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The magnificent fort of the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.

Moroccan Discovery from the Imperial Cities to the Sahara 2024

October 22 - November 04, 2024
Length: 14 days
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This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.

Operated by Odysseys Unlimited

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakech.
  • Visit five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including ancient medinas, kasbahs, and Roman ruins.
  • See the highlights of the country’s capital, Rabat, including the Kasbah of the Oudaias, the new Mohammed VI contemporary art museum, and the medina.
  • Indulge in home-cooked dishes and fascinating conversation over lunch in a private home.
  • Stop in Meknes, Morocco’s youngest imperial city, and see the impressive Bab el Mansour gateway and the ruins of the imperial stables.
  • Tour the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis, a UNESCO site featuring intricate and colorful mosaics.
  • Take a walking tour of the bustling medina of Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city, including Koranic schools, a medieval theological university, and artisans’ quarters.
  • Watch artisans craft the acclaimed Fez pottery and ceramics.
  • Enjoy a private dinner at an intimate family-run riad in Fez.
  • Ride a camel along Merzouga’s breathtakingly beautiful dunes on the edge of the Sahara as the sun is setting, and then relax over dinner together in the desert.
  • Encounter spectacular scenery in the High Atlas Mountains: the stunning riverside oasis of Tinehir, plummeting Todra Gorge, and the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” caravan route.
  • Stay in scenic Ouarzazate, “the door of the desert,” and stop to see the uninhabited village of Ait ben-Haddou, a UNESCO site made famous in film shoots.
  • In alluring Marrakech, take a day-long tour that includes beautiful Koutoubia Mosque, the Andalusian-style El Bahia palace, and lively Djemaa el Fna Square.
  • Ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the lovely Majorelle Gardens, then visit the recently opened Yves St. Laurent Museum.
  • Conclude your journey in storied Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, where you’ll tour the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.

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