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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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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.
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 9
Escorted by a licensed English speaking Moroccan tour guide
Camel trek into the Sahara
All road taxes and tolls
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
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$60-70, paid in 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.
Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Marrakesh

Saturday. Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel. This evening meet your fellow travellers and enjoy free time to explore the delights of Djemaa el Fna.
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.

Please note this tour departs on a Monday.
Monday Departure
This is a special departure which coincides with the Geminids Meteor Shower. For details please see our Morocco's Meteor Shower tour.
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10 Dec - 18 Dec Please note this tour departs on a Monday.
Please note this tour departs on a Monday.
This is a special departure which coincides with the Geminids Meteor Shower. For details please see our Morocco's Meteor Shower tour.
This is a special departure which coincides with the Geminids Meteor Shower. For details please see our Morocco's Meteor Shower tour.
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Extra Prices

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Pre Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $120
USD $50
Post Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $120
USD $50

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.

Adam Park Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Guests can expect a very comfortable stay at the Adam Park Hotel & Spa. Each of the elegant rooms feature a patio or balcony with views of the surrounding area. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Several restaurants offer a variety of options including Italian specialities, Moroccan favourites and international cuisine. There are also plenty of ways to unwind after a day exploring Marrakech, with an outdoor pool, fitness centre and a spa offering rejuvenating massage treatments.

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.

Adam Park Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Guests can expect a very comfortable stay at the Adam Park Hotel & Spa. Each of the elegant rooms feature a patio or balcony with views of the surrounding area. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Several restaurants offer a variety of options including Italian specialities, Moroccan favourites and international cuisine. There are also plenty of ways to unwind after a day exploring Marrakech, with an outdoor pool, fitness centre and a spa offering rejuvenating massage treatments.

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

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.74 out of 5 based on 47 recent reviews

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I thought both the tour and guide, Jamal were outstanding. Morocco is a surprisingly diverse country and the tour does a good job covering it, from the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara to the coast. The tour does have a couple of long drives, but they are broken up with interesting stops along the way. The accommodation was great in general with most of the nights spent in riads.

Tour and guide both get 5 stars.

• Submitted 11 Jun 2018
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The tour was amazing and Jamal was a wonderful guide who gave us a true insight into his country and nothing was too much trouble for him. The group was just the right size and we all got on well, which was a major benefit.

• Submitted 05 Jun 2018
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The tour involves a lot of bus travel, which can be interesting at times but frequently can be boring. Packing and unpacking almost every day makes for a hectic schedule in the morning and can be trying.

Our guide was a very thoughtful and personable. He was quite knowledgeable about Morocco. I would have preferred a somewhat slower pace in the schedule. Funny, but there was very little shopping time or free time, except for dinners and lunches, and arrival day where you're too tired to do too much.

• Submitted 24 May 2018
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Travelled as a solo traveller to Morocco. Lhoucine was the tour guide. I reached in the early hours and didn't leave the terminal till 2.00am. I was welcomed warmly and was put at ease very quickly. The transfer to the hotel and check in was efficient. Lhoucine also gave me a telephone number just in case I needed anything as I had arrived before the group.

Everything on the tour was explained really well. Every evening and morning there was time to go through the itinerary for the day or next day. Questions were welcomed and answered very quickly.

Lhoucine went out of his way to make sure the whole group were looked after from the moment we started the tour to the time we departed Morocco.

An excellent service.

Throughout the tour you were made to feel that you were not alone although travelling as a solo. It was an amazing trip not only for Lhoucine but for all the wonderful people I met on the tour.

Let's hope when I book again, the experience will be as wonderful as it was in Morocco.

Thank you Lhoucine.

• Submitted 15 May 2018
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Houssein was a wonderful guide. Informative, thoughtful, very approachable and fun to be around. He made us feel supported and safe. His gentle manner, his love of people and his strong pride in his country made this tour a wonderful experience.

• Submitted 15 May 2018
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I can’t speak highly enough of Houssein as our tour guide. Apart from providing us with an amazing amount of information about Morocco and being thoroughly organised his nature and personality made the tour a pleasure to be on . His gentle manner ,his sense of humour, his caring attitude, his attention to all our needs was 150% all the time. I always felt safe and very well looked after in his care. There was an eclectic mix of people on our tour and he managed everyone’s quirks and their needs in a warm efficient and polite way. I would recommend him as a tour guide for anyone on tour and would choose to go with him again. I have been on several tours with different companies in different countries thus far he is the best tour guide I have had.

• Submitted 15 May 2018
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I have wanted to travel to Morocco for many years and finally managed to get there in May 2018. We had a great group of people on the tour. Thank you to Houssein for your excellent guiding - you gave us an understanding of your country and made sure the trip was entertaining and enjoyable. Your knowledge, work ethic, and dedication made this a really fantastic trip.

• Submitted 15 May 2018
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Aziz was a great guide who showed us a great time and told us a lot about Morocco. We felt as though we saw lots of the country and met some great local guides. We especially enjoyed Fes and the Sahara. We thought the long journey in the middle was going to be tedious but Aziz provided some entertainment as well as stops to see things every hour or two.

The first hotel was a bit of a disappointment, but the Riads from then on were all fantastic, beautiful and comfortable. I would recommend staying an extra day at the end of the tour to have some free time in Marrakesh as there isn't a lot of free time up to that point.

• Submitted 13 Apr 2018
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I had a great time. Jamal made sure we had everything we needed and looked after all the details so I could relax and enjoy!

• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
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Excellant tour and guide and well organized Thanks for the upgrade on the hotel! Food was amazing.

• Submitted 04 Apr 2018
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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
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Visiting the Sahara
Our guide to visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco
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1st March 2017

I thought both the tour and guide, Jamal were outstanding. Morocco is a surprisingly diverse country and the tour does a good job covering it, from the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara to the coast. The tour does have a couple of long drives, but they are broken up with interesting stops along the way. The accommodation was great in general with most of the nights spent in riads.

Tour and guide both get 5 stars.

Scott Bell