Leave the phone at home for an offline adventure through Morocco.

Step away from the iPhone, put the camera down, and gently close the lid of your laptop: it’s time for a Digital Detox through Morocco. Rather than seeking out free wifi hotspots or agonising over the perfect filter for that sunset over Moulay Idriss, experience this incredible part of the world in high-def Real Life. Navigate your way through the souqs of Marrakech (minus a map), sip mint tea in the old Fes medina and soak up the scenery of the blue-hued Chefchaouen.


Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Country
Morocco
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
DDXMSB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Widely regarded as Morocco's holiest place, overnight visits to Moulay Idriss were prohibited to non-Muslims until 2005. Experience a homestay with a charming local family; if you’re lucky, you might even get an invite to a cooking demonstration by the ladies of the house

  • Enjoy the vivid blue houses of Chefchaouen with your eyes, not through the viewfinder of your camera

  • Relive a glorious medieval past in Fes city. While many tourists get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the medina, you'll have a local guide to show you the way

  • Literally translated, Morocco's grand capital of Rabat means ‘fortified palace’. The botanical gardens are a lovely place to relax, sip a mint tea and reconnect with the world around you

  • Need a break from your wanders around the narrow streets of Meknes? Replenish your energy with the ideal hump-day treat: a camel burger cooked right in front of you at a restaurant in the medina

  • Where else would you find drummers, dancers, fortune tellers, jugglers and old medicine men in one place? Marrakech is the perfect place to share a final group meal and stock up on treasures in the city's colourful souqs

Is this trip right for you?

  • On the seventh day of the trip, a three-hour journey by public bus to Tangier is windy in places so it's not for the feint hearted. Although the backdrop of the stunning Rif Mountains makes this a truly scenic journey.

  • There's an overnight train on Day 7 of the trip. The train has four-berth couchette compartments with upper and lower bunks on each side, so you may be sharing a confined space with people outside of your travel group. Overnight trains are a great way to meet the locals and other travellers, as well as ensuring you get maximum time in various destinations.

  • The train from Rabat to Meknes on Day 2 can get pretty busy at peak periods, so we’d recommend packing lightly in a rucksack to make sure you can get on and off the train easily.

  • There are some steep steps up to the guesthouse in Moulay Idriss on Day 2, which can be quite difficult to negotiate if you've packed heavily. If you need assistance to carry your luggage from the taxi to the accommodation, mules can be provided.

Itinerary

Salaam Aleikum! Say hello to Morocco, and goodbye to your phone, tablet, camera and laptop.

Your Digital Detox begins with a welcome meeting at the hotel at 6 pm today, where we’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin info – please ensure you have all these details on hand to give to your leader. Look for a note in the lobby or ask reception where the meeting will take place. If you're going to be late, please let the hotel know.

There’s no free time included in Casablanca, so we recommend arriving a day or two before your Digital Detox begins so you’ve got time to explore. Modelled after Marseille in France, the city is famous for its art deco buildings and the modern-day masterpiece, the Hassan II Mosque. Spend some time wandering the old medina and the city walls, then jump in a taxi (no Ubers here) to visit the Quartiers des Habous, the new medina. You might like to finish the day with a walk along the Corniche, checking out a local football game on the beach.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for your welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We’re happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

PLEASE NOTE: Some of our travellers to Casablanca are being approached by locals offering excursions before their Intrepid trip starts. This has been particularly prevalent in and around the hotels used by Intrepid. These guides are in no way connected to Intrepid Travel and we cannot guarantee the safety or quality standards of their tours. We strongly advise customers against joining any tour offered by unauthorised guides. Intrepid Travel assesses the safety of all optional excursions offered by our tour leaders. If you would like more information on the excursions available, please contact us before you travel or see the Intrepid-branded notice in the reception of your hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Jewish Museum - MAD40
  • Villa des Arts - art gallery & museum - Free
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque - MAD120
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It’s an early start today (you might like to book an old-fashioned wake-up call!) as we take a one-hour train ride to the historical town of Rabat. Rabat's history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and, more recently, the Moroccan parliament. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating to the Almohad and Merenid dynasties and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Chellah. Store your luggage and spend a few hours strolling through the city's old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. No filters required.

Continue on to Meknes by train (approximately three hours), then take a 45-minute taxi through scenic countryside to the sacred pilgrimage village of Moulay Idriss. At sunset you’ll get great views over the plains of Volubilis below. Your accommodation for the night is in a guesthouse/homestay with a local family (and without wifi). Bathroom facilities are shared and you may be bunking down in a room with two or three of your travel mates.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a tour of the archaeological site of Volubilis with a local guide; the World Heritage-listed site was one of the Roman Empire's most remote bases. The remains make an impressive sight as they come into view on the edge of a long, high plateau. Don’t forget to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you’ll be in the sun. The town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact, so keep your eyes open to commit these incredible sights to memory. Check out the sea creature mosaic in the House of Orpheus, and see the exploits and labours of Hercules, which are depicted in stunning detail.

Return to the nearby imperial city of Meknes, where you'll have a few hours to explore. Sultan Moulay Ismail set out to build his own version of Versailles in the form of Meknes, constructing walls, gates and palaces with a labour force of over 25,000 slaves. Feeling hungry? Adventurous foodies may want to try a camel burger for lunch at a restaurant in the medina, but remember: if you didn’t Instagram it, did you really eat it? #youdid

In the afternoon take a one-hour train to Fes, where you'll spend the next two nights. Fes is the most complete medieval city in the Arab world, and the most ancient of Morocco's imperial cities.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today take a guided walk around Fes, discovering the labyrinth of the medina, a living monument to an ancient past and still very much alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city's most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. You'll also visit the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramic factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way.

The afternoon is free to explore; get lost in the city's maze of streets and alleys, take a mental picture outside the Royal Palace, visit the nearby hills for incredible views, or head to the Palais Jamai for a drink. Watching the sunset over the Medina while a dozen prayer calls vie for attention is an experience you'll remember for a long time.

Notes: today’s experience will include shopping in carefully selected places. As the receipt of commissions (or kickbacks) in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry, Intrepid has established a centralised system of receiving and distributing payments from these recommended suppliers. For more information, see the ‘Important Notes’ section of this trip or talk to your tour leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour Fes
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
While you might be used to spending long-ish bus trips listening to podcasts or scrolling through Facebook, pass the four-hour journey to Chefchaouen (aka the Blue City) soaking up the scenery as it whizzes by. Chefchaouen, set against a wide valley and surrounded by the Rif Mountains, is one of the prettiest places in Morocco. It’s easy to feel like you’re in the hills of Spain while wandering this lovely town; the Andalucia-influenced old medina has been lovingly cared for with striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and artistic doorways.

Ease into the relaxed pace of life in this rural retreat. Take a stroll through the ancient medina, go hiking in the Rif mountains or simply sit at a cafe and enjoy the pleasure of time passing by. If you're feeling peckish, head to the Plaza Uta el-Hammam and order the goats' cheese, a popular treat noshed by many visitors.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day to explore Chefchaouen. Perhaps take a guided tour of the medina, admire the architecture of the 15th-century Grand Mosque (closed to non-Muslims) and browse the shops in the square selling woven goods and sweet treats.

Also within the plaza is the walled fortress of the Kasbah. Wander through the tranquil gardens, check out the ethnographic museum and admire wonderful views from the rooftop. In the evening, tuck into a tasty tagine at a local restaurant or scrub up at a hamam – a traditional Moroccan spa.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chefchaouen - walking tour with local guide - MAD300
  • Picnic lunch for hike - MAD70
  • Chefchaouen Kasbah - MAD20
  • Medina visit with local guide - MAD300
  • Hammam (public baths) - MAD150
  • Henna tattooing - MAD50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rally the troops for a game of I-Spy on the three-hour bus trip to Tangier, a place of strategic importance to the Mediterranean and the gateway to Africa.

Once a hotspot for artists, secret agents and millionaires, Tangier has recently undergone something of a renaissance, thanks to the arrival of the monarch, Mohammed VI of Morocco. His forward-thinking ideas about commerce and tourism have woken up the community to the city’s potential.

Today, the city's medina and kasbah are well worth exploring, as are the cafes and patisseries around the Place de la France in the Ville Nouvelle. Perhaps visit the American Legation Museum, the former palace of Dar el-Makhzen or the Caves of Hercules or tuck into a fresh seafood dinner by the port, before boarding an overnight sleeper train to Marrakech.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • American Legation Museum - MAD20
  • Museum Dar El Mekhzen - MAD20
  • The Caves of Hercules - MAD25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Arrive early into Marrakech, a true feast for the senses, where the day is yours to explore. Perhaps stroll the Medina and the city's seemingly endless mosaic of souqs, each of which is devoted to a separate trade: pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets and spices. Perhaps visit the well-known Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th-century minaret, which was the famous prototype for the Giralda tower in Seville. Wander through the tropical gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (now owned by Yves Saint Laurent), check out the Palais Bahia, a superb example of Muslim architecture, or the ruins of the Palais Badi, reputedly once one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. All of the above can be a challenge to locate (especially without your smartphone’s map app – adios, blue dot!), but that's all part of the joy of exploring.

In the evening, join the thronging crowds for dinner in the Djemaa el Fna, the city's chaotic main square, for what will be an unforgettable farewell to Marrakech.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD10
  • Palais Badi - MAD10
  • Saadian Tombs - MAD10
  • Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Museum of Marrakech - MAD40
  • Hamam (public baths) - MAD250
  • Photography Museum - MAD40
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD509
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD546
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Asni & Ouirgane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Quad biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD752
  • Urban Adventures - Medina, Palace and Tombs half day tour - MAD325
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD900
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Imlil & Aroumd day tour - MAD1817
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your Digital Detox comes to an end. There are no activities planned for the final day – other than exchanging email addresses, friending your fellow travelling pals on Facebook and sharing Instagram names – and you are free to check out of your accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Included activities

  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Guided walking tour Fes

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Important notes

Single supplement is available with the exception of the following nights:
Day 2: Moulay Idriss
Day 7: Overnight train

COMMISSION
The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry. In an effort to best control and monitor shopping and activities with an aim for the best experience possible, Intrepid has established a system of carefully selected shopping experiences and activities based on positive feedbacks from our previous travellers. On occasion these will be as part of included walking tours or outside of included activities in free time. Please note that if you feel that you do not wish to join in on these shopping experiences we assure you there is no obligation and if you indicate your desire to not partake your group leader will help to facilitate a suitable alternative during this time.
Intrepid have set up a centralised system of receiving payments from these recommended suppliers, of which are then distributed towards local Responsible Travel projects (such as 'say no to plastic' cotton bags for our travellers and drinking water refilling stations), traveller information packs, and leader bonuses. Further details of these arrangements can be provided by your group leader on request.
While Intrepid endeavors to ensure that these suppliers and services maintain reasonable levels of quality, please note recommended suppliers are chosen based on past travellers feedback and experiences and Intrepid cannot explicitly guarantee the quality of the product. A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of you our traveller is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

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North Morocco Adventure - Digital Detox, January 2017

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