During this 8 Day Tour of Morocco you will understand what makes Morocco so cosmopolitan, yet to old-worldly, and so traditional, yet so forward-looking. You will understand the different cultures that have shaped Morocco, right from the Berber tribes and the Arab rulers to more recently the French and Spanish settlements. One of the only few countries in the world where you can witness a desert at one end and coast at the other, and grand palaces in some cities and extremely small alleys in some others. Let’s undertake the perfect Moroccan travel experience!
After breakfast, we transfer by private Toyota Land Cruiser or Deluxe Van(s) over the high Atlas Mountain pass of Tizi-N-Tichka. This fascinating national road offers us breathtaking views in all directions. Our first destination is the valley of Telouet where we offer our services to a small development project in this impoverished mountain region. We’ll also have a look at the remains of a former Kasbah (fortress) that controlled the caravan trade routes for many years. We then carry on towards the Sahara Desert to AitBenhadou (famous for Hollywood films such as Gladiator, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven and Lawrence of Arabia. We spend the night here in a comfortable tourist class hotel that has a small pool and a great terrace overlooking the Hamada (stone desert of the Sahara). Perhaps we get involved in some local drumming this evening with our hosts! Travel time approximately 4 hours in total. All meals included today.
This morning after exploring the famous Kasbah and film locations of AitBenhadou, we set off for Todra Gorge – a vast canyon of the Atlas Mountains. Before Todra, we’ll have a stop at Skoura in the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs for a light trek through the date palm oasis to observe the strange sand castle-like homes. Soon after we reach our hotel in the canyon and spend some time exploring on foot and if time permits, we can rock climb with your guides and get involved in some creative challenges and games. Travel time approximately 3 hours in total. All meals included today.
Today we head for the great Sahara dunes of Erg Chebbi – Morocco’s most authentic location. Before leaving however we take part in a few adventure challenges in the canyon and a short trek through an amazing oasis plantation, perhaps visiting a Berber home for mint tea. Carrying on to the dunes, we arrive late afternoon to find our camels waiting to take us (2 hours approximately) to a unique Bedouin-style desert camp where we sleep in comfortable tents under the stars. Time permitting, we can explore the high dunes and climb, jump, roll, etc. to our heart’s content! Tonight, we enjoy Sahara Berber drumming and perhaps a fire to keep us warm – unless you prefer to dance! This experience is a highlight of any visit to Morocco. Travel time approximately 4.5 hours in total. All meals included today.
This morning we make a pilgrimage up the high dune to catch the sunrise over the desert – A moment that lasts a lifetime… After breakfast, our camels guide us back to civilization and we transfer via the southern desert road with spectacular scenery to the bustling market town of Ouarzazate. Here we tour a film studio and have some time for shopping and exploring the markets. Ouarzazate was an important center on the camel caravan between Tomboktu and Marrakech, it still has an exciting frontier feel about it. Tonight, we stay in Ouarzazate in a comfortable hotel with a small pool. Travel time approximately 6 hours in total. All meals included today.
Today we leave early to return over the high Atlas and onto Asni, a small agricultural region on the foothills of the Atlas. Here we get involved in on-going community projects that assist the region. We will interact with children in education, games, and sport as well as helping with some light infrastructure work and perhaps even an agriculture project. Part of this experience will be a light guided trek through the villages to gain an idea of what Berber life is like here. Accommodation is in the Association building (Berber style), where large simple rooms are provided with mattresses on the floor. The building used another international school, is simple but clean and safe for our purposes. All meals are provided by the Association volunteers and our group can offer a hand with all preparations. This is a very rewarding experience and an opportunity to both learn how NGO volunteer projects work, and to give back. Travel time approximately 5 hours in total. All meals included today.
All-day tour in Marrakech then go to Casablanca in the afternoon
Today we return to Casablanca and have an afternoon of relaxation, last-minute souvenir shopping, optional sightseeing and if the weather cooperates, a bit time on the beautiful Atlantic beach Casablanca is known for! November can be a chilly time in the ocean but it’s a great location for relaxing after the adventure. Tonight, we stay in a comfortable hotel near the city center. Travel time approximately 3.5 hours in total. All meals included today.