Itinerary

From Casablanca to Marrakesh, explore Morocco. See Fes, Midelt and Ait Benhaddou. Ride camels in the Sahara, adventure up the Atlas Mountains and walk through the M'Goun Valley.

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      USD $1,425
      CAD $1,455
      AUD $1,515
      EUR €1,045
      GBP £905
      NZD $1,795
      ZAR R13,760
      CHF FR1,300
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Morocco Explorer.
Moroccan musican, Fes

Tanneries, Fes

Moroccan mosaic

Ait benhaddou

Fes

Blue street in Chefchaouen

Colourful local, Casablanca

Days 1-2 Casablanca/Meknes

Salaam and welcome to Casablanca, Morocco’s most contemporary city. Whilst certainly not the country's most attractive city, it does have its attractions – and is a great place to acclimatise to the culture shock. Explore the Mosque of Hassan II on a guided tour and understand why this is considered the ‘diamond’ of the city. This architectural masterpiece has a retractable roof, heated glass floors which look over the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the most impressive religious monuments in the world. Later, travel to the imperial city of Rabat and discover the old ways of Morocco’s ruling society, finally finishing in Meknes for the night.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-5 Fes

Take a morning trip to nearby Volubilis. Just out of Meknes, this partly excavated Roman city is an exciting archaeological sight to explore. Back in Meknes, discover the charming secrets of the old medina before heading to Fes. Take a guided walking tour around the paths of Fes and explore the Old City, which has huge cultural and religious significance for both Muslims and Jews. Check out the many museums and historic institutions to better comprehend the importance of this town, which still seems stuck in the Middle Ages. Contrast the old and the new by visiting the Fes el Jedid – New City – or unwind at the spa village of Moulay Yacoub for a soak in a traditional hot bath.
ACCOM: Riad - 3

Day 6 Midelt

Visit the Berber village of Midelt on your way to the Sahara. Make sure you have cameras poised at the ready while crossing the Atlas Mountains – the scenic views are remarkable. After a tasty lunch in Midelt, stretch your legs with a hike around a Bremmen village and take in a traditional folklore music performance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 7 Sahara

Before we head to the Sahara, explore the small settlement of Midelt a little more; buy a traditional Moroccan carpet or chat to the locals about their trades and family history. Drive to Merzouga and saddle up your camel for a bumpy ride through the Sahara. See the sun sink into the horizon and be wowed by the array of colours dancing across the dunes at dusk. Rest your hide in the luxury of your pre-made desert camp, while stargazing and enjoying some traditional music from your Berber guides.
ACCOM: Desert camp - 1

Days 8-9 M'Goun Valley

Watch the sunrise over the desert from your camel’s back, then head by car to Todra Gorge, a massive trench that towers 250 meters high. It is a beautiful natural wonder of Morocco, best explored by foot. Along the winding roads towards the Dades Valley there is a chance to photograph the amazing scenery, before arriving in the M’goun Valley. Kick off your stay here with a hike through the surrounding Berber villages. If you are lucky, you may be invited into a Berber house for a cup of mint tea, then head back to town for an overnight stay in a traditional Berber house.
ACCOM: Gite - 2

Day 10 Ait Benhaddou

Take a stroll around the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou, a red jewel of Morocco. Now a UNESCO site, this town is a visual treasure and has been used in several movies including 'The Mummy', 'Gladiator' and 'Babel', as well as TV series 'Game of Thrones'. Explore behind the scenes of the mud brick kasbahs and meet the local villagers who sell jewellery, carpets and leather goods.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 11-13 Marrakech

After spending the past days in the Moroccan wilderness, arrive in Marrakech to a mind-blowing sensory overload. Dodge the musicians, magicians and story-tellers and grab a meal in Djemaa el-Fna, the huge outdoor food market. Be persuaded by the cooks and restaurateurs, who all claim they serves the best (and cheapest) tajine, barbequed meats and couscous in the city. Rest up in a classic Moroccan riad, then set off on a guided tour of the old medina. This city winds and twists so quickly it is easy to get lost, so stay close to discover the hidden gems of this ancient metropolis. After seeing the sights, do some last minute shopping in the souqs and snap up a bargain. Shopaholics beware; these sellers are ruthless, so don’t take more dirham than you need. Finish the trip with a group feast and some Moroccan whisky, or a relaxing massage and scrub down in a traditional hamam.
ACCOM: Riad - 2