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SAT, 21 MAY 2022 – “Day 15: Marrakech - Your adventure tour ends after breakfast. (Breakfast included).” Our tour group was quite diverse and included many experienced world-wide travelers who lived in the U.S. (5), Canada (3), England (2), and Germany (1). One person had fallen ill and had to miss the trip. My roommate was born in Bangladesh but was moved to London by his parents at age 6 months. He has an interesting philosophy and believes much knowledge about life’s lessons can be learned from travel. He is the most experienced traveler in the group, by far, and has been to North Korea and Iran. Several others have been to Southeast Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean and have piqued my interest in each of those locales. Our tour group was quite diverse and included ... read more


THU, 19 MAY 2022 – Day 13: Marrakech - "We leave Essaouira this morning and return to Marrakech to explore the final one of Morocco’s four Imperial cities we visit on this tour. Marrakech is set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains; Its great pride and landmark are the Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Sevilla. It is said that after the third of these was completed, the sultan had the eyes of his architect put out, lest he should build another more beautiful tower elsewhere. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city’s UNESCO-listed medina & Djemâa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and marketplace. Overnight Marrakech. (Breakfast included).” FRI, 20 MAY 2022 – “Day 14: Marrakech - This morning, why not book our optional ... read more
Returning to Marrakech for the Grand Finale
Returning to Marrakech for the Grand Finale
Returning to Marrakech for the Grand Finale


Today we have the whole day to explore and enjoy the sights and activities of Essaouira. There is an opportunity to do some optional activities. Overnight La Perle de Mogador, Essaouira, Morocco (Breakfast included).”... read more
Misc. Around Essaouira, Morocco
Misc. Around Essaouira, Morocco
Misc. Around Essaouira, Morocco


Today’s drive is truly stunning as we traverse the high Atlas Mountains on our way to Essaouira. A colourful fishing town situated within 15th century Portuguese fortifications, where great beaches and surf beckon. Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the Medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets, an antidote to the hustle & bustle of the Imperial cities. Overnight La Perle de Mogador, Essaouira, ... read more
The Drive from Aït Benhaddou, Morocco to Essaouira, Morocco
The Drive from Aït Benhaddou, Morocco to Essaouira, Morocco
The Drive from Aït Benhaddou, Morocco to Essaouira, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Aït Benhaddou May 16th 2022

"We bid fond farewell to Todra this morning en-route to Ait Benhaddou via Ouarzazate. We will stop to buy lunch along the way and have a chance for an optional tour of the Film studios in Ouarzazate, famous for films such as Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ and the Living Daylights. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the famous Kasbah and village. This is where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed. Overnight Ait Benhaddou (Breakfast & Dinner included).“... read more
En Route to Ouarzazate, Morocco
En Route to Ouarzazate, Morocco
En Route to Ouarzazate, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Todra Gorge May 15th 2022

"Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000-ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. We will have a stop at the Berber co-operative where you can see and buy authentic, Berber handmade rugs, kilims and carpets. The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, walking through the Palmerie or trying our optional activity of Rock Climbing. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. Overnight Todra Gorge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).” BLOGGER’S NOTE: I opted out of the walk to the gorge from the hotel. By now the tour guide had seen what exertion did to this former smoker; and I was, gratefully, told that the hike was somewhat strenuous. ... read more
En Route to Todra Gorge – Tinghir, Morocco
En Route to Todra Gorge – Tinghir, Morocco
The I Don't Remember Restaurant - Aït Hani, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga May 14th 2022

"Excitement is in the air as we head towards the mighty Saharan Dunes. En-route we stop off for an optional lunch and in the summer, we may even have time for a relaxing swim. It is then time to head towards the great desert dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga where we transfer to our camels and trek into the vast Sahara Desert in time for sunset. We then return to our authentic Berber Camp on the edge of the desert to spend the night enjoying local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. Overnight Berber camp (Breakfast & Dinner included).”... read more
En Route to the Berber Camp – Merzouga, Morocco
En Route to the Berber Camp – Merzouga, Morocco
En Route to the Berber Camp – Merzouga, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Midelt May 13th 2022

"This morning, we journey over the Moyen Atlas to stop at Midelt. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquil mountain setting, this is a great spot to cool down and relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes. We will enjoy a small hike in the afternoon. We spend the night in this mountain location. Overnight Midelt (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).”... read more
Ifrane City, Morocco
Ifrane National Park, Morocco
Ifrane National Park, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes May 12th 2022

"Today, we embark on a fully guided tour of the city of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and the Medina, and learn the fascinating history of the city. We'll later return to the hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. Overnight Fes (Breakfast included).”... read more
Fez City Tour – Fez, Morocco
Fez City Tour – Fez, Morocco
Fez City Tour – Fez, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes May 11th 2022

"Enjoy some free time in Chefchaouen this morning - spend your time exploring this beautiful city or relax at the hotel. We’ll then enjoy a leisurely lunch in Chefchaouen before moving on to Fes in the afternoon. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, and its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five, themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. Overnight Fes (Breakfast included).”... read more
Hotel Madrid – Chefchaouen, Morocco
Hotel Madrid – Chefchaouen, Morocco
Hotel Madrid – Chefchaouen, Morocco




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