Morocco Kasbahs & Desert Escape

October 17-24, 2020

This amazing 8 day adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco’s must-see highlights and some free time to explore on your own. We will take to a camel to tour the dunes and watch the sunset over the Sahara. Explore high-walled Kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fès and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco. You will experience all the can’t believe I did that! moments with a good trip duration and a great price!

Basic Itinerary:

(Please note, you may want to consider arriving a day or two early to explore Casablanca (single hotel room $105, double $135 per night) at the beginning and/or Marrakech (single hotel room $80 per night, double $85 per night) at the end of the tour.)

Day 1 Casablanca

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Casablanca/Fès

Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch*. Take a guided tour of the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fès.

Start early and drive through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After, continue to Fès, one of Morocco’s most interesting cities. Take some free time to explore upon arrival. Opt to experience a traditional hammam and get to know the locals.

*Our partner, G Adventures organizes this traditional lunch that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This G Adventures lunch program provides access to education opportunities and healthcare services. The proceeds from this lunch program help support vocational training for rural women, allowing them to support their families and children. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked Moroccan meal and learn a bit of Arabic while you meet some of the women that are part of this program.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 Fès

Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fès medina with a local guide. Marvel at one of the ancient tanneries and take in the view from above.

Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fès medina is the world’s largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès’ famous leather tannery from above.

In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Fès/Merzouga

Drive south to the edge of the Sahara Desert before riding a camel into the dunes and watching the sunset on the Sahara.

Start early today for a drive through the Middle Atlas Mountains to reach the edge of the Sahara.

In late afternoon, set off by camel to a desert spot deep in the dunes to watch the sun set. Learn to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos.

Enjoy a warm welcome (with mint tea). A traditional dinner. In the evening, listen to stories about life in this region and, perhaps, some traditional music on the drums.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 Merzouga/Todra Gorge

Walk through local village farmlands and explore Todra Gorge.

Rise early to get on our trusty camels. Watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga.

Continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Todra Gorge/Ait Benhaddou

Visit the Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an intro to Moroccan cuisine.

Travel along the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Ait Benhaddou/Marrakech

Head to Marrakech and take a guided medina visit. Opt to visit the Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. Don’t leave without indulging in a feast at the famous food stalls.

The journey to Marrakech includes breathtaking views throughout the High Atlas Mountains via the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2260m).

Arrive in Marrakech in time for lunch with the rest of the day free to wander the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Marrakech  

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

 What’s Included

  • G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
  • Volubilis guided tour
  • Fes guided tour
  • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride
  • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
  • Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah visit
  • Marrakech medina guided walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What’s Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals other than designated in the itinerary
  • Gratuities

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nights).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Allow USD 220-290 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private air-con van, camels.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, driver, local guides.

Pricing for this trip is $999 per person based on double occupancy – Deposit $250 to hold your space

Final payment would be due 9/1/20.

Same gender solo travelers will be paired in rooms. If you’re traveling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip you can opt for a solo room for $229.00 additional.

Assistance with international flight arrangements and extra days and optional tours will be provided if desired.

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