On this 11-day journey, travel from coastal Casablanca to the edge of the Sahara. Take in Morocco’s expansive landscapes, wildly colorful cities, and layers of ancient history, while staying in centuries-old riads and palm-ringed desert oases along the way. We'll learn about the distinctive histories of Fez and Marrakech, walking the narrow streets of their ancient medinas, and ducking into intimate shops and food stalls in the markets’ hidden corners. Venturing deep into Morocco’s past, we'll visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, and walk among the pilgrims in the 1,200-year-old town of Moulay Idriss. We’ll also venture deep into the Atlas Mountains, walking amid cedar groves and enjoying a traditional tagine lunch in the shadow of Ouzoud Falls. Across the High Atlas, we'll make our way from Marrakesh to Skoura, visiting an old Tuareg trading outpost at the edge of the Sahara along the way. The landscape will undergo a dramatic change as we travel high into the mountains, then down to our Berber castle–style accommodations in the oasis village of Ksar El Kabbaba.
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner on Wednesday, October 16. We recommend you arrive in Casablanca by 12 pm on October 16, so you can settle into your accommodations and make your way to meet our guide and group for dinner. Our trip concludes after breakfast in Marrakesh on Saturday, October 26. If leaving Morocco directly after our tour, we recommend departing after 12 pm, on October 26. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in Morocco on your own!
Adventure is always accompanied by an element of the unexpected. The most important thing to bring with you is a flexible, positive, and open-minded attitude. We also recommend a medium level of physical fitness, since we'll be embarking on fairly active days together. You should be comfortable walking between three and five miles per day, without difficulty, and spending extended periods of time on your feet. If you're uncertain about whether this trip is a good fit, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss with you further.
We'll be staying at boutique hotels and traditional riads in Morocco. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group. Single travelers who would like to have a room to themselves can book private accommodations with a single supplement.