National Geographic Journeys: Morocco: Sahara & Beyond (DCBNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 12, Avg 10.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Visit a womens 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 Berber house, traverse the Sahara Desert by 4x4, try to mimic a local experts elegant sweeps in an Islamic calligraphy class.
The culture of the Berbers in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Discover their enduring legacy on this 15-day adventure into Morocco's rich cultural heritage. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fez; spend a night in a comfortable tented camp in the Sahara; enjoy dinner with a traditional Berber family; and unwind amid the coastal beauty of Essaouira. Throughout this magical ride, open your eyes to each dazzling place - and earn a new point of view.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Casablanca||Day 1 Casablanca (1D)|
Please note that this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca. You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca, and take some time to see its medina, beachfront, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture. Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday (closed Fridays) at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 14:00. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the mosque. In the evening, there will be a brief meeting where you will meet your CEO and fellow group members to go over the details of the tour. Afterwards, go out for a welcome dinner in a nearby local restaurant. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Fes||Day 2 Casablanca/Fes (1B)|
Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities and its name and fame are closely linked to that of the Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail, who made Meknes the centre of his empire and built many of the monuments that remain today. Continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Once an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman conquests, Volubilis was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Continue to Fes to spend the night. Stay in the the new city of Fes, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco. Additional Notes: This is a long and busy day. The times listed are actual driving times and do not include stops. We will stop to explore Meknes and Volubilis, and not arrive in Fes until the evening. Included Activities: Meknes City Tour Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 3||Fes||Day 3 Fes (1B, 1L)|
In the evening, there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad that has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. You will not only enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties, but also an evening of singing, music, and belly dancing. Included Activities: Fes Medina Guided Tour Meknes Community Lunch Islamic Calligraphy Class
|Day 4||Marrakech||Day 4 Fes/Marrakech (1B, 1D)|
Included Activities: Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 5||Marrakech||Day 5 Marrakech (1B, 1L)|
In the morning, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. After, visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef, and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared. Included Activities: Marrakech City Tour Moroccan Foodie Experience
|Day 6||Ait Benhaddou||Day 6 Marrakech/Ait Benhaddou (1B, 1D)|
Included Activities: AIt Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Erg Chigaga||Day 7 Ait Benhaddou/Erg Chigaga (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora and embark on 4x4s into the desert. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery makers. Continue off road to the great dunes of Erg Chigaga to our comfortable desert camp. Opt to take a camel ride or to climb to the top of the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars. Included Activities: Tamegroute Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) 4x4 (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Zagora||Day 8 Erg Chigaga/Zagora (1B)|
Cross the desert back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region. You'll also get to visit some of the local historical sites. Included Activities: Zagora Orientation Tour Transport: 4x4 (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Taroudant||Day 9 Zagora/Taroudant (1B)|
Head towards the Anti-Atlas region to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets. Included Activities: Taroudant Markets and Tanneries Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Day 10||Tafraout||Day 10 Taroudant/Tafraout (1B)|
Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, explore the town centre and its local markets. Included Activities: Tafraout Orientation walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Tafraout||Day 11 Tafraout (1B, 1L)|
Visit AIt Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon. Walk through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house. Visit a womens cooperative that produces handicrafts and argan oil. Included Activities: AIt Mansour Gorge and Area Tour Womens Cooperative Visit Lunch at Local Village House Palm Valley Walk
|Day 12||Essaouira||Day 12 Tafraout/Essaouira (1B)|
Essaouira is also famous for its music scene and offers a great chance to check out a live performance. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
|Day 13||Essaouira||Day 13 Essaouira (1B, 1L)|
Enjoy a day of leisure in this coastal city. Make sure you watch the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish, pick out the best of the bunch, which we'll take to a local restaurant to cook up for our lunch. Opt to browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, or rent a fishing rod.
|Day 14||Marrakech||Day 14 Essaouira/Marrakech (1B)|
In the afternoon, have free time to further explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Visitors and locals alike find everything they desire here, whether it's spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns. The selection is exhaustive. Don't forget to bargain. Its definitely part of the fun. Once you've tired yourself out, relax at one of the tea houses around the square, indulge in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea and watch life go by from a shady spot. Included Activities: Menara Gardens Visit Jardin Majorelle Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours)
|Day 15||Marrakech||Day 15 Marrakech (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: There are no local flights on this tour.
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