Morocco·March 4 - 12 2025

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 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 magnificent Marrakesh where we will visit Yves Saint Laurent’s sumptuous Majorelle gardens, the majestic Bahia palace and the intricate and extensive souk markets. We’ll experience a traditional hammam ritual and have a Moroccan cooking class in a Riad. From there we will venture into the heart of 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 the enchanting seaside town of Essaouira where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard and feast on local delicacies. 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.

Highlights

Ride camels through the golden Saharan dunes

Ride camels through the golden Saharan dunes

Stargaze in the open desert after nightfall

Stargaze in the open desert 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

Elegant Hammam experience

Elegant Hammam experience

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 created by Yves St. Laurent

Stroll through the photo-worthy Majorelle Gardens created by Yves St. Laurent

A wine tasting at one of Morocco’s most esteemed vineyards

A wine tasting at one of Morocco’s most esteemed vineyards

Visit with traditional Berber family

Visit with traditional Berber family

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Day 1: Tuesday, March 4th, 2025

Welcome to Morocco!  

We begin the trip in Marrakech. Your flight should arrive at Marrakech International Airport on March 4th (or earlier). After customs and baggage claim, your driver and guide will welcome you and take you to the hotel, Riad Boutique Elegancia . Rest and refresh for as long as you wish.  

In the late afternoon, we will convene on the hotel's rooftop terrace for a welcome drink before heading out to the famed Djemaa el Fna Square. It comes alive at night! Storytellers and snake charmers hold the audience captive while vendors of all sorts sell their dishes to the locals. 

Tonight, we will dine at Rooftop Dardar overlooking the square so we can enjoy the local cuisine with a view over the bustling square below.

Included

Dinner

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Day 2: Wednesday, March 5th, 2025

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 guided exploration of the medina and the souks, where every imaginable good is on sale, from spices to shoes to handmade carpets. Our guide will help us negotiate a good deal at the souks! 

We will enjoy lunch at Le Jardin a stylish restaurant in the heart of the medina. 

In the late afternoon we will be taking a cooking class where we will learn how to make traditional Moroccan delights which we will then feast on the gorgeous setting. 

Included

Breakfast, Lunch

Cooking class

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Day 3: Thursday, March 6th, 2025

After breakfast we will 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. 

In the afternoon 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! 

Dinner will be at our hotel this evening.

Included

All meals

Hammam

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Day 4: Friday, March 7th, 2025

This morning you’ll visit the magnificent Bahia Palace which showcases the rich history of Moroccan architecture and design. 

Before heading to the airport, you will stop by a nearby herbalist who will explain to us the ancient beauty and health traditions using natural ingredients such as argan oil and prickly pear extract. 

Only a short flight later you will land in Errrachidia the gateway to the Sahara Desert. 

After you arrive and 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!  

Included

Flight to Errachidia

All meals

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Day 5: Saturday, March 8th, 2025

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.  

Today we will visit the Dades Gorges, Morocco’s Grand Canyon, explore the ancient fossils, feast on Berber pizza and enjoy a private concert by local musicians. 

In the late afternoon we will have time to Sand-board down or just enjoy the magical ambience of the magic hour in the desert. 

Included

All meals

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Day 6: Sunday, March 9th, 2025

Today we bid farewell to the desert and head to the mountains. Before taking our flight, we will visit a colorful local market and a beautiful, tiled garden. 

Once we land in Marrakesh, we will drive to the Atlas Mountains and stay at Kasbah Angour. Here we will have lunch followed by rest and relaxation. The sparkling pool could be calling your name or take a stroll in lush landscape. 

Dinner will be poolside at the hotel.

Included

All meals

Flight

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Day 7: Monday, March 10th, 2025

After breakfast, we'll make out way to Villa Morac. We will arrive at the gorgeous Villa Maroc with its beautifully curated design. Each room is unique and full of local treasures the owners carefully selected.

After lunch, feel free to explore the resort. Or maybe the spa will be calling your name.

In the afternoon you have free time to explore the city, daydream on the beach or revisit the market for some souvenirs. 

In the evening, we will have a private dinner in the hotel.

Included

All meals

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Day 8: Tuesday, March 11th, 2025

Today will be a day of leisure! 

We'll have breakfast on the rooftop terrace and enjoy the view. Then we'll wonder into town for a guided tour of Essaouira where we can dip our toes in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Then we head out to a stunning vineyard where we will taste their wide selections of wines, ranging from vin gris (a light rose) to a powerful orange wine while delighting in their traditional salads and kebabs with a French flair.

For dinner we eat at a local restaurant where we look back on all the adventure we had together. 

Included

All meals

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Day 9: Wednesday, March 12th, 2025

It’s time to say goodbye, with a bit of melancholy but with new friends and memories. 

We will organize transfer to Marrakech. Should you want to continue the adventure on your own to Casablanca we are happy to help with arrangements. 

Included

Breakfast

Airport transfer

You'll Be Staying Here

Riad Elegancia

Riad Elegancia

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.

Taziri Desert Camp

Taziri Desert Camp

This luxury eco desert camp will WOW you! Each tent is individually and uniquely decorated. From the home cooked meals to the twinkling stars, you will be sad to leave your desert oasis. 

Kasbah Angour

Kasbah Angour

Kasbah Angour is perched on a hilltop offering spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains. The locally made furniture showcases Berber motifs, adding to the authentic ambiance. 

Villa Morac

Villa Morac

Situated walking distance to the beach in Essaouira, Villa Morac will be your home away from home. Be sure to watch the sunset from the rooftop patio.

Hosts

Katrin Hodapp

Katrin Hodapp

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

The Kingdom of Morocco

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!

The Kingdom of Morocco

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

Hammam experience

Domestic flights

Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.

Souvenirs & shopping

Your international airfare

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

Additional spa services

Reviews

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

FAQs

Plan on flying in and out of the Marrakesh Airport

The trip officially starts on the afternoon of Tuesday March 4th, but if you're 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 an extra night directly through the website in the Add On section. This way, we'll make sure you don't need to change rooms when the trip starts.

Airport transfers are included on the day the trip starts and if you purchase the Arrive 1 Day Early Add-on. If you're arriving at a different time, transfers are not included but we can make arrangements to have you picked up at the airport and brought to the hotel for an additional cost.

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. 

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Southern Moroccan Adventure

Morocco· March 4 - 12 2025· 8 nights