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Morocco is a land of stunning contrasts, where majestic minarets tower over spice-scented souks and soaring mountains give way to endless desert. Set out to explore the epic landscapes and imperial cities of this magical country. On a three-day trek, ride camels across the Sahara alongside Berber cameleers and sleep in starlit tents nestled among golden sand dunes. Discover the Moorish splendors of Fèz, the medieval medina of Marrakech, and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Hike to rose-colored casbahs, visit Berbers in their mountain villages, and explore dramatic gorges and less-traveled corners in 4x4 vehicles.

Trip Highlights

  • Ride a camel to a tented camp in the Sahara and watch the sun rise over wind-sculpted sand dunes.
  • Hike to traditional mountain villages and learn about Berber culture while sipping mint tea.
  • Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Discover the stunning architecture and enchanting medinas of Morocco’s imperial cities.

Itinerary - 14 Days

Day 1 — Casablanca, Morocco

Arrive in Casablanca and gather for a welcome dinner.
Hotel Novotel Casablanca (D)

Day 2 — Rabat

This morning, visit the extraordinary Hassan II Mosque. Then travel to Rabat and discover its architectural treasures on a tour led by a local guide.
Golden Tulip Farah Rabat (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Meknès/Volubilis/Fez

Travel to Meknès, Morocco’s 17th-century capital, and visit its grand gateways and mausoleums decorated with mosaic tiles. Delve into the Roman ruins of Volubilis before transferring to Fez.
Hôtel Les Mérinides (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Fez

Explore Fez, the oldest of Morocco’s four imperial cities. Wander the narrow streets of the suqs and visit the Nejjarine Fountain and its exquisite mosaics. After lunch, visit the historic Jewish quarter in Fez Jdid and the Dar Batha Museum of Moroccan arts.
Hôtel Les Mérinides (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Ziz Valley/Erfoud

Stop for a short walk in the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, home to Barbary macaque monkeys. France’s colonial influence on Morocco can be seen in the alpine town of Ifrane. On our way to Erfoud, descend into the spectacular Ziz Valley and its lush oases of date palms. (2–3 miles hiking, 1 hour)
Kasbah Hotel Chergui (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Erg Chebbi

Drive in 4x4s to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and explore an otherworldly “sandscape” of shifting colors. After learning about camel riding from Berber cameleers, embark on our Saharan trek, camel riding (and walking, if you wish) across dunes interspersed with volcanic rock and populated by nomadic herders. Arrive at our exclusive desert tented camp inside the Erg Chebbi and dine under a star-studded sky before listening to the sounds of the Sahara lull you to sleep. (3 miles camel riding and walking, 2-3 hours)
Camping (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Merdani

Awaken for an early walk as the rising sun paints the sand orange and gold. Then set out on our camels across a varied desert terrain. Traverse fan-shaped landforms and dry river basins, keeping an eye out for fossils as we approach our camp in the dunes near Merdani. (6 miles camel riding and walking, 3-4 hours)
Camping (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Alnif/Boumalne Dadès

Set out on our camels for a final morning trek. Then drive off-road in 4x4s to Todra Gorge, where sheer rock walls reach nearly to 1,000 feet, and arrive at Boumalne Dadès, a town nestled amid a semidesert landscape. (1–2 miles camel-riding and walking, 1 hour)
Hôtel Xaluca Dadès (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Dadès Valley

Travel through the “valley of 1,000 casbahs” linking the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. Pass oases, rose plantations, and casbahs. Hike through the terraced fields of Dadès Valley. Later, visit the Berber village of Bou Tharar. (4–5 miles hiking, 3 hours)
Hôtel Xaluca Dadès (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Aït Ben Haddou

Embark on a hike in the Skoura oasis, known for its beautiful kasbahs. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local Berber family and learn about their rich cultural heritage. Continue to the fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou and wander its twisting lanes. (3-4 miles hiking, 3 hours)
Chez Talout (B,L,D)

Day 11 — High Atlas / Marrakech

Today’s journey takes us over the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, which rise above a landscape of oasis pastures, willow and poplar groves, and picturesque villages. Take a walk in the stunning Ounila Valley before continuing on to Marrakech. (2-3 miles hiking, 1-2 hours)
Riad Ksar Ighnda (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Marrakech

Enjoy a full day exploring Morocco’s “pearl of the South.” Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, and Bahia Palace. Meander through the labyrinthine medina, lined with market stalls and craftspeople; soak up the colorful chaos of Djemma el Fna, the lively central plaza, where snake charmers captivate passersby. Tonight, gather for a festive Moroccan farewell dinner.
Hotel Es Saadi (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Marrakech

This morning we explore Marrakech outside of the Medina. Visit the subtropical Majorelle Garden which is located in the heart of Gueliz. It is one of the most delightful and stunning spots within this red walled city. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax at the hotel or explore more of Marrakech on your own.
Hotel Es Saadi (B,L)

Day 14 — Marrakech

This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight.

About Adventures

National Geographic Adventures are unique, active itineraries for intrepid travelers that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenge. You'll explore fascinating, off-the-beaten-path places with top guides, and wherever possible, meet National Geographic experts in the field.

Dates

2016
  • Oct 09 - 22, 2016
  • Nov 13 - 26, 2016
  • Dec 18 - 31, 2016
2017
  • Feb 21 - Mar 06, 2017
  • Mar 13 - 26, 2017
  • Apr 03 - 16, 2017

Trip Cost

2016

$5,895

2017

$6,095

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room/tent, add $1,100. On the December departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300. International airfare to Casablanca and return from Marrakech is not included in the adventure cost.

GROUP SIZE: 8–16

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Activity Level

Moderate

While on our camel trek, we will be riding camels (and/or walking, if you wish) for 1 to 4 hours per day (1 to 6 miles). No previous experience is necessary. During hiking excursions, our hikes range from 1 to 3 hours per day (2 to 5 miles). Vehicle support is limited on hikes and during the camel trek.

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What To Expect

Accommodation Style

We will stay 2 nights in spacious tents and 11 nights in Moroccan-style hotels that reflect the local character.

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