Women only tour to Morocco & Egypt
morocco & egpyt at a glance
From the ancient pyramids and the Red Sea to rooftops in Marrakech and a city painted blue, this tour covers all the best through magical Morocco and ancient Egypt.
Start in Morocco to be greeted by rose scented riads before we whisk you through ornate mosques, busy medinas, and desert camps. Temple hop through Egypt, eat home-cooked meals on the Red Sea, and listen to stories of the people who call these delightfully unique countries their home.
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Each departure contains a 1 – 3 day break in between Morocco and Egypt. Accommodation and activities are not included in the price of the tour during this break and will come at an extra cost – however, we can help you arrange it. This is the perfect time to rest, relax, or get in some solo time!
Your flight from Morocco to Egypt to is included in the cost of this Meetup Tour. Please ensure that your passport details are filled out in your Traveler Portal as soon as you book. We will send you your flight details no later than 90 days before your Meetup Tour.
Weather in Egypt can reach high temperatures, especially in summer. All of our accommodation and transportation is air conditioned, but some sites have little shade. Be aware that exposure to the elements is at times unavoidable.
Some of the best sites in Morocco are spread out and sometimes require long drive times to reach. If you are prone to motion sickness, come prepared. We’ll be comfortable in our private, air-conditioned mini-bus, watching beautiful Moroccan scenes pass by outside your window.
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Enjoy our hand-picked, premium accommodation combining the best of design, location and comfort.
WELCOME TO casablanca!
Airport pickup, welcome meeting & dinner
Salam Alaykoum, welcome to Morocco! A country known for its flavorful food, layered history, instagrammable riads, and of course – sunset views from the backs of camels. Our driver will meet you at the airport according to your arrival time and bring you to our hotel in Casablanca. Here we will meet the rest of the group for a 6pm welcome meeting and dinner. Meals: dinner
CASABLANCA TO CHEFCHAOUEN
Tour of Hassan II mosque, arrival at The Blue City & solo time
You’ll start the day with a tour of Hassan II Mosque, an architectural masterpiece built next to the crashing waves of the sea. After our introduction to Morocco with a tour of the mosque and breathtaking views, we hit the road to the Rif Mountains on our way to Chefchaouen, The Blue City! Once we arrive, enjoy solo time walking around the neighbourhood or at your hotel with views overlooking the city, a sunny pool, and the best restaurant around. Meals: breakfast | Drive time: approx. 4.5 hours
solo day in the blue city
Solo time to explore & optional activities
Today is your day! Spend the day getting lost with your camera in the winding blue lanes and alleys, people watching from a cafe, and enjoying a cup of tea with a friendly city resident. We know all the best cafés, photo tours, henna artists, and local experiences if you want to join in an optional activity or even hike up to score the best views. Meals: breakfast
CHEFCHAOUEN TO VOLUBILIS TO FES
Visit Volubilis, a pilgrimage village & arrive at our feature stay 5* Riad in Fes
Step foot into impressive Roman ruins at Volubilis, once a provincial capital famed for its mosaic floors, steaming bathhouses, hustling marketplace, and towering palaces. After our morning contemplating the mysteries of the past, we visit the sacred pilgrimage village of Moulay Idriss where we’ll have home-cooked lunch with a local family. Then, we are off to the magnificent city of Fes. Once we arrive, you have the rest of the evening for solo time in our dreamy 5 star riad. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner | Drive time: approx. 4.5 hours
Guided tour of Fes, Pastilla dinner & surprise
Take a female-led guided walking tour through the old city, known by locals as Fes el Bali. Step back in time to the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Visit Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. You’ll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in traditional methods, and taste local delicacies. We finish our day with dinner at local family house. Here, we are treated with one of the city’s signature dishes, pastilla (or bastilla), a salty and sweet pastry parcel. After dinner, the ladies have a special surprise for you! Meals: breakfast and dinner.
fes to midelt
Farm visit, home cooked lunch & Bread making demonstration
We exchange the intensity of the city for the simplicity of the scenic Middle Atlas Mountains. Southbound, we drive inland through a variety of spectacular scenery – fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes. The area is populated with wandering nomadic shepherds attending to their flocks. Pass through cedar forests which are home to Barbary apes, North Africa’s only monkey, and on to our destination: the market town of Midelt. On arrival we join our host for a farm visit and home-cooked lunch. In the late afternoon stretch your legs as you explore the nearby village of Bremmem and enjoy a bread making demonstration with local woman. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner | Drive time: approx. 4 hours
MIDELT TO MERZOUGA DESERT
Sunset camel ride, desert dinner & lux glamping
Today continue the journey to wonderfully isolated Saharan village of Merzouga, backdropped by the orange Erg Chebbi sand dunes. It feels like the modern world has left us behind. An erg is a vast sea of shifting wind-swept sand that’s formed into picturesque, undulating crests and valleys. The Erg Chebbi is one of the world’s iconic landscapes, with towering dunes up to 150 meters in height, this feels like frontier country. We hop onto a 4WD and cruise to the edge of the Sahara Desert where our luxury glamping site awaits. After check in, experience sunset from the backs of camels. The dunes are stunning, especially at this time of the day, and tonight we stay in luxury glamp style tents, enjoying lively music and dancing under the stars. Meals: breakfast and dinner | Drive time: approx. 5 hours
todra gorge & Skoura
Todra Gorde scenic drive
Rising early, we’ll witness the most spectacular colors as the sun wakes up the Sahara desert. Leaving camp we set off on a spell-bounding drive through the impressive Todra gorges, a series of limestone river canyons up to 400 meters high. We stop often to admire the landscape and take pics! From here we continue to the palm grove of Skoura, our home for tonight. Meals: breakfast and dinner | Drive time: approx. 4 hours
AIT BENHADDOU & MARRAKESH
Cooking class and lunch with local NGO & walking tour
Today, we’ll create authentic, slow cooking couscous dishes and Moroccan pastries in a cooking class with locals! While the couscous readies, spend time getting to know the women of Skoura over tea. Once the food is ready, we feast! This afternoon we will walk through the village of Ait Benhaddou, the location of many famous movies, before continuing on to Marrakesh for a solo evening. Meals: breakfast and lunch | Drive time: approx. 4 hours
Guided tour of Marrakech old medina & Workshop at Nour Association
Oh, Marrakech. It’s hard not to fall in love! Our local guide will take us to a workshop at Nour Association. Afterwards we’ll visit Bahia Palace, Jardin secret, spices market and Koutoubia. This afternoon and evening are yours to explore. Allow the mesmerizing calls to prayer, the jostling of the local merchants or the street performers to take you on your own adventure. We suggest ending the day relaxing in one of many rooftop bars for a glass of wine and a delicious meal. Meals: breakfast
Solo day in Marrakesh & farewell dinner
Get a little lost in the magic of Marrakech today with solo time. You can choose to try a hammam (traditional bathhouse) experience, venture to Marjorelle Gardens at YSL museum, or just wander and see where the day takes you! This evening we will meet for a farewell feast a restaurant owned and run only by women, where we will reminisce over the last week and make plans to keep in touch! Meals: breakfast and dinner
marrakash to cairo
Flight to Egypt and food tour
After breakfast, catch a flight to Cairo to begin the second part of your journey! Your adventure begins with an airport greeting and our VIP escort. You will be transferred to our beautiful Cairo hotel before heading out to the best introduction to Egypt: a food tour! Here, our expert Egyptologist guide will lead us through favourite local food hangouts, and we’ll get our first taste of Cairo cuisine. Meals: breakfast, dinner
ATV ride past the pyramids at sunset
After our welcome meeting and breakfast this morning, we’ll listen to stories of ancient Egypt on the short drive to the famous Pyramids of Giza! Learn why these stunning tombs exist, and how they are so well preserved. There’s time to wander solo and absorb the grandeur before we tuck into a traditional Egyptian feast at a beloved SoFe lunch spot. Don’t give into that food coma just yet though, because it’s time to see the Sphinx (and maybe give him a kiss for a photo!). From here, we satisfy our inner adrenaline junkies and hop onto an ATV to watch the sun set behind the pyramids. Your leader will step in to assist with capturing photos that will surely make you the star of every dinner party for the rest of the year. We end the day with a drink at a nearby rooftop restaurant. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
Flight to Aswan, Philae Temple & solo afternoon
We’ll hop on an early morning flight to Aswan, approximately 2 hours flying time. After landing, we visit Philae Temple located on an island in the middle of the mighty Nile River. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, we’ll wander through the temple learning about women’s roles in ancient Egypt. Before we go, say hello to the many cats hanging out like locals at the cafe (which has excellent lemon mint juice). We check into our beautiful hotel for a free evening. There are many amenities to enjoy at your leisure, including a refreshing pool. Meals: breakfast.
Abu Simbel & float down The Nile on a felucca
Today our small existence impresses upon us as we stand next to the giant carvings at Abu Simbel, which is first on the agenda. Next to the pyramids, it’s arguably one of the most impressive Egyptian sites. It’s not to be missed, and is totally worth the longer distance to visit. Afterwards, we settle in onboard a felucca, and float the day away as we cruise down the Nile river with a delicious lunch and dinner spread generously prepared by Nubian villagers. There’s no better way to watch the sun set than drink in hand, new friends all around and the glimmering Nile waters before you. Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner | Drive time: 5 hours
Train ride to Luxor, Karnak & Luxor Temples
This morning we set off on a train journey past villages and lush farms on our way to Luxor. Once in Luxor, we take the opportunity to marvel at the second largest temple complex in the world – the awesome Temple of Karnak. The massive engraved columns, towering obelisk and offering table room are highlights of this magnificent temple. Once the sun goes down, the Temple of Luxor lights up beautifully. We’ll do a night walking tour to see some of the most important carvings in ancient Egypt. Meals: breakfast & lunch | Train journey: 3 hours
Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut Temple
This morning, choose between waking up for sunrise and doing an optional hot air balloon ride (when in Egypt…) or sleeping in and enjoying a more genteel start to the day. We’ll meet up for a tour to Luxor’s best ancient wonders: the Valley of Kings! We’ll see hieroglyphic covered tombs belonging to famous pharaohs. Following the Valley of Kings, we visit the female-focused Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the few female Egyptian rulers. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
Flight to Cairo, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Market
After a short flight back to Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum packed full of artifacts, mummies, tombs, statues, hieroglyphics, and much more. Before you wander off to explore all the nooks and crannies, our Egyptologist guide will describe fascinating aspects of Egyptian history. For lunch, we recommend one of Egypt’s most beloved dishes – koshary. Bellies full, we visit the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and learn about Islam from a female NGO representative whose mission is to describe the beauty of Islam and how women fit into the religion. She will gladly answer any questions that we may have. Climb the stairs to the minaret to be rewarded with views over Cairo, or simply enjoy the intricate details of this beautiful mosque. We’ll finish the afternoon by exploring the biggest market in Egypt: Khan El Khalili Market. The winding alleyways of the market house souvenirs, gifts and Egyptian food. Meals: breakfast & lunch.
farewell for now
Flight to Cairo, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Market
It’s the last day of The Morocco & Egypt Meetup Tour, but it doesn’t have to end! Either check out any time today (your guide can help you arrange transportation to the airport) for your flight home, or stay on with us as we continue to Dahab for a full-blown beach vacation. Dahab details below!
add 5 days in dahab
Dahab is a beachy paradise on The Red Sea. It’s the darling seaside escape for both Egyptian and international visitors, but isn’t so built up that it loses any of its charm. The town is small and colorful. Seaside restaurants abound, and make for ideal sunset hangouts and refueling spots in-between dives. On that note, the snorkeling and diving in Dahab is some of the very best- and most affordable- in the world.
How it works: when the Egypt Meetup Tour ends, we hop onto a flight to Sharm el-Sheik and arrive in Dahab in time for a welcome lunch and afternoon chill session. The next few days have a range of activities planned, from snorkeling to a 4×4 desert tour and stargazing at a Bedouin camp. There’ll be plenty time to kick back and soak up the glorious Egyptian sun, dive, read or hangout with new friends. Note that this extension starts on the last day of The Egypt Meetup Tour, so adds 4 days, not 5, to your whole trip.
Our accommodation is carefully chosen to give you the best combination of comfort, location, and style. These are photos from our collection of favorite hotels to give you a sense of the accommodation you can expect with us. All of our accommodation is 4 and 5 star with many beautiful views in prime locations.
Luxury Camp, Sahara Desert
Beautiful and comfortable, a night under the stars after a traditional Bedouin dinner is one you will never forget. Tents include a private bathroom, regular beds, and a sunset like you’ve never seen.
5 star amenities and the location (right on the Nile!) make this one of our favorite hotels for a dip in the pool between iconic temple visits.
Riad Al Jazira, Marrakech
White, simple, and uncluttered this riad oozes Moroccan elegance. Decorated with local art and splashes of color, relax by the pool, rooftop, multiple beautifully patios, and a fireplace.
Arrival: Fly into Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca (code CMN)
We will will have an airport transfer waiting for you when you arrive. The transfer will take you from the airport to our group hotel in Casablanca.
If you arrive a day or two early, the airport transfer is not included. Please email us directly if you book flights outside this window so we can assist with the procedure.
Our tour starts at 6pm, so we recommend that you arrive no later than 3pm on day 1. However, we will pick you up from the airport anytime on day 1.
Departure: Cairo International Airport (CAI)
Hotel check out is around 10am. You are welcome to leave any time today. Ask your guide to help you arrange a ride to the airport or share a transfer with fellow travelers.
*Please note that arrival and departure airports are not the same
- Visa fees if applicable
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Airport drop off
- A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.
- Final payment is due 60 days before departure.
- Pay as much as often as you like until the due date.
- If you cancel your spot earlier than 60 days before departure, you can apply your payment to any trip within the next year.
- No refunds on deposits.
On rare occasions, any domestic flight that we include in this trip may be changed or canceled with little notice. Remember, we cannot control the decisions that airlines make, so sometimes amendments will need to be made to our mode of transportation. Rest assured that if this happens, we will still get you to your destination. Part of the unique experience of traveling in any form is having the flexibility and grace to embrace detours.
Egypt: Most countries, including the USA, are able to get a visa upon arrival to Egypt. In fact, we recommend getting it on arrival because the process is straightforward and fast. With the VIP service that we have arranged for our travelers, our airport escort will walk you through the entire process.
- All you need to get an Egyptian visa on arrival is your passport and $25 USD in cash. The rest is super simple. If you are not a US passport holder, please check to be sure your country qualifies for a visa upon arrival, but the majority of them do.
Morocco: US citizens traveling to Morocco for tourism or other short-term purposes are not required to get a visa. US citizens, along with several other nationalities, are exempt from Morocco visas and can visit the country with just their passport and a return flight ticket for up to 90 days.
The itinerary is subject to change due for any reason – weather, unexpected cancellations, impromptu local opportunities, or surprise additions.
All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.
Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory or you may be refused to join the tour. See our guide for help choosing a plan.
The baggage allowance for our internal flights is 1 check in suitcase that is a maximum of 50lbs/23kg and 1 carryon. An additional fee applies to bags that exceeds this.
Please limit your baggage to one suitcase, a backpack, and a purse. Extra baggage means less space in the vehicle.
What our travelers say
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THIS TOUR WAS EPIC IN EVERY WAY
“I’m 100% going to book another trip, although this one will be hard to beat. This trip was everything and more I could ever ask for. I saw places I only ever saw in photos, experienced “Egyptian Hospitality” first hand, had stereotypes of the middle east shattered, watched the sunrise over the Sahara, swam in the Nile AND the Red Sea, and danced to the sound of Nubian drums on a felucca at sunset on the Nile. How could a girl ever ask for more? This trip was the perfect blend of history and education, culture, great food, bucket list items completed, and topped off with even better company.” Dani B. | Egypt
“If you’re looking for a very well run tour they gives you some structure but also free time go wander as well as the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life then I can 100% recommend this company for travel. I was so impressed and it’s one of the best experiences of my life.” Jennifer H. | Morocco
“This was my 2nd solo trip with SoFe. I initially went to Bali and because that tour was so good I decided to go to Egypt meetup and I am so happy that I did. This tour was EPIC. I am even planning on going on this same tour again to experience it all over again!” Aihee R. | Egypt & Bali
Photos from the road
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