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Morocco Encompassed

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Active/Adrenaline, Community Project, Local Culture & Cuisine, History
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: MO4/159621
  • Starts: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Finishes: Marrakech, Morocco
You will Visit
  • Marrakech
  • Casablanca
  • Meknes
  • Chefchaouen
  • Chefachouen
  • Fes
  • Fes
  • Midelt
  • Sahara Desert
  • Todra Gorge
  • Ait Benhaddou
  • Essaouira

Itinerary

01

Marrakech

Your adventure begins upon your arrival in Marrakech, a short transfer later you arrive at the hotel where we ll have a welcome meeting. Get to know your fellow passengers and meet your fantastic guide in a relaxed atmosphere before we head out for an included dinner followed by some free time. Feel free to explore this Moroccan treasure at your own pace, but bear in mind we will be returning for a more thorough visit in a few days so there s no need for FOMO just yet. Regardless of your plans enjoy a wonderful night under the African sky!

02

Marrakech to Casablanca

We begin our journey to the largest city in Morocco and the setting of the classic movie Casablanca. We make our arrival on the Atlantic shore this afternoon so feel free to venture out into the Medina for a spot of shopping, see the French architectural influence of the Ville Nouvelle, or just relax in the park and breathe in the atmosphere of this bustling economic hub. We offer an optional tour of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the largest in the world. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

03

Casablanca to Rabat to Meknes

This morning we set a course inland for the Imperial City of Meknes. After a short trip up the coast we arrive at our first stop for today, Morocco s capital city, Rabat. Upon arrival we have a guided tour of the local sights including a visit to see the spectacular patterns and decorations of the Kasbah of the Udayas in the old quarter of town. We continue our journey and later arrive in Meknes, explore the Medina and spend your afternoon enjoying the sights including the ornate mosaics of the city s gates, the spectacular 12th century Grand Mosque, and the magnificence of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. Then enjoy an evening exploring this vibrant city.

04

Meknes to Chefchaouen

Today we set our sights on the Rif mountains and begin the next leg of our journey heading for the city of Chefchaouen. Upon arrival we take a tour of the beautiful blue medina, it s time to make everyone on Instagram jealous in this mountainous paradise! Explore the traditional Berber markets and pick up some souvenirs, visit the Kasbah and mosques before heading out to the medina s main square to while away the hours with a refreshing drink and some delicious local food in one of the many friendly local cafes and bars.

05

Chefchauoen to Volubilis to Fes

We make our way to the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, Fes. En route we have a stop at Volubilis, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the largest ancient Roman ruins in Morocco! After a short journey we arrive safely in the fascinating city of Fes. Feel free to relax and unwind or venture out into the streets and sink your teeth into the rich cultural experience of this eclectic city.

06

Fes

This morning we venture out on a guided tour of Fes and learn of its amazing history. Then it s your chance to see the world's oldest continuously functioning university, explore the dye-pits and tanneries of the UNESCO-listed medina of Fes, get lost in the sights and smells of the local labyrinthine souks. Do a bit of shopping and grab a delicious local lunch while you re out and enjoy the rest of your afternoon in this unique locale. Tonight we offer an optional night on the town featuring a delicious traditional meal followed by a magical night of cultural entertainment featuring authentic belly dancing.

07

Fes to Midelt

This morning we head south for the Middle Atlas mountains and our lofty destination of Midelt. The Middle Atlas is a vast mountain range noted for its cedar forests, the endangered Barbary macaque, and its unique charm so you ll want to keep your camera handy. This afternoon we arrive, on the plain dividing the High Atlas and Middle Atlas ranges, at our tranquil Alpine locale. Enjoy a delicious local lunch and take in the gorgeous views before heading out on a short hike this afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the beautiful scenery around you and relax, feel free to check out the town before joining us for a lovely dinner in the fresh mountain air.

08

Midelt to Sahara Desert

We start our trek into the unforgiving Sahara Desert, with a pit stop this afternoon to enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch by the poolside. Refresh with a dip in the cooling waters before heading out to the crimson sands of Merzouga. Upon arrival we transfer to our trusty, humped companions for an authentic trek into the desert, make sure your camera is at the ready as this is a bucket list experience you won't want to forget. Tonight we share a truly remarkable evening under the Saharan stars with the local Berbers enjoying traditional food, drink, and music.

09

Sahara Desert to Todra Gorge

We enjoy our breakfast with the Berbers this morning before saying our goodbyes and departing for the Moroccan Grand Canyon, Todra Gorge. We arrive later this morning and you have the full day to explore the depths of the gorge. See the incredible sheer cliffs carved out by millenniums of water erosion, which have now dwindled to form a small stream. Enjoy a local lunch at the Berber co-operative and peruse the numerous handmade kilims, carpets, and rugs on offer and take some Arabian treasures home. This evening we witness the sun disappear over the horizon as its fading light paints the cliffs in a myriad of orange and blue hues before enjoying an authentic dinner.

10

Todra Gorge to Ouarzazate to Ait Benhaddou

We have an early start today as we make our way to world famous Ait Benhaddou via Ouarzazate. We arrive in our first stop later this morning where we offer an optional tour of the local film studios which boast a roster of impressive projects including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, and even The Hills Have Eyes! As we continue to follow along the meandering banks of the Ouarzazate river we arrive at the fortified settlement of Ait Benhaddou, this well featured site has been in a staggering number of movies and features many a famous kasbah, some are still well inhabited. Take in the sights on our guided tour followed by a delicious local dinner in this stunning location.

11

Ait Benhaddou to Essaouira

We begin our journey to the coast, so sit back and relax as we make our way through the scenic countryside. This afternoon we arrive in the coastal gem of Essaouira, the colourful fishing village is guarded by 15th century fortifications, if you re experiencing deja vu it s probably just that Essaouira is Astapor on the hit series Game of Thrones. Spend the rest of the day hitting the golden sand beaches, exploring the local cuisine as well as the medieval medina or relax in one of the numerous local cafes before heading out for a night on the town and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this beautiful location.

12

Essaouira

Get ready for a day of exploration or relaxation, the choice is yours. Check out the local beaches if the draw of the Atlantic proves to be irresistible, a great local beach is directly in front of the medina so have a refreshing mint tea in the local cafe, grab a bite to eat, do some souvenir shopping and pick up a Thuya carving, or just relax in the lazy coastal vibe and watch the world go by. Tonight, enjoy another wonderful evening on the town and revisit your favourite haunts or find a new spot and make some memories in the rejuvenating sea breeze.

13

Essaouira to Marrakech

Today we set a course inland for Marrakech, framed by the snow-capped peaks of the sprawling High Atlas mountain range. This afternoon we arrive where the adventure began two weeks ago, in stunning Marrakech. You have the rest of the day to explore at your own pace. See the intricate, yet imposing, Bab Agnaou which serves as the entrance to the royal Kasbah in the UNESCO-listed medina of Marrakech. Take in the pristine natural beauty of the gardens that surround the medina s walls. Tonight get lost in the myriad of activity but remember there is still more to come and we will delve the depths of this amazing city tomorrow.

14

Marrakech

Make sure to fuel up this morning as we have a full day's exploration ahead. Join us for a fantastic optional tour of the city and see such amazing sights as the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco, get lost in the maze of colourful souks of the Djemaa el-Fnaa square and marketplace located in the city s historic medina, or just relax and unwind in one of the many local cafes and while away the hours soaking up the incredible sights and sounds. After all that exploring we offer an optional excursion to soak the stresses of the day away and relax in a traditional hammam.

15

Marrakech

Check out is this morning after breakfast, we hope to see you again!

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your fantastic Busabout crew
    • 14 nights accommodation
    • 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Transfer from Marrakech airport
    • Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Mini Van
    • Guided tours of Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Fes, Volubilis and Ait Benhaddou
    • Berber camp
    • Sahara camel trek
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek the Sahara
  • Stay in a traditional Berber camp
  • Visit the spice markets of Marrakech