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Morocco Sahara & Beyond

15 Days, Casablanca to Marrakech
Morocco Sahara & Beyond

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The culture of the Berbers in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Come discover their world on this 15-day experience through the most incredible cultural read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • Accommodation in Hotels (13 nts), comfortable desert camp (1 nt).
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Arrival Transfer.
  • Tour the city of Meknes and ruins at Volubilis.
  • Guided walking tour of Fes medina.
  • Islamic calligraphy class.
  • Guided night walk of Djemaa el Fna square with local meal.
  • Explore Marrakech with a local guide.
  • Marrakech cooking class and market visit.
  • Visit the ancient Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Sahara Desert excursion by 4x4 with overnight in a comfortable desert camp.
  • Explore the Draa region.
  • Visit to Tafraoute.
  • Explore Essaouira.
  • Visit Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle.
  • Services of a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 375-490 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Casablanca
Day 2 Casablanca/Fes
Day 3 Fes
Day 4 Fes/Marrakech
Day 5 Marrakech
Day 6 Marrakech/Ait Ben Haddou
Day 7 Ait Ben Haddou/Erg Chegaga
Day 8 Erg Chegaga/Zagora
Day 9 Zagora/Taroudant
Day 10 Taroudant/Tafraout
Day 11 Tafraout
Day 12 Tafraout/Essaouira
Day 13 Essaouira
Day 14 Essaouira/Marrakech
Day 15 Marrakech
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Places Visited
  • Casablanca
  • Fes
  • Marrakech
  • Ait Ben Haddou
  • Erg Chegaga
  • Zagora
  • Taroudant
  • Tafraout
  • Essaouira
  • DAY 1 Casablanca

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Sit down to a welcome dinner.

    If you arrive early in the day, feel free to enjoy this beautiful city at your leisure. With its art deco and french colonial buildings, Old Medina, great restaurants and entertainment, there is plenty to keep you busy!

    In the evening, there will be a brief meeting where you will meet your CEO and fellow group members to go over the details of the tour. Afterwards, go out for a welcome dinner in a nearby local restaurant.

    Private Vehicle
    Mohammed V International Airport - Casablanca
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (Dinner)

  • DAY 2 Casablanca/Fes

    Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. After seeing the ruins, it's off to Fes.

    Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities and its name and fame are closely linked to that of the Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail, who made Meknes the centre of his empire and built many of the monuments that remain today.

    Continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Once an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman conquests, Volubilis was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

    Continue to Fes to spend the night. Stay in the new city of Fes, built by the French during their Protectorate of Morocco.

    Private Vehicle
    Casablanca - Fes 7h-8h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Meknes City Tour
    Meknes 1h-2h
    Enjoy a guided tour of this imperial city. Gain local insight into city sites - each guide may put their own spin on the tour. Expect to visit the 18th-century Bab Mansour, the ornamental gate to the city, the bustling souk, the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and the Meknes Royal Palace.

    Volubilis Guided Tour
    Volubilis 1h-2h
    Listen to a certified local guide explain life in the Roman Empire at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the impressive, well-preserved Roman ruins. Peer into old bathhouses, marvel at the still-present mosaic floors, and gaze up at towering marble pillars. Hear stories about life in this Roman city that will leave you in awe of just how far their empire stretched.

    G Adventures-supported Traditional Moroccan Lunch
    Meknes 1h 30m
    Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This G Adventures lunch program provides access to education opportunities and healthcare services. The proceeds from this lunch program help support vocational training for rural women, allowing them to support their families and children. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked Moroccan meal and learn a bit of Arabic while you meet some of the women that are part of this program. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Fes

    Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Medina of Fes. Explore winding lanes and alleys; visit the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide. Later, visit a local cafe where we meet a local expert in Islamic calligraphy for a demonstration and class on "beautiful writing".

    Take a half-day medina walking tour, then enjoy some free time to explore on your own. The traditional Jewish quarter, King's Palace, and the Nejjarine Fountain are all great spots to visit. In the evening, there may be the chance to partake in an optional dinner in a grand old Fes riad that has been converted into a spectacular restaurant. You will not only enjoy a delicious meal of local specialties, but also an evening of singing, music, and belly dancing.

    Fes Medina Guided Tour
    Visit the Fes medina, one of the world's largest medinas with more than 9000 winding streets lying within 365 hectares. See buildings in the medina that date back to the 9th century; there are 350 mosques in the medina that are still in use today. Enter through one of the great gates into the chaos. Explore the artisans' quarters as well as the many carpenters, bakers, butchers, and spice sellers. A highlight is a visit to the famous Fes tannery with great views over the men hard at work treating and dyeing the different hides.

    Islamic Calligraphy Class
    Visit a local cafe where we meet a local expert in Islamic calligraphy. Calligraphy means "beautiful writing" and Arabic calligraphy (or more properly, Islamic calligraphy) is considered a high art form in the Arab world. Our expert explains the basics and provides a demonstration and then with with some paper, a bamboo carved calligraphy stick and some ink, try your hand at mimicking the master's elegant sweeps and flicks of the brush to write Arabic letters..

    Free Time
    Free time to explore the city on your own. Opt to enjoy a grand dinner and local entertainment in a historic riad.

    Dinner in Converted Fes Riad
    Fes 2h-3h
    20-30EUR per person
    Sit down to a fantastic meal in a renovated riad, a Moroccan palace that has been transformed into a restaurant. Tantalize your taste buds and senses with delicious, local cuisine accompanied by music and belly dancing (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Fes/Marrakech

    Travel to Marrakech. In the evening, experience all the colour and chaos with a visit to the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Watch storytellers and acrobats as you enjoy a simple and delicious local meal at a market food stall.

    Private Vehicle
    Fes - Marrakech 6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit
    Djemaa el Fna 1h-3h
    Wander past fresh orange juice stalls and water sellers in colourful costumes reminiscent of an era past. See storytellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines as the day progresses. When the sun sets, the square fills with dozens of food stalls, and is packed with locals, entertaining chefs, and waiters. Grab a spot on a bench with other diners and try the "tanjia" (slow cooked lamb), harira soup, grilled seafood, famous Moroccan couscous, tajine, snails, or even sheep's head (for the truly adventurous). Wash it all down with some spiced tea. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 5 Marrakech

    In the morning, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. After, visit the medina with a local who will take you to her favourite spice shop. You'll learn about all different types of herbs and spices. From the medina, head to a traditional Berber house and take part in a cooking class, once prepared, sit down to dinner with your new friends.

    Marrakech City Tour
    Let a local guide show you the best of Marrakech. See the Koutoubia Minaret, Palais Bahia, Palais Badi, and Medresa Ben Youssef.Wander the bustling medina and take in the sights, aromas, and sounds of the brightly coloured souks.

    Free Time
    Head out and explore the markets and souks.

    Marrakech Culinary Experience
    Visit the Marrakech medina with a local who takes you to her favourite spice shop to discuss the different herbs and spices which are essential to Moroccan cooking. After purchasing our ingredients, continue to a traditional Berber house and enjoy a cooking class conducting by local women. Once prepared, we sit down together to enjoy our creations for dinner with our new friends.

    Optional Activities
    Jardin Majorelle Visit

    Marrakech 1h-2h
    25-50MAD per person
    Visit this stunning garden in the heart of the city designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962). Follow the pathways through trees, exotic plants, streams, and pools while watching the numerous birds who call this peaceful paradise home. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Marrakech/Ait Ben Haddou

    Travel to Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient "Kasbah" (fortress) village. Opt to take a tangine cooking course during free time.

    Private Vehicle
    Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou 5h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour
    Ait Ben Haddou 2h-3h
    Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site and Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou with your CEO. Of all the remaining Kasbahs in Morocco, the walls and interior of this area are the most intact. The Kasbah still houses a few families, but many now live in the adjacent village. Like many of the earthen built fortresses in Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou has been used in many film and television productions like Gladiator, Babel, and Game of Thrones.

    Cooking Class
    Refine your culinary skills with an optional cooking class. Discover the secrets of the delicious local cuisine. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Ait Ben Haddou/Erg Chegaga

    Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora and embark on 4x4s into the desert. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery makers. Continue off road to the great dunes of Erg Chegaga to our comfortable desert camp. Opt to take a camel ride or to climb to the top of the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars.

    Private Vehicle
    Ait Ben Haddou - Zagora 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Tamegroute Visit
    Tamegroute 1h
    Visit Tamegroute, a small village in the Draa River Valley. Discover its history as an important centre of learning and religion while visiting the library of ancient Islamic texts. The town is also famed for its ceramics. Watch artists at work at a local pottery studio.

    Zagora - Erg Chegaga 3h
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Camel Ride
    Hold on and enjoy a ride on this even-toed ungulate, also known as the desert horse. Bring your camera for some fantastic photos of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Erg Chegaga/Zagora

    Cross the desert back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region. You'll also get to visit some of the local historical sites.

    Erg Chegaga - Zagora 3h
    Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

    Zagora Orientation Tour
    Zagora 15m
    Explore this small desert outpost town that's famous as a starting point for desert caravans. Learn about the history of the town and the Draa region with visits to some historical spots. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Zagora/Taroudant

    Head towards the Anti-Atlas region to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets.

    Private Vehicle
    Zagora - Taroudant 6h-7h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Taroudant Markets and Tanneries Visit
    Taroudant 1h-2h
    Explore the market and tanneries of Taroudant, which is known as a market town frequented by Berber traders. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Taroudant/Tafraout

    Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, explore the town centre and its local markets.

    Private Vehicle
    Taroudant - Tafraout 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Tafraout Orientation walk
    Tafraout 15m
    Take an orientation walk in Tafraoute, a lovely oasis city in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Discover local sights and friendly locals while exploring. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Tafraout

    Visit Ait Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon. Walk through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house. Visit a women's cooperative that produces handicrafts and argan oil.

    Ait Mansour Gorge and Area Tour
    Tafraout 1h-2h
    Enjoy an excursion through the stunning landscapes of the region with stops at Ait Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon.

    Women's Cooperative Visit
    Tafraout 30m-1h
    Visit a local women's coop that produces handicrafts and argan oil. Watch demonstrations on how the oil is produced from nuts and then used in various products.

    Lunch at Local Village House
    Tafraout 2h
    Enjoy homemade local specialties for lunch in a local family's home.

    Palm Valley Walk
    Tafraout 30m-1h
    Soak in stunning scenery on a walk through a palm grove. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Tafraout/Essaouira

    Travel to the Atlantic coast to the port town of Essaouira. Head down to the port to see the fishing fleet unload their catch and pick out the best of the bunch, which we'll take to a local restaurant to cook up for our lunch. Opt to visit a local "hammam" (traditional spa and steam baths).

    Essaouira is also famous for its music scene and offers a great chance to check out a live performance.

    Private Vehicle
    Tafraout - Essaouira 5h-6h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Hammam (Spa and Steam Bath) Visit
    Essaouira 1h-2h
    30EUR per person
    Visit a hammam, a great way to get squeaky clean and soothe sore muscles. Choose from a range of options. Hammams range from local bathhouses that the whole community uses weekly to high-end spas with traditional treatments like massage, scrubbing, and hot stones. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Essaouira

    Enjoy a day of leisure in this coastal city. Make sure you watch the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish. Opt to browse the shops and art galleries or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, or rent a fishing rod.

    Free Time
    Enjoy your day of leisure.

    Head out to catch some waves and enjoy the surf and fresh sea air.

    Ride the waves at this windsurfer's paradise. Try taking a lesson if you're new to the sport. The reliable strong winds can be challenging. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Essaouira/Marrakech

    Return to Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a palace-style restaurant with local folkloric entertainment.

    In the afternoon, have free time to further explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and dive into the labyrinthine souks. Visitors and locals alike find everything they desire here, whether it's spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns. The selection is exhaustive. Don't forget to bargain. It's definitely part of the fun. Once you've tired yourself out, relax at one of the tea houses around the square, indulge in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea and watch life go by from a shady spot.

    Private Vehicle
    Essaouira - Marrakech 2h30m-3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Menara Gardens Visit
    Marrakech 1h-2h
    Visit the stunning and historic Menara Gardens, which were built in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu'min. Explore the intricate designs along paths and trails in this peaceful oasis in the city.

    Jardin Majorelle Visit
    Marrakech 1h-2h
    Visit this stunning garden in the heart of the city designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962). Follow the pathways through trees, exotic plants, streams, and pools while watching the numerous birds who call this peaceful paradise home. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Marrakech

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 375-490 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'. (Additional notes in the PDF to be added after these 07 mandatory points)

    This is a very fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the available time, it also means some early starts, some long drives in the minivan and less free time than many other G Adventures. We feel that if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary.

    Please note that the climate in Morocco can be both very hot during the day in summer months (up to 50degreeC) and cold at night in the mountains in autumn, early spring and winter (down to -6degreeC). Summer months, from April to September are very hot throughout Morocco. Winter months November to March can be cool to cold, especially in the Atlas Mountains, with high probability of snowfall. Most Moroccan buildings are not equipped with heating, so without proper layers you will be cold at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for the months in which you are travelling and check temperatures before you leave. Bedding is provided in the desert camp and the gite, but in winter months if you feel the cold you may wish to bring a sleeping bag too.

    Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

    It is advisable to drink bottled water in Morocco.

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