Saturday. Upon arrival at the airport in Marrakech you’ll be met and transferred to our start hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Marrakech, and thanks to the central location of our hotel you can easily do just that. Consider heading out to Djemaa el Fna – a lively market place and the beating heart of the city. Just make sure you get back to the hotel in time for our welcome meeting at 19:30.
Casablanca & Rabat
Marrakech - Casablanca - Rabat. Departing Marrakech this morning we travel north to Rabat, stopping en route in Casablanca. Here we’ll pay a visit the city’s most iconic landmark – the Hassan 2 Mosque, which is not only boasts the world’s tallest minaret but is also the largest mosque of its kind across the globe. Opt to explore the interior of this famous mosque, or enjoy free time in the surrounding area. Continuing on, we arrive into Rabat in the early evening where we’ll head into the old town for dinner.
Overnight: Rabat | Breakfast, Dinner
Meknes & Fes
Rabat - Meknes - Volubilis - Fes. With a busy day ahead of us we start the morning with a guided tour of Rabat, taking in some of the capital’s most famous sites. One of the main highlights of this Imperial City is Chellah - a medieval fortified necropolis, home to ancient ruins, the Royal Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Leaving Rabat behind we continue on to another Imperial City – Meknes, often referred to as the Versailles of Morocco thanks to its impressive buildings and elaborate monuments. After a bite to eat and some free time, we carry on to the UNESCO-listed city of Volubilis famed for its Roman ruins. From here we continue our journey to Fes, which will be our base for the next two nights.
Overnight: Fes | Breakfast, Lunch
Waking up in the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, you’re in for a real treat today. First thing this morning we enjoy a guided tour of the old walled city, a fascinating medina made up of maze of 9400 winding narrow streets and alleyways. We also pay a visit to the pungent dye-pits and tanneries before stopping for lunch. The remainder of the day is free for you to take in Fes at your own pace, or you can opt to partake in one of our optional activities from a Tagine Making Class to a night of Moroccan food and entertainment in town (both payable locally).
Overnight: Fes | Breakfast
Fes - Midelt. Saying goodbye to Fes this morning, we start our journey to Midlet travelling over the Moyen Atlas. Along the way we are treated to alpine scenery, picturesque towns and our first sight of Morocco’s nomadic Berbers. We may even pass some of the inquisitive resident Barbary Macaque monkeys, so keep an eye out! Arriving in Midelt late in the afternoon, enjoy free time to either relax by the hotel pool or tag along for a walk into the local orchards.
Overnight: Midelt | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Midelt - Erg Chebbi. If from day one of this adventure you’ve been looking forward to experiencing the sheer beauty of the Sahara, then today is the day you’ve been waiting for. We start the day with a scenic drive towards the Sahara, stopping en route for a tasty Moroccan lunch. Arriving into Merzougha, we’ll spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming (weather permitting) ahead of our journey into the Sahara. Climbing aboard our camels later today we’ll begin the trek to our remote Berber Camp. Passing across rolling dunes as the sun disappears over the horizon is an experience you’re unlikely to forget, nor is the evening of local food and entertainment that follows under a starlit sky.
If you would prefer the comfort of a hotel with en-suite facilities this evening, opt for our Sahara Hotel Upgrade .
Overnight: Berber Camp | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Erg Chebbi - Todra Gorge - Dades Gorge. An early start this morning sees us back on our camels just before sunrise for a stunning trek back to Merzouga. After freshening up and breakfast, we’re back on the road heading for Todra Gorge. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching up to 1000ft, it’s no wonder why Todra Gorge is known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. But what really makes this natural wonder so impressive, is its changing colours as the sun moves across the sky from east to west. Later we continue on to the equally impressive Dades Gorge, our stop for the night.
Overnight: Dades Gorge | Breakfast, Dinner
Dades Gorge - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. Today we return to Marrakech, stopping en route at Ouarzazate – the movie capital of North Africa, and UNESCO-listed Ait Benhaddou. Serving as the backdrop for many a famous film – from Gladiator to Laurence of Arabia, the beauty of this ancient fortified city is unmatched elsewhere in the country. Upon arrival in Marrakech, enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast
Marrakech - Essaouira. This morning we head out to discover Marrakech on a guided sightseeing tour. Winding our way through a tangle of streets and alley ways, we uncover verdant gardens, bustling souks and of course the exuberant marketplace of Djemma El Fna. Later today you start your journey to Essaouira on Morocco's Atlantic Coast via private transfer, and upon arrival enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Why not find a restaurant in the charming old town and try the local cuisine.
Overnight: Essaouira | Breakfast
Free time in Essaouira
Essaouira – Marrakech. Spend the next three days exploring the sights and delights of Essaouira at your own pace. Set on the rugged shores of the breezy Atlantic Coast, this charming seaside city offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. While away the days here exploring its winding streets lined with whitewash houses, picking your way through the shops in its ancient medina, or by sitting at an ocean-facing restaurant sipping on a cup of coffee. During the warmer months why not try some water sports too, as the windy shores here offer ideal conditions for wind and kite surfing. On the evening of day 12 a private transfer will take you back to Marrakech for the night.
Overnight: Essaouira (2), Marrakech (1) | Breakfast x 3
Today your touring arrangements come to an end.
Prices & Dates
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
El Andalous Hotel & Spa, Marrakech
Just 10 minutes from the airport, the El Andalous Hotel and Spa offers a welcome respite from the hubub of the city. Evoking the golden age of Arab-Andalusian culture; exotic and romantically rich. Guest rooms are well furnished with excellent en suite facilites as well as private balconies. The hotel pool is great place to relax by and enjoy a tasty beverage or two. The medina is just a 20 minute walk from here or a cab can get you there in a few minutes!
Helnan Chellah Hotel, Rabat
Situated in the heart of Morocco's capital, the Helnan Chellah tastefully combines old class elegance with modern hospitality. Rooms are all tastefully decorated and luxuriously appointed with hard wooden floors and typical Moroccan decor. Wi-Fi is available throughout and the in house restaurant serves a good range of delicious meals throughout the day. Guests can relax with a beer in the evening at the English-inspired The Lion Pub. The accommodation is located in the heart of Rabat.
Hotel Volubilis, Fes
Set around manicured gardens, Hotel Volubilis is well located in the new part of Fes. Guest rooms are well equipped although a little dated. All rooms come with ensuite facilities and spacious balconies. The outdoor pool is a great place to relax by and there is Wi-Fi throughout most of the hotel. The hotel serves a yummy buffet breakfast including omlettes made to order and fresh pastries! The onsite bar serves tasty local beer on tap - the perfect way to cool down in the Moroccan heat!
Taddart Hotel, Midelt
Just outside Midelt, the Taddart Hotel offers comfortable and spacious accommodation. Guest rooms are uniquely designed with good amenities and en suite facilities. The hotel restaurant offers an impressive array of local and international cuisines and guests can also benefit from free Wi-Fi. After a long day of exploring, guests can take a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool for some respite from the fierce Moroccan heat. The accommodation is located to the west of Midelt on the main P21 road.
Desert Camp, Merzouga
Set amongst the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi, the Berber camp is designed with a traditional Moroccan theme. The permanent tents include multiple beds and electricity (after night fall) Camping out in the desert is a wonderful experience, due to the lack of light pollution, the stars come out in abundance and really are a sight to behold.
Hotel Kasbah Dades Chems, Dades Gorge
Located in the heart of the Boumalne Dades, Hotel Kasbah Dades Chems offers classic Moroccan accommodation with beautiful views of the local scenery. Guest rooms are furnished with traditional Moroccan decor, comfortable beds and have a rustic feel. Wi-fi is available throughout the premises. The hotel also benefits from a refreshing outdoor pool and a beautiful terrace, which is the perfect venue for feasting on a delicious breakfast or dinner.
Riad Imilchil, Marrakech
Traditional and stylish, the Riad Imilchil is a beautiful example of boutique Moroccan accommodation. The 6 rooms and 1 suite are beautifully decorated with colourful interiors and gorgeous en suites. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is a stunning rooftop terrace where guests can view the whole of the city whilst enjoying a refreshing drink. At night you can view the famous Djemma El Fna pulsating in the distance. Well located just 10 minute walk into the centre of the Medina.
Hotel Miramar, Essaouira
Enjoying an enviable location just a 15-minute walk from the beach and some of the city’s key sights, Hotel Miramar combines 4-star comfort with local convenience. Each of the 45 guest rooms’ benefit from a separate sitting area, room service and satellite television, there’s also free WiFi throughout the property. After a day of sightseeing guests can unwind in the on-site spa, which offers a variety of treatments, or those that prefer to relax during the day can opt to head to the hotel’s private sand beach.
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.
I had a great time on the tour. The group of 11 was a good number, not too big unlike some other tour companies. All of the hotels were great, with the exception of the Volubilis in Fes, which was rather disappointing.
Aziz was an excellent guide; very knowledgeable and he read the group well, correctly surmising that we didn't want to be off at the crack of dawn. In addition, he is clearly a kind and caring person, helping a couple of people on the tour who were unwell. I would thoroughly recommend him as a guide.
The itinerary was perfect - it really gave us a feel for Morocco and I really enjoyed the change of pace at the end with the Essaouira extension.
In conclusion, we were very impressed with the tour and definitely intend to use On the Go tours again for another trip.”