Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Totally Morocco - 9 days

Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,529  |   Guaranteed Departures  22 reviews

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.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
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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

    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

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

    Fes
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

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 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.

Departure dates noted with a 'S' allow Solo travellers the comfort of a single room on this tour at no additional cost.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
On this departure Solo travellers are offered the comfort of a single room at no additional cost.
Your Own Room - No Single Supplement
Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
New Years Tour
New Year Departure
Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Pre Tour Accommodation - Totally Morocco
USD $89
USD $50
Post Tour Accom - Totally Morocco/Rd to Casablanca
USD $89
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.

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.

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 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$55, 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.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.68 out of 5 based on 22 recent reviews

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I thoroughly enjoyed the "Totally Morocco" tour. The tour guide, Jamal Afkir, did a wonderful job, as he not only was quite knowledgeable about Morocco and was able to communicate that knowledge to those in our tour group with his capable use of English, he was also quite patient, responsive, and attentive to the requests and needs of each member of our tour group. He and our driver, Mustafa, along with each member of the tour group, made the tour the great adventure that it was. I have travelled for over half a century and throughout the world and to approximately 100 countries and territories. My recent "Totally Morocco" tour certainly is high on my list of group tours, and I will consider On the Go Tours in planning future travel adventures.

• Submitted 19 Nov 2016
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Amazing tour of Morocco. Captured all the highlights of Morocco with the best guide, Jamal, by our side. Would recommend a different hotel in Fes, but was a great day getting lost in the souk and cooking class at night. Camel trek was incredible.

Jamal you are a legend! Thank you for all your insightful knowledge and cheeky banter!

• Submitted 06 Nov 2016
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Aziz was the best Tour Guide. He always had a smile on his face. He was always patient and answered questions carefully and thoughtfully. He is a terrific representative of his country, Morocco.

• Submitted 29 Oct 2016
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I had a fab time. Our guide Aziz was fantastic and went over and beyond to make sure we were well looked after. He was available anytime you needed him. The people of Morocco were warmer than the sun. Strangers were inviting us to their homes for bread and mint tea. The facilities were good and the hotels served the purpose.

Thank you to our driver Mohammed for taking us over 1,700 km.

Only complain, electricity in the desert and a bed!! I would have loved the real desert experience but maybe that's a reason to go back!!

• Submitted 18 Oct 2016
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This tour was everything we hoped it would be. Our guide, Aziz, (as well as our driver, Ali), was wonderful. He was a friendly, gentle, but very organised person, who gave us a strong knowledge and understanding of the country and its culture as well as answering our hundreds of questions! He was there for us first thing in the morning until late at night.

We were small group of ten people, varying in age and nationality. Our companions were happy, engaging, experienced travellers, happy to chat and eager to discover as much as possible about Morocco. We really loved meeting local families , having local guides and staying in local hotels and a very pretty riad ( rather than hotel chains). What a great experience! We are so glad we chose On the Go Tours and would certainly recommend them!!

• Submitted 06 Oct 2016
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I loved the tour. Had a great time and experienced Morocco the way I want to. Aziz was amazing. He took care of everything we needed. All local guides were great too. Ali, our driver was amazing too.

The only thing I could mention is the optional dinner. It was a very low quality spectacle. I expected a lot more.

The night at the Sahara Desert was the highlight of the tour for me. The guys at the berbers camp were great.

• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
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Aziz Benyahia was exceptional. At all times he was professional, helpful, attending to requests from group members and had great knowledge of Morocco. He took great pride and care in showing us all the Moroccan lifestyle. Thank you.

• Submitted 14 Jun 2016
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Our guide Jamal & driver Ali were absolutely wonderful in taking great care of my son & I throughout the visit, amply showing us the renowned Berber / Amazigh hospitality, the sights, sounds & taste of Morocco, and we also got to learn about the history, contemporary politics & languages of the country! All in all, it was a very well-packaged introduction to Morocco & On-the-Go Tour must be very proud of your people on the ground who display such passion & professionalism in their job & strong family spirit with their guests & other colleagues. A few of the hotels could really be better given the claim to be 4-stars (compared to the other packages) even if the caveat was indeed provided that they are local, but it was in fact the smaller & more local ones which were a lot nicer especially our last night at Marrakech where the Princess was such a pretty gem of a Riad right in the heart of Jamaa el-Fnaa that we didn't want to leave!

• Submitted 13 Jun 2016
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The tour was amazing. Personally I would have preferred to have had more time for shopping. Meals were fabulous as was our guide Mohammed who went above and beyond to make sure all our individual needs were taken care of

• Submitted 10 Dec 2015
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Amazing tour. Our tour guide Zaid was absolutely fantastic. He was very informative and knowledgable about his country and history. He was warm and friendly

• Submitted 12 May 2015
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Tour Details
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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I thoroughly enjoyed the "Totally Morocco" tour. The tour guide, Jamal Afkir, did a wonderful job, as he not only was quite knowledgeable about Morocco and was able to communicate that knowledge to those in our tour group with his capable use of English, he was also quite patient, responsive, and attentive to the requests and needs of each member of our tour group. He and our driver, Mustafa, along with each member of the tour group, made the tour the great adventure that it was. I have travelled for over half a century and throughout the world and to approximately 100 countries and territories. My recent "Totally Morocco" tour certainly is high on my list of group tours, and I will consider On the Go Tours in planning future travel adventures.

Mark Scheehle
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