Trek the desert of Morocco!
Join Global Journeys Academy across mystical Morocco to explore civilizations of the past and present.
You’ll visit major cities, like Casablanca and Marrakesh, along with quaint towns, including the “blue pearl” Chefchaouen, and key UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Ait Ben Haddou and Meknes. An experienced guide will help you navigate the medinas and souks for exotic spices, rugs, copper, silver, leather and argan oils, and take you to explore the Berber culture of the Sahara desert.
Our journey begins in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, with incredible art and architecture. Be sure to re-watch the classic film Casablanca before departure, as we’ll share a meal at Rick’s Cafe, the restaurant and piano bar designed in 2004 to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman!
We travel from Casablanca to the foothills of the Rif Mountains, to visit the town of Chefchaouen with buildings painted in brilliant hues of blue and a medina (city centre) nestled into the crooked hillside streets. En route we’ll stop in Rabat: founded in the 12th century as a fortified town, home to some of Morocco’s oldest buildings as well as hip cafés and shops.
From Chefchaouen we travel to the fascinating Imperial city of Fes – the world’s largest active medieval city. We’ll explore the cobbled streets of Fes and you’ll experience the centuries old cultural tradition of visiting a hammam – a public bathhouse. En route we’ll visit the historic city of Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in the 11th century, as well as the Roman ruins at Volubilis with some of the best archaeological treasures in the country.
Our adventure continues when we enter the Sahara at Merzouga to experience the dunes of Erg Chebbi, some as high as 820 feet. Our group will trek by camel to an oasis camp and spend a night in Berber tents under the stars in the middle of the desert, watching the sun set and rise over the Sahara.
We travel next to Ouarzazate (pronounced wah-zaz-zatt) – Morocco’s Hollywood. The cinematic terrain is a mecca for movie makers: this area has been featured in numerous blockbuster films like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, and Gladiator, as well as the TV series Game of Thrones. Nearby is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ait Ben Haddou, a giant fortification of earthen clay architecture. Enroute, we travel across the High Atlas mountains and see the Dades and Todra Gorges, Morocco’s “Grand Canyon”: expect to be wowed by spectacular views!
The last leg of our journey takes us to Marrakesh! The centre of the walled Marrakesh medina is the souk – its famous marketplace, a vast labyrinth of narrow streets filled with colourful handicrafts, artisan workshops, and bazaars. The Djemma el Fna in the heart of old Marrakesh comes alive in the late afternoon with a carnival of snake charmers, fortune-tellers, acrobats, musicians, and belly dancers.
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Mystical Tour of Morocco
Your 14-day stay in Morocco includes:
- Ground transportation (private coach)
- Accommodation in 4/5 star hotels
- Meals: All breakfasts as well as some group lunches and dinners
- Guided city tours; entrance to all sites; camel ride in the Sahara desert
- Hammam Bath experience in Fez
Extras: Return airfare – Toronto to Morocco.
Flights can be arranged by our travel partner, STS Travel.
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(2021 dates abroad are subject to change)