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Highlights of Morocco

If you want to hit Moroccos highlights, this is your adventure. Wander through kasbahs, spice markets, and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares. Then take a moment to appreciate this amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world's biggest sand dunes.


Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 141257
Starts: Casablanca, Morocco Finishes: Marrakech, Morocco
You will Visit
  • Casablanca
  • Marrakech

Itinerary

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Day 1: Casablanca

We highly recommend arriving early to explore Casablanca.

Additional Notes:
A general note about this tour: it has a very fast-paced itinerary, which covers a lot of ground. This is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the time available, but it also means some early starts, some long drives in the minivan, and less free time than many other G Adventures tours.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Casablanca/Chefchaouen (1B)

Depart in the morning for Tangier. Take a guided tour of city sites, including the medina, kasbah, Grand Socco (a bustling square at the entrance to the medina) and Petit Socco, a little square in the medina perfect for people-watching and mint tea-drinking. In the afternoon, continue on to Chefchaouen.

Included Activities:
Tangier Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Chefchaouen (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Chefchaouen to explore. The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own but with the surrounding mountains, it's a sight to behold. At sunset, opt to visit the Spanish Mosque for a stunning panoramic view of the city.

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Day 4: Chefchaouen/Fès (1B, 1L)

Drive to Meknes for a guided walk through this imperial city. Visit monuments, ornamental gates, and winding souks while you soak in the flavour of this charming city.

Later, continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After, continue to the imperial city of Fès, one of Morocco's most interesting cities.

Included Activities:
Traditional Moroccan Lunch
Meknes City Tour
Volubilis Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Fès (1B)

Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fès medina is the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above.

In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing or visit a local hammam to chat with the locals.

Additional Notes:
Only certified local guides are allowed to act as guides in the medina, so your CEO cannot go with you to the medina during free time.

Included Activities:
Fès Medina Guided Tour

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Day 6: Fès/Merzouga (1B, 1D)

Travel through the diverse landscapes that make Morocco so unique. Pass through cedar and pine forests, keeping an eye out for Barbary apes. Pass over the Middle Atlas Mountains through the pre-desert countryside with its deep gorges filled with a splendid oasis of green palm groves. Arrive at the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.

Spend the night in a desert auberge (simple hotel), located right on the edge of the dunes. Have a local-style dinner and spend the night.

Additional Notes:
Some rooms may have shared bathroom facilities.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (10.00-11.00 hours)

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Day 7: Merzouga/Sahara Bedouin Camp (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free day until heading out on a camel safari in the late afternoon. Spend the cool morning exploring the undulating golden sand of the dunes or simply relaxing by the pool.

Opt to explore the surrounding communities on a 4x4 excursion.

In the afternoon, take an overnight bag and set off on a 1-hr camel ride to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and how to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos.

Enjoy a warm welcome at the desert camp followed by a traditional dinner under the stars. There will be time to hear stories about life in this region and perhaps, if lucky, be treated to some traditional music on the drums.

Additional Notes:
Notes for the Sahara Desert tented camp stay:

There will be a chance to repack and take only overnight bags out to the desert. The accommodations are basic, with four people per tent (though feel free to sleep out under the stars). Bathroom facilities are basic and shared.

Mattresses with sheet and blanket are provided. For winter months (Nov- April), we recommend bringing a sleeping bag for additional warmth.

There will be the chance to shower upon arrival in Merzouga the following morning.

Included Activities:
Overnight at Berber Desert Camp

Transport:
Camel (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 8: Sahara Bedouin Camp/Todra Gorge (1B)

Rise early to get on our trusty camels. Watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga.

Continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

Transport:
Camel (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (4.00-6.00 hours)

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Day 9: Todra Gorge/Aït Ben Haddou (1B)

Travel along the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah.

In the evening there may be the chance for an optional cooking class. Learn the secrets of how to make the perfect tagine and then sample your skills for dinner.

Included Activities:
Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

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Day 10: Aït Ben Haddou/Aroumd (1B, 1D)

Leave the pre-desert country for the magnificent High Atlas Mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2260m. Head into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads, arriving at the village of Imlil.

With our main luggage transported by mule, embark on the walk from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd (1 hr), arriving at our simple mountain gîte for the night.

Enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Settle in and enjoy the tranquility, fantastic views, and clean mountain air of this magical region.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation is multi-share, up to six beds in each room. Bedding is provided, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag for additional warmth if travelling between November and April. You will also need to bring your own towel. Bathroom facilities are shared.

Included Activities:
Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal
Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
While the walk to the gîte is uphill, it is achievable by anyone of average fitness. Take it at a slow pace!
Walking (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Aroumd/Essaouira (1B)

After breakfast, take a scenic hike back down the mountain to meet the van in Imlil and head to the coastal town of Essaouira, arriving mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish.

Browse the many shops for leather, jewellery, lamps or trinkets. Watch the brightly painted ships bring their catch into the busy harbour or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to enjoy some local seafood and unwind.

Transport:
Walking (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle

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Day 12: Essaouira (1B)

Enjoy a free day exploring this coastal port town any way you like.

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Day 13: Essaouira/Marrakech (1B)

Journey to Marrakech. After arriving in the "Red City," join a certified city guide for a tour of the Marrakech medina. Visit the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs.

Later, opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot.

End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna.

Included Activities:
Marrakech Medina Guided Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 14: Marrakech (1B)

A great place to start your adventure is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. Finish up your souvenir shopping or wander the new part of the city for a taste of the modern.

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Day 15: Marrakech (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Tangier guided tour
    • G Adventures-supported traditional lunch
    • Meknes guided tour
    • Volubilis guided tour
    • Fes medina guided tour
    • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride and overnight Berber camp
    • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
    • Aït Ben Haddou kasbah visit
    • Aroumd village walk (High Atlas)
    • Gîte stay with traditional meals
    • Marrakech medina guided walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), mountain gîte (1 nt, multi-share), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, camel, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, driver
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander ancient medinas and Roman ruins
  • Ride a camel into the Sahara
  • Spend a night in a desert tent and a mountain gte
  • Enjoy traditional Moroccan fare at a local home
  • Shop in seaside Essaouira
  • Set eyes on the blue city of Chefchaouen