Wander Across Morocco (May 2022)

May. 01 — May. 14, 2022
14 days
3/12 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 60 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first).
This Morocco tour covers it all.
Interact with local Berber and Bedouin communities
Explore colorful ancient markets
Enjoy a unique excursion to the dramatic Valley of the Roses
Spend a night in the Sahara in a luxury yurt
Cross the Middle and High Atlas mountains
Wander the lanes of majestic cities such as Fes and Marrakech

From the mesmerizing towns and cities of Marrakech and Fes to the towering 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, visit authentic villages and learn about the traditional life of the Berbers and Bedouins. You’ll wander through brilliant markets, 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 food and relaxed pace of life found in this country.

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

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    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 » Fes
    Casablanca » Fes
    Highlights: Volubulis Roman Ruins
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    We'll get started with a 3 hour drive to Volubulis Roman ruins, where we’ll explore the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco imagining what it was like to in this impressive city during the rule of the Roman empire. Afterwards, we'll have a traditional Moroccan lunch before continuing with a 90 minute drive to incredible Fes. Upon arrival we’ll check into our accommodation, enjoy a short rest and finish the day off with a great dinner prepared by our hosts.
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    Day 3Fes
    Fes
    Highlights: Old medina of Fes, walking tour of ancient markets
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    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 a beautiful mosque 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 on your own before dinner.
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    Day 4 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 8 hours but will involve several stops along the way including the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, the gorgeous Ziz Valley, 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. – Drive across the High Atlas Mountains – Stops in Ifrane, Ziz Valley and Rissani – Overnight on the edge of the Sahara Desert (Total driving time is 8 hours including stops.) Included meals: B D
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    Day 5Sahara Desert
    Sahara Desert
    Highlights: Sahara Desert
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    After breakfast, we’ll head over to a local Gnoua village where we’ll learn about the daily life of these tribal people who generally only live in remote Morocco. In the afternoon, you can choose 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. We'll spend the late afternoon and evening in the picturesque desert with traditional music around the campfire, wonderful food and stargazing before sleeping in our luxury yurts.
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    Day 6Sahara Desert
    Sahara Desert
    Highlights: Sunrise over the dunes, jeep excursion
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We'll begin our day watching an incredible sunrise over the desert dunes followed by a morning jeep excursion through the dreamy desert landscape stopping at local berber and bedouin villages along the way. In the afternoon you'll have free time to relax and enjoy the ammenities of our luxury desert camp.
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    Day 7Merzouga » Dades Gorge
    Merzouga » Dades Gorge
    Highlights: Fossil workshop, Dades Gorge
    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 in the town of Erfoud. Once we cross the Jebl Sahro Mountains we’ll soon reach our next beautiful spot located in the stunning Dades Valley.
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    Day 8Dades Valley
    Dades Valley
    Highlights: Local Berber villages, dramatic landscapes, Valley of the Roses
    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, from some of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll see anywhere to the Valley of the Roses and beyond...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, Dinner
    The day’s activities all take place in the center of the Dades Valley, starting with a hiking at Monkey Finger Gorge and a visit to a local community that is as welcoming as it is remote. You’ll spend time with the several generations of women who live here. They'll teach you how to cook local cuisine, share information about their village and their lives and they'll 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) and awesome natural formations 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 » Ouarzazate » Marrakech
    Dades Valley » Ouarzazate » Marrakech
    Highlights: Ourzazate, argan oil and rosewater collectives
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    After breakfast, we’ll start the 8 hour trip out of the valley and over to Marrakech, perhaps the most lovable city in all of Morocco. The drive across this section of the striking High Atlas Mountains will include stops at a local rosewater cooperative, the sparkling town of Ourzazate, an argan oil collective and at viewpoints where you'll stare in awe at the unbelievable scenery. We'll also stop for a relaxed lunch before arriving in Marrakech in the evening. After checking into our hotel, we’ll head out for dinner nearby.
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    Day 11Marrakech
    Marrakech
    Highlights: Walking tour of the incredible medina and markets
    Included: Breakfast
    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 positive vibe that is truly contagious. Our guided walking tour of the city will take us to several iconic spots including the Marjorelle Gardens, Berber Museum and Yves Saint Laurent Museum in addition to quarters that are home to the awe-inspiring Bahia Palace. In the evening, we’ll head 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 » Essaouira » Marrakech
    Marrakech » Essaouira » Marrakech
    Highlights: Beautiful coastal town of Essaouira
    Included: Breakfast
    We’ll take a day trip to the lovely seaside town of Essaouira. With a guided tour, we’ll visit the city ramparts overlooking the water and stroll around the narrow streets of the medina in order to observe and interact with woodworkers, potters and silversmiths in their workshops. Essaouira is particularly famous for its intricately detailed and colorful wood products. The day will include a lunch by the harbor and some free time as well before driving back to Marrakech in the evening.
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    Day 13Marrakech
    Marrakech
    Highlights: Free time for exploration, hammam experience
    Highlights: Breakfast, Dinner
    Today 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!
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    Day 14Marrakech
    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 a small 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. We'll use two vans for the group in order to ensure flexibility, plenty of space for each guest and access to areas that larger vehicles simply can't go.
Meals
Breakfast every day, 3 lunches and 8 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 Expert Tour Leader
  • Small group (maximum 12 participants)
  • Accommodation (13 nights – 3* riads, hotels, luxury desert camp)
  • Transportation within Morocco (deluxe vans)
  • Local guides in each destination
  • All mentioned activities, entrance fees and workshops
  • Breakfast every day, 3 lunches and 8 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 an Expert Tour Leader?

A Wandering Earl Expert 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 know everything there is to know about travel, and they’ll be with your group every step of the way, excited to show you what’s around the next bend.

They’ll be your cultural 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 experts know exactly how to make a trip extraordinary.

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