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.
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
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)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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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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
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
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.
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.