Morocco - Kasbahs, Berbers and the Sahara

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Highlights

• Berber camping adventure
• Camel safari
• Roman ruins of Volubilis - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Traverse the Atlas Mountains
• Visit the medieval imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakesh

Fact File

• 18 land days in Morocco
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Casablanca
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 1-2

 

Known to the Arabs as al-Maghreb al-Aqsa, or the farthest land of the setting sun, Morocco stands at the western edge of the Arab and Muslim world. Separated from Europe by just nine miles at the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is both a crossroads and a frontier state, as it has been since the 11th century, when it became the gateway for Islam's most successful advance upon Western Europe.

We start in Casablanca and travel to one of Morocco's greatest charms - the labyrinths of the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fez. We continue across the Middle Atlas Mountains to Erfoud, where we reach the sands of the Sahara and witness the sunrise over the dunes. Here, we experience a touch of nomadic Berber life, as we ride camels with the local tribesmen into the majestic solitude of the Sahara Desert. We enjoy a night in Berber tents with a traditional feast and Berber folklore.

Traveling west, our next destination is the Todra Gorge, a striking natural wonder with 1,000-foot walls which narrow to just 30 feet apart at one point. Through the Dades Valley, set amidst the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, we travel on to Ouarzazate along the "Road of a Thousand Kasbahs" and continue to the historic city of Taroudant.
Our last week is a journey through the seldom-visited Anti-Atlas Mountains in the south to Tafraout. We visit the historic fortifications of Essaouira, a lovely coastal town and a favorite hideaway of Orson Welles.

We finish in Casablanca after enjoying an overland journey from Marrakesh.

FROM: $4895  $4155

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

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Accommodations

Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms. 1 night of camping with shared facilities.

Comfort notes

Some long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca
Day 2: Casablanca and Meknes
Day 3: Roman Ruins of Volubilis and King's Stables
Day 4: Medieval City of Fez
Day 5: Traversing the Mountains to Erfoud
Day 6: Merzouga
Day 7: Berber Experience
Day 8: Golden Saharan Sunrise, Todra Gorge
Day 9: Ouarzazate
Day 10: Taroudant
Day 11: Taroudant - City Exploration, to Tafraout
Day 12: Anti-Atlas Mountains
Day 13: Scenic Mountains and Coastal Drive
Day 14: Essaouira, Fortress on the Sea
Day 15: The Road to Marrakesh
Day 16: Marrakesh Sightseeing
Day 17: Return To Casablanca
Day 18: Depart Casablanca
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