Itinerary: Casablanca to Marrakesh

DAY 1 CASABLANCA Arrive any time
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 CASABLANCA/FÈS Take a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes. Continue on to the ruins of Volubilis, the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. After seeing the ruins, it’s off to Fes.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 FÈS Step back in time and embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Medina of Fes. Explore winding lanes and alleys, visit the many artisans, tanneries, and shops with an expert local guide. After, enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional tagine lunch at a cooperative that benefits rural Moroccan women and children. This evening, visit a local cafe where we meet a local expert in Islamic calligraphy for a demonstration on “beautiful writing”. Exclusive Inclusions: G Adventures for Good Meknes Community Lunch|National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Islamic Calligraphy Class
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 4 FÈS/MARRAKESH   Travel to Marrakesh. 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.
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 5 MARRAKESH In the morning, take a historical tour of the city, including the Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. After, visit a historic riad for a hands-on cooking class from a master Moroccan chef, and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared. Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Moroccan Foodie Experience Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 6 MARRAKESH/AIT BENHADDOU Travel to Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Atlas Mountains, and explore this ancient “Kasbah” (fortress) village.
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7 AIT BENHADDOU/ERG CHIGAGA Travel through the Draa Valley to Zagora and embark on 4x4s into the desert. Stop at Tamegroute to visit the library of ancient Islamic texts and local pottery makers. Continue off road to the great dunes of Erg Chigaga to our comfortable desert camp. Opt to take a camel ride or to climb to the top of the dunes for views of the vast Sahara. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars.
Meals included:  Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 8 ERG CHIGAGA/ZAGORA Cross the desert 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.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 ZAGORA/TAROUDANT Head towards the Anti-Atlas region to the carpet towns of Tazenakht and Taliouine, where saffron is harvested. In Taroudant, visit the famed leather tanneries and local markets.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 TAROUDANT/TAFRAOUT Enter the Anti-Atlas region to view natural rock formations. In the afternoon, explore the town centre and its local markets.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 TAFRAOUT Visit Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon. Walk through a palm valley and have lunch in a local village house. Visit a women’s cooperative that produces handicrafts and argan oil.
Meals included:  Breakfast | Lunch

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).
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 13 ESSAOUIRA Enjoy a day of leisure in this coastal city. Make sure you 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 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.
Meals included:  Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 14 ESSAOUIRA/MARRAKECH Return to Marrakech and visit the Menara Gardens and the Jardin Majorelle. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a palace-style restaurant with local folkloric entertainment.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 15 MARRAKESH Depart at any time. Meals included: Breakfast