Experience a whole new world of travel! Switch up your European travel itinerary and take a detour to North Africa’s most vibrant country, Morocco. Beat your own path hiking the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel! Journey to the Ourika valley to have tea with a local Berber family and relax with traditional Hamman baths at one of the local spas. Morocco will be an exciting worldly experience unlike anything you’ve ever encountered.
*Flights are not included in this package
Please note: The trip meets at Marrakech Airport anytime on Friday and departs on the following Sunday. Transportation to this destination is not included. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
This trip requires a minimum number of participants to operate. In the case that minimum numbers are not met, you will be reimbursed in full.
The trip departs Marrakech Airport between 9:00* and 13:00*. The meeting point is in the Arrivals Hall of the airport. Please meet your trip leader once you have claimed your luggage. We will then transfer to our accommodation in Marrakech by private bus. Upon arrival to Marrakech, we will immediately check into our accommodation.
Marrakech is the quintessential Moroccan city. A desert Oasis, Marrakech boats a unique culture, special charm, and delicious cuisine. After some time for lunch and to freshen up, we will head of on the guided ‘Souk Survival’ intro tour of Marrakech, where you will learn the intricacies of bartering with Moroccans.. The tour begins at 15:00*. After the tour completes, we will head to a traditional Moroccan restaurant for our welcome dinner.
Saturday morning, after breakfast, we depart on an excursion to the Ourika Valley and the foothills of the Atlas mountains. Along the way we will take a break at a Berber family’s house, go for a mountain camel ride, enjoy a short hike to the waterfalls, and stop at an Argan Oil Womens Cooperative to learn how the Berber women make Argan Oil by traditional methods. We will return to Marrakech between 5:00 and 6:00 in the evening allowing plenty of time for you to continue exlporing the jamaa el Fna and get lost in the Souks.
Sunday morning we depart Marakech for the High Atlas Mountains at 8:00*. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:00. Estimated drive time is 4 hours**. We will arrive in Ait Ben Haddou at approximately 12:00*. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Ben Haddou is an ancient Kasbah (fortiied city) resting on a hillside. We will take a guided tour, exploring the intricate terrassed city. Ait Ben Haddou is a perfect place to grab lunch and appreciate one of the world’s most known Kasbahs. We will spend Sunday night in Ouzarzatte.
After arrival, we will check into our accommodation. You will have some free time to explore Ouarzazate or relax. Meeting time for our group dinner is 20:00. Ouarzazate is a popular holiday destination in Morocco, as well as the filming location for such movies as ‘Gladiator’ and ‘The Mummy’.
We will depart Ouarzazate in our private 4x4 vehicle at 12:00* for M’hamid. Estimated travel time is 4 hours**. We will make a stop in Tamegroute en route where you can view the world famous Zagora Pottery. We then continue to M’hamid, a small village located on the edge of the Sahara. After M’hamid we turn of the paved road, and head for the desert camp of Erg Chegaga. We will arrive at Erg Chegaga Desert Camp at approximately 18:00*. Once we have arrived, you will be introduced to your camp and the surrounding dunes. Dinner, music, and fun will follow.
Tuesday morning we will awake early to watch the sunrise over the Sahara Sand Dunes. After breakfast, we will begin a day packed with action and adventure in the desert. Before lunch we will shred some sand, sandboarding down 1000 foot high sand dunes. After some exhilarating thrills on the dune, we will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our Saharan guides. After lunch we will embark on a camel trek across the desert. Upon return from the camel trek, you will have the afternoon to relax and get some sun, or hone your sandboarding skills.
Tonight we will have a Sahara-style party complete with dinner, drinks, and local nomadic music.
On Wednesday we leave the desert behind and drive back across the Atlas mountains to the Moroccan coast for some well deserved R&R on the beach. We will arrive in Tagezoute late Wednesday evening.
Thursday is beach day in the small fishing village of Taghazout that has now become a world famous surf destination. Today is a day to relax on the beach, explore the village, or take a surf lesson.
Friday we drive up the coast to explore the fishing village of Essaouira. Check out the Medina (an ancient Islamic quarter, typically containing mosques and palaces), head out to the fishing port and hang out at the Ramparts, or head to the beaches and go kite and wind surfing. Essaouira is known for its unique culture, charming narrow streets, and shopping. We will meet at approximately 19:00 to head of for dinner and drinks at the rooftop bar and restaurant, Casa Vera. Casa Vera overlooks the beach and the Medina.
Saturday morning we will depart from Essaouira at 10:00* for Marrakech. Estimated travel time is 3 hours**. We will arrive in Marrakech at approximately 13:00*. You will have the afternoon in Marrakech free to see all of the sites you have not yet visited. We will meet at approximately 19:00* for our farewell dinner and the night out.
Sunday morning, we will depart for Marrakech Airport (RAK) after breakfast. Airport transfer will be via private transport.
* All departure/arrival times are subject to change due to weather and seasonal availiabiity. You will be informed 24 hours prior about any changes. ** Drive times are all estimated and are subject to change due to road conditions and traffic.
Marrakech City Tour: Learn and live the massive history of one of North Africa’s most important cities, while visiting its most notable sites.
Souk Survival Tour: Moroccans love to haggle. The Souk Survival Tour will teach you the ways of negotiating the best deals in the ‘Souks’ or markets.
Saharan Adventure: Explore the Moroccan section of the world’s largest, and most known desert. The Saharan Adventure includes 4x4 transportation through the desert, sandboarding, a camel trek, desert camping, traditional meals & parties,
Sandboarding: Just because there is no snow doesnt mean you can’t strap into a board and rip down 1,000 foot sand dunes.
Camel Trek: Explore the expanses of the Sahara by the most logical form of transportation.