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Morocco Desert Discovery

This sample itinerary can be tailored to you and your family’s precise requirements and interests. That is what the Morocco specialists at Pomegranate Travel excel at!

Indicative price guide

From $7,999 per person

Based on two people sharing a room and five star hotels.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Morocco & Street Food Tour

Marrakech

Arrive at Menara International Airport, Marrakech where you will be met by our VIP service and speedily escorted through arrival procedures. You will then be transferred by comfortable air-conditioned car to your hotel in Marrakech.

As the sun sets over the Ocre City of Marrakesh, indulge your tastebuds with our evening street food tour, venturing beyond the well-trodden paths of Djemaa el Fna into the heart of the medina with its bustling streets and hidden alleyways. Designed by locals with deep knowledge and passion for their city’s culinary secrets, embark on a journey through flavours and stories untold. This isn’t just a regular food tour but a culinary adventure where every dish tells a tale of Moroccan tradition and innovation. Sample flavours unique to Marrakech, visit a beloved local haunt that’s been serving popular favourites for more than 30 years, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Moroccan cuisine, far from any of the tourist traps. Accompanied by an expert guide, this unforgettable private tour invites you to experience the city’s street food scene with depth and authenticity.

This evening we guaranteed you will be sent to bed satisfied and ready to start your cultural tour tomorrow!

Day 2

Marrakech Classics

Marrakech

With its exotic heritage, fragranced gardens, labyrinthine medina, and flamboyant souks, Marrakech encapsulates the spirit of the Maghreb like no other city. With full flexibility, today’s privately guided half-day tour is an opportunity to explore Morocco’s “Ochre City”, taking in the sites that interest you most. Highlights include the main square, Djemaa el Fna, famed for its snake charmers, fortune tellers, musicians and dance troupes, and the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, a symbol of the city’s rich Islamic history. You might choose to explore the Jewish Quarter (Mellah), touching on the history of Jewish footprints in the region. Lovers of architecture (and beauty we might add!) won’t want to miss the resplendent palaces of Morocco, and will want to visit one of the 19th-century Bahia Palace, renowned for its zouak ceilings, or El Basha Palace or Dar Si Said (once reopened). Further treasures include the 16th-century Saadian Tombs within the royal kasbah, and Medersa Ben Youssef, perhaps the most exquisite example of Islamic architecture within a madrasa in Morocco. Whether you like to tour fast or slow, to focus on one topic or gain an overview, your private guide will tailor this tour to your specific interests.

This evening we will be happy to advise and book a fabulous restaurant.

Day 3

Jardins Majorelle & Creative You

Marrakech

Created by French artist Jacques Majorelle, later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech’s Jardin Majorelle is a magnificent 12-acre botanical garden in the heart of the city, with an enormous display of cactus trees, cypresses, towering banana palms and vibrant bougainvillaea surrounding a bright cobalt blue art deco studio, which houses the Musée Berbère (Berber Museum). Stroll along the peaceful shaded pathways and take in the scent of roses, jasmine and hibiscus while you learn about the history of the gardens and their 40-year creation by Jacques Majorelle. Visit the Berber Museum in Majorelle’s former painting studio, wander through its collection of Berber art, textiles and artefacts, and learn about North Africa’s first inhabitants’ history and rich cultural heritage.

This afternoon is a chance to get your creative juices flowing, now that you have been inspired by the spirit of the city.  We suggest a calligraphy or perfume making workshop, or even an Artisan’s tour of the souk in which you will meet various artisans and lend your hand to their crafts.

This evening we will be happy to advise and book a fabulous restaurant.

Day 4

Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

Journey into the tranquil countryside of the Atlas Mountains, where you’ll experience life in a traditional Amazigh village, meet a local family, and gain an insight into Berber customs and culture. Nestled in the Toubkal valley, surrounded by walnut, cherry, and apple trees, the small village of Imlil feels a million miles from city life despite being only an hour and a half’s drive from Marrakech. Accompanied by a private guide, enjoy some light hiking on the pretty mountain trails with their beautiful views and take a moment to bask in the fresh air and sounds of nature. Stroll through the village, enjoy a Moroccan tea-making ceremony, learn to bake bread the traditional Moroccan way, and sample regional cuisine with a local lunch. This area is recovering from the September 2023 earthquake, and tourism directly supports local communities.

This evening enjoy your fabulous mountain retreat.

Day 5

Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs

Ouarzazate

Today you will journey from the High Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara desert, you will witness a dramatic change in colors and landscape as the reds and greens of the mountains fade into sandy saffron and mustards.

You will stop at a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its stunning earthen clay architecture, Ait Benhaddou is a historic fortified village, or ksar, in Morocco’s Ouarzazate province on the southern slopes of the High Atlas. One of the trading posts on the route between ancient Sudan and Marrakech, the site is an authentic, remarkably preserved example of pre-Saharan architecture of southern Morocco. Today, you’ll visit Ait Benhaddou with your private guide and walk through the ancient ksar with its mud-brick buildings, defensive walls and granaries. Learn about its history and importance as a key stopover point on the trans-Saharan trade route.  Ait Benhaddou has also been a famous filming location for many movies and TV shows, including “Gladiator,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” and “Game of Thrones”.

Your second stop today is Ouarzazate, best known for its enormous Taourirt Kasbah.  Some parts of the kasbah remain inhabited to this day, and it has appeared in a handful of famous movies, including Gladiator and Prince of Persia. Accompanied by your private guide, today’s fascinating historical tour takes you to this monumental kasbah, where you’ll marvel at one of southern Morocco’s most striking architectural treasures, partly restored in the 1990s with the help of UNESCO. With its rammed-earth structure favoured in this region, intricate tataoui ceilings, carved stucco, and wall paintings, Taourirt Kasbah is well worth visiting for anyone interested in a superb example of Berber-style architecture.  Those interested in Jewish heritage will also find a remarkable old synagogue hidden away in this ancient town.

Continue to your beautiful hotel where you will enjoy warm hospitality and an exceptional meal this evening.

Day 6

Day at Leisure

Skoura

Following a couple of days of longer travel, today is a well deserved day of rest in the glorious grounds of Dar Ahlam, or ‘House of Dreams’, which provides a truly unique atmosphere in which to unwind.  Savor the spectacular gardens, and enjoy the pool area, or for those who are feeling more active a plethora of activities are on offer including a tour of Skoura, oasis hikes and picnics, and touring local ancient Kasbahs.

This evening enjoy a private three course meal, in a hidden away nook of the property.

Day 7

Sahara Adventure

Skoura & Todra Gorge

Today you continue into the deep Sahara desert.  As you journey take in the impressive scenery of the Dades Valley, an otherworldly landscape of wadis, rose-filled gorges, cedar trees, sand-coloured kasbahs and rocky tracks.

A series of limestone wadis carved out by the Dades and Todra rivers in the eastern part of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, the Todra Gorge is a magnificent natural wonder in an area surrounded by date palms, pomegranate groves and olive trees. With its towering orange cliffs, some reaching a sensational height of 300 metres, it’s also a popular destination for hikers and adventure seekers who come to scale its canyon walls.

Arriving at the Sahara camp, you will exchange your vehicle for a camel, and be sure to catch the sunset from this new, higher view, which comes with its own rhythm.  Camels have been part of Moroccan culture since the beginning of time. They are hardy, patient, and equipped to withstand the harsh desert elements, making them an essential part of the country’s dynamic trading past.  Soak up the mesmerising scenery, rich colours and vast expanse of this beautiful landscape as your guide shares insights into the local culture and history. Whether you’re a first-time rider or have already experienced riding camelback, this is the ultimate way to explore Erg Chebbi, leaving you with lasting memories of Morocco’s awe-inspiring desert scenery.

This evening enjoy the traditional warm hospitality of the desert at your luxury camp.

Day 8

Sahara & moving to Casablanca

Erfoud & Casablanca

A thrilling off-road adventure unfolds as you take to the desert by quad bike, steering yourself across the sun-drenched dunes and connecting with the landscape via a unique form of transport. Enjoy the adrenalin-filled full-throttle ride, zooming through the desert terrain and riding its majestic sand towers against a brilliant blue sky. This is a fun, action-packed activity where you’ll twist and turn through the dunes of Erg Chebbi at your own pace, taking in the elements and stunning scenery surrounding you.

Continue to Errachidia from where you will fly to Casablanca.  En route stop at Erfoud, the desert town is famous for its ancient Ksar M’Aadid, an impressive citadel that showcases traditional Berber architecture. Erfoud is also known for its prehistoric marine fossils, Tafilalet Palm Grove and its bustling souk with handicrafts, fresh produce, and traditional cuisine on offer.

From Errachida you will fly to Casablanca.

Day 9

Casablanca & Expert Briefing

Casablanca

Today’s tour takes you to the heart of Casablanca, Morocco’s lively Atlantic-facing financial and trading center and largest city. With its impressive Art Deco architecture, the oceanfront area of La Corniche with its café culture, and a bustling medina filled with specialist workshops, there is plenty here to explore. Accompanied by your private guide, visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the only mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims in the form of group tours. Marvel at some of the most outstanding craftsmanship in Morocco as your guide explains the history of this enormous religious landmark jutting over the ocean. Meander through the medina’s maze of streets, taking in the sights and sounds of street sellers presenting their wares. Time permitting, visit the Habous area (the “New Town”), where the 1920s Royal Palace and one of the city’s main souks are located. Finally, walk along the Corniche, where Casablanca is lit up in all its glory.

Later on today we have included an expert briefing for you. This is an important opportunity for you to ask all the questions which may have been bubbling throughout the trip, and to probe more deeply into Morocco’s politics, economics and society.  A member of our speaker’s bureau will set out for you the current state of affairs in Morocco, including questions around its political structures and methods of sharing power, focusing on the concept of a constitutional monarchy and how it has brought stability to the country, including through the tumultuous time of the Arab Spring. We will touch on the diverse population, the key social and economic challenges for Morocco today, and Morocco’s role as a bridge between Europe and Africa. Our speakers are prominent journalists, risk analysts and think tank people, and offer deep expertise in their areas of knowledge. This will be a chance to step away from the medinas and romance of the desert and probe deeply into the Morocco of today.

Casablanca boasts a number of excellent restaurants and we will be happy to recommend and book for you.

Day 10

Depart Morocco

Casablanca

You will be transferred by comfortable air-conditioned car to Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. Our VIP airport service will assist you with procedures. We wish you a safe and comfortable journey and trust you will be returning home with cherished memories of Morocco.

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Consider including the Imperial cities of the North.

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