Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Totally Morocco - 9 days

Led by an expert local guide, this exciting 9 day group tour is an excellent way to see the country through the eyes of someone who calls it home. From Marrakech, travel by private vehicles to Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate before camel trekking across the Sahara. Take in the Imperial Cities of Fes, Rabat and Meknes and uncover many of Morocco’s key sites through the expertise of specialist guides. By night bed down in comfortable locally-owned 4-star hotels and enjoy many included meals.

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Marrakech – UNESCO-listed medina, mosque, palaces and souks. Majorelle Gardens - Yves Saint Laurent's famous blue gardens.
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 our Sahara camp.
Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Escorted by a licensed English speaking Moroccan tour guide
Camel trek into the Sahara
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
7 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
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance Fees to all included sites
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

Marrakech

Saturday. Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel in the centre of town. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Marrakech - why not head to the medina and discover the delights of Djemaa el Fna, the exuberant market place, which is a hive of activity, sights and smells at both day and night. Later on there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel at 19:30hrs.
Overnight: Marrakech

Day 2

Majorelle Gardens & Marrakech City Tour

After breakfast we head over to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens just a short drive from the hotel. These botanical gardens were designed by the French Artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s. He used a distinctive shade of cobalt blue for the majority of the garden and although a lot of his other work has largely been forgotten – this garden is seen as his greatest master piece. The garden has been owned by Yves Saint Laurent since 1980 and his ashes were scattered here after his death in 2008. The garden contains an extensive collection of exotic plants and trees and is home to 15 species of bird. There is also a Berber Museum representing the various indigenous tribes of Morocco including over 600 artefacts. The newly opened Yves Saint Laurent museum nearby is also well worth a visit - this museum was opened in 2017 and is dedicated to the life and works of Yves Saint Laurent himself. Please note entrance into the YSL museum is not included and costs 100 MAD per person if you would like to go in.

This afternoon you will meet up with the rest of the group who are coming in from Casablanca before embarking on a guided 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 - Marrakech. 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 leaving us in Casablanca and continue on to Marrakech for the night.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Marrakech

Sunday. Our amazing tour of Morocco ends today after hotel check out.
Breakfast

Need to start your tour in Casablanca?

If you find that Casablanca is the better airport for you to fly to and from then why not check out our Road to Casablanca 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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Pre Tour Accom - Signature Tours
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Post Tour Accom - Signature Tours
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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.

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.

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.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.71 out of 5 based on 31 recent reviews

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I was amazed at how many different places and facets of Morocco we were introduced to. It was something I could never have organised on my own. Our guide was so thoughtful and efficient and nothing was an inconvenience. The guesthouses were a wonderful delight and never would I have believed that such lovely accommodations would be part of our trip. Having porters was so appreciated!

• Submitted 08 Nov 2017
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This was my first ever tour and although I was a bit reluctant at the beginning, all my worries soon vanished. I ended up with a lovely bunch of travelling companions and our guide, Aziz was just amazing. From the beginning to the end! He is very knowledgeable about everything. We were asking him question after question every single day, and not only did he answer them all, but also was kind, patient and thoughtful with us all throughout the tour.

I've enjoyed this tour very much! The highlights for me were: the Sahara (the camels, the ride, the camp and sleeping under the stars), the Atlas Mountains, Ait Ben Haddou, Fes, Volubilis. The pace sometimes felt a bit too rushed, but considering the amount of travelling we've done, it's understandable. One thing that I didn't like - the local guides taking us to too many handicraft shops, where in spite of the 'no obligation to buy' policy, some of the merchants were hassling us too strongly to buy things.

I'm really happy I went on this tour and have already recommended it to some of my friends!

• Submitted 05 Nov 2017
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First time with On the Go Tours and was very impressed with service. Our Tour Guide Jamal was amazing and went beyond the call of duty, making the tour all the more special, being very considerate and informative about all aspects if Morocco - also has a lovely sense of humour!

Restaurant food only disappointment.

• Submitted 02 Nov 2017
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The tour was truly wonderful. Its a magnificent country with beauty all round. The tour guide was friendly, very helpful and very knowledgeable. We met some fabulous people and bought special momentos for back home.

• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
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I just wanted to contact you to tell you about our experience with our guide Jamal. We left our tour this morning and I am still amazed at our experience that Jamal gave us. I have been on tours before but Jamal made the experience worth a million dollars. Jamal was hundreds times better than any guide I have had before. We feel like we have left a good friend in Morocco. I felt like crying when we said goodbye. He was so patient and kind. He did little things for each of us that made the trip unique. He found out what we were interested and tailored our experiences. His sense of humour was brilliant and the way he explained his country made his an ambassador for Morocco. A few of us got quite ill on the trip but felt so safe knowing Jamal was looking after us. He was available to us day and night. He even ended squished in the front seat due to a person having bad car sickness that needed to sit up the front. I hope Jamal is recognised for his amazing ability as a tour guide. He went above and beyond and is such an asset to you company.

• Submitted 29 Oct 2017
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Jamal was a great guide, very knowledgeably and he went out of his way to accommodate all the pax on the trip. The only feedback I would recommend is to add an extra day to the tour for pax after the overnight camel ride into the desert. This day starts very early at 530 am with the sunrise camel ride and then includes a 12 hours travel day to Fez which makes for a long day. If this could be broken up into two days it might make the day more enjoyable. (Either add a night at the hotel at Merzouga sos pax can take a walk into the desert the next evening for sunset or or break it up with an overnight midway? The hotels and riads were a good blend of accommodations. Thank you!

• Submitted 17 Oct 2017
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Our guide was absolutely exceptional - Mourad really made the tour as amazing as it was and went out of his way for those on the tour (especially when I wasn't feeling well and considering some other guests were particularly difficult.) the tour itself was a great overview of Morocco and gave us a good amount of time in each place...we would have been happy getting up earlier some days to have more time - for example it would have been nice to see more of Meknes as we weren't there for long!

• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
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This tour was outstanding! I have never joined a tour before, and was nervous as to how I would enjoy this mode of travel, and in the end I was very happy that I chose to go through Morocco this way. There is no way that I could have seen or done even half the things that I did had I gone on my own. We saw everything from the big cities to the small villages, and were able to interact with the communities we were taken through. The riats and hotels were gorgeous, and our hosts were very gracious.

As for our guide, Aziz was friendly, fun, highly organized, and just generally amazing. He kept up a running commentary about absolutely everything about his beautiful country, had answers for our never ending questions, kept us all laughing, tried to teach us some of the language, and managed to keep all his ducks in a row, even though we all had a tendency to take off in different directions at the same time, literally every time we got off the bus to explore. When I return to Morocco (and I will) I will request Aziz again. I couldn't imagine exploring his country without him - he knows Morocco (and apparently almost everyone in it) like the back of his hand.

Our driver Ali was kind, fun, a very safe driver, and he was an excellent team member for Aziz to keep us all safe and happy. I felt completely comfortable with this team all through Morocco.

I highly recommend Aziz and Ali, and I will not hesitate to take another tour with On the Go Tours.

Well done to the whole team!! Thank you for an amazing trip!

• Submitted 26 Apr 2017
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Hi Sam,

I just returned home from the Totally Morocco tour, and I just wanted to drop a quick note to your office to let you know how pleased I was with the whole experience.

I am more of a backpacker - go where the wind blows type of traveler, so this tour was a completely different way of travelling for me. However, from the very beginning when asking questions with your office about deciding on the tour, then the organization, the actual tour, the accommodations, the excursions, and of course, the Amazing Aziz, our stalwart guide, I was completely impressed with the whole operation. I have submitted my feedback, and will of course recommend your company on Google and TripAdvisor.

I would like to thank you and the rest of the team for an outstanding holiday! I will definitely be recommending On the Go Tours.

Terry Cowan • Submitted 26 Apr 2017

This was my first time as a solo traveller and I was very nervous.

The tour guide spoke good English and explained fully what we would be doing each day, what we would need and also made stops so we could get more water or food.

Being travellers and English we would be drawn to the amazing things to buy and all the tour guides were very patient with us!

I've had an amazing time, so much to see and do on this trip.

I'm going to look at India maybe for my next trip!

Thank you On the Go Tours

• Submitted 25 Apr 2017
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
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
Visiting
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

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Visiting the Sahara
Our guide to visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco

I was amazed at how many different places and facets of Morocco we were introduced to. It was something I could never have organised on my own. Our guide was so thoughtful and efficient and nothing was an inconvenience. The guesthouses were a wonderful delight and never would I have believed that such lovely accommodations would be part of our trip. Having porters was so appreciated!

Renate Dorschner