Highlights of Morocco

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DAYS

18

Accommodated Top Pick

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Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced ZAR 25 589 - ZAR 29 090 (Price fluctuates based on seats available, confirm with your consultant). Currency fluctuations may occur

Highlights

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  • Starts: Casablanca
  • Ends: Marrakech

Countries Visited

Morocco

Why You'll Love this Tour

This Highlights of Morocco Tour takes you on a journey through the land of contrasts. From picturesque coastlines to majestic mountains and the powerful Sahara Desert. Experience the best of Morocco's cultures, colours and cuisine. Follow the footsteps of pirates, sultans and desert nomads while exploring the ancient architecture. Enjoy the welcoming local hospitality and embark on exciting adventures - riding a camel through the Sahara Desert, hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and practice your haggling skills in buzzing souks. This exhilarating adventure boasts the best that Morocco has to offer.  


Tour Style Accommodated Top Pick
Countries Visited Morocco
Starts Casablanca
Ends Marrakech
Group Size Min 1 Max 16
Age Range 12 – 65 Years and older
Length 18 days
Tour SKU ACN0102

Tour Price

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+ Single Supplement 5690

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at ZAR 25 589 - ZAR 29 090 (Price fluctuates based on seats available, confirm with your consultant). Currency fluctuations may occur

Dates Tour Length: 18 days


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Included

  • Meals - 16 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Accommodation - Desert Camp (1 night), Gite (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night), Riad (3 nights)
  • Transport - (4x4, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private Vehicle, Public Bus, Taxi, Train)
  • Rabat orientation walk
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Fes - Guided walking tour
  • Guided trek in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Ancient library
  • Camel ride
  • Guided walking tour Essaouira

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • All optional activities
  • Sleeping bag if needed (see desert camp on Day 13)
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • Laundry
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance)

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included Activities on Highlights of Morocco Tour:

  • Rabat orientation walk
  • Entrance and guided tour Volubilis
  • Fes - Guided walking tour
  • Guided trek in the High Atlas Mountains
  • Ancient library
  • Camel ride
  • Guided walking tour Essaouira


Other Activities

Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense 

  • Jewish Museum - MAD50
  • Villa des Arts - art gallery & museum - Free
  • Casablanca - Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque - MAD130
  • Religious Casablanca Urban Adventures Tour - MAD1206
  • The Medina and Beyond Urban Adventures Tour - MAD948
  • Chefchaouen - walking tour with local guide - MAD300
  • Picnic lunch for hike - MAD70
  • Chefchaouen - Kasbah - MAD20
  • Medina visit with local guide - MAD300
  • Chefchaouen - Hammam (public baths) - MAD150
  • Chefchaouen - Henna tattooing - MAD50
  • American Legation Museum - MAD20
  • Museum Dar El Mekhzen - MAD20
  • The Caves of Hercules - MAD25
  • Marrakech - Marjorelle Gardens - MAD70
  • Palais Bahia visit - MAD70
  • Palais Badi - MAD70
  • Saadian Tombs - MAD70
  • Medersa Ben Youssef - MAD40
  • Museum of Marrakech - MAD40
  • Marrakech Hamam (public baths) - MAD250
  • Photography Museum - MAD40
  • Urban Adventures - A Taste Of Marrakech - MAD605
  • Urban Adventures - Tajine cooking class - MAD640
  • Cascades d'Ouzoud day tour - MAD2207
  • Hot Air Ballooning - MAD2050
  • Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa - MAD750
  • Ourika Valley day tour - MAD1817
  • Oukaimeden day tour - MAD1882
  • Asni & Ouirgane with lunch - MAD1806
  • Quad biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust - MAD1650
  • Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove - MAD715
  • Urban Adventures - Medina, Palace and Tombs half day tour - MAD630
  • Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour - MAD2000
  • Palmery cycling tour - MAD350
  • Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour - MAD350
  • Imlil & Aroumd day tour - MAD1817
  • Mule ride - Imlil to Aroumd - MAD80
  • Cooking demonstration and dinner, Ait Benhaddou - MAD100
  • Henna tattooing - MAD50
  • Atlas Movie Studios - MAD50
  • Kasbah Taourirt - MAD20
  • Essaouira Hamam (public baths) - MAD200
  • Berber massage - MAD350
  • Horse riding - Essaouira - MAD250
  • Seafood Market Lunch - Essaouira - MAD80
Please note: if you would like participate in any additional activities please liaise with your tour consultant ahead of time.

Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca, Morocco

Today we have a welcome meeting at 6pm to start your Morocco Adventure with a bang. We will be gathering your insurance and next of kin details so please ensure you have these ready for our meeting. Kindly inform the hotel reception if you foresee you may be late for this meeting. We recommend arriving a day or two earlier so that you can enjoy the highlights of Casablanca.

Heavily influenced by Marseille in France, Casablanca is famous for its art deco buildings and beautiful Mosques. Explore this city meandering through the old medina and city walls. Take some time to walk around the Hassan II Mosque which is a famous modern-day masterpiece, offering perfect photo opportunities.

You can even hop in a taxi and make your way to the Quartiers des Habous, which is the new medina. Finish off your day of exploring with a relaxing stroll along the Corniche and enjoy a glass of sweet mint tea in one of the lovely cafes.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: No meals included on this day
Optional Activities: Jewish Museum (MAD50), Villa des Arts – art gallery and museum (Free), Casablanca – Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque (MAD130)

Day 2: Rabat – Moulay Idriss, Morocco

Today we explore the capital of Morocco – Rabat. Just a one hour train from Casablanca, Rabat’s history is rich and long and the beautiful historical landmarks are a testament to this. There are plenty of ancient Arab monuments, some of which date back to the 10th – 15th century.  Formerly known as Sala, Chellah is the earliest known settlement in Rabat.

We enjoy the history on a walk through the city’s old quarter before marvelling at spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean at Kasbah des Oudaias. Next, we take a 3 hour train ride to the regal city of Meknes before a taking a taxi to Moulay Idriss – Morocco’s sacred pilgrimage village.

Boasting the beauty of traditional Moroccan living, this ancient town was once forbidden to non-Muslims. Visit the tomb of Moulay Idriss I, where many faithful locals come to pay homage. Moulay Idriss I was the great-grandson of Mohammed and brought the Islam religion to Morocco.

Later, enjoy the spectacular sunset views over Volubilis. Tonight we experience Moroccan hospitality, sharing a home with a local family. This includes shared room and bathroom facilities.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included Highlight: Rabat Orientation Walk
Travel Time: 1 hour Train Ride + 3 hour Train Ride + 45 minute Taxi

Day 3: Volubilis – Fes, Morocco

Today we explore the archaeological site of Volubilis. Once a provincial Roman capital, the remaining ruins of the empire is the reason Volubilis is now listed as a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, we take a tour of the ruins with a local guide. Don’t forget to bring along some water, a hat, sunscreen and sunblock on this excursion as it can get really hot.

Keep your camera ready as this town provides amazing photo opportunities with the beautiful mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus. After exploring Volubilis, we head back to Meknes where you’ll have some time to explore.

Having been transformed from a provincial town to a remarkable imperial city, Meknes is filled with sight-seeing opportunities. Built in the 17th century by 25 000 slaves when Sultan Moulay Ismail sought to create his own version of Versailles. If you’re feeling hungry, try a camel burger at a charming local restaurant in the medina.

This afternoon we journey for one hour by train to the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco – Fes. We spend two nights here so there is ample time to explore. Fes is a visual and colourful feast for the senses and is sure to delight with one of the biggest medinas.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Highlight: Entrance and Guided Tour of Volubilis
Travel Time: 1 hour Train Ride

Day 4: Fes, Morocco

Today we embark on a guided walk through the old city, locally known as Fes el Bali. Venture once again into the Middle Ages in the maze of the Medina, which is buzzing with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Look out for the donkeys with high heaps piled on their backs and investigate the hidden gems of the souk. Pay special attention to the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city’s most beautiful and treasured structures, recently restored and presently open to tourists.

We visit Medresse el Attarine and the spectacular Funduk Nejjarine, a wonderfully renovated eighteenth century inn. Marvel at the iconic tannery, known for the famous view which overlooks its dye pits, and a ceramics factory. At night, you may join a delightful dinner with your group (own expense). The dinner is made up of Moroccan favourites like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlight: Fes Guided Walking Tour

Day 5: Chefchaouen, Morocco

We take a 4 hour local bus ride to Chefchaouen – Morocco’s ‘blue city’. Nestled between the Rif Mountains in Northern Morocco. Chefchaouen is one of the most charming cities. The medina is surrounded by beautiful blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs and striking doorways, offering a truly relaxing atmosphere.

Spot the Spanish flair as a lot of Chefchaouen was recreated by Andalusian refugees escaping the Reconquistia. There is plenty to see so feel free to explore at your leisure. Roam the old medina visiting the local shops, go on a hiking adventure through the Rif Mountains or just relax at a café. If you’re looking for a nibble, the goat’s cheese is one of tourists most loved treats.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Time: 4 hour Local Bus Ride

Day 6: Chefchaouen, Morocco

Today is free to do as little or as much as you’d like. Explore the sensory feast of the medina on a guided tour or indulge in the famous goat’s cheese at a café in the Plaza Uta el-Hammam. Marvel at the architecture of the 15th century Grand Mosque (closed to non-Muslims) or enjoy a shopping spree in the square where you’ll find intricately woven goods and small sweets.

Visit the Kasbah in the plaza and stroll through the peaceful gardens, explore the ethnographic museum and experience spectacular views from the rooftop. If you prefer a little more adventure, enjoy a hike and picnic in the neighbouring hills. This evening visit a local restaurant and try a tagine (own expense), or relax at the Hammam – a traditional Moroccan spa.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Chefchaouen – walking tour with local guide (MAD300), Picnic lunch for hike (MAD70), Chefchaouen – Kasbah (MAD20), Medina visit with local guide (MAD300), Chefchaouen – Hammam (public baths) (MAD150), Chefchaouen – Henna tattooing (MAD50)

Day 7: Tangier, Morocco

We take a three hour private minibus to the serene coastal town of Tangier. This Moroccan port has been a significant gateway between Africa and Europe and was once a popular destination for artists, secret agents and millionaires. The arrival of a new monarch in 1999 provided a somewhat renaissance for Tangier.  Mohammed VI of Morocco revealed the potential of this city through his progressive ideas about commerce and tourism.

Today, the medina and Kasbah are definite highlights of Tangier. Explore the Place de la France in the Ville Nouvelle where there are plenty of cafes and patisseries to explore. Enjoy a bit of history on a visit to the American Legation Museum, or the former palace of Dar el-Makhze. Alternatively, visit the Caves of Hercules. The beach promenade has been beautifully reconstructed and is lined with a variety of lovely restaurants. Treat yourself to a delicious seafood dinner by the port before we board an overnight sleeper train to Marrakech.

Accommodation: Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: American Legation Museum (MAD20), Museum Dar El Mekhzen (MAD20), The Caves of Hercules (MAD25)
Travel Time: Overnight Sleeper Train

Day 8: Marrakech, Morocco

We arrive early in Marrakech, giving you plenty time to explore. A city of vibrant colours, spice markets, exotic carpets, delicious food, musicians and fragrant gardens. Marrakech is a feast for the senses and a pleasant mixture of ancient and modern.

For those wanting to explore, pay a visit to the famous Koutoubia Mosque and its 12th century minaret, a famous model for the Giralda tower in Seville. Wander through the gardens of the French painter Jacques Majorelle (currently owned by Yves Saint Laurent).

Marvel at the magnificent Muslim architecture of Palais Bahia or visit Palais Badi known to be one of the most striking palaces in the world. Not forgetting the most recently revealed Saadian tombs, a gem of the Medina. Locating all of these sites may be challenging but that’s part and parcel of exploring this amazing city.

Tonight, we dine with the masses at the famous Djemaa el Fna – one of the world’s biggest public spaces and unique to Marrakech. This square comes alive at night with henna painters, storytellers and performers among a street food bazaar.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: No meals included on this day
Optional Activities: Marrakech – Marjorelle Gardens (MAD70) , Palais Bahia visit (MAD70), Palais Badi (MAD70), Saadian Tombs (MAD70), Medersa Ben Youssef (MAD40), Museum of Marrakech (MAD40), Hamam – public baths (MAD250), Photography Museum (MAD40), Urban Adventures – A Taste Of Marrakech (MAD605), Urban Adventures – Tagine Cooking Class (MAD640), Cascades d’Ouzoud day tour (MAD2207), Hot Air Ballooning (MAD2050), Hamam & Massage in luxury spa (MAD750), Ourika Valley day tour (MAD1817), Oukaimeden day tour (MAD1882), Asni & Ouirgane with lunch (MAD1806), Quad Biking Barrage Lalla Takerkoust (MAD1650), Quad Biking the Rock Desert & Palmgrove (MAD715), Urban Adventures – Medina, Palace and Tombs half day tour (MAD630), Heart of the Atlas Mountains cycling day tour (MAD2000), Palmery cycling tour (MAD350), Magical Marrakech City Cycling Tour (MAD350), Imil & Aroumd day tour (MAD1817)

Day 9: Marrakech, Morocco

Today you get the chance to further explore Marrakech. Roam the city for some retail therapy at the markets, taking in the variety of smells and scenery on offer. Each market is dedicated to a distinct trade in the seemingly infinite mosaic of souqs; pottery, woodwork, copper, leather, carpets and spices.

See how the craftsmen perfect their work and practise your haggling skills. If you’re in the mood to relax, sip on a cup of tea or share a tajine, full of Morocco’s pure scent. There are also opportunities to explore outside of Marrakech on day trips. If you’re up to it, try out the famous walking day trips in Oukaimeden or Ourika Village, beautiful destinations not too far from Marrakech.

Later, perhaps wind down with a session in one of the famous Moroccan Hamams. Feel free to ask your guide to assist you with your booking.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast

Please Note: This is a combination tour so your group leader and group composition may change here. There will be a group meeting on this day to discuss the next leg of the tour, you are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for you to meet your new group members.

Day 10: Aroumd, Morocco

Take a short drive up the majestic Atlas Mountains to the quaint village of Imlil passing snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full blossom. Once we reach Imlil we prepare for our walk into a traditional mountain village. Pack your main luggage in the overland truck and put your luggage for the day on a pack mule.

We take an hour walk up to the serene Aroumd village, a truly peaceful destination far from the modern world. If you are not up to walking, you are free to hop on the mule instead. Settled on a rocky outcrop, this remote town of Aroumd offers dazzling views over the High Atlas Mountains and an exceptional chance to encounter customary Berber culture.

Take the rest of the day to explore the village and neighbouring farmlands. If the group are feeling energetic enough, embark on a hike to the pilgrimage monument of Sidi Chamharouch (+/- 4 hours return).

Tonight we rest in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Encompassed by the smell of woodstoves and bread we meet the family and enjoy the unique hospitality and food of the Berbers. Note facilities  for this homestay are shared (bathroom and sleeping arrangements).

Accommodation: Gite (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Guided Trek in the High Atlas Mountains
Optional Activities: Mule Ride – Imlil to Aroumd (MAD80)
Travel Time: 2 hour Drive + 1 hour hike

Day 11: Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

We travel towards the edges of the Sahara to Ait Benhaddou. Venture over Tizi n’Tichka – Morocco’s highest pass (2,260 metres above sea level). Practically untouched since the 11th century, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco’s most iconic sites. It served as an important stop for caravans carrying salt across the Sahara, returning with gold, ivory and slaves. It is now a World Heritage Site boasting clay architecture. Famous in the film industry, this town is known for productions such as Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones and Gladiator.

Roam through the winding streets towards the top of the hill for incredible views over the surrounding landscapes. Later, there is an optional cooking demonstration where you can learn the secrets to couscous and tagine – Morocco’s most loved cuisine.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Ait Benhaddou Cooking Demonstration and Dinner (MAD100), Henna Tattooing (MAD50)
Travel Time: 6 hour Drive

Day 12: Zagora, Morocco

Today, it’s a five hour journey towards the vast Sahara Desert, making a short stop in the famous film location of Ouarzazate. Travelling through the scenic Draa Valley we reach Zagora, a quaint oasis town on the outskirts of the Sahara where we will overnight. Take time to explore the palm groves, ksars and the neighbouring countryside.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activities: Atlas Movie Studios (MAD50), Kasbah Taourirt (MAD20)

Day 13: Sahara Camp, Morocco

Our journey today is filled with beautiful scenery. Travelling along the rough and barren Jbel Tadrart ranges, you will see occasional date palm plantations as we make our way to Tamegroute. We stop in Tamegroute visiting an ancient library complete with ancient scripts of science, literature, the Koran and stories of the prophet Mohammed. This visit is subject to unregulated opening times. Accompanied by a local guide, discover the unique pottery industry of an underground Kasbah before continuing our journey to M’Hamid.

Upon arrival in M’Hamid, we embark on a short camel ride through the dunes before transferring into 4WD vehicles. We travel across the Hamada Desert, parallel to the Algerian boarder. The arid Hamada Desert is populated by only a few nomadic people and their camels. We reach the impressive Erg Chigaga dunes, with their massive wind formed valleys and crests. One of the most spectacular views in the world, Erg Chiaga dunes reach up to 150m in height.

Accommodation: Desert Camp (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included Highlight