NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS: MOROCCO JOURNEY
From the highest dunes in Morocco, peer across the sands to watch the sun rise over another North African day. Experience some of the country’s most unforgettable highlights over nine days of culture and nature. Discover the fresh cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, meander the winding lanes of old Marrakech, and ride into the desert on a 4×4. Meet musicians, Berbers, and artisans and soak up the exotic beauty of Morocco.
Casablance | Fès | Merzouga | Tinghir | Ouarzazate | Marrakech
• National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion, Merzouga
• National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Moroccan Foodie Experience, Marrakech
• G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès
• Arrival transfer
• Guided city tour of Meknes including the ancient granaries and stables of Moulay Ismail and Bab Mansour
• Guided visit to Volubilis
• Guided walking tour of the Fes medina including Medersa Bou Inanya and tanneries
• Visit Taourirt Kasbah and Aït Ben Haddou
• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
• Eight nights of shared hotel accommodation
• Eight breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners
• Trip leader throughout plus local guides
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Day 1: Casablanca
Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, and 15:00, and on Fridays at 9:00, 10:00, and 15:00. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the mosque.
Day 2: Casablanca/Fès
Drive to the imperial city of Meknès for a guided tour of some of its fascinating sites. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. After the ruins it’s off to Fès.
Day 3: Fès
Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the Medina of Fès. Explore winding lanes and alleys to 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, opt to have dinner and entertainment at a historic riad.
Day 4: Fès/Merzouga
Start early and watch the scenery of this diverse country change while travelling over the Middle Atlas mountains. Pass through cedar forests and the ski area of Ifrane into the desert regions. Drive by the vast palm groves of the Ziz Valley and right up to the majestic Saharan sand dunes. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of Barbary apes en route.
Day 5: Merzouga/Tinghir
Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 dunes tour. Visit the village of Khamliya where you will meet Gnaoua musicians and learn about the history of their music in the Sahara before enjoying a performance. Later, visit local nomads to learn about nomadic life over cups of mint tea in one of their homes. Return to our Auberge then transfer to Tinghir for the evening.
Day 6: Tinghir/Ouarzazate
Start the morning with a visit to the Dades Gorge with its unusual natural rock formations and stunning scenery. Continue with a scenic drive along the "Route of a 1000 Kasbahs" with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit.
Day 7: Ouarzazate/Marrakech
Visit Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then continue to Marrakech. Take some free time to wander this incredible city. Opt to take a historical tour, visit the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, or wander the souks and shops.
Day 8: Marrakech
Later this afternoon enjoy free time to explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Travellers and locals alike find everything they desire here. Whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain; that’s definitely part of the fun. Opt to indulge in the chaos of the famous Djemaa el Fna square to watch acrobats and fortune tellers plying their trade.
Day 9: Marrakech
Depart at any time.
Operated by G Adventures. Price will be quoted in CAD. Departure dates available year round, prices may vary, please contact us for details. Other conditions may apply. Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys. Activity level: Light.
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