Best of Morocco

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 Trip Length
13 Days
 Trip Starts
Marrakesh
 Trip Finishes
Marrakesh
13 Day Best of Morocco Itinerary (On The Go Tours)
Countries Explored: Morocco
Departures
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
24
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
BOM

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on On The Go Tours 13 Day Best of Morocco. The journey of a lifetime awaits in Morocco on this exhilarating two week adventure. From the sights and sounds of Marrakech, the ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and the vast Sahara Desert, to the history of Fes, Rabat and Meknes, there’s plenty to amaze. Plus top off your trip with a relaxing few days by the coast in breezy Essaouira.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you'll be met and transferred to our hotel in the centre of town. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Marrakech - why not head to the medina and discover the delights of Djemaa el Fna, the exuberant market place, which is a hive of activity, sights and smells at both day and night.

Later on there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel at 19:30hrs.

After breakfast we head over to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens just a short drive from the hotel. These botanical gardens were designed by the French Artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s. He used a distinctive shade of cobalt blue for the majority of the garden and although a lot of his other work has largely been forgotten – this garden is seen as his greatest master piece. The garden has been owned by Yves Saint Laurent since 1980 and his ashes were scattered here after his death in 2008. The garden contains an extensive collection of exotic plants and trees and is home to 15 species of bird.

There is also a Berber Museum representing the various indigenous tribes of Morocco including over 600 artefacts. The newly opened Yves Saint Laurent museum nearby is also well worth a visit - this museum was opened in 2017 and is dedicated to the life and works of Yves Saint Laurent himself. Please note entrance into the YSL museum is not included and costs 100 MAD per person if you would like to go in.

This afternoon you will meet up with the rest of the group who are coming in from Casablanca before embarking on a guided tour of Marrakech. Inside the rose coloured medina walls is a tangle of winding streets and alleys that open onto verdant gardens and bustling souks. At the heart of the medina is Djemaa El Fna, the city's exuberant market place and towering over it, is the famous Koutoubia Mosque, the tallest building in the city. (B/D)

Departing the city this morning we travel across the plains of haouz and reach the great High Atlas mountains. Climbing over the pass of Tizi n Tichka, we stop for lunch and then continue onwards with great views over the Mountains and valleys to Ait Benhaddou. This incredible ancient fortified Kasbah was built for defence purposes high on a hill and is a stunningly well preserved medieval city which has famously featured in many blockbuster movies, including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia as its beauty is unequal to any other fortified kasbah in south Morocco.

Carrying on we continue south to the Hollywood of North Africa – Ouarzazate (pronounced war-zazat). Ouarzazate is famous for being the filming location for many other Hollywood blockbusters and famous TV shows including James Bond – The Living Daylights, The Mummy and more recently Game of Thrones. (B/L/D)

This morning we begin our journey into the Sahara with a medley of palm trees, rose fields and magnificent gorges. Travelling from Ouarzazate, there is a possibility of visiting the kasbah Amherdhil in Skoura before seeing the rose fields and reaching scenic Todra Gorge. Surrounded by towering vertical limestone cliffs reaching heights of 1000ft, it is known as Morocco's Grand Canyon. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west.

After time to wander through Todra we hit the road again for Merzhouga – our base before we head into the Sahara. Depending on the time of year, spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming before climbing aboard our camels for an incredible trek into the Sahara Desert to watch a beautiful sunset and spend the night at our remote Berber Camp, nestled amongst the dunes of Erg Chebbi. If you would prefer to take a Jeep to the Berber camp, this can be arranged locally through your guide at no additional cost. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night camping in the Sahara.

If you would prefer the comfort of a hotel with en-suite facilities this evening, opt for our Sahara hotel alternative at no additional cost. Please do let us know your preferred option at the time of booking. (B/L/D)

Departing early, we climb back on our camels disembarking for a truly stunning sunrise. After freshening up and breakfast in Merzouga we're back on the road heading for Fes. It's a long drive today however there is a lot to see on the way. We'll pass through cedar forests full of Barbary Macaque monkeys on our way through the Moyen Atlas mountains.

Just before Fes we stop at Ifrane – a beautiful town often likened to a Swiss Alpine resort. Along the way we also start to see our first glimpse of Morocco's nomadic Berbers – travelling across the mountains and often staying in make shift tents as they head to their next destination. We arrive into Fes in the early evening. (B/L)

Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world and its medina is a cacophony of aromas, sights and sounds. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Fes el Bali - the old walled city. This fascinating medina is a veritable rabbit warren of 9400 alleys that often finish with dead ends – so be sure to stay close to the group! We also visit the dye-pits and tanneries before lunch in the medina. The remainder of the day is at leisure – why not take part in an optional Tagine Making Class or a night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town (both payable locally). (B)

Departing Fes this morning we visit the fascinating UNESCO listed Roman ruins of Volubilis, which date back to AD40.

Continuing on we stop at the Imperial City of Meknes, which became known as the Versailles of Morocco due to its impressive buildings and elaborate monuments. After lunch and some free time our final stop of the day is Rabat – Morocco's capital where we overnight. (B)

This morning we take a guided tour of Rabat and visit some of the capital's highlights, including the impressive Chellah - a necropolis and complex of ancient, medieval ruins, the Royal Palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. After lunch we continue to Casablanca where we visit the Hassan II Mosque, which has the tallest minaret and is the third largest mosque in the world - it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. After our visit to the mosque we say goodbye to our fellow passengers leaving us in Casablanca and continue on to Marrakech for the night. (B)

Today we have a leisurely morning before starting our journey to Essaouira on Morocco's Atlantic Coast via private transfer, and upon arrival enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Why not find a restaurant in the charming old town and try the local cuisine. (B)

Spend the next three days exploring the sights and delights of Essaouira at your own pace. Set on the rugged shores of the breezy Atlantic Coast, this charming seaside city offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. While away the days here exploring its winding streets lined with whitewash houses, picking your way through the shops in its ancient medina, or by sitting at an ocean-facing restaurant sipping on a cup of coffee.

During the warmer months why not try some water sports too, as the windy shores here offer ideal conditions for wind and kite surfing. Early evening of day 12 we return to Marrakech for the night. (Bx3)

Our amazing tour of Morocco ends today after hotel check out. An included onward departure transfer to Marrakech airport will be provided. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Marrakech - Wander around the UNESCO-listed medina, mosque, palaces and souks and visit Yves Saint Laurent's famous blue gardens
  • Casablanca - Explore Morocco's largest city and visit the famous Hassan II Mosque, which can hold 25,000 worshippers
  • Rabat - Enjoy a guided tour of the capital of Morocco to see the Chellah necropolis and Royal Palace
  • Meknes - Discover another of Morocco's imperial cities, known as the 'Versailles of Morocco'
  • Volubilis - Wander around these UNESCO-listed Roman ruins, some of the best-preserved in Morocco
  • Fes - Explore the oldest medieval city in the world and visit its medina, dye pits and tanneries
  • Essaouira - Relax and enjoy some free time in this ancient medina with its wind-swept beaches and charming cafes
  • Sahara Desert - Ride a camel or jeep into the Erg Chebbi sand dunes and star gaze the Sahara skies
  • Todra Gorge - Admire this towering red canyon, which is more than 1,000 feet high in places
  • Ait Benhaddou - Dive into this fortified kasbah, which is protected by UNESCO and has starred in many famous movies

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners inclusive of a traditional Berber meal at our Sahara camp
  • Guided sightseeing - Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Todra Gorge and Ait Benhaddou and Marrakech
  • Camel trek or Jeep into the Sahara Desert
  • Escorted by a licensed English speaking Moroccan tour guide days 1 to 9
  • Specialist guides in some cities
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 13
  • All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles

  • 11 nights 3-4 star hotels and riads and 1 night simple accommodation at Sahara Desert camp (hotel alternative available)
  • Adam Park Hotel & Spa (Marrakech)
  • Ksar Ben Youssef (Ouarzazate)
  • Dar Amoudou (Ouarzazate)
  • Camp Touareg (Merzouga)
  • Hotel Atlas Saiss Fes (Fes)
  • Riad Dar Zouhour (Rabat)
  • Riad Dar Alia (Rabat)
  • Atlas Essaouira and Spa (Essaouira)
  • Riad Zahra (Essaouira)

  • Excludes International flights and visa
  • Excludes Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow USD$2-3 per day, per traveller for your guide and USD$1-2 per day, per traveller for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
  • Excludes Entrance Fees: USD$155 - 195pp, paid in local currency
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