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2018 Morocco Sahara Odyssey

Morocco: Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Sahara Tented Camps, High Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh, Casablanca

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16 Days from only $3245 including international airfare

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Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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Marrakech's magnificent mountains

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Old meets new in Morocco's "Red City"

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A Trip Through Morocco

In this whirlwind virtual tour, you'll ride a scooter through the Dadès Valley and dance to drumbeats with locals in Djemma El-Fna square.

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Travelogue: Fez, Morocco 1951

Let this 16mm footage reveal what has changed—and what has endured—in Fez, Morocco since 1951.

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How to make Moroccan Lamb Tagine

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Tangier, Chefchaouen & the Berbers of the Rif

5 nights from: $995 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Tangier, Chefchaouen & the Rif

Meet locals and lose yourself among mesmerizing lanes of indigo on this trip extension.

Before you travel to Morocco, venture to the mountainside city of Chefchaouen to witness its striking scenery and meet the Berbers who dwell amidst the Rif’s 6,000 peaks. Then travel to Tangier on Morocco’s northern coast to discover a city that has drawn travelers for centuries—and experience the intoxicating mix of cultures they’ve left behind.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 1 night in Casablanca, 3 nights in Chefchaouen, and 1 night in Tangier
10 meals—5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners (including 1 Home-Hosted Lunch)
5 small group activities
Services of a local O.A.T. Trip Leader
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, camp staff, and luggage porters
All transfers
  • Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Casablanca.

  • After arriving in Casablanca, we enjoy lunch on our own. Tonight we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

  • We depart this morning for the city of Chefchaouen, known for its distinctive blue-washed buildings perched on the foothills of the Rif Mountains. The name “Chefchaouen” comes from a Berber phrase that means “watch the horns,” a reference to the Tisouka and Megou mountains that rise dramatically above the city like a pair of horns.

    En route, we'll visit the dazzling Hassan II Mosque and stop for lunch.

    Arriving in Chefchaouen this afternoon, we'll check into our guesthouse. Then we'll take an orientation walk through the narrow streets of the surrounding neighborhood.

    Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant.

  • After breakfast this morning, we’ll head to Houmar to meet a rural family for a hands-on cooking lesson in the countryside, enjoying the striking scenery of towering mountains and endless pine forests along our drive. Our hosts will tell us about farming in Northern Morocco as we select our ingredients from their garden, and then we’ll join them in the kitchen to prepare a regional, seasonal specialty, like harira, a traditional soup served during the month of Ramadan, or tagine, a slow-cooked savory stew.

    After savoring the fruits of our labor during a Home-Hosted Lunch with our gracious hosts, we’ll return to Chefchaouen for a walking tour of its medina—a feast for all of our senses, with its lively vendors, sumptuous scents, and distinctive blue-washed buildings. We'll also enjoy an illuminating discussion on Mountain Berber culture with a local woman.

    Tonight, dinner will be on your own.

  • Today, you may join our Tetouan Cultural Mix optional tour. We'll explore the historic medina of Tetouan, including an illuminating stop at the Royal Palace (which the royal family still inhabits). We'll also explore a lively marketplace, then stop at an artisan shop to observe local craftsmen at work. Afterward, we'll enjoy lunch by the seaside before returning to the city.

    Or, enjoy the day at leisure, and discover Chefchaouen's hidden corners, bustling markets, and mountain views as you walk its charming cobbled streets on your own. Perhaps you'll view its beautiful Great Mosque or the gardens of the kasbah, journey downhill to explore the new city, or ascend for a brief hike on the mountainside. Dinner is on your own tonight. 

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    This morning, we travel to Tangier, the beautiful light and multicultural spirit of which have drawn such varied artists as Tennessee Williams, the Rolling Stones, and Henri Matisse. People have been living in Tangier since colonists from Carthage settled there in the fifth century BC, and over the years it has traded hands between several kingdoms and empires, and served as refuge for countless cultures.

    After lunch on our own, we'll experience the lively modern culture of this ancient coastal city during a guided tour.

    Dinner is at our hotel tonight.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, we drive overland to Rabat to meet our fellow travelers and begin our Morocco Sahara Odyssey.

Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Adventure Specialists for details. Call 1-800-955-1925.

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