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Essential Morocco - 8 days map

Venture through the highlights of Morocco, starting in the vibrant city of Casablanca. Journey through ancient Roman ruins in Volubilis, explore the medieval charm of Fes, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Sahara Desert with a camel trek and overnight in a Berber camp. Discover the dramatic landscapes of Todra Gorge, the historic kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou, and the bustling souks of Marrakech.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Casablanca - Begin your trip in the beautiful coastal city of Casablanca, opt to visit Hassan II Mosque and explore La Corniche at leisure
Fes - See the real Morocco on a guided tour of the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, home to historic tanneries and dye pits
Todra Gorge - Take a stroll through this magnificent towering red canyon and admire the changing colours of the rocks
Ait Benhaddou - Explore the UNESCO-listed fortified kasbah, where Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed
Meknes - Visit this former imperial city, now known by many as the 'Versailles of Morocco,' for a community village lunch
Volubilis - Uncover the well-preserved mosaics and the Forum in this hidden gem - one of the world's best-preserved Roman settlements
Sahara Desert - Ride a camel past the Erg Chebbi dunes and spend an authentic night at our Berber camp
Ouarzazate - Relax in the 'Hollywood of Morocco' and opt to visit the film studios responsible for Gladiator and other blockbusters Ouarzazate - Relax in the 'Hollywood of Morocco' and opt to visit the film studios responsible for Gladiator and other blockbusters a
Marrakech - Take in the highlights of this iconic city with a guided tour, plus enjoy free time to head out and explore your way

Included

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
Guided sightseeing of Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou, Fes & Volubilis
Camel trek into the Sahara Desert
An airport arrival transfer on day 1
6 nights 3 star hotels and 1 night camping at a Berber camp in the Sahara
Services of a licensed English speaking tour guide at all included sites
Driver, all transfers and transportation in private modern A/C tourism vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Airport departure transfer
Entrance Fees: USD$40-50pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow USD$4-5 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD$4-5 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Optional activities
Tipping Kitty: USD$50-60pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Casablanca

Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. You'll have a chance to relax before the Welcome meeting at 18:00, where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers.
Overnight: Casablanca

Day 2

Ancient Volubilis

Casblanca - Volubilis - Fes. This morning, we'll head to the Hassan II Mosque for an optional visit, followed by some time at leisure at La Corniche. Then, we'll head to Meknes for lunch at a community village.

Afterwards, we journey to Volubilis, Morocco's expansive UNESCO-listed Roman ruins dating back to AD 40. Explore this ancient site with a guided tour, marveling at its historical significance and well-preserved artifacts. Continuing on, we reach Fes, renowned for its medieval charm. Spend the evening at leisure, try a local restaurant or relax with a refreshing mint tea.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Fabulous Fes

Today, we explore Fes with a guided tour of its bustling medina, home to 400,000 inhabitants where donkeys and bikes are the main mode of transport. Experience a sensory journey through vibrant souks, admire the exterior of historic mosques, and bustling markets. Explore the intricacies of dye-pits, tanneries, and pottery workshops.

Later, return to the hotel to freshen up before enjoying an optional traditional meal with live Moroccan entertainment, including music, belly dancing, and magic. Alternatively, you can opt for a free evening to dine at a restaurant of your choice.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast

Day 4

The Sahara Desert

Fes - Sahara Desert Berber Camp. Anticipation builds as we journey towards the majestic Saharan Dunes. Along the way, we may stop for an optional lunch and, during summer, even take a leisurely swim. Arriving at Erg Chebbi in Merzouga, we switch to camels and embark on a trek into the expansive Sahara Desert, arriving in time to witness a breathtaking sunset. We then retreat to our authentic Berber Camp on the desert's edge for an evening of local cuisine, music, and an unforgettable night beneath the Saharan stars.
Overnight: Merzouga  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Todra Gorge

Sahara Desert Berber Camp - Todra Gorge. After enjoying sunrise and breakfast, you can choose to further explore the dunes or arrange an optional desert excursion before continuing to Todra Gorge. This impressive 1000ft gorge, often referred to as Morocco's Grand Canyon, is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Spend the afternoon exploring the gorge, strolling through the Palmerie, and observing locals cooling off in the river. Todra's beauty is showcased by its ever-changing colours as the sun moves across the sky from east to west, creating a mesmerising spectacle.
Overnight: Todra Gorge  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Ouarzazate & Ait Benhaddou

Todra Gorge - Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou. We bid farewell to Todra this morning as we journey towards Ait Benhaddou via Ouarzazate. Along the way, we'll stop for lunch and have the opportunity to take an optional tour of the renowned film studios in Ouarzazate, known for iconic movies like Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ, and The Living Daylights.

Perched on a hill beside the Ouarzazate River, Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its well-preserved Kasbahs. This afternoon, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the historic Kasbah and village, with the option to join a tagine cooking class.
Overnight: Ait Benhaddou  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Magical Marrakech

Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. Today, we traverse the High Atlas, enjoying breathtaking views from the Tizi n Tichka pass at 2260 meters as we head towards Marrakech. The city's iconic Koutoubia Tower, reminiscent of the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and Seville's Giralda Tower, stands as a towering landmark. A visit to Marrakech wouldn't be complete without exploring its UNESCO-listed medina and Djemaa-el-Fna, a vibrant marketplace and cultural hub.

After breaking for lunch, we embark on a guided city walk through the bustling Medina, visiting highlights such as Bahia Palace, the lively souks, and the historic square. The afternoon offers leisure time to unwind by the hotel pool or indulge in souvenir shopping.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Goodbye

Your adventure tour concludes after breakfast. Consider booking a morning hot air balloon ride if time permits.

Afterwards, you will arrange your own transportation to the airport for your onward flight, or you can contact us to arrange a departure transfer.
Breakfast

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.

Moroccan House Hotel, Casablanca

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Riad

Immerse yourself in Moroccan charm at this large Riad-style hotel. From the moment you arrive, the hospitality shines through with Moroccan mint tea and biscuits in the stunning reception area, adorned with mosaic-tiled walls, pillars, and a central fountain. Each uniquely colored bedroom features separate en-suite toilet and shower facilities. Start your day with a buffet-style breakfast offering a variety of Moroccan and European dishes in a traditionally styled seating area. Conveniently located in the city center, the hotel is just a short walk from the shopping area and the entrance to the Medina.

Splendid Hotel, Fes

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Splendid is centrally located in Fes. Guests can enjoy a terrace, free Wi-Fi in public areas, and a patio with an outdoor swimming pool. The air-conditioned rooms include satellite TV, a seating area, and a private bathroom, with some rooms offering balconies with city or pool views. Every morning, a continental breakfast is served, and Moroccan cuisine can be enjoyed in the dining room.

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.

Kasbah Amazir, Todra Gorge

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled in a small oasis surrounded by palm trees, the traditional-style Kasbah Amazir is the perfect haven for those looking to relax. Guestrooms feature Berber carpets and bamboo furniture, with some also offering a private terrace. Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or take a stroll in the gardens. For those looking to fill their holiday with a spot of adrenaline, hikes and climbs can be arranged nearby. After a long day you can enjoy a drink and traditional Moroccan dishes in the on-site restaurant.

La Rose Du Sable, Ait Benhaddou

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

La Rose Du Sable is a Kasbah-style property located within minutes of the fortified town of Air Benhaddou. Each traditionally decorated guestroom is ensuite and boasts spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Guests can relax by the pool or on the Berber lounge terrace, while enjoying delicious local specialties such as tagine and couscous.

Hotel Le Grand Imilchil, Marrakech

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just 10 minutes from town, the Hotel Le Grand Imilchil is a friendly and simple hotel. Guest rooms are ensuite and have all standard amenities including televsion and mini bar. The out side pool is a great way to keep cool during the fierce Moroccan heat. Why not challenge your friends to a quick game of tennis at the hotel's tennis courts? Well located just a short drive to the Medina in the popular suburb of Hivernage.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Casablanca
Ends
Marrakech
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No
Purple sky behind the city of Casablanca
Purple sky behind the city of Casablanca
Click to play videoMulti-coloured tanneries in Fes
Shadows of camels on the sand in Merzouga
Click to play videoThe rocky sides of the cliffs in Todra Gorge
Click to play videoSand coloured kasbah in Ait Benhaddou
Click to play videoBeautiful sky over the famous Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech
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