Morocco Sahara and Beyond

Comfort, Casablanca to Marrakech

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The winding streets of Morocco’s ancient medinas are bursting with so many colours and flavours that you’ll be planning a return visit soon after arrival. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fes, head to a luxury desert camp on an overnight 4x4 excursion, explore Atlas Mountains' villages and unwind on the coast in Essaouira. Travel is comfortable and well-paced, and our expert guide will be on hand to offer context and reveal its hidden gems. By focusing on the energy of the people, you'll discover the true treasures of Morocco.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
  • Arrival transfer
  • G Adventures-supported traditional lunch
  • Tour the city of Meknes and ruins at Volubilis
  • Guided walking tour of Fes Medina
  • Guided night walk of Djemaa el Fna square with local meal
  • Explore Marrakech with a local guide
  • Visit the ancient kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou
  • Sahara Desert excursion by 4x4 with overnight in a luxury desert camp
  • Explore the Draa region and visit local historical sites
  • Visit Tafraoute and its market
  • Walk through a Palm Valley with lunch in a local home and visit a women's cooperative
  • Explore Essaouira
  • Visit Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit a women's co-op and enjoy a local lunch
  • Watch storytellers and snake charmers at djemaa el fna square and enjoy a local meal
  • Traverse the sahara desert by 4x4 and overnight in a luxury tented camp
  • Walk through ancient medinas and souks to see artisans demonstrate their age-old skills
  • Immerse yourself in culture with your expert local guide leading the way

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca (1D) If you arrive early in the day, feel free to enjoy this beautiful city at leisure. With its art deco and french colonial buildings, Old Medina, great restaurants, and entertainment, there is plenty to keep you busy! In the evening, there will be a brief meeting where you will meet the CEO and fellow group members to go over the details of the trip. Afterwards, go out for a welcome dinner in a nearby local restaurant. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B, 1L) Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities and its name and fame are closely linked to that of the Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail, who made Meknes the centre of his empire and built many of the monuments that remain today. Continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Once an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman conquests, Volubilis was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Continue to Fes to spend the night. Stay in the the new city of Fes, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco. Additional Notes: Please note this is actual driving time, not including stops. As we stop to explore Meknes and Volubilis, we will not arrive in Fez until evening. Included Activities: Meknes Community Lunch Meknes City Tour Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 3 Fès (1B) Take a half-day medina walking tour, then have some free time to explore on your own if you wish. The traditional Jewish quarter, King’s Palace, and the Nejjarine Fountain are all great spots to visit. In the evening, there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad which has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. You would not only enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties, but also an evening of entertainment such as singing, music, and belly dancing. Included Activities: Fès Medina Guided Tour
Day 4 Fès/Marrakech (1B, 1D) A great place to start your exploration of Marrakech is Djemaa el Fna square, the heart of Marrakech, which changes its offerings throughout the day. Included Activities: Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Marrakech (1B) In the afternoon, have free time to explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Tourists and locals alike find everything they desire here, whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers or famous Moroccan lanterns. The selection is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain - it's definitely part of the fun. Once you’ve tired yourself out, relax at one of the tea houses around the square, indulging in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot. Included Activities: Marrakech City Tour
Day 6 Marrakech/Ait Benhaddou (1B, 1D) Aït Benhaddou is a wonderful example of a kasbah, which is a type of fortress. Opt to take a tagine cooking course during free time. Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Ait Benhaddou/Erg Chigaga (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora and embark on 4x4s into the desert. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery makers. Continue off road to the great dunes of Erg Chegaga to stay at a deluxe desert camp. Opt to take a camel ride or to climb to the top of the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars. Included Activities: Tamegroute Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) 4x4 (3.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Erg Chigaga/Zagora (1B) Cross the desert back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region, and visit local historical sites. Included Activities: Zagora Orientation Tour Transport: 4x4 (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Zagora/Taroudant (1B) Head towards 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. Included Activities: Taroudant Markets and Tanneries Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 10 Taroudant/Tafraout (1B) Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, explore the town centre and its local markets. Included Activities: Tafraout Orientation walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Tafraout (1B, 1L) Visit Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon. Walk through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house. Visit a women's cooperative that produces handicrafts and argan oil. Included Activities: Aït Mansour Gorge and Area Tour Women's Cooperative Visit Lunch at Local Village House Palm Valley Walk
Day 12 Tafraout/Essaouira (1B, 1L) In the evening, opt to visit one of the local barbecue fish cafés where you can pick out the catch of the day and have it cooked to perfection for dinner. Essaouira is also famous for its music scene and offers a great chance to check out a live performance. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 13 Essaouira (1B) Enjoy a full day at leisure in this coastal city and don't miss the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish. Opt to head up to the ramparts on the old city wall for a great view over the city and out to sea. Browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to unwind and relax with a cold beer or shisha pipe (waterpipe). The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, hire a fishing rod or just take a long walk on the beach.
Day 14 Essaouira/Marrakech (1B, 1D) Return to Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a palace-style restaurant with local folkloric entertainment. Included Activities: Menara Gardens Visit Jardin Majorelle & Museum of Islamic Art Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Marrakech (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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