Wander Across Morocco (Oct 2023)

Oct. 22 — Nov. 03, 2023
13 days
6/12 spots booked
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $500 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable for 30 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first).
This Morocco tour covers it all, including a long list of truly unique activities that only our local connections can make happen!
Interact with local Berber, Gnawa and Bedouin communities
Explore colorful ancient markets full of traditions
Enjoy a unique excursion to the dramatic Valley of the Roses
Spend a night in the Sahara desert, in a yurt set among the dunes
Cross the majestic Middle and High Atlas mountains
Wander the lanes of incredible cities such as Fes and Marrakech

From the mesmerizing towns and cities of Marrakech and Fes to the towering and majestic Middle 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 among the sand dunes, dine under the stars, visit authentic villages and learn about the traditional life of the Berbers, Gnawa and Bedouins. You’ll wander through brilliantly colorful markets, go on a beautiful nature walk, spend time with genuine craftspeople, visit local homes and take a 4WD adventure across seldom-explored and otherworldly natural landscapes.

And you’ll also have time to simply enjoy the delicious food, friendly smiles, and relaxed pace of life found throughout this country.

Every day in Morocco offers something new, unique and rewarding…and it all leads to one of the most memorable trips of your life!

 

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  • 1
    Day 1Casablanca
    Casablanca
    Arrival day
    Included: Dinner
    Arriving in the bustling city of Casablanca, this Morocco trip officially gets off to a start. A private driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our hotel in the city center. The remainder of the day will be yours to recover from jet lag and meet your fellow travelers. We'll then have a tour orientation in the evening followed by our welcome dinner.
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    Day 2Casablanca » Rabat » Fes
    Casablanca » Rabat » Fes
    Highlights: Rabat, arrival in Fes
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We'll get started with a 1.5 hour drive to Rabat, the beautiful capital city of Morocco. We'll explore the quiet lanes of this stunning non-touristy imperial city on a guided walking tour before having a great lunch in the heart of the old town. After lunch, we'll continue to Fes, only 2 hours away. Upon arrival we’ll check into our accommodation in the medina, enjoy a short rest and finish the day off with a great dinner prepared by our welcoming hosts.
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    Day 3Fes
    Fes
    Highlights: Old medina of Fes, walking tour of ancient markets
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Heading straight into the heart of the ancient medina (the old walled city - a UNESCO site), we'll enter the main gate for a half-day walking tour that will include the colorful souks, leather tanneries, traditional weavers and all kinds of craftspeople. We'll also visit an impressive traditional school and wander through markets selling everything from spices to artwork to housewares to soaps to shoes and more. You'll then have some free time to wander the vibrant markets of the largest medina in the world on your own before dinner.
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    Day 4Fes » Volubilis » Wine-tasting » Fes
    Fes » Volubilis » Wine-tasting » Fes
    Highlights: Volubilis, wine-tasting
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Heading out after a leisurely breakfast, we'll drive 1.5 hours to the incredible Roman ruins of Volubilis. These ruins, located in the countryside, consist of homes and temples, detailed mosaics and well-preserved columns that look out across the beautiful low hills. After our guided tour of the site, we'll continue to the main wine region of Morocco where we'll visit a winery for some wine-tasting and lunch. Morocco's wine industry is starting to grow and gain recognition and you'll be able to taste several of their unique varieties. After our lunch, we'll return to Fes for a relaxed evening.
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    Day 5 Fes » Middle Atlas » Ifrane » Merzouga
    Fes » Middle Atlas » Ifrane » Merzouga
    Highlights: Scenic drive across the Atlas Mountains
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Today involves a scenic journey to Merzouga, straight across the magnificent Middle Atlas Mountains and ending up at the edge of the great Sahara Desert. The trip will take approximately 9 hours but will involve several stops along the way including the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, the gorgeous Ziz Valley and a forest that's home to the unique Barbary Apes. We'll then arrive at our fantastic riad in the small town of Merzouga in time to catch the sunset over the desert.
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    Day 6Sahara Desert
    Sahara Desert
    Highlights: Sahara Desert
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    After breakfast, we'll begin our day by visiting a local Gnoua village. Here is where we’ll learn about the daily life of this group of people that generally lives in remote Morocco and is known for their wonderful style of music. After lunch at the only eatery in the village (a very cool experience!), we'll head to the center of Merzouga village to prepare for our trip into the desert. You'll be able to choose from a 1.5 hour camel trek or a 30 minute jeep safari across the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi sand dunes to reach our idyllic Sahara Desert Camp. Upon arrival, we'll settle into our tents, watch the sunset over the dunes and spend our evening in the picturesque desert with traditional music around the campfire, good food and stargazing.
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    Day 7Merzouga » Dades Valley
    Merzouga » Dades Valley
    Highlights: Erfoud fossil workshop, Dades Valley
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Today we'll begin our trip out of the desert, via jeep, and head back to Merzouga. We'll then take a few minutes to get organized before driving towards the Dades Gorge. En route we'll visit a few small villages as well as an excellent fossil workshop (fossils from when the desert was an ocean!) in the town of Erfoud. Once we cross the Jebl Sahro Mountains we’ll soon reach our next beautiful spot located in the truly amazing Dades Valley. From here, we'll soon reach our riad, where we'll be welcomed into the peaceful property by the local owners who have turned this riad into something truly special.
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    Day 8Dades Valley
    Dades Valley
    Highlights: Local Berber villages, dramatic landscapes, Bou Tharar
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We’ll embark on a spectacular full day 4WD offroading excursion through the plains, high deserts, valleys and mountains of the Dades region. From nomadic Berbers to the remote town of Bou Tharar, you're about to witness some of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll see anywhere...this is a truly unforgettable experience that only our local contacts can arrange. We’ll return to our accommodation in late afternoon in time for another excellent dinner.
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    Day 9Dades Valley
    Dades Valley
    Highlights: Hiking at Monkey Fingers Gorge, local home and village visit
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    The day’s activities all take place in the center of the Dades Valley, starting with an optional hike through the otherworldly Monkey Finger Gorge and a visit to a local village that sit at the foot of these impressive natural formations. From here, we'll visit the home of a friend whose family will cook us up a traditional lunch as they share information about their lives and even do some henna tattoos on your hands and feet if you wish. You'll also have a chance to wander through the village, interact with more local Berbers and catch glimpses of the ancient kasbahs (fortified homes shared by several families) all around. People are super friendly here so you'll be able to see their homes, enjoy tea, ask questions and take photos as well.
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    Day 10Dades Valley » Marrakech
    Dades Valley » Marrakech
    Highlights: High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech
    Included: Breakfast
    Starting after breakfast, we'll make the 8 hour drive to Marrakech, often considered the most lovable city in Morocco. We'll drive over the grand High Atlas Mountains, stop in the film studio town of Ouarzazate, in the village of Tisseldei and at viewpoints looking straight out over the mountains, before arriving at our hotel in the afternoon. After checking in to our rooms, we'll have time to go for a short orientation wander in the city before having dinner nearby.
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    Day 11Marrakech
    Marrakech
    Highlights: Walking tour of the incredible medina and markets
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    There is no other medina (walled city) quite like it. Marrakech is full of bustling markets, incredible architecture, centuries old crafts, intense colors and aromas, constant celebrations and a vibrancy that is truly contagious. Our guided walking tour of the city will take us to several iconic spots including the Bahia Palace, Jemaa el-Fnaa (main square), tin workers lane, wood workers section and endless hidden areas of this fascinating market town. You'll also have some free time to roam the markets and shop if you wish. In the evening, we’ll head back to the main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, for dinner at one of the popular local restaurants that pop up each night after sunset.
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    Day 12Marrakech
    Marrakech
    Highlights: Free time for exploration, hammam experience
    Highlights: Breakfast, Dinner
    On this day, you’ll have free time to enjoy this wonderful city at your own pace. Stroll through the never-ending markets, get pampered at a wonderful hammam, people-watch in the main square, visit one of the museums or simply relax at the hotel...the choice is yours! We'll be on hand to help make anything you might want to do possible!
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    Day 13Marrakech
    Marrakech
    Departure Day
    Included: Breakfast
    As the tour comes to an end, you'll be picked up at the hotel for your airport transfer according to your flight time. (If your return flight is out of Casablanca, we will provide transportation for the 2.5 hour trip at an extra cost.)

Tour Essentials

Physical Level: Medium
While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, walking tours in the cities, being outside in potentially warm temperatures, a couple of long journeys, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
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. Prices are based on twin-share rooms. There are 4 single rooms available at an extra charge. For twin share, solo travelers of the same sex will be placed together in a room with two beds.
Transport
During the trip, we'll travel in comfort with our deluxe vans. All of our vans offer comfortable seats and plenty of space. By not using buses, we will have access to areas that larger vehicles simply can't go.
Meals
Breakfast every day, 5 lunches and 10 dinners are included. With included meals, some will be served family style and other times you will be able to order anything you wish from the menu. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Sustainability
As with all of our trips, we aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. Trash is recycled where possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.
Small Groups
This tour requires a minimum of 8 participants and has a maximum of 12 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you'll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people. That's the kind of trip we love to offer!

What's included

Included
  • Wandering Earl Tours leader throughout
  • Small group (maximum 12 participants)
  • Accommodation (13 nights – 3* riads, hotels, desert camp)
  • Transportation within Morocco (deluxe vans)
  • Local guides in each destination
  • All mentioned activities, entrance fees and workshops
  • Breakfast every day, 5 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Water throughout the trip
  • Gratuities at hotels/included meals
  • All airport transfers (Casablanca arrival / Marrakech departure)
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Morocco
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals and activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Other gratuities

What's a Wandering Earl Tour Leader?

A Wandering Earl Tour Leader is more than a guide. They’re a travel fanatic, and this is more than just a job for them. It’s a passion. They’ll be with your group every step of the way, excited to lead you around the next bend and to take care of all the logistics so that you can relax and travel with ease.

They’ll be your ambassador as they introduce you to hyper-local guides who know their part of the world better than anyone else. They’ll work hard every single day to ensure that you have the type of travel experience that brings you the most rewards. With endless connections and the freedom to improvise, our leaders know exactly how to make a trip extraordinary.

And, most importantly, they’ll always be there for you any time you need them.