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Moroccan Souks & Sand

A Gay Cultural Tour of Morocco and Marrakech

Journey from Casablanca to Marrakech through moody desert landscapes, kasbahs, and villages on our signature gay Morocco tour. Picnic in mountain gorges, learn to cook the perfect couscous, and immerse yourself in labyrinthine souks. You’ll also discover the ruins of a Sultan’s city that was built to mimic Versailles, stay in a hotel made of Saharan sand, and find tranquility in a traditional riad surrounded by the frenzy of a medina. All-in-all, the sounds, smells, and flavours of North Africa will infuse your memories for years to come on this magical gay adventure through Morocco.


Quick Facts

  • Who's it for? Gay Men
  • Countries visited: Morocco
  • Duration: 11 Nights/12 Days
  • Starts in: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Ends in: Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Group size: Min 4; max 16
  • Accomodations: 3-, 4-, 5-Star Hotels, and a Desert camp
  • Physical Rating: 2/5
  • Theme: Culture
  • Activities: Camping, Wildlife

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore a phenomenal mosque in Casablanca
  • Get caught up in the energy of Marrakesh
  • Discover the magic and artistry of The Blue City
  • Weave through the twisting alleys of Fes’ medina
  • Enjoy a sunset camel ride through sand dunes
  • Stay in a wide range of accommodations, from a traditional Berber desert camp in the Sahara to five-star luxury hotels.
  • Learn the secret to cooking perfect couscous

DATES AND PRICES

April 11-22, 2020
ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $4,595.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,400.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit / Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Mustapha
September 5-16, 2020
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $4,595.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,400.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit / Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Mustapha
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Casablanca

Mrehba! Welcome to Morocco. Our trip begins with a group meeting at 6PM, followed by an included Welcome Dinner at Rick’s Café – a tribute to the bar made famous by Bogart and Bergman in the classic film, Casablanca.

Day 2 Chefchaouen (The Blue City)

This morning we visit the grand Hassan II Mosque – the largest in Africa – then hit the road towards the Rif Mountains and Chefchaouen, aka The Blue City. After checking into our hotel, we’ll enjoy an orientation walk and learn about the Blue City’s Andalusian history and how it got its namesake coat of blue paint. Finally, we’ll end the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Chefchaouen (The Blue City)

We’ll begin the day with a relaxed breakfast at our accommodations before heading to the city’s beautiful medina for a guided tour. It is here we’ll indulge in the sights, sounds and smells of the city’s famous district. We may even taste some local goat cheese. After an included lunch at another local favourite, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore. May we suggest a hike through the surrounding hills towards Akchour falls?

Day 4 Chefchaouen/Fes

We’ll rise early for a quick breakfast at our accommodations. Then it is off to Fes vis-a-vis UNESCO World Heritage Volubilis, a partly-excavated Berber city. After arriving in Fes you’ll have plenty of time to unpack, get acquainted with the city or just indulge in our stunning hotel. Loosen your belt buckles because tonight we’ll enjoy a memorable, included meal.

Day 5 Fes

Today, a local guide will introduce us to the incredible Medina of Fes; the spiritual heart of Morocco. We’ll but scrape the surface of this mysterious place, as we explore just a few of its 10,000 streets. Laden with souks, markets, and handicrafts quarters, the potential for discovery is limitless. This will be followed by free time in the afternoon. To round out our day, we’ll enjoy a fabulous home-cooked dinner with a local family. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know Moroccan culture and customs.

Day 6 Fes/Errachidia/Merzouga

Today we have a short flight to Errachidia, before we transfer to 4WDs and drive to our riad in Merzouga. Our boutique hotel, beautifully situated, is nestled into the sandy surrounds. After check-in, you can strip down to your swimsuit and luxuriate by the pool, before we feast on an included dinner. NOTE: Today’s itinerary may change depending on flight schedule.

Day 7 Merzouga

A big day awaits as we jump aboard 4WDs to visit the Merzouga desert, the village of Hassilabiad and the very popular village of Khemlia. Khemlia is populated by a nomadic group that arrived in Morocco in the 15th century from sub-Saharan countries like Ghana. You’ll have time to enjoy their music, dance and unique fashion before a Madouna lunch – a local bread stuffed with meat (optional), veggies and herbs. Tonight we’ll saddle a caravan of camels and ride into the desert sunset for one of the most memorable evenings of the tour. Finally, back at our desert camp we’ll enjoy another included dinner.

Day 8 Ait Benhaddou

Today we travel towards Ait Benhaddou with a stop en route at Kasbah Amerhidil, part of the oasis town of Skoura. We’ll have lunch here before continuing to Ait Benhaddou where we’ll check in to our comfortable hotel located near the old kasbah.

Day 9 Marrakesh

Today is defined by a spectacular drive across the High Atlas Mountains. Driving through the Tizi n’ Tichka pass – the highest in Morocco at 2,260m/7,400ft – our final destination is Marrakech. Once there, you’ll be able to enjoy the comforts of our centrally located accommodations. A Moroccan feast awaits for dinner at a beautifully restored riad – in fact, one of the oldest riads in the city!

Day 10 Marrakesh

Rise and shine, Habibi. After a simple breakfast we head to La Maison Arabe for an informative Moroccan cooking class where we’ll discover the secrets to North African cuisine. Lunch is included today followed by a guided tour of Marrkesh’s wonderful Medina, or Arab Quarter. We’ll explore hidden shops, secret courtyards, lush Islamic gardens and Bahia Palace, a splendid mansion built by a former slave who rose to power within the government. Dinner and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 11 Marrakesh

For our last full day of exploring we’ll venture into Marrakech’s serene Majorelle Gardens, originally owned and tended to by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. The tropical gardens are also where the ashes of Yves Saint-Laurent were scattered in 2008. Speaking of whom, we’ll spend an hour or so at the Yves Saint-Laurent museum, appreciating the gay icon’s contributions to the world of fashion. The adventure finally ends with a Farewell Dinner at one of Marrakech’s most popular restaurants, where we can reminisce over the 11 past days before we part ways.

Day 12 Departure

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

MOROCCO GROUP LEADER

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
  • Group leader from beginning to end of tour
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 3-star or higher accommodation (10 nights), Luxury Berber Desert Camp (1 night)
  • Entrance and guided tour of Hassan II Mosque
  • Guided tours of Chefchaouen, Volubilis, Fès, Skoura & Marrakesh
  • Sunset camel ride in the Sahara
  • Desert camp experience
  • Entrance to Museum El Khorbat, Volubilis, Bahia Palace, Jardin Secret, Majorelle Gardens and Yves Saint-Laurent Museum
  • Cooking class in Marrakech

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International Airfare
  • Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.
  • Gratuities for Tour Leader ($55-$110 USD)
  • Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)

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Mike H

Outstanding adventure!

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Outstanding adventure, EXCELLENT tour guide. Morroco at it’s best.

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Brandon H

It was a beautiful country with such varied scenery.

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I loved the trip, the group was a good size, and we really got a good feel for Morocco and saw just about everything. It was a beautiful country with such varied scenery.

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Peter T

Nice blend of city and rural.

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It was a rich experience of culture and history. Nice blend of city and rural. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Mark D

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. There is a comfort level being with other gay men for one thing. Also, this kind of trip is not for the faint of heart and body, so it tends to attract interesting people. Me and my friends took an extra three days on our own, which I enjoyed…. because the 10 days are pretty much packed with interesting things to see and do. This country is so far from our experience at home that having a good guide is invaluable. Our guide was so incredibly knowledgeable and just plain fun to be around that it made it a special experience.

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Stacey S

A great way to see a lot of Morocco in a short time.

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It was a great way to see a lot of Morocco in a short time, expose ourselves to places in the country we wouldn’t have gone on our own. Our guide provided insights and perspective that we wouldn’t have had access to if we were traveling solo.

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Jeff K

Morocco delivered everything I hoped for.

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Morocco delivered everything I hoped for and so much more! Excellent service from initial inquiry all the way through to the last day.

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Casablanca
Hotel Kenzi Tower
Cocktail Bar
Casablanca
Hotel Kenzi Tower
Deluxe Room
Chefchaouen
Riad Hicham
Standard Twin Room
Chefchaouen
Riad Hicham
Hammam
Fes
Hotel Sahrai
Rooftop Terrace
Fes
Hotel Sahrai
Deluxe Room
Merzouga
Riad Madu
Desert Pool
Merzouga
Riad Madu
Standard Room
Sahara
Berber Desert Camp
Common Area
Sahara
Berber Desert Camp
Standard Room
Sahara
Berber Desert Camp
Standard Room
Ait Benhaddou
Ksar Ighnda
Pool
Ait Benhaddou
Ksar Ighnda
Standard Room
Marrakech
2Ciels Boutique Hotel
Dining Area
Marrakech
2Ciels Boutique Hotel
Standard Room



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Who's it for?

While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

This tour features a wide range of authentically Moroccan accommodations. From 5-star luxury in Marrakech and Fes to charming and simple properties in more remote areas of the country. We’ll even spend one night at a berber desert camp that we dare to call “luxurious” when you factor in flushing toilets, proper linens and a beautiful fireside meal in the middle of the Sahara. Scroll down to view photos from accommodations we regularly use on this tour.

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Physical Rating: 2 - LIGHT

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