Situated in north Africa, Morocco sits at a unique junction of influences. Bordered on the north by the Mediterranean, with Spain and Portugal just a stone’s throw across the Strait of Gibraltar, its western flank is hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean. Dreamy dunes of the Sahara Desert push up from the south against the 14,000-foot peaks of the Atlas Mountains, while broad, fertile plains producing bountiful agricultural harvests and rich mineral resources connect the Atlas Mountains with two other significant mountain ranges.
Historically, Moroccans were mainly Berber tribes in the eons before the 7th century Arab Muslim movement entered the region. Arab and Berber cultures and bloodlines combined and their armies, often called Moors, invaded and controlled major sections of the Iberian Peninsula of Europe for nearly 800 years. The Moors continued to develop one of the most advance civilizations on the globe, with significant contributions to medicine, science, mathematics and city planning – all while the capitals of Europe were still dumping raw sewage into public streets!
A few highlights offered by this Adventure:
- Tangier: Separated from Spain by only 20 miles of the Gibralter Strait, Tangier has a fascinating mix of north African, Spanish, French and Portuguese influences that inspired Henri Matisse.
- Chefchaouen: Perched beneath the rugged peaks of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen acts not only as the perfect base for one of our walks but is also one of the most visually striking towns in Morocco with its beautiful blue-washed building.
- Fez and Marrakech: These two imperial cities were capitals of two of Morocco’s four dynasties at various points in the country’s long history. Their respective medinas provide some of the trip’s most colorful and memorable scenes.
- High Atlas Mountains: We crisscross the High Atlas range twice, and wind back and forth along the southern foothills for a good part of that time, connecting with multiple facets of the Berber side of Moroccan culture.
- The Sahara and southern deserts: The dunes of the Sahara display stunningly stark scenes and are some of the planet’s harshest environments, while the region south of the High Atlas Mountains that descends into the Sahara shares multiple aspects that will impress upon us the precious value of water.
- Airport to hotel group transfers on first day
- All land travel as outlined by motorcoach
- Accommodations in a blend of hotels and riads (traditional inns)
- 18 meals: all breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners as denoted (BLD), including 3 cultural meals with local residents
- 8 walk routes (6 IVV)
- Walking fees for those collecting IVV walking credit
- WAI guide service throughout(2 guides)
- Cultural & historical expertise of a national guide throughout
- Local guide assistance on several days
- All tipping for local guides, coach drivers, and group meals
- Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $600. We also provide a roommate matching service.
- Guided Tour of Tangier
- Guided Tour of Volubilis (UNESCO)
- Guided Tour of Fes (UNESCO)
- Al-Qarawiyyin University
- Tanneries of Fes
- Camel Trek & Overnight Luxury Desert Camp in the Sahara
- Khettaras medieval irrigation system
- Guided Walk in Tinghir Palmeraie oasis
- Rose distillery visit
- Ait-Ben-Haddou (UNESCO)
- Guided Tour of Marrakech (UNESCO)
- Bahia Palace
- Saadian Tombs
- More fun and educational stops than we can list!
- Caves of Hercules & Asilah (Day 1)
- Fassi dinner and show (Day 5)