G Adventures – Morocco:  Sahara & Beyond

G Adventures – Morocco: Sahara & Beyond

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.


25NOV – 09DEC

$3199 CAD per person land only


ITINERARY

DAY 1CASABLANCA

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Sit down to a welcome dinner.

Meals included:

Dinner

DAY 2CASABLANCA/FÈS

Take a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. After seeing the ruins, it’s off to Fes.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 3FÈS

Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Medina of Fes. Explore winding lanes and alleys, visit the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide. After, enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional tagine lunch at a cooperative that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This evening, visit a local cafe where we meet a local expert in Islamic calligraphy for a demonstration on "beautiful writing".

Exclusive Inclusions:

G Adventures for Good Meknes Community Lunch|National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Islamic Calligraphy Class

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 4FÈS/MARRAKECH

Travel to Marrakech. In the evening, experience all the colour and chaos with a visit to the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Watch storytellers and acrobats as you enjoy a simple and delicious local meal at a market food stall.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 5MARRAKECH

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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Moroccan Foodie Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 6MARRAKECH/AIT BENHADDOU

Travel to Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient “Kasbah" (fortress) village.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7AIT BENHADDOU/ERG CHIGAGA

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 8ERG CHIGAGA/ZAGORA

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 9ZAGORA/TAROUDANT

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 10TAROUDANT/TAFRAOUT

Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, explore the town centre and its local markets.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 11TAFRAOUT

Visit Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon. Walk through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 12TAFRAOUT/ESSAOUIRA

Travel to the Atlantic coast to the port town of Essaouira. Opt to visit a local “hammam” (traditional spa and steam baths).

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 13ESSAOUIRA

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 14ESSAOUIRA/MARRAKECH

Return to Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a palace-style restaurant with local folkloric entertainment.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 15MARRAKECH

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Islamic Calligraphy Class, Fès
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Moroccan Foodie Experience, Marrakech
  • G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour the city of Meknes and ruins at Volubilis
  • Guided walking tour of Fes medina
  • Guided night walk of Djemaa el Fna square with local meal
  • Explore Marrakech with a local guide
  • Visit the ancient kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou
  • Sahara Desert excursion by 4x4 with overnight in a comfortable desert camp
  • Explore the Draa region
  • Visit to Tafraoute
  • Explore Essaouira
  • Visit Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

ACCOMMODATIONS

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

MEALS

14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD380-495 for meals not included.

TRANSPORTATION

Private air-con minivan, walking, 4x4.

STAFF & EXPERTS

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.


Map of the route for Morocco: Sahara & Beyond

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