Morocco with Jiayi Exploration

Chefchaouen - Fes - Erg Chebbi - Dades Gorges - Marrakech

2020: Sep 5 - Sep 13

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Discover the best of Morocco with your travel-loving host, Jiayi Wang. Visit the Blue City, hit the streets of Fes, sip Moroccan tea in the Sahara Desert and roam the souks in Marrakech on a magical 9 day trip.

  • 9 days

  • 8 - 20 spots

  • Riads, 3-star Hotels & Glamping

  • Fly into Ibn Battuta airport (TNG) and arrive by 4pm to take advantage of the complimentary transfer.

  • Fly out of Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). We will provide 2 complimentary airport transfers in the morning to the airport.

Activities Included

  • Organically Growing & Monetizing Your Instagram Page Workshop
  • How to Take Stunning Travel Photos Workshop
  • Guided Tour of Chefchaouen
  • Guided Tour of Fes
  • Sunset & Sunrise Camel Ride
  • Traditional Berber Dinner & Henna
  • Guided Tour of Ait Benhaddou
  • Guided Tour of Marrakech

Organically Growing & Monetizing Your Instagram Page Workshop: In 1.5 years, I organically grew my Instagram page from 0 to 100K+. Thanks to this, I’ve recently quit my job to pursue travel & photography full-time. I didn’t use any growth services or automations to grow my page - I simply had a very clear marketing strategy and put in a lot of hard work. In this workshop, I will share all the valuable things I’ve learned along the way to help you achieve organic growth too.

How to Take Stunning Travel Photos Workshop: I self-taught myself photography when I was a teen and have been practicing this craft for over 15 years. I’ve done everything from street photography to portrait and landscape photography, and the skills I’ve learned throughout the years have played a large role in growing my Instagram page. Whether you shoot with a professional camera or a mobile phone, the same photography rules apply, and I’m here to share it all with you.

Other Inclusions

  • Riads, 3-star Hotels & Glamping
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All Tour Transfers
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 6pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • All Breakfasts & 4 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Jiayi Wang

@thediaryofanomad

Jiayi from The Diary of a Nomad has been in love with exploring new cultures around the globe since age 6. Born in China but raised in Italy, she considers herself a “Chitalian” with global influences after having lived in 5 continents. Join her on this Moroccan adventure if you too have a passion for exploring the world and discovering new cultures.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Morocco! Fly into the Ibn Battuta airport in Tangier where you’ll meet your guide for the next 9 days of adventure! As a group, we’ll make our way from the airport in Tangier to the Riad in Chefchaouen (2.5 hours). Meet the crew for dinner at 8pm and cheers to the adventure ahead!

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Arrival: Fly into Ibn Battuta airport (TNG) and arrive by 4pm to take advantage of the complimentary transfer.

Included: Airport Transfer, Welcome Dinner


Day 2

Get your cameras ready for some epic shots during our guided tour of the famous Blue City! After Breakfast, we’ll begin our journey by foot exploring the enchanting city of Chefchaouen. Hit the Medina, Plaza Uta el-Hammam, the Grand Mosque, the Ras Elma river and more!

The afternoon is free.

Overnight in Chefchaouen

Included: Breakfast, Guided Tour of Chefchaouen


Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the Riad before we continue our adventure south to Fes, the second largest city in Morocco! The drive will take around 5 hours.

Once we arrive, spend the afternoon exploring on your own. A little sore from all this travel? Grab a massage at a traditional Hammam!

Overnight in Fes

Included: Breakfast, Transfer to Fes

Optional: Hammam Spa Treatment


Day 4

This morning will be devoted to exploring the Medina of Fes, one of the world’s largest walled-in cities!

Explore the narrow streets lined with shops selling fresh fruits, spices, intricately woven Berber carpets and numerous other art and craft items from Morocco. Together, we’ll visit the Al Quaraouiyine Mosque, the Andalusian Mosque (dating back to 860), the Nejjarine Fountain, the Batha Palace, and much more!

After our tour, you can try your hand at bartering and take home some goodies! Fes is known for its handicrafts including metalwork, jewelry, and other workshops.

Overnight in Fes

Included: Breakfast, Guided Tour of Fes


Day 5

We’re off to the Sahara! Grab an early breakfast before we begin our scenic drive through the plains of Saiss, the Cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains, and along the Ziz River. After we arrive in Erg Chebbi (~8 hours), we’ll hop onto camels to ride into our desert camp for the night.

Together, we’ll watch a beautiful sunset over Erg Chebbi sand dunes, where we will be welcomed by the locals and their traditional Berber music.

Sip on Moroccan mint tea upon arrival, listen to traditional music, dance if you feel so inclined, settle into camp and enjoy dinner with the group. We’ll spend the night in our nomadic tents or outside under the shooting stars with our bellies full of food.

Overnight in Erg Chebbi Desert Camp

Included: Breakfast, Sunset Camel Ride, Dinner


Day 6

After a memorable night in the dunes of Erg Chebbi, wake up early and enjoy the silence paired with an unforgettable sunrise.

We’ll head out to Dades Gorges with a stop at a fossil workshop, for a closer look at the Sahara’s wonderful varieties of ancient life, followed by a walk along Todgha Gorges sheer limestone walls arriving at one of one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, Dades Valley. The drive (with stops) will take around 6.5 hours.

After check in, we’ll head to dinner at a local Berber family’s home. Your meal will conclude with live Berber music and hopefully some dancing. Adorn your body with temporary henna tattoos from your local friends.

Overnight in Dades Gorges

Included: Breakfast, Sunrise Camel Ride, Berber Dinner & Henna


Day 7

After breakfast, we’ll head out to Ouarzazate (~3 hours), through the Valley of Roses, famous for the Persian rose oil.

Next, we’ll visit the World Heritage Site, Ait Benhaddou, just a 30 minute drive from Ouarzazate. This historic cluster of old kasbahs dates back to the 17th century and has been featured in many Hollywood productions including The Mummy, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones.

Descending the High Atlas mountains through the Tizi-n’Tichka pass to Marrakech will take around 4.5 hours. We’ll stop along the way and enjoy the impressive landscapes before checking into our hotel in the Medina of Marrakech.

If you have the energy, check out the night markets of Marrakech for some late-night shopping.

Overnight in Marrakech

Included: Breakfast, Guided Tour of Ait Benhaddou


Day 8

Ever seen a sunrise from the sky? Sign up for the optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride!

In the afternoon, we’ll hit the streets of Marrakech for our final guided tour! We’ll start at the Koutoubia Mosque built in the 12th century, followed by a visit to the Saadian Tombs, the Kasbah Quarter, and the Bahia Palace. We’ll finish in the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, which is buzzing with story tellers, acrobats, snake-charmers, magicians and much more.

Join the group for one last dinner to cheers to your new friendships and the adventure of a lifetime!

Overnight in Marrakech

Included: Breakfast, Guided Tour of Marrakech, Farewell Dinner

Optional: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride


Day 9

We’re sad to see you go! We'll drop you off at the airport to catch flights home, or feel free to keep exploring!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK). We will provide 2 complimentary airport transfers in the morning to the airport.

Trip Operated By

Camel Trekking Path was founded by Mohamed Oucheikh, a local Berber originally from the small village, Ait Ouffi, and his fiancée Paxcely Marquez from Los Angeles, CA, a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) from Cameroon. Mohamed has 12+ years of extensive experience in organizing and leading tours and excursions throughout Morocco.

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