Highlights of Morocco
A fifteen day journey experiencing the best of Morocco’s landscapes and culture
On this private guided tour you’ll journey to the highlights of Morocco, combining the best of Morocco’s nature and cultural experiences in one amazing trip. Over 15 unforgettable days you’ll see the craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques of Fes, ride a camel into the endless dunes of the Sahara Desert, walk inside the spectacular 300m high walls of Todra Gorge, discover the 17th century kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou, cast your eyes upon North Africa’s highest peak—Jebel Toubkal, relax in the charming seaside town of Essaouira, and be enchanted by the magicians, storytellers and musicians of Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna. Along the way you’ll see the stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined boulevards of Rabat, go back in time to the Roman Empire at the archaeological site of Volubilis, and maybe even share a cup of mint tea with some Berber nomads. This tour through the highlights of Morocco truly is the adventure of a lifetime!
- Minimum 2 persons required
- Great all year round
- Day 1Casablanca
- Day 2Casablanca | Rabat | Meknes
- Day 3Meknes | Volubilis | Fes
- Day 4Fes
- Day 5Fes | Midelt
- Day 6Midelt | Erg Chebbi
- Day 7Erg Chebbi | Tinejdad | Todra Gorge
- Day 8Todra Gorge
- Day 9Todra Gorge| Ait Ben Haddou
- Day 10Ait Ben Haddou | Imlil | Aremd
- Day 11Aremd | Imlil | Essaouira
- Day 12Essaouira
- Day 13Essaouira | Marrakech
- Day 14Marrakech
- Day 15Marrakech
This morning you’ll leave Fes behind and journey south through the Middle Atlas and on to Midelt. This small market town nestled between the High Atlas and the Middle Atlas offers some easy walks through its surrounding rugged landscape, making it the perfect place to break your journey to the Sahara. Along the way you’ll pass through some spectacularly varied scenery—fertile valleys, cedar and pine forests and barren, rocky landscapes. You might even catch a glimpse of a Barbary ape—North Africa’s only monkey. This afternoon why not go on a walk with your guide to an incredible nearby gorge and the rural Berber village of Bremmem? In Midelt you’ll spend the night in a hotel.
Today you’ll journey to the vast expanse of sand that is the Sahara! Along the way you’ll pass by the spectacular Jurassic geography of the Ziz Gorges, including Tafilalt—the largest Saharan oasis in Morocco. When you reach the desert outpost of Merzouga on the edge of Erg Chebbi you’ll meet your camel and begin an unforgettable 1.5 hour sunset ride to a nomadic camp in the middle of the dunes. Upon arrival at the camp you’ll be served a traditional Berber meal and treated to some local tribal singing and drumming by the campfire. Here you’ll spend the night in a nomad tent.
Explore Essaouira’s stunning coastline by camelback, riding on the beach, in the dunes and in the forest.
Relax at the hammam with a black soap soak, invigorating scrub and relaxing organ oil massage.
Explore Essaouira’s stunning coastline by horseback, riding on the beach, in the dunes and in the forest.
Ride the waves at this windsurfer’s paradise. But try taking a lesson if you’re new to the sport—reliable strong winds can be challenging.
- Professional English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation (hotel x 8 nights, nomad tent x 1 night, Berber guesthouse x 3 nights, riad x 2 nights)
- Late model transportation with A/C (including fuel, driver and insurance)
- Some meals (breakfast x 14, dinner x 3)
- All entrance fees
- Rabat city tour
- Meknes city tour
- Tour of Volubilis archaeological site
- Fes city tour
- Walk in Midelt
- Camel ride in Sahara
- Traditional Berber music at Sahara campsite
- Visit to Oasis Museum
- Hike to visit nomads in Todra Gorge (including walk inside Todra Gorge)
- Walk through palm groves in Todra Gorge
- Tour of Ksar Ait Ben Haddou
- Marrakech city tour
Note: Travelling companions will be roomed together in hotels/riads unless they request separate single rooms. For a single room there is an extra charge of €20 per person per night. Travelling companions will also be roomed together in Berber guesthouses. It is not possible to book a single room when staying in a Berber guesthouse.
- Aeroplane ticket
- Travel insurance
Note: This trip starts when you arrive on Day 1 and ends in the morning on Day 15. If you would like us to arrange accommodation, optional activities or anything else before, during or after your trip, please let us know as we are more than happy to do this.
Begin your experience with an early morning transfer from your Marrakech accommodation to your balloon’s launching site. Upon arrival hop in the basket and gaze away as this sunrise flight takes you soaring over the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Touch down for a freshly prepared Berber breakfast before returning to Marrakech in your 4×4 vehicle. At the end of the day take home a flight certificate as a souvenir of your experience.
Price: €195 per person.
Duration: 5 hours (1 hour in-flight).
Visit this enchanting garden in the heart of the city, designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886–1962). Stroll along the shady paths past exotic trees and plants, streams and pools whilst watching the numerous birds who call this peaceful paradise home.
Price: €5 per person.
Get ready for the ultimate tagine experience during this one of a kind activity in Marrakech. Begin by learning the Arabic for the key ingredients of Morocco’s most famous dish as you join your teacher in the souks. Here you’ll mix with the locals when shopping for your meat, vegetables and most importantly, spices. Head back to the traditional riad kitchen and learn how to brew a pot of refreshing Moroccan mint tea, before following your teacher’s step-by-step instructions to prepare your very own mouthwatering lunch. At the end of the day take home a copy of the recipe as an everlasting memory of your authentic Moroccan cooking experience.
Price: €55 per person (minimum 2 persons required).
Duration: 4–5 hours (including 50 minute walk).
The list below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list. If you need further advice, please contact us or consult your nearest outdoor store.
Clothing & Footwear:
- Comfortable walking clothes that are suitable for layering
- Fleece jacket/warm jumper
- Lightweight raincoat/windbreaker
- Comfortable shoes for walking
- Synthetic/woollen socks
- Sarong/scarf/loose cotton trousers that can easily be pulled on over shorts to cover shoulders/legs when walking through villages
- 3 season sleeping bag
- Beach towel
- Water bottle/hydration bladder
- Water purification pen/tablets
- Head torch
- Camera, memory card and charger
- Spare batteries
- Personal items (including hand sanitiser, lip balm, microfibre towel, sunscreen, toilet paper, toiletries, wet wipes etc)
- Medicine and copy of doctor’s prescription which states medication and quantity carried
- Personal first aid kit (including blister tape, insect repellant, oral rehydration salts, plasters, tweezers, diarrhoea tablets etc)
- Rubbish bag