Morocco Camel Trek and Hiking Adventure

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Morocco is a land of stunning contrasts, where majestic minarets tower over spice-scented souks and soaring mountains give way to endless desert. Set out to explore the epic landscapes and imperial cities of this magical country. On a three-day trek, ride camels across the Sahara alongside Berber cameleers and sleep in starlit tents nestled among golden sand ...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Ride a camel to a tented camp in the Sahara and watch the sun rise over wind-sculpted sand dunes.
    • Hike to traditional mountain villages and learn about Berber culture while sipping mint tea.
    • Explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the ancient adobe village of Aït Ben Haddou, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
    • Discover the stunning architecture and enchanting medinas of Morocco’s imperial cities.

What's this trip about?

    Morocco is a land of stunning contrasts, where majestic minarets tower over spice-scented souks and soaring mountains give way to endless desert. Set out to explore the epic landscapes and imperial cities of this magical country. On a three-day trek, ride camels across the Sahara alongside Berber cameleers and sleep in starlit tents nestled among golden sand dunes. Discover the Moorish splendors of Fèz, the medieval medina of Marrakech, and the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Hike to rose-colored casbahs, visit Berbers in their mountain villages, and explore dramatic gorges and less-traveled corners in 4x4 vehicles.

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Details

Itinerary focusActive
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityCasablanca
End CityMarrakech

Travel Themes

  • High Adventure
  • Hiking & Walking

Destinations

  • Africa
  • Morocco

Attractions

  • Atlas Mountains
  • Casablanca
  • Fez
  • Marrakech
  • Meknès
  • Rabat

Activities

  • Adventure & Adrenaline
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Camel Riding

Trip includes

    • Accommodations
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Transfers to and from group flights where applicable
    • Services of an adventure consultant, guides and any other staff, and on designated “Photography” departures, a National Geographic Photographer
    • Taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges
    • For itineraries that include camping, camp and cook staffs, tents, kitchen and dining tents and necessary Trip equipment (e.g., sea kayaks, rafts, personal floatation devices, etc.) Are provided
    • Internal airfare is included on some international expeditions as indicated in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Casablanca, Morocco

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Novotel Casablanca

Arrive in Casablanca and gather for a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Rabat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation :Golden Tulip Farah Rabat

This morning, visit the extraordinary Hassan II Mosque. Then travel to Rabat and discover its architectural treasures on a tour led by a local guide.

Day 3: Meknès/Volubilis/Fez

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hôtel Les Mérinides

Travel to Meknès, Morocco’s 17th-century capital, and visit its grand gateways and mausoleums decorated with mosaic tiles. Delve into the Roman ruins of Volubilis before transferring to Fez.

Day 4: Fez

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hôtel Les Mérinides

Explore Fez, the oldest of Morocco’s four imperial cities. Wander the narrow streets of the suqs and visit the Nejjarine Fountain and its exquisite mosaics. After lunch, visit the historic Jewish quarter in Fez Jdid and the Dar Batha Museum of Moroccan arts.

Day 5: Ziz Valley/Erfoud

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Kasbah Hotel Chergui

Stop for a hike in the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains, home to Barbary macaque monkeys. France’s colonial influence on Morocco can be seen in the alpine town of Ifrane. On our way to Erfoud, descend into the spectacular Ziz Valley and its lush oases of date palms. (2–3 miles hiking, 1 hour)

Day 6: Erg Chebbi/Begin Camel Trek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive in 4x4s to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and explore an otherworldly sandscape of shifting colors. After learning about camel riding from Berber cameleers, embark on our Saharan trek, camel riding (and walking, if you wish) across the dunes. Arrive at our tented camp and dine under a star-studded sky. (4–5 miles camel riding and walking, 2–3 hours)

Day 7: Remlia Well

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Awaken for an early walk as the rising sun paints the sand orange and gold. Then set out on our camels across a varied desert terrain. Traverse fan-shaped landforms and dry river basins, keeping an eye out for fossils as we approach our camp near Remlia. (8 miles camel riding and walking, 4–5 hours)

Day 8: End Trek/Alnif/Boumalne Dadès

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hôtel Xaluca Dadès

Set out on our camels for a final morning trek. Then drive off-road in 4x4s to Todra Gorge, where sheer rock walls reach nearly to 1,000 feet, and arrive at Boumalne Dadès, a town nestled amid a semidesert landscape. (1–2 miles camel-riding and walking, 1 hour)

Day 9: Dadès Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hôtel Xaluca Dadès

Travel through the “valley of 1,000 casbahs” linking the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. Pass oases, rose plantations, and casbahs. Hike through the terraced fields of Dadès Valley. Later, visit the Berber village of Bou Tharar. (4–5 miles hiking, 3 hours)

Day 10: Valley of the Roses

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Chez Talout

Spend the day hiking in the Valley of the Roses, a fertile region known for its pink Persian roses. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local Berber family. (7 miles hiking, 4–5 hours)

Day 11: Aït Ben Haddou

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Riad Ksar Ighnda

Embark on a hike in the Skoura oasis, known for its beautiful casbahs. Continue to the fortified village of Aït Ben Haddou and wander its twisting lanes. (3-4 miles hiking, 3 hours)

Day 12: High Atlas/Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Es Saadi

Today’s journey takes us over the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, which rise above a landscape of oasis pastures, and willow and poplar groves. Take a walk in the stunning Ounila Valley before continuing on to Marrakech. (2–3 miles hiking, 1–2 hours)

Day 13: Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Es Saadi

Enjoy a full day exploring Marrakech. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, and Bahia Palace. Meander through the medina; and soak up the colorful chaos of the lively central plaza. Tonight, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Day 14: Marrakech

This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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,We will stay 2 nights in spacious tents and 11 nights in Moroccan-style hotels that reflect the local character.
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12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 13 Dinners

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