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 Fes — 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 Fes—the 9th century walled city suspended in time like a medieval dream—cross the High Atlas to hike the craggy, red-rocked Todra and Dades canyons, meet Berbers in their mountain villages, and visit seaside Essaouira, an artists’ haven. As a special treat, we’ll enjoy our own private tented camp cradled in the sun-splashed dunes of the Moroccan Sahara. Along the way, 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 / Moulay Idriss / Volubilis

In Rabat, we stroll the 12th century Oudaya Kasbah, then travel inland through olive groves to visit the hill town of Moulay Idriss and the evocative Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO site.

Sheraton Casablanca Hotel
Casablanca, Morocco
Day 1 (1 night)
Villa Mandarine
Rabat, Morocco
Day 2 (1 night)
Riad Maison Bleue
Fes, Morocco
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Riad Fes
Fes, Morocco
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Day 4
Fes

Fes is hauntingly beautiful, with its ornate Arabic-Moorish architecture and honeycomb of twisting alleys. We explore the 9th century medina’s mile-long network of souks, open-air cafes, and courtyards.

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

Crossing the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas, we descend a winding road through the stunning canyon of the Ziz Gorges, passing by dramatic stratified cliffs to reach our private luxury camp set below immense rolling dunes. Our activities here are flexible—explore on foot or choose to ride camels. We’ll feel as if we have the Sahara to ourselves as we watch the sunset and stargaze under a brilliant sky.

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

In the High Atlas, we walk in the impressive Todra Gorge, whose steep walls are over 1,300 feet high, and visit a traditional village amid the sculpted red-rock formations of the Dades Gorge.

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

We explore the stunning Ait Ben Haddou, an 11th century mud-brick citadel often used as a film location. In Marrakesh, 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
Essaouira

Whitewashed houses with blue shutters give this walled town a Mediterranean atmosphere. We explore the port, the bustling fish market, and the harbor, where bright blue boats lie at anchor.

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

Visit the enchanting Majorelle Garden, a diverse botanical landscape restored by Yves Saint Laurent, and depart on Day 14 via Marrakesh.

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 desert camp
Enjoy the color and charm of 18th century Essaouira, a walled city by the sea
Roam the medinas of medieval Fes and Marrakesh

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $5995  
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 as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (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, travel by 4WD vehicle

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