Morocco·March 5 - 12 2023

Southern Moroccan Adventure

A land of Medinas, culture, architecture, off the beaten track escapades, beaches, deserts and mountains.

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Overview

A trip to Morocco can feel like a step back in time. From the bustling medina of Marrakech to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Sahara desert. Morocco is known for its timeless and unique heritage and style. Life in Morocco is very much a mix of cultures–as a coastal country in North Africa, Morocco welcomes a mix of Arabic, French, Spanish, and Indigenous Berber influences. A visit to this lively and vibrant destination will most definitely open your eyes to a new world of enchantment and wonder. March is one of the best times to visit Morocco, with temperatures ranging from 58 °F (14 °C) to 72 °F (22 °C). Our trip takes place in Casablanca, Merzouga in the desert, Dades, and Marrakech for 7 nights (or 9 nights with the extension to the seaside town of Essaouira) of Moroccan enchantment! On this adventure you’ll be spoilt with all the traditional Moroccan experiences, but we’re going not one step further. Most trips just go to Marrakesh and call it a day. On this luxury tour for women-only, we’re heading to Casablanca and staying in a luxury camp in the Sahara, we’ll explore the Dades Gorges known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon and then finally to Marrakesh. We have an extension to the seaside if you desire the perfect ending to your adventure. On our women-only trip, we’ve set up meet-and-greet experiences with locals putting an emphasis on the women of Morocco which will enable us to learn a bit more in-depth about the Moroccan lifestyle. Of course, we’ll be headed to the markets where the shopping is incredible, you’ll experience a traditional hammam ritual and we’ll have a cooking class in a Riad. Mosques and Palaces will fill your days, ubiquitous mint tea will relax you, and on our last night we’ll be throwing a party like you’ve never seen or experienced. You’ll be dressed in stunning silk traditional dress and music, dancing and feasting will ensue. This experience is way beyond the Morocco of your dreams. You’ll see the real Morocco and soak in the ambiance of this exotic other-worldly place which will surely live in your dreams forever.

Highlights

Visit the majestic Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Visit the majestic Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Ride camels through the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert

Ride camels through the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert

Stargaze in the open desert sky after nightfall

Stargaze in the open desert sky after nightfall

Learn how to cook an authentic Moroccan tagine in a hands-on cooking class

Learn how to cook an authentic Moroccan tagine in a hands-on cooking class

Tour the souks of Marrakech with a guide who can help bargain

Tour the souks of Marrakech with a guide who can help bargain

Opt for a traditional Hammam scrub and spa treatment

Opt for a traditional Hammam scrub and spa treatment

Explore the mystical Djemaa el Fna Square at night

Explore the mystical Djemaa el Fna Square at night

Stroll through the photo-worthy Majorelle Gardens

Stroll through the photo-worthy Majorelle Gardens

Schedule

This is a guide to your week with us

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Day 1

Arrival & Welcome to Morocco!

We start the trip in Casablanca, so book your flight for arrival at Casablanca International Airport on March 5 (or earlier). After customs and baggage claim, you’ll be welcomed to Morocco by our driver and guide, who will take you to our hotel, Le Casablanca. Rest and relax, and in the afternoon, we’ll get to visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Africa and a stunning example of Moroccan architecture! (Approx. 30 mins driving time).

We’ll all meet in the evening for a dinner at Rick’s Cafe.

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Day 2

Today, we’ll have the morning at leisure to relax before meeting for lunch at La Sqala, a great Moroccan restaurant with open seating in an outdoor garden.

We’ll then visit Casablanca’s Habous district in the afternoon, which is one of the most popular shopping areas in the city. Our guide will walk us through the district and give some background and will also be able to help us negotiate for any Moroccan goods that catch our eye!

After a day spent in Casablanca, we’ll have the rest of the afternoon at our leisure before meeting back at the hotel for dinner. Then, we’ll make our way to Casablanca Airport to catch a late evening flight to Errachidia, the closest airport to the Sahara Desert. We’ll be picked up upon arrival at the airport there and will drive south to Erfoud, where we’ll be spending the night at Palais Masondoia  (Approx. 1.5 hours driving time). 

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Day 3

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head out to the Sahara desert! We’ll stop for lunch shortly before arriving at the Sahara and will then head through the dunes and into our desert camp (Approx. 1 hour driving time).

Upon arrival, we’ll be able to get settled in our luxury tents (complete with a bathroom and shower!) and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Close to golden hour, we’ll take a camel ride through the dunes to experience the traditional nomadic lifestyle.

We’ll eat a homemade dinner in the camp’s dining tent and will have the rest of the evening to sit by the campfire, enjoy some live music, and stargaze!. We will be staying at the Luxury Desert Camp.

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Day 4

If anyone in the group is in the mood to wake up early, we can set our alarms to catch the incredible sunrise over the Saharan dunes! Otherwise, we’ll meet for another delicious breakfast at the desert camp and have the option to sand-board in the dunes. We’ll then bid farewell to the desert and head to Dades, a town located halfway between the Sahara and Marrakech.

We’ll stop for lunch en route and will have the opportunity to stop for photos and take a quick walk through the Dades Gorges, also known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. Once we arrive at our property, a rustic mountain lodge with charming rooms, we’ll have a gourmet dinner at the property, which is known for its Moroccan-European fusion that changes daily based on local ingredients (Approx. 5.5 hours driving time).

Overnight stay at Chez Pierre.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we’ll head to the Ochre City of Marrakech! We’ll make a stop at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a popular filming location where shows like Game of Thrones have been shot. We’ll take a brief visit of the Kasbah and have lunch nearby and will then continue the drive to Marrakech (Approx. 7 hours driving time in total).

After arriving and checking in to our riad, we’ll have yet another Moroccan adventure: a tagine cooking class! This class is hands-on and is taught by an expert chef, who will walk us through the process of how to make a traditional tagine. After prepping our tagines and side salads under the chef’s guidance, we’ll all get to enjoy our homemade creations for dinner!

Overnight stay at Riad Elegancia

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Day 6

On Friday, we’ll wake up to breakfast on the riad’s terrace and then head out to explore Marrakech’s old city. Our guide will take us on a walking tour of the most notable monuments, followed by a lunch break in the medina. We’ll then continue with a visit of the souks, where every imaginable good is sold, from spices to shoes to floor-length carpets. Once again, our guide will be able to help us negotiate at the souks!

In the evening, we’ll head to the famed Djemaa el Fna Square, which comes alive at night. Storytellers hold audience’s captive, juice vendors call out the flavors they have available, and live musicians perform in the middle of the square. After our guide helps us get our bearings, we’ll have the rest of the evening and dinner at our leisure.

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Day 7

This morning, we’ll head to the Majorelle Gardens for a self-guided visit through the colorful paths! The gardens are filled with exotic plants and trees from all over the world. Next door sits the YSL Museum, home to original work of the internationally renowned designer, Yves Saint-Laurent. Once you’ve made your way through the gardens, take some time to check out the museum and learn more about YSL.

Lunch today is at Amal Association, an organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged women in Marrakech. We’ll eat a delicious lunch here and learn more about the work they do!

For those more inclined to a little pampering, we have an optional hammam spa trip planned to get you scrubbed and relaxed. The traditional hammam ritual involves several steps to cleanse, detoxify, and help in relaxation. You’ll experience one of the world’s most ancient traditions, a black-soap cleanse, followed by a cascading cold-water rinse. This prepares your skin for an invigorating scrub, which leaves you soft and free of accumulated toxins and impurities. After another rinse, a mask of Moroccan volcanic clay is applied to the body, face and hair.  The last step of this centuries-old practice of purification is the relaxing massage using pure oils, Morocco’s precious youth elixir!

Finally, the trip concludes with a farewell dinner and party, where we’ll celebrate together with a gourmet dinner, entertainment, and henna artists!

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Day 8

We bid farewell to our new friends who we will surely count as friends for life, along with all the sights and sounds of the past week’s adventures.

Departure

Ideally, your return flight is from Marrakech airport (a 15 min drive from the airport), but if you booked a round-trip flight to/from Casablanca, we’ll arrange for you to be driven to the Casablanca Int’l airport. Casablanca is 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.

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Day 1-Extension

While others depart, you’ll have the morning at leisure in Marrakech. Then we’ll pack up and head to Essaouira, the charming coastal town just a few hours west of Marrakech – a UNESCO World Heritage site. (approx 3 hour drive)

We’ll stop en route to see the tree goats and visit an argan oil co-op to see how the famous health product is made by women and learn about its importance for the local economy. We’ll enjoy a vineyard lunch on the city outskirts.

We’ll check-on at the Riad Villa Maroc with some free time to relax before meeting up for dinner.

Upon arrival at our property, we’ll have some time to relax before meeting up for dinner.

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Day 2- Extension

After a breakfast of Moroccan pancakes or Viennese pastries we’ll be treated to a half-day guided visit 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 from the hectic pace of Marrakech. On your guided visit, you’ll learn all about the city’s history and the influence left over the centuries by the Carthaginians, Romans, and Portuguese. Behind the 18th century sea walls are thuya wood workshops, artists’ enclaves and silent alleyways where cats sun themselves and veiled women emerge from studded doorways. The harbor is a photographer’s dream, with fishing nets laid out on the quayside, boats unloading their catches and the smell of freshly grilled sardines and lobsters in the air.

Lunch is included near the beach for some fresh seafood.

After lunch, the rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to enjoy the nearby beach and soak up the sun! We’ll meet back up later in the evening for our final dinner together.

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Day 3-Extension

Bid farewell to your new friends, driver and guide and drive back to Marrakech airport (~3 hours) or Casablanca airport (~4.5-5 hours). Please 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. 

You'll Be Staying Here

Le Casablanca

Le Casablanca

Located in one of the residential and green areas of the city of Casablanca, 5 minutes from the business center, the corniche and the royal golf course, Casablanca Hotel is the essence of this destination. With an uncluttered architecture reminiscent of the beautiful Art Deco period, and an exceptional garden planted in the city center, it asserts its imprint of an Urbain Resort with its cozy elegance. 

Palais Masandoia

Palais Masandoia

The Palais Masandoïa hotel is 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 offers everything that makes a trip through southern Morocco a privileged interlude during which everything becomes possible. 

Luxury Camp Chebbi

Luxury Camp Chebbi

Luxury Camp Chebbi brings you the perfect combination of a nomadic lifestyle with all the accoutrements of a super-luxury stay.

In the middle of the desert of Merzouga, in Erg Chebbi, is the Luxury Camp Chebbi. A unique space where you will enjoy the tranquility and Berber hospitality.

Chez Pierre

Chez Pierre

The Auberge Chez Pierre is located 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. 

Riad Elegancia

Riad Elegancia

Jewel of tradition and Moroccan hospitality, Riad Boutique Elegancia invites you to a timeless journey in complete privacy that bears witness to the most beautiful expressions of the ancestral know-how of Moroccan craftsmen. A private residence reduced to 11 keys which offers a highly personalized service in complete privacy. 

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$6,745.00/pp

What's Included

What's Included

A registered country guide, driver and host to look after your every need

Airport transfers

A GG2P welcome gift

All hotels

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

Hammam & Spa experiences

Travel Insurance (required)

Trip Medical Coverage (required)

Jewel of North Africa

The Kingdom of Morocco

Moroccan culture is a unique blend of African, Arabic (or Moorish) and European influence where the past and present live together in fascinating harmony. Get ready for endless diversity and constant surprises!

The Kingdom of Morocco

Add Ons

3-Day Trip Extension to Essaouira

3-Day Trip Extension to Essaouira

See the Moroccan coast!

PRICE$1,940.00/pp

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Southern Moroccan Adventure

Morocco· March 5 - 12 2023· 7 nights

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