Morocco Highlights Tour
Explore the very best of Northern Africa’s most popular travel destination on this 10-day Morocco highlights tour. Join other solo travellers as you journey to the stunning Sahara Desert, where you’ll camel ride into the sunset and spend a night under the stars. Travel to Fes to explore the city’s fascinating medina, bursting with colourful buildings and street food aplenty. Continue to the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen, a photographer’s paradise, before you make a stop in the country’s capital, Rabat. Your next adventure will be in Casablanca, and it is here that you will visit Morocco’s largest mosque, the Hassan II Mosque, which has the tallest minaret in the world. Travelling further south, you will reach the popular coastal town of Essaouira, the perfect place to relax after your whirlwind tour of Morocco. And finally, finish up exploring the country’s most adored city, Marrakech.
Price from: £799.00
30 Sept – 9 Oct 2018
Day 1 – Arrive Marrakech
Upon arrival in Marrakech, you will make your way to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Marrakech.
Day 2 – Marrakech / Dades Gorge
Today we cross the High Atlas Mountains, passing many Berber villages along the way. At lunch time, we will stop for a visit at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, where many famous movies and television programmes have been filmed. We will then follow the route of a thousand Kasbah’s to where the Damascus rose is grown. Here we can stop to see these fragrant roses distilled into precious oils and other rose products. In the evening we will arrive at the stunning Dades Gorge, home to the country’s most unique rock formations. Overnight at a traditional guesthouse in Dades Gorge.
Day 3 – Dades Gorge / Sahara Desert
After breakfast, we will travel to the impressive Todra Gorge, a massive 300m deep fault in a narrow valley, studded with palmeries and Berber villages. We will also make a stop to a fascinating fossil workshop in Erfoud. The journey will take us past vast oases of palms and Kasbah’s hidden in ancient villages, before the dunes of the Sahara Desert begin to emerge in the distance. Once you have arrived at your desert camp, you will take a camel ride to the top of the dunes for one of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see. Overnight under the stars in the Sahara Desert.
Day 4 – Sahara Desert / Fes
An early start is essential if you want to see the sunrise over the desert dunes this morning. You will be mesmerised as the colours change and the sun chases away the night sky. After breakfast, we begin the long drive to Fes through winding mountain passes, impressive gorges and the great cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Overnight at a traditional riad in Fes.
Day 5 – Fes
After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour to discover the most interesting sites in the city’s Medina. The workshops of artisan’s in Fes create some of the most beautiful and intricate ceramics, woven goods and other crafts in the whole country. Overnight in Fes.
Day 6 – Fes / Chefchaouen
A morning departure from Fes will today take us to the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen. If time permits, we will stop to visit the Roman site at Volubilis on the way. You will have the afternoon free to explore the city’s medina. The best place to soak up the ambience at night is in the main square, near the old Kasbah; reminiscent of the small squares in rural Greece. The blue painted mountain hideaway of Chefchaouen is a photographer’s paradise. Overnight in Chefchaouen.
Day 7 – Chefchaouen / Rabat / Casablanca
After breakfast we will begin the journey to Morocco’s capital, Rabat. Here we will visit the city’s most important monuments, before continuing our journey to the prosperous city of Casablanca. Casablanca will be completely different to the cities we have visited so far; a modern city where young Moroccan’s pursue careers in business, and where real money is made. Overnight in Casablanca.
Day 8 – Casablanca / Essaouira
This morning we will visit the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco, with the tallest minaret in the world. It is this mosque alone that draws tourists to Casablanca. In the afternoon, we will begin our journey to the seaside town of Essaouira. The history of this charming fishing port is immersed in intrigue, piracy and the birth of Gnaoua music. Its narrow streets are full of art galleries, tiny artisan shops and seafood restaurants. Overnight in Essaouira.
Day 9 – Essaouria / Marrakech
You will have today free to explore Essaouira, either to explore the fishing port or relax on La Skala, the vast sandy beach best known for its water-sports. We will depart Essaouira late afternoon and return to Marrakech, where we will spend our final night.
Day 10 – Depart Marrakech
Today you will have a half day tour of Morocco’s most popular city. You will visit the stunning Bahia Palace, the Tiskiwin Museum of African Artefacts, wander the souks and of course take a stroll around the famous Jemaa el Fna Square. You will then have some free time until you need to make your way to airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE MOROCCO HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at a mixture of Riads, 3-star hotels and guesthouses
- 1x Night in a traditional desert camp
- Services of English-speaking local guides throughout
- Transportation in a private mini-bus
- Entrance fees to sites as mentioned in itinerary
- 9x Breakfasts 4x Dinners
- Water on mini-bus provided each day
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE MOROCCO HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
- International flights
- All other meals, plus drinks
- Excursions or entrance fees on days of leisure
- Tipping of guides and drivers
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Morocco Highlights Tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book flights until we give the go-ahead. If you would like flight suggestions or help with booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trip Type Cultural
Group Size Between 12-16
Physical Rating Easy
Currency & Spending Money Moroccan Dirham / Spending £20 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip.
Clothing During the summer months of May through September, the weather will be hot, so pack light, loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. You will also need to cover your arms and legs at religious sites, so make sure you have long trousers and tops with long sleeves. In the cooler months, the daytime temperatures are still pretty warm, but it can get cold at night, especially in the desert. So if you are travelling between November and March, it’s recommended to take some warm layers with you.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date, especially when travelling to Africa. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £199
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Morocco before your departure date.
Driving Please be aware that this trip involves a lot of driving because of the amount of places we visit. Most days will involve some driving, and some days these drives will be quite long, but it does mean that you will see a lot of the country in a relatively short period of time!