Contemporary Moroccan Journey through Southern Lands: May 4-12, 2018

from $3,441.00

Experience Morocco through a contemporary creative lens. Our getaway blends the cultural opportunities of hiking in the Atlas Mountains and exploring the Sahara, while giving access to key creatives who are based in Marrakech. From making your own tiles to a private cooking class with a local NGO, we immersive you into Moroccan culture through exclusive encounters in this curated itinerary.



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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Immersion
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Contemporary Moroccan Journey through Southern Lands: May 4-12, 2018.


$3,491 USD Per Person – Shared King Bed (for friends or a couple)
$3,891 USD Per Person – Shared Room (two double beds)
$4,361 USD Per Person – Single Occupancy
Deposit: $1,000 USD non-refundable deposit upon booking 


Morocco is a beautiful representation of showcasing the fusion of religion and culture with Islamic tradition and North African vibrancy. From the local flavors of tagine dishes and mint tea to the comforting calls to prayer throughout the day, your senses will be stimulated and your body will feel at home.

A Multi-Stop Itinerary
From desert dunes to city souks, we want you to get lost in Morocco’s stunning landscapes and appreciate the local hospitality through meaningful interactions. We can lead you to Morocco’s cultural gems, but it is up to you to break down boundaries and soak in the experience.

Creative Encounters
From lunch with Berbers to meeting with local creatives, like Caitlin Dowes-Sandes of Popham Design and Artsi Ifrach of Maison ART/C, we’ve curated an immersive experience that brings Moroccan’s creative tastemakers to the forefront.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 2x nights Kasbah Bab Ourika
  • 1x night Riad Caravane
  • 1x night Luxury Desert Camp
  • 1x night L’ma Lodge
  • 3x nights Riad Olema & Spa
  • All ground transportation
  • An English-speaking expert guide to share their extensive knowledge of Morocco
  • Entrance tickets to the monuments
  • 8x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 6x dinners
  • Cooking workshop at the local Amal NGO
  • “Make your own tile” workshop
  • Taxes (VAT and touristic taxes included)
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International airfare
  • Incidental expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Some meals
  1. Day 1 Arrival to Morocco

    Check-in to Kasbah Bab Ourika and experience your first taste of Moroccan flavor. Savor your first sips of Moroccan mint tea as you watch the sun disappear behind the peaks of the Atlas Mountains or if you arrive after dark, take in the unpolluted night sky; the stars dazzling bright above you.

    • Meals: Dinner
    • Overnight: Kasbah Bab Ourika
  2. Day 2 The Atlas Mountains

    Wake up and experience awe all over again as you take in the mountains in the morning light. After a refreshing breakfast overlooking rural Morocco, meet your local guide for a light trek through the valley and Berber villages. Stop into a local’s home for an unforgettable moment of cultural exchange over tea. Take the afternoon at leisure; lounge poolside or relish in a massage treatment with essential, healing oils before enjoying a local dish at the Kasbah’s restaurant.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Overnight: Kasbah Bab Ourika
  3. Day 3 Ancient caravan routes

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out along the former caravan route to the Sahara as you begin your journey to the desert. Pause at the world-renowned Ksar Aït ben Haddou, a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco and film set for many Hollywood movies from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator. Check in at Riad Caravane, and enjoy the evening freely.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Overnight: Riad Caravane
  4. Day 4 The Sahara Desert

    An early check out has you on the road to the Sahara–a scenic drive makes up for the length of the trip as you pass through the High Atlas mountains. The drive will be broken up with a lunch at a local home prior to hopping in a 4×4 as you enter the desert sands and are transported to your luxury desert camp in the Sahara Desert. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a camel ride and rustic dinner with the group, unwinding under the stars and warmth of the campfire.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Overnight: Luxury Desert Camp
  5. Day 5 The Oasis of Skoura

    Wake up with the sun and enjoy a breakfast near your tents prior to departing for your next destination: Skoura. On this drive, the museum of Lalla Mimouna is your historical and cultural pit stop, providing you with a peek into Morocco’s heritage. We arrive at L’ma Lodge and indulge in lunch before exploring the surrounding local village and returning to spend the evening relaxing at this beautiful and cozy Kasbah.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Overnight: L’ma Lodge
  6. Day 6 The Ochre City

    After spending the past few days in rural Morocco, it’s time to experience the medina of Marrakech. Check-in at the beautiful and authentic Riad Olema in the heart of the most beautiful district of the Medina. We spend the afternoon on a tour throughout the sights of the Ochre City, from the Bahia Palace to the plethora of handicrafts and souks. At sunset, spend mesmerizing moments in the mythical Djemaa el Fna square, to discover its various street food stalls and the animation.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Overnight: Riad Olema
  7. Day 7 Creative and cultural encounters

    Immerse yourself in the complete Moroccan sensory experience and discover the spices that give Moroccan cuisine during a private cooking workshop. This cooking class is at the Amal Center, a NGO dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement. Together with the local women, you will learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine. After lunch, enjoy the morning to discover one of many stunning Moroccan heritages, the tile-work.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Overnight: Riad Olema
  8. Day 8 The legacy of Yves Saint Laurent

    Begin your day with Yves Saint Laurent. The legendary fashion designer spent ample time in Marrakech and used the local Berber clothing and designs as inspiration. You’ll visit his gardens, Jardin Majorelle, as well as the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. After lunch, you’ll enjoy a 90 minute Hammam experience; the traditional Moroccan hot steam bath, finished with a massage. We end the day, and the trip over dinner at Riad El Fenn, with the property’s Creative Director discussing local craftsmen ship and riad architecture.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Overnight: Riad Olema
  9. Day 9 Leave with memories

    Enjoy your last morning with a breakfast on the rooftop of Riad Olema before your departure for Marrakech airport with many oriental and inspirational memories from North Africa.

    • Meals: Breakfast


Kasbah Bab Ourika
With 360 degree panoramic views, Kasbah Bab Ourika receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. Guests can relax in individually dedorated rooms with their own terraces or unwind by the secluded swimming pool. Above all The Kasbah offers peace and relaxation in the beautiful Atlas Mountains, a memorable escape from the hustle of the Western world.

Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp
Situated in the quiet and idyllic sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, this splendid desert camp caters your memorable vacation. It is the perfect getaway for honeymooners, individuals and small groups seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude this private luxury camp offers spacious luxury tents with a sense of comfort and prestige.

L’Ma Lodge
L’Ma Lodge is a charming guest house transformed in the Palmeraie of Skoura, near Ouarzazate, Morocco. A traditionally built adobe-style house, located in the lush palm groves of Ouarzazate, the Lodge has a large garden with hundreds of palm trees and fruit trees, and a free form pool whose natural look blend perfectly into the environment. L’Ma Lodge opens its doors to travelers looking for charm and authenticity in a beautiful part of Morocco.

Riad Olema
At the crossroads of the Orient and the Occident, Riad Olema has the feel of a beautiful, highly individual, private house, but the facilities of a boutique-hotel. Experience a true Oriental lifestyle, ancestral spa treatments in our intimate Spa Ô and delightful Moroccan cuisine.


Medina tour
Visitors often describe their first trip to the medina as sensory overload; from the street spices, to the colorful crafts, to the native Arabic tongue, it’s a magical, cultural immersion, and for first-time visitors, one not to be soon forgotten.


Cultural & creative interactions
From trekking in the Atlas Mountains to visiting a small village en route to the Sahara, we provide authentic opportunities for you to foster local connections and to experience local culture.


Camel ride through the Sahara Desert
You’ll find this as an infamous offering throughout Morocco, but there’s no better setting to ride a camel than the dunes of the Sahara. An hour-long ride will have you admiring the sea of sand in this deserted land and bewilder your mind to this stunning experience.


Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Opened in October 2017, this museum is dedicated to the fashion designer’s career–showcasing everything from his structured dresses to his personal art sent as postcards every year to friends and family. The space is an ode to Laurent’s love affair with Morocco; a country he loved so much he bought a house upon his first visit.


Hammam baths
The Hammam cleansing ritual is embedded into Moroccan culture. Each Hammam follows variations of traditional warm and hot steam baths, but you can ensure your skin will be glowing and your soul filled after your first Hammam experience.


Tile making
As you wander Marrakech’s medina, you’ll notice the abundance of tiles throughout the riads, palaces and of course the tourist stalls, selling them as your typical trinket from Morocco. At Popham Designs, you’ll be able to create your own tiles, all while learning about the traditional process and how it fits into Moroccan culture.

Book your roundtrip international flight to the Marrakech Menara Airport in Marrakech, Morocco, also known as RAK, which is 30 minutes from the center of the medina. Once you get to Morocco, we will pick you up and take care of all ground transportation and internal transfers for the duration of your trip.

Morocco is a welcoming destination and US citizens who want to visit Morocco can do so without applying for a visa if your trip will not exceed three months. Please visit this website to learn more about the country visa requirements.

For women, you will have to be aware of culturally appropriate clothing while traveling in Morocco. Though Morocco is predominantly Muslim, it’s more relaxed than some of its neighbors to the east, and most major tourist spots have gotten used to foreigners and their style.

You’ll want to have a jacket or windbreaker on you for after dark, but also make sure to pack clothes that’ll keep you cool during the day. A pair of loose fitting pants or a long skirt and breathable t-shirts work well. Bring a bathing suit, yoga clothes, sneakers, sunscreen, sunglasses, dinner attire, and sandals or flip-flops.

We require all travelers to share proof of travel insurance before the departure date. You are responsible for acquiring your travel insurance. It is mandatory that all attendees obtain travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $200,000 USD while traveling with us. Travel insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, loss of or damage to luggage, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses.