“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

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