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Premium Morocco in Depth with Essaouira

18 Days | Venture from mountain to desert and city to sea in Morocco

4.8 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
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Indulge in a feast for the senses as you embark on an 18-day Premium journey through Morocco. Explore the blue washed streets of Chefchaouen, Meknes’s animated medina, the historical Old Town of Fes and the lively Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech. Sip tea with an Amazigh family in the Dades Valley, eat pastilla in the home of a Fes local, spend an unforgettable evening beneath the stars in the Sahara and slow down in the seaside town of Essaouira. From varied culture to boundless hospitality, discover a country that defies expectations.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Morocco In Depth With Essaouira including Morocco
Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
XMPHC
This trip generates 55.37 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Get to know the Moroccan way of life as you travel with a local leader and expert guides, visit a local home for dinner in Fes, enjoy tea with an Amazigh family in the Dades Valley and meet the women of the Tawesna social enterprise in Ait Benhaddou.
  • Discover Morocco’s iconic sights during visits to the ruins of Volubilis, the blue city of Chefchaouen, the remarkable Sahara Desert, the timeless Ait Benhaddou, the bustling cities of Fes and Marrakech the laidback seaside city of Essaouira.
  • In a remote oasis among the dunes of the Sahara Desert, embrace an escape from the modern world at your feature stay camp. Enjoy comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms and authentic décor, plus a traditional feast and live music under a sky full of stars.
  • Morocco is a paradise for food lovers – this trip is bursting with culinary experiences, including a traditional feast at a restaurant in Casablanca, picnic at the ruins of Volubilis, goat’s cheese tasting in Chefchaouen and medfouna demonstration in Khemliya.
  • See behind the scenes of Moroccan cuisine during a hands-on cooking class with a celebrated chef. Harvest fresh ingredients from the on-site organic garden, learn how to transform them into classic aromatic dishes then tuck into your creations.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Education for All. Donations help them support girls in the High Atlas Mountains through secondary school, bringing a generation of women out of the cycle of illiteracy, poverty and early marriage.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip includes a hike through the scenic Dades Valley on Day 10. The hike will be tailored to each group, but you will need a moderate level of fitness and appropriate footwear and clothing to enjoy it. Please let your leader know if you would like to opt out of this activity.
  • Ramadan is an annual month-long festival, during which travel can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the day, such as restaurants or cafes, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider this when selecting your travel dates. You’ll find dates and further information in the ‘Climate and seasonal information’ section of the Essential Trip Information.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2025

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Inclusions

Meals

16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (16 nights), Feature Stay (1 night)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque
  • Rabat - Kasbah des Oudaias
  • Rabat - Hassan Tower
  • Rabat - Mausoleum Mohammed V
  • Meknes - Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
  • Volubilis - Picnic Lunch
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Meknes - Medina walking tour
  • Chefchaouen - Goat Cheese Tasting
  • Chefchaouen - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Home-cooked Pastilla Dinner
  • Fes - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Funduq al-Najjarin
  • Fes - Medersa El Attarine
  • Sahara Desert - Camel ride
  • Khemliya - Village walking tour
  • Khemliya - Medfouna cooking demonstration
  • Sahara Desert - Amazigh dinner with Gnaoua music
  • Todra Gorge - Hike
  • Dades - Tea-making demonstration
  • Dades - Hike
  • Skoura - Kasbah and Oasis visit
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
  • Ait Benhaddou - Lunch at Tawesna
  • Tahnaout - Cooking class
  • Marrakech - Medina walking tour
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia
  • Marrakech - Fresh orange juice tasting
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch
  • Essaouira - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Casablanca - Villa des Arts Gallery & Museum (entrance fee) - Free
  • Casablanca - Jewish Museum (entrance fee) - MAD50
  • Casablanca - The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventure - MAD700
  • Essaouira - Horse Riding - MAD250
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - Imlil & Aroumd day trip - MAD1817
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640

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Important notes

2023 ITINERARY CHANGES
There are itinerary changes for this trip effective until further notice to avoid earthquake-affected areas:
Day 12- Additional night in Ait Benhaddou
Day 13 -Drive from Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech approx: 3 ½ hours
Day 14- Alternative Marrakech medina walking tour

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. There are a limited number of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
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Andrew · Traveled September 2023
Loved every minute spent in Morocco, the tour covers many different parts of this wonderful country. Our leader Said was fantastic, and our driver Mustapha was excellent, all the experiences packed into to this tour were wonderful, would definitely travel with Intrepid again.
Review submitted 07 Oct 2023

Callista · Traveled September 2023
Intrepid's Morocco Premium in-depth with Essaouira provided me with 18 of the best days of my life. Every day was a new and incredible culturally immersive experience, and I attribute this to the beautiful people of Morocco, our extraordinary guide Balmekki Lamlih, and Intrepid. Thoroughly recommend to others! Thanks!
Review submitted 18 Sep 2023

Emma · Traveled July 2023
I highly recommend the Premium Morocco In Depth with Essaouira. Guides Youssef and Sara were both incredible, as was driver Khaled. I felt very safe and the trip gave an excellent overview of Morocco’s culture, food, religion and nature. There were some long days and the whole 18 days were jam packed. Highlight was the Camel ride and overnight stay in the Sahara. Thankyou Intrepid!
Review submitted 09 Aug 2023

Christophe · Traveled July 2023
Review submitted 08 Aug 2023

Jenny · Traveled June 2023
This trip was awesome, great itinerary, our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable, the whole experience, food, accommodation and activities were fantastic. Absolutely loved Morocco. Thank you Intrepid and Mohamed!
Review submitted 01 Jul 2023
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