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Disappearing Morocco. Tour version 1: Marrakech to Fez 2022 ~ Experience it now before it goes and the souks have been replaced by supermarkets.

9 days/8 nights

 

 

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In this tour we focus on what is unique and traditional about Morocco that is under potential threat from modernity. The biggest differences between tour versions 1 and 2 are that in version 1 a long drive from Fez to Marrakech is avoided, but so too is the Arcadian river community near Ouzoud waterfalls. Maximum 6 people plus Cara and guide and drivers. Also available as a private tour, with or without a guide.

Group tour 2022 September/October school holidays.

Private tours by arrangement.

Prices in the table at the conclusion of this itinerary.

 

Marrakech – Ourika – Marrakech

September 25-27

 

September 25: Marrakech (Sunday)

Meals: Dinner (D)

Arrive Marrakech. Airport pickup. Dinner at Riad Houdou (or equivalent).

September 26: Marrakech (Monday)

Meals: Breakfast (B) & D

Morning tour of the medina. An afternoon visit to Le Jardin Majorelle is optional and not part of the tour price. Otherwise afternoon free. Explore on your own or rest up for the guided night-market tour for dinner.

An apothecary’s wares. Apothecaries in Morocco face increasing competition and delegitimisation from modern pharmacies.

September 27: Marrakech – Ourika – Marrakech (Tuesday)

Meals: B & D

Disappearing Morocco theme today: village life, antiques, oral storytelling.

We take a day trip to Ourika to see a way of life in the Berber villages and antiques and other old things for sale at village markets. We will stop for lunch at some waterfalls. Then back to Marrakech for the evening and dinner at Café Clock, a cultural hub, followed by some storytelling (but in English of course), a dying art, traditional to Marrakech, which has however seen some revival in recent years.

“The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco” is a good read if you are interested in the traditional tales of these oral storytellers.

Agdz

September 28-29

 

September 28: Agdz (Wednesday)

Meals: B & D

Disappearing Morocco theme today: traditional accommodation and the rise of modern accommodation to replace it.

Travel south to Agdz. Stop off at a Women’s Cooperative to look at their rugs if anyone in the group wants to, otherwise we won’t. It is near Ait Ben Haddou an ancient hillside town that has UNESCO world heritage classification. Stay in an ancient Kasbah, Kasbah des Caids, not one of new ones made to look old that are popping up. Hopefully we will be able to listen to an energetic performance of traditional drum music. It is rather incredible! Unless you have a headache and then it is best avoided!

If Kasbah des Caids, which is around 500 years old and originally the domicile of a judge/tax collector of the region, is unavailable, we will stay at equivalent accommodation in the region.

Kasbahs dot the landscape in the south of Morocco – albeit with the occasional satellite dish or solar panel in evidence!

September 29: Agdz -Tamgroute, Zagora – Agdz (Thursday)

Meals: B L & D

Disappearing Morocco theme today: artisanal skills and slow-food cuisine.

Day trip to Tamgroute in Zagora to see an ancient style of green pottery, traditional silver Berber jewellery skills and the desert! Lunch with a local family, or enjoy a Berber pizza or a barbeque cooked by our guide! (He just doesn’t know that yet. Ha ha.) We can also visit the local neighbourhood where the Jews once lived and the library containing ancient Koranic manuscripts – if the travelling party is interested and local circumstances permit.

For those of you who prefer it, you can instead remain at the Kasbah and have a slow-food cooking class and a quieter day exploring the surrounds of the Kasbah. Slow-food is a style of cuisine that remains popular in many parts of Morocco, but which is less adapted to the more frenetic lifestyles of Morocco’s rising middle class that is concentrated in particular in Casablanca and Rabat.

A tagine of stewed dried apricots and prunes with lamb is a traditional Moroccan dish.

Ouarzazate – Fez

September 30 – October 3

 

September 30: Ouarzazate (Friday)

Meals: B L & D

Disappearing Morocco theme today: the nomadic lifestyle.

Travel to Ouarzazate. Stay at Dar Kamar (or equivalent). Here we change to 4WDs and visit the nomads off-road — they live somewhere between the Valley of Roses and Boumalne Dades — to eat Friday couscous lunch with them. More and more nomads are settling in villages so their children can be educated, so it is a way of life that is disappearing in Morocco. See for example our images of the cave nomads in the gallery on our website, here.

Please dress modestly for our lunch with the nomads, out of respect for them particularly the older members of the family. This means no shorts, short skirts, decolletage or bare arms.
If we have time and the inclination we will also visit the oasis at Skoura while based in Ouarzazate — approximately 40 minutes separate them.

October 1: Ouarzazate – Fez (Saturday)

Meals: B & D

Disappearing Morocco theme today: The artisanal skills in the decorative elements of traditional riads.

Fly from Ouarzazate to Fez where you’ll be picked up at the airport. Stay at Dar Seffarine, a beautifully restored riad dating from the 15th century, (or another traditional riad). Then enjoy dinner at the riad or close by.

October 2: Fez (Sunday)

Meals: B L & D

Disappearing Morocco theme today: artisanal skills and old recipes no longer regularly cooked.

Go back to medieval times with a tour of the medina visiting various artisans whose skills are sometimes not being passed onto the younger generation. Examples of artisans we visit are a man in his nineties making objects out of animal bone and a master leatherworker who started his career as a youth in the tanneries at Fez; everything with him is handmade even the glue. Details of these artisans appear on our Client Resources page on our website, here, available to members only. Lunch in a home in the medina to sample some traditional recipes that are no longer commonly cooked. We conclude the day with dinner at a restaurant with traditional Moroccan food and entertainment to end our tour.

October 3: Departure (Monday)

Meals: B

Fez Airport drop-off.

Please note that quoted prices do not include drinks, entrance fees to venues, meals not specified to be covered, airfares to and from Morocco, tips and personal expenses or anything else not specified as included. If we don’t say something is covered by the tour fee, best to assume that it isn’t.

Your diary checklist

July 1, 2022:

For group tour: Pay $500.00 so that we can start to secure accommodation and guide. Refundable if the tour does not proceed and on no other basis.
Note: Private tour deposit date by arrangement.

July 31, 2022:

For group tour: Bookings close and full payment due, less any $500.00 already paid.

Note: all prices are shown in Australian dollars.

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