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Women only holidays, Morocco

Morocco is exotic. Everything from the unfamiliar sounds and intriguing smells, the unforgettable mystique of the huge golden dunes of the Sahara desert and the grandeur of the Atlas mountains will leave you speechless.

You will feel like you have stepped back in time, to a place where age-old traditions are practiced as they have been for hundreds of years. Moroccans are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people around, and you will most likely feel as though you are just part of one big extended family.

Whether sipping mint tea with a Berber family in their mud house in the Atlas mountains, or riding camels with the nomadic Tuareg through the endless Saharan dunes, sleeping under a roof of African stars, this is a beautiful and fascinating country, and a trip you are not likely to forget!

Date & Duration: 15th-29th September 2019 - 15 days
Cost: Euro2900 - What's included?
Arrival & Departure points: Casablanca/Marrakech
Group size: min 5, max 12
Accommodation: hotels/riads, Sahara desert, Berber family's house
Adventures: riding camels in the Sahara, sleeping in the Sahara desert, hiking in the Atlas mountains

Highlights

Women only holidays, Morocco
  • riding a camel out into the Sahara Desert and sleeping under a million stars
  • hiking up into the Atlas Mountains and staying in a mud village with a berber family
  • exploring the souqs (markets) of Fès and Marrakech, haggling for beautiful handmade treasures!
  • watching everyday Moroccan life, drinking mint tea with the locals and learning about Moroccan culture
  • having a hammam (traditional bath), getting your hands hennaed in a traditional design by local woman
  • Todra Gorge, the palmeries, the Kasbahs, the ever-changing landscapes . . .
  • Marrakech - the Big Square: fascinating street performers, exotic smells of spices and incense, sounds of snake charmers and belly-dancers, and an exhilarating and vibrant atmosphere
  • Fès: a medieval city with a labyrinth of intriguing alleyways full of artisans crafting beautiful wares

Trip Itinerary

Casablanca, Morocco

Day 1, Casablanca

This is arrival day - you will be picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel to recover from your flight.

You have a free afternoon to go for a stroll along the Casablanca waterfront, drink coffee on the esplanade or relax by the pool at the hotel.

Dinner together and trip briefing.

Meals - D

Day 2, Casablanca

This morning we visit the Hassan II mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, built to commemorate the former Kings 60th birthday. It is an impressive sight, with beautiful turquoise tile work and a retractable roof - it can hold 25,000 worshippers. We take a guided tour to learn more about Islam, which is a good introduction to the start of your trip. Lunch at a lovely local seaside restaurant. In the afternoon we go on a 4 hour city tour of Casablanca. Our local guide will give you a fascinating insight into Moroccan/Muslim life - everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask! Dinner tonight in a beautiful, traditional Moroccan restaurant.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 3, Casablanca to Fès

Today we head for the fascinating imperial city of Fès. Casablanca might be your first impression of Morocco, but don't be fooled, it is a stark contrast to what you are about to experience in the medieval city of Fès, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We try to get to Fès in time for a short walk in the maze-like alleyways of the souq, and to watch the sun set from a fantastic vantage point over this amazing old city. We will stop in Rabat on the way to see some sights and have lunch.

Meals - B, L, D

Fez, Morocco

Day 4, Fès

Today we take a fascinating guided tour of the Fès medina, visiting the tanneries, Fès potters, and other artisans.

We will walk through the souq (market), a maze of narrow alleyways crammed with shops selling all sorts of treasures. Fès is an interesting and exciting place - the souq bulges with beautiful handmade crafts (copper and brass stained glass lamps, carpets, colourful spices, leather bags . . .).

Make sure you have room in your bag for some of the great stuff you can buy here! Haggling is all part of the fun and games to get the price down too. It is not a shopping trip today (plenty of that to come) but you will get the chance to buy some things and get ideas for shopping in other places.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 5, Fès to Merzouga

After breakfast we set off for the Sahara desert, stopping along the way in Ifrane, a "Swiss-style" town built by the French in the 30s.

We pass through the dramatic Ziz Valley, and the landscape changes several times till we finally reach the edge of the Sahara. Here we stay the night in a beautiful Kasbah-style hotel made of mud, with a backdrop of huge golden dunes.

All around us is desert, and tonight you will experience a Saharan sunset and a starry African sky.

Meals - B, L, D

Camels in the desert, Morocco

Day 6, Merzouga, Sahara Desert

This morning we enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the edge of the Sahara desert. The pace of life is slower out here under the hot sun, and somehow the nothingness is mesmerizing. Out in the desert you feel a million miles from anywhere.

We will visit some local musicians and hear them playing traditional "gnawa" music in their village - the ancestors of these black musicians were left here after the slave-trade ended and have developed their own style of music and dance. After a special lunch and a bit of shopping for Tuareg and Berber artifacts we head back to our hotel to prepare for another adventure.

As the sun sets in the distance we mount our camels for a serene ride out into the Sahara for a night out under the stars. We are the only ones at our desert camp, it is a very authentic experience! Our guide will prepare us a tasty tajine and then we sleep under a million stars - sweet dreams are sure to be had!

Meals - B, L, D

Dades Gorge, Morocco

Day 7, Sahara Desert to Dades Gorge

The sunrise will gently wake you - those that are keen can climb the high dune next to our camp to watch the sun rise over the endless sands. Local Berber children of the desert will come by with handmade trinkets for sale. We then get on the camels for the ride back to our mud hotel, where a hearty breakfast and showers wait for us. Next stop is Boumalne, around 4 hours drive away and gateway to the Dades Gorge. Unwind by the pool in the late afternoon as you will need energy for the excitement of the coming days.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 8, Dades Gorge to Ait Benhaddou

We leave our lovely hotel and take a drive through the spectacular Dades gorge, full of incredible rock formations in beautiful coloured sandstone. Our journey then takes us through the Vallee des Roses, where exotic products are made from the Damascus Rose. Maybe you still have some room in your bag for some rose water, rose oil, or some beautiful handcreams etc. We stop at Ouarzazate, (Morocco's answer to Hollywood) , where Gladiator and the Mummy, amongst others, were filmed, for lunch, perhaps in a local friends home if she is available!

We then drive on to Ait Benhaddou, one of the oldest and best preserved Kasbahs in Morocco. A Kasbah is an old mud-walled castle, with beautifully decorated mud turrets. This particular one is a UNESCO World Heritage site - our hotel tonight has a fine view of the old Kasbah, but there is also time to stroll around it and discover it's secrets.

Meals - B, L, D


Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

Day 9, Ait Benhaddou

Free day today to explore the kasbah at leisure, and the interesting shops and artists nearby! Meals - B

Atlas mountains, Morocco

Day 10, Atlas Mountains

We leave the kasbah and head to Ourika gorge, just south of Marrakech. It is a stunning drive, leaving the flat, red desert behind and entering the lush, green Atlas Mountains.

Our guides load donkeys with our overnight bags and head to our guesthouse nearby. After lunch we will go for a walk around the village and learn about Berber life. Tonight is a real cultural experience as we stay with a Berber family in their home up in the mountains.

This is guaranteed to be one of the many highlights of this trip as you get to see how a Berber family survives up in the mountains using age-old traditions.

Meals - B, L, D

Day 11, Atlas Mountains to Essaouira

Today we will hike for a couple of hours in the surrounding mountainous countryside with our local guide. After lunch we head to the Atlantic coast, to spend some time in the white-washed town of Essaouira. Essaouira has a special, laid-back feeling and you will enjoy some time out here, strolling through the labyrinth of alleyways, discovering interesting little shops, cafes and crafts.

Meals - B, L, D

Marrakech, Morocco

Day 12, Essaouira

Today is your free day to do as you please - trawl the souq for exotic goodies, stroll around the port and see the local fishermen selling their wares, have a seafood lunch or find some funky cafés to drink coffee in and watch the world go by.

Meals - B, D

Day 13, Essaouira to Marrakech

This morning we head to the exciting city of Marrakech! Marrakech is a vibrant city where east meets west - from the traditional old souq in the medina (old town) to the modern shops and French patisseries, you will find this place fascinating. After lunch we head out for a "hammam" - this is a traditional communal bath house, where using natural locally made products (olive oil soap etc) we are scrubbed till we are squeaky clean by one of the bathhouse attendants - guaranteed to come out feeling like a new born baby! This evening we eat together at Jamaa El Fna, otherwise known as the Big Square, amongst all the buskers and overwhelming atmosphere. Jamaa El Fna is a hive of live street entertainment every evening - there are belly dancers, acrobats, storytellers, musicians and much more to keep you amused for hours.

Meals - B, L, D

Marrakech, Morocco

Day 14, Marrakech

Today is your free day to do last minute bargaining, explore the Jardin Marjorelle, take a horse and carriage tour, get a henna tattoo ... spend a few hours watching the buskers (snake charmers, musicians etc) ... whatever you feel like!

We will have our farewell dinner in a lovely restaurant.

Meals - B, D


Day 15, Marrakech

Our wonderful Morocco trip finishes after breakfast. Catch a flight home from Marrakech or get a connecting flight to Casablanca and then onwards home.

Another option is also to take the 4 hour train ride from Marrakech to Casablanca, stay the night and fly out the following day from Casa - we can help you with these arrangements.

Meals - B


Join us on:
15th-29th September 2019, 15 days, Cost: Euro2900 - What's included?

Kate, South Africa

"Thanks to your careful planning and organizing skills my Moroccan experience exceeded all expectations. Your care and concern were remarkable. We flowed from place to place and situation to experience with such ease and I felt safe and secure in your hands. Many thanks for an unforgettable time and looking forward to future trips with you." (Morocco)

Kate, South Africa



"I thoroughly enjoyed this Morocco trip and am sure it will make me a more confident and adventurous person"

Lee, NZ.


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