Wander Across Morocco (2019)

Tour
$2450
13
days
Oct 06
Oct 18
2019
0/10 Spots booked
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This Morocco tour covers it all.

From the mesmerizing towns and cities of Marrakech and Meknes to the towering Rif and High Atlas Mountains, from the magical Sahara desert to the natural wonder that is the Dades Valley…and a lengthy list of off-the-beaten path experiences along the way.

You’ll sleep out in the desert among the sand dunes, visit local villages and learn about the traditional life of the Berbers and Bedouins. You’ll visit markets and ancient cities, go for a hike through beautiful gorges and take a 4WD adventure into seldom-explored and otherworldly natural landscapes. And you’ll also have time to simply enjoy the people, food and relaxed pace of life.

Every day in Morocco offers something new and rewarding…are you ready?


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Casablanca to Meknes – Volubilis Roman ruins; Moulay Idris; afternoon arrival

Day 2: Meknes – Old city walking tour; optional hamam experience; Royal Stables

Day 3: Meknes to Merzouga – Visits to Ifrane, Ziz Valley and Rissani; overnight on the edge of the Sahara

Day 4: Sahara Desert – Gnaoua village; traditional music and dance; afternoon camel trek (walking and jeep also options) across the Sahara Desert; overnight at a desert camp among the sand dunes

Day 5: Sahara Desert – Desert jeep excursion; local villages; afternoon free time

Day 6: Sahara Desert to Dades Valley – Sunrise over the dunes; camel, walk or jeep out of the desert; drive via Erfoud into the High Atlas Mountains; afternoon arrival in Dades Valley

Day 7: Dades Valley – 4WD excursion to the Valley of the Roses, mountains, villages and Berber nomadic caves (it’s a spectacular day trip that nobody else offers!)

Day 8: Dades Valley – hiking at Monkey Fingers Gorge (light and challenging options available); picnic lunch; visit to a local friend’s family for tea and henna; free afternoon

Day 9: Marrakech – drive across the Atlas Mountains with stops at Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Telouet and the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass; evening arrival in Marrakech; stay at a great riad in the old city

Day 10: Marrakech – half day city tour including Marjorelle Gardens, Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Bahia Palace and ancient kasbahs; afternoon walk through the incredible market

Day 11: Marrakech – optional activities / free time

Day 12: Essaouira – day trip to the coast; walking tour of the city; beach time; evening return to Marrakech

Day 13: Departure day – you can leave from either Marrakech or Casablanca


Tour itinerary (13 days)
Day 1: Casablanca to Meknes
Day 2: Meknes
Day 3 - 5: Sahara Desert
Day 6 - 8: Dades Valley
Day 9 - 11: Marrakech
Day 12: Essaouira
Day 13: Casablanca
Tour Highlights
Culture
Markets
Traditional villages
Nature
Sahara Desert
History
Food
People

What other travelers say

Morocco was beyond amazing!! Your trips have been spectacular on every level…can’t wait for the next one. I don’t know what expression of thank you really expresses the gratitude I have for these amazing experiences and memories, but i hope you realize how appreciated all of the energy you put into these trips is. Traveling with you has become my incentive to work more…lol!
Maxine H.
I march to the beat of my own drum. The odder, the crazier, the stranger, the better. I've yet to find a tour that truly allows you to the feel the soul and embrace the food of a culture. Until now. Derek's Morocco Tour is truly a fantastic ride, with opportunities to go off and explore on your own if you so desire. To get lost and find your own way through amazing markets, cities, and desert. If you want a truly unique experience, I highly suggest this tour.
Barret O.
I love the fact that the pace was relaxing and we had some time on our own, which is not like your typical tour that rushes you from one place to another. Yet, I felt that we did a lot and saw so much more than I ever expected! I liked that we did many things off the beaten track... which makes it extra special! The 4WD excursion was out of this world and the private camp in the desert! All the little surprises along the way...loved and appreciate all that...You are truly a great host and guide!
Dianne L.
Thank you Derek for your kindness, patience, thoughtfulness and for generally just being a really wonderful person and I do hope we meet again.
Laetitia P.
I loved it! All of it was amazing! I’m keen to go on the next adventure!! My favorites were the camel ride and glamping in the dunes, pool time at Riad Madu (honestly it was pretty sweet to have a view of the dunes poolside), and everything we did in the Dades Valley and Marrakech.
Erin W.
Thanks, to you and Ismail, for an excellent and amazing experience in Morocco!
Luke P.
Tour
$2450
13
days
Oct 06
Oct 18
2019
0/10 Spots booked

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Single room supplement

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Tour Details

Derek Baron guide
Guide: Derek Baron
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Derek Baron guide

Derek Baron

Guide for: India, Istanbul, Romania, Mexico, Morocco

 

In 1999 I began living, traveling and working around the world. I’ve taught English in Thailand, worked as a Tour Manager on board cruise ships and I've run a popular travel blog, WanderingEarl.com, for the past 9 years. In 2012, I started Wandering Earl Tours, and I've been organizing and leading tours in over a dozen countries ever since.

When asked why I travel, my answer is always the same. People. I'm addicted to meeting new people that I would never have met if I wasn't traveling. Through these interactions I am able to gain a first-hand education like no other and that education alone is exactly what keeps me on the road for so long. As a result, organizing and leading super-fun trips has been the perfect match for me!

 
Physical Level: Medium 

Physical Level: Medium


While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
Small Group (10 or less) 
Included in the tour cost: 
  • Accommodation (twin share)
  • Transportation within Morocco
  • All activities and entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • Breakfast every day
  • 10 lunches/dinners
What's not included: 
  • Flights to/from Morocco
  • Meals and activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Gratuities/tips
Accommodation: 

From traditional riads to boutique family-run guesthouses to a nomadic camp in the Sahara Desert and more. You can always expect comfortable accommodation with private bathrooms (*see below) on this trip. Prices are based on twin-share. Solo travelers of the same sex will be placed together in a room with two beds. (If you wish to have your own room throughout the tour, the single supplement cost is $575 USD.)

Questions? Comments?
If you have any questions or concerns about this tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

Subject to change – All itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen situations. Read more »