The culture of the Amazigh, also known as the Berbers, in northern Africa dates back as many as 5,000 years. Discover their enduring legacy on this 15-day adventure into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fès, spend a night in a comfortable tented camp in the Sahara, enjoy dinner with a traditional Amazigh family, and unwind amid the coastal beauty of Essaouira. Throughout this magical ride, open your eyes to each dazzling place — and earn a new point of view.

Trip highlights

Islamic Calligraphy Class, Islamic calligraphy is considered one of the highest art forms in the Arab world. Try your hand at the elegant sweeps and flicks of the brush that define this form.

Moroccan Foodie Experience, In the heart of bustling Marrakech, visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class led by a renowned Moroccan chef. Learn some techniques of this unforgettable national cuisine and prepare lunch as a group, which we’ll then sit down to eat.

Volubilis Guided Tour, Listen to a certified local guide explain life in the Roman Empire at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the impressive, well-preserved Roman ruins.

Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 1 Casablanca

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Casablanca/Fès

Take a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknès. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch at a cooperative that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. After, it’s off to Fès.

Day 3 Fès

Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the Medina of Fès. Explore winding lanes and alleys to visit the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide. This evening, visit a nearby café where we meet a local expert in Islamic calligraphy for a demonstration on "beautiful writing".

Day 4 Fès/Marrakech

Travel to Marrakech. In the evening, experience all the colour and chaos with a visit to the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Watch storytellers and acrobats as you enjoy a simple and delicious local meal at a market food stall.

Day 5 Marrakech

Today, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef, and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared.

Day 6 Marrakech/Aït Ben Haddou

Travel to Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient “Kasbah" (fortress) village.

Day 7 Aït Ben Haddou/Erg Chigaga

Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora and venture into the desert. Continue off-road to the great dunes of Erg Chigaga to our comfortable desert camp. Take a camel ride or climb to the top of the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars.

Day 8 Erg Chigaga/Zagora

Cross the desert and stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery makers. Head back to Zagora and enjoy a talk on the history of the Draa region. You’ll also get to visit some of the local historical sites.

Day 9 Zagora/Taroudant

Head towards the Anti-Atlas region to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. Continue to Taroudant for the night.

Day 10 Taroudant

In Taroudant, visit the famed local markets. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own.

Day 11 Taroudant/Tafraout

Enter the Anti-Atlas region known for its natural rock formations and visit Aït Mansour Gorge. Continue through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house. After, take a hike through the Chapeau du Napoleon before continuing to Tafaroute for the evening.

Day 12 Tafraout/Essaouira

Travel to the Atlantic coast to the port town of Essaouira. Opt to visit a local “hammam” (traditional spa and steam baths).

Day 13 Essaouira

Enjoy a day of leisure in this coastal city. Watch the colourful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port with their baskets full of fish. Pick out the best of the bunch, which we’ll take to a local restaurant to cook up for our lunch. Opt to browse the shops and art galleries, visit a traditional hammam or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. The active might choose to take a surfing or windsurfing lesson, or rent a fishing rod.

Day 14 Essaouira/Marrakech

Return to Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the group in Marrakech.

Day 15 Marrakech

Depart at any time.

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