Imperial Cities, the Great Sahara, and Marrakesh

Morocco Private Journey

Morocco

9 Days

From $4,995

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    Overview

    Morocco's sensuous beauty is legendary, from imperial cities with labyrinthine souks to the awesome grandeur of the Sahara. Our Private Journey discovers this graceful land in Fes—a walled city suspended in a medieval dream—and in the storied casbahs of Marrakesh, in the red-rock canyons of the High Atlas, and in a stunning desert oasis where dunes stretch to the horizon. You have a private guide with you from Day 1 through the afternoon of Day 8, and your accommodations are in hotels as well as riads, traditional mansions that have been converted into boutique hotels of character, with charming Moorish and Andalusian architecture, tiled central courtyards open to the sky, and peaceful rooftop gardens. Each riad is unique and has its own special personality and decor. At journey's end, you can extend your travels to the enchanting walled town of Essaouira on the edge of the sea.

    Arrive: Casablanca, Morocco

    Depart: Marrakesh, Morocco

    Highlights

    • Roam the labyrinthine medina of medieval Fes and the bustling bazaars of Marrakesh
    • Experience the magic of the Sahara's golden dunes from your private desert camp
    • Enjoy authentic riads, perfectly-located boutique hotels, and a private guide throughout your trip
    • Tailor your activities to your interests: Jewish history, architecture, cooking, hiking

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      The glory of medieval dynasties shines through in Morocco's ancient imperial cities. In seaside Rabat, Morocco's capital, stroll through the winding streets of the picturesque Oudaia Kasbah and visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V (the current king's grandfather), with its costumed royal guards and brilliant marble surface.
      Travel inland through wheat fields, vineyards, and olive groves to Moulay Idriss, a hilltown and revered pilgrimage site. Stroll in the evocative ruins of Volubilis, Rome's ancient provincial capital, then continue to Fes, nestled in a high valley and resplendent with minarets and domes. Fes's renowned walled medina is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, full of visual delights. Enter through one of its four arched gates and discover a mile-long network of souks, open-air cafes, courtyards, hammams (traditional steam baths), and gardens. On a privately guided walking tour, explore winding alleys of Arabic-Moorish architecture, savor the scent of spices, orange blossoms, and sizzling lamb kabobs, and watch scenes unchanged for centuries, from donkeys laden with goods to children carrying boards of bread dough to communal ovens.
      Cross the cedar forests of the Atlas Mountains descending into the Ziz Valley to Erfoud, and come face-to-face with the epic expanse of the Moroccan Sahara. At the frontier town of Merzouga, below the celebrated dunes of the Sahara, meet your Berber guides and set out for a camel ride, the ultimate way to explore this spectacular environment of wind-sculpted dunes.
      Head through the "Valley of a Thousand Casbahs," an ancient caravan route dotted with lush palm tree groves, and into the narrow red-rock canyon of the Todra Gorge. Visit the dramatic Dades Gorge, a deep fault in the High Atlas, and the famed mud-brick turreted fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, a 16th century ksar (fortified village) now protected as a World Heritage Site. A palm-fringed city more Berber than Arabic, fabled Marrakesh has been a metropolis for the tribes of the Atlas since the 11th century. Experience Marrakesh's delights, from bustling souks to Djemma el Fna, the lively central square filled with acrobats, snake charmers, fortune tellers, and a parade of other entertainers. Depart on Day 9.
      Moroccan Cooking Class

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: February to May & September to December. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $1,000 per person
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of private English-speaking guide and driver
      • Accommodations in riads, hotels, and Sahara desert camp
      • All meals included except 4 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All tipping and gratuities except for your main guide
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Non-alcoholic drinks provided with all included meals
      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 main guide
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

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

      Villa Mandarine

      Rabat, Morocco

      Day 1 (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 2-3 (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 4 (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

      Day 5 (1 night)

      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...

      Dar Jnan Tiouira

      Dades Valley, Morocco

      Day 6 (1 night)

      Set in the heart of the Dades Valley, this family-operated guesthouse is built in pure Berber architectural style and exudes a warm welcome. Twelve rooms and suites offer double or king size beds, en suite bathrooms, and a terrace with views of the mountains or gardens. And the onsite restaurant...

      La Maison Arabe

      Marrakesh, Morocco

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      This elegant riad is situated in the heart of the medina, just minutes from the Jemaa el-Fna, mosque, and souks. It features 26 guest rooms, most with private terraces and fireplaces, a new spa and hammam, and a swimming pool in a patio filled with...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to the Wilderness Travel trip rating system. It is an overland touring trip with optional hikes of two to four hours on some days and can be enjoyed by anyone in good health who has no mobility restrictions.
      Review Trip Level Details
      Morocco has a wide range of climatic variations. In the Atlas Mountains, temperatures can drop below zero and mountain peaks are snow-capped throughout most of the year. On the Mediterranean coastal plains, temperatures are moderate and subtropical. February through May and September through December are the best seasons for travel; Marrakesh daytime temperatures average in the 70s and 80s during these months, and quite a bit cooler at night. Winters (November to February) are generally very mild, although temperatures at night in the desert and High Atlas can get down to the 40s and be rainy (especially along the coast).

      Ramadan, the Islamic month of daytime fasting, occurs from approximately March 10 to April 9, 2024, and March 1 to 30, 2025. During Ramadan, there may be reduced restaurant/bar facilities in hotels, but this will not make an impact on the trip overall.

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      Client Testimonials

      "We want to put in a special word for our guide, Mohamed. His energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm put a positive stamp on the entire journey. He was a delight—professional, courteous, and efficient. I feel like we made a wonderful friend, and it was sad to leave him behind! It was really a pleasure to travel with Wilderness. I hope to come back to you in the future."

      Alison V.

      Peapack, NJ

      "We really enjoyed our trip to Morocco. Everything was just wonderful…the hotels, the food, the sightseeing, the shopping, the hammam. And the desert camp was one of the highlights of the trip."

      Amie S.

      Golden, CO

      "Our guide was outstanding in every way and exceeded any expectation we had each and every day. He was incredibly well educated, kind, easy going, smart, attentive, and an overall delight. He was the greatest asset on the trip."

      Annette J.

      Port Washington, NY

      "The trip was incredible and we packed a lot into every day. We loved every riad or hotel."

      Bob A.

      Charlotte, NC

      "Our Morocco trip exceeded expectations in every way, and those expectations were already incredibly high. Our guide and driver were incredible in every way. They took great care to make sure that we were happy and comfortable at all times, taking breaks out of the itinerary to show us things that they knew that we were interested in, and went over and above to make sure that this was an extraordinary journey for us. My memories of Morocco will always be some of my most fondest, thanks to all of the planning, care and consideration both of our guide and driver but also Wilderness Travel in general. This was our third trip with you, and each one has been unique. It won't be our last."

      Carolyn H.

      Summit, NJ

      "This was truly one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. No need was overlooked. Every detail was planned and executed effortlessly."

      D. Gauthier

      Miami, FL

      "Great trip. Having a guide like Ali in charge to show us his country made for "the trip of a lifetime.""

      Dan C.

      Seattle, WA

      "The trip itinerary, scenery, guides, food, and experience all met or exceeded our high expectations. We loved Morocco and its people, learning more about Islam, and the wonderful new sights and experiences."

      David K.

      Seattle, WA

      "A very special experience for me. I learned so much about the Moroccan culture and geography. Beautiful country!"

      Deborah P.

      Oakland, CA

      "My husband and two of our children thoroughly enjoyed our Private Journey in Morocco. We were introduced to a beautiful country; the Moroccan landmarks visited daily along with the opportunities to interact with the merchants, hotel and restaurant staffs, and the city guides added a deeper appreciation to the Moroccan people and their country."

      Deborah S.

      Jonesborough, TN

      "We felt we were in good hands and had a really good experience with the trip."

      Emese W.

      Bristol, RI

      "Everything was extremely well organized and we absolutely loved our guide."

      G. Ferrer

      Miami, FL

      "Best trip we've ever had...period!"

      Henry V.

      Willemstad, Curacao

      "This was a very good overview of the country. The desert camp was fabulous."

      Jon B.

      Villa Grande, CA

      "This was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was wonderful!!"

      Laura H.

      Tulsa, OK

      "Truly a wonderful, once in a lifetime trip. It was fascinating to go from an incredibly modern city like Casablanca to Berber desert camps in the Sahara. Everything was handled perfectly—we never had to worry about a thing!"

      Lauren G.

      San Jose, CA

      "Wonderful trip—couldn't have managed Morocco without our wonderful guide. Navigating and learning about the culture would have been very difficult on our own."

      Lori D.

      Mequon, WI

      "The Morocco private trip itinerary was perfect for us; each day was different and we were able to see so much of a very diverse and beautiful country."

      Martha B.

      Turner, OR

      "We can’t say enough good things about our guide's knowledge, personal skills, warmth—and most of all his patience. He dealt with five different people with different needs, who often asked questions that had already been answered—and never did he show anything but the utmost care and good will. He is a treasure—Wilderness Travel should be very proud."

      Marty and Paul S.

      Falls Church, VA

      "Everything was perfect!"

      Melissa S.

      Larkspur, CA

      "I travel a lot and it was easily one of my best trips."

      Michelle D.

      Alexandria, VA

      "Morocco was wonderful and we loved the trip, which was extraordinarily well-designed as usual for Wilderness Travel. When we compare WT itineraries and experiences to other companies, we consistently find that WT provides unique access to sites that other companies might ignore. There is a commitment to a complete, special experience that we appreciate."

      ML P.

      Cambridge, MA

      "We loved Morocco with its diverse beauty, culture, and rich history. It was really the perfect trip to do with the kids. And Ali, our guide, was perfect—wonderfully conscientious, informative, and delightful. The kids were greatly enthusiastic and said they will remember the trip forever."

      Pamela M.

      Lopez Island, WA

      "We loved our 2-week tour through Morocco! So many varied sights and destinations: ancient ruins, rock canyons, riding camels to watch the sunset in the Sahara Desert, villages, markets, and grand vistas. An absolutely fabulous trip! One we will long remember!"

      Shari R.

      Singer Island, FL

      "We so enjoyed our trip to Morocco. The sights were fabulous, our guide, Ali, was fantastic, our driver, Hamid, was a gem. We couldn't believe how much we were able to see in one week! We agreed that we are spoiled for any other way of travel now."

      Therese and Elliot P.

      Berkeley, CA

      "We loved the way you tailored the personal trip to suit our time frame, which was shorter than the usual trip in Morocco. It was a wonderful experience to see so much in such a short time; we really felt we got to know the country much more than if we had tried to figure it out ourselves!"

      Therese O.

      Berkeley, CA

      "Our third WT trip and clearly in our ‘all time top five’ trips. We learned a remarkable amount about a very different culture, particularly the human side of a moderate, modern, North African country."

      Victor S.

      New York, NY

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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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Head to a secluded region where our private camp features spacious, walk-in canvas tents with comfortable beds covered by cozy duvets. The tent floors are layered with a mosaic of colorful Berber carpets, and meals are served in a large, airy dining tent. Evening brings a glowing sunset and festive dinner, with Gnaoua musicians performing for you. You&apos;re more than welcome to join in, dancing and drumming along with the musicians! Overnight at camp.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Todra Gorge \/ Dades Gorge","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After enjoying a desert sunrise across the dunes of the Sahara and another chance to take in this &ldquo;sea of sand,&rdquo; bid farewell to your Tuareg cameleers. 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His energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm put a positive stamp on the entire journey. He was a delight&#8212;professional, courteous, and efficient. I feel like we made a wonderful friend, and it was sad to leave him behind! It was really a pleasure to travel with Wilderness. I hope to come back to you in the future."},{"GuestNames":"Amie S.","GuestLocation":"Golden, CO","GuestReview":"We really enjoyed our trip to Morocco. Everything was just wonderful&#8230;the hotels, the food, the sightseeing, the shopping, the hammam. And the desert camp was one of the highlights of the trip."},{"GuestNames":"Annette J.","GuestLocation":"Port Washington, NY","GuestReview":"Our guide was outstanding in every way and exceeded any expectation we had each and every day. He was incredibly well educated, kind, easy going, smart, attentive, and an overall delight. 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Beautiful country!"},{"GuestNames":"Deborah S.","GuestLocation":"Jonesborough, TN","GuestReview":"My husband and two of our children thoroughly enjoyed our Private Journey in Morocco. We were introduced to a beautiful country; the Moroccan landmarks visited daily along with the opportunities to interact with the merchants, hotel and restaurant staffs, and the city guides added a deeper appreciation to the Moroccan people and their country."},{"GuestNames":"Emese W.","GuestLocation":"Bristol, RI","GuestReview":"We felt we were in good hands and had a really good experience with the trip."},{"GuestNames":"G. Ferrer","GuestLocation":"Miami, FL","GuestReview":"Everything was extremely well organized and we absolutely loved our guide."},{"GuestNames":"Henry V.","GuestLocation":"Willemstad, Curacao","GuestReview":"Best trip we've ever had...period!"},{"GuestNames":"Jon B.","GuestLocation":"Villa Grande, CA","GuestReview":"This was a very good overview of the country. The desert camp was fabulous."},{"GuestNames":"Laura H.","GuestLocation":"Tulsa, OK","GuestReview":"This was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was wonderful!!"},{"GuestNames":"Lauren G.","GuestLocation":"San Jose, CA","GuestReview":"Truly a wonderful, once in a lifetime trip. It was fascinating to go from an incredibly modern city like Casablanca to Berber desert camps in the Sahara. Everything was handled perfectly&#8212;we never had to worry about a thing!"},{"GuestNames":"Lori D.","GuestLocation":"Mequon, WI","GuestReview":"Wonderful trip&#8212;couldn't have managed Morocco without our wonderful guide. Navigating and learning about the culture would have been very difficult on our own."},{"GuestNames":"Martha B.","GuestLocation":"Turner, OR","GuestReview":"The Morocco private trip itinerary was perfect for us; each day was different and we were able to see so much of a very diverse and beautiful country."},{"GuestNames":"Marty and Paul S.","GuestLocation":" Falls Church, VA","GuestReview":"We can&#8217;t say enough good things about our guide's knowledge, personal skills, warmth&#8212;and most of all his patience. He dealt with five different people with different needs, who often asked questions that had already been answered&#8212;and never did he show anything but the utmost care and good will. He is a treasure&#8212;Wilderness Travel should be very proud."},{"GuestNames":"Melissa S.","GuestLocation":"Larkspur, CA","GuestReview":"Everything was perfect!"},{"GuestNames":"Michelle D.","GuestLocation":"Alexandria, VA","GuestReview":"I travel a lot and it was easily one of my best trips."},{"GuestNames":"ML P.","GuestLocation":"Cambridge, MA","GuestReview":"Morocco was wonderful and we loved the trip, which was extraordinarily well-designed as usual for Wilderness Travel. When we compare WT itineraries and experiences to other companies, we consistently find that WT provides unique access to sites that other companies might ignore. There is a commitment to a complete, special experience that we appreciate."},{"GuestNames":"Pamela M.","GuestLocation":"Lopez Island, WA","GuestReview":"We loved Morocco with its diverse beauty, culture, and rich history. It was really the perfect trip to do with the kids. 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It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. 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. 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People who are unsure of their status should receive the vaccine (three doses spaced at intervals).<br><br><strong>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.","Custom_International_Health":"","Custom_Malaria_Prevention":"","Custom_Staying_Healthy":"Change of diet and a number of other factors can cause stomach upsets while traveling, especially in underdeveloped countries. To guard against illness, follow these guidelines:<br><br><ul><li>Consider all tap water unsafe. Do not drink it or brush your teeth with it. Bottled water is available everywhere. Don't drink the water served in restaurants (order bottled water). Avoid ice in your drinks (it may not have been made with treated water). <\/li><li>Beware of uncooked or raw foods such as salads. Don't eat fruit unless you have peeled it yourself. 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We recommend that you bring an ample supply of personal medications with you in your carry-on luggage. <br><br><strong>Medical Evacuation<\/strong><br>In case of serious illness or injury, you may need to be evacuated to Marrakesh, Rabat, or even back to the US. Evacuation by air may or may not be available.<br><br>If you require evacuation from a trip, you are responsible for payment of all evacuation costs. You must pay evacuation costs directly to the evacuation service prior to the evacuation. Acceptable forms of payment are typically cash or travelers checks. Credit cards may or may not be accepted. If you are able to use your credit card, be aware that a service charge will be assessed in addition to the actual cost of the evacuation. You must bring one of these forms of payment with you in case of emergency.<br><br>We strongly recommend that you purchase medical evacuation insurance, which usually reimburses you in the event of an emergency medical evacuation. 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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.<\/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. 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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. 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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":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/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. 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Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <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.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.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>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>90 Days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $1,000 per person<br>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}