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. A truly amazing trip.
Catch a stunning sunset in the Sahara Desert and spend a night under the stars
Explore the endless alleyways in the blue city of Chefchaouen
Discover the colourful city of Fes and its ancient Medina
Devour platefuls of deliciousness in the country’s most popular and vibrant city, Marrakech
Relax on the beaches of coastal town, Essaouira
Day 1 – Arrive Marrakech
Day 2 – Marrakech / Dades Gorge
Day 3 – Dades Gorge / Sahara Desert
Day 4 – Sahara Desert / Fes
Day 5 – Fes
Day 6 – Fes / Chefchaouen
Day 7 – Chefchaouen / Rabat / Casablanca
Day 8 – Casablanca / Essaouira
Day 9 – Essaouria / Marrakech
Day 10 – Depart Marrakech
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 eight 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 8 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.
You will need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and that you have a couple of blank pages. Please ensure the name on your booking and flight match your passport.
It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure they obtain the correct visa for travel. Information can be found for British Nationals on the FCO website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements If you are a British national, you will not need a visa if you are travelling for less than 3 months. On arrival, please ensure your passport is stamped to avoid any problems when departing Morocco. If you hold any other nationality passport or originate from any other country, please check the relevant Embassy website.
You may want to take a copy of your passport and flight confirmations with you – if you lose the originals it is easier to get replacements if you have copies.
FLIGHT TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION
Please ensure you have proof of return travel tickets and hotel accommodation to hand for arrival as you may need to present details of this.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t purchased It already, we have partnered up with Columbus Travel Insurance and you can buy your policy via this link: https://www.solo-travellers.com/best-travel-insurance/
MONEY & COSTS
The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. We always recommend purchasing some local currency in advance of travel when possible, but you can also take Euros, British Pounds or Dollars with you and exchange when you get there. Alternatively, you can take cash out of ATM’s which are available in Marrakech and some hotels. Credit cards will be accepted in most hotels, but we don’t recommend relying solely on your credit card.
We recommend budgeting £15 – £20 a day for meals, water, and drinks, but this is just an indicative amount and can vary from local restaurants to more western style, so you may end up spending less or more. Any souvenir shopping you wish to do would be on top of this. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when on holiday, so please plan accordingly.
If you feel as though you have received a good service, please reward your local guides and drivers with a tip. We recommend £3 – £5 per person, per day for local guides, and £1 – £2 per person, per day for drivers. Tipping is of course voluntary but is gratefully accepted in recognition of good service.
Driving is the only way to get around this part of Morocco, and therefore there will be a number of long drives during this trip. The drives will be broken up with stops at various places of interest. If you ever feel like you need to stop and stretch your legs, just let your guide or driver know. You will be travelling in private air-conditioned vehicles throughout.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable walking shoes or trainers as well as sandals
- Light fitting clothes in the summer months as temperatures get very hot (MAY-SEP) and warm clothes during the winter periods (NOV-MAR) – it gets very cold in the desert regions at night so take jumpers, long sleeved tops, trousers and closed shoes.
- Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country and we recommend dressing to respect the local culture – you will need to keep your shoulders and knees covered at religious sites so it’s useful to take a scarf.
- Adequate sun protection if necessary – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Waterproof jacket (just in case!)
- Paracetamols, rehydration sachets, plasters
- Insect repellent
- Re-fillable water bottle (if it has built in filters)
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Power bank
- Plug adaptors – These can be viewed via the below links: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/morocco/
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough. Make sure you have checked baggage allowance and weight limit restrictions with your chosen airline.
Whilst travelling around, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewellery and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home. Be vigilant always and avoid carrying large amounts of money around with you. You could invest in a money belt to go under your clothes to keep cards, money or air tickets in for extra safety.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
By now you should have all been to see your doctor or travel nurse and made sure that your vaccinations are all up to date. Please check the below links if you need more information: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/health
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Morocco. Although it is clean and safe for locals to drink, what you are used to at home will differ and you could end up with an upset stomach. You should keep hydrated whilst you’re out there, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you from the UK as items may not be as readily available as they are here.
If you are travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever, you will need to take a valid certificate with you to prove you have had the vaccine.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice