Morocco Highlights Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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.

✔ 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

Morocco Highlights Tour
Morocco Highlights Tour
Morocco Highlights Tour
Day 1 – Arrive Marrakech
When you arrive in Marrakech, make your way to the hotel for check-in, which will be from 2pm onwards. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. If you arrive in time, you can join your guide and the rest of the group for dinner to get to know your fellow travellers! 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
BOOKING PROCEDURE
  • 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

PASSPORT

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.

VISAS

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.

PHOTOCOPIES

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.

INSURANCE

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

CURRENCY

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.

COSTS

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.

TIPPING

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.

TRANSPORT

BY ROAD

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

ESSENTIALS

  • 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/

LUGGAGE

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.

VALUABLES

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

INOCULATIONS

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

DRINKING WATER

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.

MEDICATION

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.

YELLOW FEVER

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.

TRAVEL ADVICE

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

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