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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

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.

Trip Description
Morocco Sahara and Beyond
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Activities
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Morocco Sahara and Beyond

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Recommends

This was the tenth leg we have done with G December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Good experience and would rate it 10th out of the 10

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

This is our tenth leg with g December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Good tour would rate it 10th out of the 10 we took

Operator G Adventures

P

Recommends

The whole experience from the wonderful support before I left straight through the end of my trip. September 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderfully unexpected. The Sahara is everything I dreamed and more, Morocco is a wonderful and unexpected place full of happy wonderful people. Must go back.

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

Price, ease of seeing all the different historic sites and places on the tour, friendly and knowledgable tour guides and the genuine desire to show the true "heart" of the country. August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful life-changing travel experience.

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

Love the small group experience! The Tour Leader makes the logistics easy and there is no worries. The itinerary gets us off the beaten path, but we still see the highlights of the country. May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great adventure! Would recommend it highly for anyone wanting to see the best of Morocco. Loved the desert camp experience!

Operator G Adventures

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

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

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

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 4x4

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

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

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

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

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

Day 15 Marrakech (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,799

Price Per Day:

$ 187 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • 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
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate air-con minivan, walking, 4x4.Our transport throughout this tour is a comfortable air conditioned mini van.
Local Flights There are no local flights on this tour.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 16, Avg 10.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Comfort hotels (13 nts), deluxe desert camp (1 nt).
Please note that Morocco is a developing country and as such the infrastructure is not as reliable as you would expect at home. Expect quirky plumbing and the occasional cold shower even in the best hotels!
Start City
Casablanca
End City
Marrakech
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. ITINERARY PACE This is a very fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the available time, it also means some early starts, some long drives in the mini van and less free time than many other G Adventures. We feel that if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary. 2. WEATHER Please note that the climate in Morocco can be both very hot during the day in summer months (up to 50°C) and cold at night in the mountains in autumn, early spring and winter (down to -6°C). Summer months, from April to September are very hot throughout Morocco. Winter months November to March can be cool to cold, especially in the Atlas Mountains, with high probability of snowfall. Most Moroccan buildings are not equipped with heating, so without proper layers you will be cold at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for the months in which you are travelling and check temperatures before you leave. Bedding is provided in the desert camp and the gîte, but in winter months if you feel the cold you may wish to bring a sleeping bag too. 3. RAMADAN According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between May 27th and June 25th, 2017. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time. 4. DRINKING WATER It is advisable to drink bottled water in Morocco.

Meals

Generally, all meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets. Breakfasts on tour All breakfasts are included as part of your tour. Moroccan breakfasts tend to be different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare – most will be very simple - a croissant or sweet roll with jam and instant coffee and some hotels will have buffets where you will have more variety. While you are experiencing what a Moroccan family would eat, some travellers do find the provided breakfasts a bit “bread heavy” and enjoy buying fruit the day before to supplement their breakfast. Lunches and dinners Moroccan cuisine is world famous and your CEO will be taking the chance to show you the best of it. Staples include cous cous, a type of grain topped with stew, tagine which is actually the name of the pot this tasty dish is cooked in, and brochette, bbq skewers of meat. These meals will generally cost between 45- 70 MAD depending on the type of restaurant and which part of the country you are in. Other tastes not to be missed include pastilla, a sweet pasty with a savoury filling which is traditionally pigeon and harira, a delicious soup based on chick peas and filling enough when teamed with fresh bread to be a whole lunch. If you are heading to the coast the fresh seafood cooked at one of the local markets is a must eat! Snacks Morocco's fresh orange juice is highly recommended and you should not leave without trying a glass. The brave can try the tiny snails which are perhaps the local's favourite snack but you might prefer a cone of piping hot bite-size fried cake donuts.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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