New Year’s Eve - Sahara Desert

 Dates:

Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020


Travelers:

8+ travelers

Itinerary:

  • DEC 27 - CASABLANCA, FES

    • Arrive in Casablanca in the morning and meet your guide and driver.  Begin with a visit to the stunning Hassan II Mosque, perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.  Continue on to Fes. Overnight in Fes.

  • DEC 28 - FES

    • Tour Fes with a private guide.  Begin at the Royal Palace, stroll through the Mellah, and take in the city from Borj Sud.  Tour the old medina, visiting the historic Al Quarawine university (sorry, non-muslims are not allowed to actually enter) and 1000 year old Fes tannery, as well as artisan workshops such as the silk weavers and mosaic makers.  Lunch included in the medina. Overnight in Fes.

  • DEC 29 - MEKNES, FES

    • Head to Meknes where you will enjoy a tour and tasting at Morocco’s premier winery, Les Celliers de Meknes.  Enjoy lunch (included) at the winery, followed by a relaxing hammam. Return to Fes in the afternoon. Overnight in Fes.

  • DEC 30 - ATLAS MOUNTAINS, RISSANI

    • Depart Fes after breakfast and begin your journey south.  Make a stop in Ifrane, the small ski resort town; visit the wild monkeys in the cedar forests outside of Azrou; stop in Zayda for lunch (included); take in the scenery as you cross the Atlas Mountains; and view the lush green date and almond trees filling the gorge in Errachidia.  Arrive in Rissani in the early evening. Dinner included at your riad. Overnight in Rissani.

  • DEC 31 - RISSANI, SAHARA DESERT

    • Visit Rissani’s bustling local market, where you will find everything from the wide array of dates grown in the area to fabric to live animals on market day.  For lunch, head to the Sahara for lunch in the dunes (included). Take an afternoon quad excursion through the desert. In the late afternoon, meet your camels for a trek into the luxury camp.  Dinner included at the camp, as well as live music, fireworks, and a New Year’s Eve champagne toast. Overnight in the Sahara Desert.

  • JAN 1 - BOUMALNE DADES

    • Depart camp after breakfast and journey west to Boumalne Dades, where you will enjoy a gentle hike through the Rose Valley.  Lunch along the way and dinner at your riad included. Overnight in Boumalne Dades.

  • JAN 2 - OUARZAZATE, MARRAKECH

    • Continue west to Ouarzazate, where you will stop at Ait Ben-Haddou.  Continue on to cross the Atlas Mountains via Tichka Pass to reach Marrakech in the evening.  Dinner at your riad that night. Overnight in Marrakech.

  • JAN 3 - MARRAKECH

    • Tour Marrakech with a private guide, visiting the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, and Jemaa el Fna.  Free afternoon explore the city, visit museums, or to explore the souks with the guide. Overnight in Marrakech.

  • JAN 4 - MARRAKECH

    • Learn to make traditional Moroccan dishes with a hands on cooking class.  Free afternoon. Overnight in Marrakech.

  • JAN 5 - DEPARTURE

    • Morning transfer to CMN for departure flight

Cost:

$1,915 per person, based on double occupancy, NET FARE - includes one spot for agent as tour leader

$300 single supplement applies


Includes:

  • Ground transportation via minibus

  • English-speaking group guide

  • 9-nights accommodations with breakfast

    • Dar Victoria, or similar, in Fes

    • Ziz Palace and Luxury Camp, or similar, in Rissani and Sahara Desert

    • Kasbah Tizzarouine, or similar, in Boumalne Dades

    • Riad Trois Palais, or similar, in Marrakech

  • Six lunches

  • Four dinners

  • Professional city guides in Fes and Marrakech

  • Professional hiking guide in Boumalne Dades

  • Entrance to all included sites and monuments

  • Wine tasting at Les Celliers de Meknes

  • Hammam at Chateau Roslane

  • 1-hour quad excursion in the Sahara Desert

  • Camel Trek

  • Cooking class at La Maison Arabe (counts as one lunch)


Does Not Include:

  • Flight ticket

  • Beverages

  • Meals not noted as included

  • Snacks and incidentals

  • Hotel services, such as room service or laundry service

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel Insurance