Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat & Fez
Visit all of Morocco’s majestic imperial cities. Journey to Casablanca, Rabat and Fez, visit Todra Gorge, go camel trekking in the Sahara desert and see Ait Benhaddou and its famous Kasbah. This action-packed tour finishes in the bustling imperial city of Marrakech.
- Arrival Transfer from Marrakech Airport (if travelling to and staying in our joining hotel
- 8 breakfast, 1 lunch, 6 dinners including a Berber camp dinner
- 7 nights in 3*/4* hotel, 1 night camping at Berber Camp
- Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Minivan
- Guided tours of Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, Volubillis & Ait Benhaddou
- Services of 1 or 2 person crew (Tour Leader & Driver)
- Sahara camel trek
Take time out in Morocco to explore solo or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Guide.
- Rock climbing in Todra Gorge
- Hammam spa in Marrakech
- Dinner and evening entertainment in Fes
- Quad Biking Visit to Film Studio in Ourzazate
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Marrakech
Welcome to Morocco! Following your transfer from the airport to our joining hotel you can relax by the hotel pool before the pre-departure meeting at 18.00 where you will meet your fellow travellers (D).
F: Visit the stunning Hassan 2 Mosque, Casablanca
Day 2: Marrakech to Casablanca
En-route this morning we travel to Morocco’s Capital city Rabat. After Lunch we have the guided tour of the city were we will be visiting the Oudaia Kasbah in the oldest part of the city and we have the opportunity to see the Hassan Tower Rabat’s most famous landmark, the Royal Palace and Chellah are also a must see whilst we are here. (D)
Day 3 & 4: Casablanca to Fes
Travelling towards the imperial city of Fes, we make a stop in Meknes, also known as the Versailles of Morocco. Surrounded by fertile ground, coupled with its impressive buildings and history, we can see why Meknes is one of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco. We’ll then move on to bustling Fes this afternoon stopping on route in Volubilis for a guided tour. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. Its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit, but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. After exploring dye-pits, tanneries and restaurants, we return to our hotel to prepare for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. (B,B)
F: Emerse yourself in a traditional Moroccan evening
Day 5: Fes to Sahara Desert (Berber Camp)
Today we enjoy a stunning drive and are rewarded by a fantastic Moroccan lunch and an afternoon relaxing and swimming. It is then time to head towards the great desert and Merzouga, where we transfer to camels for a trek into the Sahara 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: Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, the start of the Sahara Deserts
H: Sahara Camel Trek
H: Experience a Traditional Berber Camp
Day 6: Sahara Desert to Todra Gorge
Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. We will have an early lunch at the Berber co-operative where you can see and buy authentic, Berber handmade rugs, kilims and carpets. The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, walking through the Palmerie or trying our optional activity of Rock Climbing. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. (B,D)
H: Wander Todra Gorge, Morocco's "Grand Canyon"
Day 7: Todra Gorge to Ait Benhddou
We must bid fond farewell to Todra this morning en-route to Ait Benhaddou via Ouazazate. We will stop for lunch along the way and have a chance for an optional tour of the Film studios in Ouazazate, famous for films such as Gladiator, The Last Temptation of Christ and the Living daylights. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the famous Kasbah and village. (B,D)
H: Wander Ait Benhaddou, UNESCO listed ancient fortified Kasbah city
Day 8: Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
We traverse the High Atlas today enjoying stunning views en-route to Marrakech. We will take a guided tour of the city this afternoon. 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 & Djemâa-el-Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place (Guided city tour included). The rest of the afternoon you have free time to relax by the pool or do a little shopping for souvenirs before we meet for the last group evening meal. (B,D)
H: Guided City Tour - Marrakech
H: Discover the UNESCO listed KouToubia Mosque in Marrakech
F: Hammam Spa in Marrakech
Day 9: Marrakech
Your adventure ends after breakfast. (B)(B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner)
Where does this tour begin?
Your tour will meet at the Moroccan House Hotel, Casablanca, 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 9 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 through us. 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 start hotel. 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 accommodation in 3-4* hotels in twin/triple rooms, (plus 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 55USD (9 day tour) 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!