Imperial Cities, Atlas Mountains, and the Golden Dunes of the Sahara

Morocco: Camels to Casbahs

Morocco

14 Days

From $6,495

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    Overview

    A world of legendary souks, golden Sahara dunes, and red-rock canyons, Morocco has a mystique all of its own. We roam the bazaars of Fes, cross the High Atlas to walk in the Todra and Dades canyons, and meet Berbers in their villages. The highlight for many is our stunning private camp nestled in remote Sahara dunes, where we'll savor the silence and the sunsets. Along the way, our expert Trip Leaders introduce you to Morocco's welcoming people, sumptuous flavors, and astonishing natural beauty.

    Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco

    Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco

    Highlights

    • Experience the royal cities and welcoming culture of Morocco
    • Ride a camel or walk across the Sahara's golden dunes from our private desert camp
    • Hike in the Dades Gorge, a magnificent landscape of limestone cliffs
    • Roam the medinas of medieval Fes and Marrakesh

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      In Rabat, the capital, we stroll the 12th century Oudaya Kasbah, then travel inland through olive groves to visit the hill town of Moulay Idriss and the evocative Roman ruins of Volubilis, a World Heritage Site.
      The most authentic of Morocco's imperial capitals, Fes is nestled in a high valley and resplendent with soaring minarets and dazzling domes. From our traditional riad in a historic quarter of the medina, we walk through a twisting network of souks, open-air cafes, and courtyards.
      Crossing the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas, we descend into the stunning canyon of the Ziz Gorge as we make our way to our private Sahara luxury camp. Our activities here are flexible—explore on foot or ride camels. We'll feel as if we have the Sahara to ourselves as we stargaze under a brilliant sky.
      In the High Atlas, we take a walk in the impressive Todra Gorge, whose steep walls are over 1,300 feet high, and visit a traditional village amid the red-rock spires of the Dades Gorge.
      We explore stunning Ait Ben Haddou, an 11th century mud-brick citadel often used as a film location. In Marrakesh, the famed medina and the central square—a scene of snake charmers, fire eaters, and fortune tellers—will lure us in.
      Whitewashed houses with blue shutters give this walled town a Mediterranean atmosphere. We explore the tiny port, the bustling fish market, and the harbor, where bright blue boats lie at anchor.
      Visit the enchanting Majorelle Garden, a diverse botanical landscape restored by Yves Saint Laurent, and depart on Day 14.
      Our 2025 itinerary is 12 days, 2 days shorter than 2024. Please call for details.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in first-class hotels, riads, and a luxury tented camp
      • All meals included except 1 lunches and 3 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Sahara desert camp crew (camel handlers, cooks, etc.)
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or bus/4WD vehicle drivers
      • Mandatory emergency evacuation insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

      Casablanca, Morocco

      Day 1 (1 night)

      This large modern hotel is set in the business district opposite the Hassan II mosque, an ideal location for walkers. Hotel amenities include two restaurants, one serving traditional French brasserie dishes, a rooftop bar, indoor pool, and a spa offering massage services.

      Villa Mandarine

      Rabat, Morocco

      Day 2 (1 night)

      Set in three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens laced by walking paths, this 36-room riad, a former private home, is an oasis in Rabat's residential district. Rooms are spacious and furnished in traditional decor, and each has its own terrace or private garden. The heated swimming pool is a great...

      Riad Fes

      Fes, Morocco

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      A member of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group, the 26-room Riad Fes is tucked away behind the medina and close to one of its main gates. The common areas are comfortable and inviting and feature traditional Moroccan tile work, carved wooden screens, and intricate plasterwork. Like most riads, it...

      Kasbah Xaluca

      Erfoud, Morocco

      Day 5 (1 night)

      Surrounded by desert sands on the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, this newly built kasbah-style hotel is very atmospheric, with its numerous adobe courtyards and stylish guest rooms decorated to resemble nomads' tents. The main interior courtyard centers around a lovely swimming pool and bar shaded by palms. Breakfast and...

      Private Sahara Desert Camp

      Sahara Desert, Morocco

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Our luxury tented camp, exclusive to our group, is set in the majestic dunes of the Sahara. The canvas interiors are hung with bright fabrics and carpeted with richly-hued Moroccan rugs (you'll forget you're in a tent—this is more like a sheik's hideaway). Comfortable beds are covered...

      Hotel Xaluca Dades

      Boumalne Dades, Morocco

      Day 8 (1 night)

      This 110-room hotel is situated between the Todra and Dades Gorges at an altitude of 5,290 feet. Spacious guest rooms feature a unique African decor, while the hotel terrace overlooks the beautiful Dades Valley. An outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, spa, and fitness room are among the hotel's amenities.

      Ksar Ighnda

      Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

      Day 9 (1 night)

      Set in the heart of the desert within close proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou is Ksar Ighnda. The exterior of the riad features stunning carved arches and traditional architectural details. Inside, spacious guest rooms have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. You can enjoy a...

      Hotel Es Saadi

      Marrakesh, Morocco

      Days 10-11 (2 nights)

      With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in the 1950s and still managed by its original owners, a local Moroccan family, the Es Saadi offers spacious, updated rooms and a swimming...

      Riad Mimouna

      Essaouira, Morocco

      Day 12 (1 night)

      This traditional riad, set on the town ramparts right above the beach, is known for its friendly and accommodating staff. The 33 guest rooms and suites are clean and comfortable, and decorated in traditional Moroccan design. Start the day with breakfast on the sunny rooftop terrace—with its 360-degree views of...

      Hotel Es Saadi

      Marrakesh, Morocco

      Day 13 (1 night)

      With a convenient location in the new section of the city, the Es Saadi is a 15-minute walk from the bustling medina. A five-story hotel built in the 1950s and still managed by its original owners, a local Moroccan family, the Es Saadi offers spacious, updated rooms and a swimming...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Ali Ait Ichou

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      Mohamed Hjira

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 2+, Moderate. It combines overland travel and cultural exploration with a 2-night stay at a private luxury camp in the desert, which includes the opportunity to ride a camel, 4WD or walk in the Sahara. Most days we will be exploring a variety of cities, museums and cultural sites on foot, so being comfortable walking for several hours a day is important.

      Average Day
      • 3-5 hours on your feet exploring towns, cities, and cultural centers
      • 2 hours driving
      Challenge Days
      • Day 9: we hike for a total of about 3 hours and drive for 3-4 hours
      Review Trip Level Details
      Morocco has climatic variations but the weather is largely moderate, with a cooling influence from the Mediterranean and Atlantic.. In the summer months, daytime temperatures are in the 90s in the valleys, but cool down to the 70s as we gain elevation. Highs in the coastal cities are in the high 70s and low 80s. In the spring, average daytime temperatures in coastal cities range from the mid-60s to the low 80s. The Dades Valley is in vibrant bloom in early spring, from late February through March, and has cooler average highs in the 40s, dropping to lows in the 30s at night. In the north, light rains may stretch to mid-March. During the fall months, Morocco's weather is mild and dry—highs range from the 60s to the high 80s. In the north, light rains begin in November.
      We enjoy first-class hotels and high-end riads in the cities and smaller, quainter lodges in the more remote areas. We spend two nights at a private Sahara desert camp while on the camel trek, where we provide all the comforts you would want in a luxury tented camp. Canvas interiors are hung with bright fabrics and carpeted with Moroccan rugs. Comfortable beds are covered by cozy duvets. You'll have a washstand, shower, and toilet within your tent, separated from the sleeping room by traditional white curtains. Meals are served in a large dining tent with a comfortable lounging area outside.
      Meals will be a mix of à la carte and family style at local restaurants, cafés and hotels. Tajine (a slow-cooked meat stew often made with chicken, seafood, vegetables, olives, prunes, or almonds) is an important staple of Moroccan cuisine, as is couscous, kebab, and harira, a rich, spiced bean soup. We will also be eating dishes with a more French influence as well as seafood.
      The majority of your transportation is provided in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus. On some of the smaller, more remote roads where larger vehicles cannot easily access, we use Toyota 4WD Land Cruisers. Filtered water is carried on board our vehicles at all times for your use.
      In the Sahara, we enjoy two days of exploring the desert landscape via camel. On the first day, we drive into the desert to meet our camels and Tuareg cameleers. You can walk or ride camels, or you can opt to ride to camp by 4WD vehicle. The next day, several options are available—you can explore a small mountain called M'ifis and the dunes of Erg Znagui by camel, enjoy a walk, or simply stay in camp and enjoy the surroundings. The desert walking is not difficult but covers a variety of terrain with no trails, from hard-packed desert to vast sand dunes. Our camels are roped together in groups of three or four and led by a cameleer. Most people alternately ride and walk, as camel riding for long periods can be uncomfortable. You can walk if you don't want to ride a camel at all, or relax in the camp instead.

      Please note: Camels can be unpredictable animals. It is possible for the camel to stumble on rough terrain or make a sudden erratic movement. Since camels cannot be saddled as securely as horses, the possibility of a fall is increased. It's important to follow the instruction and guidance of your Trip Leader, and to stay alert while riding. Anyone participating in this optional activity must acknowledge the inherent risks in riding and perhaps falling from the saddle, and agree to accept responsibility.

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      Client Testimonials

      "This was my first group 'adventure travel' trip and it exceeded all my expectations. I could not have enjoyed so many aspects of Moroccan life and culture had I been traveling on my own."

      Catherine F.

      Brooklyn, NY

      "This trip was well thought out with an itinerary that captures the spirit of the country. It was everything I had hoped for, and this trip had been on my list for years!"

      Cindy B.

      St. Louis. MO

      "A well designed trip. We saw a lot, traveled a lot, but the pace was just about perfect. We got to see so many different aspects of Moroccan life, in so many different settings. Well done."

      Darin P.

      Rye, NH

      "A great blend of history, culture, scenery, and food."

      Dave C.

      Clackamas, OR

      "I really liked the pace of the trip and the flawless planning. Our Trip Leader has fantastic rapport with the locals throughout the country."

      Dave S.

      Olympia, WA

      "This was the trip of a lifetime and I was not disappointed! Our guide was very kind, informed, educated, and flexible when needed. The riads were world class! I loved the range of activities and locations."

      Debbie A.

      Studio City, CA

      "It was our 13th WT trip and we were not disappointed. We continue to be loyal clients because of trips like this."

      Dennis K.

      Shaker Heights, OH

      "A jam packed trip. The desert camp was fantastic—what a unique experience! "

      Hannah S.

      Dripping Springs, TX

      "An amazing range of sites, landscape, activities: the desert trek was a really unique experience that I’ll remember always; the mountain landscape was gorgeous; visiting Essaouira gave us a taste of the coast; everything was well organized but allowed flexibility."

      Heather J.

      Washington, DC

      "I knew this trip would be great but it was BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS! What an exciting, exotic, beautiful, and diverse country. I loved the High Atlas Mountains, so exceptionally scenic, the cities, medinas, and the sights, sounds, and aromas. The people were very friendly and gracious. The Sahara is very interesting. Marrakesh is a happening, fun city and coastal Essaouira is pretty and peaceful. I loved it all!"

      Jan J.

      Gilford, NH

      "We can depend on Wilderness Travel to offer exceptional trips and great attention to detail, and the quality of the Trip Leaders is unsurpassed."

      Joceln S.

      Arvada, CO

      "It was your beautiful catalog that turned me onto the idea of this trip."

      Karen G.

      New York, NY

      "The details of the itinerary, the schedule, and logistics could not have been better."

      Karl S.

      Arvada, CO

      "Our Trip Leader and his team did a great job of introducing us to the amazing cultural, geographic, and historical diversity of Morocco."

      Kitty L.

      Chicago, IL

      "The experience was everything I had hoped for. The camping portion was excellent and the crew was top-notch."

      Larry M.

      Anchorage, AK

      "This is the kind of trip that has you itching to return before it even ends."

      Laura B.

      Seattle, WA

      "What a super country, what tremendous experiences had by all, and our Trip Leader made it all a blast from beginning to end. Thanks, Wilderness Travel, once again, for a wonderful trip."

      Laura B.

      Tucson, AZ

      "This was the most fascinating trip we have been on with WT. The Sahara, the gorges, and the mountains were my favorites, also the visit with the nomad family."

      Margaret J.

      Charlottesville, VA

      "The Sahara camel trek/camping was definitely the highlight! Waking at sunrise at the dunes was a beautiful sight."

      Maria S.

      Yardley, PA

      "The more the trip went on, the more I began to appreciate how well it was organized. It give us a great exposure to all the Morocco has to offer."

      Mark S.

      North Oaks, MN

      "Great tour, beautiful country, wonderful people."

      Patricia B.

      New York, NY

      "Probably the best WT trip we've taken, and they were all outstanding!"

      Robert B.

      Oakland, CA

      "I will recommend this trip to everyone."

      Rochelle Z.

      New York, NY

      "It was extraordinary!"

      Sharon L.

      Bellevue, WA

      "One of the best guided trips we have ever taken. Our Trip Leader's guiding skills are very good and his knowledge of Morocco's culture is encyclopedic."

      Stephen M.

      Woodland, CA

      "Everything was first rate. The Desert Camp was simply gorgeous and outstanding in comfort and service. Through the expert leadership and guidance of Ali and the WT staff, we feel we have gotten to know and love Morocco."

      Steven A.

      New York, NY

      "This is our 5th Wilderness Travel trip and one of the best. The diversity of locations and experiences, the knowledge and capacity of the guide, and the wonderful people of Morocco made it very special."

      Susan K.

      Golita, CA

      "Morocco was wonderful in so many ways and I'm sure my impressions were heightened by the flawless trip organization and leadership provided by your tour."

      Susan L.

      Cameron Park, CA

      "Morocco is a wonderful, exotic country. Everything was handled with care and professionalism. A first-class operation."

      Virginia W.

      Danville, CA

      "The itinerary was superbly planned. Lots of very nice touches, beginning with dinner at Rick's in Casablanca, staying in a riad in Essaouiria, horse-drawn carriages to the medina in Marrakesh."

      Walter P.

      Austin, TX

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground.<\/p><p>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, and suggest you download the free app and enter the local emergency contact number below in advance of your trip.<br \/><\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<p><strong>LOCAL CONTACT: AME D'AVENTURE<\/strong><br>Attn: Mohamed Imharken<br>(+212) 524-439-025 (24 hour emergency number)<br>(+212) 662-204-812 (WhatsApp)<br>ame-info@ameaventure.ma<\/p>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"morocco-fes-sahara-marrakesh-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"See magical Fez, Marrakesh, and seaside Essaouira. Camp in the Moroccan Sahara. 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The transfer takes approximately 3 hours and costs $190 per vehicle (subject to change).<\/p>","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-21T14:02:49 --><p>You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from Morocco. Airlines with the most convenient flight schedules for this trip include:<\/p><p>Delta Airlines (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.delta.com\">www.delta.com<\/a>)<br \/>Air France (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.airfrance.com\">www.airfrance.com<\/a>)<br \/>Air Canada (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.aircanada.com\">www.aircanada.com<\/a>)<br \/>Tap Air Portugal (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.flytap.com\">www.flytap.com<\/a>)<br \/>Royal Air Maroc (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.royalairmaroc.com\">www.royalairmaroc.com<\/a>)<br \/>Easy Jet (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.easyjet.com\">www.easyjet.com<\/a>)<br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. 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The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens do not need a visa for countries visited on this trip. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The unit of currency in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (MAD). We suggest that you bring an ample supply of US cash (USD) with you. You can change money at hotels, banks, exchange bureaus, and even at some shops in Marrakech and Fes. The exchange rate is fixed by the government, so you will get the same rate wherever you change money. Money can be changed at the Fes hotel, but not again until Marrakesh. Hotel cashiers have limited hours: usually from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and again from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, so try to coordinate around these hours. For larger purchases, credit cards can be used in the main cities but not in smaller towns. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, any meals not included in the trip itinerary, and personal items such as beverages, phone calls, etc. Depending on how much shopping you like to do, we recommend you bring about $500 in cash and one or two major credit cards (Visa or MasterCard). Most purchases over $50 can be charged on your credit card, although you will need cash for shopping in the city souks. Souk merchants prefer dirham, as converting from US dollars (USD) to dirham can be confusing (and you may not get the best conversion rate). So, please make sure to have dirham with you if you plan to shop at the souks. There are ATMs in the larger cities, where you can pull out money. 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More traditional dishes are a rich, spicy bean soup called harira, as well as meat kebabs, tajine (a slow-cooked meat stew often made with chicken, seafood, vegetables, olives, prunes, or almonds), and pastilla, a poultry pie made with filo pastry and cinnamon. And of course, there is couscous, a staple based on steamed semolina. For dessert in restaurants, you may find cr&egrave;me caramel and almond-filled pastries. Local yogurts are delicious, and seasonal fruits are abundant. The national drink is th&eacute; &agrave; la menthe&mdash;green tea flavored with fresh mint and sweetened with sugar. French-style coffee is widely available, as are bottled water and soft drinks. The drinking of alcohol takes a low profile in Morocco, but beer and wine are available in restaurants and at hotel bars. Moroccan wines include a light French-style claret, a strong cabernet, and a dry white. The local beers are Casablanca or Flag. 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For more information, refer to the CDC website.<br><strong><br>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><strong><br>Hepatitis<\/strong><br>The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries.<br><strong><br>Tetanus Booster<\/strong><br>A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years).<br><strong><br>Typhoid<\/strong><br>The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna, a course of four capsules, one every other day for a week, with full effectiveness reached in a week. 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A spare pair is invaluable should your first pair be lost.<\/li><li>Assorted plastic bags or stuff sacks to collect personal trash and organize items in luggage.<\/li><li>Money belt or neck pouch. Always carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt or blouse.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"Every trip member must bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices.<br><br><ul><li>Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. We recommend mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they do not contain harsh chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Brands such as Honest Company, Badger, and Alba Botanica are found in most sporting goods stores and drugstores.<\/li><li>Lip balm with sunscreen<\/li><li>Aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, Tylenol PM for sleeping<\/li><li>Topical antibiotic (such as Neosporin) for cuts, bites, or sores<\/li><li>Insect repellent. Bugs are not a problem in the dry climate but there can be an occasional mosquito. Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) because it can damage plastic.<\/li><li>Blister kit. Look for the long-lasting gel-type bandages that you can apply directly on blisters, such as Band-Aid Advanced Healing Bandages or Curad Gel Multi-Day Bandages. &#8220;Liquid band-aids,&#8221; such as New-Skin, are useful because they dry rapidly to form a tough protective cover over a blister.<\/li><li>Vaseline for lips\/nose in dry climate<\/li><li>Anti-bacterial gel for hand washing<\/li><li>Antihistamine such as Benadryl and cold remedy such as Sudafed<\/li><li>Pepto-Bismol tablets for heartburn, indigestion, and diarrhea<\/li><li>Imodium for diarrhea. 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It combines overland travel and cultural exploration with a 2-night stay at a private luxury camp in the desert, which includes the opportunity to ride a camel, 4WD or walk in the Sahara. Most days we will be exploring a variety of cities, museums and cultural sites on foot, so being comfortable walking for several hours a day is important.<div><strong><br><\/strong><\/div><div><strong>Average Day<\/strong><div><ul><li>3-5 hours on your feet exploring towns, cities, and cultural centers<\/li><li>2 hours driving<\/li><\/ul><strong>Challenge Days<\/strong><ul><li>Day 9: we hike for a total of about 3 hours and drive for 3-4 hours<\/li><\/ul><\/div><\/div>","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"","Custom_Weather":"Morocco has climatic variations but the weather is largely moderate, with a cooling influence from the Mediterranean and Atlantic.. In the summer months, daytime temperatures are in the 90s in the valleys, but cool down to the 70s as we gain elevation. 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We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}