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Destinations:  Morocco
Travel Style: Acanela Local Expedition ©
Accommodation: Basic Guesthouses
Activity Level:  • • 3 • • (Medium)
Group Size: Min 1, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Arrive to Casablanca, Morocco International Airport (TNG)
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Arrival Airport: Casablanca International Airport (CMN) Arrive at the Tangier International Airport, where you’ll meet your private driver / guide and transfer to your hotel. Check into hotel and enjoying a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2: Travel to the Imperial City of Fez, Morocco
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Fuel up with a hearty breakfast as you prepare to depart to our next destination, Fez (also known as Fes). Welcome to 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.

Day 3: Complete Tour of Fez, Morocco
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This morning, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the colorful and complex tanneries of Fez, learning about the centuries-old practices still used today. After exploring this iconic spot, we’ll continue on to 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.

In the afternoon have the option to visit a local restaurant for a hands-on cooking class. With the help of an expert chef, earn how to prepare authentic dishes such as couscous, tagine, and delicious Moroccan breads. In the evening have the opportunity to visit one of the city's many hammams, or bathhouses, where you will be pleasantly surprised at just how 'pampering' Moroccan Spas can be.

Day 4: Travel to Sahara Desert, Morocco
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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.

Day 5: Sahara Desert, Morocco
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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.

Day 6: Sahara Desert to Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
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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 Marrakesh.

Day 7: Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakesh
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After breakfast we’ll set off for Marrakesh. 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 Marrakesh’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

Day 8: Depart Marrakesh, Morocco
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We’ll spend our last morning wandering through Marrakesh 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. Departure Airport: Marrakesh International Airport (RAK)

Expedition Route

This Acanela Local Expedition © offers an affordable experience for those looking for clean and simple accommodations, with lots of experiences and adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local people, culture, cuisine, wildlife, and nature.

Trip Inclusions

Travel Style: Local
Service Level: Simple (comfortable & clean accommodations; public and private transport)
Activity Level: 2 (light)
Route: Casablanca to Marrakech
Accommodation: 3-star Riads (5 nights), tented desert camp (1 night, multi-share)
Transport: Air-conditioned van, camels
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Included Activities: Fes Local Guided Tour, Meknes & Volubilis Guided Tour, Bedouin Sahara Desert Excursion with Camel Ride, Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages, Hit Ben Haddou Kasbah visit, Marrakech media guided walk

Dates & Prices

From $900 / person | All the best local experiences in one package including simple guesthouse accommodation for all nights, public and private in-country transport, our expert driver guides, all activities listed on itinerary, and daily breakfasts. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.

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