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Morocco Explorer Itinerary
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
Morocco Explorer Reviews
Our Morocco Explorer trips score an average of 4.83 out of 5 based on 18 reviews in the last year.
Morocco Explorer, June 2014
We were surprised by the diversity in environments in Morocco and loved this aspect of the trip. We had a great time and learned so much. We loved traveling with Lahcen! He was a great leader, even when dealing with some challenging situations with a few folks on our trip. In particular, there was one traveler who spoke to him in an abusive manner, and I was amazed that he did not lose his cool with her, while still keeping his authority in place. (BTW, this person was not the kind of person that you want on these kinds of trips, and I hope that you have a process in place around this and that you will hear about her from Lahcen). Anyway, Lahcen was great - fun, informative, relaxed but alert, very kind and good about checking in when any of us weren't feeling well, etc.
Review submitted 16/06/2014
Morocco Explorer, May 2014
Great group, great tour leader and a great mix of comfort, walking, relaxing, adventure and fun. Haven't stopped talking about it since! Loved the variety the trip offered Said was a wonderful ambassador for his country!! His enthusiasm and passion was tireless and his willingness to help where possible were greatly appreciated by all of us. Never heard a grumble amongst the group in regards to our exceptional leader!
Review submitted 14/06/2014
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