Moroccan
Adventure

Oct 24 - Nov 2, 2019

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Join me for this once-in-a-lifetime trip to the magical land of Morocco.
Like the caravans of old, this will be a traveling adventure through the country. Over 9 days and 9 nights, we'll explore Chefchaouen, Fes, the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and Marrakech. There will be some yoga sprinkled throughout the trip, but you don’t have to do yoga to come on this adventure.

photo credit: Sergey Pesterev

photo credit: Sergey Pesterev

Itinerary

Day One:  casablanca to Chefchaouen
Thursday, Oct 24th

Travelers will be picked up at Casablanca's Mohammed V Airport for transport onward to Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. If time permits, we'll visit Hassan II Mosque, the 3rd largest mosque in the world. We'll arrive Chefchaouen by evening and settle into our riad (guest house). We’ll share a delicious welcome dinner together while a local guide provides some context of the city and its history.
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day TwO:  The Blue City to Fes
Friday, Oct 25th

In the morning, you’ll have the opportunity to go for a short hike to a scenic overlook of Chefchaouen (pictured above) and time to wander through the sky blue painted medina.

We’ll depart for Fes in the afternoon, arriving in time for dinner lovingly prepared by our hostess, Chantal. Her multi-course meals are some of my favorite, ever.
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day THRee:  A stroll through the Labyrinth
Saturday, Oct 26th

After breakfast at the riad, we'll head out for a guided tour of the labyrinth that is old town Fes, or Fes-El-Bali. Every one of the over 9,000 alleyways is walled, so you feel like you are walking through a maze. Our guide will keep us on track as we tour this ancient city founded in the 9th century and home to the world's oldest university.  We'll visit the famous leather tanneries (Terrasse des Tanneurs) and the markets of the old medina.  Our guide will drop us off for lunch and then return us to the riad.  

Free time in the afternoon will allow for an optional visit to a local hammam where you can partake in the classic Moroccan spa experience.  In the evening, we’ll feast once again on the brilliant food prepared by our hostess, Chantal.
{lunch not included, dinner included.  Hammam extra}

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Day Four:  Caravan continues from Fes to the sahara desert
Sunday, Oct 27th

After breakfast, we'll say goodbye to Chantal, depart Fes and head south towards the Middle and High Atlas Mountains. Along the way we will visit with some wild Barbary apes who live in the cedar forest. This part of the trip takes us through the beautiful and rugged Moroccan countryside. We'll see nomadic farmers herding their flocks, ancient earthen-colored towns, and a fair number of donkeys along the way. We’ll drive through the hightest pass in this part of the Atlas Mountains and make our way to the dunes of the Sahara Desert. We will overnight at a hotel in Merzouga, right at the edge of the dunes.
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day Five:  Under the Stars in the Sahara
monday, oct 28th

You’ll have the morning to spend how you wish. You can chill by the pool, enjoy the hammam (spa), or rent a dune buggy! In the afternoon, we’ll mount our camels for the short ride to our overnight camp in the Sahara. You’ll have time to traverse the dunes, get a lay of the land (sand), and watch the sunset from your dune perch. We’ll have dinner sitting on rugs spread over the desert floor and afterwards enjoy (and maybe participate in) some berber music and dancing. You'll have the opportunity to sleep in a tent or in the open air where you can gaze at the stars snuggled under heavy wool blankets. You've never seen the Milky Way like this and you will lose count of the all the shooting stars you see before you drift off to a sleep.
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day six:  Atlas Mountains
Tuesday, Oct 29th

We'll wake up in time to see the sunrise over the dunes as we ride our camels back to the edge of the desert. Breakfast will be waiting and you’ll have an opportunity to wash up before we depart. Along the way to our next stop in the Atlas Mountains, we'll pass by hillsides clustered with red-clay dwellings and valleys of green oases, visit the Todra Gorge, and if the timing is right, have a traditional lunch in the home of a Berber family. If there are baby camels at the milking station, we may even stop and meet some friendly and snuggly baby camels and taste some fresh camel milk.

Our riad for the night is known for its views of the earth-built kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou. ABH is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was a stop on the old Salt Road, but in modern times made famous as a backdrop for the movies Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and Alexander. 
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day seven:  Atlas to Marrakech
Wednesday, Oct 30th

Before we hit the road, we'll have an opportunity to explore Ait Ben Haddou, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is steps from our hotel. Later, we'll descend the High Atlas Mountains, through the Tichka Pass, onwards to Marrakech, stopping for lunch along the way.

We'll arrive in Marrakech for dinner at our luxurious riad that will serve as our private oasis in the middle of the lively and kinetic city.
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day eight:  Marrakech Medinas
Thursday, Oct 31st

After breakfast we'll embark on a guided tour of the important sites and markets of Marrakech.  We'll visit the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs and the 16th century school Ali ben Youssef Medersa, marveling at the breathtaking plasterwork and mosaics, and learning about the history of each location. We'll wander through the medina (market) and arrive at the heartbeat of Marrakech, the Djemaa el-Fna (the centuries-old square surrounded by cafes and vendors).

You'll have free time in the afternoon to explore, visit a local hammam, or chill at the riad (rooftop pool and lounge area). In the evening, we'll gather again for a guided street food tour. Experiencing Marrakech at night can be exciting and at times overwhelming, so our guide will help us navigate the crowds and introduce us to the best local places and some unique local delicacies.
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day nine:  Exploring and Cooking
Friday, Nov 1st

Most of the day is left free for you to use as you wish. You can visit the Majorelle Gardens, previously owned by Yves Saint Laurent, decompress in a local hammam, explore the medina, shop for the perfect piece of pottery or leather bag, go on a motorcycle tour, or just chill in the serenity of the riad. In the evening, we'll regroup for a cooking class at the riad where we’ll prepare our final Moroccan dinner together.
{lunch not included, dinner included}

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Day ten:  Departure
Saturday, Nov 2nd

Depart after breakfast, delighting in the memories created, friendships made, and the adventure undertaken.


Our route through Morocco:

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Not included in retreat:

  • Flights

  • Meals outside of Itinerary

  • Alcohol

  • Trip insurance

Pricing:

  • Shared room (1 or 2 beds): $2895 per person

  • Single occupancy: $3495


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