Saturday. Welcome to Morocco! You'll be met at Marrakech Airport and transferred to your hotel. Be sure to arrive in time for our welcome meeting and dinner at 18:00.
Overnight: Marrakech | Dinner
Marrakech - Casablanca - Rabat. En-route this morning we travel up to Casablanca. Made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. We then have the option of visiting the stunning Hassan II mosque, which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. We then head straight to Rabat to enjoy the evening atmosphere of Morocco’s capital city.
Overnight: Rabat | Breakfast
Rabat - Meknes. We will spend the morning in Morocco’s capital city Rabat to visit Oudaia Kasbah, Hassan tower, the Royal Palace and Chellah. After lunch we will move on to the third of our Imperial cities Meknes to enjoy some free time.
Overnight: Meknes | Breakfast
Meknes - Chefchaouen. After breakfast, we’ll
embark on a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the
largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site
dates back to AD40 and once ruled the entire Roman
province of Mauritania. We’ll then head on to Chefchaouen
for a guided tour this afternoon. High up in the Rif
mountains, Chefchaouen boasts a beautiful blue door and
white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post.
The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the
Kasbah (built back in the 18th century), central mosque
and cafes with authentic menus. The busy market is a mix
of traditional Moroccan and tourist fare.
Overnight: Chefchaouen | Breakfast
Chefchaouen - Fes. Enjoy some free time in Chefchaouen this morning - relax at the hotel or spend your time exploring this beautiful city. We travel on to Fes in the afternoon. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, and its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five, themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco.
On day 6 we embark on a fully guided tour of the city of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and the Medina, and learn the fascinating history of the city. We’ll later return to the hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town.
Overnight: Fes | Breakfast x 2
Fes - Midelt. This morning we journey over the Moyen Atlas to stop at Midelt. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquile mountain setting, this is a great spot to cool down and relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes. We will enjoy a small hike in the afternoon. We spend the night in this mountain location.
Overnight: Midelt | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Midelt - Erg Chebbi. Today we embark on a scenic drive followed by a tasty Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. Then we head out to towards the the Erg Chebbi dunes located near the remote frontier town of Merzouga. The dunes are renowned for their incredible height and size. In parts the vast sand pile reaches skyward to heights of 150 metres! Transferring to our camels we trek into the Sahara for a night at our Berber Camp. Tonight enjoy a local meal, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars.
Overnight: Merzouga | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Erg Chebbi - Todra Gorge. Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. We will have an early lunch at the village co-operative where you can see and buy authentic, Berber, handmade rugs, kilims and carpets. The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, walking through the palmerie or if you’re feeling adventurous, there is the option to rock climb.
Overnight: Todra Gorge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Todra Gorge - Ait Benhaddou. Leaving the impressive Todra Gorge we continue our journey to Ait Benhaddou, stopping en route in Ouarzazate for lunch and the opportunity to tour its famous film studio (book/pay locally). After lunch we tour the famous Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed.
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou | Breakfast, Dinner
Ait Benhaddou - Essaouira. Todays drive offers panoramic views as we traverse the high Atlas Mountains on our way to Essaouira. A colourful old city and fishing village is located within 15th century Portuguese fortifications. Just outside the town great beaches and an Atlantic surf beckon.
Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the Medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artists shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets, an antidote to the bustle of the Imperial Cities. During our time here there's the option to take part in horse trekking or quad biking.
Overnight: Essaouira | Breakfast x 2
Essaouira - Marrakech - breakfast. We take a supratours
public bus from Essaouira back to Marrakech this morning,
to explore the last of Morocco’s four Imperial cities we
visit on this tour. Marrakech set against the snow-capped
Atlas Mountains. Its great pride and landmark is the Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville. It is said that after the third of these was completed, the sultan had the eyes of his architect put out, lest he should build another more beautiful tower elsewhere. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city’s UNESCO-listed medina &
Djemaa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast x 2
Geminids Meteor Shower - 6th December 2015
In December, some parts of the world get to witness the amazing Geminids Meteor Shower. An annual event, observed for over 500 years that has been known to produce some of the brightest meteors and fireballs the sky has ever seen - sometimes creating 150 an hour! Experience a night in the Sahara gazing at the stars during the peak of the shower on our special Geminids Meteor Shower.
Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in Morocco, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
Younes was amazing. He was professional, fun, and full of information. ”
Mohammed was a good guide, he could have been a little more aware of his group who were following him over very busy roads. In crowds we easily got lost for a short while.
Hotels were clean and friendly, nicely Morocco. The Tour was well balanced and very enjoyable, the Sahara was a little disappointing but fun.”
I would rate this tour 10 out of 10. I was a bit wary when I first read info regarding what to pack, etc, but it was all for nothing. The co-ordination of the tour by our tour guide, Mohamed, was absolutely fabulous and he went far above and beyond anything that was expected of him. well done. And our driver Brahim was also great, extremely safe and efficient. the content of the tour was extremely comprehensive and interesting and Mohamed and local guides didn't just take us to places where they would get commission from the shops, as with many other tours I have been on. they took us to the places we wanted to go. the hotels were mostly fine. some needed a bit of attention, and some staff could do with hospitality etiquette, but in general all the hotels were good and very well placed close to the tourist areas. I can very highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing Morocco in its fullness and shopping up a storm.”
Excellent value. Disappointed we didn't get to the camp in the Sahara due to a sandstorm. However guide improvised providing alternative accommodation, meal and local entertainment.
Our guide Yeonis was very good always available with enthusiasm.
Bus driver Mohammed was excellent and very personable.”
GUIDE: Mohammed was the most helpful, friendly and knowledgeable guide I have ever used. in many aspects he went way above what required of him. I don't think anyone on our tour could possibly find any fault with him in any way. thankyou Mohammed
TOUR: The tour was a very comprehensive tour with well placed hotels, although some of them did need a bit more attention to detail and service, ( Rabat especially). Chefchauoen ( Riad Madrid ), Essaouira ( Lala Mira?) and Todra Gorge (Hotel Amazir) were especially good. ”
Younes was amazing. He was professional, fun, and full of information. ”