• Morocco Camel Trek

    Unravel the magic and mystery of the Sahara!

    From the towering sand dunes of the Sahara to the mazelike souks filled with dazzling wares, Morocco begs for a real immersion into its mysteries, and no company offers a deeper or more authentic experience than MTS. Our local guides will share their insider’s perspective as you are led through the medieval cities of Marrakech and Fes and remote Berber villages far off the tourist track. We’re also the only ones to offer an unforgettable four-day camel trek through the spellbinding Sahara landscapes, camping beneath the stars. Add interactions with local villagers and stops to explore ancient fortified cities and Roman ruins, and this is truly the Moroccan adventure of a lifetime.

    best times to go: January - March, October - December

    departures: 8 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,795 see detailed pricing

    North & West Africa

    Moderate
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Unravel the magic and mystery of the Sahara!

We’ve been exploring Morocco since 1975, and it shows—this trip offers the most authentic immersion into its culture, landscapes, and history. On a one-of-a-kind camel trek following an ancient caravan route, you’ll journey deep into the Sahara Desert, surrounded by scenery nothing short of spectacular—perfectly blue skies, peach-colored sand dunes, lush oases, and volcanic mountains—and camp for four nights immersed in the desert’s timeless magic and solitude. You’ll be equally enchanted with Morocco’s royal cities, from the snake charmers, acrobats, Gnaoua dancers, and storytellers at Marrakesh’s carnivalesque market, to the stunning traditional architecture of Fès. In 4x4 vehicles that allow us to roam the backroads (unlike other companies), you’ll explore the Drâa, Dadès, and Ziz Valleys, where date-palm oases are scattered with mud-brick kasbahs and fortified villages. It’s an adventure that’s exclusive to MTS, and one of our most popular!

Activities

5 days easy to moderate hiking, camel riding, moderate 4-wheel-drive travel

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the magical Sahara Desert by camel, and sleep under the stars on an ancient caravan route as Berbers have done for thousands of years
  • Tour exotic Marrakech, the route of 1,000 kasbahs, ancient Fes, and the remarkable Roman ruins of Volubilis
  • Gain special access to authentic Berber culture far from Morocco’s urban centers- an experience offered only by MTS

Duration: 14 days Start Location: Marrakesh End Location: Fès

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  • Day 1 : Arrive in Marrakesh

    Meet in Marrakesh, one of Morocco's oldest and most beautiful cities.

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    Day 2 : Sightseeing in Marrakesh

    Stroll the narrow streets of the medina, the fabulous "old town" of Marrakesh, where you'll discover hidden surprises in every corner and enjoy the circus of entertainments of Marrakesh's famous square, Djemma El Fna, with its snake charmers and fire eaters-a veritable scene out of The Thousand and One Nights!

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    Day 3 : Scenic Drive to Ait Ben Haddou

    Scenic drive across the High Atlas Mountains towards Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara, visiting old kasbahs, rural souks, and Berber villages en route.

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    Day 4 : Dadès Valley

    Explore villages, date-palm oases, and crumbling kasbahs on day hikes in the Dadès and Drâa Valleys en route to Zagora, a former French colonial outpost.

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    Day 5 : Zagora

    Travel south along the Drâa Valley, stopping briefly to hike through villages and date-palm oases, before arriving in Zagora.

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    Day 6 : Remlia

    Head east into the Sahara, stopping to visit with nomad families who graze herds of camels. Continue to our camp set in the sand dunes and meet the camels and guides.

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    Day 7 : On trek in the Sahara

    On trek in the Sahara, walking and riding camels over sand dunes and rocky escarpments. You'll experience the isolation and silence of the desert, and watch magnificent sunsets and sunrises from comfortable campsites. Optional hike up Erg Chebbi, site of Morocco's largest sand dunes.

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    Day 8 : Erg Znigui

    Continue by camel and foot to meet our 4x4 vehicles around lunchtime for the drive to Erg Znigui, where we can hike among the spectacular dunes or simply relax in camp.

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    Day 9 : Erg Chebbi

    Continue trek to Erg Chebbi, a truly spectacular range of pumpkin-colored dunes—the largest in Morocco—where we'll camp tonight.

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    Day 10 : End Trek – Erfoud

    A day to explore the otherworldly terrain of Erg Chebbi. After lunch we'll proceed to the northern end of the erg and meet up with the vehicles again for the drive to Erfoud.

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    Day 11 : Fès

    Drive through the Ziz Valley to the imperial city of Fès, noted for its extraordinary architecture.

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    Day 12 : Fès

    Sightseeing in Fès, whose huge medina boasts thousands of craftsmen plying their wares. Visit the King’s palace, Fes el-Jedid with its old Jewish quarter, and Fes el-Bali—the oldest section of town with original sections of wall. Enjoy lunch at a palace and a dinner feast with traditional Moroccan entertainment.

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    Day 13 : Meknes and Volubilis

    Today we tour the Roman ruins at Volubilis and visit the walled fortress city of Meknes before returning to Fes for a final dinner together.

  • Day 14 : Fly home

    Transfer to airport in Fes for early flights home or onward.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, October - December Departures: Oct 12 - 25, 2014 Nov 2 - 15, 2014 Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 Feb 22, 2015 - Mar 7, 2015 Mar 19, 2015 - Apr 1, 2015 Oct 11 - 24, 2015 Nov 4 - 17, 2015 Dec 20, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016

PRICING:

2014 Prices, per person

$4,795 (6-14 members)
$5,195 (4-5 members)

$1,000 single supplement
$200 Holiday Surcharge for December trips

2015 Prices, per person

$4,895 (5-14 members)
$5,895 (3-4 members)

$1,050 single supplement
$100 Holiday Surcharge for December trips

  • Es Saadi Hotel
    Marrakesh, Morocco

    Located in the heart of Marrakesh on 8 hectares of flowering parkland, this resort is comprised of the hotel, the palace, and 10 individually themed villas. Next to the Casino de Marrakesh, and walking distance from the old city, the hotel offers spectacular views of the High Atlas peaks.

  • Riad Ksar Ighnda
    Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

    The Riad Ksar Ighnda is located close to Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate, overlooking the Atlas Mountains and the edge of the Sahara desert. In an authentic yet modern setting, the hotel blends in with the environment.

    Traditional bedrooms are spacious with modern comforts including private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, minibar. A refreshing swimming pool offers a place to cool off after a day sightseeing, the hotel is also equipped with a spa, hammam and Jacuzzi.

  • Chez Talout
    Skoura, Morocco

    A very pleasant and family-run auberge that sits on a hill overlooking the palm grove of Skoura and the Dades valley with views of the Atlas Mountains and the desert.

  • Hotel Palais Asmaa
    Zagora, Morocco

    Situated in the lush green palm grove of Zagora, the mystic charm of the Palais Asmaa will transport you to a completely different time and place. After a day trip to the desert or marketplace, guests can enjoy a swim in the palm-shaded pool before retiring to comfortably furnished rooms.

  • Hotel Xaluca
    Erfoud, Morocco

    Built with adobe bricks, this distinctive hotel is situated among palms and dunes at the door to the desert. Spacious rooms blend traditional decor with modern comforts, and 2 in-house restaurants, a 20-meter swimming pool, and a salon bar offer a variety of recreational options.

  • Hotel Les Merinides
    Fès, Morocco

    Perched atop a hillside overlooking The Imperial City of Fès, this 4-star hotel boasts an excellent reputation. The rooftop restaurant serves up traditional Moroccan fare and the guest rooms are beautifully designed with decorative carpets and contemporary furniture.
     

  • Riad Lamane
    Zagora, Morocco

    Riad Lamane is a well-run earthy hotel in Zagora which provides a cosy and comfortable atmosphere before we head into the desert.  There are 20 rooms, a swimming pool, and meals are served in the dining room, in tents or out on the terraces.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

photo credits: ©Tara Starr-Keddle, MTS Photo File



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Oct 12 - 25, 2014 Nov 2 - 15, 2014 Dec 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 Feb 22, 2015 - Mar 7, 2015 Mar 19, 2015 - Apr 1, 2015 Oct 11 - 24, 2015 Nov 4 - 17, 2015 Dec 20, 2015 - Jan 2, 2016
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