Southern Morocco & Western Sahara

Southern Morocco & Western Sahara

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Southern Morocco & Western Sahara

10 Days Starting in Marrakesh, Morocco and ending in Dakhla 73000

Visiting: Marrakesh, Imlil toubkal, Tamatert, Taghazout, Taroudant, Dakhla, Dragon Island

Tour operator:

Crooked Compass

Tour code:

13787

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

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Tour Overview

Foodie tour through Marrakech's medinaHike in the Atlas MountainsSwim in natural pools and waterfallsExplore Morocco’s largest and busiest souk: Souk el HadEnter the disputed territory of Western SaharaKayak to Dragon IslandTake in the highlights of Southern Morocco and tread into new territory of the Western Sahara.

Absorb the explosion of culture, colour and custom in Marrakech before winding your way through the spectacular Atlas Mountains. Hike through cobbled villages, dine with locals and breathe in fresh mountain air. From Berber hamlets tucked into valleys, to sacred sanctuaries and time frozen village life, your experience will be contrasted as you cross rocky forlorn desert expanses into the disputed territory of Western Sahara. A former Spanish colony, annexed by Morocco in 1975, the further south you head, the city of Dakhla will surprise you with its relaxed vibe. Swaying palm trees, an island studded lagoon and cobalt waters lined with a scattering of cafes and restaurants make for the perfect end to this contrasting journey.

Highlights

  • Foodie tour through Marrakech’s medina

  • Hike in the Atlas Mountains

  • Swim in natural pools and waterfalls

  • Explore Morocco’s largest and busiest souk: Souk el Had

  • Enter the disputed territory of Western Sahara

  • Kayak to Dragon Island

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival In Marrakech

Location: Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Riad Palais Sebban or similar

Meals Included: No Meals

Ahlan wa sahlan and welcome to Morocco! On arrival at Marrakech Airport, your guide and driver will meet you outside the arrivals hall holding a signboard with your name on it. You will then transfer to your hotel to settle in.



Situated to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and fringing the famed Sahara, the bustling UNESCO-listed city of Marrakesh is an enchanting travel destination. Marrakesh is also home to the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and one of the busiest squares in the world, known as Djemaa el Fna. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this square in the evening, as it transforms into an enormous, open-air restaurant, and browse through exquisite carpets, spices and a myriad of other items. Art, design and architecture enthusiasts flock to the city to see its incredible artisan achievements, so beautifully expressed at the glorious Bahia Palace, Dar Si Said and Saadian Tombs, as well as at several museums. The other-worldly Jardin Majorelle is also unmissable.



After some time to freshen up, it is time to set off on your amazing food adventure in the heart of Marrakech Medina. This is a colourful melting pot, where European modernity meets ancient vibes. Follow your taste buds through the medina, as you learn about culinary habits, history and culture, as you taste samples of Moroccan food. Venture behind the scenes of the markets with your local guide, who will provide an insight into Moroccan specialities at hidden stalls in the medina offering fresh olives, to stops by a neighbourhood oven – a bakery where locals cook their bread! Taste some freshly baked bread, before sitting in a local café to try mssemen (Moroccan pankcakes) & sfenj (Moroccan donuts), all washed down with a sweet cup of mint tea. Continuing on, head to the next group of stalls to have a delicious roasted lamb and local famous dish known as Tanjia. Wrap up your foodie adventure with a very special spicy herbal tea known as khoudenjal!

Day 2 : Atlas Mountains

Location: Imlil toubkal, Tamatert

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Domaine de la Roseraie or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, depart for the quaint Berber village of Imlil, in the Atlas Mountains. Taking up most of Africa’s north-western corner, the Atlas Mountains extend for roughly 2400 kilometres across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, reaching to over 4000 kilometres above sea level at their zenith, Toubkal Mountain. The Atlas range is exceptionally scenic and known for the many rare and endangered plants and animals occurring there, some of which are found nowhere else on earth. Here, you will explore some of North Africa’s most remote villages tucked away in the deep valleys of the rugged range and hike through the spectacular scenery. Crossing a vibrant green valley that is fresh and lush even during the hottest days of summer, from Douar Samra (1700m), spend the day following trails to Aremd on foot, the highest village of Ait Mizane, before climbing to the sacred sanctuary of Sidi Chamarouch. Todays hike is moderate. Along the way, you’ll see locals going about their daily lives, as they have for centuries. The walk to the shrine takes 2.5 hours. Learn about the fascinating history of this shrine. There are beautiful places to picnic for lunch nearby (not included), either by the river or with a panoramic view of the mountains and the valley below. Transfer to Tamatert for a walk around the village, before arriving at a small riad where you will spend the evening.

Day 3 : Taghazout

Location: Taghazout

Accommodation: Resort

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Resort, Taghazout Bay Surf Village or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, head to the coastal town of Taghazout, a small fishing village which is known for surfing and yoga and simply chilling out. The village of Taghazout, near Agadir, has long captivated the hearts of wave catchers from all over the world. And not just theirs, but also of all those who want to experience the authentic spirit of the Moroccan coast. The afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 4 : Taghazout

Location: Taghazout

Accommodation: Resort

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Resort, Taghazout Bay Surf Village or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off this morning for a day in Paradise Valley; a palm-lined oasis in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, around an hour’s drive from your hotel. Soak up the scenery as you journey into the mountains, hike down to reach the valley floor, and cool off with a swim in the natural pools and waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic lunch in nature. Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 5 : Taroudant

Location: Taroudant

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Dar Zitoune or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, you will visit the coastal town of Agadir with its authentic kasbah and bustling port. This buzzing city is one of the preferred summer destinations for locals, thanks to its golden beaches and perfect weather. Here, you will have the chance to visit one of Morocco’s largest and busiest souks: Souk el Had. Almost every commodity and good is sold here, from vegetables and snacks to souvenirs and clothing. Departing Agadir after lunch, head to a town known as ‘Little Marrakech’ and the silver capital of Morocco: Taroudant.



Once the capital of the Saadi Dynasty, Taroudant is set in southern Morocco’s lush Souss Valley, in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. The city is surrounded by red-clay walls, similar to those which surround the capital and have remained virtually intact since they were built in 1528. Within these protective walls, lies a vibrant trading centre with both Arab and Berber cultural influences. Two markets are located on either side of the main square. Place Assareg provides excellent shopping opportunities, particularly for the town’s renowned handicrafts, including jewellery, carpets, leather and terracotta products.

Day 6 : Dakhla

Location: Dakhla

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lagoon Energy or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, visit Taroudant in depth. Hidden by magnificent red-mud walls, and with the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas beckoning beyond, Taroudant’s souqs and squares are colourful and full of art and traditional crafts. Yet, it is also a practical place, a market town where Berbers trade the produce from the rich and fertile Oued Souss plains.



Around midday, head towards the village of Tiout, a superb oasis of palm trees, where you can discover the traditional life of the Berber locals and their warm hospitality. Transfer to Agadir Airport, where you will say goodbye to your guide and driver and board a flight to the gorgeous seaside retreat of Dakhla.



The city of Dakhla is situated in Western Sahara, a disputed territory administered by Morocco, on a long sandy peninsula. The town is famous for its excellent windsurfing and surfing conditions, with the year-round wind. Here, you can enjoy stand-up-paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, boat trips to Dragon Island, wakeboarding, fishing, yoga, and desert excursions. A gorgeous lagoon, home to pink flamingos, dolphins, and sometimes even orcas, makes a fantastic picnicking and photography spot. In the town centre, explore historic buildings, such as the Spanish Cathedral, Old Mosque, New Mosque, and more. Be sure to try the delicious, fresh local oysters and traditional Saharawi tea, which is served in a wonderful ceremony.

Day 7 : Dragon Island

Location: Dragon Island, Dakhla

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lagoon Energy or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning you will set off to Dragon Island across the lagoon. You will kayak your way to this isolated yet beautiful island (approx. 1 hour). Discover the completely unspoiled shores and white sandy beaches.

Day 8 : Dakhla

Location: Dakhla

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lagoon Energy or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Dakhla is a true kitesurfing paradise. The wind stats in this area are just astounding, so you can sail the whole year in Dakhla! The water is perfectly flat with huge shallow areas; just perfect for beginners. You will meet your kitesurfing instructor, who will be teaching you all the basics of kitesurfing and will provide a safety brief, along with detailed guidelines for this activity. You will then have the opportunity to practice on the sand. (To practice on the water, training should be done for a minimum of three days). The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 : Dakhla

Location: Dakhla

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lagoon Energy or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is yours at leisure.

Day 10 : Departure

Location: Dakhla

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Meet and greet with an English-speaking guide upon arrival

  • 9 nights of premium authentic accommodation

  • Meals as per the itinerary

  • Private air conditioned vehicle

  • Services of an English speaking guide

  • Marrakech evening food tasting trail

  • Hike from Imlil, Aroumd to Tamatert

  • Local lunch

  • Visit of Taghazout Bay

  • Day trip and hike in Paradise Valley

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What's Not Included

  • International and domestic flights not mentioned above

  • Drinks unless otherwise mentioned

  • Visas

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips

  • Inoculations

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single Supplement will be chargeable at AUD$ 1,943.00.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Return airport transfers are included.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, The local guides on the tour is English speaking

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.

  • What is the minimum group size?

    The min group size is 4 people.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Flight from Agadir to Dakhla – economy class is included.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes. Focusing on providing authentic experiences where ever you are in the world, Crooked Compass has access to a vast array of accommodation styles. From boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages. Crooked Compass ensures that local authenticity flows through your accommodation throughout your tour without compromising standard.

  • What sort of transportation is used for your tours?

    Transportation utilised on a Crooked Compass escorted small group tour is a combination of a private air conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of the cities metro system, a domestic flight to another city or overnight train ride.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Crooked Compass strives to be a leader in sustainable tourism. Crooked Compass is firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions. Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of sustainable tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to: Use locally owned hotels Use locally owned ground agents Use local guides and drivers Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to Carbon offset our travels

  • Who runs your tours and are they experts in their fields?

    Crooked Compass works with the worlds best operators who are specialists in their country, region and cities providing you with in depth local knowledge. We use local guides who live and breathe the areas they work in, making sure you experience their region, their way. We believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures that money stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.

  • What can I expect from a Crooked Compass tour that I wouldn't get from travelling with an alternative company?

    Crooked Compass provides a sensory way to understand the world – we help you live like a local, eat like a local, do what the locals do and seek the faces behind the places whilst discovering untouched lands and natural beauty. Crooked Compass tours delve deep into the heart and soul of a destination ensuring you get out of your journey all you intended and much, much more. Our intriguing itineraries have been created by travellers for travellers. Steering travellers to follow a different path, Crooked Compass’ itineraries allow you to experience the world’s most fascinating destinations in ways you never dreamed possible. It brings to life those ‘bucket list’ experiences you have yearned to do and separates the travellers from the tourists. Crooked Compass tours are culturally rich, reward travellers with unexpected encounters and uncommon rendezvous, creating truly unique, authentic travel experiences.

  • Who do your tours cater for?

    Crooked Compass escorted small group tours cater for those who are well travelled seeking the what’s next and what’s new. Our travellers are curious minded soft adventurers who want to uncover something more than the mainstream tourist trail. Crooked Compass tours draw travellers with an interest in sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit. A Crooked Compass traveller is someone who is seeking something fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, with an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world. We call them Cultural Purists.

  • I am concerned about my impact on travelling through untouched regions. Can I offset?

    Yes. All travellers on Crooked Compass tours have the option to offset their part of their tour’s carbon footprint by donating $4AUD (tax-deductible) at time of booking. 100% of these funds are donated to Greenfleet, an environmental non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our carbon offset program provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. Your offset donation funds plant trees and restore permanent native forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, these forests provide many community and environmental benefits by absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our unique biodiversity, restoring habitat for native wildlife, preventing soil salinity and erosion, improving water quality and much more. If you’d like to find out more and offset the rest of your carbon emissions, visit www.greenfleet.org.au

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    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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