Multi-Day Tour

Morocco: Sahara & Beyond (15 days)

G Adventures Inc.

Casablanca, Morocco To Marrakesh, Morocco

Valid for Departures: 25 Feb 2018 - 22 Dec 2019

Morocco: Sahara & Beyond (15 days)

Day 3

Fès

Day 4

Fès/Marrakech

Day 6

Marrakech/Ait Benhaddou

Day 7

Ait Benhaddou/Erg Chigaga

Day 8

Erg Chigaga/Zagora

Day 11

Tafraout

Day 12

Tafraout/Essaouira

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Casablanca, Morocco
None None
Day 1 Casablanca (1D): 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. In the evening, there will be a brief meeting where you will meet your CEO and fellow group members to go over the details of the tour. 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, Morocco
None Breakfast
Day 2 Casablanca/Fès: 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: This is a long and busy day. The times listed are actual driving times and do not include stops. We will stop to explore Meknes and Volubilis, and not arrive in Fes until the evening. Included Activities: Meknes City Tour Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3
Fès
None Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Fès: In the evening, there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad that has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. You will not only enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties, but also an evening of singing, music, and belly dancing. Included Activities: Fès Medina Guided Tour Meknes Community Lunch Islamic Calligraphy Class
Day 4
Fès/Marrakech
None Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Fès/Marrakech: Included Activities: Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5
Marrakesh, Morocco
None Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Marrakech: In the morning, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. After, visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef, and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared. Included Activities: Marrakech City Tour Moroccan Foodie Experience
Day 6
Marrakech/Ait Benhaddou
None Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Marrakech/Ait Benhaddou: Included Activities: Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7
Ait Benhaddou/Erg Chigaga
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Ait Benhaddou/Erg Chigaga: Spend the night in a simple desert camp which provides a peak into traditional desert living. Each tent is outfitted with sheets, pillows, a raised bed, towels, and covers against the desert cold and it has a separated ensuite with simple portable toilette and wash basin. While the accommodation is basic, it is quite comfortable and offers a truly unique experience. Included Activities: Tamegroute Visit Transport: Private Vehicle 4x4
Day 8
Erg Chigaga/Zagora
None Breakfast
Day 8 Erg Chigaga/Zagora: Cross the desert back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region. You’ll also get to visit some of the local historical sites. Included Activities: Zagora Orientation Tour Transport: 4x4
Day 9
Zagora, Morocco
None Breakfast
Day 9 Zagora/Taroudant: 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, Morocco
None Breakfast
Day 10 Taroudant/Tafraout: 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
None Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Tafraout: 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
None Breakfast
Day 12 Tafraout/Essaouira: 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, Morocco
None Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Essaouira: Enjoy a day of leisure in this coastal city. Make sure you watch the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish, pick out the best of the bunch, which we’ll take to a local restaurant to cook up for our lunch. Opt to browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, or rent a fishing rod.
Day 14
Essaouira, Morocco
None Breakfast
Day 14 Essaouira/Marrakech: In the afternoon, have free time to further explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Visitors 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, indulge in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea and watch life go by from a shady spot. Included Activities: Menara Gardens Visit Jardin Majorelle & Museum of Islamic Art Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 15
Marrakesh, Morocco
None Breakfast
Day 15 Marrakech: Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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The culture of the Berbers in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Discover their enduring legacy on this 15-day adventure into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fez; spend a night in a comfortable tented camp in the Sahara; enjoy dinner with a traditional Berber family; and unwind amid the coastal beauty of Essaouira. Throughout this magical ride, open your eyes to each dazzling place – and earn a new point of view.

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