Morocco: Yoga & Art
with Gigi Mao
October 5-12, 2018

Discover the magic of Marrakech, the beauty of the Sahara desert, and the artisanship of the Moroccan people on this 8-day adventure

Surf + Fes/Chefchaouen Add-ons also available

starting at $2195 per person

  • 7 nights’ accommodations in boutique guesthouses & desert camping
  • 2x daily yoga with Gigi Mao + meditation
  • Excursion to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Sahara desert excursion with 2 nights all-inclusive camping complete with camel rides, permanent structure tents with real beds, stargazing, traditional music & food and an oasis trek
  • Visit to a traditional Berber textile women’s co-op + trip contribution to their organization
  • Marrakech souk tour and hamman spa day
  • Group cooking class
  • Daily breakfast & dinner + 3 lunches
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Small group trip, max 12 people
  • 1 Traverse guide and 1 local guide 24/7 + dedicated drivers
  • Optional add-ons for Surfing or to Fes & Chefchaouen

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: friday - Arrival

Arrive in Marrakech by 4 p.m. and be transported to your riad style accommodations complete with vibrant mosaics and atrium gardens. Rest up, meet your roommate, and join for our Welcome Dinner to meet your guides for the week. Gigi will close out our evening with a grounding post-travel flow & meditation.

 

Day 2: saturday - souks & art in marrakech

After an energizing morning flow & breakfast, we’ll start our explorations of Marrakech’s vibrant souks (markets) and see some of the city’s landmark sites including the Moorish Medersa ben Youssef, the opulent Bahia Palace and the picturesque Jewish Quarter. You’ll see the infamous Jemaa el Fna and have time in the afternoon for your own explorations before evening dinner & yoga.

 

Day 3: sunday - Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou 

After yoga & breakfast we’ll hit the road early for our Sahara Desert excursion. We’ll arrive at the striking Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage listed city that once had a prominent position in the trans-Saharan trade route.  You’ll have the whole afternoon for exploring its shops, cafés and walking streets. We’ll stay just outside the village in the evening where we’ll enjoy a grounding flow with Gigi and a spectacular Moroccan dinner.

 

Day 4: monday - sahara desert excursion 

After yoga & breakfast we’ll hop back in the van for our next destination across the Atlas Mountains. We’ll arrive at the dunes around mid-day (with plenty of stops for photos & food!) and will ride camels the rest of the way in to our Berber camp. After settling in, we’ll stretch out with yoga before a delicious desert meal and campfire against a backdrop of stars & traditional Moroccan music. 

 

Day 5: tuesday - sahara desert

After sunrise yoga & breakfast, the day is yours to choose your desert adventure! Stay at camp for R&R or get out and hike or dune surf. Or, you can join for our group trek to an oasis where we’ll learn to make a meal in a sand oven! We’ll reconvene in the evening for yoga, dinner and another night of music under the stars.

 

Day 6: wednesday - berber textile co-op

After yoga & breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to our desert camp and hop back on camels to our vehicles. From there we’ll head to our community partner, a women’s textile co-op where we’ll learn about crafting traditions that these groups work so hard to preserve while boosting the livelihoods of women throughout the country.  After lunch we’ll make our way back to Marrakech where Gigi will guide us in an evening grounding yoga before dinner.

 

Day 7: thursday - MARRAKECH hamman & shopping

We’ll follow yoga & breakfast today with a special visit to a hamman, or spa, where you’ll soak in the baths and receive a scrub treatment and have options for massage. The rest of the day is yours for shopping & exploring before evening yoga and our farewell dinner. 

 

Day 8: friday - departure or optional add-on

Gigi will offer extra early yoga this morning before departures to the airport. Or, choose to add on a few days for Surfing or head with us to Fes & Chefchaouen (see descriptions below). 

 

Trip Price:

$2195 per person, double occupancy

$2695 per person, single occupancy

+$895             Surf add-on October 12-16 (4 nights). Beginner & advanced options available.

+$895            Fes & Chefchaoten add-on October 12-15 (3 nights)

 

Trip Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Additional excursions and activities
  • Lunches (3 lunches are included)
  • Required travel insurance

surfing add-on:

  • Transfer from Marrakech to Taghazout
  • 4 nights accommodations with fresh, healthy meals starting dinner the first night to breakfast departure morning
  • Daily surf lessons with instructor, board, wetsuit and transit
  • A trip to the famous Paradise Valley natural pools
  • A trip to the souk to experience how locals prepare for the week
  • Airport transfers to Agadir airport

Fes & chefchaouen add-on:

  • 3 nights’ accommodations in boutique, high-end guesthouses
  • Daily breakfast + 1 dinner + 2 afternoon teas
  • Artisanal tour in Fes to see tile making, pottery, metalworks and tanneries
  • Explore the beautiful, blue-doored charm of Chefchaouen
  • All transfers between cities, including train, private van and taxis
  • Airport transfer to Tangier
  • 1 Traverse representative 24/7

Day 1: friday - optional add-on departure to fes

After yoga & breakfast, we’ll get an early start to Fes, a beautiful, ancient city full of hilly riads, art and architecture. We’ll go by train with beautiful views of the desert before arriving mid-afternoon to our traditional guesthouse located in the medina with panoramic terrace views. We’ll relax with an afternoon tea and have time to explore the souks before sunset and our chef-prepared 3-course Moroccan dinner.

Day 2: saturday - fes artisanal souk explorations

Today we’ll explore the ancient medinas of Fes with our local guide who will show us the incredible craftsmanship of the town, from tile making and pottery to metal working and textiles. We’ll see the spice souks and tanneries and have time for a stop at a local hamman (spa). You’ll have lots of places to choose from for lunch & dinner, either eat-as-you go street tastings or full-on Moroccan family style meals.

Day 3: sunday - chefchaouen

We’ll head out fairly early for the “Blue Pearl of Morocco,” the magical blue city nestled in the Rif Mountains. You’ll have the full afternoon to explore the Old City & Medina, do some shopping and snacking, take photos, or rest up in our local guest house. 

Day 4: monday - departure from tangier

After an early breakfast, we’ll head out together to the Tangier airport, about 2½ hours from Chefchaouen. Plan your departure flight for after 1:00 p.m.

Ready to book? Download our registration form and get started! Or contact us with questions!

 

YOUR Instructors & GUIDE

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Gigi Mao

Gigi has been a devoted practitioner of yoga for more than a decade and teaches alignment-based flow. Her classes are strong and focused while supportive and introspective. Gigi has led yoga retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Gigi believes that both yoga and travel are a means of connection and is passionate about creating spaces for adventure and growth.

Gigi was our instructor for the November 2017 Nicaragua Yoga + Surf retreat and teaches weekly public classes at Practice Yoga Austin.

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Ashley Blake

Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and yoga enthusiast with a background in tourism,  entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked and traveled in 35+ countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has led in Spain, Germany, China and Canada.

Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.  

 

 

 


Terms & Conditions

Please refer to registration for complete terms.

Deposit
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.

Payment
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $250 deposit on booking + payment schedule per registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations, less the trip deposit ($250), are refundable July 5th, 2018. Please refer to the full Payment Plan for details. We do allow for last minute transfers of the same gender for a $150 admin fee. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.

Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.