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2017 Morocco Sahara Odyssey

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16 Days from only $3745 including international airfare

Casablanca • Rabat • Fez • Sahara Tented Camps • High Atlas Mountains • Marrakesh • Casablanca

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36 Hours in Casablanca

Visit Rick's Cafe, the Hassan II mosque, and other gems in Casablanca.

Courtesy CNN
Old meets new in Morocco's "Red City"

Explore the modern and the medina of Marrakech in this film following locals who uncover hidden gems of the city.

Courtesy Tom Anders Watkins
A Trip Through Morocco

In this whirlwind virtual tour, you'll ride a scooter through the Dadès Valley and dance to drumbeats with locals in Djemma El-Fna square.

Courtesy of David Conover & Paul Villanova
Travelogue: Fez, Morocco 1951

Let this 16mm footage reveal what has changed—and what has endured—in Fez, Morocco since 1951.

Courtesy CNN
Marrakech's magnificent mountains

With the Atlas Mountains in the city's outskirts, many Marrakesh locales revolve around the unique landsapes of Morocco.

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16 DAYS
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including international airfare
15 DAYS FROM $2595 Land Adventure Only
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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Essaouira & Casablanca

4 nights from: $645 Single Supplement: FREE

After you travel to Morocco on the main trip, spend time exploring Essaouira. Known as “the pearl of the kingdom,” Essaouira boasts an exceptionally temperate climate, beautiful whitewashed neighborhoods, ornate architecture, a splendid medina, and a host of artisans’ workshops and colorful markets. Much of Essaouira’s magic comes from its artistic influence—inspired by the city’s tranquility, beauty, and splendid light.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights in Essaouira and 1 night in Casablanca
8 meals—4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
1 small group activity
Services of our own resident O.A.T. Trip Leader, who speaks English and the native language
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, camp staff, and luggage porters
All transfers
  • This morning we’ll drive from Marrakesh—enjoying lunch en route—until we arrive in Essaouira, which extends from the massive historic fortifications of the old city to a long, magnificent beach on the shoreline. Offshore in the distance lies Mogador, also known as the Îles Purpuraires (Purple Islands). The ancient Romans who occupied this area used the island’s resources for creating a dye that colored their togas purple, thus giving the islands their name.

    We dine with our fellow travelers at a local restaurant in Essaouira this evening.

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Essaouira this morning, discovering its narrow lanes, artisans' workshops, and bustling fishing harbor. We'll enter the city's medina—a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of white-washed houses with cheerily painted blue doors—perhaps catching the pungent scent of freshly caught sardines grilling in the open air and glimpsing dormant cannons standing guard over the fishing fleets on the wharf.

    We’ll stroll through winding, narrow alleyways that make up the city’s square and watch as craftsmen carve ornate trinkets and boxes of lemonwood, briarwood, and mother of pearl inlay. Here you may notice the Star of David on some of the town’s walls. We’ll also visit a series of commanding forts built along the seafront that are a mixture of Portuguese, French, and Berber military architecture. We'll shop for our lunch alongside locals in the medina.

    This afternoon, you may continue exploring Essaouira at your own pace, and enjoy dinner on your own.

  • You have today at leisure to make your own discoveries in Essaouira. Some travelers find the city to be like a more relaxed version of Marrakesh. Another more formal title is “Windy City, Africa,” given to Essaouira because of the profusion of windsurfers who flock to its shores to take advantage of the powerful gusts off the Atlantic—you might see some if you choose to stroll the beach today. Elsewhere on the coastal side of town, you can take in impressive views from the seaside bastion of Skala de Ville, a favorite place for watching the sunset.

    You might visit the city’s small museum, which displays historic jewelry, costumes, weapons, and tapestries, or go shopping in the medina. For lunch and dinner on your own, choose among many fine restaurants—seafood, in particular, is a local specialty.

    Or join us on an optional tour to learn about the making of Argan oil—a process that begins with tree-climbing goats! The Argan tree, which is native to Morocco and Algeria, produces a plum-like fruit with a pit or nut in the center. The goats have adapted to climb the thorny, gnarled branches of the tree to eat the fruit, but cannot digest the center, and it is from this "nut" that Argan oil is made. We'll walk through countryside groves of Argan trees with cameras poised, ready for a photo of these unusual animals before stopping at a nearby village for a colorful Berber market. Then we'll visit a local womens' cooperative that specializes in Argan production to learn how this useful oil is made. We'll even sample some ourselves when we have lunch at a local vineyard.

  • After breakfast today, we ride back to Casablanca by a different route through the Moroccan countryside than the one we took on our way to Essaouira. We pause en route for lunch in the village of Sidi Bouzid and arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon. We dine at our hotel this evening and have free time to explore Casablanca tonight.

    • Meals included:

    We enjoy breakfast at our hotel this morning before transferring to the airport for our flight to the U.S.

Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Adventure Specialists for details. Call 1-800-955-1925.

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