Few countries hold as much dreamy fascination for travelers as the beautiful country of Morocco. Desert fortresses rise out of the sands of the Sahara. Sapphire oceans caress white sandy beaches. The purple peaks of the Atlas Mountains glitter with snow. Visit Morocco to see all of these sights and more. Behind every city wall is an adventure in art, architecture and cuisine. The winding alleyways of the Medina give way to the bustling souks, tent after tent filled with brightly colored silks and baskets of spices. Morocco is made up of four different areas: the Sahara desert, full of Berber towns and oases; the Atlas and Rif Mountains, perfect for hikers; the plains which are home to the imperial cities of Marrakesh and Fez; and finally the sandy coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, graced by small beach towns and the cities of Rabat and Casablanca.
Trip Summary: Morocco | 10 Days
Trip Dates: March - June; August - October
Group Size: Max 12 Participants
Prices From: $3200 per person
• Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and landscape of Morocco
• Explore the famous blue city of Chefchaouen
• Hike to the topaz pools of the cascading Akchour waterfall
• Visit the city of Fez, a UNESCO world heritage site
• Overnight in the Sahara desert on a camel safari
• Sleep in rooms carved into soaring rock walls
Itinerary | 10 DAYS:
Days 1 : Arrive in the Tangier International Airport, where your private driver and guide will meet you and assist you from the start of your journey. Travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen (2 hours), check into your beautiful Riad, and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner as you begin your experience through Morocco.
Day 2: We will start our journey in the famous blue city of Chefchaouen, known for its turquoise buildings, topaz walls, and rich navy cobblestone streets. As we immerse ourselves in the city and become acquainted with one of the most visually unique cities in all of North Africa, we’ll learn about the daily life of this bustling town, and spend the afternoon walking through the beautiful markets that have been used by locals for hundreds of years. In the afternoon have the option to hike to the Akchour waterfall, where you can spend the afternoon diving into the crystalline water, and sipping mint tea at local shops that dot the trail. We’ll have dinner watching the sunset from a viewpoint overlooking the rolling blue city, then come back to our hotel to enjoy a relaxing evening. Accommodation: Riad Lina or similar
Day 3: After a delicious breakfast at your hotel accommodation, prepare to depart to your next destination, Fez. Fez is an UNESCO World Heritage site, and also the largest city in the world that doesn’t permit cars. Because of this, Fez’s streets are famously narrow and warped, creating dusky markets that feel untouched by the passing centuries, which produce brilliant opportunities to take beautiful photos. You will be given a tour of the city and experience a local lunch from one of the many delicious restaurants. There is plenty to see and do in Fez as it is the ancient home to scholars, artisans, and more! The cultural lineage of Fez, coupled with its unique charm make it a great destination. At night we will spend the evening at our beautiful Riad trying the delicious foods that make Morocco a culinary delight. Accommodation: Riad Myra or similar
Day 4: After a morning breakfast at your accommodation, we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the colorful and complex tanneries of Fez, learning about the centuries-old practices that are still used today. We’ll photograph the honey souqs, carpet weavers, bustling markets, and maze-like passageways of this imperial city. Dinner will be held at a local restaurant featuring delicious Moroccan food. To many travelers, Fez has become the ‘new’ culinary capitol of Morocco and you’ll experience this in the many dishes you’ll get to try. Accommodation: Riad Myra or similar
Day 5: Today we will wake up early to enjoy a delicious breakfast before departing through the beautiful mountainous landscape to Merzouga, the entrance to the beautiful Sahara desert. The journey will take several hours, so be sure to stock up on snacks, water, and other trip necessities. You’ll have plenty of breaks along the way, but it is always nice to have a favorite snack on a long trip! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Morocco as you traverse the country North to South before arriving in Merzouga. You will dine on a traditional Moroccan meal with your guide and trekking crew before setting out into the Sahara in the morning. Accommodation: Jaimas Madu (Bedouin Tent) or similar
Day 6: An early morning rising will give you stunning picturesque views of the Saharan dunes before you have breakfast and set out for your Saharan desert experience. The group will head towards the picturesque Sahara that continues to capture the imaginations of people around the globe. At a small town on the edge of the desert, we’ll board camels and embark on a journey deep into the epic dunes of the Sahara. The journey will take us approximately an hour until we arrive at a Bedouin campsite where we’ll be spending the night sleeping under the stars. We’ll partake in a traditional dance and welcome dinner, play the drums, sip mint tea, and lounge under the stars. Accommodation: Jaimas Madu (Bedouin Tent) or similar
Day 7: Long before the sun rises above the dunes, we’ll set our alarms in order to wake up and climb a dune just beyond the camp in order to see the sunrise from a high vantage point, as the desert is flooded with color and glorious golden light. After we’ve had our fun playing in the sands and filling our camera memory cards, we’ll board our camels once again to head back to the town on the outskirts of the desert. We will spend the late afternoon traveling through the beautiful Tizi'n Tiki Pass on our way to Ait Ben Haddou where we will sleep in cozy rooms carved into the soaring rock walls, or even on the hotel balcony underneath a spectacular array of stars. Ait Ben Haddou is often featured in Hollywood films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Son of God. Here we’ll have the opportunity to explore and photography this fascinating ancient settlement before continuing our journey onwards to Marrakech. Accommodation: Ait Ben Haddou Ksar Ighnda or similar
Day 8: After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, we will continue on to Marrakech. The journey to Marrakech will take a few hours so bring plenty of snacks and water for the journey (~5 hours). We will stop for periodic breaks, but always good to be prepared! After checking into our hotel, we’ll spend the afternoon getting to know the city, and once night settles we will set out to visit Marrakech’s iconic thousand-year-old night market, Jemaa el Fna. As it grows darker, the market comes alive, as it glows with its illuminated food stalls, snake charmers, street performers, musicians, and overwhelming eccentricity. A photographer’s dream! Accommodation: Riad Adore or similar
Day 9: After breakfast, we will set out to explore the beautiful city of Marrakech. You will experience a guided tour of Marrakech visiting a number of local shops, restaurants, and a host of other historical city sights. Marrakech is a mecca for smoky night markets, winding cobblestone streets, rooftop cafes, and vibrant storefronts selling anything from Berber carpets to exotic animals. There are endless sights to see and areas to explore in the city. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant featuring delicious local Moroccan food like couscous, mint tea, and delicious tagine vegetables. Accommodation: Riad Adore or similar
Day 10: Have a free morning to explore Marrakech. A number of activities will be suggested, and you’ll have the chance to move freely throughout the city taking in the sights and sounds on your last day. Be sure to purchase any final souvenirs you want to take home as this will be the last opportunity to bring the treasures of Morocco back with you. If your airline carrier’s baggage limit allows, we recommend bringing back an authentic Moroccan tagine. As via your flight itinerary, depart for the Marrakesh airport to catch our flights back to our homes.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
March - June
August - October
*additional dates upon inquiry
All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
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