Morocco Encompassed

18 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 the warm local hospitality and embark on exotic adventures like riding a camel over Saharan dunes and haggling for treasures in bustling souqs. This exhilarating 18-day journey is the ultimate way to discover Morocco.

Please note: This trip is currently being rerouted to avoid the Atlas Mountains. The effected areas will be replaced with equivalent experiences or destinations. For more information, visit intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts

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 38.4 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.
  • 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.
  • Discover colourful Marrakesch, from the thriving Djemaa el-Fna Square to the winding alleyways that your local leader can lead you through.
  • 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 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.
  • Accommodation on this trip includes a desert camp, homestays, and basic hotels.
  • When travelling in Morocco, temperatures can get very warm. Have a think about what time of year suits you best to travel.
  • Transport on this trip includes an overnight train journey. Details on this experience can be found in the Transport section.

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 2024

Map of Morocco Encompassed including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

4x4, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

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

Activities
  • Moulay Idriss - Leader-led village walk
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Fes - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Funduk Nejjarine
  • Fes - Medresse el Attarine
  • Aroumd - High Atlas Mountains guided hike
  • Ait Benhaddou - Leader-led ksar walk
  • Ait Benhaddou - Tawesna Tea Break
  • Tamegroute - Ancient Library
  • Sahara Desert - Camel Ride
  • Sahara Desert - 4WD to Erg Chigaga dunes
  • Tamegroute - Underground kasbah guided tour
  • Essaouira - Guided walking tour
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
  • Chefchaouen - Walking Tour with Local Guide - MAD300
  • Chefchaouen - Picnic lunch for hike - MAD70
  • Chefchaouen - Kasbah - MAD20
  • Chefchaouen - Medina visit with local guide - MAD300
  • Chefchaouen - Hammam (public baths) - MAD150
  • Chefchaouen - Henna Tattoo - MAD50
  • American Legation Museum - MAD20
  • Museum Dar El Mekhzen - MAD20
  • The Caves of Hercules - MAD25
  • 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
  • Aroumd - Mule Ride from Imlil to Aroumd - MAD80
  • 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 - Berber Massage - MAD350
  • 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

2023 ITINERARY CHANGES
There are itinerary changes for this trip effective until further notice to avoid earthquake-affected areas. We have replaced the nights in Aroumd & Taroudant with a stay in Agadir and an additional night in Essaouira:
Day 10 - Ait Benhaddou
Day 11 - Zagora
Day 12 - Sahara Desert
Day 13 - Agadir
Days 14-15 Essaouira

1. A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes the following nights: Day 2 (Moulay Idriss), Day 7 (Overnight Train), Day 10 (Aroumd) & Day 13 (Sahara Desert).
2. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change on Day 9.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 100 reviews submitted.
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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

Vicki · Traveled October 2023
This trip was beyond words. It was a great balance of big and small cities, the desert (unbelievable!) and the coast. It also had a fair balance of included activities and free time. It would be difficult to do all the things and have all the experiences we did arranging it on your own; the itinerary was well organized. Our tour leader, Redouan, was spectacular. He made the trip effortless and went above and beyond to ensure that each member of the group had the best experience possible. The overall experience was so much more than I expected.
Review submitted 31 Oct 2023

Kathleen · Traveled October 2023
For Morocco Encompassed, our itinerary was changed due to the earthquake but we still couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. Our leader (Mbark) was fantastic and we loved learning about the culture, language, landscape, food, history, and so much more. Highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 28 Oct 2023

Doreen · Traveled October 2023
We loved our Morocco Encompassed 18 day tour - and our guide MBARK ELOUARDI WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023

Donna · Traveled October 2023
Don’t just think about visiting Morocco, do it! Morocco Encompassed experience was so awesome. Driss was amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Review submitted 25 Oct 2023
Morocco Encompassed
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