Type of Experience

Cultural-Personal development

Duration

8 days and 7 nights

MOROCCO

Fez-Merzouga Desert-Fez

From 950 € – 10 people

INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR JOURNEYS

A Fez- Merzouga’s Desert- Fez voyage.

From 10 to 18 people (adults).

Aimed at people with or without any former knowledge of Yoga, Mindfulness or Qi Gong.

This journey to Morocco combines the approach to the everyday life in the country and to its culture, while visiting from Fez to the Merzouga’s Desert the most charming places at the same time we practise Yoga, Mindfulness or Qi-Gong all along. We’ll learn the art of enjoying the moment. We’ll discover together the magic and beauty of this land, the wisdom of its people and their simple and natural way of living in the present. We’ll manage to do this guided by Montse who knows and loves Morocco, immersed in a landscape of breathtaking nature and surrounded by a culture that despite what we might think has plenty in common with our own.

We’ll depart from Barcelona accompanied by our hostess Montse Bernat and a yoga instructor expert at travelling.

10 compelling reasons for taking this journey:

  • A once-in-a-lifetime, personalized trip along with a hostess during the whole experience.
  • An opportunity to mingle with the local people and learn their particular way of living in the present combined with Yoga, Mindfulness or Qi-Gong sessions to help you to prepare your body and mind for it.
  • A cooking workshop or bath in the fancy hammam of an ancient palace in Fez (optional). Dance, drum or Amazigh calligraphy lessons (all optionals). Night-sky gazing, observation of stars and constellations in the desert.
  • Accomodation in traditionally-built riads and kasbahs filled with charm and away from the tourist trail.
  • A night in the desert, sleeping in authentic haimas (Berber tents) under a cloack of stars.
  • Lunchs in popular restaurants selected for their quality and authenticity. Vegetarian menus available upon request.
  • Our main goal is to make each and every one of our guests feel that they are the authentic protagonists of this journey and to help them enjoy for a long time all the benefits of this experience.
  • Departures all year round. For more information, check our calendar.
  • In the hands of reliable experts.
  • A balanced, sustainable and supportive of nature journey in solidarity with the Moroccan people.

A once in a lifetime experience that you can take full advantage of at any different moment of your life according to your needs!

TAKE A LOOK AT THE PHOTOS

WHAT WE'LL DO

DAY 1 - Arrival in Fez.

Transfer from the airport to the riad in the Medina of Fez. Introductions and beginning of the yoga classes. Free-time to visit the Medina. Dinner at the hotel. Dinner, acommodation and breakfast in the riad.

DAY 2 - Fez, Midelt, Ziz Valley, Erfoud, Merzouga

We’ll wake up early in the morning and after breakfast, we’ll head towards Ifrane, also known as the Moroccan Switzerland. Then, we’ll go through the Azrou cedar forest and the Middle Atlas Mountains scenery, a must-see stop for watching monkeys in their wildlife habitat. When we get closer to Midelt, we’ll make a stop to enjoy a Yoga class and after that we’ll have lunch at a well-known restaurant (meal not included in the price). Later, we’ll keep our journey through the Ziz Valley and along the route, we’ll cross some fortified villages whose architecture will let us know that we are facing the Saharan oasis. Thus, we’ll arrive at Erfoud, a village where we’ll visit a collection of fossils in the nearby quarries. It is estimated that some of these fossils are more than 380 million years old. Also, there, we’ll buy essentials such as water. Next, we’ll lead into the desert until we get to the breathtaking Dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga. We’ll continue for a few kilometres further on to shy away from the bustle and get to our kasbah, located in the heart of a stone desert (hamada) and still really close to other sand dunes. Dinner and accommodation.

DAY 3 - Desert, a visit to its oasis and Berber's villages

In the morning, a guide will take us to see the sunrise from the top of the dunes. Then we’ll have breakfast and a yoga class in the kasbah. Before noon, we’ll take a minibus ride around the Erg Chebbi Dunes, through the Paris-Dakar old trails. We’ll eat while on our way (meal not included) to see wild oasis in the middle of nowhere, spectacular landscapes, fossils, little villages and palm groves. We’ll share a cup of tea with a nomadic family. Bread workshop (optional).

One of the musts in our visit to this region is Khamelia, a town of great historical and cultural importance, home of sub-saharan African descendants. They’ll share with us their traditional music and dances: we’ll enjoy another delicious tea while we are delighted by a gnawa music concert.

To conclude the circuit around the dunes, we’ll visit a village named Hassilabied to go for a pleasant walk under the shade of the palm groves and through the garden that supplies the local people. A perfect example of the canalization and irrigation ditches part of the Khetarra system. Later, we’ll return to our kasbah. A night-time, guided activity. Breakfast, dinner and accommodation.

DAY 4 - A visit to Ksar Jrana, close to Erfoud

We’ll wake up early, have a yoga class and after breakfast we’ll go to the north of Erfoud, crossing the Tizimi oasis and taking a detour towards Ksar Jrana, a well-preserved, fortified city still inhabited by locals. Its paved, narrow streets give the place a mysterious, contagious serenity aura. We’ll have a yoga class in that very special surrounding environment. After a stop on the market (meal not included), we’ll have a picnic next to the palm groves. At Erfoud, we could attend an Amaszigh (Berber) calligraphy workshop (optional). Later, we’ll go back to our kasbah. We’ll enjoy some spare time until dinner. Breakfast, dinner and accommodation.

DAY 5 - Desert – Rissani - Camping

Early in the morning, we’ll enjoy a guided tour and then we’ll have breakfast. We’ll go to Rissani, in Tafilalet, where we’ll go for a stroll in a popular market and see a famous donkey-parking. We’ll have some spare time in this unique place where all the nomadic tribes go to buy and sell all their goods. A strange, unforgettable experience. Afterwards, we’ll savour a Berber pizza (meal not included) before we return to our kasbah. We’ll indulge in some leisure time until the scheduled time for a trip on the back of a dromedary to the Haimas camp. That night will be exceptional: we’ll sleep in nomadic tents, as Berbers do. We’ll be welcomed to the camp with some tea and a traditional Berber meal and entertained with the beat of drums and dancing, all under a cloak of stars you’ll never forget. A dancing workshop (optional). Observation of the night sky in order to contemplate the main stars and constellations. Breakfast, dromedaries, dinner and haimas accommodation

DAY 6 - Desert - Fez

Early in the morning, we’ll take part in a guided tour and then we’ll have a Berber breakfast in the camp or at the hotel. We’ll have some time to shower and pick up our luggage at the kasbah before leaving for Fez. We’ll go through Erfoud, crossing the amazing Ziz Valley. What was originally a river that barely eroded the mountain rocks, today is a huge palm grove that is more than 20 kilometres in length and has over 18.000 palms. It would be the right time to make a stop to have lunch (meal not included) and taste dates or to buy some to take home. We’ll continue our road trip towards the cedar forest passing by Ifrane, also known as the Moroccan Switzerland. Finally, we’ll get to Fez, Morocco’s cultural heart. We’ll enjoy some free time to visit the medina and do some last-minute shopping or to go to a hammam in a luxurious, ancient palace and have dinner in the Medina (meal not included). Breakfast in the desert and accommodation.

DAY 7 - Fez

Early in the morning, we’ll enjoy a guided tour and then we’ll have breakfast. Amami cooking workshop along with lunch in a lavish palace in the medina of Fez (2 hours, around 47€, optional) or a bath in the hammam of the palace for those who didn’t take it the day before (from 39€, optional). In the evening, we’ll go on a city tour by minibus and a guided, walking tour* in the Medina of Fez. At night, certificates of attendance will be delivered at the hotel and we’ll have a farewell party (dinner not included). Breakfast and accommodation.

 

*In this guided tour in the Medina of Fez, we’ll stroll along the most important Fez el-Bali alleys. The old Medina dates from the VIII century and includes over than 300 neighbourhoods and 9.000 alleys, creating a network of streets in which only local people can find the right way. Some of the places we’ll be travelling along together during our visit are the Andalusian District, Chouara Tannery, Al-Karaouine Mosque, the Bab Bou Jeloud gate, the mausoleum of Mulay Idris, Place Seffarine, Al-Attarine Madrasa and the various souks of Fez: Talaa Kebira and Talaa Seguira.

Duration: from 2 hours.

DAY 8 - Fez, Airport

Breakfast and free time until the time of departure. Transfer to Fez Airport.

End of tour and of our services

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price: From 950€
Group: From a minimum of 10 adults to a maximum of 18. Check with us for any other number of people.
Duration: : 8 days & 7 nights
Accomodation: Charming riads and kasbahs with an average/high level of comfort, half-board basis.
Transfers: By minibus.
Meals not included: From 10 to 15 € (estimated cost).
Yoga classes: All included and taught by a certified professional. Delivery of attendance certificate.
Optional workshops: Bread. Calligraphy. Dance (15€, estimated cost). Amaní cooking along with a meal included in the price in a Fez palace (from 47€). Hammam in a luxurious Fez palace (from 39€).
Single room supplement: 185€. We’ll offer any single traveller the possibility of sharing a room, avoiding the payment of the single room supplement.
Supplement per person for groups smaller than 10 people: Contact us.
Flights not included: Contact us.
Guaranteed spots: Up to 30 days before the date of departure.

Payment method and cancellation conditions: Check in the General Conditions of Experimental Tourism.

Our staff of teachers:

  • Isabel Moreno “Ranjani”, from Barcelona, teacher of Hatha Yoga, trained in the method Integral Yoga Institutes & Satchinanda Ashrams RY5200. Attended the Mindfulness Course by MBSR.
  • Herminia Nubiola Muck “Shakti“ from Barcelona, teacher of Hatha Yoga, trained in the method Integral Yoga Institutes & Satchinanda Ashrams RY5200. Certified in the Five Mindfulness Trainings following the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Closely linked with Gambia.
  • Miquel Gabarró, de Vilafranca del Penedés, Yoga Teacher- Teacher Trainer, Qi Gong Instructor, Manual Therapist. Travel-Yoga expert.

2018 Calendar

  • From 24th to 31st March (Fez – Merzouga Desert) Prof.: Miquel Gabarró .
  • From 28th April to 5th May (Fez – Merzouga Desert) Prof.: H. Nubiola
  • From 23th to 30th June (Fez – Merzouga Desert) Prof.: Isabel Moreno
  • From 21st to 28th July (Marrakech – Essaouira) Prof.: Miquel Gabarró
  • From 18th to 25th August (Marrakech – Essaouira) Prof.: Isabel Moreno
  • From 25th August to 1st September (Marrakech – Essaouira) Prof.: Miquel Gabarró
  • From 1st to 8th September (Marrakech – Essaouira) Prof.: H. Nubiola
  • From 27th October to 3th November (Fez – Merzouga Desert) Prof.: H. Nubiola
  • From 1st to 8th December (Fez – Merzouga Desert) Prof.: Miquel Gabarró
  • From 29th December to 5th January (Fez – Merzouga Desert) Prof.: Isabel Moreno

Guaranteed places until 30 days before the departure date.

INCLUDED: Accompanying host during the whole journey. Yoga classes given by a qualified instructor. Certificate of attendance. Charming acommodation with half-board basis (breakfast and dinner, except the last 2 nights). Tranfers in tourism vehicles with a Spanish speaking driver. Excursion programme. Local prices. Travel insurance. Support service before and after the journey.

Flights and airport taxes, beverages at meals, tips. Any further service not included in the programme or mentioned at the Included services section will be considered optional and not covered.

Note: Both the itinerary and all the information contained in this website and in the record of this trip, are prepared well in advance. They are prices and indicative information to they help the traveler know all the details beforehand, but they must be taken solely and exclusively as a guide, since they may be subject to possible variations, as well as the definitive itinerary confirmed when booking.

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