From atop the highest dunes in Morocco, peer across the sands to watch the sun rise over another North African day. Experience such highlights during a nine-day adventure to the country’s top spots. Discover the fresh cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, meander the winding lanes of old Marrakech, and ride into the desert on a 4x4. Meet musicians, Berbers, and artisans, and soak up the exotic beauty of Morocco.
Land in Casablanca and enjoy the rest of the day to explore on your own. Arrival transfer included.
Enjoy a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknès, Morocco’s 17th-century capital. Then head to the ancient ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and take in the impressive mosaics and arcades of this once-great Roman city. Continue on to Fez and check in to our hotel. (1B)
Step back in time on a guided walking tour of the Fez medina, a World Heritage site. See artisans and tanners at work, and pass by market stands selling everything from aromatic spices and colorful ceramics to pastries and kitchen gadgets. Sit down to a traditional tagine lunch at a G Adventures-supported organization that provides vocational training for rural Moroccan women. Later, there may be a chance to visit one of Fez’s grand riads for an optional dinner accompanied by a belly-dancing performance. (1B, 1L)
Travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the Sahara, overnighting in a kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the awe-inspiring dunes. Enjoy a dinner of local specialties in the hotel restaurant. (1B, 1D)
Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 dunes tour. Visit the village of Khamliya to meet Gnaoua musicians and take in an amazing performance. Drink mint tea with local Berbers and then continue to Tineghir. (1B, 1D)
Drive through Dadès Valley and along the “Route of 1,000 Kasbahs.” Peer into the magnificent chasm of the Dadès Gorge, and spot crumbling kasbahs on the valley floor. Visit the 19th-century Taourirt Kasbah, once home to the el Galoui clan who controlled the region’s caravan routes. Opt to meet an herbalist in Ouarzazate to learn about traditional remedies used by Berbers. (1B)
Wander through the well-preserved adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, World Heritage site. Then journey to Marrakech, crossing the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass. (1B)
Take an optional morning tour through the city’s atmospheric souks, takin in the intoxicating sights, scents, and sounds. Then visit a historic riad for a cooking class led by a celebrated Moroccan chef. Help prepare lunch and sit down to eat with our host. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this timeless city. (1B, 1L)
Depart at any time. (1B)
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