Morocco: Sahara & Beyond

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The culture of the Berbers in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Come discover their world on this 15-day experience through the most incredible cultural highlights Morocco has to offer. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fes; spend a night in a comfortable tented camp; enjoy dinner with a traditional Berber family; and unwind in the coastal beauty of Essaouira. Come to Morocco and return home with a new understanding of this unique part of the world.


Day 1 Casablanca (1D)

If you arrive early in the day, feel free to enjoy this beautiful city at your leisure. With its art deco and french colonial buildings, Old Medina, great restaurants and entertainment, there is plenty to keep you busy! In the evening, there will be a brief meeting where you will meet your CEO and fellow group members to go over the details of the tour. Afterwards, go out for a welcome dinner in a nearby local restaurant.Included Activities:Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingTransport:Private Vehicle

Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B)

Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities and its name and fame are closely linked to that of the Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail, who made Meknes the centre of his empire and built many of the monuments that remain today.Continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Once an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman conquests, Volubilis was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.Continue to Fes to spend the night. Stay in the the new city of Fes, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco.Additional Notes:This is a long and busy day. The times listed are actual driving times and do not include stops. We will stop to explore Meknes and Volubilis, and not arrive in Fes until the evening.Included Activities:Meknes City TourVolubilis Guided TourTransport:Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)

Day 3 Fès (1B, 1L)

In the evening, there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad that has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. You will not only enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties, but also an evening of singing, music, and belly dancing.Included Activities:Fès Medina Guided TourTraditional Moroccan LunchIslamic Calligraphy Class

Day 4 Fès/Marrakech (1B, 1D)

Included Activities:Djemaa el Fna Market Square VisitTransport:Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Marrakech (1B, 1L)

In the morning, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. After, visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef, and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared.Included Activities:Marrakech City TourMoroccan Foodie Experience

Day 6 Marrakech/Aït Ben Haddou (1B, 1D)

Included Activities:Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided TourTransport:Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Aït Ben Haddou/Erg Chigaga (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora and embark on 4x4s into the desert. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery makers. Continue off road to the great dunes of Erg Chigaga to our comfortable desert camp. Opt to take a camel ride or to climb to the top of the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars.Included Activities:Tamegroute VisitTransport:Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))4×4 (3.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Erg Chigaga/Zagora (1B)

Cross the desert back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region. You’ll also get to visit some of the local historical sites.Included Activities:Zagora Orientation TourTransport:4×4 (3.00 hour(s))

Day 9 Zagora/Taroudant (1B)

Head towards the Anti-Atlas region to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets.Included Activities:Taroudant Markets and Tanneries VisitTransport:Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

Day 10 Taroudant/Tafraout (1B)

Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, explore the town centre and its local markets. Included Activities:Tafraout Orientation walkTransport:Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

Day 11 Tafraout (1B, 1L)

Visit Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon. Walk through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house. Visit a women’s cooperative that produces handicrafts and argan oil.Included Activities:Aït Mansour Gorge and Area TourWomen’s Cooperative VisitLunch at Local Village HousePalm Valley Walk

Day 12 Tafraout/Essaouira (1B)

Essaouira is also famous for its music scene and offers a great chance to check out a live performance.Included Activities:Orientation WalkTransport:Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

Day 13 Essaouira (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a day of leisure in this coastal city. Make sure you watch the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish, pick out the best of the bunch, which we’ll take to a local restaurant to cook up for our lunch. Opt to browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, or rent a fishing rod.

Day 14 Essaouira/Marrakech (1B)

In the afternoon, have free time to further explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Visitors and locals alike find everything they desire here, whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns. The selection is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain. It’s definitely part of the fun. Once you’ve tired yourself out, relax at one of the tea houses around the square, indulge in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea and watch life go by from a shady spot.Included Activities:Menara Gardens VisitJardin Majorelle VisitTransport:Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours)

Day 15 Marrakech (1B)

Depart at any time.Included Activities:Departure Day

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