Essential Morocco

12 Days | Chaotic and colourful – get a taste of essential highlights on this ‘Moorish’ adventure through Morocco

4.9 out of 5 based on 230 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
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ZAR  10,574
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

From couscous to camels, mint tea to tanneries, get a taste of Morocco’s best bits on this adventure through mountains, gorges, desert and Amazigh villages. Kick-start in the French-infused port city of Casablanca, hang out with a local family on a homestay in Moulay Idriss, navigate the mother of all medinas in the cultural capital of Fes, wind your way up through Tizi n’Tichka and the High Atlas Mountains, before riding camels along the sand dunes during sunset and setting up camp under the Saharan stars. From the colourful and chaotic Marrakech markets to the blue washed city of Chefchaouen – this adventure through Morocco hits all the essentials.

Trip overview

Map of Essential Morocco including Morocco
Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
18 to 35s
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
XMYM
This trip generates 35 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
  • Prepare for the best mint tea of your life on a visit to the Tawesna teahouse. This experience is more than just a cuppa, it’s about discovering a culture and contributing to the economic inclusion of women.
  • Enjoy a street food experience with multiple Moroccan favourites at a local restaurant with your group and trip leader – the best way to sample all the delicious goods in Djemaa el-Fna!
  • Watch the sunset from a camel’s back in the Sahara Desert and camp beneath a blanket of stars – now this is a bucket list experience!
  • It's easy to get lost in a labyrinth (think less David Bowie film, more medieval maze), especially when there are enticing distractions at every turn. Never fear, your local guide knows the city of Fes like a lifelong friend.
  • Traverse blue washed streets (with some new feline friends) in Chefchaouen – named after the two mountains that hug the city.
  • 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?
  • The Todra Gorge visit takes you to a remote area of Morocco. It’s an amazing place to discover on foot, but you'll need a moderate level of fitness and suitable footwear.
  • Summer temperatures in Morocco can be uncomfortably hot, especially if you're not used to the heat. If you travel in the warmer months, get sun protection and drink plenty of water. At night the temperature can drop to freezing, so bring your warm clothes, too.
  • In 2024, Ramadan will take place from 10 March to 08 April. 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.
  • Although you shouldn’t expect any aggressive selling techniques in Morocco, please be aware that you may be approached regularly by shop owners and street vendors.
  • We've sourced our accommodation carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Intrepid style of travel. Service and accommodation in Morocco may be different from western standards.

Itinerary

Map of Essential Morocco including Morocco

Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Camel, Private Vehicle, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Desert camp (1 night), Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Moulay Idriss - Mint tea making demo
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Fes - Medina walking tour
  • Fes - Medersa El Attarine
  • Fes - Tannery visit
  • Sahara Desert - Camel ride
  • Sahara Desert - Overnight Desert Camp
  • Ait Benhaddou - Tea at Tawesna association
  • Marrakech - Medina walking tour
  • Marrakech - Street food tasting in Old Medina
Add on activities
  • Casablanca - Religious Casablanca Urban Adventure - MAD1850
  • Casablanca - The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventure - MAD700
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque - MAD130
  • Chefchaouen - Hike with Local Guide (excluding transportation) - MAD485
  • Chefchaouen - Picnic lunch for hike - MAD70
  • Chefchaouen - Kasbah - MAD20
  • Chefchaouen - Hammam (public baths) - MAD150
  • Chefchaouen - Henna Tattoo - MAD50
  • Chefchaouen - Goat Cheese Tasting - MAD100
  • Chefchaouen - Medina visit with local guide - MAD300
  • Chefchaouen - Walking Tour with Local Guide - MAD300
  • Todra Gorge - Hike - MAD300
  • Marrakech - AMAL Women's Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant - MAD110
  • Marrakech - Luxury Spa Hammam & Massage - MAD750
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715
  • Marrakech - Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Le Jardin Secret - MAD40
  • Marrakech - Palmery Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - A Taste Of Marrakech: Inside the Medina Urban Adventure - MAD605
  • Marrakech - Quad Biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640
  • Marrakech - Asni & Ouirgane day trip with lunch - MAD1806
  • Marrakech - Cascades d'Ouzoud Day Tour - MAD2207
  • Marrakech - Oukaimeden Day Tour - MAD1882
  • Marrakech - Ourika Valley Day Tour - MAD1817
  • Marrakech - Imlil & Aroumd day trip - MAD1817

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Important notes

1. How to endear yourself to the locals: don’t pose for photos where the holiest of holy people pray. If you want to take a photo of people, always ask - they may say no, so respect that. Even if it’s hot, cover your shoulders, knees and hair. Don’t shake someone’s hand or eat with your left hand - this is the one you use to wipe your butt.
2. Morocco is the land of legendary hospitality, so mind your manners. You'll need a scarf to cover your shoulders and be prepared to take off your shoes if you enter someone's home (plan ahead and wear clean socks).
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 2 (Guesthouse) & 7 (Desert Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 230 reviews submitted.
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James · Traveled January 2024
Essential Morocco is a brilliant itinerary to discover the country’s history and some hidden gems. The Sahara camp was the highlight of the trip and tour guide Mohamed was very friendly. Highly recommend if you want to learn about the history and like hiking.
Review submitted 08 Feb 2024

David · Traveled January 2024
Great trip - affordable and packed with fun activities and destinations. Driss was a fantastic tour guide. The tour gave a great insight into Moroccan culture.
Review submitted 25 Jan 2024

Max · Traveled January 2024
Fantastic trip!! Saw and did so much in just 12 days; brilliant value for money and got to really explore an amazing country! Driss is the best trip leader we could have asked for!!
Review submitted 25 Jan 2024

Jananee · Traveled January 2024
If you’re thinking about booking this trip - do it! Morocco is such a beautiful and diverse country and this tour does such a good job in letting you experience so much of it. I went in thinking the Sahara would be the highlight and whilst it was amazing, there were so many other memories made on this trip that I will cherish for the rest of my life!
Review submitted 26 Jan 2024

Jasmine · Traveled January 2024
This trip was an absolute dream! Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of moving from place to place and lots of time sitting in transportation but there is no other way to see as many places as you do in such a short amount of time. Every penny was a penny well spent and all of the activities and meals that we got to share with local guides and local families were absolutely incredible! I highly recommend this trip to anyone!
Review submitted 27 Jan 2024
Essential Morocco
From
ZAR  10,574