Highlights of Morocco

Start: Marrakech Finish: Marrakech

Visiting: Marrakesh, Hassan II Mosque, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Bou Inania Madrasa, Merzouga, Sahara Desert Morocco, Sahara Luxury Camp, Skoura, Todra River, Telouet, Aït Benhaddou, Hammam, Essaouira, Sahara Desert, Marrakech, Fez, Atlas Mountains, Royal Palace, Casablanca, Ouarzazate, Bahia Palace


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

For sheer diversity, Morocco is the perfect destination. We explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez and continue our journey to the mountain ranges to the south, where sand dunes and kasbahs are scattered among palm oases inhabited by friendly Berbers. A highlight of our trip is a camel trek in the Sahara. We fit in a visit to Todra Gorge, the beautiful 16th-century kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and enjoy a village walk in the picturesque Tighza valley of the High Atlas. We complete the trip with a walk along the sandy beach of Essaouira and a city tour in bustling Marrakech.

Highlights

  • iconExperience a traditional hammam in the village of Tighza
  • iconWalk from a remote Berber community into the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
  • iconImperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez and Marrakech
  • iconVisit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the impressive Todra Gorge
  • iconRelax in the charming fishing port of Essaouira

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Camel ride in the Sahara Desert, Morocco
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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Marrakech

Location: Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gomassine or similar

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at the hotel at any time, depending on the arrival times of memebers of the group there may be a briefing this evening or tomorrow morning. 

icon Day 2 : Visit Hassan II Mosque; to the capital Rabat.

Location: Hassan II Mosque, Rabat

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Rabat Hotel Bouregreg or similar

Meals: Breakfast

A modern and commercial seaport, Casablanca is a complete contrast to the Morocco we are soon to explore. This morning we drive 4hours  to Casablanca to visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world. Afterwards, we drive 2 hours to Rabat, the political capital of Morocco, but second to Casablanca in importance. Although mostly modern, Rabat has an excellent old quarter that we take time to explore.

icon Day 3 : Explore the Roman site of Volubilis and the old city of Meknes; to Fez.

Location: Meknes, Fes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Mounia or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Strike out from Rabat 2,5 hours’ drive over the Northern plain towards Meknes.  The scenery changes as the land becomes more cultivated, this being one of the most fertile areas of Morocco. Sultan Moulay Ismail's old capital of Meknes is our first example of one of the imperial cities of Morocco.We meet our guide and wander the narrow streets of the old city, and explore the souk, perhaps having your first chance at bartering for souvenirs. In the afternoon we take a short drive 45min to the largest and best kept Roman ruins in Morocco – Volubilis, once a large Roman town and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. After exploring this site we continue our journey approximately 2 hours drive to the ancient city of Fez, where we spend two nights.

icon Day 4 : Guided tour of Fez, including visits to the Medersa Bou Ananiya (entrance not included) and the medina.

Location: Fes, Bou Inania Madrasa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Mounia or similar

Meals: Breakfast

This fascinating city is the intellectual and religious centre of Morocco. Founded over a thousand years ago, Fez has many mosques and medersas (theological colleges) including the 9th century al-Karaouine University, whose architecture is very similar to that seen in Moorish Spain. The medina in Fez is one of the largest in the world, an immense warren of souks, home to thousands of craftsmen with their tiny shops opening onto the narrow alleyways. Noisy and pungent, the medina of Fez is a totally absorbing and unique experience. Our city guide walks us through different sections of the souk - including those selling leather brass and copper. Of course, no visit to Fez is complete without a visit to the tanneries. Outside the medina we shall visit the Jewish District (mellah), the exterior of the Royal Palace and take a drive up to a panoramic viewpoint over the city. 

icon Day 5 : Drive to Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara.

Location: Merzouga, Sahara Desert Morocco

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Auberge La Source or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we have a long journey of approximately 10 hours, however there will be frequent stops and beautiful scenery along the way. We travel over the stunning Middle Atlas, down through the picturesque Ziz Valley to the Hamada, a flat stony desert, gradually approaching the spectacular site of the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. We stay in a small and welcoming auberge (inn) on the edge of the dunes from where it is easy to climb to watch the sunrise. 

icon Day 6 : Walk among the dunes; camel trek; overnight in a Sahara camp.

Location: Sahara Luxury Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Full-service camping at Erg Chebbi or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

There is time today with a free morning to explore the largest sand sea in Morocco, or to relax in the shade of a palm tree by the dunes. The sand sea is famed for its pink tones that take on a spectacular rose colour at sunset. In the late afternoon, we partake in a genuine Saharan experience - a 45min camel trek through the dunes, where we watch the sunset. We then come back to the camp at the edge of the desert to spend the night.

icon Day 7 : To Skoura via the  Todra Gorge.

Location: Skoura, Todra River

Accommodation: Skoura Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast

After sunrise, we leave our desert camp head towards the little city of Skoura, nestled on a beautiful palm grove and located near Ouarzazate. From here onwards to explore Todra Gorge, and the picturesque oases they hide in (journey time approximately 4 hours). Following the 1000 Kasbahs Road for approximately 2.5 hours, you will marvel at the breath-taking vistas of impressive ancient Kasbahs nestled in lush palm groves. 

icon Day 8 :  Skoura, the Palm grove capital of Morocco

Location: Skoura

Accommodation: Skoura Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast

There is the opportunity to take a 1 hour drive to Toundout Valley and enjoy a 3 hours guided hike crossing through a Berber village, where you will learn a little of their culture. Alternatively, relax in and around the lodge walking through the magnificent lush palm groves. Considered as the palm grove capital of Morocco, Skoura will certainly offer peace and relaxation through its various walks discovering multiple palm groves, and Kasbahs.

icon Day 9 : Journey to Telouet, via the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.

Location: Telouet, Aït Benhaddou

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kasbah Oliver or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving Skoura, we re-join the main road and drive west along the 'Route of the Thousand Kasbahs' via the desert city of Ouarzazate and on to the well-preserved Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular sights of the Atlas, made famous as the location of several Hollywood films including 'Gladiator'. After admiring the view, we may see something of the simple village houses. Continuing into the mountains we branch east through a wide flat mountain valley, finally arriving at Anmiter, where we leave our bus and take a 1.5-hour picturesque walk on a gentle uphill gradient to the village of Tigzha, where we spend the next two nights. Our luggage will be transported to the gite for us. For those who do not want to walk, mules are available (100 MAD, payable locally).  *Kasbah Oliver or similar*

icon Day 10 : Full day walking in the High Atlas. Evening hammam.

Location: Hammam

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kasbah Oliver or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We start our day with an optional walk through the villages of the Tigzha Valley, heading up into the hills on mule tracks with the peaks of the High Atlas acting as a fitting backdrop to our walk.  The length of our walk will depend on the ability of the group, but it is likely to be approximately 4 hours. The afternoon is free to relax with a book, enjoy the mountain views, take a stroll through the beautiful landscape or challenge the village children to a game of football! Tigzha is just one of four villages in this remote valley that has been supported by Exodus for over ten years on various responsible tourism projects. We will visit the village hammam, built with money raised by Exodus clients. This is a truly authentic experience and terrific fun. It is very much a traditional hammam and you are likely to get the opportunity to mix with the villagers, which further adds to the experience. A standard treatment is included, but you will need to purchase a scrubber and soap for 20MAD (£1.50) plus customary tip of 20MAD. Refreshed, we return to the riad for our final dinner in the mountains. 

icon Day 11 : Over the High Atlas Mountains to Essaouira.

Location: Essaouira

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Riad Al Madina or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Leaving the gite, we walk back to our bus for a short drive to the palace of Telouet. This once grand building stands abandoned and crumbling but we can visit a small part of this labyrinthine, fairy-tale like structure. We continue our scenic drive over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, via the Tizi'n'Tichka pass, which at 2,260m is the highest road in Morocco. The scenery is spectacular and there are some wonderful views of the mountains. We stop at a women's cooperative Argan Oil farm, where you can see the trees growing, get a demonstration of the production process as well as have the opportunity to purchase products. Our journey finally brings us to the flat arid plains of Marrakech, and then onwards to the pretty seaside town of Essaouira. Journey time is between approximately 10 hours, with plenty of comfort breaks and photo stops along the way. 

icon Day 12 : Free day in Essaouira.

Location: Essaouira

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Riad Al Madina or similar

Meals: Breakfast

A free day in Essaouira, a charming old Portuguese fishing port overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The settlement dates back to the 15th century but the present town was constructed around 1760 by Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah, who needed a base from which to suppress a revolt from Agadir. Today, the town is extremely relaxed and its whitewashed houses with painted shutters, artisan workshops, boat yards and fishermen provide a marked contrast to the desert, kasbahs and cities we have so far visited. Our hotel is situated in the heart of the old walled city, where we have plenty of time for some shopping in the souks or strolling along the beach. With many pleasant cafes and some outstanding seafood restaurants, there is plenty of choice for our evening meal.

icon Day 13 : To Marrakech; guided tour including Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs, finish in Djemma el Fna.

Location: Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gomassine or similar

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we drive back to Marrakech, journey time approximately 2.5 hours.  In the afternoon we enjoy a guided tour to help us find our bearings and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city. Our guide will take us to the Bahia Palace, ending in the Djemma el Fna, where the town becomes a maze of bustling bazaars, palaces and mosques. It is worth seeing this renowned landmark in the evening, as Marrakech revolves around this open-air central square, with food stalls, juice-sellers, snake charmers and acrobats. It is a place of night-time entertainment for both local people and tourists. 

icon Day 14 : Free day in Marrakech.

Location: Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Gomassine or similar

Meals: Breakfast

Today is free in Marrakech and there is no shortage of things to do. You might wish to visit the largest mosque in Marrakech, Koutoubia, or venture through the souks and old streets of the medina. After bartering for souvenirs, there will be time for a short visit to the Koranic School and Museum of Marrakech. After this, you can unwind by taking a ½ hour calèche ride (a bright green horse-drawn carriage) to the Jardin Majorelle. These tranquil gardens are decorated throughout in indigo blue and were once owned by Yves St. Laurent, the perfect place to escape the hectic rush of the city.  For your lunch we would highly recommend the Amal Women's Training Centre and Moroccan Restaurant, which we at Exodus support in their cause to empower women from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to training their students to become self-sufficient and improving their quality of life through acquiring new skills in a professional restaurant setting. For a superb traditional Moroccan meal and the opportunity to support this worthy cause, do pay them a visit. This evening it's common for the group to enjoy a final meal together on Djemma el Fna. 

icon Day 15 : End Marrakech.

Location: Marrakesh

Meals: Breakfast

Trip ends after breakfast. **

What's Included

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    All breakfasts and 4 dinners

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    Transfers for group flights

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    All accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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    Single supplement

Food

14 breakfasts and 4 dinners included. Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost is approximately GBP4 (USD7). In main towns, it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from GBP20 (USD30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between GBP5-10 (approx. USD8-15) not including drinks. Local beer, wine and soft drinks are reasonably priced, but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian couscous, tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.    

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Something for everyone!
A great trip providing an insight in to the culture of morocco and a wonderful variety of locations. A great trip providing an insight in to the culture of morocco and a wonderful variety of locations.

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Highlights of Morrocco
A classic blend of Morroccan culture, sights and activity. We felt we had a real insight into Morrocco and saw the major cultural sights and experienced the desert, mountains,coast and ....more A classic blend of Morroccan culture, sights and activity.

We felt we had a real insight into Morrocco and saw the major cultural sights and experienced the desert, mountains,coast and life in the heart of the medinas; ....less
Highlights of Morocco
This was a great way to see a lot of country in a small amount of time. There was a lot of "on the bus, off the bus" and ....more This was a great way to see a lot of country in a small amount of time.

There was a lot of "on the bus, off the bus" and a couple of very long days on the bus.

There was only a few of days where there was any physical activity.

We also found that we were taken to see "how things were made" but it ended up being a buying trip.

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Casablanca to Marrakech
Nov 13 - Nov 27Guide- AbdullahDriver- SaidDriver was excellent and very accommodating. Also had a quirky side to him which was great. He was very personable. Thanks Said!Guide was also ....more Nov 13 - Nov 27Guide- AbdullahDriver- SaidDriver was excellent and very accommodating.

Also had a quirky side to him which was great.

He was very personable.

Thanks Said!Guide was also great -very friendly and knowledgeable about the places we visited and the life of the people.

I learned quite a bit of Berber and Arabic dialect.

Thks Abdullah! Personally I don't like long drives because it takes an entire day and it leaves nothing to do upon arrival at accommodations so maybe in the future the all day drives can be cut in half whereby we get settled in accommodation after lunch or before evening so we can have time to explore the area and shop for souvenirs than we can continue on after breakfast the next day.

Also I think hotels/Riads would be better in an area where there's easy foot access to get around.

A couple of times it felt like lockdown upon arrival at accommodations because they were away from everything.

And lastly I would have preferred a choice in accommodation; not talking about the dessert places.

Overall it was a great trip with a terrific group of people who have given me memories I will treasure forever.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO
A trip that was all it was promised to be and more. I had an amazing time and would highly recommend it.  A trip that was all it was promised to be and more.

I had an amazing time and would highly recommend it.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO
A whirlwind of diverse activities/accommodations/experiences that in 2 short weeks encapsulated a true and deep Moroccan experience. A whirlwind of diverse activities/accommodations/experiences that in 2 short weeks encapsulated a true and deep Moroccan experience.

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Highlights of Morocco - Premium
A good overview of the country taking in the major sights and attractions.Due to the geography of the country there were a some long drives but these were broken up ....more A good overview of the country taking in the major sights and attractions.

Due to the geography of the country there were a some long drives but these were broken up by stops and we were travelling through some spectacular scenery in some cases.

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Fantastic time, book this trip now!
Fun in the city in Casablanca, Fes and Marrekech, awe inspiring sites in the desert and gorge, peace and quiet in the mountains, playing by the water in Essaouira - ....more Fun in the city in Casablanca, Fes and Marrekech, awe inspiring sites in the desert and gorge, peace and quiet in the mountains, playing by the water in Essaouira - this trip displayed all the sides of Morocco.

It was everything one pictures when they think of Morocco and surprises you with variety and charm.

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Amazing insight into Morocco
I had some doubts about this trip, but these doubts turned out to be unfounded and this trip was amazing! We were able to get a real taste of ....more I had some doubts about this trip, but these doubts turned out to be unfounded and this trip was amazing! We were able to get a real taste of Morocco and experience all the country has to offer.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF MOROCCO
This tour gives an excellent insight of Moroccan life, country and culture. The trip requires a fair degree of fitness, not least a couple of very long day transfers in a mini bus. This tour gives an excellent insight of Moroccan life, country and culture.

The trip requires a fair degree of fitness, not least a couple of very long day transfers in a mini bus.

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