Morocco Sahara and Beyond

From$2699USD
15 days,Casablanca to Marrakech
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Visit a women's co-op and enjoy a local lunch, watch storytellers and snake charmers at Djemaa el Fna square and enjoy a local meal, traverse the Sahara Desert by 4x4 and overnight in a luxury tented camp, walk through ancient medinas and souks to see artisans demonstrate their age-old skills, immerse yourself in culture with your expert local guide leading the way

The winding streets of Morocco’s ancient medinas are bursting with so many colours and flavours that you’ll be planning a return visit soon after arrival. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fes, head to a luxury desert camp on an overnight 4x4 excursion, explore Atlas Mountains' villages and unwind on the coast in Essaouira. Travel is comfortable and well-paced, and our expert guide will be on hand to offer context and reveal its hidden gems. By focusing on the energy of the people, you'll discover the true treasures of Morocco.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour the city of Meknes and ruins at Volubilis
  • Guided walking tour of Fes Medina
  • Guided night walk of Djemaa el Fna square with local meal
  • Explore Marrakech with a local guide
  • Visit the ancient kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Sahara Desert excursion by 4x4 with overnight in a luxury desert camp
  • Explore the Draa region and visit local historical sites
  • Visit Tafraoute and its market
  • Walk through a Palm Valley with lunch in a local home and visit a women's cooperative
  • Explore Essaouira
  • Visit Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners. (Allow USD250-350 for meals not included.)
  • Private air-con minivan, walking, 4x4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.
  • Comfort hotels (13 nts), deluxe desert camp (1 nt).

Itinerary

Day 1Casablanca(1D)

Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included. Enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2Casablanca/Fès(1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, before arriving in Fes.

Day 3Fès(1B)

Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-rated Fes medina. Explore winding lanes and alleys, visiting the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide.

Day 4Fès/Marrakesh(1B, 1D)

Travel to Marrakech. In the evening, experience all the colour and chaos of the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Watch storytellers and acrobats, while enjoying a simple and delicious local meal at a market food stall.

Day 5Marrakesh(1B)

In the morning, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Afternoon is free to explore the souks and sites of Marrakech.

Day 6Marrakesh/Aït Ben Haddou(1B, 1D)

Travel to Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient kasbah village.

Day 7Aït Ben Haddou/Erg Chegaga(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 Chegaga to stay at a deluxe 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.

Day 8Erg Chegaga/Zagora(1B)

Cross the desert back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region, and visit local historical sites.

Day 9Zagora/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.

Day 10Taroudant/Tafraout(1B)

Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, explore the town centre and its local markets.

Day 11Tafraout(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.

Day 12Tafraout/Essaouira(1B, 1L)

Travel to the Atlantic Coast to the port town of Essaouira. Head down to the port to see the fishing fleet unload their catch and discover the local artisans and woodworkers. Option to go sailing or visit a hammam (traditional spa and steam baths).

Day 13Essaouira(1B)

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this coastal city and don't miss the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish. Opt to 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.

Day 14Essaouira/Marrakesh(1B, 1D)

Return to Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a palace-style restaurant with local folkloric entertainment.

Day 15Marrakesh(1B)

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