Best of Morocco: From Bustling Markets to Desert Landscapes

Encounters Travel •

Escape Kit

  • A Seven-Day Land-Only Trip to Morocco ($549 to $699 per Person )
  • Or, an Eight-Day Trip with Round-Trip International Flights from New York, Los Angeles, or DC and Morocco ($1,599 to $2,149 )
  • Airport Transfers and Ground Transportation per Itinerary via an Air-Conditioned Minibus or Coach in Marrakech, and 4x4 Land Cruisers Outside Marrakech
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations at the Marrakech Hotel, Ouarzazate Hotel, and Zagora Hotel
  • Multilingual Tour Guide Throughout, Plus Local Guides in the Cities
  • Hotel Fees, Entrance/Admission Fees, and Luggage Porterage and Gratuities at Hotels and Restaurants
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy
  • Solo Travelers Will Pay an Additional Fee of $209, Or Share a Room (If Available)
  • After Purchase, Follow Your Voucher's Redemption Instructions to Complete Your Reservation by October 10, 2016

A Moroccan adventure awaits on this guided trip through Marrakech, Ouarzazte, the Merzouga desert, and Zagora, lead by Encounters Travel.

The Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech
• Meet staff members at the airport and receive transportation to your hotel in central Marrakech
• Get your first look at the local area
• Early arrivals can enjoy a taste of Moroccan food at one of the city's street stalls in Djemaa el Fna Square
Overnight at the Mogador Kasbah Hotel or similar. Dinner provided.

Day 2: Marrakech City Tour
• Tour the Menara gardens and take a trip to the Koutoubia Mosque
• The mosque is home to the oldest of the three great Almohad minarets remaining in the world, which is a symbol of the city
• Then, head to the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace
• Visit the souks and handicraft centers in Djemaa El Fna square during the afternoon
Overnight at the Mogador Kasbah Hotel or similar. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Day 3: Across the mountains to Ouarzazate
• Say goodbye to Marrakech until the trip's end
• Travel through the spectacular Atlas mountains and cross the Tich'n'Tichka Pass, the highest in Africa, via 4WD vehicle
• Stop at the Kasbah of Telouet, former residence of the Glaoui family
• After lunch (not included), head to the Ait Benhaddou kasbah, a UNESCO-protected monument
• Last stop at the Kasbah of Taourirt and arrive in Ouarzazate
Overnight at the Fint Hotel or similar. Breakfast and dinner provided.

Day 4: Ouarzazte to Merzouga Desert
• Take the road of a thousand Kasbahs deep into the Moroccan desert
• Visit the Kasbah of Amerhidel, Dades Canyon, and Tinghir (housing the impressive Todra Gorge)
• A short optional hike in the Gorge is available if time allows
• Pass through Erfoud and arrive in your final destination --Merzouga
• You'll spend the night in a Berber desert camp, surrounded by spectacular North African sand dunes
• Optional camel ride through the dunes is available
Overnight at a desert camp. Breakfast and dinner provided.

Day 5: Merzouga to Zogora via Alnif
• Short walk to enjoy the sunrise from the top of the dunes
• Depart to Zagora, passing through the village of Rissana -- the birthplace of the current Alaouites Dynasty
• Stop in the berber village of Alnif for lunch (not included)
• Then, spend the night in Zagora
Overnight at the Palais Asma Hotel or similar. Breakfast and dinner provided.

Day 6: Cross the Atlas Mountains and return to Marrakech
• Take the road back to Marrakech, and cross back over the Atlas Mountains and Tizi N'tichka pass
• When you arrive in Marrakech, you're free to spend the evening as you please -- whether you decide to buy some last-minute souvenirs, or enjoy a final taste of Moroccan food and culture amidst the hustle and bustle of Djemaa El Fna square
Overnight at the Mogador Kasbah Hotel or similar. Breakfast and dinner provided.

Day 7:
• Free time until you transfer back to the airport
• Fly back from Morocco to the U.S.

The Dates
Land-Only Departures:
2016
9/11, 9/18, 9/25 ($549)
10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 ($629)
11/6, 11/13, 11/20 ($649)
11/27, 12/4, 12/11 ($599)
12/18, 12/25 ($699)
2017
4/9, 4/16 ($699)
1/8, 1/15, 1/29 ($599)
2/12, 2/26 ($649)
3/12, 3/26, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4 ($629)

Departures from New York City (JFK):
2016
10/22 ($1,749)
11/26, 12/3, 12/10 ($1,779)
10/29, 11/12 ($1,799)
12/24 ($2,049)
12/17 ($2,149)
2017
1/7, 2/11, 2/25 ($1,799)
3/11, 3/25 ($1,879)
4/8 ($2,149)
5/6 ($2,049)

Departures from Los Angeles (LAX):
2016
10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/3, ($1,799)
12/10 ($1,999)
2017
1/14, 2/11 ($1,799)
3/11, 4/15 ($1,999)

Departures from Washington, DC (IAD):
2016
10/29, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10 ($1,599)
10/22, 11/12 ($1,649)
12/17 ($1,799)
12/24 ($1,899)
2017
1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 3/11, 3/25 ($1,599)
2/11, 2/25, 5/6, 5/20, 6/3 ($1,649)
4/8, 4/15, 4/16 ($1,749)

Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the property. Couples will be provided a private double room. Single travelers may share a twin room with travelers of the same sex if a room share is available.

  • Great company! They were extremely helpful throughout the entire booking process. They organized a great tour through Morocco!

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the fine print

  • Limit 4 per customer, up to 4 additional as gifts; vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
  • Book by date: customer must contact merchant by October 10, 2016 to make booking
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Voucher includes airport transfers and ground transportation per itinerary via an air-conditioned minibus or coach in Marrakech, and 4x4 Land Cruisers outside Marrakech; double-occupancy accommodations at the Marrakech Hotel, Ouarzazate Hotel, and Zagora Hotel; multilingual tour guide throughout, plus local guides in the cities; and hotel fees, entrance/admission fees, and luggage porterage and gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Voucher does not include airfare for land-only options, compulsory travel insurance, meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, other personal expenses, tips & gratuities and any other items not mentioned
  • 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 from $62 Health insurance is generally not sufficient; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during 1 stay
  • Double occupancy: rates are per person based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room). Each of 2 guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the property. Couples will be provided a private double room. Single travelers may share a twin room with travelers of the same sex
  • If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then single travelers will need to pay the single room supplement ($209). Encounters Travel will refund this if they are able to arrange a room share. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.
  • Travelers must be ages 12+
  • Tour departures require a minimum of 2 travelers to run (maximum of 25). Please do not book international flights or connecting travel until merchant confirms minimum numbers have been reached
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please visit www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
  • Incidental charges, charges for additional services and gratuity at the property are not included
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • An upgrades package to a mix of better 4-star and 5-star hotels in Marrakech is available for an additional $419 fee with an additional $99 fee added to the single occupancy fee; please inquire with merchant at time of booking reservation
  • Passport with 6 months validity and required
  • Bookings with Encounters Travel are only made after the voucher is redeemed and a booking confirmation email sent.
  • After vouchers are redeemed Encounters Travel booking conditions and cancellation fees apply
  • Review the State Department's website for passport requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Visas are not currently required for US or Canadian citizens or many other nationalities, as long as passport details are provided
  • Hotels listed are the preferred options but alternative properties of a similar standard may be used on some dates
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