Morocco Encompassed

17 Days | Sparkling coastlines, soaring mountains, ancient cities and the Sahara Desert

4.9 out of 5 based on 108 reviews submitted.
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Sparkling coastlines, soaring mountains, lush valleys and the vast, unforgettable Sahara Desert – this is Morocco. Travel in the footsteps of pirates, sultans and nomadic people, exploring the colonial architecture of Casablanca, the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, the medieval city of Fes and the intricate clay architecture of the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Enjoy warm local hospitality and embark on exotic adventures like riding a camel over Saharan dunes, hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and haggling for treasures in bustling souqs. This exhilarating 17-day journey is the ultimate way to discover Morocco.

Trip overview

Map of Morocco Encompassed including Morocco
Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
XMSQC
This trip generates 44 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience a homestay in Moulay Idriss, widely regarded as Morocco's holiest place, and visit the tomb of Moulay Idriss I, great-grandson of Mohammed.
  • Spend two days relaxing in Essaouira and enjoy a guided walk through the art galleries and wood workshops within this walled seaside city.
  • Scale the High Atlas Mountains and trek through scenic Amazigh villages, then spend the night with a local family in their gite.
  • Travel through the massive sand dunes of the Sahara Desert on a camel, then sleep under the North African stars at a Bedouin camp.
  • Step back in time with a guided tour of Fes’s medina. While many tourists get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the medina, you'll have a local to show you the way.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves plenty of walking and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.
  • 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

Map of Morocco Encompassed including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

4x4, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train, High Speed Train

Accommodation

Desert camp (1 night), Gite (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Riad (3 nights)

Activities
  • Tangier - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Chefchaouen - Sunset viewpoint
  • Moulay Idriss - Leader-led village walk
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Meknes - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Fes - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Medresse el Attarine
  • Fes - Tannery visit
  • Fes - Funduq al-Najjarin
  • Marrakech - Medina walking tour
  • Marrakech - Spiced Sand Coffee
  • Aroumd - High Atlas Mountains guided hike
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
  • Tamegroute - Ancient Library
  • Tamegroute - Underground kasbah guided tour
  • Tamegroute - Medfouna lunch (Amazigh pizza)
  • Sahara Desert - Sunset Camel Ride
  • Taroudant – Argan oil women coop visit
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
  • Essaouira – Local fisherman visit
Add on activities
  • Casablanca - Jewish Museum (entrance fee) - MAD50
  • Casablanca - Villa des Arts Gallery & Museum (entrance fee) - Free
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque - MAD130
  • Casablanca - Religious Casablanca Urban Adventure - MAD1850
  • Casablanca - The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventure - MAD700
  • Tangier - Cafe Hafa - MAD60
  • Chefchaouen - Hammam (public baths) - MAD150
  • Chefchaouen - Picnic lunch for hike - MAD70
  • Chefchaouen - Walking Tour with Local Guide - MAD350
  • Chefchaouen - Medina visit with local guide - MAD300
  • Chefchaouen - Kasbah - MAD60
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD165
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia - MAD70
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Cascades d'Ouzoud Day Tour - MAD2207
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2090
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750
  • Marrakech - Medina, Palaces & Tombs Urban Adventure - MAD650
  • Marrakech - Palais Badi - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Saadian Tombs - MAD70
  • Marrakech - Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Museum of Marrakech - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Hamam (public baths) - MAD250
  • Marrakech - Photography Museum - MAD40
  • Ait Benhaddou - Cooking Demonstration & Dinner - MAD313
  • Ait Benhaddou - Henna Tattoo - MAD50
  • Ouarazate - Atlas Movie Studios - MAD80
  • Ouarzazate - Kasbah Taourirt - MAD20
  • Essaouira - Hamam (public baths) - MAD200
  • Essaouira - Amazigh Massage - MAD400
  • Essaouira - Horse Riding - MAD300
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch - MAD100
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD540
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD438

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes the following nights: Day 4 (Moulay Idriss), Day 9 (Aroumd) & Day 12 (Sahara Desert).
2. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change on Day 8.
3. Optional transfer from Marrakech to Casablanca
If you are flying into Marrakech we can provide an optional transfer to the starting point city of Casablanca. This transfer is on request and prepaid. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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

4.9 out of 5 based on 108 reviews submitted.
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Debra · Traveled May 2024
We had an amazing trip. The small group allowed us to come together and form friendships that enhanced the trip. The guides were knowledgeable and took care of us. We felt comfortable and informed. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The vans were comfortable and the train rides, 4x4 ride, camel ride etc all made it an exceptional experience.
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Rachel · Traveled May 2024
This trip is truly incredible. You get to see the best of all Morocco has to offer & there are so many different sides from north to south. Our wonderful leader Mohamed & my travelling family made this a trip to remember forever. Do yourself a favour and book you won't regret it I promise.
Review submitted 24 May 2024

Derrick · Traveled May 2024
The Moroccan tour was my first with Intrepid. Based on my recent experience, I would definitely recommend intrepid to anyone looking to join a group based tour. When considering future tours, I would have no hesitation in booking again.
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

Sophia · Traveled May 2024
This trip was fantastic. It covered a diverse range of places and experiences: a great introduction to a wonderful country. Highlights were the desert and the mountains. Expect a lot of walking, hiking and climbing, as well as hours of travel, but all totally worth it. What stood out for me was our leader, Mohamed, who was phenomenal. He went above and beyond. Honestly! I especially appreciated his efforts to plan extra experiences that allowed us to interact with local Moroccans. He did it all perfectly, with enthusiasm, humility and heart.
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Owen · Traveled April 2024
What a great trip. Our guides really made this a positive experience. We went to places and saw things that independently we wouldn't see. The days in the Sahara and a sunset over the dunes was unforgettable.
Review submitted 30 May 2024
Morocco Encompassed
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