Morocco: Minarets & Medinas

Morocco: Minarets & Medinas
September 16, 2018
11 Days
Escorted Journeys
14 Guests
From $10,990
Post-Trip Extension
The Sahara Desert

Marrakech / Ouarzazate / Skoura

September 26

Depart early this morning for a drive through the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate, stopping en route for a delicious picnic lunch in a shady, hidden oasis. Upon arrival in Ouarzazate, board 4x4 vehicles for the drive to Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, an impressive 11th-century fortified city. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features earthen houses crowded together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers.

Return to Ouarzazate, known as “the door of the desert.” Comprised of numerous traditional kasbahs, this town has served as the setting for a number of movies, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. In the late afternoon, take a short drive to Skoura, which lies at the crossroads of Ouarzazate and the Sahara. Palm plantations, crisscrossed by paths that meander between crumbling pisé walls and deserted centuries-old kasbahs, create a beautiful, magical effect. Wind your way through the pretty palmerie (palm grove) and check in to the luxurious Dar Ahlam for dinner and overnight.

Skoura / Sahara Desert

September 27

This morning you have the unique opportunity to ride a camel through the desert. Mid-morning, depart in 4x4 vehicles for the private El Khiam Ahlam Desert Camp for a true desert experience. Explore this fascinating and expansive region, including the Dades and Draa valleys, and the stunning Valley of the Roses. Pass through traditional Berber villages, enjoy a picnic lunch in an oasis, and make a stop at an ancient fossil field. Arrive in the fabled Sahara this evening, just in time to appreciate the desert’s amazing natural colors, made even more dramatic when the sun begins to set. After sundowner cocktails, you are treated to a special dinner under the stars. Retire to your private tent and relish the peace of nighttime in the desert.

Sahara Desert / Skoura

September 28

Rise early this morning to witness the sun rising over the desert dunes. After the sunrise, enjoy a traditional Berber breakfast before departing by 4x4 vehicles for the drive back to Skoura. Check in to Dar Ahlam in time for lunch, with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Skoura / Ouarzazate / Casablanca / Departure

September 29

Bid farewell to the desert this morning for the short drive to the airport in Ouarzazate. Board your flight to Casablanca and connect with your independent homeward flight.