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August 1, 2008

The Deep South of Morocco with FriendsTravel.com

THE DEEP SOUTH
5 Days / 4 Nights

This tour can be easily combined with our IMPERIAL CITIES tour program

MARRAKECH • TINGHIR • MERZOUGA • OUARZAZATE • MARRAKECH

No visit to Morocco is complete without experiencing the desert and the life of its people, the Berbers. This 4-night extension takes you through fascinating desert towns and villages, into geologically fascinating gorges and then out into the desert to camp with the Berber guides and experience ‘meharee’, a trek into the desert on camels.

DAY 1 Tinghir
Depart from Marrakech this morning, and travel to Tinghir via Ouarzazate & the spectacular Tizi n’ Tichka Pass over the Atlas Mountains with its sweeping panoramas. Drive through fertile valleys filled with olive groves and date palms with occasional stops in small villages along the way. Overnight in Tinghir, staying in unique ‘cave rooms’. Dinner in at the hotel and the evening is at leisure.

Overnight at Tinghir
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DAY 2 Merzouga
Start the day with a drive through the stunning Todrah Gorges en route to Erfoud. On arrival in this desert town, you will be driven by Land Rover to the camp site at Merzouga where you will spend the night. The sunset over the Saharan sand dunes will be a memorable moment.

Tented camp
BD

DAY 3 Merzouga
Enjoy a Berber breakfast as you watch a spectacular sunrise. Then climb aboard your camel and set off for a full-day meharee or trek into the Sahara with Berber guides. A light lunch will be served. Return to Merzouga for another night under canvas.

Tented camp
BLD

DAY 4 Ouarzazate
After another Berber breakfast out of doors, return by Land Rover to Erfoud. Re-board your mini van and drive through the Dades Gorges, stopping to admire its red, volcanic rock formation. Arrive in Ouarzazate and overnight at the Belere Hotel with dinner.

Belere Hotel
BD

DAY 5 Marrakech
Spend the morning exploring this former Foreign Legion garrison town with its particularly picturesque Glaoui Kasbah. Then set off this afternoon with a stop at Ait Benhaddou, site of the film set for Lawrence of Arabia. The tour ends on arrival in Marrakech.

Tented camp
B

PLEASE NOTE: Should you wish to combine this program with our IMPERIAL CITIES the this extension will starts on day 07 of the IMPERIAL CITIES tour. It will allow us to use the night in Marrakech on the return from the extension. In the event that this program is used by itself, please foresee an extra night in Marrakech on day 05.

DEPARTURES: Daily, join in Marrakech (minimum 2 passengers).

Included features:

  • Meet and greet service and pick-up at your hotel in Marrakech
  • 4 nights accommodation as described (or similar) with private en-suite facilities, based on double occupancy
  • Meals as described by:
    B (Buffet Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
  • Transportation by chauffeur driven air-conditioned minivan
  • Transportation by Land Rover from Erfoud to Merzouga and return
  • Services of a professional guide
  • Sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
  • Applicable local and government taxes on accommodation and transportation
  • Drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech on last day

Not included:

  • International domestic or regional airfares
  • Airport taxes and security related fees
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide; hotel and restaurant staff; room service etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
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