Entering a desert encampment after sunset, you see only the glowing Berber tents carpeted with kilims. Cumin-scented stew simmers over a campfire. And away from the native singers and the circle of light, the sky is simply amazing. Not until a morning breeze stirs your tent’s flap do you see in full light how stunning your desert setting is. Our Morocco travel adventure is full of surprises and this is just one of the many we share with you. Colossal Saharan dunes. Cool cedar-forested mountains. Narrow gorges with ribbon-like oases in their depths. And the Kasbah? It’s the word for fortress and a restored one from the Middle Ages is actually one of our hotels. The marvelous news is that, for all its surprises and adventure, Morocco travel also delivers everything you expect. We take in the vivid, noisy markets as we travel. Morocco offers warm hospitality from a culture accustomed to the diversity of Berber, Arab, Jewish, African and Mediterranean influences. You may also be surprised to know that the climate is moderate; this is the coolest and most welcoming of the African nations.
Cultural Walking Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
Picture yourself...
  • Wandering the labyrinthine streets of the medinas
  • Strolling the crest of colossal sand dunes
  • Rambling lush pathways in a river gorge
  • Inns that are out of this world
    As on every Classic Journey, our Morocco travel adventure treats you to leisurely stays in the region’s most distinctive lodgings.
    Travel solo in the best of company
    We welcome solo travel in Morocco as our cultural walking adventure offers single supplements that are the lowest you’re likely to find anywhere.
    Itinerary at a glance
    We spend the first two nights in Fès, Morocco. Guided tours here include a fascinating exploration of the labyrinthine 9th century Medina and dine at La Maison Bleue, one of Morocco’s finest restaurants.

    Crossing the Atlas Mountains to Erfoud (1 night), the landscape changes from cedar forest to pre-Saharan hills. The next day, we travel by Land Rover for a remarkable walk along the 1,000-foot-high sand dunes of Merzouga. As the sun sets, we are welcomed into the land of the Blue men—a camp where we spend a night in tented Berber lodgings (1 night). Following the desert’s edge, we enter the spectacular gorges of the Todra River for a scenic amble and a memorable lunch. In Ouarzazate (2 nights), our hotel rooms are carved from stone and overlook a wind-sculpted landscape that offers fascinating walks.

    The road to Marrakesh (2 nights) traverses Morocco’s highest mountain pass. En route, we’ll visit a remarkable clay city on the caravan trail to Timbuktu. In Marrakesh, there are lush gardens to explore…snake charmers and fortune tellers…and shopping in the world-famous souks for carpets, tribal jewelry and Moroccan crafts. On our final evening, we’re treated to cocktails and dinner in an elegant private residence.
    Cultural Walking Adventure
    9 Days / 8 Nights
    Starting Point: Fès – 2:00 pm – Lobby of first night hotel
    Ending Point: Marrakesh – After breakfast with airport transfer
    Let us create a special departure or itinerary just for you.
    Go a little off the grid
    The ultimate luxuries in Morocco are guided tours that escape the crowds. On all of our tours we get to the places the turisti don’t go.
    Our small groups offer more options
    Fewer guests give us more flexibility in Morocco. And an experienced tour operator like Classic Journeys can offer you alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
    Tour Dates & Prices
    Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
    Dec 28, 2015-Jan 5, 2016$4595.00$695.00
    January 16-24, 2016$4595.00$895.00
    March 12-20, 2016$4595.00$895.00
    April 9-17, 2016$4595.00$895.00
    May 14-22, 2016$4595.00$895.00
    September 3-11, 2016$4595.00$895.00
    October 1-9, 2016$4595.00$895.00
    November 5-13, 2016$4595.00$895.00
    Dec 28, 2016-Jan 5, 2017$4695.00$895.00
    • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
    • Support vehicle(s)
    • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
    • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
    • Trip literature
    • All land transportation during the trip
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
    Cultural Walking Adventure
    9 Days / 8 Nights
    Arrange for 6-full paying friends to travel together and receive 25% off one trip.
    Hotel Sahrai

    On a hill between the Fes Medina and the New Town, this boutique hotel has unparalleled views. Light-flooded rooms are decorated with a contemporary twist on Moroccan design. Facilities include an infinity pool, fitness center and Givenchy spa.

    Xaluca Hotel

    Set against a backdrop of desert and palms, the kasbah (fortress) is made of mud clay and blends in beautifully with its surroundings. The hotel features a swimming pool, hammam (Arabic baths), and vibrantly decorated guest rooms with marble baths.

    Berber Encampment

    The luxury Berber encampment in situated in the dunes of the Sahara and offers accommodation in large nomadic tents made of hand-woven camel and goat hair. For your comfort, tents are ecorated with mattresses, colorful fabrics, Berber kilims and lanterns.

    Berbere Palace

    Considered the best in the desert, this hotel is designed as a typical walled Moroccan village. Rooms are scattered throughout the beautifully manicured gardens, while the main building houses props from the many movies shot in and around Ouarzazate.

    Les Jardins de la Koutoubia

    In the heart of the Marrakech medina, this elegant and authentic property both elegant and authentic. In graceful Moroccan style, most rooms face an inner patio that contains a gorgeous pool. The hotel also boasts a serene Clarins spa.

    In Morocco -
    Edith Wharton
    A very enjoyable account of Edith Wharton’s month-long journey through Morocco just after World War I. She captures the landscapes, architecture and many aspects of Muslim culture and history.

    Morocco Since 1830, A History -
    C. R. Pennell
    A scholarly, highly-recommended history of the politics of modern Morocco, with a focus on the various colonial influences that have shaped its cultural landscape.

    Cultural Walking Adventure
    9 Days / 8 Nights
    The Moroccan climate is very temperate in the late spring and early fall, but it can get quite cold at night in the winter and fall. In March, May and September the temperature averages in the high 60s to low 70s. In November and December the daytime temperature is usually in the middle to high 60s.
    • Our guide was the best I’ve ever had. In his company, I got the opportunity to get close to the sights, sounds and people of Morocco.
    • Jiali and Saida were simply amazing! We truly couldn't have asked for better guides. They were knowledgeable, professional, and personable. We learned so much and felt honored to have them showing us around their beautiful country.
    • All of the hotels on this trip were outstanding. Our favorite, though, was the Berber Encampment, which was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
    • Saida's views on women in a Muslim world was fascinating. She helped me understand the Islamic religion more than any history class could. She was knowledgable, gracious, and fun.
    • The real draw was that is was a walking tour so we didn't just hop on and off vans. It was delightful that everything was taken care of (tips,etc.) and that all accommodations and restaurants were excellent.

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