“I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list.”

Susan Sontag

Morocco 

17th March - 1st April 2020

$6680.00 AUD


Standard occupancy 2 persons, inclusive

Optional Extras listed below

Discover the magic and decadence of the desert as we journey from the city to the Sahara, experiencing traditional culture and an extraordinary camel trekking journey. This is an exciting cross-culture collaborative adventure for every kind of traveller.

The allure of the Sahara has called to writers and artists for generations. From the colours to the expanse to the mysterious rolling sand dunes, the Sahara and its people have been a source of curiosity and inspiration. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site that Camel Treks Australia has the privilege to explore.

We will travel on camel back to desert dwellings with Berbers, the indigenous people of North Africa that make up nearly half of population of Morocco. They refer to themselves as "Amazighe" or "free people" and continue to reside in the desert's interior, living simply, and sharing stories with travellers. 

Once guests arrive in Morocco, they will be met at the airport by a crew member. We provide multi-lingual guides and private transportation for the duration of the entire journey. Languages you can expect to hear during your time with us are English, French, Darija Arabic, and several Berber dialects.

Guests will experience the incomparable style of riad accommodation throughout the trip. Riads are comfortable bed and breakfast style hotels that frequently overlook the city with courtyards or gardens in the interior. In the desert, we will stay in well-established and fully furnished tent dwellings where there will always be evening entertainment and chances to explore "The Great Desert."

Day 1: Tuesday 17th March ~ Arrivals in Marrakech

​We can provide airport transfers on arrivals & departures day. Guests arriving early or lingering longer can book transfers with us, or through their preferred travel agent  and or accommodation provider. Your guides Jade and Adil look forward to welcoming guests to Morocco at the welcome dinner, where they will introduce the journey itinerary, as well as hand out printed copies for each guest. There will be time for guests to ask questions and receive answers before the journey departs.

Meals Included: The Welcome Dinner (D) this evening will be at 8pm; earlier guests can enjoy wine & live musicians in the riad accommodation at 7pm.

Accommodation: TBA

 

Day 2: Wednesday, 18th March ~ Full day and night in Marrakech

  • mosque & palace walking tour from 10am-1pm incorporating the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, and Jemaa el Fna square

  • lunch at 1:30pm at Naranj

  • free time in the souks

  • dinner in the riad at 8pm

 

Meals included:B, D

Accommodation:TBA

Day notes:Guide Adil will join guests for lunch at Naranj and then escort the group as a whole to a meeting point in the main market square where he will meet the guests once again to walk them back to the riad at 7pm. Guests can be free to explore and anyone who wishes to enjoy the riad accommodation earlier can do so.

 

Day 3: Thursday 19th March ~ Depart for Meknes

  • 9am departure for Meknes (approx 5.5 hours total drive time)

  • lunch on the way at approximately 12noon depending on traffic 

  • vineyard tour & tasting experience 

  • return to riad; overnight Meknes

 

Meals included:B, L, D

Day notes:Baggage handlers will be sent to the riad at 8:30am to collect luggages and load the cars so that we can depart easily by 9am. Lunch will be provided, family style, at a stopping point on the drive to Meknes.  Our vineyard tour will start at 5pm, with dinner following on site.  

Day 4: Friday 20th March ~ Chefchaouen

  • breakfast and 10am departure for Volubilis (approx 45 mins drive)

  • free time to tour the ruins and eat lunch in the cafe

  • 2pm departure to Chefchaouen (approx 3 hours drive time)

  • 6pm check-in at the riad(s); dinner served at 8pm

 

Meals included:B, D

Day Notes: Breakfast will be served as early as 8am and we'll have a 10am sharp departure. There will be some guided information for the first few minutes a the ruins and then the guests will have their own time to walk around, take photos, explore, etc.  As there are also a couple of cafes that sell food, this will also be our stop for a light lunch. After check in at the riad in Chefchaouen, a hearty Moroccan dinner will be served.

 

 

Day 5: Saturday 21st March ~ Full day and night in Chefchaouen

  • breakfast from 8-10am

  • tour with Amina in the morning 10am-1pm

  • free afternoon

  • dinner on their own

 

Meals included: B

Day Notes: We'll have Amina over to the riad to lead a historical walking tour starting at 10am and ending at 1pm. As Chefchaouen is small and easy to navigate, we are leaving the rest of the day as a free day for people to decide what they'd like to do for the afternoon and evening. 

 

Day 6: Sunday 22nd March ~ Depart for Fes, overnight Fes

  • 10am departure from Chefchaouen for Fes; stopping just outside of Ouezzane for lunch at a local farm (approx 1.5 hours driving)

  • continue to Fes, arriving between 3-4pm (approx 2 hours driving)

  • check in at the riad with free time before dinner, served at 8pm

  • complimentary visit from a henna artist for anyone that wants henna tattoos on their hands or feet

 

Meals Included: B, L, D

 

Day Notes:  We are looking for a riad that has a spa on site, so that people could book hammam appointments for the time between arrival and dinner if they want. We'll also have the henna artist on site to offer henna tattoos, which will need to stay on the skin for about 2/3 hours before being washed off. Guests are welcome to roam around the area near the riad if they want to explore before dinner. 

Accommodation: TBD

Day 7: Monday 23rd March ~ Full day and night in Fes

  • breakfast from 8-9am; local guide arriving at 9am & departure for tour

  • full day walking tour of souks, tanneries, and monuments (entry to monuments not included but cost of guides are - guests should reserve about 70 MAD/monument for entry fees)

  • 6pm return to the Riad, dinner served at 8pm

 

Meals included:B, L, D

Day Notes: Adil and Mohamed will be with the group for the entire walking tour during the day, and will reserve adequate time for the souks & tanneries, as well as certain palaces and historical monuments. They will escort the group back to the riad with plenty of time for showers, down time, etc - dinner will be provided at 8pm. 

 

 

Day 8: Tuesday 24th March ~ Depart for Beni Mellal, overnight

  • 10am departure from Fes for Beni Mellal (approx 4.5 hours driving)

  • free time on arrival after check in

  • dinner served at 8pm

 

Meals included: B, L, D

Day Notes: We are looking a few really lovely villas on the outskirts of Beni Mellal for the group to have an overnight from Fes to Marrakech, rather than making that drive in one day. 

 

 

Day 9: Wednesday 25th March ~ 

Depart for Marrakech, overnight in the Marrakech Palmaerie at private villa

  • breakfast & departures at 9am

  • stop at the Ouzoud Falls on the way (approx 1 hour 45 mins driving time)

  • walk down to the Ouzoud Falls & time for lunch before continuing to Marrakech at 3pm (approx 2.5 hours to villa)

  • arrivals & check in, dinner at 8pm

  • can include optional yoga class between check-in and dinner

 

Meals included: B, L, D

 

Day Notes: Adil will lead the group to the base of the Ouzoud Falls, where we'll also see plenty of artisan shops and monkeys along the way. There will be time for pics and exploring, as well as a group lunch stop in one of the famous tagine shops. 

Day 10: Thursday 26th March ~ Depart for Ouarzazate, Dar Chamaa

  • breakfast and 9am departure for Ait Ben Haddou (approx 4 hours driving time)

  • lunch at 1pm, followed by a tour of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah

  • late afternoon check in and dinner at 8pm

  • overnight at Dar Chamaa

 

Meals included: B, L, D

 

Day Notes: This day will feature quite a lot in terms of landscape, so we'll have many stops on the route for photos as well as bathroom breaks. Dar Chamaa has a full bar, so we won't do an alcohol store run until the next morning before departing for the camp.

 

 

Day 11: Friday 27th March ~ Depart for Erg Chegaga

  • after breakfast, depart at 9am; stop near Agdz for a Moroccan date activity (up to 30 minutes of walking involved; Adil will introduce us to a "date farmer" who will give information about the different types of dates, offer a tasting, and walk guests into the date palm grove)

  • lunch in Zagora

  • evening arrival & dinner at 8pm; overnight in the camp

 

Meals included: B, L, D

 

Day Notes: Ideally, we'll be at lunch by 1pm and on to the camp by 2pm. Lunch should be a quick stop and by us covering the bill, should eliminate extra time spent sorting the check. We'll continue off-road after M'hamid and arrive in the camp with plenty of time for guests to enjoy the sunset, settle in, eat dinner and sit around the campfire together. 

Day 12: Saturday 28th March ~ Full day & night in the camp

  • sunrise & breakfast 6:30-8am

  • camel safari starts 8am - ends with sunset arrival back in a safari camp

  • optional evening "chill out" yoga on the carpets after safari

  • dinner, campfire & stargazing begins at 8:30pm

 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

Day Notes: After breakfast, guests will meet the other camel guides and everyone will have his/her own camel for the whole day. The time will be spent trekking to different areas around the camp, a visit to an Oasis for lunch picnic (weather permitting) and return to the camp. Jade will offer a smooth yoga session for about 40 minutes before dinner.

 

Day 13: Sunday 29th March ~ Depart for Ouarzazate

  • departure after breakfast & photos; 9am (approx 2.5 hour driving time)

  • lunch in Foum Zguid at 12pm 

  • afternoon visit to the Berber weaving co-op for tour 

  • late afternoon check in at our accommodation in Fint Oasis (approx 1.5 hours driving time)

  • free time and dinner at 8pm

 

Meals included: B, L, D

 

Day Notes: Our visit to the weaving co-op is one of our guests' favorite stops. There is no pressure to buy and for those who want to buy find it to be a very relaxed and comfortable shopping experience. The women that weave are on site and demonstrate the craft, and their sons & nephews work in the shop, showing carpets and explaining the styles. They accept credit cards and ship internationally. Our final push to Fint will take about 1.5 hours with no stops. The evening should be quite chill, with dinner served at 8pm.

 

 

Day 14: Monday 30th March ~ Depart for Marrakech

  • breakfast and 10am departure from Fint accommodation; drive to Kasbah Telouet along the "Valley of 1000 Kasbahs" route (tons of ruins on the way; approx 2 hours driving time)

  • lunch and guided site visit at Kasbah telouet (entry fee covered)

  • 6/7pm arrival in Marrakech (approx 3 hours driving time)

  • dinner at 8pm

 

Meals included: B, L, D

 

 

Day 15: Tuesday 31st March ~ Full day and night in Marrakech 

  • breakfast served from 8-10am

  • free day with suggested activities such as: hammams, cooking class, souk shopping

  • farewell dinner at the accommodation: 7pm - cocktail hour with light snacks and live music; 8pm - dinner served

 

Meals included: breakfast & dinner

 

Day Notes: Jade will offer signup sheets for a cooking class and hammam appointments at the beginning of the tour for day 15

 

Day 14: Monday 1st April ~ Departure from Marrakesh

Summary: Guests enjoy breakfast together before transferred to the airport. Guests looking to continue their journey, or depart from Casablanca, will receive support from the crew to help facilitate their transport.

Meals Included: B

 

April 1 & 2: OPTIONAL add-on overnight to Essaouira 

  • morning departure; arrival at riad & tour of medina including lunch; dinner on your own

  • breakfast, continued walking tour; tagine & cheese tasting lunch at The Fromagerie; return to Marrakech by 5pm

Tour Inclusions:

  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

  • All accommodation (standard double occupancy)

  • All guides

  • All private drivers and ground transport

  • All monument fees

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Overnight camel trekking experience

  • All meals on camel trekking days

  • Evening entertainment

Tour Exclusions:

  • International fights to/from Casablanca and Marrakech 

  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone bills, etc)

  • Personal purchases

  • Personal health/travel insurance

  • Meals and drinks outside tour itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Some lunches

  • Tips for drivers and tour guides. If you enjoyed your experience, let our Moroccan team know at the end of the trip!

Optional Extras:

Standard Double occupancy is included in the tour's $6680 AUD cost, but guests have the ability to choose their level of riad accommodation for Casablanca, Fez, Chefchaouen, and Marrakesh. Same-sex double occupancy is what almost always works out, however we cannot guarantee this for independent travellers. Guests will be advised in advance in order to allow the option of requesting Single Occupancy closer to the departure date if preferred.​

    

  • Deluxe Riad Double Occupancy Accommodation - $300 AUD per person

  • Superior Riad Double Occupancy Accommodation - $715 AUD per person

Single Occupancy

Like a little space in the evenings? Guests have the option of choosing to have a single-room for the duration of their journey, including the selected city riads and desert dwelling accommodations (when applicable).

  • Standard Riad Single Occupancy Accommodation - $375 AUD per person

  • Deluxe Riad Single Occupancy Accommodation - $715 AUD per person

  • Superior Riad Single Occupancy Accommodation - $1,400 AUD per person

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What to Know About This Trip:

Who Is Travelling with Us?

This tour's ground crew will include...

Jade
Adil

Final Payment


We will notify you two months prior to the departure date for final balances.




Weather


The average temperatures in Morocco during the month of March is a comfortable 20C°/67°F during the day and 9C°/48°F during the evenings. We will be travelling just at the start of spring, making daytime desert travel a comfortable experience and the evening entertainment a cosy gathering around the fire.




Luggage


We highly recommend bringing duffel bags or backpacks for the duration of the trip, especially for trekking. We've been advised against luggage with wheels as they run the risk of damage in the desert. Many guests will also find that they do well bringing an empty bag to take home souvenirs!




What Should I Pack?


Your packing list should include the following:

  • A warm jacket, beanie and socks for cool mornings and evenings in the desert.
  • Walking/Riding boots that are closed-toe. You'll be walking through cities and across sand dunes!
  • Layered clothing. Ensure you have several layers of clothing such as t-shirts under long and short sleeve shirts.
  • Long pants or jodpuhrs for riding and walking; we do not recommend shorts for this experience.
  • Padded pants or wearing bicycle shorts under trousers have been strongly encouraged for those who like to do extra riding!
  • Broad brimmed sun hat.
  • Head scarf for visiting mosques and holy sites
  • Pyjamas
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand Sanitisers, handwipes, and/or anti-bacterial gel
  • Papaw ointment / vaseline.
  • Toiletries (Tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, moisturizers, lip balm/chapstick. Please keep in mind nothing over 100ml will pass through security and customs
  • Towel
  • 1 litre drink water bottle; Karen travels with a life straw which filters water if you have a sensitive digestive system.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Camera with fully charged batteries and spare batteries for the camel trekking component of the journey; extra memory cards for the camera never go unused!
  • Head torch/touch
  • Although bedding is provided throughout the camel trek, persons who feel the cold are welcome to bring their own compact sleeping bags which may be especially enjoyed during nights in the Sahara.
  • Swimming costume; some accommodations may provide a swimming pool, spa, or hammman experience.
  • We also recommend guests bring an additional back pack for carrying day inclusions - water bottle, suncreen, handwipes, camera, hat, beanie, jacket, snacks etc.
  • Putting apps such as Facetime, WhatsApp, and SnapChat on your mobile are excellent ways to keep in contact wherever we come into Internet service. Advise your family before departure that you will not be in contact during the camel safari component of the journey.
  • Garbage or rubbish bags are always handy to wrap your luggage and store used clothing
  • You are required by law to carry your passport at all times and you will need your passport to check into hotels and check in for flights.
  • We highly recommend wearing your passport on your body throughout the journey. Better still is to invest in a Go Travel RFID Passport Pouch, soft and comfortable to wear, the RFID neck pouch features an innovative protective lining designed to stop illegal scanning of RFID chips embedded in modern-day passports and credit cards
  • Universal adapter for electronic devices.Morocco uses type C and type E outlets.




Photography and Videos


Guests will want to capture as much as the camera allows during this colourful and lively adventure. From the sand dunes, to the mosques, to the camels. Some religious sites will prohibit photography, as do police or military officials who may ask you to delete a photo or check your camera. It is not uncommon to wish to take photos with people, (snake charmers, story tellers, musicians, or performers) but always ask permission and be prepared to offer 10 dirham, about $1.25 AUD, as thanks. But be careful! Many savvy locals may try to swindle you for over ten times the appropriate amount! Smile, but be firm, and do not take offense.

IMPORTANT: All drones are illegal! If you are found to be having one or using one, it will be confiscated and result in fines and possible jail time.




Travelling as a Couple


Morocco is a wonderful country to explore with your significant other and hotels don't mind accommodating unmarried couples who are not from Morocco. However, public displays of affection, regardless of marital status, are frowned upon, particularly outside major cities such as where we will travel.




Money


Moroccan currency is called the 'Dirham' and conversion rates are typically as follows...

$1 AUD = 7 Dhs

$5 AUD = 35 Dhs

$10 AUD = 70 Dhs

$20 AUD = 140 Dhs

$50 AUD = 350 Dhs

$100 AUD = 700 Dhs

IMPORTANT: Export of Moroccan dirhams is strictly prohibited.




Tipping


While staying at some of the riads or exploring the cities, you may wish to indulge in additional activities like dining out, taxi rides, or visiting a spa.

Bellboys...10 dirham

Maids...10-20 dirham per night

Spa Attendant...20-25 dirham per person per procedure

Hairdresser...10% of bill

A good rule of thumb if you're not sure is to 'round up' to the nearest 5 dirham.

When dining out, check to see if they have already added a 10% gratuity charge. Otherwise, tipping 20-30 dirhams after a meal is acceptable.




Flights


Our tour will start in Casablanca and end in Marrakesh. Guests are responsible for booking their own flights and our crew will see to it that you are transported to and from the airports. If you wish to arrive and depart in Casablanca, our team with be able to provide you with the transfer transportation for a nominal cash fee.




Are you looking to arrive earlier or stay on later?


Let us know if you would like to arrive prior to the start of the tour, or stay after.

At the start of the tour in Casablanca, we will be staying at the Melliber Appart Hotel (138 Boulevard Moulay Youssef, Angle Rue Tiznit, Casablanca 20200, Morocco) and in Marrakesh, we will be finishing at the Riad Palais Sebban (43 Derb My Abdellah Ben Hssein, Rue el Ksour, Marrakech 40000, Morocco). You can make your reservations directly through their websites or through popular hotel booking channels and request their airport shuttle service.




Health Requirements?


There are currently no vaccination requirements for entry into Morocco. If you would like to travel under the advice of the Centre for Disease Control, you can read about their Morroco recommendations at this LINK. During our time in the Sahara, guests can expect to walk and/or ride anywhere between 5 - 10 kilometres per day, depending on the movement of the group. There is a degree of flexibility recommended for the Moroccan saddles and walking on massive rolling sandunes is more demanding than one might original expect. If guests are feeling unwell, they can request transportation to the next campsite in a vehicle the night before.




Travel Insurance / Travel Doctors & Considerations:


We highly recommend guests seek advice from a specialist travel Doctor regarding their en route and return places of travel, especially if you have a known health challenge. Please seek advice from your local General practitioner prior to booking for any current health issues. It is absolutely essential and a condition of travel with Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd is that appropriate health insurance is obtained for the specifics and location of this Morocco journey. In the rare event of a negative weather pattern affecting flights in the location / travel route you might be coming from it offers peace of mind to be insurance covered. Personal illness and family illnesses cannot be planned for either and travel insurance covers you for the unexpected, so you can reschedule without a loss.




'Cover More' Health Insurance


We have used and highly recommend travel insurance through 'Cover More' for ease of fast application, comprehensive cover, International and Domestic Travel plans. Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd has discussed our itinerary with the 'Cover More' sales team and they are able to provide cover for the full itinerary including riding the Camels whilst in the Sahara Desert. Please make certain that whatever cover you choose that you are covered for the itinerary as detailed above. For further information please call 'Cover More' Insurance and ask for a sales consultant ph. 1300 72 88 22 or this LINK.




Visas


Morocco is very accessible! If you are travelling from one of the highlighted countries below, there is no visa requirement for tourism stays under 90 days. However, passports must be valid for six months after departure date, and have a minimum of one empty page for an entry stamp.




Embassies


Australian Embassy in Morocco: 28 Avenue S.A.R. Sidi Mohammed
Souissi 10105 (BP 45), Rabat, Morocco +212 5376-33333 Website U.S. Embassy in Morocco: Km 5.7, Avenue Mohamed VI
Souissi, Rabat 10170, Morocco
+212 0537 637 200 Website




Food and Diet


Our tour will provide guests ample opportunity to purchase or access bottled water when in the city or in the Sahara. All diets (vegetarian, gluten free, & etc.) can be catered for when given enough notice, but guests with dietary limitations or preferences can expect their menu to be a little more restricted than those without. When you making your reservationd deposit, you will be able to provide this information in the appropriate box when prompted.





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Before You Go

Did you remember...

  • To review the packing list?

  • To email Clare with your flight details?

  • To print copies of your passport details page?

  • To alert your bank that you will be travelling overseas?

  • To obtain health and travel insurance? 

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