A trip to Morocco is like a step back in time. From Marrakech's bustling medina to the Sahara Desert, one of the world's seven wonders, a journey through Morocco is an adventure from the past. A coastal North African country, Morocco welcomes a mix of Arabic, French, Spanish, and indigenous Berber influences. The result is a distinctive, timeless style that will stay with you long after you return home. Our trip begins in Casablanca and journeys to the Sahara. Here, we'll stay in a luxury desert camp while we explore the Dades Gorges, Morocco’s Grand Canyon. Finally, we'll move on to magnificent Marrakesh. There's an optional two-night extension to the seaside town of Essaouira if you'd love a perfect end to your adventure. March is an ideal time to visit Morocco while temperatures are mild. We’ve set up a meet-and-greet with the locals, emphasizing the women of Morocco. This will give us a deeper, more authentic perspective on the Moroccan lifestyle. Of course, we’ll spend time at the markets where the shopping is incredible. We’ll experience a traditional hammam ritual and have a Moroccan cooking class in a Riad. Mosques and palaces will fill our days. We'll relax over ubiquitous mint tea, and on our last night, we’ll throw a party like you’ve never seen. We’ll dress in stunning traditional attire. Then, the music, dancing, and feasting will start. This is the Morocco of your dreams.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip
Welcome to Morocco!
We begin the trip in Casablanca. Your flight should arrive at Casablanca International Airport on March 3 (or earlier). After customs and baggage claim, your driver and guide will welcome you and take you to the hotel, Le Casablanca. Rest and refresh for as long as you wish. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Africa and a stunning example of Moroccan architecture! (30 mins driving time).
We’ll meet for drinks at the hotel before dinner at Rick's Cafe.
The morning is yours to relax before lunch at La Sqala, a lovely Moroccan restaurant with open seating in an outdoor garden.
After lunch, we're off to Casablanca’s Habous district. It's one of the most popular shopping areas in the city. Our guide will walk us through the district, offering us local information and helping to negotiate prices for Moroccan goods on sale! Morocco is a wonderful country in which to shop!
After a day spent in Casablanca, the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy before meeting back at the hotel for dinner. You may want to take a rest. Tonight will be a late one.
After dinner, we’re off to Casablanca Airport for a late evening flight to Errachidia. It's the closest airport to the Sahara Desert. The only flight leaves at 11 pm. Fortunately, the flight duration is under an hour. Our driver will pick us up on arrival, driving south to Erfoud, where we’ll spend the night at Palais Masondoia, an hour and a half from the airport.
Your pillow will be a welcome sight tonight.
After breakfast at our hotel, we’re off to the Sahara Desert! We’ll stop for lunch and then head through the dunes to arrive at our desert camp (Approx. an hour's driving time).
Settle into your luxury tents (complete with a bathroom and shower!) and take time to enjoy the surrounding scenery. As the golden hour approaches, we’ll take a camel ride through the dunes to experience the traditional nomadic lifestyle and a glorious sunset.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy a homemade dinner in the camp’s dining tent and then spend the rest of the evening sitting at the campfire, enjoying live music and stargazing!
Our home in the desert is at the Luxury Desert Camp.
If you're in the mood to wake up early, set your alarm to catch the sunrise over the Saharan dunes. It's a beautiful sight that you'll never forget. Otherwise, we’ll meet you for a delicious breakfast at the desert camp. Sand-board down the dunes before we bid farewell to the desert and head to Dades, halfway between the Sahara and Marrakech.
We’ll stop for lunch, snap photos, and enjoy a stretch-your-legs walk through the Dades Gorges, Morocco’s Grand Canyon.
We'll check into our charming rooms at our rustic mountain lodge for the evening and relax over a gourmet dinner. The chef is known for his Moroccan-European fusion cuisine. The food changes daily depending on the availability of the local ingredients (Approx. 5.5 hours driving time total).
Overnight stay at Chez Pierre.
After breakfast, we’ll depart for the Ochre City of Marrakech, stopping at Ait Ben Haddou, a popular location where Game of Thrones and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed. We’ll visit the Kasbah briefly and have lunch nearby. Then continue the drive to Marrakech (Approx. 7 hours driving time).
After arriving and checking into our riad, you'll have free time to settle in and explore the area. In the evening, we'll visit the famed Djemaa el Fna Square. It comes alive at night. Storytellers hold the audience captive, juice vendors call their available stock, and live musicians perform in the square.
Dinner is at our beautiful property, the Riad Elegancia, with time to relax after a long day of travel.
We’ll wake to a relaxed breakfast on the riad’s terrace. Then, head out to explore Marrakech’s old city. We'll do a guided walking tour of the most notable monuments, followed by a lunch break in the medina.
In the afternoon, we'll continue our exploration of the medina and the souks, where every imaginable good is on sale, from spices to shoes to handmade carpets. Once again, our guide will help us negotiate a good deal at the souks!
After a long day of exploring, we'll return to the hotel for some much-needed rest.
The evening is yours to explore. Find a traditional restaurant, and enjoy the evening with new friends or by yourself.
After breakfast, we have a hammam spa trip planned. You're about to get all scrubbed up and relaxed. The traditional hammam involves several steps and is one of the world’s oldest rituals. You'll start with a black soap cleanse followed by a cascading cold-water rinse. The wash and rinse prepare your skin for an invigorating scrub, leaving you soft and free of accumulated toxins and impurities. After another rinse, your body, face, and hair are covered in a mask of Moroccan volcanic clay. The last step in this centuries-old purification practice is a relaxing massage using pure oils, Morocco’s precious youth elixir!
Once you're relaxed and refreshed, we’ll head to the Majorelle Gardens for a self-guided visit following colorful paths! The gardens are filled with exotic plants and trees from all over the world. Next door, the YSL Museum is home to the original work of the internationally renowned designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Once you’ve made your way through the gardens, take the time to visit the museum and learn more about YSL.
Lunch is at the Amal Association, an organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged women in Marrakech. The women prepare a delicious lunch here, and we can learn more about the critical work they do.
We'll conclude our trip with a tagine cooking class and a farewell party at a private venue. While our wonderful meal cooks, we’ll celebrate with entertainment and traditional henna artists. It’s the perfect way to end our unforgettable adventure in Morocco.
But wait....for those taking the extension, there's more!
If you're not joining the trip extension to Essaouira, bid a melancholy but heartfelt farewell to new friends and the sights and sounds of the past week’s adventures.
Ideally, your return flight is from Marrakech airport (a 15-20 min drive from the hotel). If you've booked a round-trip flight to/from Casablanca, we’ll arrange a drive to the Casablanca International Airport. Casablanca is a 2.5-3-hour drive from Marrakech, so make sure your departing flight is in the late afternoon or evening to ensure plenty of time to get to the airport and for customs and security. If you prefer, you can also book a connecting flight from Marrakech to Casablanca.
For those of you joining the trip extension to Essaouira ... onward!
If you're staying on for the extended trip, the morning is yours to enjoy in Marrakech. After the others have left, we’ll pack and head to Essaouira, a charming coastal town and UNESCO World Heritage site just a few hours west of Marrakech. (approx 3-hour drive)
We’ll stop en route to see the tree goats and visit an argan oil co-op to discover how this famous health and beauty product is made. Most argan oil is made by women and is critical to their families and the local economy. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local vineyard on the outskirts of town.
We’ll check in at the Riad Villa Maroc, allowing free time to relax before meeting for dinner at the hotel.
After a breakfast of Moroccan pancakes or Viennese pastries, we’re off on a half-day guided tour of Essaouira. We’ll visit the city’s old ramparts, the Medina, artisan cooperatives, and heritage sites. With its brilliant blue and white architecture, windswept beach, and easy-going charm, Essaouira is a lovely change after the hectic Marrakech pace.
We’ll learn about the city’s history and the Carthaginian, Roman, and Portuguese influence over the centuries. Thuya wood workshops, artists’ enclaves, and silent alleyways where cats sun themselves and veiled women emerge from studded doorways lie behind the 18th-century sea walls. The harbor is a photographer’s dream, with fishing nets laid on the quayside, boats unloading their catches and the smell of freshly grilled sardines and lobsters hanging in the air.
We've included a fresh seafood lunch at La Coupole on the beach.
The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Head off to the nearby beach, do some last-minute shopping, or soak up the sun! We’ll meet again later in the evening for a final dinner of Mediterranean fusion cuisine at Dar Baba.
Sadly, you bid farewell to your new friends and the wonderful Moroccan people who have supported our journey. We'll drive back to Marrakech airport (~3 hours) or Casablanca airport (~4.5-5 hours). Please ensure that your departing flight is in the late afternoon or evening so we have plenty of time to get to the airport.
Located in one of the city's residential and green areas, five minutes from the business center, the corniche, and the royal golf course, the Casablanca Hotel is the essence of this destination. Its uncluttered architecture is reminiscent of the beautiful Art Deco period and exceptional garden asserts its place as an urban resort imbued with cozy elegance.
The Palais Masandoïa Hotel holds the promise of a magical and timeless stopover at the gates of the Sahara desert. Sheltered from view at the exit of Erfoud, the hotel has everything to make a trip through southern Morocco a privileged interlude.
Luxury Camp Chebbi brings you the perfect combination of a nomadic lifestyle with all the accouterments of a super-luxury stay.
In the middle of the desert of Merzouga, in Erg Chebbi, is the Luxury Camp Chebbi, a unique space to sit back and enjoy the tranquility and Berber hospitality.
The Auberge Chez Pierre is just below the Dades Gorge, six hours from Marrakech on the road to the dunes of Merzouga. You can be sure of a warm welcome and a peaceful stay in this idyllic setting in the High Atlas.
Jewel of tradition and Moroccan hospitality, Riad Boutique Elegancia invites you on a timeless journey in complete privacy. It bears witness to the most beautiful expressions of the ancestral know-how of Moroccan craftsmen. A private residence reduced to eleven keys which offers a highly personalized service in complete privacy.
A 25-year resident in her adopted Paris, Katrin has turned from a career as an international literary agent to sharing her passion for travel and art. She speaks five languages fluently and, when not guiding visitors in France, Holland, and Morocco, is an active translator in the film industry. She's always keen to find the perfect view, the ideal bistro, and the hidden gem to make the trips she leads seamless and memorable.
Jewel of North Africa
Moroccan culture uniquely blends African, Arabic (or Moorish), and European influences. Here, the past and present live in fascinating harmony. Prepare for endless diversity and constant surprises!
A registered country guide, driver and host to look after your every need
A GG2P welcome gift
All meals specified in the itinerary
All trips, entrance fees and transportation in country
Souk Cuisine cooking class
Meals and visits with artists, women at the cooperative as well as a Moroccan family
Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.
Souvenirs & shopping
Your international airfare
Travel and Medical Insurance (required)
Additional spa services
This is the trip of a lifetime. It provides the traveler with a glimpse into the wonders of Morocco, while enjoying beautiful accommodations and amazing food. The connections I made with the other ladies on this trip have continued beyond our departures. I would travel with any one of them again. Our leader was highly competent and dealt with all issues as they arose. It was a highly enjoyable trip. - Jennifer F.
2023 Trip Participant
Don't miss this Morocco trip! You will learn about the Berber & Bedouin culture, see magnificent sights, eat fantastic food and ride a camel! One of the best experiences of my life. - Jolene W.
2023 Trip Participant
I really liked the combination of events that we did- Casablanca, the desert, Atlas Mountains and Marrakech. I liked the high end nature of the trip and most importantly, I liked meeting new people who like to travel!!! I am so grateful to have gone on this trip. I had such a great time and made great connections with many of the other women! I can’t wait to go in another trip! - Catherine F.
2023 Trip Participant
Fly into the Casablanca Airport (CMN) -The Mohammed V Airport.
The trip officially starts on the afternoon of March 4th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Morocco, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, you can book directly through the website under the Add On button. We'll make sure that you stay in the same room when the trip starts.
Airport transfers are included on the day the trip starts. If you are arriving early they are not included in the cost of the trip but we can make arrangements to have you picked up at the airport and brought to the hotel.
We will have a zoom call about 8-10 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
March is a great time to visit Morocco. It is the beginning of Spring. The temperature in Morocco in March grows warmer during the day, with average daytime temperatures of 68F-75F, depending on the area you visit. Nights are still chilly, though with nighttime temperatures between 50F-55F. March tends to be the second rainiest month of the year.
You do not need a special visa to enter Morocco. Don’t forget your passport. It’s the one item that’s tough to replace. Please ensure enough empty pages and that it is valid for a full six months from the date you return from the trip.