Visit a women's co-op and enjoy a local lunch, watch storytellers and acrobats at Djemaa el Fna square, learn about Moroccan cuisine with a cooking class in a traditional Berber house, traverse the Sahara Desert by 4x4, try to mimic a local expert's elegant sweeps in an Islamic calligraphy class.
The culture of the Berbers in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Discover their enduring legacy on this 15-day adventure into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fès, spend a night in a comfortable tented camp in the Sahara, enjoy dinner with a traditional Berber family, and unwind amid the coastal beauty of Essaouira. Throughout this magical ride, open your eyes to each dazzling place — and earn a new point of view.
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Islamic Calligraphy Class, Fès
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Moroccan Foodie Experience, Marrakech
Your G for Good Moment: Mhaya Village Community Lunch, Meknès
Your Foodie Moment: Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit, Marrakech
Guided city tour of Meknès including the ancient granaries and stables of Moulay Ismail and Bab Mansour
Guided tour of Volubilis including visit to Roman ruins
Guided walking tour of the Fès medina including artisans' quarters and Fès tannery
Guided night walk of Djemaa el Fna square with local meal
Marrakech medina walk and spice shop visit
Marrakech tour including souks, Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs
Visit the ancient kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou
Sahara excursion by 4x4 including a visit to the town of Tamegroute
Overnight in a comfortable, traditional desert camp with dinner under the stars
Explore the Draa region and orientation tour of Zagora
Taroudant markets and tanneries visit
Aït Mansour Gorge excursion
Visit to Tafraoute
Visit Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Staff & experts Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.
Service Level: Upgraded Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.
Itinerary Day 1: Casablanca
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2: Casablanca/Fès
Take a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknès. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. After seeing the ruins, it’s off to Fès.
Day 3: Fès
Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the Medina of Fès. Explore winding lanes and alleys to visit the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide. After, enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional tagine lunch at a cooperative that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This evening, visit a nearby café where we meet a local expert in Islamic calligraphy for a demonstration on "beautiful writing".
Day 4: Fès/Marrakech
Travel to Marrakech. In the evening, experience all the colour and chaos with a visit to the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Watch storytellers and acrobats as you enjoy a simple and delicious local meal at a market food stall.
Day 5: Marrakech
Today, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef, and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared.
Day 6: Marrakech/Aït Ben Haddou
Travel to Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient “Kasbah" (fortress) village.
Day 7: Aït Ben Haddou/Erg Chigaga
Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora and venture into the desert on 4x4s. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery makers. Continue off-road to the great dunes of Erg Chigaga to our comfortable desert camp. Opt to take a camel ride or to climb to the top of the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars.
Day 8: Erg Chigaga/Zagora
Cross the desert back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region. You’ll also get to visit some of the local historical sites.
Day 9: Zagora/Taroudant
Head towards the Anti-Atlas region to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. Continue to Taroudant for the night.
Day 10: Taroudant
In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own.
Day 11: Taroudant/Tafraout
Enter the Anti-Atlas region known for its natural rock formations and visit Aït Mansour Gorge. Continue through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house. After, take a hike through the Chapeau du Napoleon before continuing to Tafaroute for the evening.
Day 12: Tafraout/Essaouira
Travel to the Atlantic coast to the port town of Essaouira. Opt to visit a local “hammam” (traditional spa and steam baths).
Day 13: Essaouira
Enjoy a day of leisure in this coastal city. Watch the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish. Pick out the best of the bunch, which we’ll take to a local restaurant to cook up for our lunch. Opt to browse the shops and art galleries, visit a traditional hammam or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, or rent a fishing rod.
Day 14: Essaouira/Marrakech
Return to Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group in Marrakech.