Morocco: Sahara & Beyond

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

Trip Details

 

The culture of the Berbers in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Discover their enduring legacy on this 15-day adventure into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fez; spend a night in a comfortable tented camp; enjoy dinner with a traditional Berber family; and unwind amid the coastal beauty of Essaouira. Throughout this magical ride, open your eyes to each dazzling place—and earn a new point of view.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the medinas of Fez and Marrakech and the adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou.
    • Sleep among the Saharan dunes in a traditional tent and explore the Anti-Atlas Mountains.
    • Try your hand at Arabic calligraphy with a local master in Fez.

Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 1 — Casablanca

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (1D)

Day 2 — Meknès/Volubilis/Fez

Enjoy a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknès, and marvel at the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis before continuing on to Fez. (1B)

Day 3 — Fez

Step back in time on a walking tour of the Fez medina, exploring its winding lanes with a knowledgeable guide. Sit down to a traditional tagine lunch at a G Adventures-supported organization that provides vocational training for rural Moroccan women. Later, visit a local café for a class on Islamic calligraphy. (1B, 1L)

Days 4 & 5 — Marrakech

Travel to Marrakech to experience the color and chaos of its famed medina, and enjoy lunch at a market food stall. The next day, set out for a guided tour of this incredible city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Visit a historic riad for a cooking class led by a celebrated Moroccan chef. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Days 6 & 7 — Aït Ben Haddou/Erg Chigaga

Explore the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou in the Atlas Mountains. The following day, journey through the Drâa Valley to Zagora and set off into the desert on 4x4s. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts. Continue to our desert camp, located amid the dunes of Erg Chigaga. Opt to take a camel ride, or climb the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars. (2B, 1L, 2D)

Days 8 & 9 — Zagora/Taroudant

Return to the desert outpost of Zagora, where we’ll attend a talk on the history of the Drâa region and visit nearby historical sites. The next day, head to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets. (2B)

Days 10 & 11 — Tafraout

Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view intriguing natural rock formations and explore the mountain town of Tafraout. The following day, visit Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau de Napoleon. Walk through a palm oasis, have lunch in a village home, and visit a women’s handicraft cooperative. (2B, 1L)

Days 12 & 13 — Essaouira

Travel to the port town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast, and see the local fishing fleet unload their catch. Pick a fish from their haul, and take it to a local restaurant where the cooks will prepare it for our lunch. Opt to visit a hammam—a traditional spa and steam bath. Or choose to stroll the beach, or go surfing or sailing. (2B, 1L)

Days 14 & 15 — Marrakech

Return to Marrakech to visit the Menara and Majorelle Gardens. Enjoy an optional farewell dinner with local folkloric entertainment. The next day, depart at any time. (2B)

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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.

Dates

2017
  • Dec 10 - 24, 2017
  • Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018 (sold out)
2018
  • Jan 07 - 21, 2018
  • Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2018
  • Feb 04 - 18, 2018
  • Feb 11 - 25, 2018
  • Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2018
  • Mar 04 - 18, 2018
  • Mar 11 - 25, 2018
  • Mar 25 - Apr 08, 2018
  • Apr 08 - 22, 2018
  • Apr 15 - 29, 2018
  • Apr 22 - May 06, 2018
  • Apr 29 - May 13, 2018
  • May 13 - 27, 2018
  • May 27 - Jun 10, 2018
  • Jun 17 - Jul 01, 2018
  • Jul 15 - 29, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 26, 2018
  • Sep 02 - 16, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 23, 2018
  • Sep 16 - 30, 2018
  • Sep 23 - Oct 07, 2018
  • Oct 07 - 21, 2018
  • Oct 21 - Nov 04, 2018
  • Oct 28 - Nov 11, 2018
  • Nov 11 - 25, 2018
  • Dec 09 - 23, 2018
  • Dec 23, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019

Trip Cost

Price From

$2,799

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 $699

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional desert camel ride, optional activities in Essaouira, and optional farewell dinner are at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (13 nights), comfortable desert camp in the Sahara (1 night)

Meals Included
14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow an additional $380–495 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private air-conditioned minivan, 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.