Join us in Morocco for a marvelous journey through oasis and valley in this ancient land. Watch as the sunset unfolds against the backdrop of cities, mountains, and the majestic Sahara Desert. Ride a camel, barter in the souk for a treasure, and wander the maze of streets in ancient Fes and Marrakech.
Roz and Jack Niewland will be your hosts, along with the team at Roaming Camels Morocco who will be your Moroccan guides. Mustapha Khalidi hails from a small village in the south of Morocco and has designed our trip to be sure we have comfort, experience, learning and fun all along the route. Great food, remarkable history and a culture filled with beautiful people awaits you.
For a detailed itinerary, please click on the ITINERARY tab below.
For a list of what is and is not included, please click the COST tab below.
The full trip is $3850* Canadian per person for 15 days and 13 nights. (The first night is in transit)
(Add $600 per person for single supplement)
(* The cost is per person is based on twin share or double, assuming a group size of 16-20 people)
Depart from Toronto on March 17 – Arrive in Casablanca on March 18, 2021.
- You will book your flights separate from the land package.
- Please budget around $1,000 Canadian for each return flight.
- We will coordinate flight information with everyone so you can choose to book on the same flights, if available.
- There is a route with Air Canada from Toronto to Casablanca with a short stop in Montreal, or you may choose to arrive on your own and meet the group on the morning of March 18.
- Kathi at Roaming Camels will help you if you need pre- or post-trip hotels.
We will be a group of no more than 20 people in double or twin share rooms.
**We will confirm the trip once we have 10 people committed by July 1, 2020 so do not delay your registration.
Registration and Deposit
Please fill out the registration form and send in the deposit to indicate your commitment.
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The deposit is $500 Canadian payable by e-tranfer or bank transfer.
After July 1, 2020, if we have 10 people committed, the deposit is non- refundable. Should we not have enough interest before July 1, 2020 we will refund your deposit.
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$500 deposit on or before July 1, 2020 (per person)
$1675 payment on or before September 10, 2020 (per person)
$1675 payment on or before January 10, 2021 (per person)
(add $600 per person for single supplement)
Arriving at the airport in Casablanca after our overnight flight from Montreal, we will meet our Moroccan hosts, and take you to your local hotel.
After a short orientation meeting and time to unravel from your flight, we will visit Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in North Africa.
Later, a group dinner to get you familiar with your guide and to some of the important tips and notes about travelling in Morocco.
Hotel Les Saisons or similar (1 night)
After breakfast, you will make a short stop in Rabat, the political capital of Morocco for a brief tour of the city. See Hassan II tower and beautiful mausoleum, decorated with the geometric designs set in “zellig” tile that you find all over the north.
Next up is a journey to Chefchaouen, set on the other side of Morocco in the north, cradled in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is fondly known as the Blue Pearl because its, well, blue.
Along the way you will see rolling hills, shepherds and nomads and several traditional Berber villages as well as succulent orange groves and an increasingly mountainous terrain.
Arriving just before dinner you will find a beautiful little town just waiting to be discovered. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant featuring “beldi” cuisine, which means fresh, and natural. Moroccan food at its finest.
Hotel Darechaouen or similar (2 nights)
Today is a day at leisure and yours to relax and enjoy this gorgeous town. Get up early and wander down towards the river to catch the ladies in their daily washing (clothing) routine.
You can have a day to shop the medina for handicrafts and artisanal goods. Meet some weavers making blankets or stop in to visit artists in their galleries for tea and conversation.
We will schedule some time with a local guide to look around the ancient medina – it’s a nice way to get an understanding of the area and the city.
Enjoy any of the local eateries for lunch or relax in your hotel with a good book and watch the day drift by in this beautiful setting.
Hike to the Spanish mosque on the hilltop above the town for a view you won’t soon forget. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
Bright and early we will drive to south to Meknes, once a Royal City you can have a chance to see the Royal Stables and Granary before we head out of town to Volubilis, a well preserved site of Roman Ruins. Led by a local expert you will be treated to ruins that date back to the 7th century in a village where it is thought that over 20,000 people once lived.
Next, we will travel just 5km to one of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites. It is named for Moulay Idriss, a great-grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, the founder of the country’s first real dynasty in the 8th century. Moulay Idriss’ holy status kept it closed to non-Muslims until the mid-20th century but it is indeed a popular tourist spot today. The town is very relaxed, without the bustle of shops and nightlife.
Following a nice lunch you will set out towards Fes, your destination for the day. Get settled in for a 3 night stay in this fascinating city of artisans and commerce.
Riad Salam or similar (3 nights)
Today is a busy of touring Fes. This 1200 year old city has made a huge impact on history as an important and self confident city, where new and old live in perfect harmony.
With a local guide you will be treated first to a panoramic view of the cities sprawling old medina, tucked between rolling hills and the largest urban car free zone in the world. With over 9,000 named streets you will be thankful for your guide as soon as you enter the delicious sense assaulting medina.
Walk through the narrow streets of the souks, past artisans, food stalls, lighting stores, and mosques. Visit the worlds’ oldest continuously operating university, Al Qarawiyyin, founded by a woman in 859.
Tour the cities famous tannery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Bou Inania Madrassa founded in 1351. Enjoy the sights and sounds. Witness the restorations that are happening all around you with scaffolding rising up to restore old homes and new riads.
Spend the night in Fes.
Today is a unique day that many travels to Morocco don’t have a chance to experience. Heading south from Fes just a few kilometres, you will visit Sefrou. This small village is the capital of the cherry harvest and also a very important town for its strong Jewish history. Visit the town and see why it is important with a short tour. Looking in on some amazing old Jewish buildings you will learn about the confluence of religions that makes Morocco so unique.
In the town over, at Bhalil, discover waterfalls and caves. Yes, caves. Passed down from generations, this lovely small town features familes that have lived in caves for generations. The main product of this town in the djellaba bead which are intricate little balls of woven thread that are sold to the merchants in Fes to adorn their traditional outfits. Have tea with a family in a cave before heading back to Fes for lunch.
After lunch, we will enjoy a crafting workshop and learn to make pottery with some of the artisans.
Today you will leave the city of Fes and the north of Morocco and travel south to the Sahara Desert. You will notice an incredible change in landscape along the way, and by the end of the day, you can reflect on the vast difference between the north of Morocco and the south.
First you will pass Ifrane, the 3rd cleanest city in the world, home of the best university in Morocco, Al Akhawayn, and city known as “the Switzerland of Morocco”.
Through the cedar forest and a national park keep your eyes open for a chance to see Barbary apes (Macaque) and Berber horses. You will pass by beautiful pastures and nomad houses that give way to increasingly high mountain peaks and deep valleys. You will come upon Midelt and its vast collection of fossils for you to explore and enjoy.
Travelling along the Ziz Valley you will see the Tafilalt Oasis which is the largest palm grove in Morocco
before heading into the flatter and stonier planes leading up to the desert. After a stop for tea you will board your camels for a ride into the desert where you will enjoy the evening at a camp with dinner prepared for you by nomads.
Luxury camp with private bathrooms
Today you will leave your Sahara camp and travel along a spectacular route called “The 1000 Kasbahs Valley” where there are literally thousands of kasbahs, some in ruins and some still in use. Heading through Erfoud towards Tinejdad, the landscape is still very dry and you will see mounds of the old irrigation system called “khettaras”.
The Todra Gorge is a trench of gigantic rock walls run through the High Atlas Mountains creating an absolutely magnificent sight. The Gorge is breathtaking and easy to hike by foot with many places to stop for photos along its well-maintained dirt road. Part of the spectacular scenery includes an opportunity to see how the local Berbers live as nomads; as they stroll through the gorges many
winding roads. In recent years, the Todra Gorge has attracted a lot of attention from serious climbers. The rock formations vary between 25 to 300 m and there are over 150 routes to explore.
Leaving Todra Gorge after breakfast you will travel along the “Valley of 1,000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. It is also an important town in the south of Morocco and home to the new solar park recently opened in 2016.
Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou, one of the best example of a working kasbah. A UNESCO World Heritage site and the active home of 5 Berber families who still live in the Kasbah, you will have an opportunity to wander the streets of this ancient city, viewing the arid river bed as well as the stunning views from atop.
Riad Maktoub or similar (1 night)
Today you will leave Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah behind and climb up and over the High Atlas Mountains for the one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Look down at the route ahead from Tizi n Tichka pass at 2160 m, the highest mountain pass in Morocco.
Bypassing Marrakech you will head towards the coastal town of Essaouira, or “swear-AH” as the locals call it for an afternoon and morning of rest and peace in this tranquil hamlet. Enjoy a walk along the ramparts or even the long stretch of beach, and have fresh seafood for breakfast.
Hotel Palais Des Remparts or similar (1 night)
After a peaceful morning by the sea, board the Marrakech Express (your van) for the ride to Morocco’s crazy Red City where you will have some free time to explore in the afternoon.
Tonight you will enjoy an evening in Jmaa El Fna Square with dinner in the famous food tents and a walk past the street performers, snake charmers and all sorts of other oddities that occupy the square on any given evening.
Riad Nesma or similar (2 nights)
This morning you will enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech and some of its highlights such as the Bahia Palace and Saadian tombs.
In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore. Based on your ideas and our recommendations you can choose to see any number of local museums, or take some time for shopping and exotic street foods along the way.
We can also arrange for a hammam visit, cooking class or one of many other fun activities. The choice is yours.
This day is yours to consume this amazing city in the heart of Morocco and we are happy to help you create it.
Enjoy a final group dinner tonight!
Travel to Casablanca today to catch your return flight to Canada, or, if you have other plans, we can assist you in getting to the airport in Marrakech or Casablanca to carry on your adventure on your own.