Mystical Cities, Atlas Mountains, and the Golden Dunes of the Sahara


Fabled casbahs, medieval medinas, royal cities, golden dunes, red-rock canyons—Morocco has a mystique all its own and our journey perfectly captures its sensuous beauty. Discover the graceful walled city of Fez, suspended in a medieval dream, and cross the High Atlas Mountains amid an arresting landscape of colossal canyons. In Essaouira, an 18th century gem set by the sea, and vibrant Marrakesh, your senses are awakened by the sights of bustling markets and the scent of exotic spices. You’ll be welcomed with Berber hospitality and meet nomads and artisans in ancient metropolises where time seems to stand still. And, our special two-day desert safari will bring you into the silent realm of the Sahara, a breathtaking experience of a world unto itself.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Casablanca / Rabat / Moulay Idriss / Volubulis / Fez

From Casablanca, head to Rabat to stroll through the picturesque Oudaya Kasbah, explore the hill town of Moulay Idriss and the striking Roman ruins of Volubulis, then enter magical Fez, Morocco’s oldest city, with its Arabic-Moorish architecture and honeycomb of twisting alleys.

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Days 5-7
Middle Atlas Mountains / Sahara Camel Safari

Crossing the Atlas Mountains, descend to Erfoud, then set off into the Sahara, riding a camel (or walk or ride in our vehicle). From our private luxury tented camp cradled in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, you’ll feel you have the desert all to yourself as you stargaze under a brilliant night sky while listening to local musicians, and wake to an amazing sunrise.

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Days 8-10
Todra / Dades / Ait Ben Haddou / Marrakesh

Meet friendly Berber nomad families and hike through red-rock canyons beneath towering limestone walls in the Todra and Dades Gorges. Visit the imposing mud-brick citadel of Ait Ben Haddou, an impeccably preserved World Heritage Site, en route to Marrakesh.

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Day 11

In the picturesque artists’ haven of Essaouira, with its Mediterranean atmosphere of whitewashed houses, blue shutters, and ornate doors, we’ll wander through the medina, visit artisan workshops, and explore the fishermen’s market in the tiny harbor.

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Days 12-14

Meander through a maze of souks where traditional artists are on every corner and everything from pottery and fabrics to silver and spices are on display. A visit to Djemaa el Fna, the central square, is the perfect place to experience Marrakesh’s vibrant market life, with snake charmers, fire-eaters, and fortune tellers. Depart on Day 14.

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One of the most comprehensive experiences of Morocco!
Ride a camel or hike (or even a vehicle option) across the Sahara’s glistening sands
Meet the Berbers of the High Atlas Mountains
Roam the labyrinthine medinas of medieval Fez and Marrakesh


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco
Lodging: 11 nights first-class hotels, 2 nights luxury tented camp
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours, 2-day camel trek with optional 2-4 hours hiking a day, altitudes between 4,000-6,000 feet, 4WD vehicle support