Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Best of Morocco - 13 days

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

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Itinerary
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Hotels
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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
Todra Gorge - Towering red canyon
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

Included

Private return transfer from Marrakech - Essaouira and Essaouira - Marrakech
11 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
12 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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$90, 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.

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 & Ouarzazate

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 in 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: Merzouga  |  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 to Essaouira

Marrakech - Essaouira. Today we have a leisurely morning before starting our 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.

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Post Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $75
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Pre Tour Accom - Signature Tours
USD $75
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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.

Riad Zahra , Essaouira

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Riad

Located in the residential district, the Zahra offers calm, relaxation and a peaceful stay. Its comfortable guestrooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style and are equipped with an en suite and satellite TV. The property has a restaurant serving Moroccan and international specialities. There is another restaurant that serves grilled dishes. Riad Zahra is an ideal starting point for nautical activities or to discover Essaouira and the surrounding area. For your entertainment, the hotel proposes numerous activities including desert trips in a 4x4, surfing and kite surfing lessons.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

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.

• Submitted 14 Nov 2016
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A wonderful and fascinating tour. Mohamed was a great guide, smart, funny and friendly. He made the tour. Accommodation was fine, although in some places things did not work - ie no hot water, missing light bulbs.

• Submitted 24 Oct 2016
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Lahcen was great! Kind, thoughtful and knowledgable.

Tour was well planned. Love the food. Would have loved to spend more time on Morocco but limited holiday time.

Sahara and the surfing at Taghazout were definitely highlights.

• Submitted 02 Sep 2016
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
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: 3
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1st March 2017

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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