Experience the wonder, heritage and culture of magical Morocco

From the colourful, chaotic Marrakech medinas to the moody Sahara desert landscape, Morocco is a land filled with wonder and rich culture. Stay in traditional accommodation and explore villages off the beaten track. Learn the secret to the perfect Moroccan couscous, visit the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah, travel through the Sahara on a camel and relax on Essaouira beach. Abounding with myths and legends, Morocco offers a surprise around every corner - this fast-paced tour will delight travellers looking to discover all of its hidden treasures.

Start
Marrakech, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Countries
Morocco
Themes
Explorer
Code
XMSF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
330kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Investigate ancient manuscripts in Tamegroute
  • Learn to master Moroccan couscous
  • Enjoy the spoils of Essaouira beach
  • Travel through the Sahara desert in a camel convoy
  • Trek into the High Atlas Mountains
  • Experience the colour and chaos of Djemaa el-Fna
  • Travel through the Sahara desert in a camel convoy
  • Wander the winding alleyways of the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah

Itinerary

Marvel in the spectacle of Marrakech, mingle with the performers and fortune-tellers at Djemaa el-Fna or sample Moroccan fares alfresco at the night stalls. Relax while sipping mint tea with locals and pick up last-minute supplies for the South Morocco adventure.
Stay in a mountain gite with incredible views while exploring the High Atlas Mountains. Hike to the burial place of a medieval saint.
Explore the grand Ait Benhaddou kasbah, Morocco's internationally acclaimed film set, as featured in Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Embark on a journey towards the mighty Sahara Desert, through the lush Draa Valley and on to Zagora - a small oasis town on the Sahara fringe that is perfect for an overnight stop.
Travel along rugged mountain ranges, through seas of sand and past the occasional desert oasis of date palms. Investigate an ancient library filled with manuscripts and discover the green-glazed pottery of Tamegroute. Enjoy a camel expedition across the Sahara at dusk and spend the night under the stars.
Climb aboard a 4x4 for an epic trip out to the Erg Chigaga sand dunes. Look out for the incredible sight of goats climbing argan trees on the way to the bustling market town of Taroudannt. Take to the souqs and haggle with local traders for silver jewellery or colourful Moroccan ceramics and mosaics.
Travel to the seaside gem of Essaouira and discover a variety of active or relaxing things to do. Essaouira's old medina is a fascinating place to explore with a local guide, or perhaps take the opportunity to relax by the beach or browse the bubbly markets.
Farewell the beach and head from Essaouira to Marrakech. Once again, get lost in the mayhem of the souqs or seek out Majorelle Gardens to relax in a tropical oasis.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
4x4, Private Bus
Accommodation
Camp site (1 night), Gite (1 night), Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (3 nights), Riad (3 nights)
Included activities
  • 4WD adventure and desert camp
  • Ancient library
  • Camel ride
  • Guided trek in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Project Handicapped Horizon
  • Walking tour

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Important notes

1. There is an altered summer itinerary (July & August). See Trip Notes for further details.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.

Trip notes

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South Morocco Discovery , July 2015

South Morocco Discovery , July 2015