Let me start by saying 2014 is going to be an exciting year for Wildland and our travelers. Today, I get the honor of announcing that we have two new trips to Morocco. Yes, both our Exotic Morocco Tour and Moroccan Adventure have been totally redesigned. Luckily for me, I got to be the first one to experience our new Exotic Morocco Tour.
Here's a break down of what to expect on our new Exotic Morocco Tour:
The Wild Style:
Our 'Wild Style' of travel in Morocco is based on many years of experience designing trips throughout the Magreb. The design of our itineraries and your experience in the field is facilitated by our close-working relationships with guides, accommodations and outfitters on the ground to avoid the pitfalls of travel in Morocco. We assure you have the most comfortable, safe and authentic travel experience.
Our expert driver-guides help you get the most out of your trip, especially to facilitate personal connections with the locals you meet along the way. They understand that you're there to experiece the beauty of the landscape, people and culture.
Day 1: Rabat
Arrive in Casablanca’s and visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, heralded as the second largest mosque in the world! Then a short drive to Morocco’s modern capital of Rabat. It’s the official residence of King Mohammed VI, as well as the remains of the Hassan Tower built in 1196 ACE.
Day 2: Meknes-Volubilis-Fez
Head east to the next ‘Imperial City’ of Meknes. With its famous gate of Bab El Mansour, the impressive Dar Jamai Palace, the Royal Stables, and the tomb of Moulay Ismail; this lesser-visited city is worthy of a dedicated visit. Due north lies Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco's largest and best-preserved Roman ruins of colonnaded streets, buildings and elaborate mosaics.
Day 3: Fez
The former capital of Morocco, Fez remains Morocco’s leading intellectual and religious center as well as a fascinating cultural hub. Fez is my personal favorite of the imperial cities in Morocco. The streets that make up the Medina are an intricate maze that blends the all of the cultures, tradition and history that make up Morocco. From visiting the colorful tanneries to dining in palaces, Fez has more than meets the eye.
Day 4: Middle Atlas Mountains To Erfoud
Not to far south from Fez you stop for lunch in the alpine town of Ifrane, which they call "the little Switzerland of Morocco" for it's rich forest and mountain peaks. From Ifrane you travel through the middle atlas. On the way you might just be lucky enough to see a family of macques playing.
Day 5: Sahara Desert Ecampment
The drive today takes us through the magnifacnt Ziz Valley and into the Holy City of Rissani. Here you'll be given a private tour of the city with a local guide who will explain the history of the city and heritage of the "Tuareg" people. Then off to the Erg Chebbi Dunes, where your camel waits! There's a reason why you get to the dunes right before sunset. Watching the sunset while riding a camel in the middle of the Sahara is one of those "all-time moments." The dunes glow with vibrant colors as the fading light dances accross the grains of sand.
Day 6: Valley of The Kasbahs to Skoura
After a night of gazing at the stars and an early morning to watch the sunrise you head west through the valley of a thousand kasbahs and to the city of Tinjedad. Here you can explore the Berber museum of El Khorbat or wander through the plameries. There is also the chance for a short hike through the breathtaking Dades Valley. After your hike, spend the evening dining in the beautiful garden at Jardins de Skoura. This Kasbah is also your home for the night and is a true pleasure to stay at.
Day 7: Ait Ben Haddou-Telouet-Marrakesh
Continue west along the Atlas Mountains to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou. Once a fortified ksar and the setting for many desert films, including Lawrence of Arabia and The Gladiator. From there head northwest through the High Atlas and Tizi-n-Tickka, the highest pass in Morocco. Making it to Marrakesh with just enough time to explore bustling market.
Day 8: Marrakesh
A private full-day guided adventure, delving into this distinctly Magrebi city's history. Explore Ben Youssef Madrasa, an Islamic college founded in the 14th century and the Palais de la Bahaia. All the while meandering in and out of busy market. The main market is where you'll find a host of Berber trinkets and some pretty wild things. This is where you'll see cobras being charmed, plenty of escargot and more orange juice stands then you could ever possibly need.
Day 9: Depart or Extension
Today is your last day of the trip, but theres enough time before you head out to make one final stop to the market. If you do want to plan an extension, you can contact our Morocco Program Director, Jeff Stivers. He'd be happy to plan another adventure.
This truly is an extraordinary trip that offers the total Morocco experience. The type of trip that leaves you feeling like you really got see and know the country.
Your friendly adventurer,