Morocco

Day 1

Arrival in Marrakesh

Morning/Afternoon 

  • Arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) before 4:00 pm and take your included transportation to your beautiful riad in the heart of the old medina.

Late Afternoon

  • Enjoy a walk in the old narrow streets of the medina then to the great square of Jemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech.

Evening

  • Gather for dinner with your new group of friends for your first taste of the local Moroccan cuisine.

Day 2

Explore Marrakech

Morning

  • After breakfast go on a guided walking tour of Marrakech with your local guide. Explore the old medina and tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom. 
  • Your guided tour also includes the entrance to the Bahia Palace and the Photography Museum.

Afternoon

  • After your walking tour, enjoy some free time in Marrakech:

Suggestions: Majorelle Gardens, Palais Badi, Museum of Marrakech, cycling tour, food tasting...

Evening

  • Enjoy dinner at your riad with the group and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure! 

Day 3

High Atlas Mountains

Morning

  • Enjoy another delicious breakfast at your riad in Marrakech.
  • Today you will take a short drive to the High Atlas Mountains (~45 minutes) and stop in the village of Tahenouat where you will participate in a cooking class and will prepare your own tagine! 

Afternoon

  • After lunch, you will hit the road again to the village of Imlil (~2 hours) and go on a hike to the village of Aroumd (~50 minutes) where you will enjoy some stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains. 

Evening

  • Spend the night in a family-owned guest house in Aroumd and enjoy the Berber hospitality and culture.

Day 4

Ouarzazate City

Morning

  • Wake up in the Atlas Mountains and enjoy a bread cooking demonstration and a leisurely morning walk in the village. 
  • Today you will make your way to the city of Ouarzazate, driving over Tizi N’ Tichka, one of Morocco’s highest mountain passes. (~6 hours with stops). 
  • Along the way, visit an all-female-operated Argan Oil Cooperative and learn about the process of making this oil which is used in foods, medicines, and cosmetics. You can even give argan oil a taste, while learning how this cooperative empowers local women.  

Afternoon

  • Arrive in Ouarzazate, the most famous film location in Morocco, where numerous movies like Gladiator were filmed.
  • Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore this humble town. 
  • We recommend visiting the Atlas Movie Studio or Kasbah Taourirt.

Evening

  • Enjoy dinner with your group and settle into your hotel for the evening.

Day 5

Erg Chebbi Dunes & Desert Camping

Morning/Afternoon

  • After breakfast, make your way to Merzouga desert (~5 hours). You will pass through some beautiful villages where you will have breaks for coffee, toilets, and pictures, before arriving at the Erg Chebbi dunes, a must-see in Morocco! 

Evening

  • Grab your overnight pack, get on a camel, and ride in the Sahara desert to your camp, enjoying the sunset along the way. 
  • Get settled into your desert camp and enjoy some local cuisine while you sit around an open fire, enjoying lively music, and dancing under the stars.

Day 6

Desert Sunrise and the Todra Gorge

Morning

  • Start your day with another camel ride to enjoy the beautiful sunrise in the desert. 
  • Enjoy breakfast and get ready for your next adventure to Todra Gorge! (~3.5 hours driving this morning).
  • Stretch your legs with a walk through the sheer cliffs of these limestone river canyons. If you are lucky, you may spot a few mountain goats along the walk.

Afternoon

  • You will continue your day while driving (~3 hours driving this afternoon) on the famous ‘Road of 1000 Kasbahs’.
  • Stop at Skoura Oasis for some leisure time.  We suggest visiting Kasbah Amridil or simply soaking in the nature of this lovely area.
  • Then continue driving to Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco's most iconic sites and where the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones were filmed.

Evening

  • Enjoy dinner with your group as you share stories about your Moroccan adventure thus far.

Day 7

Ait Benhaddou

Morning/Afternoon

  • Enjoy a walk through the winding streets and little mud houses of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, making your way to the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy sweeping views across the surrounding plains. 
  • Head back to Marrakech passing back through the beautiful High Atlas Mountains. (~4 hours driving).

Evening

  • After relaxing a bit at your riad in Marrakech, you will have a home-cooked dinner with a Moroccan family in their humble house in the old medina.

Day 8

Relaxation & Departure

Morning

  • On the final day of our Moroccan adventure, wake up early to soak in the last morning in Marrakech together.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore the town before taking included transportation to the Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) airport to catch your flight departing after 12:00 pm.
  • Be sure to ask your Trip Leader for suggestions if you choose to spend more time in Marrakech.

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