau dominating the Haouz plain and is surrounded by a pine tree forest. We enjoy the various adventure courses in the forest for children and grown-ups alike including; a rope slide, Berber craft workshops (carpet weaving, embroidery, copper beating and cooking) and a children's activity center. After an adventurous day, we make our way back to Marrakech in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
We escape the heat of Marrakech city and spend the day at the Oasiria Waterpark that includes; a swim up bar, wave pool, a range of thrilling slides and a calm pool set in a garden setting. Dinner and overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
Today we go for a complete change of scenery with a drive to the Atlantic coast and the charming city of Essaouira. Situated within the confines of its 15th century Portuguese fortifications where we can see a range of the old arsenal canons on the Scala, Essaouira was an important trading port during the 18th and 19th century. Known as the port of Tombouctou, Essaouira attracted British, French, Arabs and Jewish merchants and sailors to its shores. Other more recent visitors that have left their mark in the town include Jimi Hendrix whose stay created many remarkable tales and fictitious stories about what he did which have now become a vital part of local Essaouiran culture. Furthermore, Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel), The Rolling Stones and Cat Stevens join the list of celebrity visitors. Essaouira or Mogador was also chosen by Orson Wells for his version of Othello, its ramparts and coastline providing a rich and original setting for Shakespeare's Moorish tragedy. We'll take an orientation walk to the medina, the Scala, the port where fishermen prepare their nets and the open dockyards where boats are overhauled by craftsmen still using traditional techniques. Full of character, Essaouira inspires many artists and especially painters and musicians. After the tour, we'll try our hand at painting ourselves with our Tour Leader displaying the 'Picasso's' at the hotel lobby as part of an exhibition. Overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
Essaouira is a mecca for water sports enthusiasts from all over the region and offers great opportunities for a range of water based activities. This morning there is the chance to try an optional surfing lesson on the beach with an instructor for a couple of hours or just relax on the beach or by the pool side of your hotel. Further activities are available this afternoon including a camel ride along the beach, a kite-surfing lesson or just playing a football game. Alternatively, you may choose to wander through the narrow streets of the old town a great place for souvenir shopping.
After a relaxing morning in Essaouira and the opportunity for last minute shopping, we return to Marrakech with a stop on the way in one of the famous Argan cooperatives. The women from different villages work together and produce the precious oil by pressing the nuts by hand until their contents are extracted. We will learn about this traditional skill and its economic benefit on the community. We will arrive in Marrakech around the mid-afternoon which allows for a last mint tea in one of the cafes overlooking Djemma El Fna square. Overnight in our comfortable hotel which has a pool.
Transfer to the airport for the flight home
These tours are perfect if you want to combine an original, off-beat classic adventure with the added comfort of hand-picked accommodation chosen for its character, location or local importance. nbsp;Revel in adventurous days followed by relaxing nights.
14 Break Fast(s) 4 Lunch(es) 11 Dinner(s)
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