Brandi Comeaux

Travel Answers by Brandi

10 Kasbahs and Camels: Morocco

Jan 7, 2024 to Jan 16, 2024
Trip Leader: Brandi Comeaux (me). If I am unable to travel on this trip, I will indicate who the trip lead will be for this trip. 
 
Travel dates: January 7 to 16, 2024
 
Minimum age: 3 and older.
 
Package price:
 
Quad room: $3520 per person  ($14,080 FOR ROOM)
Triple room: $3520 per person ($10,560 PER ROOM )
Double room: $3520 per person ($7,040 FOR PRIVATE ROOM)
 
Adjusted invoices:  The invoice you will receive at booking will show the remaining balance  due after initial deposit is paid. Because I allow for monthly payments, I  will send each registered family an adjusted invoice that reflects the below payment schedule including late fees or credits due.  
 
Payment Schedule:
 
$300 per person, NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT 
$150 per person due on the 1st of 
  • Nov 2022
  • Jan,  Feb, Mar, Apr, May 2023
  • Aug, Sept  2023
  • with FINAL PAYMENT DUE Oct 1, 2023. 
$25 LATE fee after 5 DAYS  of monthly payment NOT received. 
  • If you are having trouble making a monthly payment, REACH OUT TO ME BEFORE it becomes an issue. I will work with you if I can. 
 
 
Automatic payments: you will have the option to turn-on automatic payments once the adjusted invoice is prepared.  By turning on auto payment, you are authorizing a payment to be processed immediately. if you have already made your monthly payment, make a personal note to turn on auto payment NEXT MONTH before you process the payment so you are not paying twice in one month.
Custom payment amounts: are available if you would like to pay MORE than the minimum  monthly amount.  Email me at brandi@theansweristravel.com

Registration after 11/1/2022:  your adjusted invoice will reflect the "catch up payments" that will be DUE IMMEDIATELY. 

Registration closes: 10/01/2023 or when we hit maximum capacity.
 
Minimum # of travelers: 25
Maximum # of travelers: 30
 
Discount Code: 
 
Discount runs until 11/15, below are the discount codes: 
 
  • 100MOROCCO - 1 person 
  • 200MOROCCO - 2 persons 
  • 300MOROCCO - 3 persons 
  • 400MOROCCO - 4 persons 
  • 500MOROCCO - 5 persons 
  • 600MOROCCO - 6 persons 
  • 700MOROCCO - 7 persons 
  • 800MOROCCO - 8 persons 
  • 900MOROCCO - 9 persons 
  • 1000MOROCCO - 10 persons 
 
Please see Instructions to Register for Trip for adding the discount code.
 
Cancel/refund policy:
 
  • If due to unforeseen circumstances, TAIT has to RESCHEDULE a trip, all travelers who are not able to make the NEW DATE will be refunded 100% of amounts paid towards the trip, less a $50 per person fee.
  • Deposit is NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE regardless of when the traveler cancels. 
  • If canceled between the day of travel and 44 days before travel, the entire cost of the trip is nonrefundable.  

  • If canceled between 45 & 59 days before travel, there is a 50% penalty, IN ADDITION to the non refundable deposit paid towards the trip.

  • If canceled 60 or more days before travel, the non refundable portion amounts to the deposit paid on the trip.

 
Refunds may take up to 30 business days to process from written request of cancellation. 
 
Funds paid for accommodations, meals and program activities are paid directly to The Answer Is Travel, LLC dba Travel Answers by Brandi.
The travel insurance premium authorized to be paid on behalf of  traveler is paid directly to Travel Insured and at no time is The Answer Is Travel, LLC dba Travel Answers by Brandi in possession of the funds paid for travel insurance premium. 
 
 
What's included:
 
  • Walking tour of Marrakech
  • tour of the Bahia Palace
  • Ait-Ben-Haddou Ksar
  • Walking tour of Tamnougalt,
  • Cultural interactions with locals and nomadic families
  • Cooking class
  • Berber art
  • Gnawa Music Association
  • Camel trek
  • 4x4 throughout Sahara desert!!!!! 
  • Sand skiing 
  • Todgha Gorges
  • Kasbah Armardil
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • tips (with exception of hosts)  & taxes
  • ground transportation w/ ac & heat
  • airport transfer for group*
  • local group leader
  • representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
  • bilingual staff
  • local hosts
 
What's not included:
 
  • flights to/from  Marrakech-anticipate $1,000-$1,100  per person if you fly from an international airport (versus regional, smaller airport).
    • Flights will start to become available approximately 11 months before travel dates.  
    • I will coordinate  with travelers  who are interested in  booking the same flights if needed.
  • luggage fees with airline
  • *private transfers to/from airport in Marrakech- we will provide a window you must be at airport  for the group transfer; if you are at airport outside of this window, you will have to pay for private transfers. We can assist with you with private transfers if needed. 
  • travel insurance- I will provide a quote to each family after the trip is booked. 
  • passports- must be VALID at least 6 MONTHS AFTER TRAVEL.  I will REQUIRE a copy of your passport  NO LATER THAN 90 days before travel. 
  • International phone plan
  • tips for hosts ($20USD per day, per traveler is recommended) 
  • meals during travel to/from Marrakech
  • extending your trip- I will offer my planning services at NO COST to families who are traveling on this itinerary with the group. 
 
 
COVID-19  Vaccine requirement:  NO proof of vaccine is needed to travel.
Travel insurance: IT IS REQUIRED BY OPEN DOORS MOROCCO TO CARRY TRAVEL INSURANCE. YOU DO NOT have to purchase a policy from  me, but you do have to show proof of travel insurance to participate in the program. 
 
 
 
You are required to complete a client agreement once you have registered.  Here is a preview of the client agreement:
 
 
 
Tentative Itinerary:
 
Day 1: January 7, 2024
 

Arrival: Marrakech 

Welcome to beautiful Morocco! Your local hosts will be at the airport to greet you. You will recognize them by the Open Doors Morocco signs they will be holding. There is only one way out of the baggage area at the airport, so there are no concerns that you and your host will have difficulty finding one another. 

Today's activities will depend on arrival time(s).

 
Day 2: January 8, 2024
 

Explore Marrakech

After breakfast, you will begin your day with a tour of the medina (the old city.) Your city tour guides will make sure you see all that has made Marrakech the city it is today. 


In the afternoon, you will have a tour of the Bahia Palace.


Marrakech > Ait Ben Haddou (Activity)

Upon departure, you will head in the direction of the High Atlas Mountains and the Tichka Pass (2260m/7412ft). Photo stops are a must as you wind your way up the mountains. You will stop to visit the fabulous Ait-Ben-Haddou Ksar, registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Center, and used as scenery for many movies. 


You'll have the opportunity to walk through the ksar (sometimes referred to as Kasbah.) 


Lunch will be in the area. 


Meet a Berber Fire Painter

 
Day 3: January 9, 2024
 

Ait Ben Haddou > Tamnougalt (Activity)

Following the Ait Ben Haddou visit, you will pass through Ouarzazate, known as the Morocccan Hollywood, and drive approximately 70 km to the small village of Tamnougalt, just outside the former French fort of Agdz. Tamnougalt was the original capital city of the Mezguita region during the 16th century, and the home of various local governors. 


Upon arriving in Tamnougalt, students will meet Hassan. The Tamnougalt Kasbah has been in Hassan's family for generations. He is working to restore the kasbah to its original glory as well as many other locations in the village. As he says, "My grandfathers left me a unique heritage with GREAT responsibilities."


Welcome Dinner and Berber Music.

Accommodations will be in the 15th Century Tamnougalt Kasbah. Upon arrival, rooms will be organized. Dinner will be served and Berber music will follow.

The accommodations in Tamnougalt will be at the 16th century Kasbah of Tamnougalt. Think of a mansion, but made from stone, straw, and mud.

 
Day 4: January 10, 2024
 

Tour the Village, the Gardens, and the River 

On the first day, there will be a tour of the area so that you can see beautiful area you find yourselves in. As you stroll though the village and gardens, you will encounter Moroccans who will be happy to see you. While most will not speak English, they all know the word "welcome." You hear this echoed throughout the country whenever Moroccans see foreigners.


Weaving Mats or Carpets 

Weaving is also part of daily life in the rural areas of Morocco. Different materials are used such as canes, sheep's wool, and even camel hair.


Cultural Interactions 

Moroccans love to welcome foreigners. They are some of the most hospitable people in the world.

 
Day 5: January 11, 2024
 

Morning 

After breakfast, you'll have some time to yourselves to explore the village and interact with the locals.


Cooking Class 

Learn to make a Moroccan tagine, couscous, berber pizza, crepes, and more.  If we've worked out the scavenger hunt / cooking class in Marrakech, that will have been the tagine. I recommend doing couscous in Tamnougalt. Hassan's family makes the best! You'll do nomad pizza in the desert.


Berber Art, Fine Art, or Calligraphy

A professional cultural artist will be on-hand to guide students in letting their creativity flow.

 
Day 6: January 12, 2024
 

Tamnougalt > Acacia Forest 

After breakfast, You’ll leave Tamnougalt behind and be on your way to the Great Sahara Desert. Not too far from Tamnougalt, you will drive through Nkob, a small village famous for the 45 kasbahs nearby. Down the road, you’ll travel through the town of Tazaraine, where the movie, Babel, was filmed. Later, you’ll pass through the village of Elnes, famous for fossils. 


Along the way, lunch will be a picnic in the acacia trees. It's possible that we will see nomads and camels in this area.


Acacia Forest > Sahara Desert / Camel Trek 

(184 miles / 295 km) 

Finally, you will enter the small town of Rissani, known as the original home of the Alaouite Dynasty, the family of our current king. Rissani is also known for having a twice weekly market and its nearby donkey parking. Soon after passing through Rissani, you will enter the Sahara, near Erg Chebbi Dunes. 


About an hour later, you will arrive at the meeting point where you will board your camels. You will travel by camel approximately an hour out to the desert camp. Along the way, you can climb the dunes to watch the sun sink below the horizon. After you get to the camp and have a rest, dinner will be served, followed by music. Your night will be spent in a tent under the stars. 


Accommodations: Desert Camp 

 
Day 7: January 13, 2024
 

Explore the Sahara (Merzouga)

The next morning after breakfast, you’ll spend the day out in the desert in the 4x4s. There are plenty of adventures for your day on the sand. 


In the morning, you'll tour the area. You’ll get to see various areas of the desert and how people in the area live. There will be the opportunity to visit some nomad families. 


You will also visit the Gnawa Music Association in the village of Khamlia. The Gnawa Music Association is an NGO established to preserve the heritage of those brought from central and west Africa as slaves into the southeastern part of Morocco prior to Morocco’s independence. The music, preserved from their ancestors is still played in the traditional manner. 


Lunch can be traditional nomad pizza at a local restaurant, Cafe Nora's. Kids will have the opportunity to prepare their own nomad pizzas. 


After lunch there will be time to climb the dunes. There will be opportunities for sand skiing. The view from the top of the dunes is amazing. Kids can write their first names in the sand and take selfies from the top of the dunes that will show themselves, their name, and the land spread out below. 


Accommodations:  Desert Camp 

 
Day 8: January 14, 2024
 

Merzouga > Dades Gorges

(250 km / 156 miles)


If you happen to be a morning person, you’ll enjoy watching the sunrise in the dunes. After breakfast, you'll get into the 4x4 (or board camels, if you prefer, to trek and meet the car.) 


Once on the road, it's onto the Dades Valley and Gorges. Just outside the city of Arfoud, you’ll pass by the aquifers. You will also pass through the village of Tinjdad, where there is a Berber museum. The road out of Tinjdad loops through flat land with beautiful landscapes. Upon reaching the Todgha Gorges, you can take a nice stroll through the gorges. 


Back on the road, you’ll pass through the Berber village of Tinghir. On the eastern edge of the village, you’ll find a lush green oasis full of date palms. Crumbling kasbahs and the abandoned 19th-century Medersa Ikelane lies under the canopy of the oasis. Later in the day, you will arrive in the beautiful Dades Gorges. Your night will be spent at a beautiful inn. 


Accommodations: Luxury Dades

 
Day 9: January 15, 2024
 

Dades Gorges > Skoura Valley

After breakfast, there may be some time to visit nomads in the caves. This will depend on their location at the time and the day's timing. 


As you begin your journey to Marrakech. Shortly after leaving the Dades Gorges, you’ll enter the Valley of the Roses, situated at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. The main village is Kelaat M’Gouna. Shortly thereafter you will travel through the Skoura Valley, a fertile oasis lined with palm groves, olive trees, and the ruins of kasbahs dating back to the 12th century.


Kasbah Amardil Visit 

Shortly after passing through the Rose Valley, you will have the opportunity to visit Kasbah Armardil.  The bus will take you very near to the kasbah, and you'll be able to walk the rest of the way off road. 


Kasbah Armardil > Marrakech 

After leaving Kasbah Amardil, you will travel in the direction of Ouarzazate and into the High Atlas Mountains. You'll make your way slowly back to Marrakech. 

 
Day 10: January 16, 2024
 
End of the program
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport at the indicated time.
 
Other important information:
 
 
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at either brandi@theansweristravel.com.
 
 

Available Packages

Kasbahs and Camels: Morocco
Available until October 1, 2023

$3,420.00
Deposit: $150.00

 
  • Walking tour of Marrakech
  • tour of the Bahia Palace
  • Ait-Ben-Haddou Ksar
  • Walking tour of Tamnougalt,
  • Cultural interactions with locals and nomadic families
  • Cooking class
  • Berber art
  • Gnawa Music Association
  • Camel trek
  • 4x4 throughout Sahara desert!!!!! 
  • Sand skiing 
  • Todgha Gorges
  • Kasbah Armardil
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • tips (with exception of hosts)  & taxes
  • ground transportation w/ ac & heat
  • airport transfer for group*
  • local group leader
  • representative from TABB (myself or an experienced Trip Lead who is fellow homeschooling parent)
  • bilingual staff
  • local hosts
Select  number of travelers
 
We will assign families to double, triple or quad rooms based on booking details.  Per person price is the same for each room type.