Morocco Tour: From Cities to the Sahara

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Escape Kit

  • A Ten-Day Trip to Morocco ($799 to $2,799 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from Boston or New York City to Marrakech Airport via Royal Air Maroc or Without Flights
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation from the Airport to Hotels and Itinerary Destinations
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Four Nights at the Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech, One Night at the Kenzi Azghor Hotel in Ouarzazate, One Night at the Hotel Saghro in Tinghir, One Night at a Traditional Berber Camp in the Desert, and One Night at the Palais Asma in Zagora
  • Eight Breakfasts and Two Dinners
  • English-Speaking Tour Guides Throughout
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees per Itinerary Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destination
From the heat of the teeming marketplaces in Marrakech to the cool climes of Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco is a land of dizzying extremes. But for adventurous travelers looking for the ride of a lifetime, a trip through this North African country is nothing but high notes.

Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets of Marrakech, where medieval history continues to define the frenetic present. Cultural landmarks—including the Koutoubia Mosque and Jemaa el-Fna square—help set the stage, but it's the stalls and alleys of the Medina marketplace where the real show takes place, as residents haggle over everything from cuisine to crafts.

Outside the city, the atmosphere is far more serene. Starting with the sand-swept Sahara all the way to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, the landscape holds treasures of all varieties, from the captivating kasbahs in the fortified city of Alt Benhaddou to the jaw-dropping natural scenery of Dades Canyon and Tondra Gorge.

From its kasbahs and markets to its deserts and mountains, Morocco is meant to be explored. See this North African gem's fascinating landscapes on a ten-day trip courtesy of Encounters Travel.

The Itinerary
day 1: Those who purchased a air-inclusive package will board an overnight flight from Boston or New York City to Morocco.

day 2: Arrive at the Marrakech airport, where you'll meet your English-speaking guide and transfer from the airport to the hotel to settle in and start exploring the city.
Overnight at the Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech.

day 3: Begin the day with a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, topped by a minaret that has become a symbol of Marrakech. From there, you'll visit Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace, both known for geometric mosaics and intricate craftsmanship that exemplify Islamic architecture. The afternoon brings you to the souks—marketplaces filled with bustling stalls and delicious food—in and around Jemaa el-Fna Square.
Overnight at the Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech. Breakfast provided.

day 4: In the morning, you'll hop on a sightseeing bus for the spectacular drive over Tizi n'Tichka—the highest pass in North Africa at an elevation of 7,415 feet. Continue on to Morocco's best-known kasbah at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, where you can snap photos of this fortress carved from cliff rock. Finally, you'll reach Ouarzazate, known as "the place of no noise." The town is perched on a desolate plateau on the fringes of the Sahara Desert and provided the setting for many major films.
Overnight at the Kenzi Azghor Hotel. Breakfast provided.

day 5: Start with a drive along "the road of 1,000 kasbahs" en route to Boulmane, stopping to visit the beautiful Amerhidel kasbah along the way. After reaching Boulmane, you'll visit the Dades Canyon and take in awe-inspiring views of the desert from its ledges. The tour brings you to the oasis town of Tingir for the evening.
Overnight at the Hotel Saghro. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 6: The day's adventure commences with a trip to the magnificent Todra Gorge, then follows a route through the Atlas Mountains. Switch to four-wheel-drive vehicles for traversing the sand dunes on the way to Merzouga, where you'll watch the sun set over the Sahara Desert and settle in at a traditional Berber camp—the true highlight of your trip.
Overnight at a traditional Berber camp. Breakfast and dinner provided.

day 7: You'll eat breakfast with your Berber hosts before continuing across the dunes to Rissani, the birthplace of the ruling Alaouite Dynasty. Switch back to the bus for the drive to Erfoud, the administrative capital of the region known for its idyllic location between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Finally, you'll arrive in the town of Zagora to spend the night.
Overnight at the Palais Asma. Breakfast provided.

day 8: After breakfast, you'll cross the imposing Draa Valley, venturing to the village of Tamegroute (an important site for Sufi Muslims) and then on to Ouarzazate. An afternoon drive will transport you over the Tizi n'Tichka collar back to Marrakech.
Overnight at the Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech. Breakfast provided.

day 9: Explore Marrakech at your leisure.
Overnight at the Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech. Breakfast provided.

day 10: Bid farewell to Morocco, then head to the Marrakech airport. Those who purchased an air-inclusive package will board their return flight back to the US.
Breakfast provided.

The Dates
Boston (BOS) departure: May 2, 2014 ($2,799)
New York City (JFK) departures: April 18, 2014 ($2,399); May 2, 2014 ($2,399)
Land-only (flights not included) arrivals: December 21, 2013 ($999); December 28, 2013 with New Year's Eve Festivities ($1,199); January 11, 2014 ($799); February 1, 2014 ($799); February 15, 2014 ($799); March 1, 2014 ($849); March 15, 2014 ($999); March 29, 2014 ($999); April 12, 2014 ($999)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

  • "Marrakech is too packed with mind-boggling distractions and labyrinthine alleyways to adhere to boring linear logic. If you did have a destination, you’d only be waylaid by snake charmers and out-of-control donkey carts."

    -- Lonely Planet

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
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  • December 21, 28 and January 11, 2014 Land-Only packages need to be booked 72 hours from receiving voucher; all other Land-Only packages must be booked at least 3 weeks before departure (December and January 11 departures are subject to availability at the time of booking and contacting Encounters Travel)
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  • Must be at least 12 years old
  • Reservations required and subject to availability/
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $252
  • Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, you may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then you will need to pay the single room supplement. Encounters Travel will refund this later if they are able to pair people together. Room shares are arranged in order of voucher redemption. A limited number of single rooms are available in some properties
  • Includes Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Four Nights at the Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech, One Night at the Kenzi Azghor Hotel in Ouarzazate, One Night at the Hotel Saghro in Tinghir, One Night at a Traditional Berber Camp in the Desert, and One Night at the Palais Asma in Zagora, Eight Breakfasts and Two Dinners, English-Speaking Tour Guides Throughout, Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees
  • Does not include Visa fees (not required for US citizens), travel insurance (compulsory and available for $40), meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, tips for tour leaders, and other personal expenses and any other items not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance covering medical costs and repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel for $40 per person; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
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  • Hotels are subject to change to based on availability
  • Airlines listed are our preferred options but are based on group flight bookings. Should the numbers of travelers booking flight packages not reach a minimum of 10 each date, then alternative airlines may be used or alternatively Encounters Travel reserves the right to transfer you onto another departure date of your choice (or you can claim a refund from LivingSocial)
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