Trip Highlights

  • Ride a camel to a tented camp in the Sahara and watch the sun rise over wind-sculpted sand dunes.

  • Hike to traditional mountain villages and learn about Berber culture while sipping mint tea.

  • Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • Discover the stunning architecture and enchanting medinas of Morocco’s imperial cities.

 

Acitivity Level: Moderate

While on your camel trek, you will be riding camels (and/or walking, if you wish) for 1 to 4 hours per day (1 to 6 miles). No previous experience is necessary. During hiking excursions, your hikes range from 1 to 3 hours per day (2 to 5 miles). Vehicle support is limited on hikes and during the camel trek. Participants always have the option to rest a day and ride to the next hotel.
 

Itinerary - 14 Days

Day 1 — Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive in Casablanca and gather for a welcome dinner. Hotel Novotel Casablanca (D)

 

Day 2 — Rabat
This morning, visit the extraordinary Hassan II Mosque. Then travel to Rabat and discover its architectural treasures on a tour led by a local guide. Golden Tulip Farah Rabat (B,L,D)

 

Day 3 — Meknès/Volubilis/Fez
Travel to Meknès, Morocco’s 17th-century capital, and visit its grand gateways and mausoleums decorated with mosaic tiles. Delve into the Roman ruins of Volubilis before transferring to Fez. Hôtel Les Mérinides (B,L,D)

 

Day 4 — Fez
Explore Fez, the oldest of Morocco’s four imperial cities. Wander the narrow streets of the suqs and visit the Nejjarine Fountain and its exquisite mosaics. After lunch, visit the historic Jewish quarter in Fez Jdid and the Dar Batha Museum of Moroccan arts. Hôtel Les Mérinides (B,L,D)

 

Day 5 — Ziz Valley/Erfoud
Stop for a short walk in the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, home to Barbary macaque monkeys. France’s colonial influence on Morocco can be seen in the alpine town of Ifrane. On our way to Erfoud, descend into the spectacular Ziz Valley and its lush oases of date palms. (2–3 miles hiking, 1 hour) Kasbah Hotel Chergui (B,L,D)

 

Day 6 — Erg Chebbi
Drive in 4x4s to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and explore an otherworldly “sandscape” of shifting colors. After learning about camel riding from Berber cameleers, embark on a Saharan trek, camel riding (and walking, if you wish) across dunes interspersed with volcanic rock and populated by nomadic herders. Arrive at the exclusive desert tented camp inside the Erg Chebbi and dine under a star-studded sky before listening to the sounds of the Sahara lull you to sleep. (3 miles camel riding and walking, 2-3 hours) Camping (B,L,D)

 

Day 7 — Merdani
Awaken for an early walk as the rising sun paints the sand orange and gold. Then set out on our camels across a varied desert terrain. Traverse fan-shaped landforms and dry river basins, keeping an eye out for fossils as you approach the camp in the dunes near Merdani. (6 miles camel riding and walking, 3-4 hours)
Camping (B,L,D)

 

Day 8 — Alnif/Boumalne Dadès
Set out on camels for a final morning trek. Then drive off-road in 4x4s to Todra Gorge, where sheer rock walls reach to nearly 1,000 feet, and arrive at Boumalne Dadès, a town nestled amid a semidesert landscape. (1–2 miles camel riding and walking, 1 hour) Hôtel Xaluca Dadès (B,L,D)

 

Day 9 — Dadès Valley
Travel through the “valley of 1,000 casbahs” linking the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. Pass oases, rose plantations and casbahs. Hike through the terraced fields of Dadès Valley. Later, visit the Berber village of Bou Tharar. (4–5 miles hiking, 3 hours) Hôtel Xaluca Dadès (B,L,D)

 

Day 10 — Aït Ben Haddou
Embark on a hike in the Skoura oasis, known for its beautiful casbahs. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local Berber family and learn about their rich cultural heritage. Continue to the fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou and wander its twisting lanes. (3-4 miles hiking, 3 hours) Chez Talout (B,L,D)

 

Day 11 — High Atlas / Marrakech
Today’s journey takes you over the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, which rise above a landscape of oasis pastures, willow and poplar groves, and picturesque villages. Take a walk in the stunning Ounila Valley before continuing on to Marrakech. (2-3 miles hiking, 1-2 hours) Riad Ksar Ighnda (B,L,D)

 

Day 12 — Marrakech
Enjoy a full day exploring Morocco’s “pearl of the South.” Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace. Meander through the labyrinthine medina lined with market stalls and craftspeople; soak up the colorful chaos of Djemma el Fna, the lively central plaza, where snake charmers captivate passersby. Tonight, gather for a festive Moroccan farewell dinner. Hotel Es Saadi (B,L,D)

 

Day 13 — Marrakech
This morning you explore Marrakech outside of the Medina. Visit the subtropical Majorelle Garden which is located in the heart of Gueliz. It is one of the most delightful and stunning spots within this red-walled city. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax at the hotel or explore more of Marrakech on your own. Es Saadi Gardens & Resort (B,L)

 

Day 14 — Marrakech
This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight.

 

Price
Pricing starts at $6,000 per person, double occupancy. For a single room/tent, add $1,100. On the December departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300. International airfare to Casablanca and return from Marrakech is not included in the adventure cost.

Group Size: 8-16

 

Solo Travelers

Accommodations (hotels, tents and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we can assign a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, a single supplement fee will apply.

 

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Morocco is a land of stunning contrasts, where majestic minarets tower over spice-scented souks and soaring mountains give way to endless desert. Set out to explore the epic landscapes and imperial cities of this magical country. On a three-day trek, ride camels across the Sahara alongside Berber cameleers, and sleep under starlight in tents nestled among golden sand dunes. Discover the Moorish splendors of Fèz, the medieval medina of Marrakech, and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Hike to rose-colored casbahs, visit Berbers in their mountain villages, and explore dramatic gorges and less-traveled corners in 4x4 vehicles.

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