Date: March 8-20, 2019
Activity: Travel / Culture
Activity Level: 2
Explore Morocco in this one-of-a-kind trip and experience its beautiful scenery, rich colors, tasty food, and simplicity of life. Trip highlights will include hiking the High Atlas, a camel ride and night sleeping in a traditional tent in the Sahara, and visits to some of Morocco’s most treasured locales.
PRICE PER PERSON
13 Days / 12 nights
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|Hiking & Exploring|
- Ground transportation in Morocco
- 2 meals / day (breakfast and dinner)
- Shared accommodations
- Photos of the entire trip
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Gratuities for translator and driver (Optional but appreciated)
Consider as you sign up
- Airline tickets – Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate. Must arrive before 2 pm. on Day 1 to catch the transportation vehicle
- Trip insurance – To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance from https://www.worldnomads.com.
You will be paired with a same-gender roommate to share a room with double beds at our sleep accommodations. If you are willing to share, but we are unable to pair you with a same-gender roommate, you will not be charged the single supplement fee. If you do NOT wish to share a room and request single accommodations, you will be required to pay the single supplement fee.
- Single supplement fee = $400
Average daytime temperatures in and around 61° – 75° F.
- Meeting at the airport and head to Marrakesh.
- 30 minute drive to the Riad (traditional accommodation) at the Medina.
- First tour of the town, exploring the souk (market).
- Group dinner and then return to the Riad for the night. Accommodations are double rooms with a private bathroom and heat.
- Breakfast and guided tour to the main palaces and monuments of the Medina.
- Marrakech is one of the most prestigious and emblematic capitals of the ancient Moroccan empire. The first name of the city was Marroukech (“go in a hurry”), but far from being in a hurry, we will visit the souk (market) and the shaded streets, drinking tea with mint, and listening to the local musicians at the famous Jemaa El fna square.
- Lunch on your own, but dinner will be provided. Return to the Riad for the night.
- Breakfast then departure by minibus to Ouarzazate. Lunch along the way (5 hours drive). You will climb on the High Atlas to the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2,260 meters, then descend towards the villages of Ouarzazate, which blends in with the landscape.
- Before reaching our destination, we will stop at Ait Benhaddou with a visit to the Ksar, named by UNESCO as a world Heritage site. In recent decades, the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, made of adobe and straw, has become a natural setting for several films, including The Gladiator. The entrance tickets are excluded for all monuments.
- Arrival and accommodation at a Riad, in double rooms with a private bathroom. Dinner included.
- Breakfast followed by a visit to the Kasbah of Taourirt.
- The Kasbah of Taourirt was the favorite residence of the Thami El Glaoui, the pasha of Marrakech, the last great feudal lord of the Maghreb. You can visit the newly restored apartments in which he resided with his favorite wife, and then wander through the sunny streets. This modern city was built by the French in a strategic position to control the traffic of the desert nomad caravans. For millennia, the kasbah was indeed a must stop along the caravan route that connected Marrakech and Timbuktu.
- Lunch on your own
- Visit to the Atlas Film Studios. Cost of tickets is excluded.
- The movies Gladiator, Kingdom of Heavens, Cleopatra and Babel were filmed here. The studios cover around 200,000 square meters, making them one of the largest in the world.
- Even if it is still a working studio, guided tours for the public are available every 2 hours. They last about 30 minutes, and will take you around some movie sets that were once glorious, but which are now in quick decay.
- Dinner included and return to Riad for the night.
- Breakfast and departure for Tinghir.
- Along the way, we will stop at Kelaat M’Gouna, the main center for the production of rose water, soaps, rose essential oil, and carpets. Stop for lunch (not included) along the way.
- Arrival in the afternoon in Tinghir and accommodation at a Riad, in double rooms with private bathroom and heating.
- Dinner included.
- After breakfast, we will visit the Todgha Gorges. The main gorge is a natural fracture that divides the chain of the High Atlas from the buttresses of the Jebel sahro. The rays of the sun that penetrate within the vertiginous rock walls create fantastic light, especially at dawn, when it is possible to fully enjoy the magical effect.
- Departure for Merzouga (about 4 hour drive) with stop for lunch (not included) along the way.
- Accommodation at the hotel in double rooms with private bathroom.
- Visit to the association of Gnaoua music that manages the bivouac. Then depart with backpacks for the excursion in the desert riding dromedaries up to the sand dunes (about an hour and a half walking on foot or riding the dromedaries).
- Dinner and overnight in a camp in the dunes and enjoy the sunset. Accommodation in Berber tents with mattresses and private toilets.
- Wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise from the top of the dunes. Breakfast followed by return to Merzouga with the dromedaries.
- Rest and free day to explore on your own.
- Lunch is not included, but dinner will be included.
- Return to the hotel in Merzouga.
- Breakfast followed by departure for Draa Valley (about 5 hour drive, plus a stop for lunch along the way). Every Wednesday you can meet the weekly Sauk that deserves a stop along the way.
- Arrival at the Agdz oasis where we will staying in a Riad, in double rooms with private bathroom and heating.
- After arrival, we will do a walk in the oasis to learn about the traditional irrigation system. Free time, followed by dinner (included).
- Breakfast and departure for Marrakech. We will do the route of the Tichka Pass (2200 m) passing through Ouarzazate (about 6 hour drive). Lunch along the way.
- Arrival in Marrakech in the afternoon and accommodation in a Riad in the city’s center, in double rooms with private bathroom and heating.
- Free afternoon/evening to explore on your own. Dinner provided.
- Breakfast and depart for Essaouira (about 3 hours).
- Arrival and accommodation in a riad in the city center.
- Visit of the medina and the port of Essaouira.
- The city of Essaouira (whose original name was Mogador, which in Arabic means “well guarded”) was occupied by the Portuguese in the fifteenth century as a strategic African outpost on the Atlantic. Today its splendid bastions stand out, with the majestic stone towers. The port is among the most fascinating places in the city, with old fishing boats surmounted by nets and blue painted hulls. Beyond the harbor are the city walls, inside which the old town, the Medina (declared a World Heritage Site by ONESCO), and the Jewish quarter are found in the labyrinth of streets, the architectural memories of a glorious past.
- Lunch on your own. Dinner will be provided.
- Return to the hotel for the night.
- In the morning, after breakfast, depart to Sidi Kaouki about 30 minutes away, south of Essaouira.
- Lunch on your own near the beach.
- Sidi Kaouki is a small Berber village overlooking the immense beach where you can do many sports, in absolute tranquility. it is “the spot” better known by lovers of kiting, surfing and windsurfing. The original “Marabutto of Sidi Kaouki” is thought to have the power to cure infertility in women.
- Return to the town and you will be taken to the traditional Berber hammam.
- Dinner included and spend the night in Sidi Kaouki.
- Breakfast and depart to Marrakech (about 3 hour journey). Accommodation in a downtown riad (10 minutes walk from the central square), in double rooms with private bathroom.
- Lunch on your own.
- Visit to the Majorelle Gardens.
- The French artist Jacques Majorelle moved to Marrakech in 1919, and had a liberty-style villa built with a large garden. The garden is full of cacti, yucca, jasmine, lilies and bougainvillea collected by the artist. A simple architecture is enhanced by water fountains and lush plants. In 1931 the architect Paul Sinoir conceived the blue-colored workshop for the villa and its structures. The building was colored in deep blue, a shade that is still called “Majorelle Blue”. In 1947 the villa’s garden was opened to the public. After the artist’s death the villa was bought by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge in 1980. After a restoration, it was again opened to the public. Today the villa is home to the museum of Islamic art.
- Dinner and overnight in Marrakesh.
- Breakfast and depart for the airport for the return flight.
NOTE ON ITINERARY
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Participants should be in good physical condition – the more fit you are, the more you will enjoy yourself. Be ready for early mornings.
We will have a shuttle at noon-2pm on October 8t. Upon being accepted on the trip and once paid we will provide you with details for where to meet
Trip will include stays in double room at riads and one night in a berber tent in the Sahara desert.
Breakfast and dinner is provided
Travel insurance is not required but recommended on this adventure. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance, we recommend World Nomads.
If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due when we receive notice of your cancellation:
- 31 to 60 days prior to departure = 50% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
- 0 to 20 days prior to departure = 100% of the trip cost is non-refundable
To protect your investment, we recommend that you purchase travel insurance.