Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Best of Morocco

13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,949  |   Guaranteed Departures 

The journey of a lifetime awaits in Morocco on this exhilarating two week adventure. From the sights and sounds of Marrakech, the history of Fes, Rabat and Meknes, to the ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and the vast Sahara Desert, there’s plenty to amaze. Plus top off your trip with a relaxing few days by the coast in breezy Essaouira.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakech

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.
Overnight: Marrakech

    Marrakech
Day 2

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

Day 3

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

    Fes
Day 4

Fes

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

Day 5

Midelt

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

Day 6

Camel trek in the Sahara

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

Day 7

Todra Gorge

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

    Todra Gorge
Day 8

Ait Benhaddou - ancient fortified Kasbah

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

Day 9

Marrakech

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

Days 10-12

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

Day 13

Goodbye Morocco

Today your touring arrangements come to an end.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

El Andalous Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 2 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Trip Highlights

Essaouira - Spend three days in this charming seaside city on the Atlantic Coast
Casablanca - Morocco's largest city
Meknes - A great Imperial city
Fes - The oldest medieval city in the world, medina dye pits and tanneries
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - Beginning of the Sahara
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO Listed ancient kasbah
Marrakech - UNESCO-listed medina, mosque, palaces and souks
Rabat - The lively capital city
Volubilis - UNESCO-listed Roman ruins
Midelt - Apple country between the Middle and High Atlas
Todra & Dades Gorge - Towering red canyons

Included

Private return transfer from Marrakech - Essaouira and Essaouira - Marrakech
10 nights 4 star hotels & riad, 1 night basic hotel at Dades Gorge, 1 night camping - Berber desert camp in the Sahara Desert (Hotel Upgrade available)
Guided sightseeing of Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Dades Gorge, Ait Benhaddou and Marrakech
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance Fees to all included sites
All road taxes and tolls
12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners including a traditional Berber meal our Sahara camp
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Escorted by a licenced English speaking Moroccan tour guide
Camel trek into the Sahara and a hike in Midelt
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$70, paid in USD or local currency
Gratuity for your tour guide & driver. Budget approx USD$2 - 3 per person per day. Tipping your tour guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.
Tour Details
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
Saturdays - year round
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star hotels and 1 night camping
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 4

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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.

Briony Kernan
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