Morocco Sahara Retreat

Overview

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.

  • 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

  • Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Depart: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 4-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive at 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.

    • Accommodation: Riad Ksar Ighnda
    • Transportation: 1-hour flight transfer
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day02

    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.

  • Day03

    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.

    • Accommodation: Sahara Luxury Camp
    • Transportation: 5.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    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.

  • Day05

    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.

    • Accommodation: La Maison Arabe
    • Transportation: 5.5-hour private van transfer & 40-minute flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    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.

  • Day07

    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.

  • Day08

    Depart Morocco

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

    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Upcoming Departures

  • AvailableApr 09 - 17, 2019
  • AvailableJun 05 - 13, 2019
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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

This retreat blends spiritually uplifting yoga and meditation sessions with leisure time to take it all in.

Reason #03

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

Meet Our Guides

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.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Early morning and sunrise yoga and meditation sessions paired with scenic desert drives, camel rides, traditional market visits, and rich history and culture tours.

  • Lodging

    An enchanting riad retreat in Ouarzazate, an opulent guesthouse in the medina of Marrakech, and a luxe desert camp in the Sahara.

  • Climate

    Morocco's climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Interior temperatures are more extreme, winters can be cold and summers hot.

FAQ

  • What clothing is appropriate in Morocco?

    Plan to dress conservatively. Short skirts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate.

  • Can I join the trip if I won't be practicing yoga?

    You are welcome to participate in as many or as few yoga sessions as you are comfortable with.

  • Is it safe to travel to Morocco

    The areas where we travel are considered to be quite safe.

  • Will the yoga sessions be challenging?

    The sessions are mixed styles for all levels. Modifications will be offered for more experienced and newer Yogi's.

  • 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.

  • What type of transportation will we be using?

    Transportation will be in modern minibuses or SUV's with a professional driver to ensure a comfortable and safe ride across Morocco's highways, mountain roads, and desert dunes.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Apr 09 - 17, 2019
  • Available
    Jun 05 - 13, 2019

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$4,695.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $900.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • Yoga mat for yoga sessions
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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