Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Immerse yourself in the colourful medinas and enchanting squares of Marrakech and learn how to cook tagine with a local chef.
  • Discover four UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the Roman ruins of Volubilis to the historic medina of Fez.
  • Meet Amazigh (Berber) nomads in their homes in the Sahara and listen to the captivating tunes of traditional Gnaoua musicians.
  • Delve into the winding lanes of Aït Ben Haddou, an ancient mudbrick village where scenes from the Game of Thrones series were filmed.

Itinerary

Itinerary

From timeless golden dunes to vibrant, bustling bazaars and the age-old remains of civilizations past, explore some of Morocco’s most fascinating sights. 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, artisans, and nomads as you soak up the mystique of this captivating North African nation.

This trip is operated in collaboration with G Adventures.

Day 1: Casablanca
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Accommodations:Kenzi Basma Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: Casablanca to Fez
Set out on a guided tour of two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the remains of the medieval city of Meknès, which served as Morocco’s imperial capital in the 17th century. Then, venture to Volubilis and discover the soaring columns and remarkably well-preserved mosaic floors of this ancient Roman outpost. Continue to Fez and enjoy lunch at a G Adventures–supported women’s cooperative before checking in to our hotel.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Pickalbatros Royal Mirage (or similar)
Day 3: Fez
Step back in time on a walking tour of the medina of Fez, a spellbinding World Heritage site dating back to the 9th century. Skirt past donkey carts as you take in the dazzling sights, from colourful mounds of spices to vividly painted ceramics, and observe Fez’s famous tanners treating and dying hides in the traditional manner. Pay a visit to the breathtaking Madrasa al-Attarine, a masterpiece of intricate Islamic architecture, and pass by the famed Al-Karaouine Mosque—home to the longest continually operating university in the world.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Pickalbatros Royal Mirage (or similar)
Day 4: Fez to Merzouga
Watch cedar forests give way to palm groves as we travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains to the fabled Sahara. Spend the night in a kasbah-style hotel at the edge of sweeping sand dunes.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Merzouga/Tinghir
This morning, explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 excursion. Visit the village of Khamliya, where we’ll meet a group of Gnaoua musicians. Learn about the history of this famed genre of Moroccan music, and enjoy a hypnotic performance. Later, share mint tea with Amazigh (Berber) nomads in the Sahara, and gain insights into their way of life. Transfer to Tinghir this evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Tomboctou (or similar)
Day 6: Tinghir/Ouarzazate
Venture into the Dades Gorge, admiring its dramatic rock formations. Continue along the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs and pause at the maze-like Taourirt Kasbah. In Ouarzazate—home to one of Morocco’s largest film studios—choose to take a lesson in traditional Amazigh medicine with a local herbalist.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Berbere Palace (or similar)
Day 7: Ouarzazate/Marrakech
Discover the magical, twisting lanes of Aït Ben Haddou, an ancient fortified village and UNESCO World Heritage site, then continue along high mountain roads to Marrakech. Take some free time to wander this legendary city—a melting pot of Amazigh, West African, Mediterranenan, and Arab influences—and venture off the beaten path into hidden neighborhoods and artisan quarters.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 8: Marrakech
Visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class with a renowned Moroccan chef, learning how to roll semolina and measure out spices for an exquisite tagine. Enjoy your creations for lunch, and spend the afternoon exploring Marrakech at leisure. Choose to immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s main square, where storytellers and magicians captivate passersby; or tour the elegant Majorelle Gardens.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Marrakech
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast