Morocco Camels & Casbahs Hiking

A Legendary Saharan Journey & Dazzling Marrakech

 

On this extraordinary adventure through Morocco, discover the kingdom of blueberry skies and peach-hued dunes, lush oases, and the rugged Atlas Mountains. Catch the buzz of Marrakech's ancient medina and follow coastal roads to Essaouira and Casablanca. Explore age-old casbahs and UNESCO-listed wonders, including the Roman ruins at Volubilis, historic Rabat, and the 9th-century Medina of Fes. Spend the next four days on a scenic camel trek through the legendary Sahara, crossing majestic sand dunes, and sleeping in desert camps under star-kissed skies. Sip mint tea in traditional Berber villages and delight in warm Moroccan hospitality every step of the way.

  • 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

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Arrive:

Marrakech, Morocco

Depart:

Marrakesh, Morocco

Price: from $5,895

Duration:

14 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-14 Guests

Min Age:

13 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

Touring cities and ancient sights includes walking up to 2-3 hours on uneven cobblestone streets and some dirt trails. In the Sahara, you may be riding a camel for up to five hours through sand dunes and on somewhat hilly terrain. No previous experience is required.
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  • Arrive in Marrakech

    Day 1

    Welcome to Morocco! Arrive in Marrakech this morning and meet your MT Sobek representative at the airport. After transferring to the hotel, join your guide and group for a trip briefing and lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the pretty Majorelle Garden and time to rest or explore the spellbinding city of Marrakech on your own. Tonight, savor a welcome dinner with your trip leader at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: Es Saadi Hotel

    With a prime location in the verdant neighborhood of Hivernage, this luxury compound features a five-star hotel, palace accommodations and private villas. Steps from the walled old city and the Menara gardens, the dreamy hideaway offers no less than eight restaurants and bars, two swimming pools and the largest spa in Marrakech - all that paired with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains.

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Mesmerizing Marrakech

    Day 2

    Head out and 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.

    Accommodation: Es Saadi Hotel

    With a prime location in the verdant neighborhood of Hivernage, this luxury compound features a five-star hotel, palace accommodations and private villas. Steps from the walled old city and the Menara gardens, the dreamy hideaway offers no less than eight restaurants and bars, two swimming pools and the largest spa in Marrakech - all that paired with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains.

    Activity: 5.5 hours guided city touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Essaouira

    Day 3

    Rise for a drive to the lively port city of Essaouira with its beautiful 18th-century ramparts and traditional character. After lunch, take a tour of the "Windy City of Africa" and explore its atmospheric UNESCO-listed Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador). Wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with quaint artisan shops and check out the sweeping harbor views as you stroll the fortifications. Overnight in a charming hotel reminiscent of a grand Moroccan riad.

    Accommodation: Hotel Le Medina

    Relax in comfort at this sumptuous beachside hotel, a stone's throw from the age-old citadel. With touches of a traditional Moroccan riad, 117 relaxing rooms and suites, and a luxury spa, this is a perfect place to unwind. Its comfortable, mosaic-adorned rooms are well-appointed with modern amenities and entirely furnished by Souiris craftsmen.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow the Coast Road to Casablanca

    Day 4

    Head north on the coastal road to Safi, then continue on a cliffside stretch with beautiful sea views to Oualidia — the "oyster capital of Morocco." Enjoy lunch at a restaurant with views over the pretty lagoon. In the afternoon, continue on to the vibrant city of Casablanca. Check into the hotel and have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

    Accommodation: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

    The modern 5-star Sofitel Tour Blanche towers above the White City in the heart of Casablanca. Its 141 rooms blend comfort and contemporary elegance, and come with a wide range of amenities for an indulgent stay. The hotel is spotless and welcoming hotel staff will make you feel right at home.

    Transportation: 5.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at Hassan II Mosque & Drive to Rabat

    Day 5

    Wake for a morning visit to the monumental Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco! Perched on the Atlantic and boasting the second-tallest minaret in the world, it's a stunning display of Moroccan-Andalusian architecture and artisanship. Next, enjoy a pleasant drive to Rabat with a stop for lunch and a visit to the ancient Kasbah of the Oudaïas, overlooking the Bou Regreg River. This afternoon, explore Rabat's iconic Hassan Tower with its picturesque stone pillars. Enjoy a night at a delightful family run guest house in town.

    Accommodation: Villa Mandarine

    Villa Mandarine is a special find in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Rabat. With gorgeous lush gardens and a palm-fringed courtyard, this family run hotel has an oasis feel - matched by the comfort of its spacious rooms. Enjoy an array of modern amenities during your stay and don't miss taking a dip in the hotel's beautiful pool.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Meknes & Travel to Fes

    Day 6

    After breakfast, set off on your journey to Meknes, an enchanting imperial city built by Sultan Moulay Ismaïl in the late 17th century. Marvel at the grand historic gateway of Bab Mansour and enjoy lunch before continuing to the UNESCO-listed Roman ruins at Volubilis. Arrive at your hotel in Fes by sunset.

    Accommodation: Hotel Les Merinides

    Perched atop a hillside overlooking the city, this 4-star hotel boasts a dramatic lobby and a rooftop restaurant that serves up traditional Moroccan fare. Guestrooms are beautifully designed with decorative carpets and contemporary furniture. What steals the show at this property are breathtaking views of the city, particularly during sunset.

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Wonders of Fes

    Day 7

    Dive right into the medieval walled city of Fes, where thousands of craftsmen ply their trades. Observe the magnificent UNESCO-listed 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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Les Merinides

    Perched atop a hillside overlooking the city, this 4-star hotel boasts a dramatic lobby and a rooftop restaurant that serves up traditional Moroccan fare. Guestrooms are beautifully designed with decorative carpets and contemporary furniture. What steals the show at this property are breathtaking views of the city, particularly during sunset.

    Activity: Full day city touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Erfoud

    Day 8

    Rise early for a gorgeous drive to the oasis town of Erfoud. The journey takes you through cedar forests in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains up to the mountain town of Ifrane at 5,463 feet. Travel onward to your lunch stop in Midelt, situated between the Middle and High Atlas mountains, before ending the day in Erfoud — your gateway to the Sahara Desert.

    Accommodation: Hotel Xaluca

    Built with adobe bricks, this distinctive hotel is situated among palms and dunes at the door to the desert in Erfoud. Spacious en-suite rooms blend traditional decor with modern comforts, including air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Guests sample Moroccan cuisine at the two in-house restaurants, unwind in the two pools, a spa and hammam, and play a round at a mini-golf course.

    Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Camel Trek to Erg Chebbi

    Day 9

    Start the day with a visit to a traditional village and then transfer by minibus to Derkaoua and Yasmine Auberge. From here, absorb the wonders of the desert as you travel on foot and by camel to the remote eastern side of Erg Chebbi — home to the largest and most spectacular dunes in Morocco. Along the way, you may occasionally pass nomads tending to their herds amidst the pumpkin-colored sea of sand. Return to camp for dinner and a night under the stars.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Morocco Camel Trek

    Your Morocco Camel Trek experience includes three nights of traditional desert camping in canvas expedition-style safari tents with comfortable bedding (including real beds with sheets, comforters and pillows). Meals will be served in a Berber-style dining tent and refreshing bucket showers will be available most evenings, plus basins of warm water for the mornings.

    Activity: 3-hours camel trek and walking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ride Camels & Hike the Dunes of Bou Yerd

    Day 10

    Rise today for an exciting camel ride to Bou Yerd, where you'll climb an incredible 500-foot high dune for epic desert views! Enjoy a picnic lunch in a tent on the dunes before setting off on a dune walk, giving you a real sense of space amidst the vast ocean of sand. Camp on the dunes near Znigui tonight.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Morocco Camel Trek

    Your Morocco Camel Trek experience includes three nights of traditional desert camping in canvas expedition-style safari tents with comfortable bedding (including real beds with sheets, comforters and pillows). Meals will be served in a Berber-style dining tent and refreshing bucket showers will be available most evenings, plus basins of warm water for the mornings.

    Activity: 5.5-hours camel trek and walking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Camel Trek to Erg Znigui

    Day 11

    Today's camel trek ventures south along the massive dunes of Erg Chebbi. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the dunes near Merdanit before continuing across a black plateau dotted with red dunes to Znigui. Return to the camp in the afternoon.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Morocco Camel Trek

    Your Morocco Camel Trek experience includes three nights of traditional desert camping in canvas expedition-style safari tents with comfortable bedding (including real beds with sheets, comforters and pillows). Meals will be served in a Berber-style dining tent and refreshing bucket showers will be available most evenings, plus basins of warm water for the mornings.

    Activity: 6-hours camel trek and walking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Last Camel Trek & Drive to Boumalne Dades

    Day 12

    Bid farewell to the desert early this morning and enjoy your last camel trek back to the road. Meet the minibus and journey on to Boumalne Dades, passing Rissani, Tineidad and Tinerhir on the way. Stop for lunch in the old fortified Berber village of Khorbat and overnight at a comfortable hotel surrounded by mountains in Boumalne Dades.

    Accommodation: Hotel Xaluca Dades

    With a beautiful location in the midst of the Atlas Mountains, the Hotel Xaluca Dades is a restful stop on your Moroccan adventure. Its 106 rooms are opulently designed with African materials and come well-appointed with modern amenities. Soothe your post-camel-trek body at the hammam or sunbathe on the natural stone solarium.

    Activity: 1.5 hours camel trek and walking

    Transportation: 5.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Marrakech

    Day 13

    This morning, drive to the palm grove of Skoura, visit the old ksar (fortified village) of Amerhidil and then drive to Ait Ben Haddou for a late lunch. Continue driving to Marrakech. On arrival, check into the hotel. Gather for a festive farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: Es Saadi Hotel

    With a prime location in the verdant neighborhood of Hivernage, this luxury compound features a five-star hotel, palace accommodations and private villas. Steps from the walled old city and the Menara gardens, the dreamy hideaway offers no less than eight restaurants and bars, two swimming pools and the largest spa in Marrakech - all that paired with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains.

    Transportation: 6-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Home

    Day 14

    Catch an early breakfast at the hotel, before driving to Marrakech Airport for your departure flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

Morocco Camels & Casbahs Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been exploring Morocco since 1975 so you're in perfect hands on this unique journey.

Reason #02

You'll discover Morocco's ancient cities, cultural hubs and Saharan dunes with professional guides who offer rich insights.

Reason #03

The camel trekking adventure takes in some of Morocco's most remote and spectacular desert landscapes.

Meet your guides

Jabir Brahim

Jabir Brahim

Brahim was born and raised in the High Atlas Mountains and has over 15 years of experience guiding trips in Morocco. He passionately shares a deep love and appreciation for his country, and the Atlas Mountains hold a special place in his heart. In his spare time, he gives lectures about the Tamazight (Berber) culture around Europe. He is outgoing, knowledgeable, and has a keen eye for foreign cultures, ethnology, and geology.

Abdellah Allali

Abdellah Allali

Abdellah was born in the High Atlas Mountains in the Berber village of Ait Bougumez and mountain adventure has always been his true passion. He has over 20 years of experience in travel and tourism, and formally earned his mountain guide degree certification in 2005. He is fluent in English, French, Berber, and Arabic. Abdellah is very knowledgeable and personable, and enjoys sharing his wondrous country with MT Sobek travelers. rn

Activities

Hikes and camel treks paired with scenic desert drives, traditional market visits, and rich history and culture tours.

Lodging

Upscale city hotels, enchanting riad retreats, charming guesthouses, and MT Sobek mobile camps in the desert.

Climate

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.

FAQ

What clothing is appropriate in Morocco?

Plan to dress conservatively. We suggest covering shoulders, knees, and wearing loose fitting clothing.

What's the best time of year for this adventure?

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.

What is food like in Morocco?

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.

What's is the camel trek like?

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

Can I extend my trip?

Yes! We offer pre-set extensions in Marrakesh, Fes, Casablanca, and Essaouira. We can also help you book extra pre-post hotel nights.

Do I need a visa for Morocco?

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.

  • 2022
  • 2023
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  • Go Custom

2022

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Oct 01 - 14, 2022
    $5,895 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,300 single supplement
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  • Nov 19 - Dec 02, 2022
    $5,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,300 single supplement
    Available
  • Dec 22 2022 - Jan 04, 2023
    $5,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,300 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2023

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Feb 05 - 18, 2023
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,650 single supplement
    Available
  • Mar 05 - 18, 2023
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,650 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 08 - 21, 2023
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,650 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 15 - 28, 2023
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,650 single supplement
    Available
  • Nov 05 - 18, 2023
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,650 single supplement
    Available
  • Dec 17 - 30, 2023
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,650 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:

2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $6,995 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $6,395 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $6,195 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $6,095 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $8,995 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $7,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $6,395 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure

Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.