Depart from Casablanca, explore the capital Rabat, fascinating Fes, impressive Ait Benhaddou and spend the night in the beautiful Sahara and explore the marvels of Marrakech - all in 9 intoxicating days!
Marrakech City Tour
Casablanca - Marrakech. This morning after breakfast we head to Marrakech to meet the rest of the group before embarking on a guided city 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
Ait Benhaddou - UNESCO World Heritage Listed
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
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 alternative at no additional cost. Please do let us know your preferred option at the time of booking.
Overnight: Berber Camp | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 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
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
Rabat - Casablanca. 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 continuing on to Marrakech and check in to our hotel in Casablanca.
Overnight: Casablanca | Breakfast
Sunday. Casablanca - Our amazing tour of Morocco ends today after hotel check out. An included onward departure transfer to airport will be provided.
Need to start your tour in Marrakech?
If you find that Marrakech is the better airport for you to fly to and from then why not check out our Totally Morocco tour. The start dates and duration is the same and you'll still visit everything the same as what's included in 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 when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.Read More
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.
Hotel Diwan , Casablanca
Located close to the city centre, Hotel Diwan is a contemporary hotel just a short walk from the main train station. The modern guest rooms are air conditioned with flat screen TVs and en suite facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a buffet breakfast every morning as well as an array of international cuisine in the evenings for dinner. The hotel also has an on site gym, spa and complimentary wi-fi is available.
Hotel Club Val D’Anfa , Casablanca
Located between the sea and Anfa mount, Hotel Club Val d’Anfa is in one of the most prestigious residential districts of Casablanca. Combining warm colours, ceramic tiles and fine wood, the interior decor was inspired by Amazigh art. The attractive guest rooms contain all the modern amenities needed for your stay and face either the sea, hotel gardens or the Casablanca Corniche. Boasting three restaurants, two bars, a fitness centre, spa and pool - there's certainly plenty to keep guests entertained.
Riad dar Chamaa , Ouarzazate
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
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
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
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.
Adam Park Hotel & Spa, Marrakech
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.
I can truly say that Hicham was an absolute treasure on this tour. Not only was he able to keep the group hungry to hear more about his country and culture but he was flexible, intuitive and knowledgeable on every facet of the tour. On the go, you have a diamond with this tour guide! The highlight for me was the camel trek into the desert and this fiercely proud berber did an amazing job. I am going back to Morocco; no doubt about it.”
We really enjoyed the "Road to Casablanca" tour package and the fascinating glimpse into the sights/sounds/smells of Morocco. Our tour guide Aziz-B did a fantastic job of leading this tour and displayed enormous patience with all of the requests.”
Aziz was perfect, polite, helpful, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour.Everyone enjoyed his personality. The driver Hussein was fabulous very careful and courteous driver. He also had a smile on his face everyday. It was a pleasure to have these two men taking care of us. The tour was everything we had wanted. The small group was definitely a plus. All the city guides were knowledgeable and polite. Morocco was more than I ever imagined. I loved this tour. I would definitely encourage people to take this tour. ”
Tour was very well planned. There was never any doubt about what was on the agenda or what was happening next. The tour itself gave a great feel for the country and the night out in the Sahara was out of this world. Our tour guide and all the local guides were excellent, knowledgeable and helpful. The hotels all surpassed our expectations as far as comfort and quality.”
What a wonderful young man. Full of professionalism. Hicham was very attentive through our entire trip and made sure we were all very well looked after. Nothing was ever too much trouble. I was a bit nervous initially being first time in Africa but relaxed soon after being picked up from the airport by Hicham. My husband and I would highly recommend him for the award. ”
My first time with On The Go tours - Morocco is a wonderful country and our guide Hicham was the best part of the tour. We had a great time with mixture of people of different ages and countries, with a similar sense of humour. Morocco has amazing natural beauty and the Sahara was fantastic - even in the rain!
Will definitely recommend to friends and family”
The tour was incredible and the time went so quickly because it was so much fun. At no time did you feel bored or uninterested. Jamal and Ali were great and I was grateful to have had them as my tour guide and driver. Jamal always went the extra mile and looked after requests or needs from any person in the group in more ways than one. Any question asked was also answered. Thank you to Jamal and Ali.”
Our guide, Hicham, was truly excellent. A very knowledgeable, mature, well-organized and considerate young man who is a true asset to his country and the On The Go tour company.
He took the time to answer all our questions and even looked after guests who needed help with things such as phone tech. problems.
If you want to avoid disappointments while traveling, a qualified guide such as Hicham is a must. He knows his country and fellow citizens in-depth and left us with a comprehensive introduction to the beautiful country of Morocco, his home.
The places visited along this tour were all interesting, a perfect mix of history and adventure. The only inconvenience I experienced was not having hot water at one of the places we stayed at but the air was so hot that even this didn't bother me for the one night.
For those who want to shop, keep in mind that much ground is covered in nine days so you can't stroll at a leisurely pace in the medinas to pick up things but you do visit some shops with interesting and beautiful items to bring home, if this is your interest.
Many places where you eat, sleep and shop look like nothing much on the outside but this is extremely deceiving as once you step inside, you marvel at what you find inside.”
Tour was great, a good balance between visiting sights and down time. A little more time in the markets would have been nice as opposed to just shopping at the co-ops. The tour that ended in Marrakesh got this opportunity but those finishing in Casablanca didn't. Our guide was fantastic. He went out of his way to accommodate the needs of the individuals in the group. ”
My wife and I filled out the written survey, but we wanted to better express our appreciation for the excellent job done by your guide, Hicham. This young man is very likeable, organized, and hard-working. He gave us much insight into the Berber culture, and was quick to follow up on every request of our 10-person group. Because of his energy and determination to make our tour successful, our diverse group of Australians, Chinese and Canadians all molded together in friendship. Hicham was focused on customer care throughout the 9 days.
Although we rated the tour as average (especially after taking your Jewel of the Nile Egypt tour the week before which was fantastic), this rating was related to the itinerary - long days of travel with stops that were sometimes rather uninteresting. Hicham took the initiative, and changed some of our lunch stops into picnics in the countryside, which we all enjoyed. This young man is determined to be successful in your organization. He continues to work on his English (which is good considering the length of time he has studied), his presentation skills, and broadening his knowledge of other languages. If I were CEO of your company, I would be circling his name as a fast-track candidate, and cultivating him for expanded roles in your group. Thank you for this forum to express our comments.”
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I couldn’t recommend a guide more highly than Jamal. He was always watching after us and making sure that all our needs were met. He went above and beyond his duties many times. Above all he has a wonderful sense of humor, warmth and a great deal of knowledge. He made our holiday and because of him I would book with On the Go Tours again! ”