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Road to Casablanca - 9 Days

Depart from Casablanca, explore the capital Rabat, fascinating Fes, impressive Ait Benhaddou and spend the night in the beautiful Sahara and explore the marvels of Marrakech - all in 9 intoxicating days!

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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Trip Highlights

Marrakech – UNESCO-listed medina, mosque, palaces and souks
Rabat - the lively capital city
Volubilis – UNESCO-listed Roman ruins
Erg Chebbi sand dunes - beginning of the Sahara
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO Listed ancient kasbah
Casablanca - Morocco's largest city
Meknes - a great Imperial city
Fes – the oldest medieval city in the world, medina dye pits and tanneries
Todra Gorge - Towering red canyon

Included

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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$60, 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.

Itinerary

Day 1

Casablanca

Saturday. Upon arrival at Casablanca airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Casablanca

Day 2

Marrakech City Tour

Casablanca - Marrakech. This morning after breakfast we head to Marrakech to meet the rest of the group before embarking on a guided city tour of Marrakech. Inside the rose coloured medina walls is a tangle of winding streets and alleys that open onto verdant gardens and bustling souks. At the heart of the medina is Djemaa El Fna, the city's exuberant market place and towering over it, is the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the tallest building in the city.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Ait Benhaddou

Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate. Departing the city this morning we travel across the plains of haouz and reach the great High Atlas mountains. Climbing over the pass of Tizi n Tichka, we stop for lunch and then continue onwards with great views over the Mountains and valleys to Ait Benhaddou. This incredible ancient fortified Kasbah was built for defence purposes high on a hill and is a stunningly well preserved medieval city which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia as its beauty is unequal to any other fortified kasbah in south Morocco. Carrying on we continue south to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate (pronounced war-zazat). Ouarzazate is famous for being the filming location for many other Hollywood blockbusters and famous TV shows including James Bond – The Living Daylights, The Mummy and more recently Game of Thrones.
Overnight: Ouarzazate  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Camel trek into the Sahara

Ouarzazate - Todra Gorge - Merzouga (Sahara). This morning we begin our journey into the Sahara with a medley of palm trees, rose fields and magnificent gorges. Travelling from Ouarzazate, there is a possibility of visiting the kasbah Amherdhil in Skoura before seeing the rose fields and reaching scenic Todra Gorge. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching heights of 1000ft, it is known as Morocco’s Grand Canyon. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. After time to wander through Todra we hit the road again for Merzhouga – our base before we head into the Sahara. Depending on the time of year, spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming before climbing aboard our camels for an incredible trek into the Sahara Desert to watch a beautiful sunset and spend the night at our remote Berber Camp, nestled amongst the towering dunes of Erg Chebbi. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night camping in the Sahara.

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 5

Fes

Merzouga (Sahara) - Fes. Departing early, we climb back on our camels disembarking for a truly stunning sunrise. After freshening up and breakfast in Merzouga we’re back on the road heading for Fes. It’s a long drive today however there is a lot to see on the way. We’ll pass through cedar forests full of Barbary Macaque monkeys on our way through the Moyen Atlas mountains. Just before Fes we stop at Ifrane – a beautiful town often likened to a Swiss Alpine resort. Along the way we also start to see our first glimpse of Morocco’s nomadic Berbers – travelling across the mountains and often staying in make shift tents as they head to their next destination. We arrive into Fes in the early evening.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Fes

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world and its medina is a cacophony of aromas, sights and sounds. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Fes el Bali - the old walled city. This fascinating medina is a veritable rabbit warren of 9400 alleys that often finish with dead ends – so be sure to stay close to the group! We also visit the dye-pits and tanneries before lunch in the medina. The remainder of the day is at leisure – why not take part in an optional Tagine Making Class or a night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town (both payable locally).
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Volubilis & Meknes

Fes - Volubilis - Meknes - Rabat. Departing Fes this morning we visit the fascinating UNESCO listed Roman ruins of Volubilis, which date back to AD40. Continuing on we stop at the Imperial City of Meknes, which became known as the Versailles of Morocco due to its impressive buildings and elaborate monuments. After lunch and some free time our final stop of the day is Rabat – Morocco’s capital where we overnight.
Overnight: Rabat  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Rabat & Casablanca

Rabat - Casablanca. This morning we take a guided tour of Rabat and visit some of the capital’s highlights, including the impressive Chellah - a necropolis and complex of ancient, medieval ruins, the Royal Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. After lunch we continue to Casablanca where we visit the Hassan II Mosque, which has the tallest minaret and is the third largest mosque in the world - it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. After our visit to the mosque we say goodbye to our fellow passengers continuing on to Marrakech and check in to our hotel in Casablanca.
Overnight: Casablanca  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Casablanca

Our tour of Morocco ends this morning after hotel check out.
Breakfast

Need to start your tour in Marrakech?

If you find that Marrakech is the better airport for you to fly to and from then why not check out our Totally Morocco tour. The start dates and duration is the same and you'll still visit everything the same as this tour.

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 would like 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.

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Easter Departure
This is a special departure which coincides with the Geminids Meteor Shower. For details please see the trip notes for additional arrangements on this tour.
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2018
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
10 Mar - 18 Mar 10% offG
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
24 Mar - 01 Apr 15% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,356

USD $360
31 Mar - 08 Apr 10% offEaster departure, book early!
Easter departure, book early!
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USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
14 Apr - 22 Apr 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
05 May - 13 May 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
26 May - 03 Jun 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
09 Jun - 17 Jun 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
23 Jun - 01 Jul 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
07 Jul - 15 Jul 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
28 Jul - 05 Aug 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
04 Aug - 12 Aug 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
11 Aug - 19 Aug 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
18 Aug - 26 Aug 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
01 Sep - 09 Sep 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
08 Sep - 16 Sep 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
22 Sep - 30 Sep 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
06 Oct - 14 Oct 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
13 Oct - 21 Oct 10% offG
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
20 Oct - 28 Oct 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
03 Nov - 11 Nov 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
17 Nov - 25 Nov 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
01 Dec - 09 Dec 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
10 Dec - 18 Dec 10% offThis is a special departure which coincides with the Geminids Meteor Shower. For details please see the trip notes for additional arrangements on this tour.
This is a special departure which coincides with the Geminids Meteor Shower. For details please see the trip notes for additional arrangements on this tour.
USD $1,485
USD $1,337

USD $360
22 Dec - 30 Dec 10% offXmas departure, book early!
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
29 Dec - 06 Jan 10% offNew Years Tour
New Years Tour
G
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
2019
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12 Jan - 20 Jan 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
20 Jan - 28 Jan 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
09 Feb - 17 Feb 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
23 Feb - 03 Mar 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
09 Mar - 17 Mar 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
23 Mar - 31 Mar 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
06 Apr - 14 Apr 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
04 May - 12 May 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
18 May - 26 May 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
01 Jun - 09 Jun 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
15 Jun - 23 Jun 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
29 Jun - 07 Jul 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
13 Jul - 21 Jul 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
27 Jul - 04 Aug 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
03 Aug - 11 Aug 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
10 Aug - 18 Aug 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
17 Aug - 25 Aug 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
24 Aug - 01 Sep 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
07 Sep - 15 Sep 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
14 Sep - 22 Sep 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
21 Sep - 29 Sep 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
05 Oct - 13 Oct 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
19 Oct - 27 Oct 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360
26 Oct - 03 Nov 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
09 Nov - 17 Nov 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
23 Nov - 01 Dec 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
07 Dec - 15 Dec 10% off
USD $1,395
USD $1,256

USD $360
28 Dec - 05 Jan 10% off
USD $1,595
USD $1,436

USD $360

Extra Prices

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Single
Supp.
Pre Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $75
USD $40
Post Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $75
USD $40

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.

Hotel Diwan , Casablanca

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located close to the city centre, Hotel Diwan is a contemporary hotel just a short walk from the main train station. The modern guest rooms are air conditioned with flat screen TVs and en suite facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a buffet breakfast every morning as well as an array of international cuisine in the evenings for dinner. The hotel also has an on site gym, spa and complimentary wi-fi is available.

Hotel Farah Marrakech, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set amongst beautiful gardens, the Hotel Farah Marrakech offers modern accommodation in the Hivernage area of the city. Guest rooms are well equipped with comfortable interiors, en suite facilities and balconies. An outdoor pool is located at the back of the property and is perfect for a refreshing dip. The hotel also benefits from an on site spa where a range of treatments can be booked. The hotel benefits from being just a 10 minute walk into the medina and less than a 30 minute (traffic permitting) drive from the airport.

Riad dar Chamaa , Ouarzazate

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

In the classic kasbah style, Riad dar Chamaa is set within the Ouarzazate palm grove with fantatsic views of the surrounding Atlas mountains. All guest rooms are air conditioned with en suite facilities. They are designed in a classic Moroccan riad style with marble floors. The riad boasts a beautiful central courtyard and a refreshing outdoor pool complete with sun loungers for relaxing. The riad also boasts a tea lounge, restaurant and pool bar.

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.

Riad Al Makan, Fes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

Situated inside the Fes medina, Riad Al Makan is designed in a beautiful Moroccan style. All of the en suite guest rooms are individually designed with beautiful mosaic patterns and marble floors. the riad also benefits from complimentary wi-fi, an onsite restaurant, 24 hour front desk assistance and a gift shop. There is also an outside terrace perfect for enjoying a cup of Moroccan tea on.

Hotel des Oudaias, Rabat

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

On the edge of the medina in Rabat, Hotel des Oudaias is a beautiful riad style property. Guest rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished in a typical Moroccan style with wooden furnishings, marble floors and en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are air-conditioned and have flat screen TVs. The property also boasts complimentary wi-fi throughout and an on site restaurant.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on 10 recent reviews

This was our first time using On the Go Tour and we would definitively consider using them again. Our tour guide Jamal was a wealth of knowledge and always made sure we were taken care of. As a vegetarian, I was concerned about the food and what I would be able to eat at time, but Jamal ensured I never went hungry and informed the restaurant as soon as we got there. Our tour group was small enough where we got to know the other members personally and didn't feel like we were on a large bus being shuttled around. Jamal showed a lot of the history, daily life, and culture of Morocco and felt that I learned a lot more through the tour than I would have if my wife and I were travelling by ourselves. We enjoyed the smaller cities, kasbahs, learning how berber carpet was made, and taking a camel ride through the Sahara. We got to end our trip in Marrakech where we travelled through the souks, enjoyed the local botanical gardens, and explored the city on our own. Thanks to On the Go Tours and Jamal for making our vacation memorable. I would say some of the hotels weren't as nice as others; however, we were prepared and knew that four star hotels in Morocco didn't equate to four star hotels in the US. When we got to Marrakesh, we spoke with Jamal and were able to get an upgrade at the hotel (of course we paid a small differential), and it was a fantastic hotel centrally located.

• Submitted 15 Jan 2018
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Guide and driver were great! Lhoucine and Ali were extremely attentive. It was my first organised tour and it was a very positive experience. Morocco was great. Some of the hotels, i.e. Casablanca were not as nice as some of the others. All the riads were beautiful but the others not so much. It would be nice to be able to upgrade, even if it cost more. It would be nice to have more time on our own in some of the towns but I understand I should have picked a different tour then.

• Submitted 27 Nov 2017
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I am so grateful for my tour guide (Jamal) throughout my tour through Morocco. He was extremely welcoming and caring for all my travel companions. Our travel group (including Jamal and our driver Mustapha) became very close and it made travelling fun, exciting and immensely comforting. Both were so kind and it made a huge difference, which our entire group agreed.

• Submitted 07 Aug 2017
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Aziz was a very knowledgeable, gracious tour guide. We had wonderful treats like the evening we went walking through the paddocks around a small farming village and had tea in a persons home. Extra special. Aziz also showed his wonderful caring and kindness when I managed to come down with Morocco tummy. One comment about the tour I would have loved to have a day off when we came off the Desert a day at the hotel. swimming in the pool and relaxing would have been perfect.

• Submitted 15 Sep 2016
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A wonderful tour in all respects. Jamal provided all we could wish for and coped with the age difference in our group (20's to 80) extremely well. The 9 am starts were most welcome and the attractions we covered were amazing. Morocco has so much to offer and we felt we saw most of it in a wonderful way. Hotels (except Rabat) were great and unique, food was distinctive and people friendly and helpful. Jamal and Mustafa, our driver were also amazing in the heat with no water in Ramadan. We would highly recommend Jamal on Facebook, except we do not use it.

All up, thank you On the Go, from two experienced travelling oldies, for a exceptional holiday.

• Submitted 06 Jul 2016
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I really loved the tour. I only have two complaints - 1. during the tour of Fez through the Medina - I wish we had had more time for shopping. 2. the van could have been a little larger. Mind you there were only 12 of us and the van seated 14. Some of the seats were over humps (tires) and some of the seat belts were digging into the sides of my hip. People are getting larger - LOL! Other than that - I had a wonderful time and would recommend this tour and On the Go Tours to any and everyone. And I plan to use them again when I go on my next tour next year.

• Submitted 10 May 2016
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We have just completed your Road to Casablanca tour. Easily the best holiday of our lives! Aziz and Momo were a superb guide and driver team. Aziz always made sure that everybody was Ok and particularly with those that had special dietary requirements. English was his 5th language but he spoke it very well. The camel trek into the Sahara was the highlight for my wife and I. We want to come back.

• Submitted 10 Dec 2015
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We joined the trip in Casablanca as our international flight landed here. Aziz made a point of taking us to places with less tourists which made it so much more enjoyable. The food as lovely as it is does become repetative so we enjoyed the flexibility of some meals being included and others not. Thanks for the great holiday

• Submitted 10 Dec 2015
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Good tour. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Interesting stops and villages and hotels were nice. We would have liked to book a few more optional activities if possible such as hot air ballooning.

• Submitted 10 Dec 2015
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10 days in Morocco is just the right amount time! We really enjoyed the holiday, and were lucky enough to have a great group that got along well. I especially enjoyed the camel trek in the Sahara and rock climbing at Todra Gorge. The best part was touring the country with some very knowledgeable and informative tour guides, as well as being welcomed by the local people.

• Submitted 19 Sep 2015
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Casablanca
Ends
Casablanca
Departs
Saturdays - year round
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
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Visiting the Sahara
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1st March 2017

Guide and driver were great! Lhoucine and Ali were extremely attentive. It was my first organised tour and it was a very positive experience. Morocco was great. Some of the hotels, i.e. Casablanca were not as nice as some of the others. All the riads were beautiful but the others not so much. It would be nice to be able to upgrade, even if it cost more. It would be nice to have more time on our own in some of the towns but I understand I should have picked a different tour then.

Jody Sayre