Morocco Encompassed

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

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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 38 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 - MAD300
  • Chefchaouen - Medina visit with local guide - MAD300
  • Chefchaouen - Kasbah - MAD20
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD150
  • 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 - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750
  • Marrakech - Ourika Valley Day Tour - MAD1817
  • Marrakech - Medina, Palaces & Tombs Urban Adventure - MAD630
  • 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 - MAD100
  • 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 - MAD250
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch - MAD80
  • Marrakech - Oukaimeden Day Tour - MAD1882
  • Marrakech - Asni & Ouirgane day trip with lunch - MAD1806
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350

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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.

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 93 reviews submitted.
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Jaccqueline · Traveled January 2024
Absolutely excellent local guides and a fantastic overview of Morocco. The North and the South are SO different and we're really glad we did both!! The trip includes cities and towns, markets and buildings, mountains and desert and seaside, amazing food and local experiences. Intrepid - as always - has been a fantastic choice!
Review submitted 31 Jan 2024

Elizabeth · Traveled January 2024
This was my first tour with Intrepid and it exceeded my expectations- I got to appreciate the vastness that is Morocco and the essence of the culture. The 2 leaders were very organised and enthusiastic and the group got on well together. I expect to travel with Intrepid again
Review submitted 22 Jan 2024

David · Traveled January 2024
I love Intrepid Tours! Great itineraries, suburb guides and always ethical in everything they do.
Review submitted 26 Jan 2024

Michael · Traveled December 2023
Mo & Mariam were very caring and well organised tour leaders which made travelling around Morocco that much easier. It would have been great to spend more time in places but overall a great trip.
Review submitted 19 Jan 2024

Crystal · Traveled October 2023
Morocco Encompassed covers the best of both the north and south of Morocco over 17/18 days. Chefchaouen & the Sahara were trip highlights, though the modified itinerary (due to the earthquake) includes too many nights in Essaouira. Still recommend. Enjoyed my time.
Review submitted 08 Nov 2023
Morocco Encompassed
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