Premium Morocco Highlights with Essaouira

11 Days | Fall in love with the flavours of Morocco, from Casablanca to Marrakech

5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Take in the rich history and diverse culture of Morocco on an 11-day journey through this North African gem. Marvel at the Mosque of Hassan II in French-infused Casablanca, discover the charming streets of the Medina in magical Meknes, uncover ancient history at the Roman ruins of Volubilis, wander through the labyrinth of twisting alleyways in Fes el Bali, relax in the lakeside settlement of Bine el Ouidane and, as the sun goes down, watch Djemaa el-Fna come to life with markets and magicians in Marrakech and relax in the European-tinged Essaouira. Indulge your senses on a mesmerising adventure bursting with vibrant colours, spiced aromas and warm hospitality.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Morocco Highlights With Essaouira including Morocco
Start
Casablanca, Morocco
Finish
Marrakech, Morocco
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Morocco
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
XMPSC
This trip generates 55.26 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.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Marvel at the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, dive into the heart of Fes’s medina, witness the evening transformation of Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech and unwind in the laidback seaside city of Essaouira.
  • 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.
  • 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 (Exclusive Experience), make mint tea in the Atlas Mountains and take part in a tasting tour in Marrakech.
  • Uncover the most impressive Roman ruins in Morocco during an Exclusive Experience at the World Heritage site of Volubilis, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch made with locally sourced ingredients.
  • Experience incredible beauty, world-class hospitality and panoramic views during your Feature Stay at Widiane Resort, a tranquil oasis surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In 2023, it is expected Ramadan will take place from 22 March to 20 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.

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 2025

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Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (8 nights), Feature Stay (2 nights)

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
Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Casablanca - Welcome Dinner
  • Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque
  • Meknes - Medina walking tour
  • Volubilis - Entrance and guided tour
  • Volubilis - Picnic Lunch
  • Fes - Home-cooked Pastilla Dinner
  • Fes - Funduk Nejjarine
  • Fes - Medersa El Attarine
  • Khenifra - Home-cooked lunch
  • Khenifra - Tea-making demonstration
  • Bine el Ouidane – Boat Trip with Picnic Lunch
  • Ouzoud - Ouzoud Falls
  • Marrakech - Palais Bahia
  • Marrakech - Djemaa El Fna tasting walk
  • Marrakech - Medina walking tour
  • Essaouira - Seafood Market Lunch
  • Essaouira - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Casablanca - The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventure - MAD700
  • Casablanca - Villa des Arts Gallery & Museum (entrance fee) - Free
  • Casablanca - Jewish Museum (entrance fee) - MAD50
  • Essaouira - Horse Riding - MAD250
  • Marrakech - Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day trip with lunch - MAD2000
  • Marrakech - Imlil & Aroumd day trip - MAD1817
  • Marrakech - Hot Air Balloon Ride - MAD2050
  • Marrakech - Tajine Cookery Class Urban Adventure. - MAD640

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Important notes

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. 
3. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Sheila · Traveled November 2023
I just returned on 11/14/23 from the Premium Morocco highlights with Essaouira trip. I loved every minute of it. Our guide, Wahid, was funny, knowledgeable and organized and really made the trip. Wahid helped celebrate the birthday of a fellow traveler with a birthday cake - such a nice gesture! The local guides were excellent. We felt safe with our driver Jamal as he negotiated the crazy city traffic and hairpin turns through the high Atlas. The accommodations were a nice mix of colorful riads and hotels. The beds were so comfortable. The posh Widiane Resort was a perfect respite in the middle of the trip. Sitting poolside for an afternoon was heaven. The food was wonderful. My favorite was lunch in a private home and selecting our fresh seafood from the market and having it cooked for us. This trip provides a great overview of Morocco, from the countryside, cities, mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The Moroccan people were so kind to us throughout the entire trip. I would like to return and explore other parts of the country. I would use Intrepid for any other trip in my future.
Review submitted 18 Nov 2023

Manuel · Traveled November 2023
Morocco in a nutshell but a very comfortable nitshell!
Review submitted 18 Nov 2023

Michael · Traveled October 2023
Really fantastic trip - would definitely recommend this trip if you aren't looking to go to Merzouga but want to see a good chunk of the country - Bin El-Ouidane resort was fantastic. Also definitely worthwhile adding on the Essaouira portion of the trip.
Review submitted 15 Oct 2023

JEREMY · Traveled December 2022
Exceptionally well lead, organised and delivered tour. A wonderful first trip yo Morocco for me and my daughter and an outstanding second trip for my wife. Our Team Leader made sure that we had a good time every time - with just the right balance of "experiences" and guided tours by excellent local guides, and free time for ourselves. Good food everywhere especially when dining with local families and in smaller restaurants. Overall, a 5-Star experience.
Review submitted 29 Dec 2022

Gerald · Traveled October 2022
The Morocco trip was my third Intrepid trip. The others were Nepal and Patagonia. All three were OUTSTANDING!!! Superb guided and excellent planning. I will be back.
Review submitted 07 Nov 2022
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