The Nomadic Network Morocco Tour

October 23 - November 4, 2022

If you’re looking for a culturally immersive experience in an exotic destination, this tour will go places other tours don’t visit. Morocco is an enthralling place – full of food, a rich culture, beautiful ruins, and maze-like medinas. From the high Atlas Mountains to the desert to the coasts, Morocco is a marvelous country that mesmerizes travelers.

Chaotic. Colorful. Overwhelming. Enthralling. From the high Atlas Mountains to the desert to the coasts, Morocco is a country that mesmerizes travelers.

With a history dating back to the Carthaginian Empire, Morocco is a mix of cultures, which makes it one of the most interesting places in the world. The sprawling and disorderly medinas can test your patience, but they reward your senses each and every visit.

Using local connections and guides, we’ll learn about the history of the country, eat fabulous meals, and get off the beaten path through immerse experiences with traditional Berber and Bedouin groups. This is a tour for people looking to see more than just the famous sites but who want to understand the culture, history, and food in the destinations they visit.

If you’re the kind of person who wants a deeper, more authentic, more nuanced experience, this tour is for you.

Our TNN communications manager, Maria, will also be on this tour leading you around!

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: If you book your spot before June 1st, you’ll get $500 off with the code TNNTOUR as well as one free night of accommodation before or after the tour.

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EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: If you book your spot before June 1st, you’ll get $500 off with the code TNNTOUR as well as one free night of accommodation before or after the tour.

To reserve your spot on a tour, a 40% deposit is required. This deposit is 100% refundable for 60 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first).

Tour Itinerary

Arriving in the bustling city of Casablanca, this Morocco trip officially gets off to a start! A private driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our hotel in the center. The remainder of the day will be yours to rest and recover from jet lag and meet your fellow travelers. We’ll then have a quick orientation in the evening followed by a welcome dinner.

For those who arrive early, we’ll arrange a visit to the beautiful waterfront Hassan II Mosque.

Leaving early, we’ll drive to the laid-back royal city of Meknes. Upon arrival, we’ll take a walking tour that will include the sprawling local markets and the fascinating ancient Royal Stables. Afterward, we’ll have lunch at a unique, local restaurant in the heart of the medina before continuing to beautiful Fes.

Heading straight into the heart of the largest ancient medina in the world (the old walled city – a UNESCO site), we’ll enter the main gate for a half-day walking tour that will include the leather tanneries, spice shops, gorgeous 800-year-old schools, mosques, friendly residential areas, food markets and more, with endless stops in this maze of lanes. After lunch, you’ll have time to explore more of the vibrant medina at your own pace.

Today involves a scenic journey to Merzouga, straight across the magnificent Middle Atlas Mountains and ending up at the edge of the great Sahara Desert. The trip will take approximately 8 hours but will involve several stops along the way including the Swiss-like town of Ifrane, the gorgeous Ziz Valley, a forest that’s home to the unique Barbary Apes, and an epic lunch stop. Any road trip requires stops and we have plenty for you! We’ll then arrive at our fantastic riad in the small village of Merzouga just in time to catch the sunset over the desert.

In the morning you’ll be able to take it easy or take a stroll through the village before we head out to a local Gnawa village (a small ethnic group from sub-Saharan Africa known for their unique music). We’ll spend some time with the villagers, listen to their music, and have a traditional Gnawa lunch.

After lunch, you can choose a 1.5 hour camel trek or a 30 minute jeep safari across the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi sand dunes to reach our idyllic Sahara Desert Camp.

We’ll spend the evening in the desert with traditional music around the campfire, eating incredible traditional food, and stargazing before sleeping in our yurts.

With an early wake-up, you’ll have a chance to witness the sunrise over the dunes, creating a magical, multi-colored start to the day. After breakfast at our camp, we’ll begin our trip out of the desert, via jeep, and back to Merzouga. We’ll then drive towards the Dades Gorge. En route, we’ll visit an excellent fossil workshop in Erfoud where they extract marine fossils from under the desert. Eventually, we’ll cross the Jebl Sahro Mountains and reach our next beautiful spot located in the stunning Dades Valley.

Today’s activities all take place in the Dades Valley, in local villages known for their hospitality. We’ll begin with a hike through the stunning Monkey Fingers Gorge. This slot canyon offers some of the most spectacular landscapes on the trip and there will be several hiking routes depending on how long each person wishes to hike. Afterward, we’ll stroll through a Berber village full of ancient kasbahs and unique rock formations. Today’s lunch will be at the home of friends who have invited us to join them for a traditional meal cooked up by the family. The rest of the day will be yours to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature.

Heading out in 4×4 vehicles, we’re going to leave the paved roads and drive straight across the high desert valleys towards the remote village of Bou Tharar. We’ll visit with real Bedouin cave-dwellers who spend half the year living inside of caves scattered across the countryside. We’ll learn about their traditions and way of life. From here, we’ll continue through the otherworldly landscape until we reach Bou Tharar. Upon arrival we’ll take a guided walk around the beautiful village, full of welcoming people, impressive 300 year old kasbahs (fortified homes of village leaders) and endless fields of flowers. After lunch, we’ll continue across this surreal landscape until we reach Ouarzazate, a sparkling town known for its movie studios and picture perfect kasbahs. After, we’ll continue to the tiny village of Tisseldei.

After a relaxing breakfast, we’ll head to Marrakech, perhaps the most lovable city in all of Morocco. The drive across this section of the striking High Atlas Mountains will include stops at a local rosewater cooperative and at viewpoints where you’ll stare in awe at the unbelievable scenery. We’ll also stop for restroom breaks and a relaxed lunch before arriving in Essaouira in the afternoon.

Today, we’ll spend in the lovely seaside town of Essaouira. With a guided tour, we’ll visit the city ramparts overlooking the water and stroll around the narrow streets of this very laid back town. With a calming sea breeze, as well as traditional woodworkers, potters and silversmiths working away in their workshops, you’ll enjoy wandering around and interacting with locals. For lunch, we’re going straight to the fish market where our guide will choose a variety of fresh fish that will be cooked up for us at a local restaurant. After some free time, we’ll drive to Marrakech in the late afternoon.

Marrakech is full of bustling markets, incredible architecture, centuries old crafts, intense colors and aromas, constant celebrations and a positive vibe that is truly contagious. Our guided walking tour of the city will take us to the awe-inspiring Bahia Palace as well as local markets full of textiles, crafts, clothing, leather shoes, ceramics, metal work, wood work and so much more. After the walking tour, you’ll have free time to remain in the medina if you wish.

Today is a free day. You can spend your time wandering around the never-ending medina, people watching in the main square, visiting the beautiful Jardin Marjorelle, getting pampered at a wonderful hammam, or simply relaxing at the hotel. Our guides will be there to help you figure out what to do.

In the evening, we’ll have our final dinner as a group.

Today, we say goodbye. You’ll be picked up at the hotel for your airport transfer according to your flight time. (If your return flight is from Casablanca, we provide a transfer at an extra cost.)

Tour Essentials

Accommodation

Accommodation on this trip is a mix: we’ll be staying in 2 or 3 star riads, hotels, and desert camps. All the rooms come with en suite bathrooms.

Transport

During the trip, we’ll travel via private bus throughout the country. (And on some camels as we journey into the desert!)

Meals

Daily breakfast, four lunches, and five dinners are included. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice. Alcohol is not included.

Sustainability

We aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. The tap water is safe to drink so we encourage you to bring a water bottle. Trash is recycled whenever possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.

Small Groups

This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants and has a maximum of 15 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people.

Expert guides

Your tour will be led by a licensed and local expert guide. Our guides are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and to ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.

What's Included

What’s Included

  • Expert tour leader throughout
  • 12 nights accommodation (2/3* riads, hotels, desert camp)
  • Transportation
  • Local guides in each destination
  • All mentioned activities and entrance fees
  • All included meals listed above

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to/from Morocco
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (which is required)
  • Optional activities not listed

FAQ

What are your COVID policies?
To ensure we comply with all entry and exit requirements in a simple and easy manner, we require all participants on these tours to be fully vaccinated.

What about COVID testing?
Should COVID testing be required as a condition of entry or exit, we will help you find testing locations, though you are responsible for the cost of the COVID test and for booking your own tests.

Tell me about your guides.
Our expert tour leaders are fully licensed local guides. They’ll be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the trip, handling all of the local logistics, and dealing with any unforeseen situations that may arise. Our tour leaders are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.

Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! We hate tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own. Travel is about adventure and discovery, so we emphasize that on my tours. We want you to see stuff that interests you specifically.

What am I going to do during the listed “free time”?
Our guides will be on hand to give you suggestions, help you decide what to do, and be around. If you want to go off on your own, we get that. We want you to explore and break out of your comfort zone! Our guides are here to help and, after you join the tour, you’ll be sent a list of potential activities you can do on your own.

How many spots can I purchase at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of two per person to ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to go.

Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.

Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. We’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to continue on the tour.

Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old.

Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing Nomadic Matt, Inc. from any and all liability related to the tour.

What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter any of these destinations, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own expense. We do not offer any help in this area.

What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
We’ll cry, but we’ll understand. Plans change. The refund policy is as follows: Deposits 100% refundable for 60 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first). Cancelations made between 90 – 60 days before the tour start date: 100% refund of the balance amount (the deposit is not included in the refund). Cancelations made between 59 – 31 days before the tour start date: 50% refund of the balance amount. Cancelations made from 30-1 days before the tour start date: 0% refund of the balance amount.

When is the balance due?
Payment is due in full 30 days after the date of deposit.

Is there a waiting list?
People sometimes rush to secure a spot but don’t always get the time off work and might need to cancel. Therefore, we have a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to join the waitlist.

I still have questions. Can I contact you?
Of course! My email is matt@nomadicmatt.com.

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