$2950 per person
This is not a trip that moves from tourist destination to tourist destination, and it is not an RV trip (sorry, maybe another time). Instead, we will connect to the heart and soul of the Moroccan culture through its people. Explore the fine art of tagine cooking and mint tea pouring. Learn about life in an Amazigh village of 20 families that is tucked away in the high Atlas Mountains. Marvel at the intricacies of stunning architecture, and expand your knowledge of Islam. Hike and squeeze your way through the tiny cracks of Dades Gorge, and laugh at spitting camels—all while engaging deeply with the locals who share their history and all its details with great passion.
If you want to explore a land considered mysterious, make new friends, and push yourself out of your comfort zone, this is for you. If you care about connecting deeply with a new culture and its people in a way you cannot do in a traditional vacation, this is for you. If you approach the world with a glass is half full attitude, this is for you.
Does this sound dreamy? The experience is all that, and more.
Level of DifficultyCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedAccommodationsActivities/ToursGift BasketLive Q & AMealsPersonal GuidesPrivate FB GroupTransportationWelcome PartyWorldTowning Swag
Not IncludedAlcoholArrival Day MealsArrival TransportationDeparture Day MealsDeparture TransportationEquipment RentalFlights to CountryFlights Within CountryJuice, Soda, SmoothiesLaundry, Phone Calls, Room ServiceNational Park FeesSouvenirsTipping at the RestroomsTips for GuidesTrip InsuranceVegetarian Options
Arrival Day: Marrakech
Arrive November 28th.
Make yourself comfortable in the hotel. Please note: If you would like to arrive earlier and explore on your own prior to November 28th, that is fine. Our trip officially begins November 28th in the evening.
We can’t wait to meet all of you. As a warm welcome we would like to invite you for wine, mint tea and cookies on the evening before the trip officially begins on the rooftop terrace. If you will be arriving late don’t worry as we will do a more formal welcome at breakfast in the morning.
In addition we will hold a short workshop on November 28th so you can learn about Moroccan life nowadays, traditions, celebrations, Islam, clothing... and also language, from a local. This is a great way to familarize yourself with the culture before we get started.
Get a good night’s sleep because tomorrow we rock and roll!
Vlog about the guests arrival and part of day one.
Day 2: Marrakech
At the hotel on the terrace.
Full day vlog from "Morocco Group Trip" 2019
During breakfast we will have two ladies join us to decorate our hands with henna art. Henna is temporary body art resulting from the staining of the skin from dyes. It usually lasts from 1 to 3 weeks.
Moroccan art and handicraft is known all over the world for its intricate design and attention to detail. These crafts are passed down through apprenticeship and many are still made with traditional techniques. We’ll get a chance to see this first hand and even try creating something!
LUNCH AT LE JARDIN
This magical oasis is located within a beautifully renovated 16th century building. Entering through an unassuming door, one comes into a lush garden dotted with tables and lights surrounded by the majestic building and the terraces above. The design is very much in the spirit of the 1960s and 70s heyday of Marrakech, a combination of Moroccan and European chic.
OPTIONAL FREE TIME FOR REST/SHOPPING OR A SELF GUIDED TOUR OF BAHIA PALACE
We fill the trip with exciting adventures, but if you are feeling a bit jet lagged or just need some time to recharge this would be a great opportunity to honor that desire. But, if you are dying to get out in the the souks and shop your heart out they await outside our front door. Finally, if it history you desire we are a two minute walk from the famous Bahia Palace where you can take a self guided tour.
Shopping and the medina 2018
DINNER AT JEMAA EL-FNAA POP UP
Jemma el Fna has long been a meeting point in Marrakech. It was once the central trading point for traders coming from the north and south. Food was one of the things everyone needed. Food stalls serving a wide variety of different foods started to become standard and remain a part of the night scene today. While the juice stalls are always up, it’s not until around 4pm at night that the rest of the food stalls roll in. Each night they are brought in, set up and then broken down again. You’ll find a wide variety of Moroccan foods from grilled meats to fried seafood, snails and tajines all available depending on where you go. We will dine on seafood this evening.
Dinner in the square 2018
Day 3: High Atlas Mountains
At our hotel on the rooftop terrace.
Full day vlog with our favamily in 2018
Full day vlog with "Morocco Group Trip" 2019
AMAZIGH (BERBER) VILLAGE TOUR
After making the beautiful drive to Ljoukak Valley in the High Atlas Mountains, our hosts—a local Amazigh family—will treat us to a traditional second breakfast. But, first, we will all try our hand at making Berber bread in a wood fired clay oven. We’ll then take an easy hike through the local village and learn about the farming practices in this village of 40 families. Next, we will visit the 12th century Tin Mal mosque (one of only two mosques open to non-Muslims in Morocco) and, then, proceed to a potter studio. You will have the opportunity to see an artisan at work and purchase your first tagine to take home. If time permits we will visit a women's rug cooperative.
Our tour guide for the day will be Said, the son of our host family. Said offers a wealth of knowledge and loves to answer questions about his country and people. We will learn about the different roles of family members, how Said helped his parents start this business and what he would like the future to look like in his community.
We spent a weekend living with this kind family on our first trip to Morocco. They are welcoming and incredibly generous. Mama sent me away with a rug that she handmade. The village and its people are very special to us, and we are certain you will fall in love with the community, just as we did.
LUNCH IN THE AMAZIGH VILLAGE
Enjoy a home cooked lunch with products that are all either grown, harvested, or prepared locally. Menu will depend on what's available and what the lady of the house decides to prepare! During our last trip it was unanimous that the meat we ate here was the best of the entire trip!
We will dine on local cuisine upon our return to Marrakech.
Day 4: Dades Gourge
We will enjoy an early breakfast at our hotel.
LUNCH AT FAMILY BUSINESS
We will travel to Dades Gorge through majestic rust-red mountains and layers of zig zagging strata. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a lunch prepared by a local Amazigh family.
We camped here during our RV visit and fell in love with this family. They have worked hard to keep the business running after their father passed. Each member is truly an inspiration and offers a lesson in how we can overcome so much more than we think. The mother and daughter of the family will prepare a lunch of the local speciality, Berber omelet, as well as offer couscous and tagine, while the son/cousin chats with us about life in the Dades Gorge region.
HIKE AND HISTORY IN THE GORGE
The Dadès Gorges are a series of rugged gorges carved out by the Dadès River. We will hike a small portion of it exploring deep crevices, tiny spaces and wide open views. If this does not interest you the driver can deliver you to the hotel to chill.
Our vlog about the hike in Dades Gorge and the amazing family
DINNER AT HOTEL
At our hotel.
Day 5: Merzouga
We will have breakfast at our hotel. Also, this is WorldTowning Orange day! There will be more on this later. Just know, it will be fun!
We will share lunch on our way to Merzouga.
SUNSET RIDE ON CAMELS
Embark on a once in a lifetime activity when you take a sunset camel ride to the camp for 1.5 hours. Enjoy the beautiful reddish colors of twilight of Erg Chebbi. Walk in the footsteps of the Berber and live through a magical experience.
Upon arrival, you will have time to rest or take part in the activities below.
Grab your board and take on the dunes—perfect for thrill-seekers.
Wander or Rest:
Take time to walk freely through the dunes and collect your thoughts in this magical land. Or, read and journal on the relaxing poufs under the canopy.
DINNER AT CAMP
At night, we will have dinner inside an ornate Berber tent, and, then, enjoy beautiful local drum music under clear skies, speckled with sparkling stars.
This will be an unforgettable surprise in the middle of the golden dunes of Erg Chebbi. The luxury tents are equipped with comfortable beds and indoor private bathroom and shower, make a night in the Sahara desert, a night of a lifetime.
Our vlog about the desert experience.
Day 6: Merzouga
We will start our day with breakfast in the tent.
We will have lunch along the way to Fez.
BARBARY APES AND CEDAR FOREST VISIT
The Middle Atlas Mountains may make you feel like you’ve taken a step into a forest in Europe or North America. They are most known for their cedar trees and the native barbary macaque (ape) that call this area home. We’ll pass through here today and, we hope, see a macaque or two.
This will be our first deviation from the traditional Moroccan food. We will dine a la carte on pasta and pizza before landing into Fez.
Day 7: Fez
We will have breakfast at our hotel.
We will discover the medina of Fez and a part of the jewish quarter to combine the history of the area. In the medina we will visit sites like Karouine mosque, Attarine Museum, souks, the tannery, maybe even the pottery or zellige making area and much more.
Our vlog about touring the medina and learning to cook.
LUNCH AT RYAD NEJJARINE
Amidst this culturally rich and highly traditional restaurant we will have the choice to dine on their exceptional couscous and vegetables or chicken with lemon, in addition to salads, fruits and pastries. All while enjoying the zellige decorations adorned with sculptured plaster which will transport you centuries away to the era of 1001 nights.
OPTIONAL BRASS ETCHING OR DANCE
During this time, you can join one of the activities below, take a walk through the medina, shop, or rest and relax.
This workshop gives participants time to explore their etching skills, meanwhile learning in greater depth the history of the brass etching tradition from the artisan whilst making their own tea tray. Using a compass and ruler and stamps, you will craft your own brass tea tray and get to keep it.
After a short warm up we will explore the various dances from every area of Moroccowith a local dancer. Once we have learned to dance together our teacher will perform a dance for us to watch. We will close out our time together wtih tea and pastries.
COCKTAILS AT RIAD ZANY
Drinks on the terrace of the famous Riad Zany from the book A House in Fez. We will meet with Suzanne and Sandy and kids, chat about life in Fez, the not-for-profit library they created and make a donation from our profits of the trip.
Day 8: Fez
We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
MOROCCAN COOKING CLASS AND LUNCH
We will be choosing the menu of the day with the chef upon arrival. Then we will head to the market to get ingredients needed, as well as learn more about Moroccan culture. When we return to the cooking school we will start preparing our meal with the guidance of the chef and every one will be involved in cooking. The menu includes a starter, main and dessert. All drinks are included. Once the meal is ready we will sit and enjoy the fruit of our work. At the end you will be given a small recipe booklet.
OPTIONAL SHOPPING TOUR WITH LOCAL, FREE TIME OR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
During this time, you can join one of the activities mentioned below, take a walk through the medina, shop, or just rest and relax.
Enjoy a local shopping experience in the heart of the medina.
In Morocco, traditional bread is sacred and the backbone of the culture’s cuisine. There is a dazzling array of baked goods to try, and this is your opportunity to learn to make two different types of bread, and two different types of pastry. By doing so, you will visit the local ferran (communal bread oven). You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor, along with Moroccan mint tea, fresh butter and homemade jam.
Volunteer (maximum 5 individuals)
You will have the opportunity to volunteer at the Medina Children's Library of Fez. The space is small, hence there is a limit to the number of volunteers that can be accommodated.
This will be our second deviation from traditional Moroccan food. We will venture into the land of amazing Thai. We will dine under the moonlight on soup, fried mix vegetables, green curry chicken or fish and dessert.
Day 9: Chefchaouen
We will enjoy breakfast at our hotel.
LUNCH AT CAFE CLOCK
Considered the #1 restaurant in Chef, let's see what our trained palate decides after 10 days eating local.
OPTIONAL FREE TIME TO EXPLORE OR HIKING
Chefchaouan is one of Morocco’s most popular destinations, thanks to its striking blue colors. The city itself is small, allowing you to capture all its sights and sounds during your free time. Wander around the city, taking photographs, or stop to sip mint tea in one of the many cafés.
Our vlog about exploring the blue city.
In the Rif Valley of Morocco, 35km outside of Chefchaouen lies the hidden paradise of Akchour. We will take an early morning hike to discover the majestic Cascade D' Akchour (waterfall).
DINNER AT SKY CHINESE
This will be our third non-Moroccan meal. We will venture into this family run Chinese restaurant for beef dumplings, fried rice, pan noodles, kung pow chicken and pretty much anything else Chinese you can think of.
Day 10: Chefchaouen/Marrakech
We will have breakfast at our hotel.
7.5 hour drive to Marrakech.
We will dine along the way back to Marrakech.
DINNER AND CLOSING CEREMONY
Day 11: Departure
Vlog about why we loved Morrocco