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Atlas Mountains to the Sahara: Berber Culture in Morocco

Morocco
history • 11 days, 10 nights

Atlas Mountains to the Sahara: Berber Culture in Morocco

Morocco
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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $3,760 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

Morocco has been a cradle of human history for hundreds of thousands of years. Among its earliest inhabitants were the Amazigh—or Berber—people, who continue to shape the country’s language, cuisine, and culture today. On this 11-day journey, we’ll delve into the legacy and contemporary culture of Berbers in Morocco. Going beyond the stunning architecture and landscapes (although there will be plenty), we'll cross desert dunes and massive mountains to experience ancient traditions and present-day life in local communities.

Along the way, we'll traverse snow-capped mountains, breezy coastal cities, and the blazing Sahara Desert. Expect countless cups of mint tea, a soak in a steamy hammam, and a camel ride or two.

Highlights
  • Visits to Berber villages
  • Sahara camel trek and dune camping
  • Hammam visit
  • Guided market tours

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Morocco

Additional Info

Pricing

The cost of this trip is $3,760 ($5,085 if taking the extension to Essaouira), based on double occupancy. 

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $740 ($1,115 if taking the extension). After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a late afternoon tour of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. We recommend you arrive in Casablanca before 12 p.m. on Day 1, so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in time for the tour. Our trip concludes the morning of Day 11. We will provide airport transfers to the Ouarzazate airport anytime during the day. If you are joining the extension, you can fly out of Essaouira anytime on Day 14 (or out of Marrakech anytime after 12 p.m).

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable walking three to five miles on moderate trails over the course of a day. In addition, participants should be prepared to embark on a three-hour camel trek across desert terrain into the Sahara, where we'll spend one night camping in pre-set two-person tents. 

Note that the village where we will be based in the Atlas Mountains is at 5,250 feet. The maximum elevation we will reach on hikes and walks is about 6,560 feet. When driving over mountain passes to get to and from the village, we will reach up to 8,600 feet. Altitude affects some more than others; please take these elevations into account as you consider whether this trip is right for you.

Included
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival to Casablanca, and upon departure from Ouarzazate (main program) or Essaouira or Marrakech (extension).
  • Accommodations throughout the trip in comfortable, atmospheric hotels and traditional riads, as well as one night of camping in two-person tents in the Sahara.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout Morocco by private minibus (and 4x4s if needed).
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events, and required materials.
  • $100 donation to the Atlas Cultural Foundation.
  • Bottled or treated drinking water throughout our journey, and afternoon tea or coffee every day.
  • Berber and Moroccan Arabic phrasebooks.
  • Limited alcohol per participant during our time in the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. Travelers can expect one to two glasses of Moroccan wine per person each day with meals. Alcohol in Casablanca, Marrakech, and Ouarzazate is not included, but will be available for purchase.
  • 24/7 emergency assistance through Global Rescue.
Excluded
  • Flights to and from Morocco.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of the Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Applying for a Moroccan visa, if applicable. 
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Trip FAQ

Morocco’s weather and landscape is extreme, and you should be prepared for both hot and cold weather, wind, rain, and sun. In the fall, the weather is usually mild. However, it’s not uncommon to have stretches of either intense heat or rain and cold.

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