Visit Morocco on an all-encompassing adventure from Casablanca to Marrakech
Travel to Morocco and visit the best of the country's attractions from Casablanca to Marrakech. Travel from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara, and from the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, the rich history and natural beauty of Morocco await. Observe the vibrant collision between old and new expressed in architecture and artwork. Learn about fallen cities and cross paths with nomadic tribes. Jump in and discover the many mysteries and legends concealed within this moody, ever-changing landscape.
Visit the grand Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, one of the most impressive temples in Morocco, before exploring the sights of the country's first imperial city of Meknes
Under the eye of a local tour guide, feel like you've travelled back to the Middle Ages in the labyrinthine medina of Fes
Trek through scenic countryside and traditional villages in the Atlas Mountains. Stay in a traditional Berber homestay to better understand the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time
For many people, their dream of Morocco is a camel trek through the dramatic red dunes of the Sahara Desert. On this trip you'll do just that (or if you'd prefer to walk, that's fine too)
Go behind the scenes of Game of Thrones and Gladiator in Ait Benhaddou. This fortified red city was once an important stop on the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech - now it's a film-maker's heaven
Kick back in the coastal town of Essaouira, enjoying a fresh seafood BBQ on the waterfront
Take a guided tour through Marrakech's lively medina and join the nightly carnival of fortune-tellers, dancers and medicine men in Jemaa el-Fna square
On Day 4 of the trip, you'll embark on a full-day tour around the Medina of Fes. While you'll be on your feet for at least five to six hours, this is one of the highlights of Morocco and well worth any weariness at the end of the long day.
On Day 6, the group will take a camel trek through the Sahara. This is a great way to experience the desert, but if you'd prefer, it's possible to walk alongside the caravan on the sand for about an hour. You'll need to walk back the same distance the next morning, but don't worry, the walk is not very demanding and you manage with a basic level of fitness.
On Day 8 you'll visit Todra Gorge. This remote area of Morocco is an amazing place to discover on foot, but to do so you'll need a moderate level of fitness and have the relevant footwear and clothing with you. If trekking isn’t really your thing, have no fear, as there are plenty of other activities to do in the valley.
On Day 10, the group will trek to the village of Aroumd in the High Atlas Mountains. The walk takes about an hour up steep, rocky steps. Your main luggage will be left behind and only hand luggage can be carried to the village for you. You'll spend the night in a traditional Berber house at the foot of Mt Toubkal.
The weather in Morocco can be extreme. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortably hot, especially for those who aren't accustomed to the heat, so please consider what time of year you travel carefully. If you do travel in the warmer months, pack layers to cover you from the sun, bring the necessary sun protection and drink plenty of water.
In 2018, Ramadan will take place from 15 May to 14 June. This is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the world. Many festivals are marked as Islamic Holidays, which may cause some disturbance to your travels around this time. Some regular services may not be available or open during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars. Please consider your travel arrangements carefully.
As Morocco has a tipping culture, travellers are expected to tip small amounts for most services, so please be prepared. Your trip leader and the tipping section of our Essential Trip Notes will help to provide you with some suggestions as to what amounts are appropriate.
Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached by shop owners and street vendors offering their goods to you on regular occasions.
We've sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Intrepid style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Morocco may be different to western standards.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Day 6 (Sahara Camp) and Day 10 (Aroumd)
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Our Best of Morocco trips score an average of 4.76 out of 5 based on 593 reviews in the last year.
Excellent itinerary with a good mix of countryside and cities. We enjoyed drinking tea with local Berbers, and trekking in the Atlas mountains.
Review submitted 22 Oct 2017
Overall saw a great many things. Bus rides >5 hours about 9 of the 14 days. Flies in the outdoors, flies in the bus, flies in the restaurant, flies in the hotel room. You cannot escape. Wondrous desert environments. Fine for vegetarians, though food will have no flavor. Another who ordered a vegetarian tagine described her dish as "boiled vegetables." Eat at the Chinese restaurants in Fes and Casablanca/Marrakesh and you will be delighted with flavors, group consensus was the Chinese restaurants were the best meals on the trip. Apparently all the dishes at the Moroccan restaurant are "blanded down" for tourists and normally very tasty for Moroccans. All the meals are BREAD BREAD BREAD. Desert night one goes without shower, though there is an actual functioning toilet in the desert. Only 1 cold shower and that was because it ran out of hot water. Main cities are filled with tourists but signs/directions not helpful for them. Make sure you see Hassan Mosque in Casa before the start of the trip. Buy stuff before Marrakesh as that medina is not friendly, Essouira is easiest place to buy stuff. Get rid of all your money before you leave, you will take a bath on exchange rates and all coins are unchangeable elsewheres.
Review submitted 22 Oct 2017