Map of Premium Morocco Highlights including Morocco

Explore Morocco on this all-encompassing journey from Casablanca to Marrakech

Take in the rich history and diverse culture of Morocco on an eight-day Premium adventure. Marvel at the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, discover the enchanting medina of Meknes, uncover ancient history at the Roman ruins of Volubilis, wander through twisting alleyways in Fes el-Bali, relax in the lakeside settlement of Bin el-Ouidane and watch Djemaa el-Fna come to life in Marrakech. Experience life in the Middle Atlas Mountains, share stories and food with a local family in Fes, travel with a local leader and gain unrivalled insight to the Moroccan way of life.

£1 deposit on trips

Offer applies to trips departing in 2022.

Terms & Conditions

Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Destination
Morocco
Style
Premium
Theme
Explorer
Code
XMPM
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

premium accommodation

Our best accommodation and highest level of service.

premium experiences

Unusual, exceptional and authentic on-trip experiences.

premium knowledge

Led by our most experienced and highest rated local leaders.

  • Get to the heart of the real Morocco as you travel with an experienced local leader, swap stories with the locals in Fes and visit a family in the Atlas Mountains.

  • Experience incredible beauty, world-class hospitality and panoramic views during your feature stay in the Riad Salam, a tranquil oasis in the heart of the Fes medina.

  • Taste the best of Morocco’s cuisine as you enjoy a meal at one of Casablanca’s best restaurants, eat pastillas with a local family, make mint tea in the Atlas Mountains and take part in a tasting tour in Marrakech.

  • Uncover the most impressive Roman ruins in Morocco at the World Heritage site of Volubilis, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch made with locally sourced ingredients.

  • Marvel at the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, dive into the heart of Fes’s medina and witness the evening transformation of Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech.

Is this trip right for you?

  • In 2022, Ramadan will take place from 2 April to 1 May. Travelling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.

Itinerary

Welcome to Morocco! On arrival at Casablanca Airport, you will be met by an Intrepid representative and transferred to your hotel. Your adventure begins at 6 pm with an important welcome meeting. If you arrive with time to spare, a great option for your limited time in Casablanca is to visit the Villa des Arts. This gorgeous Art Deco gallery holds numerous exhibitions of contemporary Moroccan and international art. If you are looking for a different type of cultural experience, then you can discover a unique and fascinating part of Moroccan history at the Museum of Judaism. This evening, celebrate the beginning of a new adventure with a wonderful banquet style dinner with your group, set in the courtyard of a gorgeous riad. Nowhere is Morocco’s cultural heritage more evident than in its food, and tonight you’ll have the chance to try classic dishes like tagine, couscous and pastilla.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Odyssee Center or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
Optional Activities
  • Casablanca - The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventure - MAD948
  • Casablanca - Villa des Arts Gallery & Museum (entrance fee) - Free
  • Casablanca - Jewish Museum (entrance fee) - MAD50
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. Please provide flights details at least 14 days in advance so we can arrange your airport collection.
This morning you will visit one of the most impressive sites in Casablanca - the massive edifice of the Mosque of Hassan II. Second only in size to the great mosque at Mecca, the huge building sits partly on land and partly over sea, and is one of the only religious sites open to non-Muslims. Later, leave Casablanca and drive north along the coast to Rabat, the elegant capital of Morocco and its first Imperial city. Start your visit with a walk through the medina and souks, then explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah des Oudaias, where you’ll enjoy an included mint tea in a little treasure of a café overlooking the ocean and Bou Regreg river. Afterwards, continue the walk to visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the vast minaret of the Mosque of Hassan II. In the late afternoon, continue on to Meknes, the former capital of Morocco.
Accommodation
  • Riad d'Or or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque
  • Rabat - Kasbah Les Oudayas
  • Rabat - Mausoleum Mohammed V
  • Rabat - Hassan Tower
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours.
This morning you will discover the charming streets of Meknes’s medina - the old walled section of the city. There’s something particularly special about exploring this lesser-known medina as the locals go about their daily lives. Walk to the shrine of Moulay Ismail, visit the granaries and stop by a local market selling vegetables, olives and sweets. Drive on to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, where a local guide will show you around and help you imagine the bustling city that once was. Enjoy a picnic lunch of fresh bread, cheese and seasonal fruits and olives from the market. Continue on to the city of Fes and arrive at the Riad Salam, a beautifully restored oasis in the heart of the medina and your feature stay for the next two nights. From dramatic mosaic floors to carved cedar wood ceilings and everything in between - this building is a treat for the eyes. Relax in spacious rooms with modern comforts, unwind in the hammam or head to the roof terrace for sweeping views of Fes. Prepare for a treat this evening as you are warmly welcomed into the home of a local family for a pastilla dinner. Learn how the iconic Moroccan pie is made as you chat with your friendly hosts about life in Fes.
Accommodation
  • Riad Salam (Feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Meknes - Medina walking tour
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Meknes - Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
  • Volubilis - Picnic Lunch
  • Fes - Home-cooked Pastilla Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours. Please remember to pack drinking water, a hat, sunglasses and sun cream for today’s activities as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun.
Today head into Fes’s huge, well-preserved medieval old city and the mother of all medinas. Walk through the twisting streets and alleyways, passing donkeys piled high with goods, and explore the speciality sections that divide the souk as your leader talks you through interesting customs and traditions of Moroccan people. Filled with historic khans, madrasas and dye-pits, stalls loaded with fruits, herbs and soups, and where the squawk of chickens, smell of spice and sound of hammering of copper fills the air, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the Middle Ages. Explore the old city, visiting El-Attarine Madrasa, the tanneries and Funduq al-Najjarin, a splendid 18th-century inn.
Accommodation
  • Riad Salam (Feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fes - Funduq al-Najjarin
  • Fes - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Al-Attarine Madrasa
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s medina tour will include shopping in carefully selected places. As the receipt of commissions in exchange for recommending particular shops is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry, Intrepid has established a centralised system of receiving and distributing payments from these recommended suppliers. For more information, please refer to the Money Matters section of the Essential Trip Information.

If you are not interested in the shopping opportunities during the medina tour, please advise your trip leader in advance. It is possible for you to have free time during the tour, but it will be impossible to set a meeting point inside the medina as it is so complicated to navigate. If you decide to leave the group, you will only be able to meet up with them at your accommodation.
Travel from Fes to Bin el-Ouidane, with plenty of breaks along the way to appreciate the ever-changing Moroccan landscape. Visit with an Amazigh (Berber) family in the Middle Atlas Mountains for a truly memorable experience and a priceless insight into their unique way of life. The family will demonstrate how to make the perfect brew of mint tea and will provide a home-cooked cous cous lunch using locally grown ingredients. Learn about their customs, traditions and what life looks like on the edge of these cloud-piercing peaks. Arrive in Bin el-Ouidane, a small settlement perfectly placed on the bank of the lake, surrounded by sheer rocks. Your accommodation sits at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, perched on the edge of the huge, glittering lake. There’s a blissful afternoon to be had floating in the paradisiacal swimming pool or soaking in your surroundings on the fabulous terrace.
Accommodation
  • Widiane Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Khenifra - Tea-making demonstration
  • Khenifra - Home-cooked lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 7 hours.
Today you will travel from Bin el-Ouidane to Marrakech. There’s no rush as the scenery on the way is always interesting, and you will enjoy a stop en route at the impressive Ouzoud Falls. On arrival to Marrakech, head to the great square of Djemaa el-Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to this city. The food here is best experienced like a local, so be sure to bring your appetite as this afternoon your leader will take you for a special tasting session where you’ll try a range of seasonal delights such as freshly squeezed orange juice and stuffed Moroccan pancakes. Nights here are just as fun as the days as the square transforms into a hive of activity. The evening is yours to explore, perhaps enjoy a meal on one of the restaurant balconies overlooking the humming square with views of the Koutoubia Mosque.
Accommodation
  • BCK Art Riad or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ouzoud - Ouzoud Falls
  • Marrakech - Djemaa El Fna tasting walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 4 hours.
After breakfast today, meet your leader and set off on a morning tour of the old medina, through the bustling souks that are the lifeblood of the city. Explore tranquil courtyards filled with the scent of orange blossom and the many salons and chambers that make up Bahia Palace. Stop by the Koutoubia Mosque; the inside is for Muslims only, but the famous minaret is a sight to behold. Then walk back through the streets of the old medina to Djemaa el-Fna. The rest of the day is free to explore further. Perhaps visit Le Jardin Secret, a traditional medina garden with a magnificent courtyard, or head back into the medina and practice your haggling skills. For your final evening, perhaps join your group for a farewell dinner - your leader will be able to recommend some fantastic local restaurants that are worth raising a toast to.
Accommodation
  • BCK Art Riad or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marrakech - Medina walking tour
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip ends today after breakfast. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. Speak to your leader about the wealth of extra activities to do around Marrakech.
Optional Activities
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Imlil & Aroumd day trip - MAD1817
  • Marrakech - Asni & Ouirgane day trip with lunch - MAD1806
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure - MAD640
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (5 nights), Feature Stay (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque
  • Rabat - Kasbah Les Oudayas
  • Rabat - Mausoleum Mohammed V
  • Rabat - Hassan Tower
  • Meknes - Medina walking tour
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Meknes - Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
  • Volubilis - Picnic Lunch
  • Fes - Home-cooked Pastilla Dinner
  • Fes - Funduq al-Najjarin
  • Fes - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Al-Attarine Madrasa
  • Khenifra - Tea-making demonstration
  • Khenifra - Home-cooked lunch
  • Ouzoud - Ouzoud Falls
  • Marrakech - Djemaa El Fna tasting walk
  • Marrakech - Medina walking tour
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia

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

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

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. 

Essential trip information

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