From the highest dunes in Morocco, peer across the sands to watch the sun rise over another North African day. Experience some of the country's most unforgettable highlights over nine days of culture and nature. Discover the fresh cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, meander the winding lanes of old Marrakech, explore the Fes medina with a local guide, and ride into the desert on a 4x4. Meet musicians, Berbers, and artisans and soak up the exotic beauty of Morocco.
Roam ancient markets, Ride into the desert on a 4x4, Peer out over the Atlas Mountains, Take part in a Marrakech cooking class.
Private air-con minivan/coach, 4x4 vehicle, walking.
Hotels (8 nts).
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sahara Dunes & Culture Excursion, Merzouga National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Moroccan Foodie Experience, Marrakech G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Mekna¨s. Arrival transfer. Guided city tour of Meknes including the ancient granaries and stables of Moulay Ismail and Bab Mansour. Guided visit to Volubilis. Guided walking tour of the Fes medina including Medersa Bou Inanya and tanneries. Visit Taourirt Kasbah and Aa¯t Ben Haddou. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Casablanca
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Casablanca/Fa¨s (1B)
Drive to the imperial city of Meknes for a guided tour of some of its fascinating sites. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. After the ruins it's off to Fes.
Day 3 Fa¨s (1B, 1L)
Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Medina of Fes. Explore winding lanes and alleys to visit the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide. After, enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional tagine lunch at a cooperative that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This evening, opt to have dinner and entertainment at a historic riad.
Day 4 Fa¨s/Merzouga (1B, 1D)
Travel through the Middle Atlas mountains to the Sahara Desert, overnighting in a kasbah-style desert hotel at the edge of the dunes.
Day 5 Merzouga/Tinghir (1B, 1D)
Explore the Sahara on a thrilling 4x4 dunes tour. Visit the village of Khamliya where you will meet Gnaoua musicians and learn about the history of their music in the Sahara before enjoying a performance. Depart back through the desert and visit local nomads to learn about nomadic life over cups of mint tea in one of their homes. Return to our Auberge then transfer to Tineghir for the evening.
Day 6 Tinghir/Ouarzazate (1B)
Visit Dades Valley then continue along the Route of 1,000 Kasbahs with an included visit to Kasbah Taourit. Opt to visit a Berber herbalist in Ouarzazate.
Day 7 Ouarzazate/Marrakech (1B)
Visit Aa¯t Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then continue to Marrakech. Take some free time to wander this incredible city. Opt to take a historical tour, visit the Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, or wander the souks and shops.
Day 8 Marrakech (1B, 1L)
Visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared. Later this afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Marrakech or visit the bustling markets.
Day 9 Marrakech (1B)
Depart at any time.