The Magic of Morocco

Imperial Cities, Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert

Trip Details

white and green tower in Casa Blanca Morocco

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • “Must-See” Morocco: Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert… (And “Must Do” Morocco, visiting the souks and riding camels!)
  • Array of accommodations: Delight in the elegance of a classically beautiful 1946 hotel set in the heart of the medina, a small, Kasbah-style hamlet in a palm oasis, a luxe canvas tent in the Sahara Desert, and a family-owned boutique lodge in the Draa Valley near the banks of the river.
  • Local guides: The company each day of a knowledgeable, experienced guide makes this trip one to remember. Get beyond the interpretive signs and guidebooks and into the depths of the country’s complex culture with stories and insights from a local.

The Magic of Morocco

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: Africa

Region: Morocco

Trip Price: $6,550

Duration: 8 days/7 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Marrakech, Morocco / Marrakech, Morocco

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

The Magic of Morocco

The Magic of Morocco - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Marrakech

This Moroccan journey begins in the vibrant city of Marrakech, with two days of exploring from your base in the medina, a small hotel with an array of amenities. City delights include Menara Gardens, Jema El Fna Square, and the souks. Near Marrakech are the Atlas Mountains, and a day trip takes you by way of the local market in Asni and the Imlil Valley, to a small, adobe Berber villages, clinging to the slopes of the mountains.

Day 3: Skoura

Today’s travels stretch across the fertile countryside of the Haous Plain, up and over the Atlas Mountains via Tizi N’Tichka Pass, and beyond. Travel through Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert, stopping at the Kasbah Taourirt, the 17th century home to the el Glaoui clan. Continue to the Kasbah complex of Ait Ben Haddou, an 11th century structure and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, at the end of the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs, arrive into Skoura. 

Days 4-5: Chegaga Desert

Through grand peaks and ridges of the Djebel Sarhro Range, to the 5,500-foot mountain pass at Tizi N’Tinififft, the mountains are left behind and the dunes of the Sahara come into view. Erg Chegaga is one of the two largest dunes in the Moroccan Sahara, and home for two nights. With full-service accommodations in luxe, canvas tents, highlights of this desert visit include camel trekking and riding, sandboarding, guided walks, stargazing (extraordinary!), visiting an oasis, and meeting local people. 

Day 6: Zagora

Bidding farewell to Chegaga, travel to Zagora by way of fascinating sites – Oum Laalag, a desert oasis along an old trade route to Timbuktu, M’hamid, a small village where trade caravans gathered, and Tamegroute, home to a library founded in the 16th century, boasting a collection of 11th-century manuscripts written on gazelle skin and nearly 4,000 books. Zagora is an oasis town in the Draa Valley, and there will be opportunities to visit local potters and enjoy amenities at the hotel before dinner. 

Day 7: Marrakech

Return to Marrakech today, for one last night in Morocco. Along the way, stop at Ouarzazate, a fortress city set at the edge of the Sahara, and featured in many Hollywood films. 

Day 8: Fly Home from Marrakech and Casablanca

Today begins your journey home from Marrakech and Casablanca. 

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