Start: Casablanca Finish: Marrakech
Physical rating: Low
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Back-Roads with any specific dietary requirements
Tour code: BEHMMCC-1
Group size: 10 - 18
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Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities brimming with a thousand-and-one sights. This tour will take you on a magic carpet ride through magnificent Morocco, where adventurous days give way to Arabian nights.
Once an old pirate lair on the Atlantic coast – the sophisticated city of Casablanca is where we’ll meet to begin our intoxicating journey through Morocco. Tonight, we’ll have the opportunity to get to know one another better over a delicious welcome meal at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, we’ll hit the road to our first stop: Rabat, where we’ll see the marble Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the similarly spectacular Hassan Tower on a guided walking tour. When we arrive in Fes, the evening will be ours to explore at our leisure or relax back at our accommodation.
After a stop in the pretty whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss, we’ll make our way to Meknes. Enjoy a relaxed walking tour of this enchanting UNESCO World Heritage-listed city – winding up at the stunning Bab Mansour Gate. Then: we will have the chance to sample some delicious local wines before heading back to Fes for an evening spent at our leisure.
First on the agenda today is a walking tour of Fes’ maze-like medina before we move on to a Moroccan must-see: a leather tannery. We will also visit a workshop that specialises in creating a range of local artisanal products, before having the afternoon free to explore Fes at our own pace. We recommend returning to the buzzing medina and exploring the many colourful storefronts and medieval streets bursting with exotic food stands.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today it’s out of the city and onwards to Ifrane, located in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Here we’ll venture into the cedar forest – which is famous for its sweeping views over the surrounding valleys. After an included lunch in Midelt nestled amongst the breathtaking vistas of the High Atlas Mountains, we’ll make tracks to our accommodation in the welcoming town of Errachidia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our first stop of the day will be Rissani, where we’ll be treated to a walking tour and included lunch. The dish of the day? Madfouna, an oven-cooked local speciality which is sometimes described as a Moroccan take on pizza. Afterwards, we’ll swap the mini-coach for four-wheel drives and venture into the spectacular Sahara Desert – where our camp just outside of Merzouga awaits. Tonight’s dinner will come in the traditional form of a Berber feast, complete with a local entertainment.
Location: Aït Benhaddou
Rise early this morning to catch the mesmerising sunrise over the expanse of red dunes. Then: we’ll make the scenic journey to the dramatic Dadès Gorge. After taking some time to explore the gorge at our own pace, we’ll make our way to the fortified village of Aït Benhaddou: a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This cluster of earthen buildings is a fascinating insight into southern Moroccan architecture, and we’ll enjoy a free evening to explore at our own pace.
We’ll begin our day uncovering the secret to cooking the perfect tagine during an included cooking class. Taking its name from the conical clay pot in which this sumptuous dish is cooked, we’ll sample our own attempts at this slow cooked stew of meats, dried fruit and vegetables for lunch. Following this, we’ll set a course for Ouarzazate. After finding out more about the city’s role on the silver screen at Atlas Film Studios, we’ll return to Aït Benhaddou for an evening spent relaxing at our accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After stopping off at Aït Benhaddou Kasbah for a photo opportunity, we’ll move onwards to Marrakech via the breathtaking Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass. Tonight, we’ll come together to toast the end of our adventure with a farewell dinner. What an incredible journey we’ve had!
Before we say our final goodbyes, we’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Red City’ – where we’ll have the chance to view the incredible Bahia Palace. Following that, we’ll conclude our tour and part ways.
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
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From the Age of 13
All Entrance fees listed are included
Yes, All guides are English speaking
A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey
Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)
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Ample free time due to low drive days
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Yes the Coach is air-conditioned
Guests from all over the world could be joining you
18 is the maximum on any tour
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Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.
You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages.
You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.
The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English.
Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.
All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.
Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years
Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.
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