On this extraordinary adventure through Morocco, discover the kingdom of blueberry skies and peach-hued dunes, lush oases and volcanic mountains. Catch the epic buzz of Marrakech's ancient medina and then head out to discover dreamy oases, age-old kasbahs, and traditional Berber villages. Spend the next five days on a scenic camel trek through the legendary Sahara, crossing majestic sand dunes and sleeping in desert camps under star-kissed African night skies. Journey to medieval Fes with its throbbing medina and wrap up in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city.
Marvel at the mesmerizing old medinas of Marrakech and Fes, with their bustling ancient souks
Trek the spectacular sand dunes of the Sahara on camelback, camping under star-strewn desert skies
Hike through Berber villages to lush oases and follow trails past ancient kasbahs in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains
Arrive in Marrakech this morning and meet your MT Sobek representative outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. After transfer to the hotel, briefing with your guide and lunch, enjoy the afternoon to either rest or explore the spellbinding city of Marrakech on your own. This evening, have a welcome dinner with your trip leader at a local restaurant.
Today head out to explore the "pearl of the south." Founded in the 11th century, Marrakech is one of Morocco's oldest cities, replete with gorgeous gardens and pink Moorish-style buildings. Wander the walled maze of its medina and enjoy the famed buzz of Djemma El Fna square, with its snake-charmers and fire-eaters. Have lunch in the medina and return to the hotel mid-afternoon, to either rest or explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy dinner paired with a musical performance at a traditional restaurant inside a 19th-century family home.
After an early breakfast, set out for a scenic drive by 4x4 over the dramatic passes of the High Atlas Mountains, rising above a landscape of oasis pastures, willow and poplar groves, and fairy-tale villages. Marvel at this UNESCO World Heritage Site with its earthen houses stacked one on top of the other, protected by a defensive wall, and learn about the distinctive Berber culture. Spend the night in a modern kasbah nearby.
Today head east along the fantastic Dadès Valley, visiting the lush Skoura oasis and its kasbahs. Take a 1-hour walk along Ounila Valley to Aît Benhaddou village. Then drive to Ouarzazate and visit the old Taourirt Glaoui Kasbah and cinema museum. Enjoy lunch in Auberge Chez Talout in Skoura. In the afternoon meet local villagers on the scenic 2-hour walk through Skoura palmeraie and Ameridili Kasbah to Toundout.
Head south along the Draa Valley, first visiting a small desert souk in the village of Agdz. After checking out the carefully displayed produce, continue exploring the valley on the drive along dirt roads through Berber villages. Stop for a 2-hour hike through the villages and date palm oases, then enjoy lunch in a charming local restaurant before moving on through the valley. Arrive in Zagora, a former French colonial outpost, in the late afternoon.
Set out east into the Sahara by 4x4, on rocky terrain first and then sandier landscapes after passing the desert villages of Tissmoumine and Oum Jrane. At Maider, where nomads graze their camels, visit one of the families who live in tents hand-woven from goat and camel hair. After a picnic lunch, continue deep into the desert to Tafraout and have great fun 4-wheeling through the sandy river basin of Oued Rheris ("Mud River"). Meet the camels and guides at the MT Sobek camp in the sand dunes near Remlia.
Today cross alluvial fans, ridges, dry river basins, and sandy areas en route to the camp in the red sand dunes of Ouzina along Ziz Valley. Hikers and camel riders rotate periodically, hiking and riding about six hours over this incredibly variable desert terrain. Along the way look out for orthoceras, trilobite and ammonite fossils from the Devonian geological era. Bed down this evening under the stars.
Today continue by camel and on foot for about four hours along the north side of the Ouzina dunes. Meet the vehicles around lunchtime and set out for a scenic drive to Erg Znigui, a remote sea of sand dunes formed by winds. At this stunning spot, experience the magic and silence of the desert and marvel at the magnificent sunset over the dunes. In the afternoon take an optional hike up the high dunes or just relax in camp.
With camels and on foot again, head north from Erg Znigui to the remote eastern side of Erg Chebbi, whose spectacular range of dunes - the largest in Morocco - runs north to south. Occasionally pass nomads tending to their herds. Erg Chebbi is set amid miles of mountains of pumpkin- and squash-colored sand. This evening camp at the base of one of the largest dunes, situated amid the great sand sea. No wonder the Arabs called the Sahara bahr bila maa, an "ocean without water."
Spend the day exploring the dune "mountains," some of them up to 800-feet tall. From the top enjoy spectacular views, often stretching to the snow-capped mountains of the High Atlas. Hike down to a small oasis to meet the camels and guides and continue through the dunes. After lunch, stop for a cold drink at a desert café and finish up the trek at the northern end of the erg. In the late afternoon, drive to Erfoud, the main town of the Ziz Valley.
Depart early this morning to make the journey to Fes. Drive through the Ziz Valley (another caravan route to the Sahara from Fes). Continue through the Atlas Mountains and explore cedar forests where there are good chances of seeing groups of Barbary macaques - stub-tailed monkeys that roam freely here. Finally, arrive in the imperial city of Fes, Morocco's spiritual and cultural heart.
Today dive right into its medieval walled city of Fes, where thousands of craftsmen ply their trades. Observe the magnificent medina from scenic viewpoints and then visit the King's Palace, Fes el-Jedid with its old Jewish quarter, and Fes el-Bali (the oldest section). Here wander through some of the best souks in the world, including the henna, brass, and leather tanners' souks. Marvel at the fabulous architecture, taking in the great Kairaouine Mosque, the largest in Morocco. Break up the day with a hearty lunch right in the center of the action.
Set out for Casablanca today. Along the way visit the hill town of Moulay Idriss, the holiest Muslim town in Morocco, and spectacular Volubilis, once capital of the Berber kingdom of Mauritania and one of the most important Roman ruins in Africa. After lunch at a palace in the medina of the walled fortress city of Meknes, explore this magnificent city of the tyrant sultan Moulay Ismail. He built more than 50 palaces, 20 gates, and 15 miles of exterior walls. Continue on to Casablanca for a final dinner together.
This morning visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco with reportedly the tallest minaret in the world - a stunning display of Moroccan-Andalusian architecture. Stop at the Scala coffee shop and then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
MT Sobek has been exploring Morocco since 1975 so you're in perfect hands on this unique journey.
You'll discover Morocco's ancient cities, cultural hubs and Saharan dunes with professional guides who offer rich insights.
The camel trekking adventure takes in some of Morocco's most remote and spectacular desert landscapes.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hikes and camel treks paired with scenic desert drives, traditional market visits, and rich history and culture tours.
Upscale city hotels, enchanting riad retreats, charming guesthouses, and MT Sobek mobile camps in the desert.
The climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, with cold winters and hot summers.
Plan to dress conservatively. We suggest covering shoulders, knees, and wearing loose fitting clothing.
Because the desert can get quite warm in summer, the best time for a camel trek is from October to November and March. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds.
Moroccan cuisines is often a fusion of berber, Arabic, Mediterranean, and French influences. You can expect a variety of dishes including both meat and vegetarian options like nicoise salad, squash, root vegetables, beef or lamb with prunes, chicken with preserved lemon and olives, paprika with french fries, and more.
The walking is fairly easy from 1 to 6 miles on a mixture of sandy terrain and hard-packed desert floor with vehicle support. The camels will walk very slowly and will be tied together. The seats will be padded with blankets and you will have have the chance to hop off to stretch your legs
Yes! One popular extension is to visit the coastal city of Essaouira, or we can add extra touring at the start or end of the trip in Marrakesh or Casablanca.
Visas are not required for US citizens for visits lasting less than 90 days. You must have a valid passport with at least one blank page.
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