Morocco Journey

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 9 Days | Casablanca to Marrakech
  • Group Size: Max 12

Trip Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

    • Venture into the medinas of Marrakech and stock up at the market for a cooking class with a local chef.
    • Experience ancient Fez, the stunning stables of Meknès, and the Roman ruins of Volubilis.
    • Meet Berbers and artisans, and listen to the tunes of traditional Gnaoua musicians.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 — Casablanca

Land in Casablanca and enjoy the rest of the day to explore on your own. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 — Meknès/Volubilis/Fez

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)

Day 3 — Fez

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)

Day 4 — Merzouga

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)

Day 5 — Todra Gorge/Tineghir

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)

Day 6 — Dadès Gorge/Ouarzazate

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)

Day 7 — Aït Ben Haddou/Marrakech

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)

Day 8 — Marrakech

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)

Day 9 — Marrakech

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Dates

2017
  • Oct 28 - Nov 05, 2017 (sold out)
  • Nov 11 - 19, 2017 (sold out)
  • Nov 25 - Dec 03, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 09 - 17, 2017 (sold out)
  • Dec 16 - 24, 2017
  • Dec 23 - 31, 2017 (sold out)
2018
  • Jan 06 - 14, 2018
  • Jan 20 - 28, 2018
  • Feb 10 - 18, 2018
  • Feb 17 - 25, 2018
  • Feb 24 - Mar 04, 2018
  • Mar 03 - 11, 2018
  • Mar 10 - 18, 2018
  • Mar 17 - 25, 2018
  • Mar 31 - Apr 08, 2018
  • Apr 07 - 15, 2018
  • Apr 14 - 22, 2018
  • Apr 21 - 29, 2018
  • Apr 28 - May 06, 2018
  • May 05 - 13, 2018
  • May 19 - 27, 2018
  • May 26 - Jun 03, 2018
  • Jun 09 - 17, 2018
  • Jun 23 - Jul 01, 2018
  • Jul 21 - 29, 2018
  • Aug 04 - 12, 2018
  • Aug 25 - Sep 02, 2018
  • Sep 08 - 16, 2018
  • Sep 15 - 23, 2018
  • Sep 22 - 30, 2018
  • Oct 06 - 14, 2018
  • Oct 27 - Nov 04, 2018
  • Nov 10 - 18, 2018
  • Nov 24 - Dec 02, 2018
  • Dec 08 - 16, 2018
  • Dec 23 - 31, 2018

Trip Cost

Price From

$1,699

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $539

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional historical tour of Marrakech is at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (8 nights)

Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $255–335 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private air-conditioned minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.