Heritage Private Camp

Here you find yourself alone in the ravishing, unbounded beauty of the Sahara. It’s just you and the elements – sand and wind, sky and stars.

Upon arrival at our encampment, nicknamed Thaalab Sahara, you’ll ride camelback up and around one of the nearby dunes. If you’re feeling adventurous you can try your luck at sandboarding down the other side.

At dusk you’ll stop to take in the sunset from your private perch in the sand. It’s this moment, as the sun slowly fades away and the stars begin to come out, that you’ll truly feel the epic scale of the Saharan sky.

You’ll return to camp and to a roaring campfire. Cocktails are followed by a traditional Berber dinner before you retire to your tent for the evening.

This exclusive encampment can welcome parties of up to six. The site is comprised of three private bedroom tents, each with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a communal dining tent.

Bring the Kids 
A private 11-day, 10-night family trek to Morocco’s high peaks, endless deserts and spectacular cities.

3 Nights – Fes  |  1 Night – Sahara Desert  |  1 Night – Ouarzazate
2 Nights – High Atlas Mountains  |  3 Nights – Marrakech

ITINERARY
Day 1: Casablanca / Fes
Arrival Casablanca. Enjoy your drive inland to the Middle Atlas Mountains and Fes. With your expert guide, you will be introduced to a city where veiled women hurry through the winding streets; donkeys, laden with their wares, take their time; and proud artisans craft objects much as their forefathers did centuries ago. 

Day 2: Fes
In the outskirts of Fes, embark on quiet morning hike and intimate picnic lunch on Mt. Zalagh. An afternoon souk food walk through the medina with your local food guide will let you learn about the many delights of Moroccan gastronomy.

Day 3: Fes
Step outside of Fes and explore the nearby ruins of Volubulis.  Another delicious picnic lunch will accompany your breathtaking view. Return to Fes for a traditional Moroccan tom-tom drum making experience. Learn the basics of drumming while a master drum-maker crafts your personal instrument.

Day 4: Erfoud / Sahara
Drive south through the scenic cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains, following the green Ziz River valley until it ends at the Sahara desert. Soon you will arrive at the Tafilet oasis. Climb the dunes to watch the glorious sunset.  Feast on a delicious traditional Berber dinner and spend the rest of the evening in your private desert encampment, enjoying your temporary Saharan home.

Day 5: Sahara / Ouarzazate
Early morning camel ride up the dunes to watch the sunrise. Travel by 4x4 through the Sahara desert, eventually ending up at the breathtaking Todgha Gorges. Hike through the Gorges’ dramatic cliffs before continuing to Ouarzazate.

Day 6: Ouarzazate / High Atlas Mountains
Wander where film makes shot Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia—at the UNESCO-restored Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. Wind your way through the dramatic pass of Tizn Tichka, sitting on top of the world, en route to the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains.

Day 7: High Atlas Mountains
Hike into the lush, green mountains (accompanied by support mules) and have a picnic lunch under the open sky.

Day 8: High Atlas Mountains / Marrakech
Enjoy your short ride from the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Begin your journey at the 12th century tiled minaret of the Koutoubia mosque. Roam through the ancient pink-walled medina and the frenetic Djemaa el Fnaa (a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Space).

Day 9: Marrakech
Spend the morning preparing a traditional Moroccan lunch with the help of your local culinary expert. If you’re not too stuffed after lunch, design your own Kaftan to fit your personal style.

Day 10: Marrakech
Highlights of your day: explore the colorful souks (marketplaces), the trading centers of such exotic goodies as spices, carpets, jewelry, copper, hand-made rugs and much more. Tonight, indulge your last cravings for Moroccan food at a private dinner party to celebrate the last evening of a wonderful adventure.

Day 13: Marrakech
Depart.

HIGHLIGHTS
•     Hike and lovely picnic lunch on Mt. Zalagh (Fes).
•     Souk walk guided by an expert on Fes’s finest tastes.
•     Picnic lunch overlooking the ruins of ancient Volubulis (Fes).
•     Lesson in making a traditional Moroccan tom-tom drum (Fes).
•     Hike in the High Atlas Mountains with local guide, support mules and picnic lunch.
•     Hands-on cooking lesson with a talented Moroccan chef (Marrakech).
•     Create your own personalized Kaftan with local craftspeople (Marrakech).
•     Luxurious farewell dinner to send you off in style (Marrakech).

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATIONS
Riad Fes, Fes
Private Desert Encampment, Sahara Desert
Berbere Palace, Ouarzazate
Kasbah Bab Ourika, High Atlas Mountains
Riad Joya, Marrakech

Grand Tour of Morocco

Suggested Private Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca / Rabat
Arrival Casablanca. Drive to the coast and Rabat, the current capital of Morocco. Spend the afternoon finding out what lurks in the ancient necropolis of Chellah. Walk through the picturesque Kasbah des Oudaias, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 2: Fes
You will journey south to the ancient ruins of Volubulis, a former Roman settlement. Continue to imperial Meknes, where the stables once held 12,000 horses. In Fes, you’ll notice that you feel you’ve stepped back in time. Veiled women hurry through the winding streets, and donkeys carry the wares of traditional artisans.

Day 3: Fes
Highlights of your day: discover Fes’s history with visits to the Bou Inania Medersa (Koranic university) and the Foundouk Nejjarine, which has an excellent museum. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to take a leisurely walk through countless souks and Fes’ famous tanneries. Ask us where to stop and refresh with a mint tea.

Day 4: Fes
Experience the delights of Moroccan gastronomy during a morning souk food walk through the medina with our expert food guide.

Day 5: Erfoud / Sahara
Make your way south from Fes to the edge of the Sahara and the Tafilet Oasis, the last stop on the trans-Saharan trading route before Timbuktu. In the afternoon, you will transfer via 4×4 to your private desert encampment. Climb the dunes to watch the glorious sunset before indulging in a delicious traditional Berber dinner. Spend the rest of the evening gazing up at the stars—there’s nothing like the clear Saharan night sky.

Day 6: Sahara / Ouarzazate
If you’ve always dreamed of riding a camel up the dunes of the Sahara to watch the sun rise in the east, this is your morning! Continue your 4×4 adventure in the Sahara before heading west to Todgha Gorges, one of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the world.

Day 7: Ouarzazate / High Atlas Mountains
Spend the morning at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, where Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed. Then, enjoy a scenic and dramatic passage through Tizn Tichka, deep into the High Atlas Mountains.

Day 8: High Atlas Mountains
Spend the day at leisure swimming, biking or visiting a local Berber market.

Day 9: Essaouira
Set out with your driver for Essaouira. Essaouira is the perfect place to wander—it is a serene and picturesque city. Once known as Mogador, Essaouira’s blue and white medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10: Essaouira
Browse the numerous and lively café terraces and restaurants of Essaouira and ask us for our favorites. Be sure not to miss the thuya workers, craftsmen who make beautiful inlaid wooden objects; the ocean-side ramparts; and the myriad art galleries scattered about town.

Day 11: Marrakech
Drive inland to Marrakech. You will recognize it by its ancient pink-walled medina. After you have settled in, spend the early evening with your guide, becoming acquainted with the city and perhaps getting a bite to eat on your own.

Day 12: Marrakech
Highlights of your day: the colorful and exotic souks (marketplaces), the stately Koranic university, and some of Marrakech’s excellent museums. Ask us for some shopping recommendations or book a hammam (a steamy ritual bath) for the afternoon.

Day 13: Marrakech
Highlights of your day: take in the sights and smells of the tropical Majorelle Gardens, tour the opulent Saadien Tombs, and visit the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts.

Day 14: Marrakech
Transfer to the airport.

Suggested Accommodations:
Villa Mandarine, Rabat
Riad Fes, Fes
Private Desert Encampment, Sahara Desert
L’Ma Lodge, Skoura
Kasbah Tamadot, High Atlas Mountains
Palais Heure Bleue, Essaouira
Villa des Orangers, Marrakech

 

Please inquire for availability, pricing and tailoring your itinerary.

 

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