Morocco Journey

National Geographic Journeys, Casablanca to Marrakech

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

From atop towering Moroccan dunes, peer across the sands to watch the sun rise over another North African day. Experience such highlights during a nine-day adventure to the country’s top spots. 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, Berbers, and artisans, and soak up the exotic beauty of Morocco.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion, Merzouga National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Moroccan Foodie Experience, Marrakech G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
  • Arrival transfer
  • Guided city tour of Meknes including the ancient granaries and stables of Moulay Ismail and Bab Mansour
  • Guided visit to Volubilis
  • Guided walking tour of the Fes medina including Medersa Bou Inanya and tanneries
  • Visit Taourirt Kasbah and Aït Ben Haddou
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Roam ancient markets
  • Ride into the desert on a 4x4
  • Peer out over the atlas mountains
  • Take part in a marrakech cooking class.

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca Please note that this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca. You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca, and take some time to see its medina, beachfront, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture. Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday (closed Fridays) at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 14:00. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the mosque. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 2 Casablanca/Fès (1B) Drive to the imperial city of Meknes for a guided tour of some of its fascinating sites. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. After the ruins it’s off to Fes. Additional Notes: This is a long and busy day. The times listed are actual driving times and do not include stops at Meknes and Volubilis. We will not arrive in Fes until evening. Included Activities: Meknes City Tour Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 3 Fès (1B, 1L) Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the Medina of Fes. Explore winding lanes and alleys to visit the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide. After, enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional tagine lunch at a cooperative that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This evening, opt to have dinner and entertainment at a historic riad. Included Activities: Fès Medina Guided Tour Meknes Community Lunch
Day 4 Fès/Merzouga (1B, 1D) Start early and watch the scenery of this diverse country change while travelling over the Middle Atlas mountains. Pass through cedar forests and the ski area of Ifrane into the desert regions. Drive by the vast palm groves of the Ziz Valley and right up to the majestic Saharan sand dunes. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Barbary apes en route. Spend the night in a comfortable Kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)
Day 5 Merzouga/Tinghir (1B, 1D) Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 dunes tour. Visit the village of Khamliya where you will meet Gnaoua musicians and learn about the history of their music in the Sahara before enjoying a performance. Depart back through the desert and visit local nomads to learn about nomadic life over cups of mint tea in one of their homes. Return to our Auberge then transfer to Tineghir for the evening. Included Activities: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Tinghir/Ouarzazate (1B) Start the morning with a visit to the Dades Gorge with its unusual natural rock formations and stunning scenery. Continue with a scenic drive along the "Route of a 1000 Kasbahs" with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit. After lunch continue to Ouarzazate, a former Foreign Legion stronghold. In Ouarzazate opt to visit a Berber herbalist and find out about the traditional medicines and cooking spices of the Berber people. Included Activities: Dades Valley and Route of 1,000 Kasbahs scenic drive Kasbah Taourit Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Ouarzazate/Marrakech (1B) Continue on to the village of Aït Benhaddou. During your visit to the Kasbah, lose yourself in the narrow, winding passageways and feel the magical atmosphere of this incredible structure. Travel to Marrakech through the Tizi n’Tichka pass at 2200m in the High Atlas Mountains. Travel along winding mountain roads with breathtaking views from the highest peaks of Morocco. Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 8 Marrakech (1B, 1L) Later this afternoon enjoy free time to explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Travellers and locals alike find everything they desire here. Whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain; that’s definitely part of the fun. Opt to indulge in the chaos of the famous Djemaa el Fna square to watch acrobats and fortune tellers plying their trade. Included Activities: Moroccan Foodie Experience
Day 9 Marrakech (1B) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage is available. Included Activities: Departure Day
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