● Ground transportation via air-conditioned mini-bus with English-speaking group guide from airport to
● 10 nights accommodations
○ La Maison Bleue (or similar) in Fes with dinner and breakfast
○ Riad Madu (or similar) and luxury camp in the Sahara with dinner and breakfast
○ Ksar Sultan (or similar) in Boumalne with dinner and breakfast
○ Riad Palais de Princesses (or similar) in Marrakech with breakfast
○ Relax Airport in Casablanca
● Two Moroccan family dinners (one in Marrakech, one in Casablanca)
● Two dinners in Marrakech restaurants (Le Palace and La Maison Arabe)
● 9 lunches
● Wine tasting in Meknes
● Professional city guide in Fes
● Sahara Desert excursion
● Sahara camel trek
● Professional hiking guide in the Rose Valley
● Entrance fee to Hassan II Mosque
● Water during travels
● Tips for hotels, restaurants, and baggage carriers
● Flight ticket
● Beverages other than water
● Travel insurance
● Tips for guides and drivers
● Additional snacks outside of meals
● Incidentals, such as laundry service, mini-bar, or room service
● Taxis for free day
1-hour quad excursion in the Sahara Desert – $50 for single quad, $100 for two-person dune
2-hour hammam/massage package in Marrakech at Mythic Oriental Spa – $80
Depart to Casablanca (recommend Air Canada via Montreal). Let the adventure begin!
We will all plan to arrive in Casablanca in the morning. From there, we’ll meet our guide and driver.
Then, we’ll continue on to Meknes, where we will visit Les Celliers De Meknes for a tour of the winery and tasting, followed by a leisurely lunch in their beautiful hotel.
After lunch, we’ll travel to Fes where we’ll check into our riad. We’ll take some time to refresh before dinner at the riad.
Overnight in Fes.
After breakfast, we’ll embark on a private guided tour of Fes to learn about the history of this ancient city, visiting the Royal Palace, strolling through the Mellah, and touring the winding ancient medina, which has changed little over the centuries.
Along the way, we’ll stop at many artisan workshops, including the mosaic makers, silk weavers, and of course, the famous Fes tanneries. Lunch will be included during the tour.
Dinner at our riad that night. Overnight in Fes.
Time for the next segment of our journey! Today, we’ll depart Fes to travel south over the Atlas Mountains.
We’ll stop to visit the wild monkeys outside of Azrou, enjoy fresh barbecue for lunch in Zayda, and take in the stunning views as we cross the mountains, seeing the scenery change from farmland to desert.
We’ll arrive in Merzouga in the evening and check into our riad with time to relax before dinner at the riad. Overnight in Merzouga.
If you’d like, you may choose to begin your morning with an optional quad excursion into the Sahara desert, or just relax by the pool overlooking the dunes. Later in the morning, we’ll regroup as we learn to make a traditional Moroccan meal with a cooking class, which we will then enjoy for lunch!
After lunch, take off into the Sahara with an SUV excursion, visiting the Gnawa village with its entrancing music, enjoy tea with a nomadic family, and ride up the red dunes.
Meet the camels for a trek into the luxury camp, where we will enjoy live music around the bonfire after dinner.
Overnight in the Sahara.
Today, we’ll depart camp and head into Rissani, where we’ll visit the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum and the bustling market, and enjoy lunch in a 17th century neighborhood.
Then, we’ll continue on to Tinghir where we will visit a women’s rug-making co-op. Dinner at your riad. Overnight in Boumalne.
Let’s begin our morning with a hike through the Rose Valley. After lunch, we’ll visit Kalaat M’Gouna, where we will learn how rose water is made. Dinner at our riad. Overnight in Boumalne.
As we journey west, we’ll make a stop in Ait Benhaddou, the famous Ksar that has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then, we’ll continue over the Atlas Mountains vis Tichka Pass, making a stop for lunch.
We’ll arrive in Marrakech in the afternoon, and check into our riad with time to scrub off the desert sand before heading out to dinner at Le Palace, Leonardo DiCaprio’s favorite restaurant when he’s in town (we know some of you are fangirling right now). Overnight in Marrakech.
Take a day trip an Argan oil co-op outside of Essaouira, where women process the vitamin-rich oil prized around the world.
Lunch in Essaouira. That evening, enjoy Moroccan hospitality with a family meal. Overnight in Marrakech.
Enjoy a free day to explore Marrakech. Visit museums, wander the souks, or enjoy optional 2-hour traditional hammam and massage. Lunch on your own. That evening, enjoy dinner in the beautiful La Maison Arabe. Overnight in Marrakech.
Depart Marrakech in the morning, heading to Casablanca. Enjoy lunch at Rick’s Cafe, modeled on the movie Casablanca. Visit the famous Hassan II Mosque, perched on the edge of the Atlantic. End your Moroccan adventure with dinner in a Moroccan family home, and get a visual souvenir with a henna tattoo. Check into the airport hotel for our last night together. Overnight in Casablanca.
Early morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people will be in the group?
There is a maximum of 12 people in the group.
What is the payment schedule for the trip?
There is a $300 deposit, and the rest of the payments will be broken up between now and 45 days prior to travel.
Is the deposit non refundable?
You have a two week window after making the deposit in which it is refundable.
What is the cancellation policy?
Once a deposit or partial/full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received. In addition to a $300 per person administration fee, the following charges apply: 60-45 days prior to departure 30% of payment fee / 44-21 days prior to departure 70% of payment fee / 20 days or less NO refund. Additionally, once tickets are issued the ticket value is non-refundable. Requests for a refund must be in writing (e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). Phone calls cannot be used as a form of cancellation. Refunds will be issued within 30 to 60 days of receipt of written notice. No changes of names or substitutions are permitted. No refund or cancellation fees will be waived due to death or sickness.
Is it doable for vegans to join this trip?
While it is absolutely doable for vegans to join, please note that your choices do become a bit repetitive. Vegetarian tagine and couscous are vegan, and as veganism is not widely practiced in Morocco, those are usually the options presented. Also, the salads that are the first course of a full Moroccan meal are vegan as well. However, breakfast can be rather limited, as it usually consists of eggs, yogurt, fruit, and many different kinds of bread, a number of which are made with eggs and/or butter. As much as we try to ensure that all restaurants are prepared for included meals, we have run into occasions where they don’t understand the restrictions (for example, they brought a fish dish to a vegetarian), which can lead to delays in getting a new meal cooked after everyone else. We’re not trying to dissuade vegans, just want vegans to understand what to expect!
Are we responsible for booking a hotel the first night?
If you plan on arriving on Sept 19, then yes, you will be responsible for your hotel for the night. However, if you come in that morning on the Air Canada flight, then there is no need for an extra hotel.