Morocco’s Mountains, Medinas, and Desert Oases - October 16, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Courtesy of World Expeditions
Photo Credit: Courtesy of World Expeditions
Photo Credit: Courtesy World Expeditions

Morocco’s Mountains, Medinas, and Desert Oases

from $3,190 USD per person for 11 days, 10 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 16
  • Moderate
  • Road Trip

On this 11-day journey, travel from coastal Casablanca to the edge of the Sahara. Take in Morocco’s expansive landscapes, wildly colorful cities, and layers of ancient history, while staying in centuries-old riads and palm-ringed desert oases along the way. We'll learn about the distinctive histories of Fez and Marrakech, walking the narrow streets of their ancient medinas, and ducking into intimate shops and food stalls in the markets’ hidden corners. Venturing deep into Morocco’s past, we'll visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis, and walk among the pilgrims in the 1,200-year-old town of Moulay Idriss. We’ll also venture deep into the Atlas Mountains, walking amid cedar groves and enjoying a traditional tagine lunch in the shadow of Ouzoud Falls. Across the High Atlas, we'll make our way from Marrakesh to Skoura, visiting an old Tuareg trading outpost at the edge of the Sahara along the way. The landscape will undergo a dramatic change as we travel high into the mountains, then down to our Berber castle–style accommodations in the oasis village of Ksar El Kabbaba. 

  • Wander ancient markets
  • Explore expansive landscapes
  • Relax in riads and oases


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
World Expeditions
In Partnership with World Expeditions

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner on Wednesday, October 16. We recommend you arrive in Casablanca by 12 pm on October 16, so you can settle into your accommodations and make your way to meet our guide and group for dinner. Our trip concludes after breakfast in Marrakesh on Saturday, October 26. If leaving Morocco directly after our tour, we recommend departing after 12 pm, on October 26. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in Morocco on your own!

Activity Level

Adventure is always accompanied by an element of the unexpected. The most important thing to bring with you is a flexible, positive, and open-minded attitude. We also recommend a medium level of physical fitness, since we'll be embarking on fairly active days together. You should be comfortable walking between three and five miles per day, without difficulty, and spending extended periods of time on your feet. If you're uncertain about whether this trip is a good fit, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss with you further. 


We'll be staying at boutique hotels and traditional riads in Morocco. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group. Single travelers who would like to have a room to themselves can book private accommodations with a single supplement.

Dates and Prices

Oct 16–Oct 26, 2019
Shared Room
$3,190 USD per person
Single Room
$3,880 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,190. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $2,690 will be due by July 18, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $690 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • All lodging in double-accommodation rooms in well-equipped hotels and comfortable, small guesthouses throughout the trip. (Single supplement for a private room is available for $690. Otherwise, we'll work to place singles together.)
  • Ten breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners.
  • Transfers to and from the airport.
  • All entrance fees and activities, as per the itinerary.
  • Private transfers and excursions with your local guides.
  • A full briefing packet for each explorer, including country information, final itinerary, logistical and contact information, recommended reading list, and packing list.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura fans, excited to explore all that this unique region has to offer!
  • International airfare to/from Morocco.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Baggage charges.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Camera and video fees at sites and monuments.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • If applicable, application for an Morocco visa (not required for U.S., Canadian, and British passport-holders).