Morocco: Camels to Casbahs

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

Why is WT’s Camels to Casbahs Trip Special?

The Most Diverse Morocco Itinerary — Explore Morocco’s remarkable contrasts: minaret-studded imperial cities, a seaside artists’ community, bustling bazaars, and the silence of the Sahara.

Exclusive Luxury Sahara Camp — We’ve created an exclusive hideaway from which we explore the desert before relaxing with our spacious walk-in tents, white tablecloth-service, colorful Moroccan carpets, and cozy beds.

Superb Trip Leaders — Our Trip Leaders are the most knowledgeable and experienced guides in Morocco, with a gift for bringing the county’s history and culture to life.

A Wide Variety of Cultural Experiences — We’ll walk through ancient medinas, encounter nomads, explore an oasis, ride a camel with Tuaregs, visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hear live Gnaoan music.

Stay in a Luxurious Riad in Fez — We enjoy two nights of magical ambience at the Riad Fes, with its combination of modern and traditional decor, beautiful tilework, and intricate Moorish designs.

Overview

Morocco has a unique allure—mysterious casbahs, labyrinthine souks, ancient medinas, and minaret-studded imperial cities. Influenced by Berber, Arab, Jewish, sub-Saharan, and Mediterranean cultures, its heritage is complicated and fascinating. We’ve designed an adventure that unlocks the country’s secrets as we roam the mesmerizing bazaars of Fez—the 9th century walled city suspended in time like a medieval dream—cross the High Atlas to walk the craggy, red-rocked Todra and Dades canyons, meet Berbers in their mountain villages, and visit seaside Essaouira, an artists’ haven. The highlight of the trip, for many, is our stunning private Sahara Desert camp, nestled in a remote section of the dunes and set up for our group alone. Our expert Trip Leaders bring the country’s history and traditions to life as they introduce you to Morocco’s welcoming people, sumptuous flavors, and often-astonishing natural beauty.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Casablanca / Rabat / A Pilgrimage Site / Roman Ruins and Mosaics

In Casablanca we visit the remarkable Hassan II Mosque, an exquisite blend of ancient craftsmanship and modern technology. In Rabat we stroll through the picturesque 12th century Oudaya Kasbah, then travel inland through olive groves to explore the hill town of Moulay Idriss, a pilgrimage site that remains largely untouched by Western influence. Next we head to Volubilis, a massive Roman ruin with stunning mosaics. We continue to Fez, check our luxurious 5-star riad located in the heart of the medina, and savor a dinner of traditional Moroccan cuisine.

Sheraton Casablanca Hotel
Casablanca, Morocco
Day 1 (1 night)
Villa Mandarine
Rabat, Morocco
Day 2 (1 night)
Riad Fes
Fez, Morocco
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Day 4
Exploring Fez, an Ancient Imperial Capital

Fez is resplendent with soaring minarets and dazzling domes. Our full-day tour includes the old Jewish Quarter, a pottery workshop, the famous tannery, a Koranic school, and Fez’s 12th century medina, with its souks, open-air cafes, courtyards, and twisting alleys with Arabic-Moorish architecture.

Riad Fes
Fez, Morocco
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-7
Middle Atlas Mountains / Sahara Desert Camp

Crossing the Middle Atlas Mountains, we a rendezvous with our Berber crew and descend to our private luxury camp set below immense rolling dunes. Our activities here are flexible—explore on foot, travel in a 4WD vehicle, or ride camels. We’ll feel as if we have the Sahara all to ourselves as we watch the sunset and stargaze under a brilliant sky. A highlight is the Gnaouan musical performance—you’re welcome to join in and drum or dance.

Kasbah Xaluca
Erfoud, Morocco
Day 5 (1 night)
Private Sahara Desert Camp
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-9
Hike at Todra and Dades Gorges

In the High Atlas we walk in Todra Gorge, one of the most impressive canyons in the world. We visit a local family and walk amid the sculpted red-rock formations of Dades Gorge, with mud-built casbahs sitting high above on both sides of the valley.

Hotel Xaluca Dades
Boumalne Dades, Morocco
Day 8 (1 night)
Ksar Ighnda
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
Day 9 (1 night)
Days 10-11
The Red Citadel of Ait Ben Haddou / Souks of Marrakesh

We explore the stunning UNESCO site of Ait Ben Haddou, an 11th century mud-brick citadel often used as a film location. In Marrakesh we visit the hauntingly beautiful Saadian Tombs and the 19th century Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture. In the city’s fabled souks, everything from pottery and fabrics to silver and spices is on display. We visit the ancient medina and the central square, replete with snake charmers, fire-eaters, and fortune tellers.

Hotel Es Saadi
Marrakesh, Morocco
Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Day 13 (1 night)
Day 12
Magical Essaouira, an Artists’ Retreat

Whitewashed houses with blue shutters give this charming coastal city a Mediterranean atmosphere. We explore the port, the bustling fish market, and the harbor, where bright blue boats lie at anchor, then walk up to the old fort—with its ancient ramparts, cannons, and battlements—and discover quirky little artisan shops lining narrow lanes.

Riad Mimouna
Essaouira, Morocco
Day 12 (1 night)
Days 13-14
Marrakesh / Majorelle Garden /Depart

In Marrakesh we visit the enchanting Majorelle Garden—a botanical landscape punctuated by vibrant architecture, with pools, fountains, and burbling waters. Designed by a French painter in 1923, the garden was later restored by Yves Saint Laurent, who added a museum dedicated to the rich culture of the indigenous Berber people. Depart from Marrakesh or join our Chefchaouen extension.

Hotel Es Saadi
Marrakesh, Morocco
Day 13 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Experience the royal cities and welcoming culture of Morocco
Ride a camel or hike across the Sahara's golden dunes from our private luxury desert camp
Enjoy the color and charm of 18th century Essaouira, a walled city by the sea
Roam the medinas of medieval Fez and Marrakesh

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $5795  
Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco
Lodging: 11 nights first-class hotels and riads, 2 nights luxury tented camp
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration, village and walking tours, optional camel rides and day hikes from desert camp, 4WD vehicle support
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