The Magic of Marrakech: From the Souks to the Desert with Angie

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Angie

Hello, I'm Angie! I'm studying at NYU right now! My dream trip is all about discovering the most amazing, unique places and making friends along the way. I'm excited to get some like-minded peeps to join me on this tour of Morocco. Let's journey to Marrakech together and have fun exploring the markets!!!

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Mar 5 - 10, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 15

Transportation

Van, camel

Tour Price

USD 601
/ person

Your Fellow Explorers

Age range

22 – 30

Travel interest

Hiking, adventure, exploring, off-the-beaten-path places, culture & history

Your Local Guide

Guide - Under Moroccan Sun

Under Moroccan Sun was founded by Hassan El Amrani, a native Berber from the Sahara Desert of Morocco. Making both the United States and Morocco his home, Hassan has a clear understanding of what travelers expect. His company’s specialty is Morocco, which allows them to focus on the relationship they build with their travelers after helping them dive into the sights, scents, and secrets of this exotic kingdom. Over the years, Under Moroccan Sun Tours has passionately served travelers from all over the world and has grown to include professional, licensed, multilingual guides and drivers who will help you navigate the exotic kingdom of Morocco at your own pace. Their extensive experience and the unique cultural perspective of Moroccan natives will ensure that your voyage through Morocco will be safe, stimulating, and unforgettable.

Great Value! – Under Morrocan Sun did our tours in Marrakech and Casablanca as well as our transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca. Booking online was easy and hassle free. Hassan responded promptly to our questions/requests. He provided a formal itinerary with the pricing. Once agreed, he sent us a secure link to process payment. Hassan sent us an email with the driver/guide's name, phone number and pick up time the day before our first tour. He also followed up with another email to make sure we were satisfied with the tour, guide, etc. Guides were professional and knowledgeable. Ismael, our driver was outstanding. He was nicely dressed, friendly and shared lots of information about places and traditions. He was careful and drove safely. The vehicle was in good working condition. Overall a great experience. Highly recommended Under Morrocan Sun.

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Charlie

An easy way to travel the country – We planned to spend a month in Morocco and decided to hire a guide after reading the recommendations from Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet. I contacted 4 or 5 companies listed on TA and settled on Under the Moroccan Sun because they were responsive and in our price range. A driver and a guide met us at the airport and stayed with us the entire time we were on the road. They drove us from town to town, carried our luggage, stopped whenever we wanted, taught us key Arabic words, and were very kind and generous in explaining their culture and history. They hired a local guide in each town. They made traveling around the country very easy and ensured we wouldn't run into any major problems. They had our back.

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John M
Morocco>The Magic of Marrakech: From the Souks to the Desert with Angie

Are you ready for an adventure like no other? This trip to Marrakech will blow you away with market tours, trips to the botanical gardens of Majorelle and Ait Benhaddou, along with a camel ride into the desert where you’ll spend the night in Berber tents under the stars. With private guides to show you all the local hot spots and authentic Moroccan food at every turn, you’ll never want to leave this vibrant paradise.

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Angie

Hello, I'm Angie! I'm studying at NYU right now! My dream trip is all about discovering the most amazing, unique places and making friends along the way. I'm excited to get some like-minded peeps to join me on this tour of Morocco. Let's journey to Marrakech together and have fun exploring the markets!!!

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Mar 5 - 10, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 15

Transportation

Van, camel

Morocco>The Magic of Marrakech: From the Souks to the Desert with Angie

Are you ready for an adventure like no other? This trip to Marrakech will blow you away with market tours, trips to the botanical gardens of Majorelle and Ait Benhaddou, along with a camel ride into the desert where you’ll spend the night in Berber tents under the stars. With private guides to show you all the local hot spots and authentic Moroccan food at every turn, you’ll never want to leave this vibrant paradise.

Timeline

  • Day 1 · Marrakech
  • Arrive in Casablanca or Marrakech
  • Transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at Mosaic Hostel (or similar according to availability)
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 2 · Marrakech
  • Breakfast
  • Marrakech City Tour
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Show at Chez Ali Fantasia (dinner included)
  • Day 3 · Dadès
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Ait Benhaddou
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Check-in at Kasbah La Vallee
  • Dinner
  • Day 4 · Merzouga Desert
  • Breakfast
  • Morning hike in the valley
  • Transfer to the dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Camel ride to accommodation
  • Stay overnight at tented Berber camp (dinner included)
  • Day 5 · Marrakech
  • Sunrise breakfast
  • Transfer from desert to Marrakech
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Check-in at Mosaic Hostel
  • Rooftop dinner at le Comptoir Darna (not included in price)
  • Day 6 · Departure
  • Breakfast
  • Check out of accomodation
  • Transfer from accommodation to airport (Casablanca or Marrakech)
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Marrakech, Morocco – a vibrant city of beautiful architecture, cultural depth, and hospitality

Welcome to the bustling city of Marrakech, home to energetic markets, chic palaces, gorgeous mosques, and lush gardens. When you arrive, explore the medina, a walled city that dates back to the Berber Empire, and the maze-like alleyways that will take you through the various souks (marketplaces) filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. Make sure you stroll through the vibrant Jemaa el-Fna Square that transforms into a carnival of lights when the sun sets. Pursue the local food stalls and eat as the locals do on your first night in this magical place.

Day 2

Explore Marrakech with a private guide and see all the major landmarks within the city

Good morning, travelers! Enjoy a lovely breakfast at the hostel and get ready for a day filled with history, culture, and fun. With a local guide, we’ll see the ins and outs of the city starting with a drive through Ville Nouvelle (New Town) that was built by the French. Next, we’ll head to the botanical gardens of Majorelle that was created by Jacques Majorelle who spent more than forty years collecting plants from all over the world to form this lush sanctuary. We’ll also explore the 15th century Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, the Souks (market), and much more!

Catch a show at Chez Ali Fantasia

For dinner, we’ll be whisked away to the setting of a Thousand and One Nights where Moroccan hospitality will prevail and lead us into an unforgettable experience. While you eat a traditional Moroccan meal in Berber tents, you’ll see acrobats, bellydancers, traditional dances, fireworks, and so much more. Get those cameras charged, so you can enjoy this enchanting wonderland filled with Moroccan lore.

Day 3

Discover the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the Dadès Gorge

Wake up early and get ready for a full day, as we get in the car for an odyssey of a lifetime. We’ll start with a drive across the sacred Atlas Mountains and arrive at the village of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll learn about its mysterious history that dates back to the 11th century and explore this ancient place that was part of a caravan route from Marrakech to the Sahara. We’ll continue on through Ouarzazate, aka the Hollywood of Africa, with the option to visit the Atlas Film Studios where many Hollywood movies were made. By nightfall, we’ll arrive at the Dadès Gorge and check into our accommodation for dinner.

Day 4

Take a camel ride into the desert and sleep under the stars at a traditional Berber camp

Rise and shine to an incredible day of activities! After breakfast, we’ll take a soft hike into the valley of Dadès before jumping back in the van and heading to the Todra Gorge. We’ll continue on, passing the city of Erfoud, and head towards the Merzouga Desert. From here, we’ll go on a camel ride to our final destination as the sun sets, arriving at a tented Berber camp for dinner and drum session around a fire pit. After some stargazing, we’ll head to bed in our tents and rest up for another day of adventure.

Day 5

Watch the sunrise over the dunes and head back to Marrakech for a rooftop meal

What an adventure, and it continues this morning with a sunrise breakfast on the sand dunes of the desert. Today, we’ll drive back to Marrakech, check back into the Mosaic Hostel, and enjoy a final dinner on the rooftop of the beautiful le Comptoir Darna for one last authentic Moroccan meal. Reflect on the incredible journey with the group and prepare to say your goodbyes after an adventurous five days of travel.

Day 6

Enjoy one last meal in magical Marrakech

This trip was one for the books! After a wild five days, you can wake up slowly and have your last meal in the city before taking your transfer to the airport. We hope you had a stellar trip and get home safely. Until next time!

Accommodation

  • Mosaic Hostel (or similar according to availability)

    This mosaic tiled hostel in old town will be your home at the beginning and end of your journey in Marrakech. It features dorm rooms with shared baths, a terrace where you can see the medina and Atlas Mountains, and a prime location near souks, food, and fun! Room type: Multiple occupancy.

  • Kasbah La Vallee (or similar according to availability)

    After a long journey through some of the most beautiful landmarks in Morocco, rest your head at the Kasbah La Vallee hotel in its multiple occupancy rooms with comfortable bedding and beautiful views. Enjoy a traditional meal here before heading into the desert. Room type: Multiple occupancy.

  • Tented Camp in the desert (or similar according to availability)

    On this trip, you’ll have an experience like no other by sleeping in Berber tents on cots in the middle of a Moroccan desert. You’ll arrive by camel, enjoy a wonderful meal, and end the night star gazing during a ceremonial drum circle. Room type: Tents with multiple occupancy.

Included

  • 3 nights in Mosaic Hostel (or similar) with all breakfasts
  • 1 night in Kasbah de la Vallee (or similar) with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night in a tented camp at the dunes of Erg Chebbi (or similar) with breakfast and dinner
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation
  • Private English-speaking driver/guide for the entire trip
  • Private air-conditioned car
  • Tolls, fuel, and parking
  • Airport/hotel pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Local guides
  • Museum fees
  • Camel ride
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • All food not mentioned in inclusions
  • Personal expenses not stipulated
  • Optional add-ons
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Available add-on

Horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Marrakech

Take a two-hour tour of downtown Marrakech on a horse-drawn carriage ride. You’ll see the 12th-century ramparts that protect the Marrakech Medina, the city gates, and hear stories about it all. Pass by the Hivernage region and admire the sun setting over the Koutoubia Mosque. You’ll finish up the ride with views of the Agnaou Door and make your way to the lively Jemaa el-Fnaa market where there’s food and fun at every turn.

Price: USD 20

Marrakech-City

ATV ride through the desert

Blow off some steam on an ATV ride through the desert. This thrilling adventure promises a safe experience, as you explore parts of the Jbilets Desert and see stellar views of the Atlas Mountains. We’ll stop to rest in a small village where you can sip hot tea and enjoy Berber hospitality. Nothing can beat this exciting adventure!

Price: USD 35

Marrakech-Desert

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 601
Per person