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Trek accross the bulk of Morocco without spending the bulk of your bank account

Not just what Bill & Ted pray for every night before they go to bed, Moroccan Dreams is the latest tilt from the travel curators at Discovery Adventures, a 12-day, nearly all-inclusive desert, mountain, and coastal odyssey

Days 1-2: After putzing around Marrakech the first afternoon, the following day an "expert guide" will take you around the city's historical sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret, Palais Bahia, Palais Badi, Medresa Ben Youssef, Djemaa el Fna Square, and stuff you can actually pronounce, from the "old quarter" to the "alleys of the bustling souks"

Day 3: Rock an ancient kasbah village (seriously) in the Atlas Mountains called Aït Benhaddou

Day 4: Take 4x4s into the desert where you'll hit an on old library called Tamegroute, then shake off by book learning by off-roading to the great dunes of Erg Cheggaga. There you'll find a deluxe desert camp, where you'll take a camel ride further into the dunes for sunset before having dinner under the stars

Days 5-6: It's back across the desert to Zagora, where you'll visit "historical sites" and learn about the history of the Draa region, then on to a region known as the Anti-Atlas, where the locals will presumably be so busy feuding with the book nerds at the Tamegroute library to notice you taking in the saffron-harvesting "carpet town" of Tazenakht, local markets, and tanneries

Days 7-8: On to rockier regions, including the town of Tafraoute, Aït Mansour Gorge, the Painted Rocks, and the Chapeau du Napoleon. You'll also stroll through a palm valley, and even lunch at a local village house.

Days 9-10: Atlantic Coastal now, you'll head to the walled port town of Essaouira, where you've got the option of taking a camel ride on the beach, going sailing, or visiting a traditional spa/ steam bath called a "hammam"

Days 11-12: Head back to Marrakech to wrap things up at Menara Gardens, the Jardin Majorelle, and a farewell dinner at a palace-style restaurant complete with "local folklore entertainment", which hopefully includes dudes riding some wild stallions

Photos: G Adventures