Morocco Journey: Casablanca to Marrakech

9 days

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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.

 

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Dates Available: at least 2 departures offered each month January through December 2018

Costs - $1,799 to $1,999 per person based on double occupancy. Rates will vary depending on departure date.

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

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

 

 

 
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Casablanca

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

 

Day 2 - Casablanca/Fès

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 3 - Fès

Embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Medina of Fez, exploring the winding lanes, alleys, tanneries and artisan shops. 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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

G Adventures for Good Meknes Community Lunch

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

 

Day 4 - Fès/Merzouga

Travel through the Middle Atlas mountains to the Sahara Desert, overnighting in a kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 5 - Merzouga/Tinghir

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 and share in some mint tea in one of their homes. Return to our Auberge then transfer to Tineghir for the evening.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 6 - Tinghir/Ouarzazate

Visit Dades Valley then continue along the “Route of 1,000 Kasbahs” with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit. Opt to visit a Berber herbalist in Ouarzazate.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 7 - Ouarzazate/Marrakech

Visit Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then continue to Marrakech. Take some free time to wander this incredible city. Opt to take a historical tour, visit the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, or wander the souks and shops.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 8 - Marrakech

Take the morning to explore Marrakech, opt to take a city tour or visit the markets. After, visit a historic Riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef, and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Moroccan Foodie Experience

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

 

Day 9 - Marrakech

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast