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Morocco Sahara Retreat

Trip Length 8 days

From $4,295

  • Join in sunrise and sunset yoga and meditation sessions in the midst of gorgeous Saharan scenery
  • Journey to the mesmerizing Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a historic clay-brick fortress in southern Morocco
  • Tour the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech and dine at celebrated Café de la Poste

Wake up to salute the rising desert sun, then head out to discover Morocco—a kingdom of blueberry skies and peach-hued dunes, lush oases and volcanic mountains. Between meditation sessions, tour imposing palaces, shop for traditional handicrafts, and take a scenic camel ride through the magical Sahara. Witness the striking clay-brick Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Casablanca's monumental Hassan II Mosque. Stroll through the Majorelle Garden, inspiration to fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent. After a session of sunset yoga, savor a tasty meal around the campfire beneath the vast Saharan sky.

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca

Welcome to Casablanca, Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport clear immigration and customs and meet your MT Sobek representative. Visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco with reportedly the tallest minaret in the world—a stunning display of Moroccan-Andalusian architecture. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the iconic Rick's Café, inspired by the set from Casablanca. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Ouarazazate and, upon arrival, to your hotel for the next two nights.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Riad Ksar Ighnda

Day 2: Visit the Historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

After a morning session of yoga and meditation, head out to visit the historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a picture-perfect fortress located on the ancient caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. The Kasbah makes for a phenomenal lunch spot, as you learn about the customs and architecture of southern Morocco. Finish off the afternoon with a yoga session as the sun sets. This evening, enjoy dinner at the riad.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Riad Ksar Ighnda

Day 3: Journey Into the Heart of the Sahara

Rise early for sunrise yoga before departing on the journey into the heart of the Sahara. Pass through the town of Merzouga and take a thrilling off-road drive towards high dunes to meet the camels for a short trek to the first night's camp in the Sahara. Have a yoga session as the sun sets, and then continue to the luxury camp. After a tasty meal of Moroccan tagines, settle in for a memorable night, paired with beats of tribal songs resonating around the campfire and views of star-strewn night skies.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sahara Luxury Camp

Day 4: Enjoy Leisure Time in the Sahara

Wake to the spectacular sunrise in the Sahara and take a morning yoga session. During your stay in the desert, enjoy some time to process your own thoughts and follow any individual practices. During the day, spend time walking the high dunes or just relax in the lounge tent. Feeling more adventurous? Take an independent camel trek, go sandboarding, or try a headstand on the dunes. At sunset, come together for yoga in a dazzling location in the dunes, before dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sahara Luxury Camp

Day 5: Head to Zagora & Travel to Marrakech

After a morning session of yoga and meditation, head out of the Sahara to Zagora, a traditional town in the Draa River Valley, with vast palm groves and a bustling souk. Have lunch in Zagora before continuing on to Ouarazazate to catch the flight to Marrakech. Upon arrival, check into the spectacular La Maison Arabe right in the medina, home for the next two nights.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Maison Arabe

Day 6: Visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum & Dine at Café de la Poste

Start the day with an early morning yoga session in a local park. Visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum which honors the fashion icon's love of Marrakech with a permanent collection of some of his best-known designs. Then take a stroll through the Majorelle Gardens, filled with exotic plants, which inspired Yves Saint Laurent for over three decades. Enjoy lunch at the Café de la Poste, a throwback to Morocco's French colonial past with its 1920s-inspired décor. After an afternoon yoga and meditation session, the evening is at your leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Maison Arabe

Day 7: Explore Palais Bahia & Palais Badii

After an early morning yoga session, head out to explore Palais Bahia and Palais Badii, two imposing masterpieces of Moroccan architecture that echo Morocco's imperial past. Enjoy lunch at Le Nomand, with its large terrace overlooking the spice market; try the spiced lamb burger with eggplant and caramelized onions. This afternoon, after a quick tour to get your bearings, explore the souk and shop for leather goods, Moroccan lamps, and wood crafts. Enjoy farewell dinner at Dar Soukkar, an enchanting restaurant with an "Arabian Nights" atmosphere.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Maison Arabe

Day 8: Depart from Morocco

Say goodbye to Marrakech early this morning and head to Casablanca. On arrival into Casablanca, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast

Apr 09 - 16, 2019

Jun 05 - 12, 2019

pricing

2019 Prices
$4,295 (4-16 members)
$900 single supplement

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La Maison Arabe

With the ambience of a beautiful Moroccan home, La Maison Arabe in the medina of Marrakech showcases gorgeous rooms and suites, most with private terraces and fireplaces. With its flower-filled patios, stylish interiors featuring cedar-wood ceilings, a heated swimming pool on the patio, three restaurants, a spa with a traditional hammam, and a renowned cooking school, this hideaway is a stunner.

Riad Ksar Ighnda

Situated at the gates of Ouarzazate, Riad Ksar Ighnda is a relaxing retreat on the edge of the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. The traditional-style guest rooms are spacious and equipped with modern comforts like private bathroom, A/C, TV, DVD/CD player, and minibar. A swimming pool invites for a refreshing dip, and there's also a spa, hammam and Jacuzzi.

Sahara Luxury Camp

Spacious Berber style tents that are comfortably appointed with double beds and access to a comfortable central terrace filled with traditional plush pillows and rugs to relax upon. Revel in the luxury atmosphere, reflecting or taking walks in one of the most enchanting places in the world—the Sahara Desert.

  • Join in sunrise and sunset yoga and meditation sessions in the midst of gorgeous Saharan scenery
  • Journey to the mesmerizing Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a historic clay-brick fortress in southern Morocco
  • Tour the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech and dine at celebrated Café de la Poste

Wake up to salute the rising desert sun, then head out to discover Morocco—a kingdom of blueberry skies and peach-hued dunes, lush oases and volcanic mountains. Between meditation sessions, tour imposing palaces, shop for traditional handicrafts, and take a scenic camel ride through the magical Sahara. Witness the striking clay-brick Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Casablanca's monumental Hassan II Mosque. Stroll through the Majorelle Garden, inspiration to fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent. After a session of sunset yoga, savor a tasty meal around the campfire beneath the vast Saharan sky.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca

Welcome to Casablanca, Morocco! Upon arrival at the airport clear immigration and customs and meet your MT Sobek representative. Visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco with reportedly the tallest minaret in the world—a stunning display of Moroccan-Andalusian architecture. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the iconic Rick's Café, inspired by the set from Casablanca. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Ouarazazate and, upon arrival, to your hotel for the next two nights.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Riad Ksar Ighnda

Day 2: Visit the Historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

After a morning session of yoga and meditation, head out to visit the historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a picture-perfect fortress located on the ancient caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. The Kasbah makes for a phenomenal lunch spot, as you learn about the customs and architecture of southern Morocco. Finish off the afternoon with a yoga session as the sun sets. This evening, enjoy dinner at the riad.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Riad Ksar Ighnda

Day 3: Journey Into the Heart of the Sahara

Rise early for sunrise yoga before departing on the journey into the heart of the Sahara. Pass through the town of Merzouga and take a thrilling off-road drive towards high dunes to meet the camels for a short trek to the first night's camp in the Sahara. Have a yoga session as the sun sets, and then continue to the luxury camp. After a tasty meal of Moroccan tagines, settle in for a memorable night, paired with beats of tribal songs resonating around the campfire and views of star-strewn night skies.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sahara Luxury Camp

Day 4: Enjoy Leisure Time in the Sahara

Wake to the spectacular sunrise in the Sahara and take a morning yoga session. During your stay in the desert, enjoy some time to process your own thoughts and follow any individual practices. During the day, spend time walking the high dunes or just relax in the lounge tent. Feeling more adventurous? Take an independent camel trek, go sandboarding, or try a headstand on the dunes. At sunset, come together for yoga in a dazzling location in the dunes, before dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sahara Luxury Camp

Day 5: Head to Zagora & Travel to Marrakech

After a morning session of yoga and meditation, head out of the Sahara to Zagora, a traditional town in the Draa River Valley, with vast palm groves and a bustling souk. Have lunch in Zagora before continuing on to Ouarazazate to catch the flight to Marrakech. Upon arrival, check into the spectacular La Maison Arabe right in the medina, home for the next two nights.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Maison Arabe

Day 6: Visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum & Dine at Café de la Poste

Start the day with an early morning yoga session in a local park. Visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum which honors the fashion icon's love of Marrakech with a permanent collection of some of his best-known designs. Then take a stroll through the Majorelle Gardens, filled with exotic plants, which inspired Yves Saint Laurent for over three decades. Enjoy lunch at the Café de la Poste, a throwback to Morocco's French colonial past with its 1920s-inspired décor. After an afternoon yoga and meditation session, the evening is at your leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Maison Arabe

Day 7: Explore Palais Bahia & Palais Badii

After an early morning yoga session, head out to explore Palais Bahia and Palais Badii, two imposing masterpieces of Moroccan architecture that echo Morocco's imperial past. Enjoy lunch at Le Nomand, with its large terrace overlooking the spice market; try the spiced lamb burger with eggplant and caramelized onions. This afternoon, after a quick tour to get your bearings, explore the souk and shop for leather goods, Moroccan lamps, and wood crafts. Enjoy farewell dinner at Dar Soukkar, an enchanting restaurant with an "Arabian Nights" atmosphere.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Maison Arabe

Day 8: Depart from Morocco

Say goodbye to Marrakech early this morning and head to Casablanca. On arrival into Casablanca, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

La Maison Arabe

With the ambience of a beautiful Moroccan home, La Maison Arabe in the medina of Marrakech showcases gorgeous rooms and suites, most with private terraces and fireplaces. With its flower-filled patios, stylish interiors featuring cedar-wood ceilings, a heated swimming pool on the patio, three restaurants, a spa with a traditional hammam, and a renowned cooking school, this hideaway is a stunner.

Riad Ksar Ighnda

Situated at the gates of Ouarzazate, Riad Ksar Ighnda is a relaxing retreat on the edge of the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. The traditional-style guest rooms are spacious and equipped with modern comforts like private bathroom, A/C, TV, DVD/CD player, and minibar. A swimming pool invites for a refreshing dip, and there's also a spa, hammam and Jacuzzi.

Sahara Luxury Camp

Spacious Berber style tents that are comfortably appointed with double beds and access to a comfortable central terrace filled with traditional plush pillows and rugs to relax upon. Revel in the luxury atmosphere, reflecting or taking walks in one of the most enchanting places in the world—the Sahara Desert.

Dates and Pricing

Apr 09 - 16, 2019

Jun 05 - 12, 2019

pricing

2019 Prices
$4,295 (4-16 members)
$900 single supplement

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 8 days

From $4,295

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