14 Days Helping Hand Tour From Marrakech To Essaouira including The Desert
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Discovery, Family, History
Activity Level Challenging
The Helping Hand Tour is designed for the humanitaran that has an adventurous side and also wants to explore Morocco in a safe and guided experience. We have organized a package tour that allows you to find a project that nutures your heart and is also packed with adventure and excitement. You will be able to discover the Sahara Desert by taking a camel trek into the dunes and experience the charm and wonder of Marrakech, Essaouira and Ourzazate, all with an Engish speaking driver/tour leader.
- DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION : Marrakech
- DESTINATION : Essaouira, Ouarzazate Desert
- DURATION : 14 Days / 13 Nights
- DRESS CODE : Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and sunglasses
- 100% Private Tour
- Arrival and departure assistance at the Airport
- All accommodations
- English speaking driver/escort
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Local guides for private city tours
- Entrance fees for all excursions and monuments listed in the program
- Your driver is your personal contact from the beginning of the tour until the end
- Lunch/drinks consumed during the tour
DAY 1 :
MARRAKECH – Essaouira
Pickup at the Airport and drive to Essaouira and stay at a traditional Riad. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden. Riads allow the privacy and protection from the weather in Morocco and a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy medina. Essaouira is a outstanding example of a well preserved late 18th century seaport town with many reminders of what life must have been like centuries ago.
Day 2 :
Driver will pick you up at the riad at 9am to visit the medina for a personal guided shopping tour. In the afternoon you will spend some time on your own and practise your bartering skills.
DAY 3 :
Essaouira to OUARZAZATE
You will be picked up at the riad at 8am to drive from Essaouira to Ourzazate. During the drive you will stop and visit Hait Ben Had
DAY 4 :
Ouarzazate to Erfoud
Begin the trip by crossing the valley of 1000 Kasbahs and follow the ancient caravan route from many years ago. Drive through Dades Gorge and return through Todra Gorge, a stunning mountain oasis, featuring a riverside terrace lush with palm tress. Arrive at the small town of Erfoud and check in to your apartment for the next five days.
DAY 5 to
There are several non-profit associations in, and around, the Sahara Desert that offer a variety of volunteering opportunities. Depending on your area of expertise or you desire to contribute, we will coordinate with the local organizations to fill your five days with the chance to make a difference to many people that otherwise would not have had an opportunity for assistance. These 5 days will be customized to suit each particular tour group.
DAY 10 :
Erfoud to Merzouga
Drive to the dunes of the Sahara, visit the three villages of Merzouga. You will then visit the Gnowa Village and hear the local authentic Gnowan music before continuing your way to the desert. As you drive closer to the dunes you will experience the visual wonder of the Sahara Desert. Back to your auberge and relax before starting the camel ride and see the sunset at the top of the dunes. Spend the night and camp in a berber tent in the middle of the dunes and see the moon and stars under the desert sky. Get up early and view the spectacular desert sunrise.
DAY 11 :
You will arrive back to the auberge from your camel ride. Return to your room to relax, freshen up, go for a swim or take a nap. If you wish, lunch can be ordered at the auberge and you can enjoy the remainder of the day around the pool before dinner and an evening of drumming and conversation with other guests.
DAY 12 :
Merzouga to Ourzazate via Draa Valley
DAY 13 :
Ourzazate to Marrakech
As you leave the Sahara you will notice the landscape transform from Saharan sands to lush green valleys with slow running creeks. The drive through the High Atlas is an experience you will not forget. You will spend the evening in Marrakech and tour the medina which is full of stall after stall of spices, dried fruits, and many Moroccan crafts. A evening in the Djemaa el fna Square is an experience that any visitor to Morocco cannot miss. You will see snake charmer’s, fortune tellers, drummers and many pick pockets. Be careful with your belongings and do not carry any valuables with you this evening.
DAY 14 :
Depending on your flight time you may be able to do some exploring of Marrakech before your departure. You will be delivered to the Airport at least 2 hours before your departure.