$4495.00

FROM: $4495 USD

UPCOMING: April 11, 2020

Moroccan Souks & Sand

A Gay Cultural Tour of Morocco and Marrakech

DESCRIPTION

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

Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Starts In: Casablanca
Ends In : Marrakesh
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodations: Ranges widely. 3-, 4-, 5-Star hotels as well as one night at a Berber desert camp
Physical Rating: 2/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

April 11, 2020 to April 22, 2020 - 4495.00 USD
Sept. 5, 2020 to Sept. 16, 2020 - 4495.00 USD

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

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ITINERARY:

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

• 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

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($55-$110 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)

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