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From the bustling markets to the wild open land of North Africas deserts we will journey through Morocco’s diverse and ancient landscape. We partner with ethical organizations that ensure a safe and meaningful experience. This trip offers a blend of traditional style lodging like riads, desert camps and kasbahs in addition to a central hotel in Marrakesh. Through our local guides we will get behind the scene tours of food markets, spice markets and medinas. Morocco is an enchanting country with so much history and stories woven through its fabric.

To dig a little deeper into Morocco this itinerary provides the opportunity to partner with the Amal Association which is a local non-profit in Marrakesh that empowers women through culinary skills. We will also have behind the scene tours of both food and spice markets and a cooking class from the famed La Maison Arabe restaurant which has been open since 1946!

[B, L, D indicates whether Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner is provided each day.]

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Arrival To Casablanca

You may arrive at anytime today and will be met at the airport by our guide and driver and be transferred to our hotel for the night. This evening we will gather together for a short orientation and dinner at Ricks Cafe, a restaurant designed to emulate the bar made famous in the movie Casablanca. (D)

Hotel: Mogador Marina                                                                                                                      

DAY 2: Casablanca to Fes

After viewing a the ancient mosque, Hassan II in Casablanca we will make our way out of the city to Meknes. We will have a walking tour of the Medina before heading on to Fes. After check in in our hotel there is free time in the afternoon to explore, rest or whatever your heart desires. (B)

Hotel: Riad Salam

DAY 3: Fes

Today is all about exploring the old city, Fes al Bali. We will uncover the incredible stories of history and culture. Tonight is a special treat as we connect with a local family in the evening and enjoy pastilla, a traditional dish that is like a crispy pie generally filled with meat or chicken. (B,D)

Hotel: Riad Salam

DAY 4: Fes to Erfoud

Heading westward today, Erfoud is known as “the Door to the Desert.” We will pass through gorgeous and ever changing landscape before arriving at our kasbah where the evening is yours to enjoy. (B)

Hotel: Kasbah Xaluca

DAY 5: Into the desert!

Hop into your 4-wheel drive and journey to Merzouga! We will fuel up for lunch in the village of Rissan and try Madfouna, a traditional stuffed bread. We will continue to a beautiful desert camp where we will enjoy a camel trek, a dinner local Moroccan favorites and a night under the incredible desert skies. (B,L,D)

Hotel: Merzouga Desert Camp

DAY 6: Dades Valley

Leaving the arid desert landscape will continue the Dades Valley where a series of gorges carve through the Atlas Mountains. After stopping and seeing the Todra Gorge, we will have a chance to sit down for some tea and connect with a local family to discuss life in Morocco. Our journey continues to Dades where we check in for the night. (B)

Hotel: Hotel Xaluca Dades

DAY 7: Riads & Kasbahs

We travel the “road of 1,000 kasbahs” which was formally an ancient caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakesh. We will look inside the extravagant Kasbah Ameridhl before heading off to Ait Benhaddou. Our walking tour will uncover the history and beauty of this city that has seemingly stopped in time, almost unchanged since the 11th century! It has been said that sunsets are some of the best in the world here and our roof top terrace is the best spot to catch it! (B,D)

Hotel: Riad Maktoub

DAY 8: Marrakesh

After breakfast, our journey continues to Marrakesh, one of Morocco’s major cities. It is also considered the established center for culture, religion and trading. Tonight we venture out for a guided foodie tour and visit a local spice market all while sampling and savoring lots of local favorites like pastries, olives, fruit and more. (B)

Hotel: Opera Plaza

DAY 9: Community lunch and choose your own adventure!

Today we explore Marrakesh in depth! We will have a tour of the old medina and wander through the streets of the old city seeing musicians, artists, architecture and take in the stunning gardens that pepper this beautiful city. We are honored to have lunch at the Amal Association, a local non-profit in Marrakesh that empowers disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement. In the afternoon you can choose from a variety of activities (at your own cost) like a guided bike tour, horse drawn carriage ride or simply enjoy a walk on your own. (B,L)

Hotel: Opera Plaza

DAY 10: Cooking Class

So much great food and now we get to cook it! La Maison Arabe has been open since 1946. Here, we will learn the secrets of Moroccan cooking from a dada. (traditional Moroccan chef) Our efforts will be enjoyed together as lunch. There will be opportunity for some free time in the afternoon before going together again for our final goodbye dinner. (B,L,D)

Hotel: Opera Plaza

DAY 11: Departures

Our adventure ends today. You may choose to leave from Marrakesh or Casablanca. Transfers while not included for departures will all be arranged when flights are confirmed. (B)

DEPARTURES:

April 19th-29th 8+ available double rooms w/ shared bath