Fez, Marrakesh, Essaouira, 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 comprehensive journey perfectly captures its sensuous beauty and mythic charms. Enjoy day hikes, Berber hospitality, and meet nomads and artisans as you explore from Fez, a walled city suspended in a medieval dream, to Essaouira, an 18th century gem set by the sea. The highlight? A 2-day camel safari in the silent, open spaces and golden dunes of the Sahara. At our exclusive private tented camp, you'll savor the silence, watch the sunset, and stargaze under a brilliant sky—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 Roman ruins of Volubulis, then enter magical Fez, with its 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 silent world of the Sahara, riding a camel or walking each day (or riding in the vehicle—your choice). From our private luxury tented camp at the huge, windswept dunes of Erg Chebbi, you’ll feel you have the desert all to yourself as you sense the vastness, wake to an amazing sunrise, and stargaze under a brilliant night sky.

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

Meet Berber nomad families as you hike in the red-rock canyons of the Todra and Dades Gorges, then visit the mud-brick citadel of Ait Ben Haddou en route to Marrakesh.

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Day 11

In the artists’ haven of Essaouira, with its decidedly relaxed ambiance, explore the medina, artisan workshops, fishermen’s market, and the tiny harbor where wooden fishing boats are still built the traditional way.

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Days 12-14

Explorations of Marrakesh include a walk through its labyrinthine souks, where traditional artists are on every corner and everything from pottery and fabrics to silver and spices are displayed. Depart on Day 14.

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Roam the labyrinthine medinas of medieval Fez and Marrakesh
Ride a camel or hike (or even a Jeep option) across the Sahara’s golden sands
Meet the Berbers of the High Atlas Mountains
Explore tiny Essaouira, a picturesque walled city by the sea
Watch the sunrise from our luxury camp at Erg Chebbi


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $4695  
Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco
Lodging: 11 nights first-class hotels, 2 nights luxury tented camp (with showers!)
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 3-6 hours hiking a day, altitudes between 4,000-6,000 feet, 4WD vehicle support
African safaris 2016 brochure

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