9-Day Morocco Tour: From Bustling Cities to the Sahara

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Escape Kit

  • A Nine-Day Trip to Morocco ($899 to $999 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation from Airports to Hotels and Itinerary Destinations
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Four Nights at the Red Hotel Marrakech or Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech, One Night at the Hotel le Fint in Ouarzazate, One Night at the Hotel Saghro in Tinghir, One Night at a Traditional Berber Camp in the Desert, and One Night at the Palais Asmaa in Zagora
  • Eight Breakfasts and Two Dinners
  • Marrakech City Sightseeing Tour
  • English-Speaking Tour Guides Throughout
  • Hotel Fees and Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

Dramatic Saharan landscapes and intricate Islamic architecture—explore a world of wonders in Marrakech and beyond.

The Destination
A land of dizzying extremes. The heat of the teeming marketplaces in Marrakech, the cool climes of Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains—for adventurous travelers looking for the ride of a lifetime, a trip through this North African country is nothing but high notes.
Culture and cuisine in Marrakech. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets, where medieval history continues to define the frenetic present. Cultural landmarks—including the Koutoubia Mosque and Jemaa el-Fna Square—help set the stage, but it's the stalls and alleys of the Medina marketplace where the real show takes place, as residents haggle over everything from cuisine to crafts.
Escape the city for stunning vistas. Outside the city, the atmosphere is far more serene. Follow the snow-capped Atlas Mountains all the way to the sand-swept Sahara—the landscape holds treasures of all varieties, from the captivating kasbahs in the fortified city of Aït Benhaddou to the jaw-dropping natural scenery of Dades Canyon and Tondra Gorge.

Kasbahs and markets, deserts and mountains—Morocco is meant to be explored. See this North African gem's fascinating landscapes on a nine-day trip courtesy of Encounters Travel.

The Itinerary
day 1:
Upon touchdown in Marrakech, your English-speaking guide will meet and transfer you from the airport to the hotel to settle in and start exploring the city.
Overnight at the Red Hotel Marrakech or Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech.

day 2:
Begin the day with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, topped by a minaret that has become a symbol of Marrakech. From there, you'll visit the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace, both known for geometric mosaics and intricate craftsmanship that exemplify Islamic architecture. The afternoon brings you to the souks—marketplaces filled with bustling stalls and delicious food—in and around Jemaa el-Fna Square.
Overnight at the Red Hotel Marrakech or Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech. Breakfast provided.

day 3:
In the morning, you'll hop on a sightseeing bus for the spectacular drive over Tizi n'Tichka—the highest pass in North Africa at an elevation of 7,415 feet. Continue on to Morocco's best-known kasbah at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aït Benhaddou, where you can snap photos of this fortress carved from cliff rock. Finally, you'll reach Ouarzazate, known as "the place of no noise." The town is perched on a desolate plateau on the fringes of the Sahara Desert and has provided the setting for many major films.
Overnight at the Hotel le Fint. Breakfast provided.

day 4:
Start with a drive along "the road of 1,000 kasbahs" en route to Boulemane, stopping to visit the beautiful Amerhidil kasbah along the way. After reaching Boulemane, you'll visit the Dades Canyon and take in awe-inspiring views of the desert from its ledges. The tour brings you to the oasis town of Tinghir for the evening.
Overnight at the Hotel Saghro. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 5:
The day's adventure commences with a trip to the magnificent Todra Gorge, and then follows a route through the Atlas Mountains. Switch to four-wheel-drive vehicles for traversing the sand dunes on the way to Merzouga, where you'll watch the sun set over the Sahara Desert and settle in at a traditional Berber camp—a true highlight of your trip.
Overnight at a traditional Berber camp. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 6:
You'll eat breakfast with your Berber hosts before continuing through the desert to Rissani, the birthplace of the ruling Alaouite Dynasty. Switch back to the bus for the drive to Erfoud, the administrative capital of the region known for its idyllic location between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Finally, you'll arrive in the town of Zagora to spend the night.
Overnight at the Palais Asmaa. Breakfast provided.

day 7:
After breakfast, you'll cross the imposing Draa Valley, venturing to the village of Tamegroute—an important site for Sufi Muslims—and then on to Ouarzazate. An afternoon drive will transport you over the Tizi n'Tichka pass and back to Marrakech.
Overnight at the Red Hotel Marrakech or Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech. Breakfast provided.

day 8:
Explore Marrakech at your leisure, or take one of the optional excursions for an extra cost. We recommend a hot air balloon flight, desert quad biking, a tour of the Berber villages, or a visit to the coastal town of Essaouira.
Overnight at the Red Hotel Marrakech or Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech. Breakfast provided.

day 9:
Bid farewell to Morocco, then hop the transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US.
Breakfast provided.

The Dates
12/20/14, 12/27/2014, 1/10/2015, 1/24/2015, 2/7/2015, 2/21/2015, 3/7/2015 ($969)
3/28/2015, 4/25/2015, 5/23/2015 ($999)
6/20/2015, 7/18/2015, 8/15/2015 ($899)
Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

About Encounters Travel
Staying flexible is important when you're heading off into the unknown. That's why you want the experts from Encounters Travel in your corner: With their extensive knowledge about even the most unusual destinations, you'll get those show-stopping selfies at world-famous sites, but also be able to get off the beaten tourist track. Group sizes are limited to no more than 18, and guides receive training from Encounters Travel to ensure the highest quality. These travel gurus have delighted LivingSocial members over and over—what fun will you encounter with their world-class help?

  • "Great company—they were extremely helpful throughout the entire booking process. They organized a great tour through Morocco."

  • "Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs."


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the fine print

  • Limit 4 per customer, up to 4 additional as gifts; vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
  • Book by date: customer must contact merchant by January 31, 2015 to make booking
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Voucher includes round-trip ground transportation from airports to hotels and itinerary destinations; double-occupancy accommodations for 4 nights at the Red Hotel Marrakech or Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech, 1 night at the Hotel le Fint in Ouarzazate, 1 night at the Hotel Saghro in Tinghir, 1 night at a traditional Berber Camp in the desert, and 1 night at the Palais Asmaa in Zagora; 8 breakfasts and 2 dinners; Marrakech city sightseeing tour; English-speaking tour guides throughout; hotel fees and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Voucher does not include compulsory travel insurance, meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, other personal expenses, gratuities and any other items not mentioned
  • Travel insurance covering medical costs and repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to the Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel for $73; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during 1 stay
  • Double occupancy: rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the property. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $258
  • Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, you may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then you will need to pay the single room supplement. Encounters Travel will refund this later if they are able to pair people together. Room shares are arranged in order of voucher redemption
  • Travelers must be ages 12+
  • Tour departures require a minimum of 4 travelers to run. Please do not book international flights or connecting travel until merchant confirms minimum numbers have been reached
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please visit www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
  • Incidental charges, charges for additional services and gratuity at the property are not included
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Passport with 6 months validity required; Morocco visa not required for US or Canadian citizens. Other nationalities are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
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