Extraordinary Journeys, specialists in tailored luxury safaris experiences, is excited to announce a new 10-night adventure through Morocco’s most exotic sites. Travelers will be immersed in the rich culture and history of this iconic country beginning with a visit to the capital, Rabat, before continuing through the rolling hills of the Sahara. From hiking through the beautiful Atlas Mountains to relaxing in the Sahara while listening to traditional local music, this new, exclusive itinerary is perfect for travelers seeking the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation.
Pricing for this 10-night itinerary starts at $8,100 per person* double for travel through 2016** and includes accommodations as listed, use of an air conditioned deluxe Mercedes, exploring the Sahara by camelback or quad bike, select meals, entrance fees and English guide throughout the trip.
- 10 nights, 6 destinations – Villa Diyafa, Rabat (1); Palais Faraj, Fez (2), Gold Sand Camp and Dar Ahlam Moroccan Sahara (3); Marrakesh (2); Atlas Mountains (2);
- Exploring the exotic cities, culinary, and cultural hot spots of Morocco;
- Spending a night in the Moroccan Sahara enjoying music from a local folklore band;
- Visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore excavated ruins;
- Enjoying a camelback safari and quad bikes through the majestic dunes of the Sahara desert;
- Hiking through the Atlas Mountains, relaxing and rejuvenating in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
After landing in Casablanca, the adventure begins in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, where travelers will visit a medieval fort of Oudaya to explore the 17th century royal residence and walk through the sacred Moorish gardens to take a moment of reflection in a place of calmness, pleasure, and beauty.
In the morning, travelers will begin their journey to Fez with a stop in Meknes, recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, where travelers can explore excavated ruins of the imperial stables and granaries. Once in Fez, guests will visit old handicraft centers to see original crafts from local artisan’s using the same techniques as their ancestors. Then, drive out to the fortress of Borj Sud, built by Christian prisoners in the early 17th century before returning to Fez for the evening. It is truly a city overflowing with history, art and culture.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Fez with a trip the magnificent cedar, pine and oak forests en route to the Moroccan Sahara. Spend one night at Gold Sand Camp, where travelers will be able to sit back and spend the evening listening to a local folklore band. During your stay here, guests are encouraged to climb to the top of the sand dunes to experience a sunrise they won’t soon forget. The lack of sleep will surely be worth it! For travelers looking for a little adventure, they can go on a leisurely camel-back safari ride through the desert, or hop on a quad bike and race through the dune buggies for a real adrenaline rush. Both activities are available in Gold Sand Camp and Dar Ahlam.
After their time in the Sahara, travelers will stop at the mountain oasis of Tinghir, the Todra Gorge and then proceed along the “Route of a Thousand Kasbah’s,” before arriving for a night in Skoura. The next day’s destination is Marrakesh, one of Morocco’s most happening cities. This part of the trip will include stops at places of historical and cultural significance such as the 16th century Ben Youssef theological school, the Moorish Museum, the archaeological site of the Almoravid Dynasty and the historical caravanseri called Fondouks, where caravan traders stayed to rest during their travels. Spend two nights at the magnificent Villa Des Orangers, exploring the winding passages through the city’s souk markets during the day, followed by an evening of lively entertainment.
Upon departing Marrakesh, guests will head south for a stop at the foot of Toubkal National Park to spend the day walking along the farmlands and Berber villages perched on the hillside. Following an afternoon picnic, continue the walk to Anraz to visit a former Jewish quarter in the area and then through the oak and juniper woods of the Wirgane Valley hills. The trip will conclude with two nights in the Atlas Mountains at Richard Branson’s very own luxury hotel, Kasbah Tamadot. The Atlas Mountains are one of the most beautiful areas in the country, where guest are guaranteed to experience breathtaking views as they soak in their final nights in Morocco.
For more detailed information on this itinerary, please visit: https://www.extraordinaryjourneys.com/itineraries/explore-morocco/
*Subject to availability. Single supplement applies for solo travelers. Price does not include international airfare, gratuities, meals or excursions not specifically listed in the itinerary. Guests will also be responsible for the cost of their passport and visa fees.
**Black out dates: December 20, 2016 through January 5, 2017.
About Extraordinary Journeys
Run by a mother-daughter team with over half a century of combined safari knowledge, Extraordinary Journeys specializes in creating unique, custom-built safaris to more than 20 countries, in Africa and elsewhere, for couples, families and individual travelers. Mixing and matching safari camps, lodges, and private villas, with specialist guides and travel by private plane, 4×4, hot air balloon, horse, camel or even elephant, they have planned over 1,000 trips to Africa and not one has been the same. Extraordinary Journeys emphasizes first-hand knowledge, personalized service, and social responsibility. Extraordinary Journeys’ very own Elizabeth Gordon has been named to Travel + Leisure’s 2014 A-List of top travel agents, Marcia Gordon was named one of the “Guides to the Super Guides” in Departures Magazine in October 2013 and Extraordinary Journeys has twice been awarded National Geographic Travelers’ Trip of a Lifetime (2012, 2014).