Tour Overview

Led by an expert local guide, this exciting 9 day group tour is an excellent way to see the country through the eyes of someone who calls it home. From Marrakech, travel by private vehicles to Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate, before camel trekking across the Sahara. Take in the Imperial Cities of Fes, Rabat and Meknes and uncover many of Morocco’s key sites through the expertise of specialist guides. By night bed down in comfortable locally-owned 4-star hotels and enjoy many included meals.

Highlights

  • Marrakech – Uncover the UNESCO-listed medina, mosque, palaces and souks. Majorelle Gardens - Yves Saint Laurent's famous blue gardens
  • Casablanca - Explore Morocco's largest city and visit the famous Hassan II Mosque
  • Rabat - Enjoy a guided tour of the lively capital city
  • Meknes - Discover this great Imperial City
  • Volubilis – Marvel at UNESCO-listed Roman ruins
  • Fes – Stroll through the oldest medieval city in the world and visit its medina, dye pits and tanneries
  • Erg Chebbi sand dunes - Spend a night camping under the stars in the Sahara!
  • Todra Gorge - Admire the towering red canyon
  • Ait Benhaddou - Explore the UNESCO Listed ancient kasbah

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Saturday. Welcome to Morocco! Upon arrival at Marrakech airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel. This evening meet your fellow travellers and enjoy free time to explore the delights of Djemaa el Fna.

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Location: Marrakech

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.

icon Day 3: Ait Benhaddou

Location: Ait Benhaddou

Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate. 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.

icon Day 4: Erg Chebbi

Location: Erg Chebbi

Ouarzazate - Todra Gorge - Merzouga (Sahara). 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 towering dunes of Erg Chebbi. 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.

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Location: Fes

Merzouga (Sahara) - Fes. 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.

icon Day 6: Fes

Location: Fes

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).

icon Day 7: Rabat

Location: Rabat

Fes - Volubilis - Meknes - Rabat. 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.

icon Day 8: Rabat

Location: Rabat

Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech. 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.

icon Day 9: Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Sunday. Our amazing tour of Morocco ends today after hotel check out. An included onward departure transfer to the airport is provided.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    4 star hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners inclusive of a traditional Berber meal at our Sahara camp
  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels and riads and 1 night camping at a Berber desert camp in the Sahara Desert (hotel upgrade available)
  • Guided sightseeing - Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga, Todra Gorge, Ait Benhaddou and Marrakech
  • Camel trek into the mesmerising Sahara Desert
  • Escorted by a licensed English speaking Moroccan tour guide
  • Specialist local guides at some sites
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 9
  • All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
  • All road taxes and tolls


NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-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
-Entrance Fees: USD$70-90pp, paid in local currency

Age Policy

18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult
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Totally Morocco - 9 days
Our tour with Jamal was a phenomenal experience. Jamal was very patient and willing to accommodate the needs and wants of all the individuals involved in the tour. He was ....more Our tour with Jamal was a phenomenal experience.

Jamal was very patient and willing to accommodate the needs and wants of all the individuals involved in the tour.

He was also very informative and shared a lot of information about Morocco.

I would recommend the tour to anyone going to Morocco, they would have a great experience.

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Jodi Somerville

31-Jul-2019

Totally Morocco - 9 days
Very good and well organized. Fantastic once in a lifetime Very good and well organized.

Fantastic once in a lifetime;
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Vytas Misiulis

15-Aug-2019

Totally Morocco - 9 days
This is the second OTG tour we have done and again we had a wonderful time. Our tour guide, Lhoucine, was knowledgeable, interesting and personable. I feel so privileged to ....more This is the second OTG tour we have done and again we had a wonderful time.

Our tour guide, Lhoucine, was knowledgeable, interesting and personable.

I feel so privileged to have seen such amazing and varied sights in such a diverse and interesting country.

From the hustle of the big cities like Marrakech to the grandeur of the Todra Gorge and the Atlas Mountains, we were lucky to have an insight into the real Morocco and we stayed in some beautiful roads.

There was quite a lot of travel on the bus but that enabled us to see so much more so to my mind it was worth it.

For the more intrepid travellers there was a camel trek into the Sahara and a night in a desert camp.

Special thanks to Lhoucine for being a great guide, and for providing us with the largest amount of picnic food I’ve ever seen, and also to our amazing driver Suleiman who steered us expertly along some of the very narrow mountain roads.

Thanks also to the lovely people we travelled with for their company and sense of fun along the way.

OTG we’ll be back!; ....less
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Elizabeth Ashling

31-Oct-2018

Totally Morocco - 9 days
Abdulleh was a superb guide and both of us were very impressed. He was friendly, patient, knowledgeable and professional, with excellent English and a nice gentle sense of humour. ....more Abdulleh was a superb guide and both of us were very impressed.

He was friendly, patient, knowledgeable and professional, with excellent English and a nice gentle sense of humour.

Morocco was wonderful but Abdulleh made the holiday very special and we thank him for that.

Hussain was the driver and, although he spoke no English, he was also very professional and friendly, and an excellent driver.

We felt very safe with him at the wheel, particularly when crossing the High Atlas with hairpin bends looking down onto terrifying drops .

IRather him than me! The guide in Fes (Imrah) was also excellent.

He knew the place like the back of his hand, and obviously was well-known locally because lots of people said "Hi" to him as we walked through the Medina.

As for the tour, we would have preferred more free time during the day.

The general feeling among the group seemed to be "We've seen enough today.

I'm tired and I really don't want to troop around another tourist site.

" But we realize that On The Go want to give customers their money's-worth, and don't want to leave them feeling short-changed.

The hotels were generally good but the Riad Reada in Fes was dreadful.

Very beautiful place, but everything was sub-standard.

The room-heater didn't work (I walked down three times to Reception to complain and each time they said someone would come and fix it but they didn't).

The shower spurted water from the hose, not from the shower-rose.

Truly awful.

Either Riad Reada needs a new owner or a new Manager.

If I was "On the Go Tours" I'd use a different hotel or insist they get their act together.

Apart from that, it was a great holiday, and we'll certainly use On the Go again.

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David Challice

31-Jan-2020

Totally Morocco - 9 days
Morocco is a beautiful country, with an expansive variety of geography, climate, history, and culture. From the mountains to the desert, the medinas to the fields, our guide (Lhoucine) and ....more Morocco is a beautiful country, with an expansive variety of geography, climate, history, and culture.

From the mountains to the desert, the medinas to the fields, our guide (Lhoucine) and our driver (Suliman) guided us with expert knowledge and wisdom.

This was the best tour I've taken.

We saw so many sights, had so many experiences, and learned so much.

Lhoucine went out of his way to make our journey through his country comfortable, safe, and fun.

Thank you, Lhoucine, for your patience, your efforts on our behalf, and your calm friendship.

Thank you, On The Go Tours, for the marvellous journey that was Totally Morocco.

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Lew Pitcher

28-Nov-2018

Totally Morocco - 9 days
We have just come back from the amazing Totally Morocco Tour with On the Go. It was breathtaking.Varied terrain from the snow capped Atlas mountains,the Sahara desert(on camels),the Moroccan plains,and the ....more We have just come back from the amazing Totally Morocco Tour with On the Go.

It was breathtaking.

Varied terrain from the snow capped Atlas mountains,the Sahara desert(on camels),the Moroccan plains,and the cities.

All with culture to match.

And immensely enhanced by our great tour guide Hicham, whose local and historical knowledge made the tour even more fascinating.

Hicham was the perfect tour guide,always there when needed,and directing us in the right places at the right time,with the required information.

Thanks (and for the pic nics!) And together with our driver Hussein,who must be the best driver in Morocco taking us the 900 miles on our tour,comfortably,securely and safely everywhere.

Thanks for a great and memorable trip.

Bob,Suzanne and Richard Smith.

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Robert Smith

11-Mar-2019

Totally Morocco - 9 days
The tour was amazing and Jamal was a wonderful guide who gave us a true insight into his country and nothing was too much trouble for him. The group was ....more The tour was amazing and Jamal was a wonderful guide who gave us a true insight into his country and nothing was too much trouble for him.

The group was just the right size and we all got on well, which was a major benefit.

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Eve Fletcher

05-Jun-2018

Totally Morocco - 9 days
Good tour that covers several places in Morocco - Great tour that covers many parts of Morocco, although some of them at the end of the tour were in a ....more Good tour that covers several places in Morocco - Great tour that covers many parts of Morocco, although some of them at the end of the tour were in a rush and felt like drive-through.

Having some extra days in Essaouira was a great choice, as it has a really nice medina that is bit less hectic than those in the bigger cities.

Our guide Aziz was great, especially when we were affected by the corona virus outbreak at the end of our tour, and things were getting unpredictable with our flights.

He stayed with the group and assisted us.

Many thanks for that to Aziz.

Also the driver did well, and the vehicle was also a good size for our 9 person group.

Hotels were usually very good, although in cases the location was not optimal (i.

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far from the Medina), so it was not easy to go out on your own, if there was only little time in the location.

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Mats Granskog

19-Mar-2020

Totally Morocco - 9 days
From A to Z a great experience... From A to Z a great experience.

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Mats Roger Hesselstrand

19-Jan-2020

Totally Morocco - 9 days
A very enjoyable tour from start to finish A very enjoyable tour from start to finish;
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Liam Moloney

09-Mar-2020

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