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Yolo: Moroccan Desert Adventure (DCMD)
Countries Visited: Morocco
Trip Style: Yolo - You're only young once, but you can be young-at-heart forever. That's the ethos that powers our Yolo trips; fast-paced and affordable trips designed with the 18-to-thirtysomething traveller in mind. Explore the world by day, stay up all night and do it all again somewhere new the next day with a collection of new best friends you'll want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life. You only live once. Make it count.
Service Level: Basic
  • Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences
  • Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character
  • Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction
  • Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
    Trip Style: Yolo - You're only young once, but you can be young-at-heart forever. That's the ethos that powers our Yolo trips; fast-paced and affordable trips designed with the 18-to-thirtysomething traveller in mind. Explore the world by day, stay up all night and do it all again somewhere new the next day with a collection of new best friends you'll want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life. You only live once. Make it count.
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 14, avg 10.
    Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Accommodations: Hotels (6 nts), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share).

    Highlights
    Get lost in ancient medinas, dodge snake charmers, ride a camel to a desert camp, bargain in exotic souks, hang with the hippies of Essaouira, experience this land of mystery for yourself.

    Description
    Marrakech - whisper it and instantly your mind goes to a place of seduction and spices. Experience it for yourself. This intense 1-week journey reveals the secrets of Morocco and is crammed with all the activities and energy you crave. In the company of other young travellers, dance beside a campfire in the Sahara, go rock climbing in Todra, and hang with the hippies in Essaouira. Explore the kasbahs, coast, and desert and lose the herd on a trip you'll never forget.
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    Tour OperatorG Adventures
    Duration
    8 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    Itinerary
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1MarrakechDay 1 Marrakech
    Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: On arrival, check the notice board (or ask reception) for the exact time and location of the group meeting. Afterwards, there will be the possibility to go out for a meal as a group in a nearby local restaurant. If you arrive late, no worries, your leader will leave you a message at the front desk. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2NkobDay 2 Marrakech/Nkob (1B)
    Travel west into the desert, and stop off at Nkob, which is flanked by the Saghrou Mountains. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))
    Day 3MerzougaDay 3 Nkob/Merzouga (1B, 1D)
    In late afternoon, set off by camel to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to photos. Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea). A traditional dinner under the stars, cooked by our hosts, awaits. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums. Included Activities: Overnight at Berber Camp Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Ride out to the tented camp for the night. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and other handy camel-related safety tips. Camel (1.00 hour(s))
    Day 4Todra GorgeDay 4 Merzouga/Todra Gorge (1B)
    Rise early to get on the trusty camels. Watch the sun rise before returning to Merzouga. Depart early from the camp. Make the first stop of the day at Tineghir to visit the town and go for a walk through the palm groves. Then head to the breathtaking Todra Gorge to spend the night nestled between the sheer cliff walls among the palm trees and gurgling river. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies. Additional Notes: Due to the location, the hotel power is run by a generator and the electricity is turned off every night at approx. 23:00. We recommend bringing a headlamp for getting around at night if necessary. Included Activities: Todra Gorge Visit and Walk Through Palm Groves Transport: Head back to Merzouga and wave goodbye to your new humpback friend. Camel (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
    Day 5Ait Ben HaddouDay 5 Todra Gorge/AIt Ben Haddou (1B)
    Travel along the "Route of 1000 Kasbahs" to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator." Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful AIt Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah. Included Activities: AIt Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
    Day 6EssaouiraDay 6 AIt Ben Haddou/Essaouira (1B)
    Travel to the coast, and take in the laidback vibe of this coastal town on an orientation walk. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
    Day 7EssaouiraDay 7 Essaouira (1B)
    In the morning, dont miss the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port, with their baskets full of fish. Afterwards, head up to the ramparts on the old city wall for a great view over the city and out to sea. Browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to unwind and relax with a cold beer or shisha pipe (waterpipe). The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, hire a fishing rod or just take a long walk on the beach. In the evening, head to one of the local barbecue fish cafes where you can pick out the catch of the day and have it cooked to perfection for an amazing seafood dinner. Essaouira is also famous for its music scene and offers a great chance to check out a live performance.
    Day 8MarrakechDay 8 Essaouira/Marrakech (1B)
    Continue on to Marrakech where the tour ends upon arrival in the early afternoon. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
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    Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

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    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

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