Enjoy culture, history, adventure and relaxation on this 2-week Morocco grand tour. Explore the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, and Casablanca. Venture into the desert a few days exploring kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Cross up and over the high atlas mountains and spend a couple days hiking between small villages, spending the night with a local family. End your trip by relaxing in Essaouira before continuing along the coast back to Casablanca.
You'll start with a Jeep tour through the dunes, discovering hidden secrets of the landscape with a guide. Then, as you dip into valleys and conquer hills, you'll learn about the region's history and cultural influences. Your first break will be with a local nomadic family that calls the dunes home. Enjoy a cup of traditional tea and listen to their stories.
Next, head to the village of Khamleya to visit the home of a Gnawa family, an ethnic group living in Morocco. You'll listen to spiritual healing music traditionally practiced throughout the country and originates in the sub-Saharan region. Gnaoua music is spiritual at its roots, although popular maâlems (master musicians) have made it quite mainstream. Watch a maâlem group of musicians and dancers perform their repetitive yet lively beats.
In the afternoon, you'll have free time to relax or pursue another activity of your choice. You can rent a sandboard to test your skills on the dunes (a favorite amongst kids!) or join an ATV/Quad tour. As the sun starts to set in the late afternoon, climb up the nearest dune to watch the colorful display sweep across the sand. Enjoy dinner at your camp and relax by the fire while stargazing and listening to traditional Berber music from the locals.
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Itineraries with Cultural Adventures in Erg Chebbi Desert
This eight-day loop from Casablanca to Marrakech offers a perfect mix of imperial cities, smaller towns, and unforgettable desert adventures. You will start in the north with Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen, and Fes before venturing into the desert for a camel ride and night under the stars at a desert camp as well as exploring old caravan routes, oases, and fortified kasbahs. You will then cross the High Atlas mountains into bustling Marrakech to wander souks and experience lively Jemma el-Fna square.
Combining culture and outdoor adventure, this 12-day tour features the best of Morocco, starting with the markets and monuments of the imperial cities Casablanca, Fes, and the famous "Blue City", Chefchaouen. Next you'll explore the country's natural side in the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, sleeping in Bedouin-style tents and high alpine Berber Towns. Experience cultural delights like riding camels at sunset, meandering ancient Roman ruins, visiting old kasbahs, and enjoying traditional Hammam treatments in the bustling city of Marrakech.