CAMELS + COUSCOUS & CALENDA’S VACATIONS INVITE YOU ON AN
12 NIGHTS: NOVEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 21, 2019
Join us on this 12 night, all Inclusive Adventure. Morocco, steeped in culture and exotic mystique, holds an immediate and enduring fascination; although it’s located not too far from Europe, it seems many miles away in both tradition and scenery – a land where there is a piece of history in every tile of every mosaic, a story at every souk, and a culture that envelopes you upon arrival.
As a backdrop to all this, the country’s physical make-up is nothing less than extraordinary – from the High Atlas Mountains to the lonesome shifting sands of the Western Sahara.
Enjoy a hand-curated collection of unique experiences designed to relax, renew, and inspire. Our journey together will begin in Marrakech, we will then follow the ancient trade route through the Tizi-Tischa mountain pass to the Sahara and then work our way back up through the Atlas Mountains filled with the warmth of the Berber people to the laid back seaside town of Essaouira, before returning to Marrakech.
This beautifully unique place offers its visitors a labyrinth of stories, dreams, contrasts, mysteries and myths . . .
JOIN US IN THIS MAGICAL CORNER OF THE WORLD TO AWAKEN YOUR SENSES AND RESTORE YOUR SPIRIT.
As a group of like-minded souls we will embrace this rich culture, and explore local customs and traditions as we journey through this ancient caravan route, from Marrakech to the Sahara.
Throughout our journey together we’ll weave experiences - while we seek inspiration from the colors, culture, and connections we find on our adventure.
The soulful time together will be the infused with locals, traditional artisans and cultural diversity. We’ve taken special care in planning a Bespoke Itinerary for the curious and imaginative traveller, that will both serve and inspire you. During your stay, we will be staying in Small Boutique Hotels, Riads and Lodges that are charming, and offer great food, and are in great locations. It is our hope that it inspires and connects you to the magic and mysteries of Morocco.
DAY 1 - Saturday, November 9, 2019
Arrival to Marrakech. If possible plan your arrival for late morning/midday and you will be met at the airport and transferred to our Boutique Riad. You will be welcomed with refreshments and lots of Moroccan Mint Tea. After settling in, and followed by a catered lunch it will off to the Spa for a relaxing Hammam and massage to relieve your body of all its travel fatigue.
Evening brings a beautiful sunset and a “welcome” cocktail party, local henna artists will be available to decorate our hands as we begin our adventure together. A traditional Moroccan welcome dinner at our Riad.
DAY 2 - Sunday, November 10, 2019
After breakfast at the Riad, we will be met by our guide, for a walking tour of Marrakech’s ancient Medina. You’ll learn a little bit about life in Marrakech and visit the beautiful 19th century, Palais Bahia, and then onto Palais Badi. Following lunch we will go to the new city, Gueliz, to enjoy the beautiful Majorelle Gardens, a magical and lush small garden estate designed by Jacque Majorelle and maintained by Yves Saint Laurent. The Majorelle Garden is filled with colorful walkways, ponds, cactus and plants as well as a beautiful shop with hand-made goods, followed by the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Dinner together in the Medina.
DAY 3 - Monday, November 11, 2019
After breakfast we will begin our journey in deluxe 4 x 4 air conditioned Jeeps. We will travel over the Tizi N’Tichka pass towards Ouarzazate. Built by the French in the 1920’s, the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass can be described as having mountainous barriers, Mediterranean and oceanic influences and desert borders. Along the route you will see panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains as well as sights of fertile valleys, blue and red colored pose villages. On the way, we’ll stop at the lesser known Kasbah Telouet: the former home of one of the most powerful Pashas of 20th Century Morocco,Thami El Glaoui, the “Lord of the Atlas.” We will have lunch at and explore the famous Kasbah of Aїt Benhaddou. Your guide will lead you on a private tour through this Berber village of towered and crenulated Kasbahs that once guarded the lucrative caravan route through the Atlas Mountains.
After we can relax and enjoy dinner together at our lodge in Skoura.
DAY 4 - Tuesday, November 12, 2019
After breakfast we begin our day enjoying the local Palm Oasis and driving to the Dadè Gorges and its dramatic landscape: ancient rust-red and mauve mountains stripped back to zigzagging layers of strata and knobbly rock formations. Fields of wheat and orchards of fig, almond and olive trees. A series of crumbling kasbahs and ksour line the valley in the Berber villages. We will enjoy a hike and lunch. Afterwards we will have free time followed by a beautiful dinner back at our Lodge.
DAY 5 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019
After breakfast our journey through the land of a thousand Kasbah’s will continue, as we make our way through the Draa Valley, filled with fortified Kasbahs, Ksours and thousands of Palm trees.
Stopping for Lunch in Zagora, then on to Amzrou to see how silversmiths work to make hand made silver fibulas and Southern Crosses. The silver smiths in Amzrou were taught their craft by the Jews who inhabited this village in the 1950’s. Before they fled to Israel, they left a long history of craftsmanship along with the land to continue their silver making jewelry traditions. Onto Tamggroute, which in Berber means “last place before the desert”. One of the oldest towns in Morocco, 6th century and was one of the last stops for the trade caravans travelling across the desert. This artisan village, pottery is carried down between generations. The process is rich and unique to the the area, it is only place on earth to experience these special, shades of green pieces. They are pleasure to behold and each one is art unto itself.
Our final resting place today is in a desert Oasis, Kasbah Aitisfoul. We will settle into our Kasbah where we will experience the life like a local, simple desert way of life. Dinner at Aitisfoul with the culinary delights of our local Chef Mohamed.
DAY 6 - Thursday, November 14, 2019
After Breakfast, we begin the day by breathing into the opportunity for “slow life in the desert”. Feel free to explore local life in the Kasbah around Ait Isfoul. Wander the Palm Oasis or visit the local weekly market in Tagounite. Let inspiration from the landscape and your senses guide you to photograph, draw, write, read or simply relax.. We grow as people when we heighten our awareness, staying present, to observe and feel the emotions of a foreign and unfamiliar place.
Lunch is at Aitisfoul
The evening will find us immersed in the primal fusion sounds of the music of Daraa Tribes while we gather under the star-filled Saharan night sky and enjoy our authentic Moroccan dinner together.
DAY 7- Friday, November 15, 2019
ERG CHEGAGA, LUXURY DESERT CAMP
After breakfast our adventure begins in 4 x 4’s, as our route passes different features of the desert: erg (sand dunes), reg (rocky desert), hammada (stony desert). We will have time to stop along the way to any enjoy these landscapes. Chegaga dunes are away from civilization, it is mesmerizing, you can really feel the overwhelming tranquillity and expanse of the desert. Chase the light and color of the sand as you climb up the dune after our a camel trek to view a Saharan Sunset. We will have Dinner together under the stars. The evening we will have us enjoying local desert drums under the sheltering desert sky as we fall sleep in our luxury Bivouac tents.
DAY 8 - Saturday, November 16, 2019
After a beautiful sunrise and breakfast, – we will witness, sand dunes, stony plains, and the dry lake Iriqui – as we make our way to the village of Foum Zguid, where lunch will be served. We then continue on to Taznacht, and go to a carpet collective to see the women weavers and the carpets they continue to create the traditional way. We will spend the night in Taroudant, located in the Souss Valley in the southern part of the country. It is known as (Little Marrakech) because it is a scaled down, slowed down town that resembles Marrakech with its surrounding ramparts. Unlike Marrakech, Taroudant contains almost the whole city within its walls. Dinner will consist of an authentic Tajine cooking class at our Boutique Hotel.
DAY 9 - Sunday, November 17, 2019
After Breakfast, we will tour, Dar al Hossoun, by horse and carriage, along the ramparts then towards the medina and the nearby souks.
We will stop at the tannery to discover the traditional tanning process and leather produces made in local workshops . After a walk around the city centre, we will then go to Sidi ou Sidi, one of the oldest Berber houses in Taroudant, built of abode, and where can be found a wide range of rare plants. We will have our lunch there.
Before our return back to Dar al Hossoun, we will stop at the Palais Salam, former residence of the Taroudant Pasha now turned hotel.
After lunch we will travel on to the former Portuguese fishing village, Essaouira. Dinner will be at our hotel.
DAY 10 - Monday, November 18, 2019
After Breakfast, and a short wander around the Medina we will start our Morrocan cooking workshop, for those interested and for the others, there will be a tour of the Spice Market - followed by a group lunch. Afterward is free time to stroll along the town’s sunlit pedestrian main square, Place Prince Moulay el Hassan and the Skala du Port, the ﬁshing harbor, offers breathtaking views of the Portuguese ramparts, and of course there is shopping. The medina of Essaouira (formerly “Mogador”) is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city.
Dinner tonight is at the Seafood Restaurant, Le Table Madada
DAY 11 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019
After breakfast we make the drive back to Marrakech. We will see the Goats in the Argan Trees and see how the women’s cooperatives turn the nuts into Argan Oil. We will enjoy a gourmet lunch and fresh goat cheese at La Fromagerie along the way. We’ll make a stop at a Village where you can shop and see basket weavers, potters and artists at work. Once settled back into our Riad, our dinner will be walking food tour with Tasting Marrkech which is a food and cultural tour, exploring the famous Jemaa el Fna square.
DAY 12 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019
After Breakfast we will visit the Tiskiwin Museum, a private museum dedicated to popular arts & crafts, styled as a beautiful Spanish-Moroccan house. Next, we will be inspired by the artistry of the Berber women who craft some of Morocco’s famous carpets at the Musee Boucharouite. Followed by a visit to one of my favourite carpet dealers in the Medina, to enjoy the diversity of the carpets up close and personal. After a lunch you will have free time to wander the souk.
Our Farewell Dinner together will be hosted at a lovely restaurant overlooking La Place.
DAY 13 - Thursday, November 21, 2019
We will enjoy our last Breakfast together before your transport to the airport.
IT’S OUT WISH THAT YOU DEPART WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE JOURNEY ITSELF IS THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION.
Transfers to and from Marrakech Menara Airport on arrival and departure days
12 nights lodging (double occupancy)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner throughout the trip
All Guides + Entrance Fees + Tours
Welcome Hammam + Massage
Camel ride in the Desert
Deluxe Bivouac in the Sahara Desert
Cooking Class (optional)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare and travel costs to and from Morocco
Additional nights lodging or any add - on tours
Personal spending money
Tips and gratuities
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY
PAYMENT IN FULL: $4100
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY
"After our incredible trip with Michelle and Kamal, I am completely spoiled for international travel! The wonderful local connection of these two took us deep into the true culture and lives of the warm and giving Berber people.
Our trip was personalized to our interests, adding experiences that we had no idea to ask for and enriching our visit. The trip was an authentic and wholesome adventure into the rural and traditional Morocco. We came away glowing and inspired with real experiences- and with two new amazing Moroccan friends!"