Morocco Adventure & Berber Homestay
Morocco Adventure & Berber Homestay
From Casablanca to Marrakech, wind through ancient cities with a local guide and into the dramatic Sahara and Atlas mountains as you explore a land filled with mystery and magic, vibrant culture and friendly people - the true beauty of Morocco.
Packages starting at:
- JUNE 3 – 14, 2017
- Reserve today with $500 deposit.
- Ask us about custom dates and private group reservations.
Escape to see things, you’ve not seen before. From Casablanca and Fez to Marrakech, wind through ancient cities with a local guide for twelve days and into the dramatic Sahara and Atlas Mountains as you explore a land filled with mystery and magic, vibrant culture and friendly people - the true beauty of Morocco. Discover exotic souks, exquisite scenery, and picturesque Berber villages. Make an unforgettable journey across the High Atlas Mountains to immerse yourself in the stunning sunset of the Merzouga dunes. Experience nomadic nights under the stars to awaken your senses with the seaside delight of Essaouira and the tantalizing spices of North Africa. Our journey’s end is Marrakech, the imperial city boasting labyrinths of exotic markets filled with spices, Berber carpets, vendors of magic potions, snake charmers, and more.
Transfer from Casablanca airport to riad/hotel.
Day 2 : Casablanca, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes
In the morning we start driving toward the imperial city of Meknes, the 17th century city built with 20 gates, more than 50 palaces and 15 miles of surrounding wall. We discover the highlights of Meknes including Bab Mansour gate, Place El-Hedim (Square of Ruins), Haras de Meknès, and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. We continue to the archaeological site of Volubilis (Walili) and discover the fascinating Roman ruins adorned with beautiful mosaics and colorful tiles depicting Roman mythology. Volubilis has been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site and most attractive site in the region. We continue to Fes for the night.
Day 3 :Fes
With our guide we start our day tour in the city of Fez, where time in the old medina stands still. An exquisitely well-preserved medieval city of donkey-wide alleyways and souks. Visit La Mederessa Attarine, the Nejjarine Fountain, and the mosques of El Karaouyine, Mesera Bou Inania, Bab Jloud. Night in Riad.
Day 4: Fes, Merzouga Dunes
We start our trip across the Middle Atlas to the dunes of Erg Chebbi via Ifrane, Azrou, cedar forests and the Ziz Valley which is well-known for its palm trees and the length of the oasis. We stop for lunch in the middle. Visit small villages along the road before reaching the desert to enjoy the sunset and time to ride a camel for an hour to the top dunes. Nearby we spend the night in a traditional Berber camp site where dinner is freshly prepared and served under the stars. After dinner, we join in around the campfire for some music with drums.
Day 5: Merzouga Dunes, Todgha Gorges
If we wake up early enough, we can watch the spectacle of the sunrise when the color of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. After breakfast, we walk in the dunes before leaving for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges. Enjoy time walking along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorges. Night in a guest house.
Day 6: Dades Gorges, Tizi n Tzazert, Bab n' Ali
After breakfast, we take the road toward the mountain of Saghro, via Tizi n Tzazert with breathtaking landscapes of this volcanic mountain. We stop in the most famous sight of Bab n' Ali for lunch in a small guest house before we walk for 3 hours to reach the camp in Ighazzoun Valley. Camping for the night.
Day 7: Ighazzoun, Tawhyyant (nomad home stay)
Our trekking adventure and nomad home stay start in the early morning, after meeting the muleteers and helping them with the luggage. We start walking towards the the nomad camp where we will be staying for the night to discover the old lifestyle of Morocco. Here is your chance to help nomads with their days activities. Camping for the night
Day 8: Tawhyyant, Tifdassine, Nkob
We walk for 4-5 hours among the Jbel Saghro hospitality to reach the valley of Tifdassine with amazing views and the company of the mules carrying our luggage. We meet our drivers in this valley to start our drive to the small town of Nkob where we spend the night.
Day 9 : Nkob, Valley of Draa, Ait Ben Haddo, Marrakech
After breakfast, the road takes us to the famous valley of the palmtress, the Valley of Draa, where we will go off-road to cross the Anti-Atlas Mountains through Tizi n' Tnifit pass to Ouarzazate city. We continue to Ksar Aait Ben Haddo which is an UNESCO world heritage site to explore and have lunch. We continue crossing the High Atlas mountains in Tizi n Tichka pass, arriving Marrakech in the early evening. Night in Riad
Day 10: Marrakech
After breakfast, explore Marrakech's historical sites with a local guide including Menara Gardens, Koutoubia Minaret, Saadian Tombs, and the Bahia Palace.. Tour the walls of the old medina, Agdal Gardens, the new Sueliz district, the markets, and the famous Djemaa el Fna Square, as it was 500 years ago with storytellers, vendors of Magic potions, dancers, snake charmers, and acrobats.
Day 11: Marrakech, Essaouira (optional)
If we decide, we depart early to visit Essaouira, a charming small town on the coast well-known for local handicrafts, especially wood furniture, carvings and small artifacts. Meander the windy streets with plenty of free time to discover the city, walk in it’s souks and beach side. Return to Marrakech in afternoon.
If we choose to stay in Marrakech this is a good time for a cooking class or to enjoy a Hammam. Night in Riad.
12th day: Transfer to the airport of Marrakech
TYPE OF TRIP
Enjoy the convenience, camaraderie and security of a hosted group experience so there are no worries about where you are staying or how you are getting there. Enjoy the right balance of key details like hotels, food and transfers taken care, your schedule in place, and plenty of free time to explore. Our goal is to keep the average group sizes small (average 6 people) for a better travel experience.
The difficulty level of the trekking portion is moderate to challenging. All guides selected are designated as CFAMM, certified mountain guides and outdoor specialists. They are trained in first-aid and can deal with most ailments that might occur during a trek. In case of a more serious condition, evacuation would be made to the nearest hospital. Travel insurance is recommended. Drivers are all licensed with years of experience in Morocco’s curving mountain roads as well as off road driving. There are plenty of stops along way for pictures, toilet, coffee, cash machine, phone calls or just taking in the view.
Small group: 4-8 people
Transfers to/from airport.(Casablanca and Marrakech)
(Includes riads, hotels, tents w/ blankets, sheets, and mattresses)
6 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners in the desert
Transportation in an air-conditioned 4x4, land cruiser, or van (pending group size) with driver, fuel, and english speaking guide
City guide in Fes and Marrakech
Does not include:
Airfare OR lunches and drinks, entrance fees (historical sites) and/or tips
Packages starting at $2,650 PP
Based on double occupancy. Plus local and international airfare.
(Note: Please talk to us about suggested air route for best airfares.)