Follow the Kasbah Trail in Morocco

Get lost in the ancient Kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou. Relish the solitude of your very own Bedouin tent in the Sahara Desert and explore the glorious Drâa Valley, a true desert oasis. Wander through some of Marrakech’s 9000 medieval alleyways and seek out a souk. Take in the landscape as it changes from snow capped peaks to powder-fine desert sand.

Explore the Medina

Your private transfer will be waiting for you at Marrakech’s Menara International Airport, you will be whisked away into the centre of the city where Riad Farnatchi and all of its opulence awaits you. Unpack and relax, you have two nights to settle into Marrakech. On your first morning in Morocco take a stroll and explore the medina with the aid of an English speaking local guide. Hold your nose in the ancient tanneries and breathe deeply in the rich spice markets. Grab a bargain in the souks, look out for handmade slippers and authentic Berber rugs. If all that bartering tires you out then why not recuperate in the in house hammam. Once evening is upon you, venture on to Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech’s main square for a bite to eat. You will find everything you could want, from the most aromatic tagines and flavoursome couscous to fresh fruit juice and traditional sweets. The air will be thick with aromas or spice and charcoal, as well as the high-pitch tones of the snake charmers flutes.

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Head for the hills

Say good bye to Marrakech, jump into your private 4X4, complete with English speaking guide, and head for the hills, or the mountains to be more precise. You will be aiming for the Moroccan Sahara, although there will be some incredible asides on the journey. Drive the famous Tichka Pass to the ancient fortified town of Ait Benaddou, which was designated a UNCESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The site has some of Morocco’s most celebrated Kasbahs and is well worth a stopover.

Stay the night in Skoura at the beautiful Les Jardins de Skoura. Refreshed, continue via the dramatic Todra Gorge to Morocco’s highest sand dunes. Erg Chebbi towers an awe-inspiring 1000ft above the desert plains below. Enjoy a sunset camel ride and stay the night in a luxury desert camp.

Work up an appetite scaling the mighty dune in the morning, before an afternoon in a 4X4 off-roading on desert routes through the remote mountain range of Jebel Zireg. Spend another night under the stars in a luxurious camp, where the campfire will be lit for your arrival.

The Drâa and Kasbahs

Waving a fond farewell to the Jebel Zireg you will rejoin the remote desert road that connects Tazzarine and the Drâa Valley. The Drâa Valley will be your second UNESCO World Heritage site of the trip. After two nights in a tent, as wonderful as they are, it’s time for some real luxury; spend the night in a beautiful Kasbah surrounded by palm groves on the banks of the river Drâa.

On your last full day visit the Jewish Kasbah of Tamnougalte and the Ouarzazate film studio. Later continue over the mountains and back to Marrakech, where you will spend one last night in the enchanting heart of the city. The next morning a transfer will be waiting to take you back to the airport. If it all seems to fleeting a trip, then aim yourself west and for the crashing waves of the Atlantic.

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