Marrakech & Nomad Camp (3 nights)

CAS 406-101
Highlights

• Evening in a comfortable Nomad camp
• Camel trek in rocky desert
• Beautiful landscape
• The Djemâa el Fna square, a UNESCO world heritage
• Majorelle Gardens

Program Overview
Country: Morocco
Depart: 04/11/2017 1030
Return: 04/14/2017 1600
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min 30 / Max 60
Program Fee
$951 (early booking: $897)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MGT 360 Social and Sustainable Venturing (Section 2)
  • IE 470 Women and Development
  • ANTH 120 Human Origins and Variation

This adventure begins with a drive to the beautiful suburbs of Marrakech. The trip will take you along the path traced by nomads and will be an introduction to their culture as well as recent improvements to their quality of life.

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Marrakech

  • Lunch at Palais Chahramane or similar
  • Buses & 4×4 to meet in front of La Mamounia parking
  • Transfer in 4x4wd (5pax/car) to the Agafay Rocky Desert
  • Camel ride to the Nomad Camp with a visit of the Suburbs
  • Folkloric Show, Dinner & Night under tent

On arrival, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. From here, embark in SUVs for a drive to Agafay, a rocky desert in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of Berber country. Here your camels will be waiting for you and you will ride to an authentic nomad camp where you will enjoy dinner with a traditional folkloric show, followed by an overnight in nomad tents.

 

Day 2

4-Wheel Adventure and Cultural Dinner Show

  • 4wd to discover the small villages and dams of the region, Back to Marrakech via
  • Amezmiz valley with lunch on the way
  • Enjoy a Moroccan dinner in the medina with a belly dancers show
  • Back to the Hotel

Explore the drive along the area following the N’fis Wadi River. Travel along old salt mines and dams that provide the city of Marrakech with water and electricity. Return to Marrakech for an evening out with delicious Moroccan food in the medina, complete with a belly dancer show.

 

Day 3

Main Sites of Marrakech

  • Travel to La Koutoubia Tower for photo stop
  • Visit Bahia Palace
  • Travel to Medersa Ben Youssef
  • Walk to the Medina for a free Afternoon (lunch & dinner on own)

Your third day will allow you to visit the main sites of Marrakech. You will see the Koutoubia mosque which is an emblem of Marrakech. Koutoubia’s minaret went on to inspire the architects of the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. This square tower in finely-worked dressed stone is 77 meters tall, including its lantern. Built in the 12th century, the Koutoubia minaret is the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa. This famous landmark dominates the local skyline and can easily be spotted from all of Marrakech.

The Bahia palace is a small piece of folly ordered in 1880 by the great vizir Sidi Moussa. The beauty of the Bahia palace makes it a remarkable example of the Eastern architecture from the 19th century. It took 15 years to complete. The Bahia Palace is a masterpiece of domestic architecture which gives a good idea of how the privileged lived during the 19th century in the Imperial city. The use of marble, stucco and mosaics predominates in the apartments, opening on to courtyards filled with fountains and plant life.

We will continue our visit to one of the jewels or Marrakech – the holy site of Medersa Ben Youssef. The current structure of this Koranic school was built around 1570. It is the biggest medersa (school) in the whole of the Maghreb (west). Opposite the entrance to the Ben Youssef mosque, the Qoubba Almoravides was the ablution (Christian washing ritual) center for believers going to the mosque.

Prepare yourself for a discovery in labyrinth souks and get ready for shopping (optional). Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of textiles and clothing and all Moroccan handicrafts. This is a maze of colourful alleys and small squares which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts.

 

Day 4

Yves Saint Laurent Home and Garden Visit

  • Travel to Majorelle Gardens & visit
  • Return to Casablanca (stops on the way, snacks on own arrangement)

On your final day, take a tour of the Majorelle Gardens before your return to Casablanca and the ship. Enjoy a short walk through the house to the late Yves Saint Laurent which today houses a collection of plants from the four corners of the earth, flourishing among elegant ornamental lakes and an Art Deco villa. Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered here.

 

Meals Included

  • Lunch x 2
  • Dinner x 2

Special Note

* This program is NOT suitable for people with reduced mobility.
* All ages are allowed, less than 12 years old should be with their belongings/ parents and they will be sharing the room with them depending on available spacious rooms.
* Sites and order of visits are subject to change due to weather or other operational influences.
* Guests are encouraged to wear flat, comfortable shoes, and to bring along hats and sun glasses for sightseeing.