Moroccan Explorer 2021-22

Start: Casablanca Finish: Marrakesh

Visiting: Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Fes, Erfoud, Merzouga, Aït Benhaddou, Marrakech


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Topdeck with any specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Topdeck

Group size: 10 - 16

Age range: 18-39

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1141

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Tour Overview

Is this trip for me? IN-DEPTH. OTHERWORDLY. ADVENTUROUS.
Thought Morocco was all #wanderlust pics of bazaars, riding camels and a whole lot of couscous? Well yeah, there's that...but in 11 whirlwind days with us you'll see the side of Morocco your Instagram feed can't do justice. Delve deeper into a unique culture, throw yourself into new experiences and discover a world unlike any other with a small group of absolute legends. Yalla!

Highlights

  • iconSunset camel ride in the Sahara Desert
  • iconVisit UNESCO World Heritage listed Aït Benhaddou Kesbah
  • iconTraditional campfire dinner at Merzouga Desert Camp
  • iconTraditional dinner at local guesthouse
  • iconLocally guided walking tour of Marrakech
  • iconVisit Ouarzazate
  • iconLocally guided tour of the archaeological site of Volubilis
  • iconTraditional lunch with a local family in Moulay Idriss
  • iconVisit Todra Gorge
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Places You'll See

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icon Day 1: Casablanca, Morocco

Location: Casablanca

Meals: Dinner

Touch down along Morocco’s Atlantic Coast. Ready to experience the new and exotic? This is the place to start. Spot your Topdeck Rep at the airport (hint: they’re holding a placard with your name on it), then brace yourself for Casablanca’s mix of sparkling waters, palm-fringed avenues, street art and colonial buildings. Yep you’re finally here. Dump your stuff at the hotel, meet the gang and get pumped for our included dinner – a traditional Moroccan meal at a local family’s home. Name a better way to start the trip.

icon Day 2: Casablanca to Chefchaouen

Location: Casablanca

Meals: Breakfast

Swap glittering blue coasts for bluer-than-blue cities – we’re rolling onto Chefchaouen. Nestled between the looming peaks of the Rif Mountains, this enchanting city is totally out of this world. Brilliant blue buildings. A maze of narrow alleyways. And authentic local vibes. We’ll get our bearings on a stroll with our Trip Leader – then you can tuck into dinner at a local restaurant with the gang or head off and do your own spontaneous this-is-what-I-came-for thing. It’s 100% up to you.

icon Day 3: Chefchaouen

Location: Chefchaouen

Meals: Breakfast

You wanted freedom to explore. So, here’s 24 hours to just do you. Our suggestion? Kick things off with a city tour. Your local guide will give you low-down on the city’s historic past; point out all the hidden gems; and tick off the ‘Blue City’ must-sees. Check out the Spanish Mosque. Stock up on souvenirs in the medina. Relax at a local hammam. Or strap on the Nikes and head out into the mountains for some incredible waterfalls and panoramic views – there’s some of the best hiking trails in Africa here, just sayin’. Then, get the gang together for some delish street food at the city square. This is living!

icon Day 4: Chefchaouen to Fes via Moulay Idriss and Volubilis

Location: Fes

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch

Glue your face to the coach window as we take the scenic route to Morocco’s sacred heart: Moulay Idriss. This place is considered to be so holy, it was pretty much inaccessible for non-Muslims until 2005. Meaning? It's the definition of off-the-beaten-track. Take in the relaxed local vibe on an orientation walk – before we tuck into a DE-licious home-cooked lunch with a local family. Then: put on your archaeology hat, ‘cos we’re off to Volubilis to check out the Roman ruins with a local guide. Want more history? Good! Tonight we’ll be heading deep into the heart of old Morocco on our journey to Fes.

icon Day 5: Fes

Location: Fes

Meals: Breakfast

Mausoleums, mosques and medinas are on the cards today as we hit the streets on a full-day whip around the city with a local guide. The 9,000 narrow cobbled streets in Fes el-Bali are lined with spices, food stalls and tanneries, so don’t waste a second – get exploring! Visit a local tannery (hint: say yes to the mint, you’re gonna need it). Head over to the Ruined Garden for Moroccan tapas in an awesome setting. Hike up Mount Zalagh for all the views. Or hunt down a hammam for a body shine and polish. It’s a tough life. Tonight, tuck into a camel burger (or chicken couscous if that’s not your jam) at Café Clock.

icon Day 6: Fes to Erfoud via Ifrane and Midelt

Location: Erfoud

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Truth bomb alert: you've got a bit of a drive from Fes to Erfoud today. Plug in the AUX cord and glue your face to the window as we wind our way through acres of cedar forests and stunning scenery. We'll stop in Ifrane (Morocco's take on Switzerland) and Midelt for some breathtaking views of the High Atlas Mountains. Then, it's time to adjust to the altitude in Alpine-fresh Erfoud: the 'Door to the Desert'. Dinner tonight is on us, but you gotta try madfouna: authentic wood-fired Berber 'pizza'.

icon Day 7: Erfoud to Merzouga Desert Camp

Location: Merzouga

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Endless stretches of blazing red dunes. A kaleidoscope of burning colours at sunset. Vast clear skies filled with dazzling stars. Welcome to the Sahara Desert. After a free morning in Erfoud, we’ll make our way into the sandy abyss – stopping at the dunes of Erg Chebbi before reaching our isolated desert camp*. Merzouga looks as if it might be engulfed by the surrounding dunes at any moment – so sit back and enjoy the view. Later, you can jump aboard Alice the camel for a sunset joy ride to remember. Tonight, we’ll gather round the campfire and dig into a traditional dinner with the gang. This is what you came for. *Reality check: we’ll be staying in modest tents whilst in the Sahara. And no, there’s no aircon or power plugs for your hairdryers – you’re in the middle of the largest hot desert in the world after all...

icon Day 8: Merzouga to Aït Benhaddou via Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate

Location: Aït Benhaddou

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Step into your own Roadrunner cartoon today as we make our way to Aït Benhaddou. First up? Todra Gorge. With a 3D landscape of imposing orange sandstone peaks, trickling streams and the odd camel playing outside your window, this place will take your breath away. Then: yell lights, camera, action as we roll into ‘Ouallywood’. The sprawling Taourirt Kasbah of Ouarzazate has played backdrop for plenty of big-budget blockbusters – try name them as we walk around with our in-the-know Trip Leader. Later, we’ll get stuck into an included dinner with the gang in ancient Aït Benhaddou.

icon Day 9: Aït Benhaddou to Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast

Gladiator. Lawrence of Arabia. Game of Thrones. The thousand-year-old ksar of Aït Benhaddou has a few famous friends – and we’ll take in allllll the otherworldly vibes on a walking tour of the UNESCO protected Kasbah with our Trip Leader. After, we’ll wind our way through the spine-tingling Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass to Marrakech. Then? The rest is up to you. Head to Jemaa el-Fnaa square for all the night-stall craziness. Wander the narrow streets of the medina. Or head to Gueliz for stylish restaurants and live music. This is your chance to embrace it all.

icon Day 10: Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast

Ok, no body panic: this is our last full day. So, don't waste a second! We’ll kick things off with a locally guided walking tour. Stroll through the old medina; past colourladen stalls of buzzing souks; check out the famous Koutoubia Mosque minaret; and wriggle past the snake charmers in Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Then make the most of your free time with an optional lunch at the Amal Association restaurant: empowering disadvantaged local women with training and job placement. Or don your chef hat at a tagine cooking class. Want to delve a little deeper? Get on your bike and explore the palm groves on the outskirts of the city. Relax and unwind with a massage and hammam experience at a local spa. Or escape the city chaos with afternoon tea in the riad of Le Jardin Secret. Tonight, get the gang together and head to Nomad for one last mouth-watering tagine. What. A. Trip.

icon Day 11: Marrakech

Location: Marrakech

Meals: Breakfast

Just like that, it’s all over. Get down to breakfast and swap those Insta handles – you’re going to need them for next year’s reunion trip. Where to next? Asia? Africa? Europe? All the above? HECK YES!

What's Included

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    Meals

    10 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 4 dinners

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    Accommodation

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    Fully Guided

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    Guide

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    Transport

    Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics

What's Not Included

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Low Deposit

    Topdeck requires a deposit of 60 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
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Raj

18-Feb-2020

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
See previous write up in customer experience See previous write up in customer experience;
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Alexei G

11-Apr-2017

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It was good value for money :) It was good value for money :);
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Anonymous

19-Apr-2017

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
I am very happy with the tour overall and liked that I could see a little bit of each city. I feel like I got a well-rounded view of Morocco. ....more I am very happy with the tour overall and liked that I could see a little bit of each city.

I feel like I got a well-rounded view of Morocco.

However, I felt that the day in Fes was a bit rushed and that we were just taken to different places and exploited for our money.

We were taken to several different shops and learned a lot about the different products they sell in the markets, but ultimately felt like the group was being herded around to spend money at overpriced shops that the tour guides had prior agreements with.

In one instance, Ali G had mentioned that some scarf shops sell cheap scarves that run color when wet.

He, of course, ditched us during the day in Fes and the local tour guide took us to one of these shops that sell "cheap scarves" and each paid between 100-200 moroccan dollars for each because that was the "lowest price" and we were rushed to get to the next destination.

As soon as Ali sees us with the scarves, the first thing he does is put water on one and sees it run where he makes a comment about how they're cheap and makes us feel stupid.

The day in Fes could've been planned out better where we could've been given more time to look on our own without feeling like we were being herded around to spend money.

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Ashley C

15-Feb-2019

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
Most things were very affordable, however sometimes we were taken places that expected us to buy things eg. the pottery place in Fes and the rug place there also. Most things were very affordable, however sometimes we were taken places that expected us to buy things eg.

the pottery place in Fes and the rug place there also.

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Anonymous

21-Aug-2019

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
Excellent Excellent;
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Rowan W

04-Nov-2017

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
Really great trip. Awesome leader. Got to see some amazing sights and experience a night in the Sahara! Really great trip.

Awesome leader.

Got to see some amazing sights and experience a night in the Sahara!;
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Anonymous

26-May-2017

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
All the optionals and most meals were included whic is more than what I have had on other tours All the optionals and most meals were included whic is more than what I have had on other tours;
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Anonymous

13-Apr-2017

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
This trip was amazing, couldn't have asked for a better guide or group of travellers. This trip was amazing, couldn't have asked for a better guide or group of travellers.

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Anonymous

26-Jul-2018

Moroccan Explorer 2021-22
Couldn't have asked for a better tour, it was the perfect pace, great hotels and amazing food. We were lucky enough to just have 3 of us on our tour, ....more Couldn't have asked for a better tour, it was the perfect pace, great hotels and amazing food.

We were lucky enough to just have 3 of us on our tour, and it felt like a private tour with new friends!; ....less
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Anonymous

19-Apr-2017

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