DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN MARRAKECH
Arrive in Marrakech, where we will pick you up at the airport and take you to our beautiful riad (traditional courtyard house). That evening you will get your first taste of Moroccan tagine as we dine on the rooftop, relax, and unwind. Those who manage to hold off the jet lag can experience the Djemaa El-fna and the surrounding souks: sample local treats, bargain for scarves, charm a cobra, jump into a drum circle or simply wander around and take it all in!
No organized run / Meals: D
DAY 2 | AIT BEN HADDOU KASBBAH
Depart from Marrakech by 4×4 vehicles towards the High Atlas mountains. After a beautiful journey over the pass and a fresh picnic prepared by our chef, we'll drive a bit more before beginning our afternoon run. Beginning with a long descent into the Ounila Valley, this run rolls along miles of lush green gardens and ultimately finishes at Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO-preserved kasbah that has served as the set for Gladiator, Game of Thrones and many other films. Spend the evening soaking your legs in the pool and enjoying a big dinner at our guesthouse.
Running: Up to 15 miles, pavement / Meals: BLD
DAY 3 | DESERT OASIS
Up early? Walk back over to Ait Ben Haddou for sunrise exploration & photos before a big breakfast. Later we'll head to the nearby oases of Skoura, where the run begins - this is a great day for your long run! Weave through immense palm groves, a couple of small villages and lush gardens before finishing with a poolside picnic at the beautifully restored kasbah that we'll call home for the night. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and recovering amid the gardens.
Running: Up to 18 miles, dirt road / Meals: BLD
DAY 4 | AN OCEAN OF DATE PALMS
After breakfast we’ll continue south towards the Draa Valley, home to one of the largest palm oases on the planet. Our run follows a dirt road along the oases with nonstop views of small villages, ruined kasbahs and a sea of date palms. Finish with a fresh picnic in the groves before a short drive to our accommodation in lush Zagora.
Running: up to 13 miles, dirt road / Meals: BLD
DAY 5 | SAHARAN SAND DUNES
Today we head over the Anti-Atlas mountains to the village of M'Hamid, where we'll share a meal (and a lot of mint tea) at the family home of one of our Moroccan team members. Afterward, it's time for the Sahara! After leaving the pavement way behind, the run will begin over rolling, rocky terrain and head towards the dunes, getting softer and softer as you go. Finish at our private camp set among towering sand dunes, then immediately go exploring so that you can pick your perfect sunset spot. Later on, enjoy a huge feast, traditional music around the campfire and more stars than you've ever seen before. Sleep comfortably in traditional nomad tents, complete with queen beds and solar lights - this is where "glamping" began!
Running: up to 15 miles, jeep track and sand
DAY 6 | MIRAGES ON LAKE IRIKI
Begin with a relaxed morning around the camp; sleep in, take in sunrise over the dunes, take a camel ride through the dunes, enjoy breakfast. We’ll pack up and head to nearby Lake Iriki where the run will begin. Head across this massive dry lake bed, surrounded by mirages and a surreal sense of space. Finish with a picnic lunch and a last desert driving push to the town of Foum Z’guide. Back in civilization you’ll find a beautiful hotel complete with cabanas, a sparkling pool and a bar. Enjoy!
Running: Up to 10 miles, hard packed dirt / Meals: BLD
DAY 7 | TRAVEL TO MARRAKECH
Up for another run? Those who are will begin early, covering an out/back route from the hotel that will take you through several sleepy villages at the base of the beautiful Anti Atlas Mountains (or, opt to sleep in!). Return for a shower and breakfast before hitting the long, scenic drive back to Marrakech. That evening we'll celebrate the adventure with a farewell dinner at a beautiful rooftop restaurant in the city.
Running: Up to 8 miles, pavement / Meals: BLD
DAY 8 | DEPARTURE
Departure day! Wake up to one last breakfast on the rooftop and a chance to pick up any last minute souvenirs from the market before packing up and heading to the airport.
Running: No organized run / Meals: B
PRICING & DETAILS
Saturday, March 3 - Saturday, March 10, 2018
Daily distance maximums are listed on the itinerary, and there is no minimum - vehicle support will always be available for those running (or run/walking) less!
A $500 deposit secures your spot, and the total cost depends upon signup date:
Early price (through November 3): $2360 per person (double occupancy)
Standard price (after November 3): $2500
Private Room Upgrade: $400 (gives you your own room for 6 nights; a private tent is not guaranteed in the Sahara camp. Limited availability)
Early Arrival package: $175/$250 (single/double) - Arrive a day early for extra time to sleep off the jet lag and explore Marrakech! Includes private airport pickup, accommodation and breakfast the following morning.
Balances due by November 3, 2017. Please refer to the FAQs for our cancellation & refund policy.
- Pre-trip guidance and communication
- Transfers to/from Marrakech airport
- Transportation: 4x4 vehicles, fuel and drivers
- Six nights in comfortable, unique three and four-star hotels, guesthouses or riads (double occupancy)
- One night in private camp in the Sahara
- Five organized, vehicle-supported runs
- An experienced team of Rogue Expeditions trip leaders and Moroccan logistics experts
- All meals + snacks + water
- Rogue Expeditions shirt
- An experience that you'll never forget!
- Alcohol or beverages other than water (coffee, tea & OJ will be provided with breakfast)
- Travel insurance (optional but recommended)
- Personal purchases
US participants will need a passport with at least 6 months of validity left and no visas or vaccinations are required, though you may want to consider some standard vaccinations if you are a first-time traveler. Non-US travelers should check the requirements for their country of origin. Please keep in mind that Morocco is a developing country - though we will be comfortable and well taken care of, an adventurous and flexible attitude is a must!
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