Day 1: Casablanca
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 6pm where you will meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2 & 3: Casablanca -- 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.
Day 4: Fes -- Merzouga Desert
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.
Day 5: Merzouga Desert -- 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.
Day 6: Todra Gorge -- 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.
Day 7: Ait Benhaddou -- 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.
Day 8: Marrakech
Your adventure ends after breakfast
x- Casablanca – Hassan II Mosque
x- Rabat – Hassan Tower, Chellah, Royal Palace
x- Meknes – the fortified city
x- Guided City tour of Volubilis
x- Fes – Guided city tour, dye-pits and tanneries
x- Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes – beginning of the Sahara
x- Merzouga – Camel trek, Berber style camp
x- Todra Gorge – Morocco’s “Grand Canyon”
x- Ait Benhaddou – UNESCO listed ancient Kasbah city
x- Marrakech – UNESCO listed site, Djemaa el-Fna, Souks,
x- 6 nights in 3*/4* hotel, 1 night camping at Berber Camp
x- Transport in 4x4 Land Cruiser or Minivan
x- Guided tours of Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, Volubillis
x- Services of 1 or 2 person crew (Tour Leader & Driver)
x- Sahara camel trek