sept 18 - 26, 2021
sept 25 - oct 3, 2021
oct 9 - 17, 2021
oct 23 - 31, 2021
nov 20 - 28, 2021
Thanksgiving Day trip! - Likely to sell out
9 days/8 nights
P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $500* deposit + 3 additional installments.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Spend nine days discovering the enchanting land of Morocco with a group of like-minded explorers. Every step of this trip is packed with adventure and life-changing experiences. You'll ride camels through the Sahara desert, experience the sights and sounds of a Moroccan bazaar and immerse yourself in this fascinating culture.
Morocco is a large, beautiful, and diverse country – and we try to fit it all in. Therefore, this trip involves moving around a bit more than some of our other destinations. While there are a few long drives involved, we have designed this trip so each stop has the perfect balance of incredible activities and free time to customize your experience.
FOR THE LOVE OF
RIDING CAMELS AT SUNRISE
STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
All accommodations (boutique hotels or riads, shared twin/double room with person of the same gender)
8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners (cooking class listed below included)
Day trip to Chefchaouen (The Blue City)
Walking tour in Fez
Tannery visit in Fez
Cooking class in Marrakesh
Guided tour of Marrakesh
Guided tour of Tangier
Atlas mountain scenic drive
Camel or 4x4 ride to Saharan desert camp
Visit to UNESCO world heritage site, Ait Ben Haddou
Traditional Bedouin dinner
Trip Manager throughout
Flights (fly into Tangier, out of Marrakesh)
Transfer to/from airport for international flights
Mandatory trip insurance (budget approx. $75)
Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)
Misc. expenses (tips, taxis, souvenirs, etc.)
Day 1 - Tangier
WELCOME TO MOROCCO
Arrive to Tangier by 2pm and check-in to our first riad (traditional Moroccan house) of the trip.
After you get settled in, you'll have some down time. We recommend checking out the iconic Grand Cafe de Paris or Cafe Baba (popular with the Rolling Stones back in the day!) for mint tea and people-watching, before getting to know the city through the eyes of a local guide.
That evening, meet up with your new travel crew for a welcome feast at one of Tangier's best kept secrets!
*Itinerary is indicative for 2021 and is subject to change
Day 2 - Chefchaouen / Fez
This morning, we'll head to Chefchaouen, a mountain village famous for its striking blue walls. We'll enjoy lunch and a short guided walk from a local before free time to explore the town and take some phenomenal photos.
That evening, we'll make our way to Fez, dubbed by many as Morocco's best city.
Day 3 - Fez
This morning, we'll have a private guided tour of a traditional Moroccan tannery where we'll learn about the process of dyeing leather in large dry earth pits.
After the tannery, we'll have lunch at one of our favorite spots where they serve the best tagine in Fez.
The afternoon is free to explore the city. Be sure to check out the medina, one of the oldest in Morocco!
Day 4 - Merzouga
Today we'll head to Merzouga and ride camels or 4x4 vehicles to our camp where we'll get the experience of a lifetime — witnessing a Sahara Desert sunset over a traditional Bedouin dinner
under the stars.
Climb the dunes, sandboard down and then spend the night star gazing, sipping tea (wine) and story-swapping with new friends.
Day 5 - Ouarzazate
After an early breakfast, we’ll take in the sunrise over the Sahara desert and enjoy a short hike through the lofty sand dunes.
We’ll say our goodbyes to the Sahara on a camel caravan back to town.
From there, we'll hit the road again, We'll have a few stops along the way to take in the natural beauty of the expansive palm groves and the Todgha Gorge limestone river canyons. We'll even visit a local collective to see how artisan families create the beautiful iconic rugs you see all over Morocco.
Tonight, we'll stay in an authentic Moroccan palace near Ouarzazate.
Day 6 - Ait Benhaddou / Marrakesh
We'll get up bright and early, and start our drive through the Tizi n'Tichka pass of the High Atlas Mountains (taking some incredible photos along the way.)
We'll pause along the way to visit Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified village full of red-earth dwellings that served as the backdrop for Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
Arrive in Marrakesh in the early afternoon for some much-needed down time at our stunning riad.
Day 7 - Marrakesh
The morning is free to explore as you wish. Then at noon we'll make our way to La Maison Arabe for a 2-course cooking workshop, demonstration and traditional tea ceremony!
After we finish learning about Moroccan cuisine, we'll walk it off with a historical tour of Marrakesh. Learn about the city's history and culture through the eyes of a local. After the tour, the rest of the day is yours to check out Marrakesh's beautiful gardens, markets and mosques.
Day 8 - Marrakesh
take it in
After enjoying some breakfast at the hotel, the day is yours to customize to your wishes as it's our final full day in Marrakesh!
We suggest taking in the historical street photography at the Maison de la Photographie gallery, stopping at their rooftop cafe for a pot of green tea. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, get a hammam at a Turkish bath house.
We'll meet back up in the evening for our farewell dinner at a trendy Moroccan restaurant.
Optional Day Trip:
Watch an amazing sunrise on a hot air balloon ride or go wine tasting and have lunch in the Moroccan countryside + goats in trees! ($100+)
Day 9 - Marrakesh
Today is departure day! We'll enjoy one final breakfast at the hotel and then leave with new friends, life-changing memories and some truly epic photos.
Check-out is at noon but the hotel will be happy to store your bags should you take a later flight (which we recommend!)
"...grand markets of beautiful colors and smells
of spices that waft deeply into the clear sky."
Just for fun
The national drink is "Berber Whiskey" — green tea brewed with mint leaves and sugar.
The second largest film set is in Morocco and is has been the backdrop for a number of popular films.
Spanning 3.6 million square miles, the Sahara Desert is as big as China!
Morocco is a Muslim country and specific cultural customs will need to be observed such as modest dress and not drinking alcohol in public.
This trip has one night of "glamping" without access to running water, wifi, or refrigeration.
This trip includes quite a few long drives on windy roads to get to the desert. They can be long, but they're totally worth it.
Morocco is absolutely beautiful but is a developing nation and will push most people out of their comfort zone. We think this is a good thing but you should be prepared for a very different experience than going to Europe, for example.
GOOd to know
The national language is Arabic (but you may also hear Berber, French and Spanish)
The national currency is Moroccan dirham
Bottled water is your best bet for staying hydrated
In restaurants and hotels, you may tip 10% in dirham if there is no service charge
The closest departing airport is Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)
Morocco outlets are types C and E
Morocco operates on a 220V voltage and 50Hz
Shops and museums will be closed on Friday afternoons for a holy day