Desert 2 Mountain - Morocco
Our Desert 2 Mountains tour gives you the opportunity to experience the rich culture and mountainous beauty of North Africa in a safe and exciting environment. Trek with camels through the Sahara, sandboard in the dunes and experience the colourful Souks of Marrakech!
Enjoy a guided tour of the colourful Souks and palaces of the of the old medina before moving onto the Jamna El Fnaa square with its story tellers, juice sellers and the Koutoubia Mosque
On the third day, we will drive you across the stunning Agafay desert to Essaouira and the coast. Look out for goats grazing high in the branches of the Argan trees! Relax on the beautiful Essaouira beach and spend an evening exploring the historic fort with its cafes, shops, and beautiful architecture.
CAMEL TREK AND OVERNIGHT CAMPING
Experience the Sahara! On day 3 you will trek with camels through sand dunes, small farms and fishing huts to reach the campsite. In the evening enjoy sandboarding in the dunes for sunset followed by a night of wild camping!
Head to the seaside town of Tamraght for private surf lessons before moving onto visit the crocparc to learn more about Nile crocodiles and tour the botanical gardens. Then head to the final destination of the day and former capital of Morocco, Taroudant, for an evening of relaxing or visiting Souks.
You will be driven through the foothills of the Siroua mountains to Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the Sahara featuring spectacular palaces and fortified cities. Enjoy a tour of the Atlas Studios used in films such as Black Hawk Down, Gladiator and even Game of Thrones!
KASBAH OF AIT BENHADDOU
The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou is a world heritage site and a prime example of an ancient, fortified town. Once again this has been used as a set in many films! Carrying on up into the Atlas Mountains the temperature will get colder until you reach the village of Telouet and your 'Gite' for the night at an altitude of about 2000m.
Day 1 - Arrival in Morocco
Relax & Meet the Travelteer Team
All volunteers will be staying in the same hotel, so this is a great place to relax with friends before kicking off the tour! During the evening, the Travelteer team will provide an induction and tour briefing, ensuring that everybody is on the same page and excited to kick off their tour! The group will have dinner together and have the chance to taste delicious Moroccan delicacies and relax for the evening.
Day 2 - Exploring Marrakech
Discovering the Souks and Palaces
For the second day of the expedition, students will enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech’s famous souks (markets) selling everything from lanterns to colourful babouches (traditional Moroccan slippers). This is a great way to experience the city's rich and colourful culture - explore bustling streets filled with exotic spices and try your hand at haggling for souvenirs! Next, it’s onto the palaces of the old medina and the opportunity to explore the Jamna el Fnaa square with its story tellers, juice sellers and the Koutoubia Mosque.
Day 3 - Essaouira and The Coast
Beach Day and City Tour
Leaving Marrakech on day three, the group start with a 3-hour drive across the Agafay Desert towards the city of Essaouira and the Atlantic coastline - make sure to look out for goats grazing in the trees! This beautiful city overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and its historic centre (the Medina) was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. The group will spend the afternoon relaxing on Essaouira beach before exploring the beautiful city and enjoying its cafes, shops, and beautiful architecture.
Day 4 - Camel Trek & Overnight Camping
Camel Trekking and sandboarding
This is your opportunity to experience the Sahara Desert! The group will trek with camels through sand dunes, small farms & fishing huts to reach the campsite for the night. Students can help with watering and feeding the camels as well as helping the cooks prepare the evening meal - a great opportunity to learn about traditional Moroccan cuisine! In the evening, the group enjoys sunset sandboarding in the dunes followed by a night of wild camping in the desert.
Day 5 - Surf Lessons & Taroudant
Surf lessons and Crocoparc
The group heads to the seaside town of Tamraght to a surf camp for private surf sessions. All equipment is included alongside surf coaches! Students will then visit the Crocoparc, to learn more about Nile Crocodiles and tour the botanical gardens.
We then travel to the day's destination and former Berber capital of Morocco, Taroudant. The evening will be spent relaxing in the hotel or visiting the city's souks.
Day 6 - Atlas Studios & Ouarzazate
After breakfast on the day six, we will drive through beautiful terrain to Ouarzazate, high in the Atlas Mountains. Known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert, the area features spectacular palaces and fortified cities. The area is a noted film-making location and films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962) & The Mummy (1999) were shot here, as was part of the TV series Game of Thrones.
The group will tour the film sets of Atlas studios where films such as Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator were created!
Day 7 - Kasbah Ait Benhaddou
Ancient Towns and Atlas Mountains
On day 7, The group will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, A World Heritage site and a prime example of an ancient, fortified town. It also has been used in many films and series including Game of Thrones.
Following our visit to the Kasbah, we drive into the Atlas Mountains with the temperature getting cooler as we gain altitude – to about 2000m. Reaching the village of Telouet, the group settles into a 'Gite' - we will then meet local villagers who will be assisting with volunteer projects!