Morocco: Sahara & Beyond

01/01/2022 through 12/15/2022
01/01/2022 through 12/18/2022
G Adventures

Morocco: Sahara & Beyond
Discover the rich cultural heritage of Morocco, where many distinct peoples have left their indelible mark-from ancient Romans to the Arabs to the French–and encounter the living legacy of North Africa’s indigenous Amazigh, or Berbers. Explore the atmospheric souks of Marrakech and Fez, witnessing age-old crafts like damascening and hand-painted ceramics; venture to the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, used as a filming location for many Hollywood productions; and enjoy lunch with an Amazigh family in a small oasis village. Then head to Essaouria, the windy Atlantic city that was a onetime haven for pirates-and now musicians.

Highlights
Visit a women’s co-op and enjoy a local lunch, watch storytellers and acrobats at Djemaa el Fna square, learn about Moroccan cuisine with a cooking class in a traditional Amazigh house, traverse the Sahara Desert by 4×4, try to mimic a local expert’s elegant sweeps in an Islamic calligraphy class.

Accommodation
Hotels (13 nts), comfortable desert camp (1 nt).

Group Leader
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Group Size Notes
Max 12, Avg 10.

Meals Included
14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

What’s Included
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Islamic Calligraphy Class, Fès
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Moroccan Foodie Experience, Marrakech
Your G for Good Moment: Mhaya Village Community Lunch, Meknès
Your Foodie Moment: Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit, Marrakech. Arrival transfer. Guided city tour of Meknès including the ancient granaries and stables of Moulay Ismail and Bab Mansour.
Guided tour of Volubilis including visit to Roman ruins. Guided walking tour of the Fès medina including artisans’ quarters and Fès tannery. Guided night walk of Djemaa el Fna square with local meal. Marrakech medina walk and spice shop visit. Marrakech tour including souks, Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Visit the ancient kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou. Sahara excursion by 4×4 including a visit to the town of Tamegroute. Overnight in a comfortable, traditional desert camp with dinner under the stars. Explore the Draa region and orientation tour of Zagora. Taroudant market visit. Aït Mansour Gorge excursion. Visit to Tafraoute. Explore Essaouira. Visit Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1 Casablanca
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Day 2 Casablanca to Fez
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Day 3 Fez
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Day 4 Fez to Marrakech
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Day 5 Marrakech
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Day 6 Marrakech/Aït Ben Haddou
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Day 7 Aït Ben Haddou/Erg Chigaga
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Day 8 Erg Chigaga/Zagora
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Day 9 Zagora/Taroudant
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Day 10 Taroudant
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Day 11 Taroudant/Tafraout
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Day 12 Tafraout/Essaouira
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Day 13 Essaouira
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Day 14 Essaouira/Marrakech
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Day 15 Marrakech
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