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NEW Trip – Kyrgyzstan & the Tian Shan MountainsJoin 19 August 2024 Departure

14 Days$2400USD

Activities
  • Day Walking
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotel
  • 5 nights riad
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 13 Breakfasts
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Adventure touring

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Trip highlights


  • Stroll through the gardens, mosques, palaces and souqs of Marrakesh
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed medieval city of Fes
  • Relax in the mountain town of Chefchaouen with its distinctive blue-washed homes
  • View sunrise over the Sahara on a camel ride
  • Revel in the views of the snow capped Atlas Mountains
  • Visit the exotic and well preserved kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
  • Stroll along the impressive ramparts with sea views and explore the lanes, streets and cafes of Essaouira
  • Form new friendships with like-minded women

Overflowing with rich cultural traditions, history and stunning architecture Morocco's imperial cities provide the framework for our journey. Explore Rabat, Meknes and the colourful markets and intricate laneways of the medieval medina in Fes. We also take a fascinating deviation to Chefchaouen, a gorgeous mountain city in northeastern Morocco with its distinctive blue-washed homes and a Mediterranean theme, before travelling across the foothills of the Middle Atlas. A natural divide between coast and desert influences, the other side of the mountains yields the distinctive architecture of kasbahs (ancient fortresses) and the deep orange colours of the dunes on the edge of the Sahara Desert captivate our attention. Our trip concludes in Marrakesh, one of the most important artistic centres in the Islamic world, where there is time to bargain in the souqs showcasing a wide variety of handicrafts and food. This trip is a true journey of contrasts and discovery.

Trip Code: WAMH

On arrival in Casablanca you will be meet and transferred to the hotel. This evening you will meet your guide at a briefing at approximately 7:00pm. Overnight: Idou Anfa Hotel (or similar)

Meals:  Nil

This morning we will visit Casablanca’s beautiful Hassan II Mosque. Then we will drive to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, to visit the Grand Mosque - another very imposing and highly decorated structure. Overnight Riad Kelaa (or similar) Approxdriving time: 2 hrs.

Meals:  B

Drive north along the fertile plains to Ouazzane. Continue on the mountain road to Chefchaouen, which is built on the lower slopes of the Rif Mountains. The houses here are painted blue, typical of the Andalusian style. In the late afternoon we will visit the Medina. Overnight Dar Mounir (or similar) Approx driving time: 4.5 hrs.

Meals:  B,D

Full day to soak up the atmosphere of the prettiest mountain town of the Rif mountain range. After breakfast, we will have a guided tour to the Medina including the Kasbah, the Outa Lhmam square and the souks. There will be free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. The guide can offer various suggestions, such as a walk up to the Spanish mosque via the spring of Ras El Ma for a panoramic view; or visit to a local weaving shop or cooperative. Overnight Dar Mounir (or similar)

Meals:  B,L

Today we have time to explore the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest and best preserved in the country and originally one of the Roman Empire’s remotest outposts. We also wander around the beautiful village of Moulay Idriss, a holy site, named after Morocco’s most revered saint of the same name. Moulay Idriss was the great grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and founder of the first Moroccan dynasty. The city of Meknes was once the heart of the Moroccan sultanate with many impressive buildings as a result. Continuing to Fes, founded in the late 8th Century shortly after the Arabs swept across North Africa and Spain, we arrive at the symbolic heart of Morocco. It has become the cultural and religious centre of the country and has retained a distinctly Arab identity despite the arrival of some Berbers from the interior over the centuries. Today Fes is made up of three sections, the modern Ville Nouvelle, with its chic cafe-lined avenues, Fes el-Jdid and Fes el- Bali. Fes el-Bali is the original Medina and is one of the largest medieval cities in the world. Overnight Riad Yacout (or similar) Approx driving time: 4.5 hrs.

Meals:  B,D

After a guided tour of the city and old Medina we drive to Borj Sud, a Christian fort built in the 17th Century, for an almost aerial view of the old city and its surrounding olive groves. From here we venture into the Medina of Fes el-Bali which dates back to the 8th Century. In 1976 UNESCO declared this Medina one of the world’s cultural treasures; the palaces, mosques and fountains are among the most beautiful in Morocco. The colours and aromas of the olive and spice stores mixed in with communal bakeries and the mysterious perfume shops are just some of the delights that make this journey through the ancient alleyways, full of scurrying people and surprises, a memorable experience. We will also visit the tannery to watch the dying of leathers and a mosaic and tile factory to see how these stunning local handicrafts are made. We will enjoy a lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant. Overnight Riad Yacout (or similar)

Meals:  B,L

Today we will be on the road by 7:00am. We travel in our air-conditioned minibus passing through the agricultural regions of north Morocco and the fertile plains irrigated by the Oued Aggai in the foothills of the Middle Atlas. We then begin a long climb through an old cedar forest and holm oaks. The scenery changes dramatically where beyond Timhadite lies a completely barren plateau, reminiscent of a lunar landscape pitted with small volcanic craters, the largest of which is Sidi Ali, an immense lake bordered by steep cliffs. After stopping for lunch at the breathtaking Ziz Gorges we continue on past palm-fringed towns to Erfoud and Merzouga, before transferring out to our luxury desert camp. Here the deep orange-hued dunes of the vast Sahara stretch for miles. Overnight Golden Dune Luxury Camp Approx driving time: 8 hrs.

Meals:  B,D

Today we'll rise before dawn to experience the amazing colours of a Saharan sunrise from the saddle of the traditional Berber transport: a camel. On returning to our camp we have breakfast and commence our journey to the Dades Gorge. En route we have lunch at the spectacular Todra Gorges and visit some of Morocco’s greatest antiquities, the Kasbahs of the eastern slopes of the High Atlas. We drive on to the spectacular Dades Gorge where we stay in a small local hotel. We also take time to explore the countryside and wander for a few hours through the fertile fields and local villages soaking in rural Morocco. Overnight Dades Xaluca (or similar) Approx driving time: 5 hrs.

Meals:  B,D

En route to Ouarzazate (pronounced war-zar-zate), we explore the Kasbahs, oasis and Berber villages in the fertile valleys along the eastern flanks of the Atlas Mountains. We may visit the ancient Kasbahs of Skoura and depending on the day, explore the markets of El-Klaa Mgouna. The earthen town of Ouarzazate lies among the shadows of date and pomegranate trees on the banks of the Dades River. Overnight Dar Mouna guesthouse near Ait Ben Haddou. Approx driving time: 2.5 hrs.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we will visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, the most exotic and best preserved in the entire Atlas area. We will have lunch here before continuing on to Telouet and the former palace of Pasha El Glaoui, the Berber chieftain. Passing sandy coloured Kasbahs and the shy Berber women in their traditional black costumes, we leave the arid desert area and cross the High Atlas Mountains to arrive in Marrakesh late in the afternoon. Framed by the snowy heights of the Atlas Mountains and thousand-year-old palm groves, Marrakesh has a profound impact on all that visit it. Overnight Riad Berta. Approx driving time: 4.5 hrs.

Meals:  B,D

Today we are led by our expert guide to discover the soul of Marrakesh. We visit gardens, mosques, palaces, and the souqs of the old Medina before reaching the humming centre of Marrakesh: the Djemaa el-Fna. The atmosphere of this square is overwhelming with its jumble of food stalls, snake charmers, fortune and storytellers and the wide variety of people that flock to its attractions. We return in the evening, when the square really comes alive. It is a must to taste the many wonderful dishes on offer at the stalls. Overnight Riad Berta.

Meals:  B,L

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel for your private bus transfer to Essaouira. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. You have free time to experience this magnificent town, wander through the fascinating labyrinth of streets, explore narrow lanes, enjoy the squares and cafes, along with the medina. Overnight: Riad Mimouna (or similar).

Meals:  B

Today you have a wonderful, relaxing day in Essaouira where you are free to do as you please. With its Greek-like whitewashed walls and its mixture of Portuguese, French and Berber fortifications, Essaouira has a completely different flavour to Marrakesh, and other destinations in inland Morocco. Essaouira is a handicraft centre, particularly for artisans working with sandal, cedar and lemon wood. You can take a relaxing walk along the Atlantic coastline. Fishing is also one of the main industries of the town and the fresh catch is a specialty of the restaurants and the inexpensive harbour side fish markets are a must for lunch. The shopping is great and so is the beach with numerous water sports on offer. Overnight: Riad Mimouna (or similar).

Meals:  B

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and transferred back to Marrakesh Airport where your trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Meals as indicated
  • Airport arrival transfer
  • 13 nights accommodation on a twinshare basis
  • English speaking tour leader
  • City guides in Rabat, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Fes, Marrakesh
  • Camel ride
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary
  • Private transport
  • Group departure transfer to Marrakesh at end of trip

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks, and bottled water
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, email, tips, and all beverages
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

About Your Leader

World Expeditions has a long held philosophy of training and empowering female guides and we certainly have an amazing line up of extraordinary women in the field!

Hailing from all walks of life, our female guide team are excited to welcome you on this adventure. With a deep love for the outdoors and a wealth of experience and knowledge, the expertise and enthusiasm that they bring to each and every trip is what makes it unique and memorable.

Their gentle encouragement and the careful attention they pay to every individual will ensure you are kept safe, well fed & inspired. These are the type of women who will offer support, pick your mood up after a hard day on the trail, encourage you to try new things and push your limits and of course have fun along the way!

Each of our guides has a unique story and they are looking forward to sharing their stories and hearing yours, while helping you connect to the place and the people you meet along the way.


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Essential Information

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