Morocco – Textiles, Colors and Traditions
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!
This trip has two parts – a 13-day tour around Morocco and an optional 4-day extension to the seaside town of Essaouira.
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
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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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
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.
- 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
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- Flights to/from Morocco
- Meals and activities not mentioned
- Alcoholic drinks at included meals
- Travel insurance
- Passport/visa fees
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.)
SUBJECT TO CHANGE – All itineraries and activities listed are subject to change. Final itineraries will always be provided prior to the trip.