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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!

Trip Itinerary

We’ll pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your Casablanca hotel.

 

 

 

We’ll pick you up from your hotel in the morning, leaving Casablanca’s colonial buildings behind and beginning the journey along the Atlantic Coast and east to the enchanting city of Meknes—the “Versailles of Morocco”. Along the way you’ll stop off in Rabat for some lunch and a guided tour of the old medina, the whitewashed Kasbah des Oudaias, Bab Oudaia and Hassan Tower—the remnants of what was once planned to be the second largest mosque in the world. In Meknes you’ll spend the night in a hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

This morning you’ll go on a guided tour of Meknes’ old town, visiting Moulay Ismail’s Mausoleum and immense royal granaries and stables, the Agdal Basin, Dar el-Mar, Place el-Hedim and Bab el-Mansour—the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways—before having some lunch in the medina. Afterwards you’ll travel through the verdant countryside of Northern Morocco to the mediaeval city of Fes. Along the way you’ll make a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis. Here you’ll go on a guided tour of one of the most well preserved Romans ruin sites in North Africa. In Fes you’ll spend the next two nights in a hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Today you’ll head into Fes’ old city—known locally as Fes el Bali—on a guided tour of one of the most extensive and well preserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world. You’ll visit the souks, the tanneries with their famous dye pits, Medresse el Attarine and the beautifully restored 18th century inn, Funduk Nejjarine. You’ll even stop by a ceramics factory where you can see potters and their students working in the traditional way. And as you walk along the narrow streets and alleyways that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll pass the historic khans, mosques, craftsmen and donkeys laden with goods that make this journey back to the Middle Ages one truly unforgettable experience.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

 

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After waking early to watch the glorious sunrise over the still eastern dunes you’ll hop on your camel once more and ride out of the Sahara. And after saying goodbye to your camel in Merzouga you’ll begin your journey to Todra Gorge—a narrow, 300m high canyon and one of the most dramatic natural sights in Morocco. Along the way you’ll stop for lunch in the small town of Tinejdad and visit the Oasis Museum. This group of three restored houses displays Berber antiquities and objects of traditional use collected from various tribes across the country. In Todra Gorge you’ll spend the next two nights in a Berber guesthouse.

 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

This morning you’ll have the opportunity to go on a locally guided 10km, 4 hour hike through the gorge and over a nearby mountain pass. Along the way you’ll pass plenty of locals and maybe even get the chance to share a cup of mint tea with some Berber nomads. Your afternoon is free to explore the area or perhaps relax by the pool… why not go on a walk with your guide through the shady, lush palmeries?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Today you’ll travel to Ait Ben Haddou, passing through Ouarzazate—the “Hollywood of Morocco”—along the way. This fortified city is so famous for its 17th century kasbahs that it’s been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. It’s even served as a filming location for Hollywood movies such as The Gladiator and Jewel of the Nile, and more recently the tv series Game of Thrones. This afternoon you’ll explore the old town on a walking tour through its main passages. In Ait Ben Haddou you’ll spend the night in a hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you’ll journey to the magnificent Toubkal National Park via the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka (2,260m)—one of the highest drivable passes in Morocco. Along the way you’ll follow the winding roads that lead you from the south’s vast desert plains to the High Atlas’ gorgeous green valleys, passing many a beautiful landscape and Berber village along the way. When you arrive in Imlil (1,800m) you’ll begin your 1 hour walk up to the peaceful Berber village of Aremd (1,920m). Here you’ll spend the night in a Berber guesthouse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning you’ll walk back down to Imlil, before continuing on to the Atlantic Coast and Essaouira—Morocco’s “Windy City”. This charming seaside town with its fortified walls, fishing harbour, lively markets, long sandy beaches and seagulls is the perfect place to both relax and be active. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to stop at an argan oil co-operative, where you’ll be shown the process of extracting and preparing the oil. In Essaouira you’ll spend the next two nights in a riad.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Your day is free to explore the narrow alleys of Essaouira and its surrounds… why not try one of our optional activities listed below?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Optional activities:

Camel Riding

Explore Essaouira’s stunning coastline by camelback, riding on the beach, in the dunes and in the forest.

Hammam

Relax at the hammam with a black soap soak, invigorating scrub and relaxing organ oil massage.

Horse Riding 

Explore Essaouira’s stunning coastline by horseback, riding on the beach, in the dunes and in the forest.

Windsurfing

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.

Today you’ll journey to the red city of Marrakech. In the afternoon you’ll have a guided tour of Marrakech’s old town, visiting Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and the old Jewish Quarter. The tour will end in Djemaa el Fna—Marrakech’s central square and a vibrant meeting place for young and old—and your evening is free to spend as you please. Why not stay in the square and see this truly amazing spectacle at it’s entertaining best? Here you’ll spend the next two nights in a hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Your day is free to explore Marrakech and its surrounds… why not try one of our optional activities listed under the Trip Details section below?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

We’ll pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions:

  • 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.

Exclusions:

  • Aeroplane ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Tips

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.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

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).

Majorelle Garden

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.

Tagine Cooking Class

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
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Synthetic/woollen socks
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Sarong/scarf/loose cotton trousers that can easily be pulled on over shorts to cover shoulders/legs when walking through villages

Equipment:

  • 3 season sleeping bag
  • Daypack
  • Beach towel
  • Water bottle/hydration bladder
  • Water purification pen/tablets
  • Sunglasses
  • 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