Shopping for rugs, Fez

Morocco is a feast for the senses, at its most magic in the medieval walled city of Fez, a World Heritage Site, where we enjoy an in-depth visit. Fez is famed for its traditional crafts, from leatherwork and tiles to tribal rugs woven by the nomadic Berbe

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3795  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco
Lodging: 8 nights in hotels (or optional upgrades to traditional riad-style hotels)
Meals: All meals included except 5 dinners
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Easy to moderate cultural exploration, city and village walks, optional camel ride


  • Roam the labyrinthine medina of medieval Fez and the bustling bazaars of Marrakesh
  • Explore the spectacular Dades Gorge and meet the Berbers of the Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy authentic riads, perfectly-located boutique hotels, and a private guide and driver throughout your trip
  • Tailor your activities to your interests: music, markets, hiking, desert camping

This was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was wonderful!!Laura H.—Tulsa, OK

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Morocco’s sensuous beauty is legendary, from imperial cities with labyrinthine souks to the awesome grandeur of the Sahara. Our Private Journey discovers this graceful land in Fez—a walled city suspended in a medieval dream—and in the storied casbahs of Marrakesh, in the red-rock canyons of the High Atlas, and in a stunning desert oasis where dunes stretch to the horizon. You have a private guide and driver with you from Day 1 through the afternoon of Day 8, and your accommodations are in hotels as well as riads, traditional mansions that have been converted into boutique hotels of character, with charming Moorish and Andalusian architecture, tiled central courtyards open to the sky, and peaceful rooftop gardens. Each riad is unique and has its own special personality and decor. At journey’s end, you can extend your travels to the enchanting walled town of Essaouira on the edge of the sea.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Day 1
Casablanca / Rabat

The glory of medieval dynasties shines through in Morocco’s ancient imperial cities. In seaside Rabat, Morocco’s capital, stroll through the winding streets of the picturesque Oudaia Kasbah and visit the spectacular walled royal necropolis of Chellah.

Days 2-3
Moulay Idriss and the Treasures of Fez

Travel inland through wheat fields, vineyards, and olive groves to Moulay Idriss, a hilltown and revered pilgrimage site. Stroll in the evocative ruins of Volubilis, Rome’s ancient provincial capital, then continue to Fez, nestled in a high valley and resplendent with minarets and domes. Fez’s renowned walled medina is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, full of visual delights. Enter through one of its four arched gates and discover a mile-long network of souks, open-air cafes, courtyards, hammams (traditional steam baths), and gardens. On a privately guided walking tour, explore winding alleys of Arabic-Moorish architecture, savor the scent of spices, orange blossoms, and sizzling lamb kabobs, and watch scenes unchanged for centuries, from donkeys laden with goods to children carrying boards of bread dough to communal ovens.

Days 4-5
Sahara Dunes

Cross the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains descending into the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, and come face-to-face with the epic expanse of the Moroccan Sahara. At the frontier town of Merzouga, below the celebrated dunes of Erg Chebbi, meet your Berber guides and set out for a camel ride, the ultimate way to explore this spectacular environment of wind-sculpted dunes.

Days 6-9
Canyons and Casbahs / Marrakesh, the Red City

Head through the “Valley of a Thousand Casbahs,” an ancient caravan route dotted with lush palm tree groves, and into the narrow red-rock canyon of the Todra Gorge. Visit the dramatic Dades Gorge, a deep fault in the High Atlas, and the famed mud-brick turreted fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, a 16th century ksar (fortified village) now protected as a World Heritage Site. A palm-fringed city more Berber than Arabic, fabled Marrakesh has been a metropolis for the tribes of the Atlas since the 11th century. Venture forth on foot and by horse-drawn carriage to experience Marrakesh’s delights, from bustling souks to Djemma el Fna, the lively central square filled with acrobats, snake charmers, fortune tellers, and a parade of other entertainers. Depart on Day 9.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to the Wilderness Travel trip rating system. It is an overland touring trip with optional hikes of two to four hours on some days and can be enjoyed by anyone in good health who has no mobility restrictions.

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

March to May
September to November

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$3795 per person, double occupancy (3-4 people)
$4395 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
Single supplement: $490

Optional hotel upgrades are available at supplementary pricing.

Please Note: Riads are small properties and are often booked well ahead during certain seasons. Confirmation of specific riads is based on availability during your requested dates of travel.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Essaouira Extension
   from: $995

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: 20% of trip cost
61-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations in riads and hotels
  • All meals included except 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing as described, with private English-speaking guide and driver throughout
  • Airport transfers, land transportation, and entrance fees as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • One three-hour camel ride (or walk if you prefer) at the Erg Chebbi dunes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, beverages at restaurants, riads, or hotels, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

Our Private Journeys can be tailored to your group so arrival and departure cities and dates may vary. Below are suggested airports to reference during your booking process. Please note: you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the arrival and departure cities of your Private Journey. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Casablanca, Morocco
Date: Day 1

Suggested Airport for Arrival:
Casablanca, Morocco (airport code CMN)
Marrakesh, Morocco
Date: Day 9

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Marrakesh, Morocco (airport code RAK)

Hotels in Rabat

Day 1 (1 night), Rabat, Morocco

In Rabat, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Hotels in Fez

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Fez, Morocco

In Fez, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotels in the Erfoud area

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Erfoud, Morocco

In the Erfoud area, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotel Xaluca Dades

Hotel Xaluca Dades

Day 6 (1 night), Dades Gorge, Morocco

This 110-room hotel is situated between the Todra and Dades Gorges at an altitude of 5,290 feet. Spacious guest rooms feature a unique African ...
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Hotels in Marrakesh

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Marrakesh, Morocco

In Marrakesh, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change). You will have an English-speaking Moroccan guide and driver from Day 1 to the afternoon of Day 8.

Ali Ait Ichou

Ali Ait Ichou was born in the heart of Morocco’s High Atlas and spent his childhood  up in the high mountains of Berber country. Coming down to the modern side of  the Moroccan kingdom, he attended high school and university in Marrakesh, majoring in English at the University of ...
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Mohamed Hjira

Mohamed Hjira was born in the classic Berber town of Azilal in Morocco’s High Atlas. His hometown, gateway to the Central High Atlas, was often visited by travelers because of its proximity to the spectacular Ouzoud Waterfalls, so during his childhood he met people from all around the world, ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:


essaouira morocco

Essaouira Extension

Explore Morroco’s Enchanting City by the Sea

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

This was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was wonderful!! Laura H., Tulsa, OK A very special experience for me. I learned so much about the Moroccan culture and geography. Beautiful country! Deborah P., Oakland, CA Wonderful trip—couldn't have managed Morocco without our wonderful guide. Navigating and learning about the culture would have been very difficult on our own. Lori D., Mequon, WI We felt we were in good hands and had a really good experience with the trip. Emese W., Bristol, RI Our third WT trip and clearly in our ‘all time top five’ trips. We learned a remarkable amount about a very different culture, particularly the human side of a moderate, modern, North African country. Victor S., New York, NY We so enjoyed our trip to Morocco. The sights were fabulous, our guide, Ali, was fantastic, our driver, Hamid, was a gem. We couldn't believe how much we were able to see in one week! We agreed that we are spoiled for any other way of travel now. Therese and Elliot P., Berkeley, CA We want to put in a special word for our guide, Mohamed. His energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm put a positive stamp on the entire journey. He was a delight—professional, courteous, and efficient. I feel like we made a wonderful friend, and it was sad to leave him behind! It was really a pleasure to travel with Wilderness. I hope to come back to you in the future. Alison V., Peapack, NJ
We loved the way you tailored the personal trip to suit our time frame, which was shorter than the usual trip in Morocco. It was a wonderful experience to see so much in such a short time; we really felt we got to know the country much more than if we had tried to figure it out ourselves! Therese O., Berkeley, CA We can’t say enough good things about our guide's knowledge, personal skills, warmth—and most of all his patience. He dealt with five different people with different needs, who often asked questions that had already been answered—and never did he show anything but the utmost care and good will. He is a treasure—Wilderness Travel should be very proud. Marty and Paul S., Falls Church, VA Everything was extremely well organized and we absolutely loved our guide. G. Ferrer, Miami, FL The trip was incredible and we packed a lot into every day. We loved every riad or hotel. Bob A., Charlotte, NC Best trip weve ever had...period! Henry V., Willemstad, Curacao This was truly one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. No need was overlooked. Every detail was planned and executed effortlessly. D. Gauthier, Miami, FL