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MOROCCOMarrakechstart/finishAït ZitounAït AhmedImin 'Tala1111NO. OF NIGHTS STAYDates & Prices 2012/13MOROCCOPlus see pg. 240Go to topdeck.travel/Atlas-Trek for more info.StartFinish06May1210May1213May1217May1220May1224May1227May1231May1203Jun1207Jun1210Jun1214Jun1217Jun1221Jun1224Jun1228Jun1201Jul1205Jul1208Jul1212Jul1215Jul1219Jul1222Jul1226Jul1229Jul1202Aug1205Aug1209Aug1212Aug1216Aug1219Aug1223Aug1226Aug1230Aug1202Sep1206Sep1209Sep1213Sep1216Sep1220Sep1223Sep1227Sep1230Sep1204Oct1207Oct1211Oct1214Oct1218Oct1221Oct1225Oct1228Oct1201Nov1203Mar1307Mar1310Mar1314Mar1317Mar1321Mar1324Mar1328Mar1331Mar1304Apr1307Apr1311Apr1314Apr1318Apr1321Apr1325Apr1328Apr1302May13|41What's Included»»4 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D)»»3 nights in Berber house, 1 night in a Riad »»Mules to carry luggage & food»»Transport to and back from the trek»»Entrance fees to sights forming part of the itinerary»»English-speaking Mountain guide for 4 daysDay 1 Barrage Amezmiz - Aït Zitoun. We depart Marrakech this morning to transfer to Barrage Amezmiz near the high Atlas chain. We visit the souk of Lala Takerkoust and meet local mule drivers. We start walking in the small hills for a tour, crossing farms set beside tiny fields of corn, maize and olives trees before arriving at our Berber house. (L,D)Day 2 Aït Zitoun - Tizgui - Aït Ahmed. We start walking in the foothills of the high Atlas, passing near the forest area of Tizgui village hanging at an impressive height of 1600m of altitude. The panoramic view on the Haouz plain is amazing. In the afternoon we travel along the mule tracks through a small pine forest to reach Aït Ahmed village. (B,L,D)Day 3 Aït Ahmed - Imin 'Tala. Our journey takes us to Imin'Tala, overhanging Amezmiz river with villages made of earth and stone. Here we see the craftsmanship that resulted in terraces and irrigation channels being built into the earth, and nature and practical needs co-exist in harmony. (B,L,D)Day 4 Imin 'Tala - Azgour - Marrakech. Crossing a pass of 1800m, we come to Jbel Allaghine via a small path in a peaceful pine forest, with spectacular views on the snowy High Atlas summits. Down on the Tnirt village, after a small climb up, we reach the Lamdinate valley. From here we meet our local transport in Azgour village and head back to Marrakech, For our last night we stay in a traditional Riad, a Moroccan house with an interior garden. (B,L)Day 5 Marrakech. Our trip ends today after breakfast, and we say goodbye to new friends. (B)Topdeck's Marrakech Atlas Trek is the perfect addition to the Moroccan Explorer trip, and if you book both trips at the same time, you'll get 5% off the Marrakech Atlas Trek trip price. If you are booking the Marrakech Atlas Trek only, please note you will need to arrive the day before the trip starts, and Topdeck can arrange pre-trip accommodation for you. See our website for details.TRIP CODE: HTMOT5 Day Marrakech Atlas TrekLooking out over the Atlas mountainsSLEEPING BAG RECOMMENDEDLocal craftswoman in the Atlas MountainsUSD5 Days from $640 per personTrip price of $640 + UK£50 Local Payment

moroccanextensions.Half Day Ourika Valley ExcursionThis half day excursion departs from Marrakech and is often done on the afternoon of the day you arrive. The cost is paid locally and the price depends on numbers. Ourika valley is a beautiful, fertile area about 40 minutes drive from Marrakech. Comfortable walking shoes or trainers are recommended, as is a sun hat, or a warm jacket if you are visiting in winter.Because this excursion is generally done in the afternoon on day one, it is best to tell us before travelling that you wish to book this. We can let our Moroccan office know so they can make the arrangements. If your flight departs Marrakech late afternoon on the final day of your trip, this can also be done in the morning of that day.This trip can be booked as extension of the Moroccan Explorer or as a stand alone trip. Departure dates the same as the Marrakech Atlas Trek.After experiencing the vast expanse of the desert and the hustle and bustle of the medina, why not extend your stay in Morocco and relax in the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira. A firm favourite throughout history, it has a sheltered beach for sunbathing, offers great windsurfing on the exposed coast, has some superb fortified walls to explore, and contains a maze of small streets and souks to explore at a leisurely pace.This excursion is unescorted, but before you leave Marrakech our guide will make certain you have everything you need to guarantee a great stay, and will help you with any arrangements you need to make.What's Included»»3 breakfasts»»2 nights 3? hotels in Essaouira»»1 night in traditional Riad in Marrakech»»Return bus tickets from Marrakech to Essaouira»»Transfers to and from bus station in Marrakech4 DAY Essaouria Beach ExtensionTRIP CODE: HTMESDAY 1 Marrakech-Essaouira. We depart Marrakech this morning and travel by public bus, making our way through ever changing countryside we arrive in Essaouira by midday. Its a short walk from the bus station to our hotel. In the afternoon and evening we can laze on the beach and enjoy the seafood restaurants. DAY 2 Essaouira. The fortified walls are well worth exploring, not just for the views. Essaouira is famous for its artisans so the souks are full of handicrafts. We can do as much or as little as we want. (B)Day 3 Essaouira - Marrakech. The morning is free to top up the tan. After lunch we head back to the bus station to catch the bus back to Marrakech. We are met at the bus station and transferred to our final night. Tonight we stay in the heart of the medina in a traditional Riad. (B)Day 4 Marrakech. The trip ends today after breakfast. (B)Breathtaking views of the Ourika ValleyBeaches of EssaouriaGetting out of the cities and seeing a completely different side of Morocco in the Atlas mountains was incredible!- Bec, Melbourne, Australia4 Days from $415 per person