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The culture of the Berbers in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Come discover their world on this 15-day experience through the most incredible cultural highlights Morocco has to offer. 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 in the coastal beauty of Essaouira. Come to Morocco and return home with a new understanding of this unique part of the world.
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
Day 2 — Meknès/Volubilis/Fez
Enjoy a guided
tour of the imperial city of Meknès. Continue to
the ruins of Volubilis, one of the best-preserved
Roman ruins in Morocco, then on to Fez for the
night. (1B, 1L)
Day 3 — Fez
Step back in time on a walking tour
of the UNESCO World Heritage–rated Fez
medina. Explore its winding lanes and alleys with
a knowledgeable guide. Later, visit a local café
for a class on Islamic calligraphy. (1B)
Days 4 & 5 — Marrakech
Travel to Marrakech
to experience its color and chaos firsthand.
Watch storytellers and acrobats while enjoying
a simple and delicious meal 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 the medina with a city
resident who will discuss spices and herbs. Then
head to a traditional Berber house to enjoy a
cooking class and an incredible dinner together.
Day 6 — Aït Ben Haddou
Travel to Aït Ben
Haddou, a World Heritage site
in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient
adobe village. (1B, 1D)
Day 7 — Erg Chigaga
Travel through the Drâa
Valley to Zagora and set off on 4x4s into the
desert. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of
ancient Islamic texts. Continue off-road toward
the great dunes of Erg Chigaga to our comfortable
desert camp. Opt to take a camel ride or
climb to the top of the dunes for views of the
vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the
stars. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Day 8 — Zagora
Cross the desert back to
Zagora. Enjoy a talk on the history of the Drâa
region and visit nearby historical sites. (1B)
Day 9 — Taroudant
Head toward the Anti-Atlas
region to the carpet towns of Tazenakht
and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In
Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and
local markets. (1B)
Days 10 & 11 — Tafraout
Enter the Anti-Atlas
region to view natural rock formations and
explore the Tafraout town center and local
markets. The following day, visit Aït Mansour
Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau de
Napoleon. Walk through a palm oasis and have
lunch in a village house. Visit a women’s cooperative
that produces handicrafts and argan oil.
Days 12 & 13 — Essaouira
Travel toward the
Atlantic coast to the port town of Essaouira.
Head down to the port to see the fishing fleet
unload their catch. Pick out the best of the
bunch, which we’ll take to a nearby restaurant
to cook up for our lunch. Opt to visit a hammam
(traditional spa and steam baths), stroll the
beach, visit shops and galleries, or go surfing or
sailing. (2B, 1L)
Days 14 & 15 — Marrakech
Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the
Majorelle Gardens. Enjoy an optional farewell
dinner at a palace-style restaurant with folkloric
entertainment. The next day, depart at any time.
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, 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.
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
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
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels that reflect the local character (13 nights),
comfortable desert camp in the Sahara (1 night)
Meals Included 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches,
5 dinners. Allow an additional $375–490 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.