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Highlights of Morocco
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

If you want to hit Moroccos highlights, this is your adventure. Wander through kasbahs, spice markets, and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares. Then take a moment to appreciate this amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world's biggest sand dunes.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DCMH.A/201521
  • Starts: Casablanca, Morocco
  • Finishes: Marrakech, Morocco
You will Visit
  • Casablanca
  • Chefchaouen
  • Fès
  • Merzouga
  • Sahara Bedouin Camp
  • Todra Gorge
  • Aït Ben Haddou
  • Aroumd
  • Essaouira
  • Marrakech

Itinerary

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Day 1: Casablanca

Arrive at any time.
Please note that this tour does not spend any time in Casablanca.

You may wish to come a day early in order to explore Casablanca, and take some time to see its medina, beachfront, and classic examples of Art Deco architecture.

Be sure to also visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque. Entrance is only permitted via guided tours, which operate from Saturday to Thursday (closed Fridays) at 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 14:00. These times are subject to change (particularly around Ramadan), please double check times with your hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the mosque.

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Day 2: Casablanca/Chefchaouen

Stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina before continuing on to Chefchaouen for the evening.
Depart in the morning for Tangier. Take a guided tour of city sites, including the medina, kasbah, Grand Socco (a bustling square at the entrance to the medina) and Petit Socco, a little square in the medina perfect for people-watching and mint tea-drinking. In the afternoon, continue on to Chefchaouen.

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Day 3: Chefchaouen

Opt to hike in the Rif Mountains, explore the town, try a traditional hammam or visit a local weavers' cooperative.
Enjoy a free day in Chefchaouen to explore. The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own but with the surrounding mountains, it's a sight to behold. At sunset, opt to visit the Spanish Mosque for a stunning panoramic view of the city.

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Day 4: Chefchaouen/Fès

Enjoy a G Adventures-supported traditional lunch before taking a guided tour of the imperial city of Meknes, and the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis before continuing on to Fès.
Drive to Meknes for a guided walk through this imperial city. Visit monuments, ornamental gates, and winding souks while you soak in the flavour of this charming city.

Later, continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After, continue to the imperial city of Fès, one of Morocco's most interesting cities.

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Day 5: Fès

Explore the labyrinth of streets within the famous Fès medina with a local guide. Take in a view of one of the ancient tanneries from above and marvel at the myriad of colour and processes.
Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.

The Fès medina is the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fès' famous leather tannery from above.

In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing or visit a local hammam to chat with the locals.

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Day 6: Fès/Merzouga

Enjoy a long, but beautiful, travel day across the unique landscapes of Morocco to get to the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.
Travel through the diverse landscapes that make Morocco so unique. Pass through cedar and pine forests, keeping an eye out for Barbary apes. Pass over the Middle Atlas Mountains through the pre-desert countryside with its deep gorges filled with a splendid oasis of green palm groves. Arrive at the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.

Spend the night in a desert auberge (simple hotel), located right on the edge of the dunes. Have a local-style dinner and spend the night.

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Day 7: Merzouga/Sahara Bedouin Camp

Explore the sand dunes by foot or opt to take a 4x4 excursion. In the late afternoon, enjoy a camel ride to overnight in a desert camp.
Enjoy a free day until heading out on a camel safari in the late afternoon. Spend the cool morning exploring the undulating golden sand of the dunes or simply relaxing by the pool.

Opt to explore the surrounding communities on a 4x4 excursion.

In the afternoon, take an overnight bag and set off on a 1-hr camel ride to a desert camp deep in the dunes. Local guides will teach you how to mount and dismount and how to tie a turban to keep the desert sun off your face and add a little flare to your photos.

Enjoy a warm welcome at the desert camp followed by a traditional dinner under the stars. There will be time to hear stories about life in this region and perhaps, if lucky, be treated to some traditional music on the drums.

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Day 8: Sahara Bedouin Camp/Todra Gorge

Walk through local village farmlands and explore Todra Gorge.
Rise early to get on our trusty camels. Watch the sunrise before returning to Merzouga.

Continue through a stone desert to the stunning Todra Gorge. Wedged between massive cliff walls, the gorge is filled with a green oasis of palm trees. This serene spot is great for hiking, relaxing on the edge of the river or sampling some local Berber delicacies.

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Day 9: Todra Gorge/Ait Benhaddou

Visit the Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt to participate in a tagine cooking class for an intro to Moroccan cuisine.
Travel along the “Route of 1000 Kasbahs” to the thriving town of Ouarzazate for a lunch stop. This town is home to Atlas Film Studios, where many films have been shot over the years, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Continue on to the fascinating and beautiful Aït Ben Haddou, a wonderful example of a kasbah.

In the evening there may be the chance for an optional cooking class. Learn the secrets of how to make the perfect tagine and then sample your skills for dinner.

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Day 10: Ait Benhaddou/Aroumd

Enjoy a walk to the village of Aroumd, at the base of the High Atlas Mountains. Let a mule carry the bags up to this mountain hideaway and hike alongside. Enjoy views of Mt Toubkal from the mountain gîte before a home-cooked dinner.
Leave the pre-desert country for the magnificent High Atlas Mountain landscape, crossing the Tizi n'Tichka pass at 2260m. Head into the splendid Toubkal National Park, passing through small villages on winding mountain roads, arriving at the village of Imlil.

With our main luggage transported by mule, embark on the walk from Imlil to the little village of Aroumd (1 hr), arriving at our simple mountain gîte for the night.

Enjoy a homemade dinner of local produce in the cozy salon. Settle in and enjoy the tranquility, fantastic views, and clean mountain air of this magical region.

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Day 11: Aroumd/Essaouira

Walk back to Imlil and transfer to the coastal town of Essaouira. The day is free for exploration.
After breakfast, take a scenic hike back down the mountain to meet the van in Imlil and head to the coastal town of Essaouira, arriving mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish.

Browse the many shops for leather, jewellery, lamps or trinkets. Watch the brightly painted ships bring their catch into the busy harbour or take a stroll along the long, sandy beach. This is the perfect place to enjoy some local seafood and unwind.

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Day 12: Essaouira

Enjoy a free day exploring this coastal port town any way you like.

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Day 13: Essaouira/Marrakech

Drive to Marrakech for a medina tour with a certified city guide. Opt to visit Djemaa el Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers.
Journey to Marrakech. After arriving in the "Red City," join a certified city guide for a tour of the Marrakech medina. Visit the historical Koutoubia Minaret and gardens, Bahia Palace, the Mellah, and the Saadian Tombs.

Later, opt to discover the secrets of this amazing, ancient city. Relax at one of the tea houses around the square, watching the hustle and bustle from a shady spot.

End the day like a local with an optional group dinner in the famous food stalls of Djemaa el Fna.

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Day 14: Marrakech

Enjoy a final free day to explore.
A great place to start your adventure is Djemaa el Fna square, in the heart of the medina. The square changes its offerings throughout the day. Finish up your souvenir shopping or wander the new part of the city for a taste of the modern.

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Day 15: Marrakech

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Meknès Local Living: Overnight at Berber Desert Camp, Sahara Bedouin Camp Local Living: Mountain Gîte Stay with Traditional Moroccan Meal, Aroumd
    • Tangier guided tour
    • Meknes guided tour
    • Volubilis guided tour
    • Fes medina guided tour
    • Sahara Desert excursion with camel ride
    • Todra Gorge stay with walk through local villages
    • Aït Ben Haddou kasbah visit
    • Aroumd village walk (High Atlas)
    • Marrakech medina guided walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), mountain gîte (1 nt, multi-share), tented desert camp (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, camel, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, driver
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander ancient medinas and Roman ruins
  • Ride a camel into the Sahara
  • Spend a night in a desert tent and a mountain gte
  • Enjoy traditional Moroccan fare at a local home
  • Shop in seaside Essaouira
  • Set eyes on the blue city of Chefchaouen