NEW DEPARTURE!! Travel with AdventureWomen to Morocco in September 2018 for an authentic, cultural experience in this vibrant land of contrasts. With its roots in Northern Africa, proximity to the Sahara Desert and close ties to Europe, Morocco has a colorful culture expressed in its unique architecture, textiles, music, and cuisine.
This richly diverse country springs to life through the warm and hospitable Moroccan people who share a passionate love of music, art, and sublime food. Morocco has a long history of social traditions, a reputation for religious and ethnic tolerance, and enjoys the longest running monarchy in the world, all combining into the multi-faceted “fabric” of this modern-day, magical kingdom. Your journey with us through this fascinating land is a feast of sensory and cultural delights.
Start your AdventureWomen trip on the Atlantic coast and discover modern Morocco in Casablanca before heading north to the charming town of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains. You will be enchanted by this sleepy Moroccan village with narrow, winding streets and lanes and houses painted in a vibrant blue. The contrast of the small blue-washed “medina quarter” of Chefcahouen among the majestic mountains makes for stunning views. Soak up the atmosphere of this town with so many mixed cultures, and witness the influence of the native Berbers, Muslims, and Jewish refugees from Spain. Visit a traditional workshop to learn about the Djellaba, a long loose-fitting robe with full sleeves worn in the Maghreb region of North Africa and enjoy a walking tour of the mazes and meandering streets of the medina.
Continue your exploration of Morocco as we travel to the medieval city of Fes which will give you a glimpse into Moroccan life as it was centuries ago. Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and known as “the Mecca of the West”. The medina area in Fes is the largest car-free urban area in the world!
After two busy days in Fes, escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the countryside passing through Midelte, known for its apple plantations. You will have the chance to cross over the Atlas Mountains via Tizi n Talghemt (the pass of the camel). The colors, landscape, architecture, and the vegetation changes constantly along this journey as you head towards the expansive sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. Spend the night at a luxury tented camp in the middle of the dunes, journeying to this private camp by camel, and enjoy the night sky unspoiled by urban lights.
Skoura, a huge and flourishing oasis, is your home for the next night. This region is also known as “1000 Kasbahs” route where fortified, mud Kasbahs (local fortresses) dominate the green cultivated fields. Discover the culture of everyday life in Morocco joining a local family for a delicious couscous lunch. Then sit with a local women’s cooperative and learn from these fascinating artisans about their production of Moroccan handicrafts.
Round out your Morocco adventure in the colorful city of Marrakech, where you will visit historical monuments and explore packed souks (marketplaces) and the vibrant medina, experiencing Moroccan culture alongside the locals. Back-dropped by the stunning Atlas Mountains and once a key city of trade on the ancient caravan routes, Marrakech retains its fascinating blend of Arab, African, and European influences.
Your local expert guide will be your compass through the amazing alleyways of Marrakech. Explore the monuments which will help you understand the rich history of the city. In addition to the gardens and monuments, visit museums such as Dar Tiskwine and ‘Maison de La Photographie’ which explain life in Marrakech during the French protectorate. Finally you will discover vibrant souks displaying a great selection of traditional Moroccan handicrafts. You will be amazed with the skills of the artisans as well as the amount of items piled in a tiny space. The Djemaa el Fna Square gets even more fun in the evening with musicians, story tellers, acrobats, and many other performers.
Join AdventureWomen in 2018 on this new and colorful journey through the many facets of Morocco’s culture!
- Spend time with artists at a women’s textile cooperative in Sefrou
- Ride a camel in the Sahara Desert to a luxurious tented camp
- Enjoy a morning with the Berbers; learn the village social structure and local agriculture while making traditional tea
- Explore the labyrinth of the Fes Medina, meeting local craftspeople and enjoying local cuisine
- Visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
What You'll See and Do
- Camel Trekking
- Cooking Class
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- Spa Element
- Wine Tasting