"Souks + Sahara" Morocco

“Souks + Sahara” Morocco

$2,850.00

SEP 16-26

 

Morocco is one of those countries that changes and surprises you. On my first trip, I found my expectations completely flipped on my head. I expected to find a lovely desert, but I did not expect the varied and diverse landscape of different parts of the country–some areas were forested, some were high in the mountains, some looked like Switzerland. It was then that I realized I had judged this place too soon.

 

So we’re heading back for more. Our store, Roamery, is growing, so we will be doing a lot of shopping–if you’ve been dreaming of carpets, or leather, or finding the best of the best in silver, we’ve got you covered.

 

Join us on a wild and beautiful adventure in Morocco this fall. Our trip will begin and end in Marrakesh, an easy airport to be flying in and out of.

 

Please note, as we are covering wide ground in Morocco, we will have to make several long drives to get to/from most destinations.

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Marrakech

Greetings in the airport of Marrakech then transfer to your Marrakech riad. Overnight in your Riad/Hotel.

Overnight at: Riad Bahia Salam or Riad Marana or similar.

 

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Day 2 : Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Rose Valley, Dades valley

You will start your journey southward to Dades valley via Tizi n’Tichka pass. you will visit the berber village of Ait BenHaddou, it was established in the 11th century, its position on the main Marrakech to the sahara route, meant it was an ideal stop off for traders taking salt across the desert and returning with goods such as gold and ivory. After lunch you will continue to Dades valley through the rose valley. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Overnight at: Kasbah Itran in Rose valley or Hotel Babylon in Dades valley or similar.

 

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Day 3: Dades valley, Todgha gorges, Sahara Desert

Depart in the morning to Sahara Desert via Todgha gorges , where you will take a walk to exploring this magnificent and narrow gorges. After lunch, continue to Erfoud city for a visit to a local fossil craft workshop. Continuing to the fascinating dunes of Erg Chebbi. Where you will have camel trekking attending the sunset and spend the evening in a desert camp, enjoy a Moroccan dinner, listen to berber music, you can join by drumming and dancing. Overnight in a traditional Nomad camel hair tent.

Overnight at: Berber nomad camp

 

Day 4: Merzouga oasis, Khamlia village, Visit authentic market of Rissani

After breakfast, you will start an amazing trip alongside the dunes while passing by the oasis and stop to see an old system of irrigation which local people still using to irrigate their fields in the oasis, continue to Khamlia village to listen Gnaoua musicians, then short drive will take you to Rissani for a visit to the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif; the founder of the Alaouite dynasty, and experience the authentic local market, lunch in Rissani and return to the hotel where you will spend the night.

Overnight at: Hotel Mohayut or similar.

 

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Day 5: Sahara Desert – Midelt – Azrou – Fez

After breakfast. We will start our trip to Fes via Erfoud and Ziz Valley enjoying its plam plantation. After lunch in Midelt, you will continue your journey to Fes via Azrou where you will have the opportunity to see the largest forest of cedar trees in the region that is inhabited by monkeys. Arrive to Fes early evening.

Overnight at: Riad Dar Cordoba or similar

 

Day 6: Fes City Guided Tour – Chefchaouen

Today in this UNESCO World Heritage city you will have a guided visit with a local guide. You will visit the medieval medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas, Nejjarine fountain, and the Karaouine mosque, then drive to Chefchaouen blue city via Ouazzan, Spend the night in your Riad or hotel.

Overnight at: Dar Echchaouen or similar

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Day 7: Explore Chefchaouen

You will spend the day exploring the charming city of Chefchaouen located in the Rif Mountains. It is famous for its bright blue color of its buildings. While strolling through the narrow cobbled streets and the walls of the medina, you will realize that most men are dressed in wool chilabas and women with colorful straw hats. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the main square of the medina. Overnight at the same accommodation in Chefchaouen.

 

Day 8 : Chefchaouen – Rabat.

You will spend the morning exploring the charming city of Chefchaouen located in the Rif Mountains. It is famous for its bright blue color of its buildings. While strolling through the narrow cobbled streets and the walls of the medina. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then we will drive to Rabat.

Overnight at: Riad Kalaa or similar

 

Day 9 : Rabat – Casablanca – Marrakech.

Here in Rabat you will visit the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Mausoleum and the Hassan Tower, minaret of incomplete mosque initiated by the Almohad ruler, Yaacoub al-Mansour. You can also visit the Kasbah des Oudaya. After we will continue our journey to Marrakech with a visit to Hassan 2nd mosque in Casablanca.

Overnight at: Riad Bahia Salam or Riad Marana or similar

 

Day 10 : Explore Marrakech

Today you will have a full day guided tour of Marrakech Medina with a local guide including: the Saadian tombs, Bahia Palace, Dar Si Said Museum, Koutoubia Minaret, Majorelle gardens. Afternoon visit Gueliz the modern area of Marrakech and the dynamic Djemaa el fna square where you will enjoy the snake charmers, singers, acrobats, dancers, storytellers… Evening return to spend the night in your Riad.

Overnight at the same accommodation.

 

Day 11 : Marrakech (transfer to airport)

After breakfast at the riad/hotel, transfer to airport depends on your flight departure.

 

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FAQ

 

 

  • Why book with us?

 

We know there are a ton of tours in and out of Morocco. And yes, some of these tours are cheaper. But in Morocco, the old saying rings true–you get what you pay for. In a country that can be very difficult to navigate as a solo (let alone solo female) traveler, this is an easy, stress-free way to explore this beautiful country. The tour company we will be working with, I have personally traveled with in the past, and so I know they’re great and deliver a wonderful experience.

 

2) Will I have my own hotel room?

Costs in this tour are estimated assuming that rooms will be shared between 2 people. The travelers we expect on this trip are all great people, and I’ll be sure to match you up accordingly!

 

3) How much extra money should I bring?

Your tour includes your hotel, transportation, tour guide, camel trekking, and most meals. BUT, my goal on this trip is to shop for our latest store, Roamery, and I know you’ll want to shop too! You can haggle in Morocco, but you’ll probably want to come with at least $3-500 extra cash to cover the meals that aren’t included, as well as tips for your guide and shopping. Obviously, the more the better, but we can still find deals on smaller items, no matter what your budget is. Be sure to bring enough space in your suitcase for your new products (or grab a gorgeous tote in a souk to stuff with your finds!). Marrakech souks will have higher prices than in Chefchaouen or the Atlas Mountains.

 

4) What’s included and not?

Pretty much everything is included: meals, hotel, tour — all you need to bring is shopping money!

Included:

– Comfortable transportation in a minivan with A/C
– English speaking driver – or driver with English speaking tour leader.
– Private tour.
– Half board accommodation all the tour in nice riads/hotels (dinner, bed and breakfast except dinners in Marrakech and Fes).
– Local official guides in Marrakech and Fes.
– Camel trekking and overnight stay with dinner and breakfast in a desert camp (private toilet and shower inside the tent).
– Bottled water for the desert camp overnight

Excluded services:

Alcohol, gratuities (optional) and travel insurance.

 

5) What should I wear?

Morocco is a muslim country and thus, you should aim to dress conservatively — cover your arms and legs. You do not need to cover your hair. Know that how you dress is up to you, but will also impact your experience. Men in Morocco will stare at you regardless of how you’re dressed, but if you’re dressed in a manner they deem disrespectful they may also yell/throw things. And no one likes that.

 

6) Where should I fly into?

Fly in and out of Marrakech. Flights are not included in the cost of this tour.

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