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Night Sky & Caravan Trail

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Africa, Morocco | 8 days
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Astronomy - Talks from an astronomy expert and use of telescopes

Transport - Minibus, 4WD, on foot, camel (or walk 1.5 hours each way)

Accommodation - Hotels (6 nights), Bedouin-style desert camp (1 night) with basic facilities

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Hustle and bustle of Marrakech
Stunning Desert Skies
Camel trekking
Astronomy Expert
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  • Day 1 - Fly to Marrakech
  • Day 2 - Marrakech City tour
  • Day 3 - Kasbahs and Stargazing
  • Day 4 - Tidri Dunes - Camel ride
  • Day 5 - Camel ride and Stargazing
  • Day 6 - Ait Benhaddou
  • Day 7 - Marrakech
  • Day 8 - Fly home
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Fly to Marrakech

After your flight you transfer to your first night’s accommodation and check in. Hotel Meriem - 1 night 

Marrakech City tour

Marrakech City tour

Today you will explore the souks of Marrakech on a guided walking tour before finishing up in the bustling Djemaa el-Fna square. You will have time to shop in the bazaars and absorb the smells, tastes and sounds of this enchanting city. 

In the afternoon you will cross over the Atlas Mountains through Tizi'n'Tishka pass to Ouarzazate, standing on the threshold of the Sahara Desert, the town was originally a staging point for trans-Saharan caravans but was expanded during the colonial era as a garrison for the French Foreign Legion. The journey is long (can take up to 5 hours) but with amazing scenery.  Hotel Les Jardins De Ouarzazate - 1 night (B)

Kasbahs and Stargazing

Kasbahs and Stargazing

This morning you will visit Kasbah Taourirt, set amoung a background of beautiful mountain scenery and the Sahara Desert, it is one of the most stunning Kasbahs in Morocco, once a strategic location for the Saharan Caravan Route to West Africa. The Kasbahs are best described as a labyrinth of alleyways with multi-level towers, a great place to explore!

This afternoon you will depart from Ouarzazate on a fascinating journey through the lush Draa Valley – a strip of intense cultivation along the Oued Draa, a river formed from the melt waters of the Atlas Mountains. The beauty and colour of the fields and villages is intensified by their stark contrast to the towering Atlas Mountains to the north and the desert to the south.

This evening you will be staying at Hotel Saharan Sky which has a number of large telescopes on the roof. Tonight you will have use of the observatory with our astronomy expert on hand to point out the wonders of the universe. Spring is a great time to look up in the night sky and in April 2015 Jupiter will be very bright in the evening sky and Saturn will rise later in the night. Many star clusters, double stars and galaxies will be well positioned for observing.  Hotel Saharan Sky - 1 night (BD)

Tidri Dunes - Camel ride

Tidri Dunes - Camel ride

After breakfast you watch as the camel drivers load your beasts before finally setting off. You will set off by camel (walking is an option) across flat, open, stony plains are traversed by cracked riverbeds to Dunes de Tidri - a magical area of rolling dunes in the middle of nowhere which, though not high, stretch spectacularly off into the distance. As your camels wend their way across the rolling sand-scape you may find the ideal moment to photograph this classic desert caravan scene. Sunset is often the most magical time of day; as the fading light illuminates the golden sand enticing soft browns and reds from the distant escarpments.

This evening you will camp in Bedouin tents and have an evening under the stars with your astronomy expert. Walk/ride for approx. 2 hours Camp – 1 night (BLD)

Camel ride and Stargazing

Camel ride and Stargazing

Today you will travel back by camel (or walk) across the desert to Tamegroute. You will have the afternoon to relax and explore the local area. 

This evening you will have another evening of star gazing. We will have use of the Sahara Sky ObservatoryHotel Saharan Sky - 1 night (BLD)

Ait Benhaddou

Ait Benhaddou

You travel to Ait Benhaddou, a small village made famous by the film Gladiator, it is one of the countries best preserved Kasbah. With its slit windows and dramatic walls of red earth, this is a magnificent example of a stronghold. Dating from around the 15th century, its importance as a trading post gradually dwindled, and today’s inhabitants eke out a living from farming the meagre soil.

This evening there will be an opportunity to look up at the skies. There is limited light pollution in Ait Benhaddou and is a great location to view the wonders of the sky. Our astronomy expert will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.  Hotel La Kasbah - (B)



This morning, after an breakfast, you board your vehicle for your return trip to Marrakech stopping off at Telouet for lunch. 

The afternoon is free to explore; there are plenty of sites to visit such as the Saadian tombs, el-Badi Palace or the Dar si Said museum. Later on in the afternoon the souks come alive and there are many bargains to be had. If you’d like to experience the relaxation of a hammam (traditional bathhouse), your Group Leader will advise you on which one to visit. For just a few dirhams, you’ll be steamed and scrubbed until you shine! Tonight you head to one of the city’s many restaurants for your last meal together (not included), to reflect on all you’ve seen and done in this fascinating country. Riad Hamdane - 1 night (B)


Fly home

The trip ends for Land Only clients. Those on group flights transfer to airport and fly home. (B)