Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM (SST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Morocco 2012 - Immerse Yourself
The Sahara, Desert Dunes, Medinas, and Souks
Highlights Include (but not limited to)
* Rabat, the Royal Palace
* Enchanting Fez
* Erfoud and the Atlas Mountains
* Sahara Camping
* Ait Ben Haddou
* Night Bazar in Marrakech
$1,995 - Early Bird Special - make deposit by Tuesday, August 21
$2,095 - Make deposit by Tuesday, September 11
$2,195 - Make deposit by Tuesday, October 2
$2,295 - Regular Price
Downpayment/ Deposit (via check only)
$500 deposit needed to hold your spot: 18 spots are available - this trip will sell out:
Balance due on October 1st
All ground transportation
9 nights accommodations w/ breakfast
City Tours and Desert Excursions
Airport Departure Taxes (if any)
Personal spending, Lunches and Dinners
Tipping - $55 - Trip Leaders, Guides, Hotel Staff, and Activities
Thursday, November 15 - New York to Casablanca
Departing from New York via Royal Air Maroc flight - 5.45 pm
Friday, November 16 - Casablanca to Rabat
Upon arrival in Casablanca, we transfer to Rabat. After a quick breakfast, we will begin the tour with a drive past the Royal Palace, followed by a stop at Bab Rouah gate.
We'll visit Hassan Tower and explore the Kashbah of the Udayas fortress and gardens.
Ending the day at Chellah, the Roman necropolis.
Suggested group dinner in the medina
Saturday, November 17 - Rabat to Fez
After breakfast, we'll transfer to Fez with a stop at Volubilis, a former Roman Empire outpost.
Continuing on via Meknes for a view of the Bab Mansour gate.
After arriving in Fez, we'll check into our hotel.
Suggested group dinner
Sunday, November 18 - Enchanting Fez
After breakfast, we will mostly be on foot for visits to explore Fez, the medieval capital of Morocco, and a great city of high Islamic civilization. Fez has the best-preserved old city in the Arab world, the sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali, which is incidentally also the world's largest car-free urban zone. Transports of goods is provided by donkeys, carriages, and motorbikes.
- Bou Inania madersa: a breathtaking 14th-century religious college. The best example of Islamic architecture a non-Muslim can see in Fez, with wooden walls elaborately carved with geometric patterns and Arabic calligraphy, and a beautiful minaret. In the courtyard there is a portico with a still-functioning mosque, separated by the rest of the courtyard by a small moat.
- The Merenid Tombs next to the Merenid Hotel, provide excellent panoramic views over the medina and the wider city, as well as the olive tree lined hills surrounding the city, and sanctuary from the bustle of the rest of the city. Beware of the odd opportunistic tout.
Suggested group dinner
Monday, November 19 - Fez to Erfoud via the Atlas Mountains
After breakfast, we will transfer to Erfoud via the majestic Atlas Mountains:
The Atlas Mountains range across a north-western stretch of Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The highest peak is Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert.
We will stop along the way for some light to intermediate hikes and plenty of photo opportunities
Arriving in Erfoud, hotel check in and suggested group dinner
Tuesday, November 20 - Erfoud into the Sahara
After breakfast, we will head for the desert. On way, we'll visit the ancient ruins of Sijilmasa.
Upon arrival at our Desert Camp, we'll have a chance to stroll the sands and explore the Erg Cherbi dunes. Drink some wine and maybe enjoy a huka. Optional: Camel Trek Expedition
Group dinner and overnight Desert Camp
Wednesday, November 21 - Sahara to Ouarzazate/ Dades Valley
After breakfast, we'll make our way to the oasis of Tinghir and explore the spectacular Todra Gorge.
Hiking options and photo opportunities abound:
The last 600 metres (1,969 ft) of the Todgha gorge are the most spectacular. Here the canyon narrows to a flat stony track, in places as little as 10 meters (33 ft) wide, with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 metres (525 ft) high on each side.
Optional: Thanks to its robust rock sides with many uneven surfaces, Todra Gorge is popular among rock climbers. More than 150 routes rated French Grade 5+ to 8 have been bolted in the canyon.
After lunch, we'll visit the Dades Valley on route to Ouarzazate
Suggested Group Dinner
Thursday, November 22 - Ouarzazate/ Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech
This morning, we'll visit the UNESCO Wold Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified city.
Plenty of time to explore the town and it surroundings.
After lunch, we'll transfer to Marrakech
Suggested Group Dinner
Friday, November 23 - A Weekend in Marrakech
After breakfast, discover exotic Marrakech. Beginning at the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.
With visits to El Bahia Palace and the Saadi dynasty tombs.
After lunch, venture to the lush Palm Grove and Menera Gardens.
Cross the finish line at the Djemaa el Fna Square.
Evening suggested group dinner
Saturday, November 24 - A Weekend in Marrakech
Open day, free to explore and shop the town:
Marrakech, the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history. The city is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, being also the third largest city in Morocco. Marrakesh has the largest traditional Berber market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians. By night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.
Evening suggested group dinner
Sunday, November 25 - Marrakech, Casablanca, New York
Morning Departure: 9.15 am flight to New York - ETA 3.45 pm
Feedback & Reviews:
- The trip to Morocco was amazing. We traveled to remote towns, large cities and the beautiful desert. The historical sites were beautiful and our local tour guide was very knowledgeable. The hand crafts were beautifully done and impressive to watch them make. The trip was a wonderful experience and I am so happy I went. I thought the entire trip was awesome and only have great feedback.
Brigitte, November 2012
- Thank you for a well organized trip. The desert was amazing!
Dearna, November 2013
- I had such an amazing time on the trip. I am so lucky to have met such amazing new friends. I look forward to joining DO on many future trips :D Thanks again.
Ginamarie, November 2012
Air Service by Royal Air Maroc
Take-off Thu 5:45p JFK New York, NY
Landing Fri 6:25a CMN Casablanca, Morocco
Take-off Sun 9:15a RAK Marrakesh, Morocco
Landing Sun 9:55a CMN Casablanca, Morocco
Take-off Sun 12:25p CMN Casablanca, Morocco
Landing Sun 3:45p JFK New York, NY
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