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Presented by New Paths Expeditions

Small group luxury tour of Morocco (September 2024)

Incredible luxury expedition tour of Morocco by New Paths Expeditions, led by an expert guide with 15 years of experience.

  • Midelt+ 10
  • Casablanca
  • Fes
  • Small group luxury tour of Morocco (September 2024)
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AfricaMorocco12 days / September 2024

Highs & Lows

Luxury in the Desert: Experience unparalleled comfort at our upscale New Paths Expeditions Sahara Desert Camp.

Never enough time!

Itinerary Overview

In September, 2024 join our small group luxury tour of Morocco. Immerse yourself in the unrivaled beauty of Morocco, a land where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life. Experience its rich tapestry of culture, from the bustling medinas of Marrakech to the serene sands of the Sahara. New Paths Expeditions meticulously crafted itinerary, honed over 30 years of unforgettable adventures, promises the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation.

Explore the Beauty of Morocco:

Unearth the Majesty of Nature: Witness the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert, traverse the majestic Atlas Mountains (all three ranges!), and soak up the sun on the Atlantic coast.

Delve into Cultural Gems: Explore the mesmerizing Imperial cities, each steeped in history, and delve into UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Embrace Local Traditions: Meet the Berber people, the indigenous inhabitants of Morocco, and gain insights into the unique way of life of the Sahrawi nomads.

What Makes This Trip Extraordinary:

Unmatched Itinerary: Discover the most comprehensive Morocco adventure available, encompassing all the must-see destinations.

Optimized Pacing: We've meticulously minimized travel time, ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Expert Guidance and small group: Explore alongside a highly-experienced Master Local Guide (minimum 15 years of experience) who will unveil the hidden secrets of Morocco.

Luxury in the Desert: Experience unparalleled comfort at our upscale New Paths Expeditions Sahara Desert Camp. Feel like royalty amidst the vast dunes.

Unforgettable Sunset Camel Ride: Embark on a magical camel ride as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the Sahara in breathtaking colors.

Join New Paths Expeditions on September 28th, 2024 on this unforgettable expedition and discover the magic of Morocco!

  • 1 Night: Casablanca
    Welcome to Morocco!
  • 2 Nights: Fes
    Cultural and historic sites
  • 1 Night: Midelt
    Traversing through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt
  • 2 Nights: Merzouga
    Into the Sahara Desert
  • 1 Night: Oued Draa
    Sarhro Mountains
  • 2 Nights: Skoura
    Mountains, Berber cultural, cooking class and henna painting
  • 2 Nights: Ourika Valley Waterfalls
    High Atlas Mountains
  • 2 Nights: Marrakesh
    Exploring Marrakech
Casablanca - Welcome to Morocco!
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Casablanca Welcome to Morocco!

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Arrive in Casablanca where you will be met at the airport. Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city located on the Atlantic Ocean. 

Immerse yourself in the city's Casablanca-inspired charm at Le Doge, a luxurious Relais & Chateaux hotel.

Before you embark on your Moroccan adventure, your Senior Expedition Leader will share a detailed pre-departure briefing, designed to deepen your understanding and connection to the culture and history you'll encounter, followed by a memorable welcome dinner at Rick's Café.

Fes - Cultural and historic sites
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Fes Cultural and historic sites

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In the morning before departing to Fes, journey through Morocco's rich past, starting from Casablanca's grand  Explore Meknes' architectural wonders and marvel at the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Savor a delicious feast in Fes before settling into your luxurious Riad, Palais Amani.

The next day, embark on a cultural deep dive through Fes' ramparts and bustling local markets. Uncover the city's history with visits to a 14th-century Madrassa, a converted palace museum, and a 17th-century Synagogue. Immerse yourself in the city's renowned cuisine and explore the rich tapestry of Fes' heritage.

Midelt - Traversing through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt
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Midelt Traversing through the Middle Atlas Mountains to Midelt

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Take a scenic journey through the Middle Atlas Mountains, encountering Berber villages and charming towns like Ifrane and Azrou. Enjoy birdwatching opportunities at Lake Dait Aoua and connect with local Berber communities. Unwind and experience Moroccan hospitality at Taddart Hotel in Midelt.

Merzouga - Into the Sahara Desert
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Merzouga Into the Sahara Desert

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Merzouga - Into the Sahara Desert - null

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the High Atlas Mountains, witnessing majestic peaks and traditional villages. Explore the dramatic Ziz Valley, capturing photos of fortified villages and lush oases. Arrive at the Merzouga dunes, where a thrilling camel ride awaits you at sunset. Settle into the exclusive Deluxe Bedouin Camp, offering a luxurious desert experience.

The next morning, witness the mesmerizing Sahara sunrise and capture its beauty through photography.

Explore the dunes with a Berber guide, connecting with semi-nomadic families and learning about their way of life. Savor a traditional lunch with a local family before venturing further into the desert by 4x4. Return to the luxurious camp for a candlelit dinner under the stars, accompanied by traditional music.

Oued Draa - Sarhro Mountains
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Oued Draa Sarhro Mountains

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Travel to the dramatic Sarhro Mountains, searching for ancient fossils amidst the rugged landscape. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Nekob before entering the lush Draa Valley, renowned for its date plantations and diverse agriculture. Experience the valley's vibrant orchards and rose farms, offering a stunning contrast to the desert. Overnight at Kasbah Azul, continuing your exploration of Morocco's diverse landscapes.

Skoura - Mountains, Berber cultural,  cooking class and henna painting
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Skoura Mountains, Berber cultural, cooking class and henna painting

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Today we head towards the captivating landscapes of the Draa Valley and the Skoura Valley.   Imagine  driving through breathtaking mountain vistas and geological wonders.

Ouarzazate awaits – Explore authentic  Berber artifacts and delve into the world of traditional herbal remedies.  Afterward, enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch.

Next, we'll continue on to the luxurious Kasbah El Kabbaba.  Here,  Moroccan hospitality reigns supreme, and every moment is an invitation to pure relaxation.  

The next day, we will immerse in the historical beauty and architectural splendor of Kasbah Amridil, a well-preserved testament to the region's rich past. Embrace the warmth of Moroccan hospitality with a cooking class led by a charming local family. Learn the secrets to traditional food preparation and savor a delightful lunch. A personal touch to the cultural exchange by participating in the art of henna painting. Reflect on the day's unique experiences and learnings as we return to Kasbah El Kabbaba for another exquisite dinner.

Ourika Valley Waterfalls - High Atlas Mountains
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Ourika Valley Waterfalls High Atlas Mountains

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Ourika Valley Waterfalls - High Atlas Mountains - null

Journey through the awe-inspiring High Atlas Mountains, beginning with a visit to Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic caravan point. Traverse the dramatic Tizi N'Tichka Pass, reaching a height of 7,000 feet before descending into scenic plains. Witness the landscape transform from towering mountains to verdant gorges as we descend.Our final destination is the exquisite Bab Ourika hotel, nestled in the stunning Ourika Valley. Unwind in luxury surrounded by breathtaking views and experience unparalleled Moroccan hospitality. Enriched Journey: Enjoy a series of captivating stops and activities along the way, transforming the drive into an unforgettable experience.

After breakfast, take a refreshing morning walk through the bird-filled hotel gardens. Embark on a leisurely 1.5-hour hike through the valley, offering opportunities to connect with local people, learn about their traditions, and spot wildlife like painted frogs and green woodpeckers. Continue the stroll to the local town and immerse yourself in the vibrant weekly market, brimming with local crafts, spices, and regional specialties.Your Expedition Leader will guide you further up the valley for a delightful lunch in a unique and scenic setting. Upon returning to Bab Ourika, the afternoon is yours to relax by the pool, explore the hotel's lush gardens, or indulge in a traditional hammam (Moroccan spa experience) with a scrub and massage before dinner.

Marrakesh - Exploring Marrakech
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Marrakesh Exploring Marrakech

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Depart Ourika for a captivating exploration of Marrakech. Delve into the famed Medina, a labyrinthine maze of historic structures and world-renowned souks (markets). Discover hidden gems and explore the city's gardens beyond the bustling Medina. Free time is included for independent exploration and shopping to personalize your Marrakech experience. Rest and unwind at our centrally located Riad, a charming boutique hotel offering easy access to the Medina's highlights. Celebrate your Moroccan adventure with a top-notch farewell dinner on Day 13.

The next day, we'll transfer you to the airport for your departure flight home, or you can choose to continue your journey with our Coastal Morocco Extension program.

Q & A

  • Packing tips?

    Bring layers as days can be warm and evening can be chilly and comfortable walking shoes. Pack fairly light as the tour moves to several locations throughout the country.
  • Transportation Tips?

    All transportation will be provided.
  • Booking details?

    This small group luxury tour of Morocco is provided by New Path Expeditions. September 28th, 2024 (14 days). $11,975 per person. Most meals, expert guide with a minimum of 15 years of experience and transportation are provided. Further details and booking information can be found at: https://npexpeditions.com/expeditions/morocco-expedition/

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