Few countries hold as much dreamy fascination as Morocco. Desert fortresses rise out of the sands of the Sahara. Sapphire oceans caress white sandy beaches. The purple peaks of the Atlas Mountains glisten with snow. Morocco is a land of endless wonder. Behind every city wall is an adventure in art, architecture and cuisine. The winding alleyways of the Medina give way to bustling souks, with tent after tent overflowing with brightly colored silks and baskets of traditional spices. The country 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—home to the imperial cities of Marrakesh and Fez, and 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 | 9 Days
Trip Dates: Year Round
Group Size: Max 12 Participants
Prices From: $3800 per person
Trip Dates & Prices:
ll 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.
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.
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- Immerse yourself in Morocco’s culture and history
- Explore Chefchaouen, the famous blue city
- Hike to the topaz pools of the cascading Akchour Waterfall
- Visit Fez’s visually stunning markets
- Ride a camel through the Sahara Desert
- Camp out under the stars
Itinerary | 10 Days:
Day 1: Arrive at the Tangier International Airport, where you’ll meet your private driver and guide. Travel two hours to Chefchaouen and check into your picturesque riad before enjoying a mouthwatering welcome dinner. *We can also arrange for transport to/from Casablanca International Airport (5 hours). Accommodation: Riad Lina or similar
Day 2: We’ll start our journey in the famous blue city of Chefchaouen, known for being covered head to toe in rich turquoise, topaz, and periwinkle. Vibrant shades of blue blanket the entire town, from walls to cobblestone pathways, making it impossible to miss from a distance. As we immerse ourselves in the city and become acquainted with one of the most visually unique places in all of North Africa, we’ll learn about daily life in this bustling town and spend the afternoon strolling through the centuries-old markets. If you’d like, you can head out on a hike to Akchour Waterfall—dive into the crystalline water and sip mint tea from local shops along the trail. We’ll dine at sunset, overlooking the rolling blue city, then return to the riad for a relaxing evening. Accommodation: Riad Lina or similar
Day 3: Fuel up with a hearty breakfast as you prepare to depart to our next destination, Fez. Fez is the largest city in the world that doesn’t allow cars. Because of this, Fez’s streets are famously narrow and warped, with shadowy markets that feel frozen in time—the ideal place for a photo op. You’ll go on a tour of the city and enjoy a savory lunch from one of the many local restaurants. Fez has plenty to see and do, as it’s the ancient home to scholars, artisans, and more! The cultural lineage of Fez, coupled with its unique charm, make it a can’t-miss destination. We’ll spend the evening at the riad, trying the variety of foods that make Morocco a culinary delight. Accommodation: Riad Myra or similar
Day 4: This morning, we’ll have the opportunity to photograph the colorful and complex tanneries of Fez, learning about the centuries-old practices still used today. After capturing this iconic spot, we’ll photograph the honey souks, carpet weavers, bustling markets, and maze-like passageways of this imperial city. To many travelers, Fez has become the country’s new culinary capitol, and you’ll get a taste of just why that is as we dine on local cuisine. Accommodation: Riad Myra or similar
Day 5: We’ll start our journey early today, as we travel to the stunning, dusty orange mountainous landscape of Merzouga, a town in the famed Sahara Desert. The drive will take several hours, so be sure to stock up on snacks, water, and other necessities! Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Morocco as you head south through the country. Once we arrive, we’ll dine on a traditional Moroccan meal in preparation for the next day’s explorations. Accommodation: Jaimas Madu (Bedouin Tent) or similar
Day 6: Rise with the sun to take in the magnificent, never-ending views of the sand dunes, followed by an energizing breakfast before setting out on the Sahara. The group will head into the arid land that continues to capture the fascination of people around the globe. In a small town at the desert’s edge, we’ll climb aboard camels and embark on a journey deep into the epic dunes of the Sahara; it’ll take approximately an hour until we arrive at a Bedouin campsite for the night. We’ll join in on a traditional dance and welcome dinner, play the drums, sip calming mint tea, and lounge under the starry night. Accommodation: Jaimas Madu (Bedouin Tent) or similar
Day 7: We’ll rise before dawn to climb a dune just beyond the camp so we can watch the sunrise from a high vantage point. Marvel as the desert is flooded with glorious golden light, painting the sand pastel pinks and purples before transforming into a fiery orange. After we’ve had our fun lazing in the warm sand and filling our cameras’ memory cards, we’ll board the camels once again and head back to town. In the afternoon, we’ll travel through Tizi n’Tichka, a winding mountain pass, on our way to Aït Benhaddou, an ancient village that showcases Morocco’s earthen clay architecture. The village is often featured in Hollywood films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, and Son of God. We’ll delve deeper into the rich history of this captivating settlement before continuing onwards to Marrakech. Accommodation: Aït Benhaddou Ksar Ighnda or similar
Day 8: After breakfast we’ll set off for Marrakech. It’ll be another long ride (~5 hours), so plan accordingly. When we arrive, we’ll check into our hotel and then spend the afternoon getting to know the city. In the evening we’ll visit Marrakech’s iconic thousand-year-old market, Jemaa el Fna. The market is open all day, but as the sun sets it comes alive, glowing with its illuminated food stalls, snake charmers, street performers, musicians, and overwhelming eccentricity—a photographer’s dream! Accommodation: Riad Adore or similar
Day 9: We’ll spend our last morning wandering through Marrakech on a guided tour, visiting a number of local shops, restaurants, and a host of other historical sights. This city is a mecca of 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! Enjoy your final day before heading to Marrakesh International Airport for your flight back home.