Magic of Morocco
10 days from £679 (was £849)
- Discover Marrakech's highlights from palace visits and mosaics to snake charmers!
- Ride a camel across huge sand dunes and camp out in the Sahara Desert
- Visit the incredible Aït Ben-Haddou and feel like a movie star
- Travel through the Atlas Mountains to Errachidia, Ifrane, and Midelt
- Take a trip to Casablanca and see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco
- Explore the cobbled streets of Fes, the world's largest urban car-free area
Spend ten days getting to know one of North Africa's most alluring and exciting countries on a journey of discovery through Morocco that'll take you full circle from Marrakech, north to Rabat, east to Fes, south to Merzouga, and west back to where you started. You'll get to explore colourful medinas, bustling souks, and spiritual mosques on city visits to Casablanca, Volubilis, and Meknes, stay high up in the Atlas Mountains in Errachidia and ride a camel through the Sahara and camp in the desert. Share the experience with a whole group of travel buddies, and you've got the makings of a magical adventure....
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Day 1: Arrival
Arriving in gorgeous Morocco today, you'll be met by our friendly team at the airport and taken to your accommodation in the heart of the city. Spend some time exploring the local market areas and higgeldy piggeldy streets packed with colourful wares and enticing aromas. This evening, you'll meet the rest of your group and tour leader at a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Marrakech
Weave your way through the Red City's colourful souks and mosaic streets today with a guided city tour to see Marrakech's best bits. Walk through the beautiful grounds of the Bahia Palace before heading to the Kasbah Mosque to see the Saadian Tombs, and then stop to see the local snake charmers at work before rounding off your tour with a refreshing drink in Djemma el-Fna square. In the evening, treat your taste buds to a delicious local tagine.
Day 3: Marrakech to Rabat
From Marrakech, we'll head north to the Casablanca coast to visit the rather grand Hassan II Mosque before travelling to our next city destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rabat. We'll take a city tour to see Rabat's highlights and to get our bearings and then head into the medina and surrounding streets to explore for ourselves.
Day 4: Rabat to Fes
On our way to Fes today, we'll stop off at the beautifully preserved Roman ruins of Volubilis and take a look around the 2,000-year-old partly excavated Roman city. Afterwards, we'll make our way over to the imperial city of Meknes, and walk through the iconic gateway before making the rest of the journey to Fes.
Day 5: Fes
We'll get to enjoy a full city tour with a local guide today to learn more about Fes and its history, as well as getting to see some of the city's greatest sights. Visit a local tannery or pottery for a unique look behind the scenes, or track down a hammam for a relaxing afternoon of hot baths and massage.
Day 6: Fes to Errachidia
From Fes, we'll start making the journey south as we head to Ifrane, set deep within the Atlas mountain range. After spending a bit of time here breathing in the sights and sounds, we'll head to neighbouring Midelt for some lunch before making the rest of the journey to Errachidia for an afternoon of laid-back relaxation.
Day 7: Errachidia to Merzouga
Riding close to the Algerian border, we're heading to the small desert town of Merzouga today, in the red sands of the Sahara. You'll have the chance to chill out beside a pool, with some awesome views of the dunes, before setting off for desert camp by camel! We'll make our way to camp, trekking across the spectacular Sahara until we reach the welcome sight of tents and blankets.
Day 8: Merzouga to Dadès Gorge
Today, we'll head along the winding roads through terracotta-coloured cliffs and jagged rock faces as we travel between the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains to a gorge in the landscape carved by the Dadès River. Pull on a comfortable pair of trainers and walk some of the local trails and tracks for some awesome views.
Day 9: Dadès Gorge to Marrakech
We're making our way back to Marrakech today, but not before paying a trip to the fortified city of Aït Ben-Haddou. The red mudbrick ksar is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been used in a number of films, so you might even recognise it on your way up to the city walls. After a flying visit, we'll make the rest of the journey back to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
Day 10: Farewell
Today's the last day of the trip, and with no activities on the schedule, you're free to head off whenever you please. Don't forget to visit the city souks before making your way to the airport – you'll definitely want to nab a few Moroccan mementos before you head home.
Please note itineraries and activties are subject to change.
- 9 nights' accommodation
- Arrival airport transfer
- 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Air-conditioned transport
- English-speaking tour guide
- Marrakech city tour
- Hassan II mosque visit in Casablanca
- Rabat city tour
- Volubilis Roman ruins trip
- Meknes visit
- Tour of Fes
- Overnight camping in the Sahara Desert
- Entrance fees to all sites included on itinerary
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
9 nights' accommodation is included on this tour, 8 of which will be spent in twin-shared rooms in 2 and 3-star rated hotels, and 1 of which will be spent camping in comfortable shared tents in the Sahara Desert. You'll be sharing all accommodation with other members of the group, of the same sex. Please let us know if you are travelling with a friend or partner and we'll make sure you are placed in the same room.
During the trip, you'll receive breakfast each morning (other than on the first day), which will generally be made up of a choice of yoghurts, cereals, bread, pastries, cold meat and cheese, plus tea, coffee, and fruit juices. Whilst on the Sahara camping excursion, you'll be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the first day of the excursion, and breakfast and dinner the next day. On day 5, you'll receive an included lunch in Fes. For the rest of the trip, you'll get to choose from a wide range of delicious local food to purchase. We can highly recommend the lamb tagine and harira, and you must try the sugary mint tea while you're in Morocco. Do be aware, that alcohol isn't always widely available in Morocco, but you should find restaurants and shops in more touristy areas will have wine and beer.
You will need to arrange your flight to arrive at Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) in time for your welcome meeting at 8pm on your programme start date (day 1 of your itinerary). An arrival transfer is included, so you'll be met by one of our friendly team at the airport and taken to your accommodation in the heart of Marrakech. The trip finishes in Marrakech on your programme end date, there are no activities scheduled for the last day of the itinerary, so you're free to depart at any time.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years and the maximum age is 39 years.
Depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to enter Morocco. Please double-check entry requirements via the Moroccan Embassy or High Commission. Currently, British nationals don't require a visa to travel to Morocco, provided their stay is purely for tourism and limited to a maximum of three months.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
Do I Need To Be Careful Of What I Wear?
Morocco is largely a Muslim country, and is therefore pretty conservative in terms of dress code. Offensive slogans on clothing or a general lack of clothing will often be met with stares and disapproving looks, so guys and gals, make sure you cover up when you're outside the confines of your accommodation. We're not talking head to toe, but use a bit of common sense and don't walk around the streets in swimwear or revealing clothing. If you're visiting religious sites and mosques, make sure shoulders, chests, and legs are covered by a respectful amount.
Do I Need To Bring Camping Equipment With Me?
Nope, all camping gear for your night in the Sahara will be provided, so no need to be trying to cram a sleeping bag into your backpack!