With an expert local guide by your side, uncover the Imperial Cities, Roman ruins, dramatic landscapes and coastal delights of Morocco on a 15 day group tour. With plenty of guided sightseeing by day, comfortable accommodation by night, some included meals and key sights such as the charming blue city of Chefchaouen, rural Midelt and delightful Essaouira on the Atlantic – this tour has got Morocco covered.
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. Today 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.
Overnight: Casablanca | Breakfast
Casablanca - Rabat - Meknes. This morning we drive to Rabat, Morocco's capital city 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 tranquil 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 an optional Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. Then we head out towards 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, 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. Today’s 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 and Djemaa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. An optional guided tour of Marrakech is offered with a local payment of 100 Dirhams, alternatively you can explore the city yourself or relax by the pool.
Overnight: Marrakech | Breakfast x 2
Marrakech - Breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing or picking up a few last minute souvenirs. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at 12 noon.
Geminids Meteor Shower - 6th December 2018
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.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 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.
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
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!
Moroccan House Hotel, Casablanca
In the centre of Casablanca, Moroccan house is a charming hotel. Designed similar to a traditional Riad, this quirky residence offers delicious Moroccan food as well as getting the chance to prepare it yourself. Guest rooms include comfortable beds, complete with frilly lace canopies and all the modern conveniences you could ask for. Located a few steps away from the port and a short drive to the Hassan II mosque.
Hotel Akouas, Meknes
The Akouas is a comfortable and modern hotel, with traditional Moroccan architecture and comfortable rooms.
Hotel Madrid, Chefchaouen
Hotel Madrid offers a fantastic location in the centre of Chefchaouen, just 300 metres from the blue streets of the old town and a short stroll from the bustling Place Outa el Hammam and Kasbah. Its standout feature is its traditional décor, with the hotel’s Moroccan lounges and guestrooms all painted in bright colours and patterns, giving the property a very authentic feel. Some of the rooms also feature four-poster beds and the patio is a great spot to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
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 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.
Mohammad the guide and Said the driver made this a very memorable trip. There was a nice balance between the touring and free time.”
Excellent tour. A real insight into the different sides of Morocco and good value for money.
Younes was enthusiastic and friendly and was a great tour leader - always happy to answer questions and had a flexible approach.”
Great times, lots to see and do but did think some of the hotels were in rougher parts of the cities and quite out of the way. Food very similar everywhere but the guide was fantastic and made the holiday and travel so much better.”
I chose this tour based on itinerary as it goes to Chefchouen and Essaouira as well as desert and imperial cities. Morocco is an amazing country and I enjoyed very much visiting it. The only bad part of this trip is the hotels - very frugal and not really 3 stars - I could have spent a little bit more and stayed in real 4 star hotels.”
Great tour with an excellent guide .. would recommend to all. ”
The tour was great, enough time to chill and loads of time to take in the different surroundings.
Mohamed was so good organising us all and getting local guides who could make everything interesting. His passion for his culture and country is so enthusiastic it rubs off onto everyone.
And Said what can I say he didn't let his limited English curb anything, we even gave him English lessons. We even had a tyre blow out in the mountains which he handled so well. looking forward to finding our next tour.Thanks for all you help with this booking.Susan and Deepa”
Just returned from another amazing trip with On The Go and a mere thank you just isn't enough! The Camels, Souks & Kasbahs Tour was fantastic and our guide Mohammed made the trip even more enjoyable! His approach was warm and friendly, ensuring each member of the group had a wonderful time. Mohammed is very passionate about his country, its history and its future which shone through. Sleeping under the stars in the Sahara was my personal highlight (yet so out of my comfort zone!). Seeing meteor showers was an added bonus! Mohammed even went above & beyond the call of duty when one member of the group fell ill.
Our driver Said, has to be the best driver I've had. Despite his limited English he made attempts to engage with the group. He drove confidentally & carefully, trying to avoid the many potholes along the way! He handled a tire blow out on the winding roads of the mountains with ease, remaining calm and professional. Both Mohammed and Said worked extremely well together, making sure we were looked after, felt safe and even negotiated prices when they felt we were being ripped off. I'm already planning my return! Shukran!”
It was an amazing trip! I felt very safe with Younes as the guide and he was very informational. I felt like I got a great idea of the local culture all throughout Morocco, and it was just long enough that I didn't feel rushed or that we hung around a city for too long. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends/family!”
Mohammad was an amazing Tour guide, he was very informative and made everyone enjoy Morocco.
The tour was a great way to explore Morocco with a good mix of adventure and relaxation.”
The local guides were excellent and gave us a good insight into Morocco old and new.
The tour includes virtually all the interesting places to see in Morocco. Nice to have some time to relax on the coast near the end of the tour.”
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Mohammad the guide and Said the driver made this a very memorable trip. There was a nice balance between the touring and free time.”