Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes, Chefchaouen, Fes, Mildelt, Sahara Desert Camel Trek, Ait Benhaddou & Essaouira
Max out your time in Morocco with this awesome adventure. Ride camels across Saharan sand dunes, chill out on the golden surf beaches of Essaouira, barter in the bustling souks of Marrakech and get lost in the ancient Fes medina. Experience all that this truly unique country has to offer.
- Services of 1 or 2 person crew (leader and driver)
- Transfer from Marrakech airport
- 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
- 14 nights accommodation
- Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Mini Van
- Guided tours of Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Fes, Volubilis and Ait Benhaddou
- Berber camp
- Sahara camel trek
- Fes evening meal and traditional evening
- Marrakech Hammam
- Hassan 2nd Mosque Visit, Casablanca
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Arrive Marrakech
Welcome to Morocco! An arrival transfer from Marrakech airport is included. Be sure to arrive in time for your pre-departure meeting at 6pm. Tonight we enjoy a traditional dinner together, spending the first night at our pre-expedition hotel. (D)
Day 2: Marrakech to Casablanca
En-route this morning we travel up to Casablanca, made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. We will have the option of visiting the stunning Hassan II mosque, which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. (B)
F: Visit the stunning Hassan II mosque, the third largest in the world
Day 3: Casablanca to Meknes
After breakfast we head straight to Rabat , Morocco’s capital city where we will spend the morning to visit Oudaia Kasbah, Hassan tower, the Royal palace and Chellah. After lunch we will move on to the third of our Imperial cities, Meknes, to enjoy some free time. (B)
Day 4: Meknes to Chefchaouen
En route to Chefchaouen, we take a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site dates back to 40AD and once ruled the entire Roman province of Mauritania. Then on to Chefchaouen - a haven of peace and tranquility. High up in the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen boasts a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the Kasbah, central mosque and cafes. The busy market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist fare. (B)
H: Admire Chefchaouen, city of blue and white
Day 5: Chefachouen to Fes
After a morning of free time to explore the beautiful Chefchaouen, we head to the bustling, imperial and ancient city of Fes, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. Its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter mosques in Morocco. (B)
Day 6: Fes
We embark on a guided tour of the Medina to further explore its maze of souks, tanneries and potteries and learn about the fascinating history of the city before we return to our hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. (B)
H: Immerse yourself in a traditional Moroccan evening
Day 7: Fes to Midelt
This morning we journey over the Moyen Atlas to stop at Midelt. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquil mountain setting, this is a great spot to cool down and relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes. We will enjoy a small hike in the afternoon. We spend the night in this mountain location. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Midelt to Sahara Desert
Today we enjoy a stunning drive rewarded by a fantastic Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. It's now time to head towards the desert and Merzouga, where we transfer to camels for a trek into the desert for a night at our Berber Camp. We enjoy local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. (B,L,D)
H: Camp with the Berbers and Sahara camel trek
Day 9: Sahara desert to Todra Gorge
Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1,000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is nicknamed Morocco's Grand Canyon. There's time to explore the gorge, from its plunging depths to dizzying heights. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. (B,L,D)
H: Wander Todra Gorge, the "Grand Canyon" of Morocco
Day 10: Todra Gorge to Ait Benhaddou
Leaving the impressive Todra Gorge we make the short journey to Gorge du Dades in the Dades valley, a green and fertile valley by the Dades River that flows through it giving life to a huge variety of colourful fruit and nut trees and extraordinary red rock formations. We will lunch here then on to Ait Benhaddou for a tour of the famous Kasbah, where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed. (B,D)
Day 11-12: Essaouira
Today's drive is truly stunning as we traverse the high Atlas Mountains on our way to Essaouira. A colourful fishing town situated within 15th century Portuguese fortifications, where great beaches and surf beckon. Relax on the beach or alternatively explore the UNESCO-listed medina (more recently famous as the setting of Game of Throne's "Astapor") with its various souks and woodcarving workshops. Any city gate leads to the Medina, so you're unlikely to get lost. The beach is in front of the Medina and there are plenty of cafés with terraces, both ideal for relaxing for a few hours. Blue doors and window frames abound as do the artist's shops – buy a carpet or Thuya wood carving or sit on the beach sipping a mint tea as the sun sets, an antidote to the bustle of the Imperial cities. (B,B)
H: Explore ‘Game of Thrones’ location, Astapor
Day 13-14: Essaouira to Marrakech
We take the new highway back to Marrakech, the final one of Morocco's four Imperial cities we visit on this tour. Marrakech set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Its great pride and landmark is the Koutoubia Tower, sister to the Tower of Hassan in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville. It is said that after the third of these was completed, the sultan had the eyes of his architect put out, lest he should build another more beautiful tower elsewhere. No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the city's UNESCO-listed medina and Djemâa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. (B,B)
H: Delve into the city’s sights
F: Go for a steamy and traditional Hammam
Day 15: Marrakech
Your adventure tour ends after breakfast.(B)
Where does this tour begin?
Your tour will meet at the Hotel El Andalous, Marrakech, at 6pm for a pre-departure meeting. Please try to attend this meeting as it is important to meet your guide and group and be given a briefing on the itinerary for the next 15 days.
Hotel El Andalous
Avenue du President Kennedy Hivernage
Phone: +212 (0) 524 44 82 26
Your tour ends after breakfast on the final day in Marrakech.
Busabout will arrange a free airport transfer for those passengers who arrive on the first day of the tour, or who have booked into our official pre-tour accommodation (Hotel El Andalous). All we need are your flight details, and our representative will be waiting with a Busabout Sign at the baggage collection/arrivals area once you pass through customs. If you encounter any problems, please call our local operations team (Brahim) on +212(0)661252381. Please note we need your arrival details at least 7 days prior to your tour departure in order to arrange your transfer. If you are staying in alternative accommodation, or arrive by land, you will need to make your own way to the Hotel El Andalous to start the tour. To arrange your airport transfer, please log into MyTrip, head to ‘My Details’ and scroll to the bottom to fill out your flight details.
Your trip includes 14-nights accommodation (13 nights 3* hotel in twin/triple rooms, 1 night Berber camp). Where possible, we try to place single travelers in same-sex rooms; be advised that there may be situations where a male and female must share a twin room. To upgrade to a private room, please see the 'extras' tab of MyTrip or contact us. All pre and post-tour accommodation can be booked through MyTrip.
Please note that the Tipping Fund is 65USD (or equivalent in local currency) and is payable to your guide at the start of the trip. Tipping and bartering can be a confusing ritual in Morocco for first-time travellers. How much is expected? Will I have enough small change? Travellers without a guide will be inundated with offers to help in the expectation of payment, therefore in order to maintain the smooth running of our trip the local tipping fund is distributed by your guide to those who provide services along the way. Please note this amount does not include a tip for the guide / driver, which is at your own discretion.
What do I need to bring?
We recommend bringing a sleeping bag, as it can get quite chilly in the Berber Camp.
Visas are not required for British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and other EU nationals for a stay of up to 3 months. Please ensure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and that you get your passport stamped upon entry into Morocco. All other nationalities should contact the Moroccan embassy for details.
All passengers must be fully insured for travel in Morocco. It is your responsibility to arrange travel insurance and you must bring the policy with you as it is obligatory for joining your tour. Please note that some optional activities may require additional cover.
Religious and cultural awareness
We cannot emphasise enough that we are travellers and therefore guests. Although we ourselves might have different views, ideas, rules or morals, it is our duty to respect and adjust where possible to the people of the region we are visiting. Morocco is predominantly Muslim and, as such, we would ask all of our customers to respect and adhere to (when appropriate) the dress codes of the Islamic faith. This entails the covering of shoulders and knees.
Our Morocco Tours are operated by Nomadic Expeditions. Nomadic donates a portion of every booking to the Ait Ouhem Association for Development, a local organisation in the Atlas Mountains that seeks to improve lives through education, setting up co-operatives and providing basic facilities.
Morocco is just beautiful - the colours are so vibrant!