Morocco – Textiles, Colors and Traditions

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13
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Oct 20
Nov 01
2019
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Your custom Morocco tour brings you straight into the heart of this dreamy country.

From the beauty and energy of Marrakech and Fes to the towering Rif and High Atlas Mountains, from the magical Sahara desert to the natural wonder that is the Dades Valley…

You’ll explore the markets, visit with craftspeople, learn about the cooperatives and take place in several workshops that all focus on the fascinating world of Moroccan textiles. Not only will you enjoy hands on lessons and in depth interactions with those who make up this industry, but you’ll do so while sleeping among the gorgeous sand dunes (in a luxury yurt!), wandering to local villages and experiencing the hospitality of Berbers and Bedouins.

Add in some incredible food, stunning natural landscapes, excellent accommodations and a long list of palaces, museums, gardens and more and Morocco is bound to impress you every day of this adventure!


Detailed Itinerary:

This trip has two parts – a 13-day tour around Morocco and an optional 4-day extension to the seaside town of Essaouira.

Activities:

Casablanca – tour orientation, Hassan II Mosque
Meknes – market/city tour, Royal Stables
Fes – ancient medina, textile tour, silk weavers, garment makers, free time
Bhalil – women’s cooperative, needle-working workshop
Merzouga – Middle Atlas Mountains, Ifrane, Azrou, Rissani, sunset over the Sahara
Sahara Desert – Berber weaving workshop, camel trek, overnight in the Erg Chebbi dunes
Drive to Dades Valley – weaving cooperative, fossil workshop
Dades Valley – cooking class, village walks, weaving workshop, nature excursions
Drive to Marrakech – Ouarzazate, Ait Ben Haddou, Telouet
Marrakech – walled city, markets, Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, museums, workshops

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Optional Essaouira extension:

Oct 31st – 3.5 hour drive to Essaouira, local villages, evening walking tour
Nov 1st – free day to explore the medina, woodworkers, potters, silversmiths and beaches
Nov 2nd – 3.5 hour drive to Casablanca, free time
Nov 3rd – Departure day

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Tour itinerary (13 days)
Day 1: Casablanca to Meknes to Fes
Day 2: Fes
Day 3: Fes – Bhalil – Fes
Day 4: Fes – Middle Atlas – Ifrane – Azrou – Rissani – Merzouga
Day 5: Sahara Desert
Day 6: Merzouga – Tinerhir – Dades
Day 7 - 8: Dades Valley
Day 9: Dades Valley – Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Telouet – Marrakech
Day 10 - 11: Marrakech
Day 12: Casablanca
Day 13: Departure day
-----Essaouira Extension-----
Day 12 - 13: Essaouira
Day 14: Casablanca
Day 15: Departure day
Tour Highlights
Culture
Markets
Traditional crafts
Nature
Sahara Desert
Workshops
Food
People
Textiles
Local villages

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.
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Essaouira extension: Oct 31st – Nov 3rd

4-day Essaouira extension

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 (riads, hotels and luxury desert camp – twin share)
  • Transportation within Morocco (Mercedes Sprinter Van)
  • Local English-speaking driver/guide
  • Local guides in Fes and Marrakech
  • All mentioned activities, entrance fees and workshops
  • Breakfast every day
  • 2 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Airport transfers>/li>
What's not included: 
  • Flights to/from Morocco
  • Meals and activities not mentioned
  • Alcoholic drinks at included meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Gratuities/tips
Accommodation: 

From beautiful, traditional riads to boutique hotels to a luxury nomadic camp in the Sahara Desert and more. You can always expect comfortable accommodation with private bathrooms 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 $450 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.

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